Sept. 2, 2018

School Closed Tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day
School will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy the day!

Join Us for Our PTA General Meeting and Open House This Wednesday, Sept. 5
Please join us this Wednesday, Sept. 5, for our first PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m. and Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

RHE Spirit Store: Back by Popular Demand

Visit the online Spirit Store to order all the fun 2018 spirit wear! 

·     The online store will be open until midnight this Thursday, Sept. 6.

·     All ship-to-home orders will ship by Thursday, Sept. 13, and in-school pickup will be on Friday, Sept. 14. Click here to shop!

·     The Mustang Mall also will be open during Open House. In addition to our current items, we will also have a "clearance store" selection of goodies from the past: spirit shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, vests, polos and more. The Mall will be set up in the cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 5.

 

Important Information from the Principal and Assistant Principal

Mrs. Cotton and Mrs. Starr wanted to remind parents of a couple of things regarding the lunch hour. 

·     We have many parents who come at lunch and enjoy eating with their children. We love having you here! Please help us spread the word that parents are only allowed to take their own children to the parent tables or to the tables located outside. 

·     Due to permission rules, as well as space, parents and students are not allowed to take their friends outside with them. If you wish to eat outside or at the side tables, please only take your own child.

·     Also, we are asking parents to please not take a picture of or video any child other than their own. We have strict media guidelines, and parents must provide permission for pictures to be taken of their children at school unless it is for educational purposes. We really appreciate your help with this!

·     Thank you for helping us make this such a great kickoff to this new school year!

 

Specials Supplies Wish List

Our specials teachers are in need of the following items if you are able to purchase one or more to assist them:

·     Blank CDs

·     Multi-colored Christmas lights

·     Flour

·     Salt

·     Baby wipes

·     Paper towels

·     Black sharpies

 

Calling for Room Parents

One way to get involved in your child’s classroom is by helping his/her teacher with parties and special event days such as Walkathon, Carnival, Feast Day (kindergarten), Holiday Party, Valentine’s Party, Fine Arts Day, Field Day and End-of-Year Party.

·      If you are interested in helping with room parent activities, please click hereto get the form. 

·      If you have questions or need to turn in a completed form, email Angela Houston at angela@nuzao.com.

 

RH Students to Kick Off Walkathon 2018 this Friday, Sept. 7!

Because of YOU and your generosity and continued commitment to the Ridglea Hills Elementary PTA and students, $68,000 was raised at last year’s Walkathon! 

 

Thanks to YOU, the PTA was able to impact the following educational projects for our students:

·      Flexible classroom seating

·      25 Chromebooks

·      Accelerated Reader Program

·      Classroom equipment and supplies

·      Shade areas for playgrounds

·      School-wide activities

 

We are all ready to “Kick Off” a new school year; the excitement of school supplies, backpacks and new teachers, makes the 2018-19 school year no different. 

 

Walkathon is our premier fall event in which everyone participates; students, families, 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. 

 

Our goals for this year include:

·      Continue to financially assist in providing state-of-the-art technology relevant for all classrooms and students

·      Continue to financially assist in providing current, relevant and challenging classroom resources for all students

·      Continue to financially assist student academic experiences outside the classroom including field trips, physical fitness and community service opportunities

 

The morning of this Friday, Sept. 7, RH students will kick off Walkathon. And Kona Ice will be available for purchase at school in the afternoon. 

 

For more information and to sign up for a sponsorship, click this link.

 

Your Walkathon Committee:

·     Jodi English, Jodienglish3@gmail.com, 817-271-4469

·     Twila Allan, twila.allan@gmail.com, 817-994-3275

·     Kerri Hove, kerrihove@yahoo.com, 817-905-6176

 

Grandparent and Special Person Day on Monday, Sept. 10
Invite a grandparent or special person to eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria on Monday, Sept. 10.

·     Check with your child’s teacher to find out his/her class lunch time. (Click the following link http://www.rhpta.com/lunch-timesto view this year’s class lunch times as posted on the RHPTA website.)

·     Please have guests arrive a little early to allow time for parking and sign-in.

·      Guests are welcome to bring in lunch or purchase a lunch tray in the cafeteria.

 

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. Meetings will be 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 beginning this Tuesday, Sept. 4. 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.

·     Chess Club T-shirts may be worn on Wednesdays throughout the school year.

