The Lake Ridge Bridge

January 22, 2022

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From the Principal

Hopefully this message finds you well and in good spirits. Last week was a short one, but it was productive. Pre-K/ECSE-4 created classroom teams that are able to earn various points and "cash" them in for rewards. So far, they have enjoyed lunch with their teachers and popsicles. Many classes had a chance to get back into the Library with Mrs. Dekle, and they had an engaging time. ECSE-3 engaged in activities to work on listening comprehension, sequencing, labeling animals, and imitating sounds to name a few. Even with altered schedules due to assessments, teachers and scholars put forth much effort to continue this race for excellence.


A special shout out to Trey P. for representing Lake Ridge Elementary in the Cedar Hill ISD Spelling Bee. It takes a lot of courage to compete in front of an audience, and Trey did an awesome job of doing so. His self-efficacy is apparent. All scholars in K-5 had a chance to show their growth in NWEA/MAP assessments, and we are pleased to see growth for so many. We ended the week with Enrichment Clubs, and scholars enjoyed their time with the Club Sponsors. You can check out some pictures and video footage included in the "Scenes from the Week" section.


This week, our campus also expressed condolences and shared a token of love with the family of Mr. Ronald Ballard who passed away recently. Mr. Ballard served as a Guest Teacher in Cedar Hill ISD, and whenever he was available, we could count on him to serve at Lake Ridge Elementary. He will be greatly missed.


No grade level met the attendance goal (96%) for the week of January 17; however, we hope all scholars who were absent are doing well, and parents are encouraged to contact the Main Office regarding absences within three (3) days.


This upcoming week, scholars will engage in various instruction and learning, take part in intervention/enrichment groups, complete makeup NWEA/MAP assessments, and participate in STEM Clubs. We will have our STEM Family Engagement evening on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and it will be virtual. Be on the lookout for a direct email to sign up to participate.


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

  • January 6-28: Circle and TX-KEA (PreK-Kindergarten)
  • January 24-28: Makeup MAP Assessments
  • January 25: Middle School Course Selection (rescheduled)
  • January 27: Virtual Family Engagement Night (STEM) at 6:00 p.m.
  • January 28: STEM Clubs

Question to Pose to Your Child: What can you do when you feel like you are confused or frustrated?


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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Positive behavior referral(s)

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CHISD Spelling Bee

Thanks for representing, Trey P.!

Scenes from the Week

American Sign Language Club
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CHISD Choice Program: Montessori at Lake Ridge

The Montessori Program at Lake Ridge Elementary

Assistant Principal Updates

Greetings, Parents/Guardians!


We are continuing with MAP testing for absent scholars next week. Please continue to send your child with their Chromebook charged. So far, we have seen growth from many of our scholars. It is critical for all scholars to read and work on IXL for at least 30 minutes every evening.



  • January 6-28: Circle and TX-KEA (PreK-Kindergarten)
  • January 21-28: MAP Makeup Assessments (K-5; All grade levels are assessed in Reading and Math. 2nd-5th grades have additional tests in different content areas.)



Thank you for your support!


Dr. Washington

Guidance Services

Parent Permission for Gifted & Talented Evaluations

Scholars in grades 1-5 require parent permission to participate in the GT identification process. If your scholar was nominated for GT during fall 2021, you received an email from Counselor Johnson, requesting permission to evaluate your scholar. If you have not already done so, please complete the electronic Parent Permission Form & Parent Survey immediately. The extended deadline to submit this information is January 26th.


Gifted & Talented Testing

Scholars in grades 1-5 who were nominated for Gifted & Talented during fall 2021, will be tested Saturday, February 5th. Please be on the lookout for information from Advanced Academics for your scholar's scheduled time and location.


Scholars who are currently enrolled in Kindergarten will take Gifted and Talented screenings on campus, February 1st - 4th, during the instructional day. At this time, all Kindergarten scholars have been screened based on their NWEA MAP Fall Assessment results. The remainder of the screening includes the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test-Third Edition (NNAT3) in conjunction with classroom performance, behavior checklists, and teacher and parent surveys to help identify students who might benefit from gifted and talented services.


You will be notified via email, if your child will participate in the remainder of the screening process. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Garrett at natalie.garrett@chisd.net.


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.


January Guidance Focus

  • Study Skills
  • Goal Setting (5th grade)
  • Social Awareness


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

  • January 6-28: Circle and TX-KEA (PreK-Kindergarten)
  • January 24-28: Makeup MAP Assessments
  • January 25: Middle School Course Selection (rescheduled)
  • January 27: Virtual Family Engagement Night (STEM) at 6:00 p.m.
  • January 28: STEM Clubs
  • February 2: 100th Day of School
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