The Rhino Report
October 3, 2022 - Rylander Elementary School Newsletter
Highlights from Ms. Heard
Rylander is sending out a BIG THANK YOU to PTA for the Teacher Luncheon on Thursday! It was a very nice treat at the end of the month.
Students should wear Red tomorrow, October 4, 2022, for Dyslexia Awareness Month – OCTOBER!
Don’t forget to have dinner on Tuesday 10/4 at Spring Creek BBQ starting at 5:00 PM.
Up and coming events!
- Red Ribbon Week – October 24 – 28
- Grandparents Day – November 10 - for 1st, 5th, and 3rd Graders
- Grandparents Day – November 11 - for Kinder, 2nd, and 4th Graders
- Bookfair – November 10 and 11 in the library
- Field Day – November 15 for 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders
- Field Day – November 16 for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd Graders
Have a Rhino-tastic Week!
Rylander Elementary School
Anti-Bullying Play at MRHS for all 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders
On October 6 all 3rd-5th graders will participate in an anti-bully play production at Morton Ranch High School. The campus will pay the $3 admission cost for all of the students and the transportation cost to attend. Please make sure your student(s) brings a sack lunch or orders a sack lunch from the cafeteria.
No lunch visitors for grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th on October 6th.
No School - Monday, October 10
Hispanic Heritage Parade – Friday, October 14
Teachers and staff wear clothing that representing Hispanic Heritage. At about 8:05 am an announcement will be made for all grade levels to come out of their classrooms and sit lining up the hallways. Each grade level walks through the hallways starting with PK. Once PK passes by kinder hallway, kinder stands up and follows PK. Once they pass by 1st, then 1st stands up and follows PK,K and so on. Once PK makes it all the way around, they sit and watch K, 1st, 2nd, etc. as they pass by until everyone has gone through.
All staff and students are encouraged to participate even if they are not Hispanic. Parents are not invited to attend since it will be during the school day.
Candyland Curriculum Night - October 27
Candyland Curriculum Night is an event for both students and parents to come out to for a hands-on curriculum experience. Parents will also get an overview of what is being taught for both semesters for each grade level and subject. There will be different stations setup for parents and students to visit and get information. Don’t forget to stop by the library for information about our November Book Fair and participate in our Secret Message Contest! The gym will also host an interactive PE experience for you to enjoy! Students are encouraged to wear his/her storybook character outfit for Red Ribbon week to the event. Students will also get a candy treat after they complete each curriculum activity with his/her parent. This event will take the place of the Fall Open House.
Gifted and Talented Screening for 1st-4th Grade Students
Students in 1st-4th grade can be screened for the Gifted and Talented Program with service to begin in the fall of 2023-24. Screening will occur during the months of January- May. Parents will be notified of the placement decision in May.
Deadline to return/submit parent forms is October 28, 2022 at 4:00pm. NO LATE CHECKLISTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Please complete one of the following:
There is a FAQ page on the Katy ISD GT/Advanced Academics website for more information about elementary screening that can be accessed at: https://www.katyisd.org/Page/4405
For all questions regarding screening, please contact Karen Cooper, Karendcooper@katyisd.org
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENT SESSIONS FALL 2022
LOVE AND LOGIC PARENT SESSIONS FALL 2022
Love and Logic Parenting Classes will be offered at multiple campuses during the Fall semester of 2022. Participation options including dates and times are listed on the district website: https://www.katyisd.org/Page/9511 . Katy ISD families may register to attend any session. Dates for Love and Logic courses are posted on the Professional Learning website. Families who wish to participate in Love and Logic courses may pay the $10 cost of the workbooks with cash, check, or through the Pay ‘N Go system. Love and Logic Facilitators will distribute the workbooks to participants during the session. A minimum of 10 participants is required for each session. If a minimum number of participants is not met, registered participants will be directed to an alternate session.
Please contact RRE’s Counselor, Cristina Figueredo, if you have any additional questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Ribbon Spirit Week – Oct. 24-28
Read, Deed, Run
Read, Deed, Run is an all encompassing program for the WHOLE child. Students in grades 3, 4, & 5, commit to a 25 week program in which they will read 26 books(or 2600 pages), perform 26 good deeds in the community, and run a total of 26.2 miles. Meetings are held after school every other Monday, from 3 – 4. During this time students will run a mile and complete a good deed towards the program requirements. Students run their final 1.2 miles in a “race” to earn their Finisher’s t-shirt and medal at Legacy Stadium with more than 18 other schools. This program requires commitment from the student and their family. Please click the link below to fill out an application to join. Students accepted into the program will be contacted and given further information. Program fees are $25.
Applications are due by October 7th.
