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Student Attendance

posted Jan 25, 2014, 7:09 AM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Student Attendance
 

Attendance at Ridglea Hills Elementary is directly tied to the overall rating of our campus.  Our official attendance taking time each day is 10:00.  We would encourage you to schedule appointments after that time, so your student is present at 10:00.  If you do have an appointment before 10:00, please bring a note from the appointment so we can mark the attendance accordingly. 

So, in an effort to reach our goal of no more than 15 absences per day, we are beginning a new Perfect Attendance Award system starting Monday, December 2nd.  On Friday of each week we will have a drawing from classes with perfect attendance that week in PPCD through third grade.  We have a new “stuffed friend” on campus that will visit and stay for a week in the classroom that has been picked in that drawing.  Fourth and fifth grades will also have a drawing and that class will have a trophy they can proudly display in the classroom.  Also, every six weeks we will have a drawing to pick one student from each grade level with perfect attendance.  Those students will be able to pick a prize from our showcase of prizes.

Educating your children is what we do and we need them in attendance so they get all the valuable information they need to succeed.

Thank you for your help in making our school the best school possible.

Hamburger Supper

posted Dec 13, 2013, 2:13 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

The Annual Fundraiser “The Hot Dog Supper” has been renamed “The Hamburger Supper”
Friday, January 31, 2014 Ridglea Hills Elementary

The Hamburger supper is an annual event that is fun for the whole family and is a large fundraiser for the PTA.  $5 tickets will be sold in advance for “In and Out” Hamburgers, chips and a drink!  We will be selling tickets online, at the school during lunch that week and will send several announcements home. We will have 5th grade reps there selling bottled water and desserts and their profit will go toward their 5th grade trip.

Raffle Baskets. The raffle baskets are comprised of donated items from each class.  These baskets appeal to the children and some are full of family activities.  Each class will be paired with one or 2 other classes to fill the assigned baskets.  You will be in charge of sending a note home requesting the items that you will need to fill your basket.  Basket items are due Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Please keep in touch with your teacher and the other room reps to see your progress in the event you need to send a reminder home again. 
The items you get contributed for the baskets will be picked up by the committee on Jan. 22nd and we will make sure that all baskets are plentiful- we reserve the right to move donated items from one class basket to another to make sure they all look full and great!  The committee will package all the baskets in clear wrap so you won’t have to do that step after all.

Groups for Raffle Baskets:
1.      Kindergarten/Pre-K– Brown, Gillaspy and Brubaker/Ramirez: Sports and Outdoor Play
         Kindergarten/Linc –Sharp, Goodman and Anderson/Iglesias: Barbie Basket
3.      Kindergarten/PPCD- Colston and Will: Gift Card Basket
4.      1st grade – Moreno, Williams and Streiff: Family Picnic
5.      1st grade – Wayland, Maldonado and Tennant: Legos
6.      2nd grade – Allen, Gandarilla and Leschber: TCU Basket
7.      2nd grade – Cureton and Rosenthal: Movie Night
8.      3rd grade – Dutton, Hixon and Perez: Rainy Day Basket
9.      3rd grade – Maxon and Sanchez: Forth Worth Family Fun Basket
10.  4th grade – Hall and Bass: Legos
11.  4th grade – Miller, Powell and Wengert: Summer Fun Basket
12.  5th grade – Myers and Blakely: Gift Card Basket
13.  5th grade - Niehoff and Rossberg: Arts and Crafts Basket (think Rainbow Loom, etc.)
 We will sell raffle tickets for $.50 each online, in advance and that night.
 
 Party Sign-Ups
We will have party signups for all the children’s parties at the Hamburger Supper. Be sure to tell your class about all the parties. Parents and Teachers donate “parties”, for example: Skating with a teacher/movie night/pump it up party/tea party.  Parents sign up their kids for the parties. The parties can be gender or grade specific. Each party has a monetary amount that is paid for each kid to attend the party – a swim party might be $10 and the Skating party might be $15.  Typically, the parties have a limit so it is important to sign up early in the night to reserve your child’s spot at the party.  All payments go straight to the PTA since the families or teachers donate the parties.  Please consider hosting/donating a party – you can sponsor the party individually or as a group with other parents.
 All parent parties will be available at the Art Auction on April 4th, 2014.
 
Entertainment
We will be offering Karaoke at this year’s Hamburger Supper so get your voices warmed up!  Make sure to wear your picture perfect outfit because we will also be offering a photo booth!
This is a great evening for RHE students – be sure to buy your tickets in advance and talk the event up to your class.  This is a pretty busy night with lots going on and the kids love it!!!
  
Together For our Children,
 
Amy Shackelford - 3rd VP Spring Fundraiser    
shackelford@charter.net                                                
Kinzie Heinrich And Missy Murray - Hamburger Supper Co-Chairs    
                                     

A Note From Our President

posted Aug 26, 2013, 12:34 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Greetings and welcome to the start of another year! 

