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December 11, 2021

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From the Principal

Hopefully this message finds you well and in good spirits. Last week was a full one with celebrations, great instruction, and awesome experiences. We kicked the week off with a surprise parade to honor Ms. Henderson and her triumph. She was greeted with smiles, waves, cheers, flowers, and bell ringing from the entire campus. Scholars engaged in various instructional activities and reviews, and many took DCCA #5.


There were two additional experiences that occurred this week. Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori took a field trip to Casa Manana to attend a theatrical production. Thanks a bunch to our faculty members for making this happen. We also hosted our annual LRE Spelling Bee. Four scholars participated in our 3rd Grade Spelling Bee, and five scholars participated in our 4-5 Grade Spelling Bee. Thanks a bunch to Mrs. Powell and Ms. Peterbark (also a judge) for coordinating, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Moore for serving as judges, Mrs. Ramsey for serving as the pronouncer, and Mr. Coit for assisting with set-up. Those who placed in the 4-5 grade segment will advance to the CHISD Spelling Bee. Below, are those who placed:


  • Trey P. (1st Place/4-5 Grade)
  • Cyril B. (2nd Place/4-5 Grade)
  • Parker A. (3rd Place/4-5 Grade)
  • Josiah C. (1st Place/3rd Grade)
  • Rylen L. (2nd Place/3rd Grade)
  • Eva D. (3rd Place/3rd Grade)


We ended the week with STEM Clubs, and scholars took part in instant challenges that called for them to think critically, collaborate respectfully, and communicate effectively. Many classes have received various attendance incentives, so we encourage you to ensure that your child is present each day (Monday-Wednesday) next week.


Shout out to 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades for meeting the attendance goal (96%) as a grade level for the week!


This week, we look forward to bringing the semester to a close with engaging instruction, interventions, recognitions of academic excellence, celebrations during end of semester class parties, continued Winter Break countdown attire, and our Winter Wonderland Concert/Event.


We invite families to come out for our Winter Wonderland that will take place on Tuesday, December 14 from 4:15-6:00 p.m. The musical performance is scheduled to occur right at 5:00 p.m., and we look forward to hearing from our scholars. There will be various winter activities for families. This is an outdoor experience, so families are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs since the main stage will be at the front entrance of the school.


The week will end for scholars on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 along with the 1st semester. Classes are scheduling various end of semester activities/parties that will occur on this day. If you have questions on how you can contribute, if needed, reach out to your child's teachers.


The first portion of the "Choose Your Seat" campaign has kicked off, and families currently in a choice program have until Friday, December 17, 2021 to complete the intent to return form (an email was sent directly to those in the Montessori Program). If you are interested in learning more about our Montessori Program in preparation of the upcoming application window for 2022-2023, watch this video, and be on the lookout for informational sessions that will occur in January 2022.


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

  • December 6-15: Winter Break Countdown Attire
  • December 14: Winter Wonderland/Concert from 4:15-6:00 p.m.
  • December 15: 80th Day of School/Last Day for Scholars
  • December 16: No School for Scholars-Campus Planning
  • December 17: No School for Scholars-Work Day
  • December 20-January 4: Winter Break for Scholars
  • January 3: Campus Planning/Work Day-No School for Scholars
  • January 4: District PD Day-No School for Scholars
  • January 5: School Resumes

Question to Pose to Your Child: How do you show your gratitude/thanks?


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

2021-2022 Faculty Appreciation Ideas

Many families often ask for faculty member favorites; here are some ideas.

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Scenes from the Week

Celebration Parade for Ms. Henderson

LRE Spelling Bee

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Winter Break Countdown Attire

STEM Clubs

CHISD Choice Program: Montessori at Lake Ridge

The Montessori Program at Lake Ridge Elementary

Assistant Principal Updates

Parents/Guardians,


We are strongly encouraging mask wearing. Thus far, wearing masks has proven to be effective in minimizing the transmission of COVID-19. With that being said, please send your scholar to school with a mask.


Dr. Washington

Guidance Services

Counseling Department Newsletter

Each month CHISD's Counseling Department will release department services, news , and community resources. Please review the department newsletter for district wide services available to scholars, parents, and CHISD staff. Please click here for the most recent issue.


Counseling & Guidance Services: LRE Guidance Office


Counseling Request Form: LRE Counseling Request Form

School Counselor: Rashonda.Johnson@chisd.net

CIS Facilitator: Christopher.Coit@chisd.net

Upcoming Events

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Attendance

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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.


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.

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. Cooke, Attendance Clerk, at frances.cooke@chisd.net 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.

  • Walkers should not be dropped off via car. To be a walker, that means the scholar walks to the campus from his/her residence.


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.

  • Walkers should not be picked up via car. To be a walker, that means the scholar walks to his/her residence from the campus.


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

CHISD C.A.R.E.S. & CHISD KUDOS

CHISD C.A.R.E.S

Unfortunately, there are times when a member of the Longhorn Family experiences a death. Employees, or families of scholars or former CHISD employees who wish to share the information are asked to complete the CHISD CARES (Cares About Retirees Employees & Scholars) form. The CHISD Communications Office handles all CHISD C.A.R.E.S submissions and shares the information via email to all staff. C.A.R.E.S notifications will be sent out by the end of the day that the form was received; if the submission is received after 2:30 p.m. it might not be sent out until the following business day.


The C.A.R.E.S form is available on the communications page of chisd.net. Here is a direct link.


CHISD KUDOS

The CHISD Communications Department loves to share the positive experiences and interactions happening across the district.

If you want to share some kudos for a parent, employee or scholar who exhibits the Longhorn Essentials, please email a description/information to webmaster@chisd.net and you might see your kudos on one of the district’s social media accounts.

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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

  • December 14: Winter Wonderland/Concert from 4:15-6:00 p.m.
  • December 15: 80th Day of School
  • December 16: No School for Scholars-Campus Planning
  • December 17: No School for Scholars-Work Day
  • December 20-January 4: Winter Break for Scholars
  • January 3: Campus Planning/Work Day-No School for Scholars
  • January 4: District PD Day-No School for Scholars
  • January 5: School Resumes
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