The Rhino Report
March 7, 2023 - Rylander Elementary School Newsletter
Spring Break March 13-17
Parents and Guardians,
PreK and Kinder will have the Rodeo on campus on Friday, because of this event, we will not have lunch visitors for PreK and Kinder on Friday.
Spirit Stick will be sold during lunch on Thursday and Friday outside the cafeteria. Spirit Sticks are $1 each
We are finishing up our World’s Finest Chocolate campus fundraiser. Thank you so much for all the assistance and support. We are super excited to be able to appreciate our teachers and purchase some chrome books for first grade. The student competition will end on Friday; however, we have a few boxes left that we will continue to sell until they are gone. Details will be coming out regarding the student incentives and prizes earned after spring break. If you want your child’s sales included in the incentive program, please return all monies by Friday for them to count.
This week we have a PTA General Meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 5:30 pm in the gym followed by the Dad’s Night Out for 3rd Grade!
We have three days before Spring Break! Reminder that Spring Week is March 13 – 17.
Rylander Elementary School
Spring Pictures with Provine - March 23rd
Spring Individual picture day for Rylander Elementary is Thursday, March 23rd. You may visit http://ph.hhimagehost.com/RylanderElementarySpringIndividuals2023 to prepay for your photo online.
If paying by cash, please include the exact amount. Our photographers do not carry change.
Please have your student dressed in their best for the Spring Photos!
Provine School Pictures
8305 Kempwood Dr.
Houston, TX 77055
Final Day to win prizes - Get your last boxes of chocolate by Friday 3/10
Thank You for Supporting the RRE Staff
Thank You Spring Creek BBQ
Thank you to Spring Creek BBQ for hosting a spring semester Spirit Night and for all the RRE family and staff who attended. We had a great time enjoying good company and delicious BBQ. Thank you to the following staff who served throughout the event.
Angie Loverde, Linda Rowe, Melanie Goff, Ana Vetluzhskikh, Valeria Lazcano, Robin Campbell, Debbie Davis, Cara Edmondson, Anna Bailey, Shelby Wright, Jennifer Stroud, Sindy Elvir, Yosleny Garrido, Leslie Buckmaster, and Nancy Driver
Student Council Pet Drive
Student Council will be sponsoring a pet supply drive. We are asking students to bring in gently used blankets, towels, or bedding that can be used as a comfortable resting place for animals in shelters. If your students want to bring in unopened food, treats or toys that is also always welcome, but we are not asking families to spend money. The class that brings in the most items will win extra recess with snacks provided by Burris and Broadhead! Information on how to track your classes progress will come on Monday.
Students are also welcome to wear animals themed shirts (or hats if classroom teachers are ok with it) on Monday to kick it off. If you have any questions just let us know.
Thank you for always being so generous and flexible!
Burris and Broadhead,
You friendly neighborhood Stuco Sponsors!
La próxima semana, su Consejo Estudiantil patrocinará una colecta de artículos para mascotas. Estamos pidiendo a los estudiantes que traigan cobijas, toallas o camas usadas en buen estado que puedan usarse como un lugar de descanso cómodo para los animales en los refugios. Si sus estudiantes quieren traer comida sin abrir o juguetes, también es bienvenido, pero no estamos pidiendo a las familias que gasten dinero. ¡La clase que traiga la mayor cantidad de artículos ganará un recreo adicional con merienda por Burris y Broadhead! La información sobre cómo seguir el progreso de sus clases llegará el lunes.
Los estudiantes también pueden usar camisetas con temas de animales (o sombreros si los maestros de clase están de acuerdo con eso) el lunes para comenzar. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sólo háganoslo saber.
¡Gracias por ser siempre tan generosos y flexibles!
Burris y Broadhead,
¡Sus amigables Patrocinadores de Stuco!
PurposeFull People -Character Traits
For the next 3 weeks, we will be focusing on the character trait: Perseverance. One way to think about Perseverance is “pushing yourself through challenges and obstacles.” We all experience challenges in our lives. We all have moments when we feel like we can’t do it or that we want to give up on a big task. It is important to develop tools that help us work through those challenges in order to grow in those moments instead of giving up. How might you practice Perseverance as a family this month?