Ridglea Hills Elementary is an amazing place to be and your Ridglea Hills PTA has a full year of excitement planned. Our theme this year is “Dive In to Ridglea Hills” and if there is one piece of advice I can offer you it is to get involved.  Meet your child’s teacher and ask what you can do to help them as their partner in your child’s education this year.  Attend Ridglea Hills events with your family and do everything you can to be a part of the school family.  Volunteer where you can.  Some parents can volunteer a lot while some can only volunteer a little.   Whether you work a short shift at the carnival, walk in the walkathon or volunteer giving accelerated reader tests every week you will be showing your child that their school and their education is important to you.

Ridglea Hills PTA has big plans for the year including many of our old favorites such as Walkathon, Carnival, Fine Arts Day, Hot Dog Supper and so much more.  There will be new twists and turns and lots of excitement along the way so stay tuned for the changes!  This wonderful website is a great place to stay informed of everything going on.  The other way to stay informed is by joining our email list.  At least once a week, I send out an “eblast” with information of everything going on in the school.    You can join the list right here on the site!  We also have a facebook group, which is a great place to get last minute updates as well as see great pictures of school events! 

Thanks for being here and joining in on the Ridglea Hills experience.  Dive in to Ridglea Hills!  You won’t be disappointed!

Michelle Henderson

michellehenderson@sbcglobal.net

RH Carpool Procedures

posted Aug 21, 2013, 4:01 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The most important thing is safety first for our students!  We have been collaborating with our Faculty and Staff, PTA President, Michelle Henderson, the City of Ft. Worth, and Shaun Burns, Arlington Heights Pyramid Area Advisor, and Officer Brooks of the Ft. Worth Police Department, to continue to improve our arrival and dismissal procedures to better accommodate our children and families.  Please review and adhere to the following guidelines for the safety of the children for arrival and dismissal at our wonderful campus!

Carpool Procedures

*    The carpool line forms along Angus on the far right side of the road.
*    Angus is a two way street, but now will have double no crossing lines so that the flow of

      traffic will ensure efficiency and safety of the carpool process.  F.Y.I., Officer Brooks will be present to ensure this process and violators could possibly be ticketed if the double lines are crossed. 
*    Remain in your car and refrain from "cutting" in line.  Both of these items will result in

      Delays.
*    Follow to the end of the loading zone toward Stonedale.
*    Continue to pull forward and stop in the loading zone when directed to do so or in a case of         

      an emergency.      
*    Safety patrol students will assist your child while loading and unloading your vehicle.
*    We CAN NOT load children in double-parked cars.
*    We CAN NOT escort children across the street to a parent.
*    Remember - cell phones are NOT permitted in school zones.

Bus Procedures

Bus procedures have changed.  Buses will drop off in front in the morning and will pick up in the back parking lot in the afternoon.


Although we have a very efficient system in place, we are always looking for ways to improve our procedures for the betterment of our campus with invaluable input from all stakeholders in our learning community.  It is very important to adhere to these rules in order to keep our children as safe as possible.  The Ft. Worth police department will also be putting up new signs and providing officers in addition to Mr. Brooks to help us with our new changes.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you all August 26, 2013, the first day of school!

Sincerely,



Crenesha Cotton

Principal

Ridglea Hills Elementary

RHE Calendar 2013-2014

posted Aug 13, 2013, 9:00 AM by Ridglea Hills PTA

                                                                                                                        Updated: 8/9/2013

 

Ridglea Hills Elementary Calendar 2013-14

FWISD, RHE and RHPTA events for 2013-14

Please note that all dates/times are tentatively planned.  Any updates will be released on the RHPTA Website, RHPTA eblasts and/or with a note in your child’s folder.  Events that do not have a time next to them will have the time as well as details about the event released via the above ways. 

 

August 2013:

Friday, 23rd – Meet the Principal/Teachers 3:00 – 6:00 (Come and go reception)

Monday, 26th – First Day of School

Monday, 26th -  First day of 1st six weeks

Friday, 30th – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

 

September 2013:

Monday, 2nd – Labor Day Holiday – No School

Friday, 6th – Walkathon kickoff rallies

Wednesday, 11th – New Family Welcome to Ridglea Hills Dinner 6:00-7:30

Friday, 20th – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

 

October 2013:

Friday, 4th – Walkathon 8:30 am

Friday, 4th – End of 1st six weeks

Monday, 7th – First Day of 2nd six weeks

Friday, 11th – Walkathon Awards Rally

Monday 14th – Staff Development Day – No School

Thursday, 17th – 4th Grade Music Program – 6:30 in Auditorium

Friday, 18th – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

Friday, 25th – Carnival 6:00 – 9:00 at RHE Track

Monday, 28th  – Thursday, 31st  – Pumpkin Patch Week at Ridglea Hills

 

