Rattler News

September 14, 2022

From The Desk Of Principal Roberts

Thank you to everyone that showed up to the Principal's Coffee Talk this morning. The purpose of this monthly talk is to keep our families engaged, informed, and included in important discussions. We are always happy to receive feedback from the community at any time. The talk today was all about our campus goals and strategies that are aligned with the LISD strategic plan. We are excited this year to be hyper-focused on the things that we have identified, with the help of our students and parents, as priorities for all of our Rattlers. Here is the slideshow presented this morning. If you had not had the opportunity to do so, please check us out on Twitter @RiverRidgeElem to see these goals in action Have a wonderful day!

With Joy,

Shelley Roberts

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, September 14th: First day of APEX (FAQs attached here.).
  • Thursday, September 15th: International Dot Day! Have your students wear as many polka dots as they can.
  • Friday, September 16th: APEX send-off! Students and staff wear orange and blue!
  • Wednesday, September 21st: Last Day of APEX
  • Thursday, September 22nd: APEX Obstacle Course during specials. Parents are welcome to come out to watch!
  • Monday, September 26th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (student holiday)



Each campus within Leander ISD has a Site-Based Planning Committee called Rattler Impact Team here at River Ridge. This committee aims to improve the achievement of all students. This committee will be composed of district employees, community members, business representatives, and parents. The Rattler Impact Team members provide input to the principal on a wide variety of subjects, including planning, curriculum, budgeting, staff development, staffing patterns, school organization, and school improvements. Should you wish to nominate either yourself for a position on the Rattler Impact Team, please email Shelley.Roberts@leanderisd.org. Should there be a need, an election will be held to appoint positions to this invaluable team. The Rattler Impact Team will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 3:00 pm on campus.

Opportunities at River Ridge

We are also looking for some great new additions to our already stellar staff. If you find any of these opportunities interesting, please feel to contact me (shelley.roberts@leanderisd.org), Gareth Cook (gareth.cook@leanderisd.org), or Dorothy Yip (dorothy.yip@leanderisd.org).

  • TWO Special Education Instructional Assistant Positions - This job opportunity would focus on working with students who receive special education services. We are also open to a job share opportunity with two individuals interested in part-time work.

News from the PTA


Running Rattlers is BACK baby! Sign up today! For our new parents... Running rattlers is an after-school running club. They meet once a week to run laps, encourage fitness and have some fun!

  • FALL: (Sept. 21, 28) (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26) (Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30)
  • SPRING: (Feb. 15, 22) (Mar. 1, 8, 22, 29) (Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26)
Pick up is at 3;15. This is all volunteer run so let's make sure and respect everyone's time! All runners will be dismissed as Rear Walkers where they will be guided to the track near the front parking lot area along Quinlan to receive their lanyards to mark laps and begin running, walking, or skipping. Kindergarten and 1st Graders will be released to a volunteer at their door and walked to the track.

We will need parent volunteers each week. Please watch for the signup genius email coming once you sign up.
Once you complete this form, the office will know your child is involved in RR and you do NOT need to do anything more. If RR is canceled, they will revert back to their usual mode of transportation. Their teacher will also have a list of RR and know they are a rear walker that day.

Click here to sign your kiddo up today! Contact us at riverridge.runningrattlers@gmail.com if you have any questions.


The Spanish Volunteer Program at River Ridge Elementary is looking for parent volunteers! We are looking for energetic and excited parent volunteers to teach basic, elementary-level Spanish at River Ridge Elementary from October through May (grades K-2).

  • It is only 30 minutes each week.
  • You do not need to be fluent.

This is a great opportunity to come in once a week and teach songs, play games, and lead other activities that will teach students basic-level Spanish. Classroom teachers will stay in the classroom with volunteers during this time.
Lesson details and teaching materials are provided at your school. If interested, please contact Melissa Hunter, Spanish Program Coordinator at

You can also visit the website for more
information: https://www.leanderisd.org/volunteerspanishlanguageprogram/

Lego Club Chair(s)
Have a little one who loves to create with Legos? Looking for an awesome parent to help lead the charge with our littlest lego engineers! Please contact Heather Tankersley for more information. hseitz75@gmail.com or 561-459-9203.

Chess Club Chair
Would you LOVE to share your love of chess with our Rattlers to help develop perspective, improve memory, deepen focus, and elevate creativity? We're looking for an awesome chair to help lead the chess club :). Please contact Heather Tankersley for more information. hseitz75@gmail.com or 561-459-9203.

Talent Show
We're hoping to bring back the talent show this fall and are looking for someone with a love of performing arts, great organizational skills, and the desire to help showcase our kiddos that want to shine on a stage in front of all of our friends and family members. Please contact Heather Tankersley for more information. hseitz75@gmail.com or 561-459-9203.

Watch Dogs
Calling All Dads! We're looking for dads to get involved. We have loads of opportunities from helping with recess and lunch, engaging in the classroom with their kids (and other kiddos), help in the upcoming Critical Thinking Lab, and more! Contact Doug Vigliano for more info 321-480-1393.

Free Tutoring Opportunity

My name is Sahar, and I am a student at Vandegrift High School. I am a part of an organization called Conquering STEM, and this year our organization is providing free tutoring to students from 3rd grade to 8th grade. The sessions would take place online, and we were wondering if you would be able to pass this information along to families and students who would benefit from this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to conqueringstem1@gmail.com.

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Take Apart Items

If you have an old, non-functioning or no-longer-used machine with moving mechanical parts, we would love to take it off your hands for a 5th grade QUEST take-apart project. Those especially of interest are DVD players, VHS players, cassette tape players, anything with speakers or motors or moving mechanical parts but no glass. Old desk-top computers & microwave ovens with the door removed are fun, too! We will be reverse-engineering to see how they work, and then creating new devices with the old parts. You will not get your machine back. If the device is too large for your child to carry to Ms. Harold or Ms. Renner's class, please drop it off in the wagon at the front office. We will happily take it off your hands! Drop off dates: Thurs. Sept. 15 - Friday Sept. Friday Sept. 23

Destination Imagination

River Ridge Destination Imagination Teams are forming now! Does your 3rd-5th grade child like to build, design, invent, create, perform, and work with a team to solve challenges? If so, he or she might be interested in participating in Destination Imagination (DI). Destination Imagination (DI) is an extracurricular, LISD-sponsored program that fosters creativity, team-based problem-solving skills and life skills for students. Leander ISD Destination Imagination is open to all students in 3rd-12th grade. Registration forms are available here, or outside either of the QUEST rooms (Ms. Renner or Ms. Harold). Your child does not need to be in QUEST to participate.

If you are interested in learning more about Destination Imagination, please visit the River Ridge Elementary Destination Imagination webpage, or contact Myra Harold (Myra.Harold@leanderisd)

Registration forms are due Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 to Ms. Harold (Myra.Harold@leanderisd) via email, or in person. We will form as many teams as we have managers to manage them. It helps to get your form in early.