Read, Deed, Run es un programa integral para TODO el estudiante. Los estudiantes en los grados 3, 4 y 5 se comprometen a un programa de 25 semanas en el que leerán 26 libros (o 2600 páginas), realizarán 26 buenas obras en la comunidad y correrán un total de 26.2 millas. Las reuniones se llevan a cabo después de la escuela cada lunes, de 3 a 4. Durante este tiempo, los estudiantes correrán una milla y completarán una buena acción para cumplir con los requisitos del programa. Los estudiantes corren sus últimas 1.2 millas en una "carrera" para ganar su camiseta y medalla de “Finisher” en el estadio Legacy con otras más 18 escuelas en el distrito. Este programa requiere el compromiso del estudiante y su familia. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para completar su solicitud para participar en el programa. Los estudiantes aceptados en el programa serán contactados y se les dará más información. El costo del programa es de $25.
Las solicitudes deben presentarse antes del 7 de octubre.
Are you looking for a creative, problem solving opportunity for your 1st-5th grade student? The Destination Imagination Program (DI) allows students the opportunity to work collaboratively with their teammates to solve one of 6 challenges. DI teams are formed with 5-7 team members and the team manager is a parent that volunteers to oversee meetings, which are conducted off-campus. The DI sponsor for Rylander Elementary is Karen Cooper, and she will be conducting an informational meeting on Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 pm via zoom. Please complete this form if you are interested and the zoom link will be sent to you Wednesday afternoon.
Dear Rhino Families:
On September 19th, RRE will be starting our Character Education Program: PurposeFull People. Our character trait for the next 3 weeks is: RESPECT.
This program teaches skills that will help students be successful in school and in life. PurposeFullPeople is more than a set of lessons - it is a partnership between schools and families to create a place where students feel like they belong and learn skills that will help them be the best they can be! PurposeFull People has three main goals for students: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Be Well.
Each week an activity will be provided here so that you can reinforce each character trait at home. We invite our families to join the fun.
Cristina Figueredo, RRE Counselor
Respect is “seeing value in all people and things & treating them with care.”
As a family. find a time to sit in a circle together and celebrate all the ways you have seen each other
practice Respect. Take turns sharing responses to the following prompts or make up your
own! Remember to practice Respect as you listen to each other.
● What family member(s) do you want to celebrate for their Respect?
● What are some ways that you have been a good friend lately?
Save the Date! Rylander Spirit Night @ Spring Creek BBQ
Lunch visitors are welcome to come starting on Tuesday, September 6th. Please keep in mind that Fridays are very busy and each student is allowed to have lunch visitors once a week. Please coordinate with extended family members. The Parent Permission for Elementary Lunch Visitors yellow form was sent home in the first week packet. If you need another form, just stop by the main office. Please make sure that all lunch visitors have a current government issued ID.
To maximize our lunch visitors’ time with students, please encourage all lunch visitors to arrive 5 minutes before the grade level lunch begins to get his/her ID scanned through Raptor. The front office is extremely busy during lunch time. After lunch, all visitors must return to the main entry to exit and are not allowed to walk students to his/her classroom.
Field Day - 3rd grade - 5th grade - November 15
Field Day - Kinder - 2nd grade - November 16
Naomi's Grace was founded in 2019 by Jessica Guderian Mollon, after the tragic loss of her daughter, Naomi. On Memorial Day 2019, as Naomi's parents prepared to go home after a day full of fun with family & friends, Naomi snuck into a hot-tub and drowned. Naomi's family knew that she was destined for more and has since made it the mission of Naomi's Grace to reduce the number of pediatric drownings by increasing water-safety awareness and providing drowning prevention resources to the Greater Houston community.
Naomi's Grace officially began operations post-Covid in December 2020. We partner with local organizations and networks to raise water safety awareness and fund swim lesson scholarships and programs to children ages 0-10 within our area.
On October 15th, Naomi's Grace will be hosting our 2nd Annual Naomi's Race- 5K & Family Fun Run. This event helps us raise the money needed to fund our swim lesson scholarship and expand our programs within the community. We would LOVE for you to support our mission by promoting this event. We are currently looking for sponsors, vendors, and participants. I have included the flyer that provides all information for the event. Additional details on sponsorship and vendor opportunities can be found on our website at www.naomisgracetx.org/naomis-race.
Rylander Elementary is excited to partner with Koger in their Kroger Community Rewards Program. This program is at no cost to you and will provide funds to RRE when your Kroger rewards card is linked to our campus. After enrolling in the program, swipe your rewards card at Kroger when making a purchase and a percentage will go to Rylander.
Please click on the link below to enroll.
Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Roberta W Rylander Elem. Katy ISD either by name or UL070 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.
Thank you for your support. :)
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).
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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.
All breakfast and lunches are no longer free.
Please feel free to complete the free/reduced meal program application.
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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Fill out a Meal Application, access student purchase history, view school menus, set-up a la carte purchasing restrictions, and MORE! Here is an easy step-by-step GUIDE to help set up an account for your student.
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.
Elementary School Supplies' List
Below is the Katy ISD Elementary School Supplies' list in case you were not able to pre-order school supplies. All Pre-order sales are closed.