November 2013:

Monday, 4th – Friday, 8th – Canned Food Drive Week at Ridglea Hills

Monday, 11th – Staff Development Day – No School

Tuesday, 12th – 3rd Grade Music Program – 6:30 in Auditorium

Friday, 15th – End of 2nd six weeks

Friday, 15th – RH PTA Board meeting @ noon in library

Monday, 18th – First Day of 3rd six weeks

Monday, 25th – Friday, 29th – Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

 

December 2013:

Friday, 13th – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

Thursday, 19th – 5th Grade Music Program – 6:30 in Auditorium

Friday, 20th – Pajama Reading Day/Classroom Holiday Parties

Monday, 23rd – Friday, January 3rd – Holiday Break

 

January 2014:

Friday, 3rd – Holiday Break ends

Monday, 6th – Back to School

Thursday, 16th – End of 3rd six weeks

Friday, 17th – Staff Development Day – No School

Monday, 20th – MLK Holiday – No School

Tuesday, 21st – First day of 4th six weeks

Friday, 24th – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

Friday, 24th – Kindergarten Roundup 9:00 – 11:00

Monday, 27th – Friday, 31st – Book fair week

Friday, 31st – Hot Dog Supper at Ridglea Hills 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

February 2014:

Friday, 7th – Staff Development Day – No School

Friday, 14th – Valentine Class Parties

Thursday, 20th – 1st Grade Music Program – 6:30 in Auditorium

Friday, 21st  – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

Thursday, 27th – Family Science Night

Friday, 28th – End of 4th Six Weeks

 

March 2014:

Monday, 3rd – First Day of 5th Six Weeks

Monday, 3rd – Friday, 7th - Public School Week

Friday, 7th – Fine Arts Day

Monday, 10th – Friday, 14th – Spring Break

Thursday, 20th – 2nd Grade Music Program – 6:30 in Auditorium

Friday, 21st – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

 

April 2014:

Tuesday, 1st – STAAR Testing:  4th Grade Writing,  5th Grade Math

Wednesday, 2nd – STAAR Testing: 4th Grade Writing (day 2),  5th Grade Reading

Friday, 4th – Parent Party/Auction

Thursday, 10th – PreK/Kindergarten Music Program – 6:30 in Auditorium

Thursday, 17th – End of 5th Six Weeks

Friday, 18th – Snow Day – No School ONLY if snow day was not used.

Monday, 21st – First Day of 6th Six Weeks

Tuesday, 22nd – STAAR Testing: 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math

Wednesday, 23rd – STAAR Testing: 3rd Grade Reading, 4th Grade Reading, 5th Grade Science

Friday, 25th – RH PTA Board Meeting @ noon in library

 

 

 

May 2014:

Friday, May 2nd – Talent Show

Monday, 5th – Friday, 9th – Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, 9th – Muffins with Moms

Tuesday, 13th – STAAR Re-testing: 5th Grade Math

Wednesday, 14th – STAAR Re-testing: 5th Grade Reading

Friday, 16th – PTA Closing Luncheon

Friday, 23rd – Field Day

Monday, 26th – Memorial Day Holiday – No School

 

 

June 2014:

Wednesday, 4th – Pre-K/Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades Awards Programs (times TBA)

Thursday, 5th – 3rd and 4th Grade Awards Programs (times TBA)

Friday, 6th – 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:00 am

Friday, 6th – End of 6th Six Weeks;  Last Day of School

Mrs. Michelsen's Art Room Wish List

posted Aug 7, 2013, 6:29 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 2:04 PM ]

Our amazing art teacher did a fabulous job last year for our students.  She does have a very limited budget and allowance.  When you see great deals on some school supplies (or even clearance sales after school starts!) please think of her and pick up a few items on her list.  You can drop them off at her room anytime after school starts.  Here are the store bought items that she needs:  Crayola brand broad line markers in assorted or classic colors; Crayola brand fine line markers in classic colors; Crayola brand crayons - boxes of 24 or 48; Crayola brand colored pencils - boxes of 12 or 24; Elmers school glue - any size; Sharpies - fine or extra fine tips in black; Boxes of Kleenex; quart size Ziploc bags; glue sticks; erasers; clear plastic rulers.  You don't have to spend a dime to help out the art room - if you have any of these items in your home, they are welcomed as well:  wire hangers, colored plastic lids (with no writing); old Holiday or Birthday cards; magazines; large laundry plastic bottles; cereal boxes; yarn; crochet hooks; knitting needles; trims, rickrack, ball fringe, fabric swatches or old fabrics.  Mrs. Michelsen thanks you for anything you send.

posted Jul 16, 2013, 6:43 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA   [ updated Jul 20, 2013, 7:06 PM ]

