The Lake Ridge Bridge

August 24, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. The second week met us with improved procedures, solid instruction, continued focus on building relationships, and engagement. Scholars had a chance to begin attending Specials this past week. Our Specials consist of Physical Education, Music, and Computer.


Thank you to those who came out to our PTA Spirit Night at Jason's Deli on Wednesday. If you have not joined the Lake Ridge PTA, it's not too late. The number one reason to join PTA is to benefit your child. The funds raised from membership go toward activities and events. It is also a great way to get connected with other parents and teachers and be a role model for your child. The membership form remains included in the information found on down in the newsletter. The first class to have 100% of parents join the PTA will receive a pizza party.


We look forward to a new week of learning and endless possibilities. Be sure to mark your calendar for the following:


  • Monday, August 26: Fall Gifted and Talented Nomination Window Opens
  • Friday, August 30: Staff Development Day; No School for Scholars
  • Monday, September 2: Labor Day; No School
  • Friday, September 6: Grandparents' Day Break; please RSVP for grandparents using the form including on below.


Always remember that "The Race for Excellence has No Finish Line."


Question for You to Pose to Your Child: What math have you noticed that is used in every day life?


Principal McCullum


#LRENoFinishLine

#LakeRidgeNation

#LakeRidgeMontessori

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Scenes from the Week

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Upcoming Events

Counseling Survey

Please complete the survey below to help Mrs. Johnson, Campus Counselor, plan to meet the needs of our scholars.

Fall Gifted and Talented Nominations

Nominations for Gifted and Talented (G/T) will begin August 26, 2019 through September 20, 2019 for students enrolled in first grade through fifth grade. If you would like to nominate your child for this program, please contact your child’s teacher to request his/her input. The teacher will be able to tell you if he/she is seeing characteristics of a gifted child and will be able to evaluate your child in relation to others at his/her grade level. It is often difficult to determine how advanced a child is unless he/ she is able to be compared to his/her peers. Students who qualify for G/T by the end of the first semester, will begin services spring 2020.


Nomination Forms, Permission to Test Forms, and the Parent Report Forms are available on the Lake Ridge Elementary website. Hard copies of Gifted and Talented packets may also be picked up in the main office.


Please return all completed forms to the counselor no later than September 20, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rashonda Johnson at 972-293-4501 or via email at rashonda.johnson@chisd.net.

Attendance

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Attendance Incentives

  • Weekly Perfect Attendance: Scholars who have perfect attendance Monday-Friday will receive a "Free Dress" day on the following Monday.
  • Class Perfect Attendance: Each scholar in a class has an opportunity to receive an incentive once the class spells out A-T-T-E-N-D-A-N-C-E (a letter will be earned each day the homeroom class has perfect attendance).
  • Grade Level Attendance: If a grade level has 100% attendance for the day, every scholar in that grade level receives a special treat.
  • Class Perfect Attendance. If a class has perfect attendance for the week, they receive a pizza party.

Attendance Notes

  • Notes regarding an absence must be brought to the office within three days of the absence; parents can also enter via Family Access. Notes should include the scholar's full name, date of absence, and signature/date of parent/guardian.
  • You can email Ms. Castillo, Attendance Clerk/Registrar, at bonnie.castillo@chisd.net for any attendance questions or concerns.
  • If the method of your child getting home needs to change, notify the Main Office or your child’s teacher by 2:30 p.m. so that there is enough time to communicate the change to your child. If e-mailing the teacher, include an administrator in case the teacher is absent on that particular day.
  • 2:45 p.m. is the latest that a scholar may be checked out due to preparation for dismissal.

GET INVOLVED

All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address: lakeridgeAPD2018@gmail.com


  • Join APD to see how you can be a part of involvement, connections, engagement, partnership and mentorship. Reach out so that you can be ready for 2019-2020.

PTA NEWS

PTA President: Mrs. Kristi Lacy

Email Address: lakeridgeelempta@gmail.com


JOIN PTA FOR THE 20119-2020 SCHOOL YEAR; WE HAVE ESTABLISHED SOME GREAT TRADITIONS. WE NEED YOU! MORE INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED SO THAT YOU CAN JOIN AT OUR "MEET THE TEACHER" EVENT IN AUGUST.


On-going Opportunities to Donate/Serve:

Volunteer via Voly

Become a Volunteer!

Keeping the safety and well-being of our students first, state law and district policy require that all Cedar Hill ISD volunteers (students between age 13-17 and District Employees are exempt) complete the district's volunteer application which includes a Criminal Background Check. Applications must be renewed each school year. The background screening report can take up to 72 hours to process.


