Sept. 4, 2017

2017 Fort Worth ISD Bond Election Tuesday, Nov. 7

Fort Worth School Board is calling for dual November elections on “Penny Swap” authorization and a school bond package. The benefit to the school district would be $23 million annually in additional state funding and a tax rate neutral school bond improvement program. 
Reminder: Join Us for Our PTA General Meeting and Open House This Thursday, Sept. 7
Please join us this Thursday, Sept. 7, for our first PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m. and Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

RHE Students Kick Off Walkathon This Friday, Sept. 8!
This Friday, Sept. 8, RHE students will kick off Walkathon.
  • Students are invited to wear camouflage shirts with uniform bottoms on Friday, Sept. 8. Note: Students MUST be in appropriate attire – no sleeveless tops, bottoms must be appropriate length, and shoes must be appropriate for PE and recess.
  • Also, Kona Ice will be available for purchase at school in the afternoon starting at 2 p.m. through regular dismissal.
 
What is Walkathon?
Last year, through generous donors, our annual fall fundraiser raised $50,000 to purchase 80 new computers, new inclusive playground equipment pieces and more! We also are able to support academic and extra-curricular activities for all students each year. Everyone participates as students/families/Ridglea Hills neighbors and community members walk 1.5 miles through the neighborhood. 
 
What is YOUR Walkathon Detail?
  • Sign up as a FAMILY SPONSOR!
  • Ask friends/family for donations. No amount is too small!
  • Do you own a business or know someone who does? Get them to be a sponsor!
 
Goals of Walkathon Detail
  • Have FUN!
  • Raise more than $50,000!
  • Every child gets a FREE T-SHIRT.
  • Additional shirts available for purchase as well as SPIRIT items.
  • Win a CLASS PARTY for the most donations: 5 chances to WIN!
 
Visit the website link for online donations, sponsorship information, spirit days and more information.
 
Your Walkathon Committee:
 
Grandparent and Special Person Day on Monday, Sept. 11
Invite a grandparent or special person to eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria on Monday, Sept. 11.
  • Check with your child’s teacher to find out his/her class lunch time.
  • 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.
  • Grandparents and special people will receive a complimentary photo to commemorate this fun day!
 
Reminder: RHE Newcomer Welcome Event at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Calling all new RHE families – mark your calendars for our Newcomer Welcome Event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the auditorium at RHE.
  • During this event, you will get to hear all about the events and programs that RHE has to offer.
  • Plus, you will be able to ask any questions you may have and meet other new families joining our amazing school!
 
Carpooling Guidelines, Helpful Hints and Parking Information
We have nearly 100 more students at RHE this year than we did last year. We are working with our school leadership and our Neighborhood Police Officer on the best possible solutions for improving our carpool process. Please remember to review the carpool guidelines below as we work diligently to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate everyone as best as we possibly can. 
 
Carpooling Guidelines and Helpful Hints
  • NO CELL PHONE USE ANYWHERE IN THE SCHOOL ZONE.
  • Pay attention at all times. We have many students who walk to school.
  • Angus is a two-way street, meaning that during carpool times there is oncoming traffic exiting the school.
  • In the morning, carpool will be flowing for the most part; DO NOT PASS carpool on Angus.
  • If you are parking, once you turn onto Cumberland, you may bypass carpool to park.
  • Cumberland is one way from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At morning drop-off, the buses unload in the front. Until all buses have unloaded, there will be a sign to stop in front of the awning. Stop there and unload. Once the buses have all arrived, the sign will be moved and you will pull forward as directed.
  • In the morning during drop-off, PULL FORWARD as directed by Safety Patrol, EVEN IF it is past the awning. If you are the front car, you will pull forward to the end of the carpool lane and you child will walk back to the front doors. Safety Patrol will help direct any children who need it.
  • DO NOT EXIT your car if you are carpooling.
  • When exiting the carpool lane in the morning or bypassing carpool to park, DO NOT pass the buses, if their lights are flashing red and the stop sign is out. They are unloading. It is a traffic offense to pass a bus with red lights flashing while unloading.
  • In the afternoon, carpool will begin to line up between 2:40 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • If you see a line of cars stopped along Angus and Chickering, that is the carpool line. If you are carpooling, do not pass them – get into the line.
  • As long as carpool has not started moving, you may pass them if you are not carpooling.
  • If you are waiting on carpool to start and are lined up on Angus, pull close to the curb.
  • While waiting in carpool line, do not block driveways.
  • Once carpool starts (around 2:55 p.m./3 p.m.), you may not pass them even if they stopped momentarily. Cars will move up 5-6 at a time to load.
  • When it is your turn to turn onto Cumberland, do not turn until you can fully pull onto Cumberland. Do not block the oncoming traffic on Angus as you wait to turn onto Cumberland.
  • Once you turn onto Angus for carpool, a school staff member with a radio will come to your car. Tell them your child’s name and teacher’s name. Some parents make a sign for the passenger window with their child’s name and teacher.
  • You will be directed by Safety Patrol to pull forward once you approach the school. Even if you see your child beside your car, PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD until directed to stop by Safety Patrol. Your child will come to your car. This allows Safety Patrol to work efficiently in loading as many cars as the area can hold.
  • DO NOT block the crosswalk when you stop. Students and parents cross when cars are stopped for loading/unloading.
  • Your child must load and unload from the passenger’s side. Even if your child sits on the driver’s side, he/she will load and unload from the passenger’s side. If you have multiple children, they will all need to exit the passenger’s side of the vehicle for safety reasons.
  • DO NOT exit your vehicle in the carpool line.
  • If the wrong child comes to your car, politely let Safety Patrol know that is not your child. If it takes a few minutes to get your child, you may be directed to pull forward, as the cars in front of you have exited. Pull forward, and they will get your child to you
 