Party on the Patio

posted Apr 11, 2013, 11:00 AM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Parent Party Benefing Ridglea Hills Elementary
IT’S A PARTY ON THE PATIO!
Join us for a fun-­‐filled evening with music, fabulous food, a cash bar, a fantastic raffle and silent auction.
7:00pm–10:00 pm
The live auction will feature the popular “Ridglea Rembrandts” Student Art led by our own art teacher, Mrs. Michelson.
Tickets are $20 each and are available at rhpta.com.You can also drop a check or cash into the parent party envelope in
the office. To help with the party or if you have questons, please contact:
Friday, April 19th
7 1 0 1 C a m p B o w i e We s t
Lisa Brewer
lisbrewer@hotmail.com
817-­‐313-­‐7582
Heather Magruder
heathermag@sbcglobal.net
817-­‐271-­‐7917

New Security Policies at Ridglea Hills

posted Feb 20, 2013, 6:55 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

New Security Policies at Ridglea Hills
 
In the wake of the tragedy of December 14th, we as a school are reviewing and reassessing our school safety plan.  State law mandates that every school conduct a fire drill every month.  We also perform a Fall and Spring lock-down drill and tornado drill.  We often ask Mr. Burns, our police liaison, to observe and review our drills, so that we ensure we are running the most efficient and safe procedures possible.  
Our goal is to prepare children to feel confident and comfortable that in an emergency situation they know what to do.  We encourage you to talk to your children about safety drills and remind them of the importance of practicing every drill as if it were a genuine emergency. 
            Michelle Henderson, our PTA president, and I recently visited Tanglewood Elementary to investigate the electronic door security system their PTA purchased for the school last year.  We were both very impressed with the ease of the system and the security of the building.  We will be sharing more information about the system at the next PTA meeting.
            I want to assure you that your child’s safety is our number one priority and that we do have a safety plan in place to ensure everyone’s safety in the event of an emergency. 
We recently met with Mr. Burns and Mark Bethany, the Emergency Preparedness Director for the District, to review our procedures for visitors in the building.  We were given several recommendations for making our school safer that we will implement immediately.
 
  • All visitors must check in at the office upon arrival at school.  Visitors must show a picture ID and the office staff will sign the visitor in.
  • During the school day 8:00-3:00 students will be brought to the office for early dismissals rather than parents taking the early dismissal slip down to the classroom.  Forgotten lunches and school items will be taken to the classroom by school personnel.
  • After 8:00 students will get a tardy pass in the foyer and walk themselves to class.
  • We absolutely encourage parents to continue to volunteer in the classrooms during the school day, but they must sign in at the office and receive a volunteer badge.
  • All our staff has been trained to direct all visitors to the office for a visitor’s sticker.
We understand the recent changes may be inconvenient and take extra time; however we appreciate your help as we continue to take every measure to keep your child safe while here at school.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call 817-815-1700 or e-mail me at
alice.buckley@fwisd.org
 
Sincerely,
Alice Buckley
Principal

Fine Arts Day

posted Jan 29, 2013, 8:18 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA

Guess What?  Fine Arts Day is March 8th - and we need some help!

FINE ARTS DAY!

One of the BEST days of the year is right around the corner.   We need over 100 volunteers to make this day successful -Here are a few other things that we need to find right away - please let us know if you can help.

1.  We are looking for 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch PVC in LARGE quantity, long lengths of rebar, 6' lengths of black pipe insulation, rolls of white duct tape and large quantities of tissue paper (colors), rolls of floral wire. If you or someone you know has access to these items as DONATION or at a deep discount, please message me and we can share details! We will gladly take these in smaller quantities from multiple sources.  The PVC can be in 2-3 feet lengths or longer lengths that can be cut down.  Anyone have a connection with a scrap yard around town for industrial materials?

2.  Anyone with a camera and printer that photos can be taken and printed on the spot! Ideally we need that someone to volunteer for the day with their printer and camera. We can purchase the ink and paper for what we need that day. 

3.  Special Help Needed - This is a top secret and really fun project that we need 1 or 2 people to work on, and you will be busy with it only a few hours during Fine Arts Day.  I promise this will be an unforgettable Fine Arts Day assignment! 

If you can help with any of these projects, please email one or all of the chairmen as soon as possible.  We try to make our Fine Arts Day budget stretch as far as possible and hate paying full price for something that we can get for free or cheap!  Thanks so much for your help - don't forget to volunteer to work that day - all volunteers will be rewarded with an amazing day with the kids of RH - plus a delicious lunch and a little thank-you gift!  If you have any questions about Fine Arts Day or other "RH Connections" that you can help us with- please let us know! 

Noel Rodriguez    nrodrig19@hotmail.com
Melissa Newman   kmnewman1@att.net
Kerri Hove   kerrihove@yahoo.com
Lisa Johnson   lrj6974@hotmail.com

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