The Lake Ridge Bridge
October 26, 2019
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Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. The week may have ended with cold, wet weather, but it was filled with beautiful, warm moments. Mrs. Pierson, our Cafeteria Manager, was recognized at the CHISD Board Meeting as the October Employee of the Month. They noted the "Share Table" and "Share Baskets" that have been established at Lake Ridge. Scholars have access to additional nourishment to give them the energy they need to make it through the day. Thanks to the planning and decorating efforts of our PTA and faculty hosting games/activities, our first Fall Festival was a success. This was a great time for families to enjoy. Our Scholastic Book Fair took place this week, and this was the most raised in funds. This is significant because it promotes a love of reading AND a portion of the proceeds come back to our Library so that additional resources and activities can be provided for scholars. K-5 teachers experienced relevant, content training to add to their toolboxes. Various district administrators were on campus Wednesday for Instructional Rounds, so they were able to provide highlights and feedback based on what they saw. The week ended with parent-teacher conferences. Did I mention the instruction that took place in classes?
This week, we continue our race for excellence with instruction and activities that seek to challenge scholars. We also look forward to observing Red Ribbon Week (participate in the dress of days) and having our Annual Trunk-or-Treat for Lake Ridge scholars. We are still in need of parents/volunteers to host "trunks" and donations of individually wrapped candy/treats (these can be sent/dropped off in the Main Office).
Kudos to 3rd grade for meeting the 98% attendance goal for the week.
Remember that if you have classroom concerns, the first point of contact should be the classroom teacher. All email addresses can be located on our campus website. This week, keep the following dates(s) in mind:
- October 28-November 1: Red Ribbon Week (see the attire for scholars/faculty on below)
- Tuesday, October 29: Special Education Parent Meet and Greet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Ninth Grade Center)
- Thursday, October 31: Trunk-or-Treat (Literary Character Dress Up Day)
- Friday, November 1: Club Friday
If you have not done so already, please complete the 2019-2020 online lunch application by clicking on this link https://childnutrition.chisd.net/.
Always remember that "The Race for Excellence has No Finish Line."
Question for You to Pose to Your Child: How can you apply what you learn at school?
Scenes from the Week
LRE Annual Trunk-or-Treat
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 11:30am-2:30pm
1020 Lake Ridge Parkway
Cedar Hill, TX
PTA is hosting our Annual Trunk or Treat for Lake Ridge Scholars. Set-up can can begin as early as 11:30 a.m. Grade levels will rotate in shifts, and . In order to make this event a success, we need our PARENTS to host a trunk! We need at least 20.
Sign up for the opportunity in Voly via the link below:
12th Annual LakeRidge Charity Golf Tournament
Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 7am
818 Tangle Ridge Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
Lake Ridge Elementary is one of the organizations scheduled to be a recipient of proceeds raised by the LakeRidge Charitable Foundation; please share this information with your family and friends who are golfers and/or are interested in sponsoring.
Contact The LakeRidge Charitable Foundation
Call (972) 213-1306 to register
You may also print out and mail your registration or sponsorship to:
PO Box 727, Cedar Hill, TX 75106
or the drop box located inside the POA Office
$100 per player $400 per team; Bring 5 can goods to purchase 2 additional mulligans
Registration 7:00 a.m.
Putting Contest 7:30a.m.
Shotgun Starts at 8:30 a.m.
- 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 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.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
Scholars in grades PK-5 will wrap up Bully Awareness Month this week. Scholars learned how to identify bullying behaviors, the difference between bullying and conflict, and strategies to deal with bullying. For more information on the topic of bullying, visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/.
Red Ribbon Week is October 28th-November 1st. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention campaign. The week is dedicated to teaching scholars about the dangers of drug use, making healthy choices, and honoring the memory of DEA Agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camerena. Red Ribbon Spirit Days are posted on the campus website and included in this newsletter. For more information on drug prevention and education resources for children, teens, and college students, please visit https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-09/Fact%20Card%20(2018)_508.pdf
All Pro Dads
Email Address: lakeridgeAPD2018@gmail.com
Next APD Breakfast: Friday, November 15, 2019
- 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 President: Mrs. Kristi Lacy
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Amazon Smile: Don't forget to increase PTA Texas Congress 10239 Lakeridge Elementary's AmazonSmile donation potential by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1526809 and Amazon donates to PTA Texas Congress 10239 Lakeridge Elementary.
- Kroger Plus: If you shop at Kroger, you can help our PTA help our campus. The included document shows parents step-by-step how to link their Kroger Plus Card to the Lake Ridge PTA. This is a very easy way to earn money for our school because our students’ families and friends all shop at their local Kroger. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzoByVmF8VTnc0gyejQ0TVBEekJaNGRlVE45OWJtcE5qMzVB/view?usp=sharing
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.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Evonne Stewart at email@example.com. You can also call 972-293-8531.
2019-2020 Bus Routes:
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.
- October 18-November 15: Kids Heart Challenge
- October 28-November 1: Red Ribbon Week
- October 29: Special Education Parent Meet and Greet at NGC from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- October 31: Trunk-or-Treat
- November 1: Club Friday
- November 2: Lakeridge Golf Tournament