Examples of Times When You Should Not Carpool
  • Your child has a project or other items that they cannot physically unload or carry themselves.
  • Your child cannot unbuckle or buckle himself/herself into the seat belt/booster seat.
  • Your child takes excessive coaxing to get out of the car.
 
Parking
  • There is a parking lot for visitors in the back of the school; entrance is off of Angus.
  • There is a teacher-only parking lot besides the building; entrance is off of Angus.
  • DO NOT park in residence driveways.
  • DO NOT BLOCK driveways.
  • Parallel parking is available on streets around the school.
  • Cumberland and Stonedale (from Cumberland to Tamworth) are one way from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Do not park on the school side of Cumberland until after 8 a.m. and carpool drop-off is finished. Do not park on the school side of Cumberland past carpool until after 8 a.m. All cars parked on the school side of Cumberland must be moved before 2 p.m.
  • Temporarily, there is no parking on Stonedale between the intersection and the park, due to construction.
  • Do not park at the park when visiting the school. Tickets have been written.
  • DO NOT JAYWALK after parking. Use only designated crosswalks at the intersections and the one in the middle of the street in front of the school.
  • On high visitor days (i.e., first day of school, Walkathon, Fine Arts Day, Pajama Reading Day, party days, Field Day, award ceremonies), allow extra time for parking. Sometimes parking can extend 2-3 blocks.
 
Thank you for your continued patience and for exercising caution to keep our Mustangs safe!
 

It’s Time to Buddy Up for RHE Secret Buddies!
RHPTA pairs interested parents with teachers and staff to be their Secret Buddies for the year.
  • Throughout the year, the Secret Buddy treats his/her teacher or staff member with notes and tokens of appreciation to let him/her know how much we love our RHE teachers and staff.
  • Thanks to all who have signed up for a Secret Buddy so far! We have staff members still available.
  • If you are interested in being a Secret Buddy, please email Ivy Ellis at ivy.ellis@sbcglobal.net  
 
Enlist in the RHE PTA This Year By Saturday, Sept. 30, and Be Entered into Raffle for a Starbucks Gift Card!
  • Congratulations to Geneta Lasiter and Mrs. Brown, RHE kindergarten teacher, for winning the membership raffle for a Target gift card for joining the PTA by Aug. 30.
  • Thanks to all of you who have joined so far! We are at 36% membership of our current student enrollment. Our conservative goal for the year is 50%, but it would be amazing to exceed that and have one PTA member for every RHE student – every child, one voice!
  • It’s not too late, the PTA needs you! We welcome parents, grandparents, family and friends to join. Together, we can advocate for and help improve educational and extracurricular opportunities for all of our RHE students.
  • Annual membership dues are only $5 per person.
  • Join by Saturday, Sept. 30, and you will be entered into a raffle for a Starbucks gift card!
  • Click here to buy your PTA membership.
  • If you are new to MySchoolAnywhere, our online directory, you will be prompted to the online store after submitting your contact information for the RHE PTA directory.
  • If you have any questions about joining our PTA, please contact Naomi Gelineau, Vice President of Membership, at naomi0617@gmail.com or 817-879-0765.
 
Reminder: 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. Get it taken care of now so you are ready to volunteer!
  • If you had a background check last year, the process is easier because you are already in the FWISD system.
  • Click the following link to get started: Volunteer
 
Join the RHE Directory!
We are using MySchoolAnywhere for our online directory and PTA needs.
  • New & Returning Families: Click here to enter or update your information.
  • Once we have confirmed your family’s information, you will receive an email with login instructions to access the directory. Families will be confirmed once we are able to verify enrollment through class rosters.
 
What’s NEW and IMPROVED?
  • Store…sign up for a RHPTA membership today here!
  • Volunteer Sign-Ups…sign up to volunteer and track your sign-ups here!
  • Go Mobile…install the MySchoolAnywhere App from iTunes or Google Play!
 
Contact: Beth Timmerman, Directory Chair, at 
bethtimmerman@gmail.com
 
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