Consistency is hard. Have each person in the family commit to 1 thing they will do each day this week. Maybe it is flossing, drinking a certain amount of water, getting to bed at a certain time, limiting screen time, or exercising. Create a place where each person can tally their progress and see who can keep their streak going the longest!
Attention 5th Grade Parents:
Please see the flyers below for important information and dates for the students who chose Band or Orchestra as their 1st choice for Fine Arts.
Teacher Appreciation March 9th
March Teacher Appreciation Lunch for our Rylander Teachers and Staff is on March 9th, Italian is our theme! Please review the available food provision and volunteer setup/serving/clean up slots as well as raffle donations below and click on the button to sign up. 707-318-6029 is my cell- Stephanie Tower, Thank you!
El almuerzo de agradecimiento a los maestros de marzo para nuestros maestros y personal de Rylander es el 9 de marzo, ¡el italiano es nuestro tema! Revise la disponibilidad de alimentos necesarios y los espacios para preparación/servicio/limpieza de voluntarios, así como las donaciones para rifas a continuación y haga clic en el botón para registrarse. 707-318-6029 es mi celular- Stephanie Tower, ¡Gracias!
Kindergarten Rodeo Lunch Time Change (Switching with 1st Grade)
On Friday, March 10, Kindergarten will be participating in our Kindergarten Rodeo. Because of this, kindergarten and first grade will be switching lunch times. 1st grade will be eating lunch from 10:18-10:54 and kindergarten will be eating lunch from 10:48-11:22. Please be on the lookout for an email from your child’s teacher for class specific times. We ask that you do not join your PK student or kindergartener for lunch on this day. Due to spacing in the cafeteria, we can not accommodate all the visitors that may join us for the rodeo.
Rumble in the Jungle is coming in April
Rumble is coming up on April 1st from 3-6 pm Thank you for all you donations for class baskets. We will send a signup genius for volunteers soon. Tickets and wristbands are available now on our website: www.rrepta.org/shop
We will accept cash or checks made out to Rylander PTA. Tickets and wristbands will be available for pick up at the event, nothing will be sent home early with the children.
3/9 - General PTA Meeting 5:30 - Gym
3/9 - Dad's Night Out 6:00 - Gym
3/10 - Kinder Rodeo - Please no lunch visitors for PK or Kindergarten
3/13 - 3/17 Spring Break
4/1 - Rumble
Dads - Info for our WACTH D.O.G.S. Program
Have you purchased your yearbook yet? You won't want to miss out on all the great memories we are making at Rylander including Movie Night, the 100th day of school, the Parent-Child Dance, International Night, Rumble, and daily fun like recess, specials, science labs, and more!
Yearbooks are $45, cover personalizations start at $5. Order your yearbook online only at https://www.balfour.com/texas/katy/rylander-elementary-school
Morning and Dismissal Safety
Rylander Elementary has over 10 trained crossing guards who make sure each morning and afternoon that our Rhinos arrive safely to campus and depart safely for home. As RRE is located on a very busy intersection, this adds to the responsibility of their duties. Please be mindful of the directions that our Crossing Guards are giving in order to keep our students and staff safe. Thank you for your support.
Just a quick reminder that while driving through a school zone, it is against the law for a driver to be on his/her cellphone. Thank you.
Arrival & Dismissal Reminders:
Here are few reminders and directions for arrival and dismissal:
1. Please be Kind and keep in mind that arrival and dismissal will always be busy with the number of parents and guardians dropping/picking up students.
2. Please be patient.
3. Please do not cut people off or cut in line. The car rider line for Kinder Drive and Main Car Drive is down Falcone Landing Blvd. If you are coming from Westheimer Pkwy and turn into the Main Car Drive entry (by the donut shop) you are cutting in line. You need to drive down Falcone Landing Blvd. and get inline on the far-right side. There is one car rider line that either enters in the Kinder Drive or Main Car Drive drop off.
4. Please do not be on your cell phone in a school zone.
5. Please follow the school zone speed limit.
6. Kinder Drive – blue car tag (PreK, Kinder, 1st Grade Only)
Stroller Parking During Lunch Visits/Estacionamiento para los coches de bebe
Going forward we will need your assistance when visiting lunch with strollers. Please park your strollers outside the cafeteria while having lunch. We will have a designated parking area while you enjoy time with your student. Thanks for your cooperation with this.
