Rattler News

October 19, 2022

Important Dates

  • Friday, October 21st: Report Cards available on Home Access Center; Fall School Pictures
  • Friday, October 21st: Fall School Pictures for the yearbook


A message from Coach Guthrie

Dear Parents & Students,

The PE Department has a new pilot program called Students Teach Students. Sometimes kids learn better from other kids. Once a month we will hold a free clinic for any 2nd - 5th grade student that would like extra help on a skill we have recently gone over in PE. This month we will be working on Tennis skills. Coach Jackson & I have selected students as coaches based on their above-average tennis skills. They will be helping 2nd - 5th grade students that want a little more personal instruction. Of course, we will be there as well. If you are interested, please help us keep track of how many students to expect by clicking on the link below and filling out the form. Unfortunately, we will have to cap the number of students to 20. Whoever signs up first will get a confirmation from me.


Date: Friday, October 28th

Time: 7-7:30am

Where: MPR

(Drop your child off in the back of the school where the steps are and we will let them in.

Virtual Learning Academy

Did you know that virtual learning is still offered in Leander ISD as a school of choice? If you know of a Leander ISD student that may benefit from virtual learning they are still enrolling students in grades K-8. Here is the informational flier with more details. Reach out the remotelearning@leanderisd.org with any questions.
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TEAL Pumpkin Project

The River Ridge PTA Food Allergy Awareness Committee supports the FARE Teal Pumpkin project with the goal to create a safer Halloween for all by:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters such as glow sticks or small toys.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate that you have non-food treats available
  3. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family

Help make Halloween safe and fun for all kids!

Helpful Resources:

FARE Teal Pumpkin Project:


2022 Allergy- Friendly Halloween Candy Guide:



If you have a child with a food allergy or if you want to help, please let us know us know! Email us at kmhleavell@yahoo.com

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Literacy Partners Needed

Literacy Partners is a partnership between Leander ISD-approved volunteers and select Kinder-3rd grade students who practice reading together and engage in conversations about the books being read. Literacy Partners serve with consistency and humility while keeping it simple. The program involves a WEEKLY 1x1 reading session (right outside the classroom door) with TWO children for 15 MIN EACH, from OCTOBER TO APRIL.

Please click here for more information!

Let’s Learn with Superintendent Bruce Gearing: Elections

In an effort to create educational awareness about the November ballot, Leander ISD is hosting a series of conversations. Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D., will lead a discussion about Propositions A & B over the next several weeks ahead of the November 8 election.

Due to sizable recent increases in property appraisals across our region, the district’s property values have reached a point that has triggered two elections: an Attendance Credit Election (ACE) and a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE).

We encourage the community at-large to learn more about these ballot issues during the following opportunities:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 6:30 pm, Facebook LIVE

  • Friday, Oct. 21 – 12 pm at LISD LEO Conference Center

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 6:30 pm, virtual Zoom webinar (link coming soon)

Please use this link Let’s Learn with Bruce: Elections to let us know you’re attending. While sign-up is not required, it helps us plan for how many participants to expect.

We have provided a number of Prop A & B resources as well as voting information.

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Vandergrift Robotics

The Vandegrift Robotics Team "Hydra 7161" is hosting a Robotics Lab Tour on October 29th from 2:30pm-3:15pm. Parents and students are invited to come to Vandegrift on this day to tour the lab and ask the team questions.

This event is limited to the first 30 parents/students, so if you are interested please use this form to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/3cnu223f!
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