News from the Ranch

Empowering Leaders Every Day

May 12th, 2023

A note from the Principal

Rancher Families,

There were so many amazing things happening at the Ranch this week. Third grade took a field trip, and kindergarten hosted their annual Tea for Two. And, in the midst of all of the rest of end of the year things, we also celebrated our annual Leadership Day. As a Leader in Me school, a big part of what we do is help students see that they are empowered to lead. The opportunity to have their parents come and to show their leadership portfolios and talk about the work they have done all year long is incredibly empowering. I saw so many amazing examples of our students teaching their parents about how they are leaders. Whether it was in first grade as they taught families to synergize by playing the "Boom" game or in fourth grade where they taught about finding your own voice and learning how you share your genius with others in so many different ways, the interactions between students and adults truly made my heart happy. So, thank you to all who were able to come and be a part of empowering our students as they shared their learning journeys. If you were unable to come, please ask your child to show you the leadership portfolio they have created for the year. (Grades 2-5 should be able to show it to you digitally.) Ask your child to teach you about the seven habits and to teach you the game they developed with their class. And, know that, while it may seem like a quick little game, each class had a really meaningful conversation about what they would teach. They talked about how the game they chose really taught the habit in a meaningful way. Teachers reported that many of the games they thought would be good were rejected by students who did not feel that game got to the real heart of the habit. I love how our students can think at high levels and have such a deep understanding of the habits.

It was also really refreshing for me to hear from so many of you about how the seven habits have impacted you in your own lives with your own families. Our area superintendent visited last week to talk with students about what they think is important for a new principal for next year. She debriefed briefly with me and what struck me was the level of maturity and thought that our students can put into things. As they described what qualities made a good leader, it was incredibly obvious to her that they really understand leadership at a very high level.

Note that kindergarten will share their leadership at their end of year celebration.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend and look ahead to making these last ten days of school ones of fun and learning.

Beth Mohler



Please click on the Returning to the Ranch link below and complete it to let us know your plans for next year. It is vitally important as we plan for next year that we have a really good count of enrollment. This is possibly the most important thing we will ask you to fill out all year long! It will only take a minute. If you completed it last week, you don't need to complete it again.

District's Long-Range Planning Committee Expands Membership Opportunities

Leander ISD is currently accepting applications to serve on the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) only. The application is open to parents, community members, and secondary students who are interested in partnering with the district in an advisory role to carry out the mission of the LRPC. You can view the LRPC Charter, mission, and additional information on the LRPC webpage.

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Friday, May 19. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee selection for service. However, if you are not selected to serve on the committee, outreach opportunities will continue to be available for community members to provide input, share ideas, and participate in shared learning through community workshops and forums.

Additional information and the application link can be found on the LISD Committees webpage.--

Your voice and feedback matters! Please complete our parent survey!

Rancher Families,

Right now we only have 114 parents who have completed our annual Leadership Survey. Please, please, please, take ten minutes and do the survey. If we can at least get feedback from 200 families, that would be 20% of our school. We appreciate the 114 who have done it already but that limited response may not give us a full picture of what we need to know. Please - just do it!

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Camp Invention

If you have not heard yet, Camp Invention is back in person this summer after a 3-year hiatus!! This is a great opportunity for all students! The dates of the camp are June 5-9th at Winkley Elementary. Camp Invention's website is:

A Message from the Nurse

Dear Parents/Guardians:

All medication(s) or supplies that have been left in the clinic for your student, need to be picked up no later than 5/26/2023 at 11:30am. All medication(s) must be picked up by a parent/guardian, students will not be able to pick up medications under any circumstances. Medications are not stored in the clinic over the summer, any medications not picked up by 5/26/2023 at 11:30am will be disposed of.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Have a great summer.

Nurse Julie

For questions reach out to Nurse Julie:

Julie Hendricks RN

Rutledge Elementary Campus Nurse


512-570-9233 Confidential E-Fax

Planning for Middle School and Beyond!

State Required Immunizations for Incoming 7th Grade Students

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The transition to middle school is an exciting time for you and your student. Immunizations may

not be at the front of your mind, but they do play an important role.

In order to be compliant under Texas Administrative Code regarding immunizations, an updated

immunization record is required for your incoming 7th grade child. The updated immunization

record must include the required Tdap booster and 1 quadrivalent Meningococcal vaccine. To

avoid exclusion, your child’s campus nurse must receive the updated record prior to the first day

of school. Please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website to view a full list

of K-12 Minimum Requirements

If you are unsure whether your child has received these required immunizations, please contact

your physician. You may request a copy of your child’s immunization records by emailing

We hope this early communication prevents missed instructional days in your child’s upcoming

7th grade school year. Please contact the campus nurse where your child will be attending 7th

grade should you have any questions regarding state required immunizations.


Julie Hendricks RN

Rutledge Elementary Campus Nurse


512-570-9233 Confidential E-Fax

Staff Shout Out!

If you would like to send a Shout Out to a Rutledge staff member or teacher, we will happily pass it along. It can be anonymous or signed. Thank you for lifting up our hardworking staff! We love what we do and appreciate your partnership!

Lost and found items

If one of these is yours, see Diana at the front desk to collect.
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WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program

To sign up to volunteer, please register with the district here and email Will Rison at once you are an approved volunteer. If you have any questions about this awesome program please feel free to contact our Chairperson Will Rison

Lost & Found

The PTA has created a Lost & Found page on the PTA website. It will be updated each week with photos. You will also find information on how to get your items back.

PTA News

Dear 5th grade parents:

There will be a slideshow going on showing each of your students' kinder and 5th grade school portraits as they walk across the stage. Please send in your child's kindergarten portrait to by Monday, May 15 so it can be included in the slideshow!

Also, yard signs are in!! I'll have them at the 5th Grade track meet tomorrow if you'd like to pick it up there. I will also have a table set up in my front yard Friday (5/12) afternoon from 3:30 to 6, you can swing by and pick them up. The address listed in the email from your child’s 5th grade teacher.

Can't wait to see them popping up around the neighborhood!

Thank you!

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We have just ONE MORE Volunteering Opportunity!!!

Hello parents!! With the end of the year coming up we have JUST ONE MORE

volunteering opportunity and we NEED YOUR HELP!

End of Year Parties: Wednesday, May 24 - Thursday, May 25 - Friday, May 26

We are in need of volunteers to help hand out pre-printed badges and help with doors for the End of the Year Parties and Celebrations!

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COVID-19 Reporting

For any student who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, we ask parents/guardians to click here to notify the district.

Here are some resources for parents on where to get COVID tests:

If people do not have access to the internet, they can call 311 and ask for assistance with COVID testing sites.