En el futuro, necesitaremos su ayuda cuando visite el almuerzo y traigan sus cochecitos de bebe. Por favor estacione sus cochecitos afuera de la cafetería mientras almuerza. Tendremos un área de estacionamiento designada mientras disfruta del tiempo con su estudiante. Gracias por su cooperación con esto.
Just a reminder that we will follow district dress code policy. We have not had any major issues, but I wanted to be proactive and send out the campus procedure. If a teacher notices a student out of dress code, that student will be sent or walked to the nurse's office. Nurse Maher will double check the dress code and contact parent if a change of clothes is needed. A couple things to keep in mind is crop tops and small shorts for female students. Please see the discipline management plan below if you need more information regarding dress code violations.
Early Pick-up/Emergency Contacts:
Early Pick-up/Emergency Contacts:
Emergency contacts are listed for the campus to use in case we are unable to get in contact with you when there is an emergency with your student. We do not automatically release a student to an emergency contact, we still need to know that you give permission for the emergency contact person to pick-up your student. Please email RRETransporation@katyisd.org when anyone comes to pick-up your student and are not listed as a guardian. You must send us something in writing with a copy of your government issued ID. This is the only way we will know that you as the guardian gives permission for your child to be picked up by someone else. We understand that this may be an inconvenience, however, for safety reasons we do not want to release your child to a person who has not been approved by the parent or guardian. Early pick-up ends at 2:30 pm daily.
As a reminder, to avoid interruption of classes, messages will be delivered to students only in extreme emergencies. Delivery to students of flowers, balloons, food (including birthday treats) and other such items are prohibited at school per Katy ISD policy in the Student Handbook (pg. 48).
Rock-in_Rhinos Twitter Account
Sign-up for Remind
Please email RRETransportation@katyisd.org to request dismissal transportation changes by 2:00 pm daily.
There are two types of front/back walkers—independent and parent pick up. Independent front walkers are escorted to the corner of Falcon Landing Blvd. and Westheimer Pkwy. They walk home independently from that corner. All 2nd through 5th grade students default as independent walkers. Younger siblings (in grades PK-1st) of those students can walk home with the independent walker ONLY IF The Walker Permission form is filled out and returned to school. Here is the link for the Walker Permission Form.
PK-1st grade students default as parent pick up front walkers. These students are matched with their parents at the northeast corner of the building by the bike racks. These students can ONLY be released with a physical number tag that matches the number on the student’s dismissal tag. No photos of the tag will be accepted. If the tag is not present, the student will need to be picked up at the front office. Parent must present a government-issued ID.
Bikers are also dismissed with the independent front walkers. They follow the same procedure as independent front walkers. They must walk their bikes on school property.
Link to District Transportation Page
Link to find out your student’s bus information
All breakfast and lunches are no longer free.
Please feel free to complete the free/reduced meal program application.
Link to Nutrition and Food Services Information
In May 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concluded its free breakfast and lunch meal service that was available to all students, regardless of eligibility. To determine eligibility for free meals for the 2022-2023 school year, families with students who do not attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) campus will need to complete a Meal Benefits/Free & Reduced meals application. More information about free and reduced benefits can be found here. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines can be found here.
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Meal Payment Information:
Payment for meals is encouraged to be cashless through the Pay N' Go App.
Cash and checks for meal payment will be accepted in the lunch line for students and change will be deposited on the student’s account. Students’ positive and negative cafeteria account balances from last year have rolled forward to the current school year.
Pay N' Go Link (see instructions below for accessing application)
Student Required items for purchase online:
Planners - $3.00
(only grades 1st, 2nd, and 3)
Lanyards - $3.00
Badge Sleeve - $1.00
Badge Clip - $1.00
Directions & link to A+ Pay N Go.
Below is the link that will get you to the log in, or create an account. Click on LOGIN.
Directions that will help you navigate the website:
After they log in, on the far right of the screen they will see a box that says Elementary Schools, click on that.
Next screen, bottom right click Elementary R-Z box.
Next screen, top row, right side, under LOGIN, click Rylander Elementary box.
On this screen click on the tab you want to pay.
Please ignore the word replacement on each of the items title . New orders are labeled replacement. It is the way the system is set up.