The Lake Ridge Bridge

November 16, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. Last week did not disappoint with so many activities and events taking place. We kicked off the week honoring our Veterans with a luncheon and parade. Thanks to Ms. Peterbark for coordinating and working with our PTA to make this a successful event. Throughout the week, scholars who were nominated for Gifted and Talented took part in assessments. Scholars and faculty also took part in College Awareness Week with dress up day, careers explored, and information shared by our National Elementary Honor Society members. Scholars and families enjoyed the cafeteria's Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday with a hearty menu.

We ended the week with the CBS 11 Pep Rally at CHHS featuring Lake Ridge and Bray taking part in a live interview to talk about choice programs (shout out to our scholars and teachers who attended at 5:30 a.m.), Kids' Heart Challenge top scholars were recognized (thanks to Coach Courtney for coordinating), our All Pro Dads Breakfast that had a large turnout, 5th graders touring the three middle school options in CHISD, PK and ECSE attending a field trip at Country Critters, Popcorn and Pickles being purchased and delivered, and Club Friday that brought about fun and enrichment.

Unfortunately, no grade level met the 98% attendance goal for the week.

As we continue this race for excellence, please remember that attendance is crucial for so many reasons. When scholars are absent, they miss out on quality instruction in the classroom, and low attendance affects school funding. Scholars who miss excessive days are also at risk of being retained. We understand that scholars need to be absent when they are sick and/or family emergencies occur. Our hope is that unnecessary absences that can be controlled are decreased/eliminated (i.e. planned family vacations, not knowing school is in session, etc.). Should you have difficulties getting your child to school due to transportation, please contact the Main Office so that we can work together to find a solution.

Remember that if you have classroom concerns, the first point of contact should be the classroom teacher. All email addresses can be located on our campus website. This week, keep the following dates(s) in mind:

  • November 18-21: Canned Food Drive (Facilitated by the House of Penseur)
  • November 19: Nachos and Numbers Academic Night/PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • November 21: National Parental Involvement Day
  • November 22: No School for Scholars/Professional Development Day
  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break/No School

If you have not done so already, please complete the 2019-2020 online lunch application by clicking on this link Read on below to see Scenes from the Week, Upcoming Events, Attendance Percentages, the Counseling Corner, and other important reminders.

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

Question for You to Pose to Your Child: How can you show your thanks to those who help you?

Principal McCullum




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Leading House

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Scenes from the Week

Lake Ridge Elementary Veterans Day Tribute
Lake Ridge Elementary-Veterans Day Parade

Upcoming Events

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Nachos & Numbers Academic Night/PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6-7:30pm

1020 Lake Ridge Parkway

Cedar Hill, TX

Come out to participate in and enjoy various mathematical activities and games with your children facilitated by faculty members. Nachos will be provided to attendees as a light meal.

Scholars who attend will receive a "Free Dress" pass.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


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Attendance Incentives

  • Strive for 5: Scholars who have perfect attendance Monday-Friday will receive a "Free Dress" day on the following Monday; this also applies to short weeks.
  • Weekly Class Perfect Attendance. If a homeroom class has perfect attendance for the week, they receive a pizza party.
  • 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). This is ongoing and repeats.
  • Grade Level Attendance: If a grade level has 100% attendance for the day, every scholar in that grade level receives a special treat.

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 Mrs. Castillo, Attendance Clerk/Registrar, at 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.

Counseling Corner

Scholars in grades PK-5 participated in "My Future Is Bright" college awareness week. Scholars explored the work of traditional occupations such as law enforcement, architecture, civil services, military services, agricultural careers, as well as arts and humanities. There are many other new and exciting career opportunities available for scholars to explore. For more information on global careers, please visit

Counselor Johnson


All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address:

  • 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 President: Mrs. Kristi Lacy

Email Address:


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 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
  • 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.


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.


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.

Bus Transportation

Join the respective Remind account for your child's bus route. In the event that we are notified of delays, we will send a message to the route(s) affected:

  • Route 5022: Text @7bka3hf to the number 81010.
  • Route 5028: Text @d8chbbff to the number 81010.
  • Route 5039: Text @2d7a8e to the number 81010.

If you have general questions or concerns, email Letiticia Brown at or Evonne Stewart at You can also call 972-293-8531.

2019-2020 Bus Routes:

Dress Code

Scholars are expected to be in compliance each day. Please review the dress code with your child.

Have a Concern?

All concerns are encouraged to be addressed at the lowest level possible first in an effort to resolve the matter using the steps below:

Step One: Contact the teacher, and have a meeting/phone conference.

Step Two: Contact the Assistant Principal (all discipline issues) or Counselor (mental health/academic advisement).

Step Three: Contact the Principal (if a school-wide concern, this becomes step one).

When emailing or calling the Main Office, it is helpful to provide details so that the call is directed to the correct individual.

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Lunch Application

All CHISD scholars need the Lunch Application completed. The district has a goal that 100% of our parents complete the application. If you have not completed the application, please do so.

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • Ongoing: CHISD Choose Your Seat Applications
  • November 18-21: Canned Food Drive hosted by the House of Penseur
  • November 19: Nachos and Numbers Academic Night/PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • November 21: National Parental Involvement Day

  • November 22: No School for Scholars/Professional Development Day

  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break (No School)

  • December 2: School Resumes

  • December 2: Progress Report #4 (1-5 traditional education)

  • December 2: Montessori Interest Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

  • December 2-6: Penguin Patch Christmas Shop

  • December 5: Campus Spelling Bee at 9:00 a.m.