The Lake Ridge Bridge

October 19, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. This week, on top of instruction taking place in classes, we had our first All Pro Dads Breakfast of the 2019-2020 school year. This was a great time of fellowship with dads and father figures hearing from our All Pro Dads Chapter Leader and enjoying a cooked breakfast of pancakes, sausage, pastries, juice, and coffee with their children. We look forward to the next one that will take place in November. We also kicked off our Kids Heart Challenge. A representative from the American Heart Association shared information with scholars, and packets were sent home. Thanks to Coach Courtney for spearheading this, and we look forward to meeting or exceeding our $2500.00 goal. A link to the website is also included on below in the "Upcoming Events" section so that you can sign up, donate, and/or download the app.

Unfortunately, no grade level met the 98% grade level expectation this past week. Be sure to send dated/signed notes, and turn those in to Mrs. Castillo when your child is absent within three (3) days of the absence.

This week, we look forward to continuing our race for excellence with strong instruction, engagement, and a focus on fostering positive relationships. All are invited out to our Fall Carnival (contact PTA), Book Fair (contact Mrs. Gilbert/Mrs. Dekle), and Fall Parent Conferences (contact your child's teacher).

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:

  • Tuesday, October 22: Fall Carnival from 5:00-8:00 p.m./Book Fair Open Late
  • Wednesday, October 23: Unity Day (wear orange)
  • Thursday, October 24: School Picture Day (standard uniform attire)
  • Thursday, October 24: Parent Conference Evening/Book Fair Open Late (4:30-8:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 25: No School for Scholars
  • Friday, October 25: Parent Conference Day (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

If you have not done so already, please complete the 2019-2020 online lunch application by clicking on this link

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

Question for You to Pose to Your Child: What are some things you can do to keep your heart healthy?

Principal McCullum




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Leading House

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Positive Behavior Referrals

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Scenes from the Week

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Upcoming Events

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Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 21st, 7:15am to Thursday, Oct. 24th, 8pm

1020 Lake Ridge Parkway

Cedar Hill, TX

On Tuesday (Fall Carnival) and Thursday (Parent Conferences), the Book Fair will be open late. Check out the online website to set up a student eWallet if you do not want to send your child with cash.

Kids Heart Challenge

Friday, Oct. 18th, 12am to Friday, Nov. 15th, 12am

This is an online event.

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LRE Annual Trunk-or-Treat

Thursday, Oct. 31st, 11:30am-2:30pm

1020 Lake Ridge Parkway

Cedar Hill, TX

PTA is hosting our Annual Trunk or Treat for Lake Ridge Scholars. Set-up can can begin as early as 11:30 a.m. Grade levels will rotate in shifts, and . In order to make this event a success, we need our PARENTS to host a trunk! We need at least 20.

Sign up for the opportunity in Voly via the link below:

12th Annual LakeRidge Charity Golf Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 7am

818 Tangle Ridge Drive

Grand Prairie, TX

Lake Ridge Elementary is one of the organizations scheduled to be a recipient of proceeds raised by the LakeRidge Charitable Foundation; please share this information with your family and friends who are golfers and/or are interested in sponsoring.


Contact The LakeRidge Charitable Foundation


Call (972) 213-1306 to register

You may also print out and mail your registration or sponsorship to:

PO Box 727, Cedar Hill, TX 75106

or the drop box located inside the POA Office

$100 per player $400 per team; Bring 5 can goods to purchase 2 additional mulligans

Registration 7:00 a.m.

Putting Contest 7:30a.m.

Shotgun Starts at 8:30 a.m.

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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 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

There are a couple of exciting topics that will be addressed in the month of October. Scholars in grades K-5 will participate in Bully Awareness workshops, throughout the month. Scholars will learn how to identify bully behaviors, the difference between bullying and conflict, and strategies to deal with bullying. Parents may download quick tips, below to help facilitate discussions with your scholar. For more information on the topic of bullying, visit:

Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated, October 28 - November 1st. This year's national theme is, "Send A Message. Stay Drug Free". Scholars will learn the history of Red Ribbon Week, explore personal safety, and exercise self-care. Please visit our campus website for Red Ribbon Spirit Week attire.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Hill is excited to once again provide new coats to CHISD Elementary Scholars for the 10th year! If your scholar receives free or reduced lunch, he/she is eligible to receive a free coat. Please complete the attached form if you wish for your scholar to receive a free coat from the Rotary Club. Please view the size chart for proper coat sizing; exchanges can not be accommodated. All forms are due to Counselor Johnson no later than October 31, 2019.

Counselor Johnson


All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address:

Next APD Breakfast: Friday, November 15, 2019

  • 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

  • October 21-24: Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 22: Fall Carnival from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • October 23: Unity Day (wear orange)
  • October 24: School Picture Day (standard uniform attire)
  • October 24: Parent Conference Evening (schedule w/teacher)
  • October 25: No School for Scholars
  • October 25: Parent Conference Day (schedule w/teacher)
  • October 28-November 1: Red Ribbon Week
  • October 31: Trunk-or-Treat
  • October 18-November 15: Kids Heart Challenge