The Lake Ridge Bridge

December 14, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. Last week was a very eventful one, and we had much to celebrate and enjoy. In addition to instruction taking place, we had an amazing Holiday Concert with the theme "Christmas at the O.K. Corral". All scholars had a chance to participate in the production, and some scholars made their acting debut at Lake Ridge. Faculty enjoyed a special dress rehearsal, and parents and guests were entertained that evening (videos are included on below). Thanks to Ms. Peterbark for a wonderful production and all who pitched in to decorate, coordinate, and supervise. Speaking of Ms. Peterbark, she served as a pianist for a selection during the CHHS Winter Concert, and she had a solo performance with the orchestra (video included on below).


Our 5th graders had a chance to travel to the high school for the Fine Arts Band Draft Day. During this time, band directors worked with them to see what instrument would be a good fit for them. We ended the week with Club Friday. Scholars had a chance to interact with club sponsors for neat and fun activities.


This week, we will finish decorating the tree in the main entrance with a special unity chain created by all scholars and faculty. We are stronger together, and we thank Mrs. Sharp for leading this effort.


Unfortunately, no grade level met the 98% attendance goal for the week. We encourage ALL scholars to be at school Monday-Friday of this week.


Don't forget about the district's Major Saver Fundraiser. The last collection day is Monday, December 16. 1-5 grade scholars have Math and Reading Benchmark exams this week, so we need them well rested as always and ready to focus and show what they know. The week and semester will end on Thursday for scholars with our end of semester class parties. Parents wishing to volunteer and/or attend should sign up for the opportunity in Voly ASAP. Here is the direct link https://cedarhillisd.voly.org/opportunity/view.html?id=56017. Thursday is NOT an early release day; instructional hours are from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. like always; doors open at 7:15.


This week, keep the following dates(s) in mind:


  • Ongoing: CHISD Choose Your Seat Applications
  • December 2-19: Winter Warm-Up Drive Sponsored by House Amistad
  • December 4-16: CHISD Major Saver Fundraiser
  • Tuesday, December 17: Math Benchmark for Grades 1-5
  • Tuesday, December 17: Basketball Tryouts at 3:30 p.m. (4th and 5th Grades)
  • Wednesday, December 18: 80th Day of School (dress in 1980s attire)
  • Wednesday, December 18: Reading Benchmark for Grades 1-5
  • Wednesday, December 18: Cheer Tryouts at 3:30 p.m. (4th and 5th Grades)
  • Thursday, December 19: Class Holiday Parties 1:30-2:45 p.m. (contact teacher for specifics; must sign up in Voly to attend)
  • Thursday, December 19: Last Day of the Semester for Scholars
  • Friday, December 20: Work Day/No Scholars


Read on below to see Scenes from the Week, Upcoming Events, Attendance Percentages, and other important reminders.


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


Question for You to Pose to Your Child: How can you help someone each day?


Principal McCullum


#LRENoFinishLine

#LakeRidgeNation

#LakeRidgeMontessori

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Leading House

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Scenes from the Week

2019 Holiday Concert

"Reindeer Pokey" (2019)
"Christmas in the West is the Best" (2019)
"Bubblegum Goo" (2019)
"Sticky Situation" (2019)
"Tell Me" (2019)
"Christmas is O.K." (2019)
Ms. Peterbark's Aria with the CHHS Orchestra (2019)

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.
  • Weekly Class Perfect Attendance. If a homeroom class has perfect attendance for the week, they receive a pizza party.
  • 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.
  • Grade Level Attendance: If a grade level has 100% attendance for the day, every scholar in that grade level receives a special treat.

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. Castillo, Attendance Clerk/Registrar, at bonnie.castillo@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 2:30 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.

Counseling Corner


Emotional wellness, social skills, and life skills are important tools for children to develop. Learning what a positive relationship is, including supportive and nurturing interactions with parents, caregivers, teachers, and peers starts at infancy. How to integrate feelings and deal with difficult situations will form an essential part of your child’s overall emotional development. Self-control is another vital skill for your child to learn, in order to appropriately express, communicate, and manage emotions and behaviors.


-Neumors Children's Health


Scholars in grades PK-5 will continue to practice Calm Down Yoga Techniques and independent ways to handle emotions. Tips to improve your child's mental health and well-being include:


  • -Teach your kids the “language of feelings”
  • -Learn to put yourself in your child's shoes
  • -Be aware of your child's overall actions and behavior
  • -Encourage creativity
  • -Show kids that having mixed emotions are normal for everyone
  • -Break negative cycles within your family.


For more tips on improving your child's mental health, visit Carizon.

From the Clinic

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GET INVOLVED

All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address: lakeridgeAPD2018@gmail.com


  • Join APD to see how you can be a part of involvement, connections, engagement, partnership and mentorship. Reach out so that you can be ready for 2019-2020.

PTA NEWS

PTA President: Mrs. Kristi Lacy

Email Address: lakeridgeelempta@gmail.com


JOIN PTA FOR THE 20119-2020 SCHOOL YEAR; WE HAVE ESTABLISHED SOME GREAT TRADITIONS. WE NEED YOU! MORE INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED SO THAT YOU CAN JOIN AT OUR "MEET THE TEACHER" EVENT IN AUGUST.