·     Students will have the opportunity to participate in chess tournaments. Save the Date: Ridglea Hills will host our annual chess tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

·     Questions can be e-mailed to Mrs. Hixon at laura.hixon@fwisd.org.

 

We Still Need RH Buddies!

It's time to sign up for a Buddy! 

·      What's a Ridglea Hills Buddy?The PTA matches up every staff member with a secret pal/buddy each year. These secret buddies (PTA members) leave little gifts throughout the year to make their staff member feel special and appreciated for all they do for our kids.

·      We have the BEST school filled with an amazing staff, and we want to let each and every one of them know that they make a difference to our kids and to us! 

·      Please consider being a secret Buddy this year and sign up by emailing Nancy Sticksel at nancy.sticksel@yahoo.com.

 

Saddle Up and Join the RHPTA This Year!

It’s time to join PTA! Our goal is to have a voice for every child so we would love to have every family join! 

·      Join parents, teachers and community members in improving educational and extracurricular opportunities for all of our Ridglea Hills Elementary students.

·      As a PTA member, you work on behalf of the children you represent by volunteering in the school, supporting the faculty and staff, and staying informed on issues regarding your children and their education.

·      New this year is the chance to buy an exclusive shirt! This shirt is only available with the purchase of a PTA membership. You may buy additional shirts after the purchase of your membership if you would like more than one.

·      Annual membership dues are $5 per member. Dues plus Membership T-shirt cost $13. Additional shirts may be purchased for $8 each. 

·      You can join and pay onlineanytime! Shirts are pre-order and will be delivered in a few weeks.

·      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.


Join the RH Directory!

We use My School Anywhere for our online directory and PTA needs.

·      Enter the following website address to enter or update your information: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/newfamily.a5w?fam=RidgleaHillsElementary78676

·      Once we have confirmed your family’s information, you will receive an email with login instructions to access to the directory. Families will be confirmed once we are able to verify enrollment through class rosters.

·      You can search student’s first name, grade, teacher and family last name; you can create class lists or custom lists; it’s secure as only faculty and family at RH have access!

·      You can sign up for RHPTA membership.

·      You can sign up to volunteer and track your sign-ups.

·      You can go mobile by installing the My School Anywhere App from iTunes and Google Play.

·      Contact Lindsey Millns, Directory Chair, at lindseymillns@gmail.comwith any questions.

 

Background Check Required for All Volunteers
Don’t forget that all school volunteers must have a background check at the start of every school year. 
Click the following link to get started: 
https://fwisd.voly.org
 
Cafeteria Volunteers Needed
We are in need of cafeteria volunteers. There are shifts available for the first month of school.

·      Lunch is from 10:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

·      This is especially helpful for our younger grades to assist them with opening packages, navigating the cafeteria, etc.

·      The older grades need help with noise control.

·      If you can spare time during lunchtime, please contact Wendy Magee, Cafeteria Volunteer Chair, to sign up. It is a great way to meet your children’s friends and teachers, and get a jump start on earning those volunteer hours.

·      To volunteer, you MUST have your FWISD background check approved beforehand.

·      Contact Wendy Magee at wendymagee11@gmail.com.

 

Mustang Stampede is Back!
Mustang Stampede is back and ready to thrill your kids with a surprise appearance on their birthday or any special occasion! Your kids will wake up on their birthday or other special occasion to find their front yard "stampeded" with mustang signs displayed by 5th grade families.

·     Your $25 donation (which goes to support the 5th grade field trip) includes 12 mustang signs, two optional birthday signs, and a Ridglea Hills sign.

·     Reservations must be made at least a week in advance. 

·     Reserve your special day now! What a fun way to support your 5th grade families and show the neighborhood your RHE spirit!

·      Sign Up Here: http://calendly.com/ridgleahills

 

AHHS Dance Clinic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 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 $30, if registered before Sept. 14, and $40, if registered after Sept. 14. 

·     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.

 

Other Upcoming Dates to Know

Monday, Sept. 3
Labor Day Holiday – No School
 
Wednesday, Sept. 5
PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Friday, Sept. 7
Walkathon Kickoff Rally Before School Starts
 
Monday, Sept. 10
Special Person's/Grandparent's Day (Lunch)
 

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:

o  Ridglea Hills Elementary 

o  Ridglea Hills Elementary School’s Counselor

o  Ridglea Hills Mustang Muscle (for those RHE dads interested in getting involved with school service projects)

o   RHE Run Club


#SaddleUp

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