The Rhino Report
November 29, 2022 - Rylander Elementary School Newsletter
Highlights from Ms. Heard
Hope everyone had a relaxing enjoyable Thanksgiving Break! Now, it's time to move on to our Winter Parties on Thursday, December 15. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any concerns regarding party snacks. *We will send out an updated communication if PTA gets additional donations (such as fruit loops). Remember, you are welcome to send a party snack with your child if you have concerns.
*Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes and water (Pre-K will eat their food in the classroom after enjoying the party in the gym).
Kindergarten to Fifth Grade:
* Pretzel Rod dipped in icing (store bought icing) with sprinkles
* Trail mix assembly line: M&M's (red and green), goldfish, popcorn, mini marshmallows, gummy bears (served by adults)
* Juice boxes
12/1 - CRJH Fine Arts Holiday Concert (3rd,4th, and 5th)
12/1 - Art Night 3rd Grade 6:00 – Gym
12/2 – Spirit Sticks ($1) sold during lunch & Rhino Cart
12/5 - 12/9 Penguin Patch
12/7 - Choir Field Trip
12/8 - KIC Meeting
12/8 - PTA Meeting/Choir Performance - 5:00 - Gym
12/10 - Breakfast with Santa PTA Event
12/19 - 1/3 - Winter Break
Penguin Patch is Coming to Rylander
Calling ALL helpers and holiday elves!! It's time for the annual Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe! Each student will be given the opportunity to shop for thoughtful inexpensive gifts for the whole family. The students will need help and guidance shopping, buying and packaging their treasures. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. The holiday store cannot happen without your help! Everything will be located in the LGI. Thank you so much for helping to create holiday magic for our Rylander Rhinos!
Llamando a TODOS los ayudantes y duendes navideños!! Es hora de la tienda anual de Penguin Patch! Cada estudiante tendra la oportunidad de comprar regalos baratos para toda la familia. Los estudiantes necesitaran ayuda y guia en la compra de sus regalos. Por favor revisen los tiempos disponibles y presionen el boton para inscribirse. La tienda navideña no podria ser sin su ayuda! Todo sera localizado en LGI. Gracias por ayudar a crear la magia de la epoca navideña para nuestros Rylander Rhinos!
Turkey Bowl - Thank You!
The staff Turkey Bowl, held on November 18th, was a huge success. Our staff had a great time and the winners from each team were able to bring home a pie for Thanksgivng thanks to those listed below.
The Henriquez Family
The Jerez Family
The Stratton Family
The Cisneros Family
The Rodriguez Family
The Garcia Family
Walmart Neighborhood Market
Along with 5 pie donations, Walmart Neighborhood Market donated bags of chocolate, the "turkeys" to bowl with, and 6 plants for Turkey Bowl participants to win in a drawing. Thank you again for the support and donations from those mentioned above. You helped to make November 18th an extra special day for the RRE staff.
December 19 - January 3
Order your Yearbook before the price increases!
The years fly by so fast, and your student will never be this age again. But the Rylander Elementary yearbook makes sure the memories are always close! There have been so many great events going on at RRE from the first Day back to the 50th Day, all the parades, and dress up days, Book Fair, Grandparents Day, our action-packed Field Days, and who can forget - Orbit's visit during Red Ribbon Week! Celebrate this year and everything that your student has enjoyed with their classmates. Our beautiful book will be 136 pages full of photos and fun!
Pre-order today to save.Take advantage by buying now, before the price increases! 2022-2023 Rylander yearbooks are $40 until Dec 9. Cover personalizations are available for an extra cost. Order online only at https://www.balfour.com/texas/katy/rylander-elementary-school
¡Ordene su Anuario antes de que aumente el precio!
Los años pasan muy rápido y su estudiante nunca volverá a tener esta edad. ¡Pero con el anuario de Rylander Elementary puede asegurarse de que los recuerdos estén siempre cerca!
Hemos tenido muchos grandes eventos en RRE desde el primer día hasta el día 50, todos los desfiles y días de disfraces, la feria del libro, el día de los abuelos, nuestros días de campo llenos de acción, y quién puede olvidar: la visita de Orbit durante la Semana del Listón Rojo! Celebre este año y todo lo que su alumno ha disfrutado con sus compañeros. ¡Nuestro hermoso anuario tendrá 136 páginas llenas de fotos y diversión!
Reserve hoy y ahorre. ¡Aproveche comprando ahora, antes de que suba el precio! Los anuarios de Rylander 2022-2023 cuestan $40 solo hasta el 9 de diciembre. Las personalizaciones de portada están disponibles por un costo adicional. Ordene en línea en:
Congrats! 2022 Field-Day Winners (Kinder - 2ND Grade)
First (Golden Rhino) Ms. Reid
Second Ms. Taylor
Third Ms. Celiz
Spirit Award (Spirit Banner) Ms. Brown
First (Golden Rhino) Ms. Gonzalez
Second Ms. McCoy
Third Ms. Barrett
Spirit Award (Spirit Banner) Ms. Barrera
First (Golden Rhino) Ms. Loverde
Second Ms. Sosolik
Third Ms. Leal
Spirit Award (Spirit Banner) Ms. Nicolau
Hello Rhino Families:
Attention 5th Grade Parents:
The Katy Advanced Program (KAP) provides students with an opportunity to engage in above-grade level coursework in the areas of math, science, language arts, and social studies. KAP courses are available beginning in 6th grade and are open to all students. Every student is encouraged to take at least one advanced level course in an area of interest.
The district will host a KAP Awareness Night via Zoom on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 6:30PM. This is an opportunity for parents of students in grades 5-6 to learn about KAP prior to course selections. Parents of students who are considering KAP courses for the first time should plan to attend.
Join Zoom Meeting (English) https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/88395524565
Join Zoom Meeting (Spanish) https://katyisd-org.zoom.us/j/83344833228
We are excited to be focusing on Courage November 28th - December 16th! One way to think about Courage is “choosing what is helpful, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.”
Characher Trait: Courage
As a family these next 3 weeks, reflect, think, and discuss with your children things you both would like to do, but find intimidating or scary. Maybe it’s a new hobby, trying a new game, sharing your art or invention with others, or going on an adventure somewhere. Give 1 of these things a try together and take a selfie to capture the memory!
Cristina Figueredo, RRE Counselor
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.
The Katy Pie Run - Jan. 21
Rylander Staff and Families! Want to have some fun and eat some Proud Pie for a good cause?? Lots of your fellow classmates, their families and Rylander staff have already signed up for the Katy Pie Walk PiK (3.14K). This is a 1.95 walk, run or move at whatever pace suits you, little athletic ability is required and strollers are permitted.
Use this QR code, scanning it with your camera phone and it will take you to the website to sign up. Its $40 a ticket, as it is a fundraiser and includes pie tasting and breakfast. Wear your Rylander spirit wear and join us for a good time!
This is not a school or PTA sponsored event, just friends and families hanging out together!
Feel free to text Stephanie Tower 707-318-6029 if you have any questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.