Sept. 16, 2018

Walkathon 2018
Walkathon is our premier fall event in which everyone participates–students, families, teachers, staff, RH neighbors and community members walk 1.5 miles through the neighborhood, and we are confident that YOU will want to “Saddle Up” with us once again to support our students. This year, Walkathon is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5. 
 
Last week, we raised more than $16,000 for Walkathon! Thanks to all our Mustang families and sponsors who have already contributed. We’re off to a great start! 
  • Congrats to Mrs. Maxon’s class who raised the most money last week and were treated to sweet treats from Sweet Treat Cakes. Whose class will raise the most this week?
  • Keep those donations coming, and remember that no donation is too small. Everyone can participate.
  • The Walkathon T-shirt/sponsorship deadline is this Friday, Sept. 21.
  • All information, including forms, is also available on the RHPTA website under Fundraisers/Special Events or click the following link: http://www.rhpta.com/pta/events/walkathon
  • Also, we have made sponsorship easy via the following link: My School Anywhere
  • Check out some of the exciting things planned leading up to our big day on Friday, Oct. 5.
 
This Week’s Walkathon Events: Spirit Shop & Kona Ice
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18–Walkathon Spirit Shop items (priced from $1 to $5) and out-of-dress code wristbands sold for $2 each during all lunch times 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Walkathon out-of-dress code wristbands sold for $2 each before school to be worn all day with FWISD uniform-approved bottoms and Walkathon Spirit Shop items (priced from $1 to $5) sold during all lunch times
  • Friday, Sept. 21 – Walkathon Spirit Shop items (priced from $1 to $5) sold after school, Kona Ice Walkathon Fundraiser at RH after school
 
Please note that Walkathon Spirit Shop items range in price from $1 to $5. Cash accepted.
 
Your Walkathon Committee:
 
PTA Membership Updates
PTA Membership T-Shirts
  • Membership T-shirts ordered prior to Sept. 1 will go home with students tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 17.
  • Last round of PTA membership T-shirt orders closes Friday, Sept. 28 – this is your last chance to get a membership T-shirt this year! 
 
PTA Membership Contest
  • We are having a contest for the class with the most PTA membership sign ups.
  • Encourage dads, grandparents and friends to join PTA! 
  • The contest ends this Friday, Sept. 21. 
  • The winning class wins an out-of-dress code day! 
 
Saddle Up and Sign Up!
  • You can join and pay online anytime! 
  • We warmly welcome our students’ parents, grandparents, family and friends to join RHPTA. 
  • If you are new to MySchoolAnywhere, our online directory, you will be prompted to the online store after submitting your contact information for the RHPTA Directory.
  • If you have any questions about joining our PTA, please contact Jenn Nevitt, Vice President of Membership, jnevitt@sbcglobal.net.
 
First Popcorn Friday of the Year is This Friday, Sept. 21!
The PTA provides popcorn to students on designated Popcorn Fridays throughout the school year. This Friday is our first one of the year!
  • This year we are going to rotate recruiting volunteers from each grade level to increase attendance. If you are not a grade level parent, but want to help, you are always more than welcome!
  • This Friday, 5th grade parent volunteers will be popping between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
  • Please contact Kristen Harms at harms.kristen@gmail.com, if you’re interested in helping out.
 
Calling All RH Parents!
Want to be more involved in your child’s school? Volunteering is a great way! We have many events throughout the year that need volunteers to be able to run smoothly. 
  • A form recently went home in student folders listing all of this year’s events needing volunteer help. 
  • Please check which events you would like to help our parents out with, and the event chair will contact you. 
  • You must have passed a background check to volunteer. 
  • Return the form sent home in student folders last week to your teacher or email Ashley Sanchez at ashleysanchez1215@yahoo.com.
  • Thanks in advance!
 
PTA Board Meeting at 5 P.M. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Library
We will have our next PTA Board Meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the library. All are welcome to attend.
  

Chess Club Starts Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Runs Through Wednesday, March 6
Chess Club for interested students in grades 2-5 will begin Wednesday, Sept. 26. 
Chess Club will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Rooms 104, 109 and 110.
  • Information form, contract and T-shirt order form may be picked up in the office. They are also available on the RHPTA website under Student Activities/Chess Club or click the following link: http://www.rhpta.com/chess-club.
  • Completed and signed forms must be turned in by Monday, Sept. 24, for students to attend the first meeting – no exceptions. Please return to Mrs. Hixon in Room 109 or put in her mailbox in the office. 
  • Chess Club T-shirts are available to order for $10 each and may be worn on Wednesdays throughout the school year.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in chess tournaments, including the first one on Saturday, Oct. 20, at All Saints. Ridglea Hills will host our annual chess tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, Chess Club members are encouraged to participate. 
  • Questions can be e-mailed to Mrs. Hixon at laura.hixon@fwisd.org.

Reminder: AHHS Dance Clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Saturday, Sept. 22
Interested students in grades K through 12 are invited to the AHHS Dance Clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at AHHS. 
  • The cost is $40. 
  • There will be a parent performance at 2:30 p.m.
  • There will be an option to perform at “Cowtown Christmas.”
  • Participating students need to bring a lunch.
  • Registration and details are available at www.ahhsdance.com.
 
Upcoming Dates to Know
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Walkathon spirit items sold (during lunch)
Walkathon out-of-dress-code wristbands sold (during lunch)
 
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Walkathon out-of-dress code wristbands sold (before school)
Walkathon spirit items sold (during lunch)
Walkathon Out-of-Dress-Code Day (with wristband purchase)
 
Friday, Sept. 21
Popcorn Friday
Walkathon spirit items sold (after school)
Kona Ice Walkathon Fundraiser (after school)
 
Sunday, Sept. 23
PTA Board Meeting (5 p.m.)


Additional Resources
  • General information regarding Ridglea Hills Elementary School is available online at our PTA-sponsored website – www.rhpta.com. Please get familiar with this website and bookmark it on your browser.
  • For specific questions regarding school-administered matters not addressed on www.rhpta.com, including but not limited to academic affairs, school registration, testing, campus security, school programs, Fort Worth ISD policies and procedures, etc., please contact the school office at 817-815-1700.
  • For non-PTA-related posts (i.e., highlighting scouting opportunities, coordinating sports teams, selling uniforms, looking for a carpool group to join, etc.), please head over to the Ridglea Hills Elementary Parents Facebook group.
  • Other helpful Ridglea Hills Elementary School-related Facebook pages include the following:
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary 
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary School’s Counselor
  • Ridglea Hills Mustang Muscle (for those RHE dads interested in getting involved with school service projects)
  • RHE Run Club
 
#SaddleUp
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