The Lake Ridge Bridge

September 6, 2021

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From the Principal

Hopefully this message finds you well and in good spirits. Last week was one the allowed for positive impacts to be made with instruction, relationship/classbuilding, and reinforcements. Scholars had a chance to participate in grade level assemblies to hear from campus administrators, tour the new LRE Scholar Store, and put forth their best effort on beginning of the year (BOY) assessments that started. The week ended with us welcoming Mr. Figueroa to our Pre-K Team and everyone representing their favorite college/university on College Colors Day. We all had a longer weekend due to Labor Day, so we hope that you and your family had time to relax and enjoy each other.


This week, the race for excellence continues even with this being a short week. The LRE Scholar Store officially opens, and this allows scholars to use their LRE Bucks earned from meeting and exceeding expectations to make various purchases. We appreciate Dr. Washington, Mr. Coit, and NEHS for partnering together to bring this store to life.


Be sure to keep the following dates(s) in mind:

  • September 7: LRE Scholar Store Opens
  • September 7-10: K-5 MAP Reading Assessment (BOY)
  • September 7-10: PK & Kinder CLI Circle & TX-KEA Assessment (BOY)
  • September 10: Spirit Friday


Question to Pose to Your Child: How can you help someone this week?


Read on below for scenes from the week, updates from our AP, information regarding counseling & guidance, upcoming events, and other helpful resources.


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


Principal McCullum


#LRENoFinishLine

#LakeRidgeNation

#LakeRidgeMontessori

#GraceChangesEverything

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Scenes from the Week

College Colors Day

Updates from Our AP

Thank you parents for all of your support during MAP testing. Scholars are alert and focused on doing their best. This data will be used to address learning gaps and provide opportunities for enrichment to those scholars who are on target.


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


We are in this together!


Contact Information: emily.washington@chisd.net; (972) 293-4501 Ext. 5308


Dr. Washington

Counseling & Guidance Corner

College Spirit Week will be held September 20-24, 2021. More information to come in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events

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Attendance

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.

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 Principal McCullum 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 2:00 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.

Reminders

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival Procedures:

  • Doors open daily at 7:15 a.m.

  • Scholars arriving by bus will enter through Door #14.

  • Scholars in Pre-K & their siblings will enter through Door #12.

  • Scholars in ECSE/SKILL & their siblings will enter through Door #11.

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

  • Vehicles may enter the school driveway via the back/second 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. All parents & visitors must report directly to the Main Office.


Dismissal Procedures:

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

  • Scholars in Pre-K & their siblings will exit through Door #12.

  • Scholars in SKILL & 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 will exit through Door #5 (remain in cafeteria until called).

    • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back/second 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 call the Main Office or email Principal McCullum AND Dr. Washington by 2:00 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.

  • If your child is in Right at School, remember that checkout begins after 3:30 p.m.; that occurs at Door #5.


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

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Driveway #1: Yellow

Driveway #2: Orange

K-5: Green Line (morning arrival=Door #1; dismissal=door #5)

ECSE/PK/SKILL: Blue Line

Main Office/Parking: Red Line

Self-Care

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Helpful Resources

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 schedule a conference.

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

Step Three: Contact the Principal.


When emailing or calling the Main Office, it is helpful to provide details so that the inquiry is directed to the correct individual. No in-person meetings are taking place at this time.

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • Ongoing: 2021-2022 Registration
  • August 30-September 24: BOY Assessments (MAP/CLI)
  • September 7: LRE Scholar Store Opens
  • September 14: Cub Scouts Virtual Recruitment at 7:00 p.m.
  • September 16: 1st Six Weeks Ends
  • September 17: Staff Development Day/No School for Scholars
  • September 20-24: College Spirit Week
  • September 21: International Day of Peace
  • September 23: Virtual Open House/Title I Meeting at 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • October 1: Custodian Appreciation Day
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