On-going Opportunities to Donate/Serve:

Volunteer via Voly

Become a Volunteer!

Keeping the safety and well-being of our students first, state law and district policy require that all Cedar Hill ISD volunteers (students between age 13-17 and District Employees are exempt) complete the district's volunteer application which includes a Criminal Background Check. Applications must be renewed each school year. The background screening report can take up to 72 hours to process.


Volunteer Process

  • All volunteers must be approved through cedarhillisd.voly.org in order to volunteer in CHISD.
  • Once a Voly account has been created, an email will be sent from JDP asking volunteer to complete a background check.
  • Approval time is normally 5-7 business days pending there are no flags in the applicant's background.
  • If the account is flagged for any reason the approval of your account could take up to 2 weeks. If you have any questions please email face@chisd.net.
  • All volunteers must use their legal name. Any error when entering information will prolong the approval process.
  • You are encouraged to become a FAN of the school you wish to volunteer with during the application process in order to receive specific volunteer opportunities and be shown as a regular volunteer.

Reminders

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival Procedures:

  • Doors open daily at 7:15 a.m.

  • Scholars in PK & their siblings will be instructed to enter through Door #12.

  • Scholars in Longoria/Lynn/Rangel & their siblings will enter through Door #11.

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

  • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back 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 unless an observation has been scheduled with the teacher. All parents & visitors must report directly to the Main Office.


Dismissal Procedures:

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

  • Scholars in Crow/Stelter & their siblings will exit through Door #12.

  • Scholars in Longoria/Lynn/Rangel & 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, including Montessori, will exit through Door #5 (remain in cafeteria until called).

    • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back 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 send a note to the scholar's teacher or call the front office by 2:30 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.


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

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Birthday Recognition

If you would like to recognize your child at school on his/her birthday that falls on a school day, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher so that he/she can notify the office. On your child's birthday, you may bring store bought cupcakes or packaged fruit and individual juice/water at the time indicated by the teacher if you have communicated with the teacher. Cupcakes should not be dropped off and left with the teacher or the office. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend or on a non-school day for students, no alternate arrangements will be made.


Arrangements should be made prior to the child's birthday so that the teacher can verify that it will not interrupt scheduled class activities.


Montessori

Birthdays in Montessori are celebrated with an activity called "Walk Around the Sun". We will celebrate birthdays each month on the last Friday of the month unless otherwise stated. On that Friday, each child that is going to Walk Around the Sun is asked to bring uncut, fresh fruit that we will wash and prepare in class. Our room parent will help organize this monthly event. For example, if we have 4 children celebrating birthdays in September, one child can bring 4 uncut oranges, one can bring a sealed container of uncut strawberries, one can bring 4 apples, and one can bring an uncut pineapple. Due to allergies, please do not send nuts. In class, the birthday scholars will help prepare a fruit salad for the class. Each birthday child will then have their opportunity to Walk Around the Sun and we will sing a collective Happy Birthday. If there are only one or two children celebrating a birthday in a particular month, a bag of apples or

Cuties would be appreciated. Please do not send cupcakes or other high sugar

items. August and summer birthdays will be celebrated in May.


In addition to sharing a fruit snack with their friends, the birthday children may also bring a poster that displays photos of them as a baby, at 1 year old, at 2 years old, etc. until the current year. The birthday children are encouraged to present this poster and the photos to their peers. This activity is optional.

Bus Transportation

Join the respective Remind account for your child's bus route. In the event that we are notified of delays, we will send a message to the route(s) affected:


  • Route 5022: Text @7bka3hf to the number 81010.
  • Route 5028: Text @d8chbbff to the number 81010.
  • Route 5039: Text @2d7a8e to the number 81010.


If you have general questions or concerns, email Letiticia Brown at letitia.brown@firstgroup.com or Evonne Stewart at evonne.stewart@firstgroup.com. You can also call 972-293-8531.


2019-2020 Bus Routes:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19tZMBvTKKxIDnL-2HdujI_PT3iRlI_2N6VEKrDUE_Rs/edit?usp=sharing

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 have a meeting/phone conference.

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

Step Three: Contact the Principal (if a school-wide concern, this becomes step one).


When emailing or calling the Main Office, it is helpful to provide details so that the call is directed to the correct individual.

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • Ongoing: CHISD Choose Your Seat Applications
  • December 2-19: Winter Warm-Up Drive Sponsored by House Amistad

  • December 4-16: CHISD Major Saver Fundraiser

  • December 17: Math Benchmark for Grades 1-5
  • December 17: Basketball Tryouts at 3:30 (4th and 5th Grades)
  • December 18: 80th Day of School (dress in 1980s attire)
  • December 18: Reading Benchmark for Grades 1-5
  • December 18: Cheer Tryouts at 3:30 (4th and 5th Grades)
  • December 19: Class Holiday Parties 1:30-2:45 p.m. (contact teacher for specifics; must sign up in Voly to attend)
  • December 19: Last Day of the Semester for Scholars
  • December 20: Work Day/No Scholars
  • December 23-January 3: Winter Break/No School
  • January 6: Professional Development Day/No Scholars
  • January 7: School Resumes for Scholars
  • January 10: CHISD Choose Your Seat Application & Re-enrollment (last day)