Volunteer Process

  • All volunteers must be approved through cedarhillisd.voly.org in order to volunteer in CHISD.
  • Once a Voly account has been created, an email will be sent from JDP asking volunteer to complete a background check.
  • Approval time is normally 5-7 business days pending there are no flags in the applicant's background.
  • If the account is flagged for any reason the approval of your account could take up to 2 weeks. If you have any questions please email face@chisd.net.
  • All volunteers must use their legal name. Any error when entering information will prolong the approval process.
  • You are encouraged to become a FAN of the school you wish to volunteer with during the application process in order to receive specific volunteer opportunities and be shown as a regular volunteer.

Reminders

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival Procedures:

  • Doors open daily at 7:15 a.m.

  • Scholars in PK & their siblings will be instructed to enter through Door #12.

  • Scholars in Longoria/Lynn/Rangel & their siblings will enter through Door #11.

  • All other scholars, including Montessori, (car riders, bus riders, and walkers) will enter through Door #1/Main Entrance.

  • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back driveway that runs behind the building and form one line.
  • Only those going to the Main Office or dropping off with the classes indicated for Door #11 and Door #12 should enter the main driveway.
  • Parents should follow the arrows that indicate the flow of traffic, and drop off only in the lane next to the sidewalk. Children should not be dropped off in the center lane to ensure safety.

After the first day of school, parents will not be able to walk their children to their classrooms unless an observation has been scheduled with the teacher. All parents & visitors must report directly to the Main Office.


Dismissal Procedures:

  • Dismissal occurs daily at 3:00 p.m.

  • Scholars in Crow/Stelter & their siblings will exit through Door #12.

  • Scholars in Longoria/Lynn/Rangel & their siblings will exit through Door #11.

  • Scholars who ride the bus or walk home will exit through Door #14.

  • Scholars picked up via Private Daycare transportation will exit through Door #1.

  • Scholars who are picked up by car, including Montessori, will exit through Door #5 (remain in cafeteria until called).

    • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back driveway that runs behind the building and form one line.

    • As the cars approach the pick-up area, the scholars will be called outside and will wait for a faculty member to load them into the cars.

    • Anyone picking up a scholar must have the color-coded card prominently displayed. If the card is not present, then the scholars(s) will be sent to the front office, and the driver will need to show proper identification.

    • Parents, please stay in your car at all times. Children will not be released if a parent walks up to the cafeteria door.

  • Only those going to the Main Office for appointments or picking up with the classes indicated for Door #11 and Door #12 should enter the main driveway.

  • If there is a change in how a scholar regularly gets home, please send a note to the scholar's teacher or call the front office by 2:30 p.m. This will help avoid confusion.

  • The latest time to check a scholar out via the Main Office is 2:45 p.m. After that time, please wait until the regularly scheduled dismissal.


The picture below shows how to properly place your car tag(s) for dismissal:

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Birthday Recognition

If you would like to recognize your child at school on his/her birthday that falls on a school day, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher so that he/she can notify the office. On your child's birthday, you may bring store bought cupcakes or packaged fruit and individual juice/water at the time indicated by the teacher if you have communicated with the teacher. Cupcakes should not be dropped off and left with the teacher or the office. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend or on a non-school day for students, no alternate arrangements will be made.


Arrangements should be made prior to the child's birthday so that the teacher can verify that it will not interrupt scheduled class activities.


Montessori

Birthdays in Montessori are celebrated with an activity called "Walk Around the Sun". We will celebrate birthdays each month on the last Friday of the month unless otherwise stated. On that Friday, each child that is going to Walk Around the Sun is asked to bring uncut, fresh fruit that we will wash and prepare in class. Our room parent will help organize this monthly event. For example, if we have 4 children celebrating birthdays in September, one child can bring 4 uncut oranges, one can bring a sealed container of uncut strawberries, one can bring 4 apples, and one can bring an uncut pineapple. Due to allergies, please do not send nuts. In class, the birthday scholars will help prepare a fruit salad for the class. Each birthday child will then have their opportunity to Walk Around the Sun and we will sing a collective Happy Birthday. If there are only one or two children celebrating a birthday in a particular month, a bag of apples or

Cuties would be appreciated. Please do not send cupcakes or other high sugar

items. August and summer birthdays will be celebrated in May.


In addition to sharing a fruit snack with their friends, the birthday children may also bring a poster that displays photos of them as a baby, at 1 year old, at 2 years old, etc. until the current year. The birthday children are encouraged to present this poster and the photos to their peers. This activity is optional.

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • August 26: Fall Gifted and Talented Nominations Begin
  • August 30: No School for Scholars; Staff Development Day
  • September 2: No School; Labor Day
  • September 6: Grandparents' Day Breakfast
  • September 20: Fall Gifted and Talented Nominations Due to Counselor Johnson