The Lake Ridge Bridge

November 9, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. Last week, scholars engaged in relevant instructional activities campus-wide, participated in classroom Spelling Bees, attended enriching field trips (2nd grade and some 5th graders), enjoyed a pizza party for meeting the 100% attendance challenge for a day (4th grade), visited the Candy Shoppe operated by peers, and took part in House meetings where each scholar received a wristband that represents their respective House (scholars are encouraged to wear these daily). It was a full week to keep the campus going, and we gladly do it for our scholars.

We also recognized faculty members with "You Rock" awards and LRE Choice Awards. The Kindergarten team treated all faculty to a hot chocolate bar with the works, and they looked like gourmet creations too good to consume. A nice surprise was being presented with the Longhorn Leadership Award for the month of November from Dr. Henson, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership.

Thank you to those who dined in or carried out at Panda Express for the PTA's Spirit Night. A special thank you also goes out to the parents who volunteered in the Candy Shoppe and those who served as chaperones on field trips. 2nd grade visited the Federal Engraving Bureau, and 5th graders in the GT program took part in a district organized trip.

Unfortunately, no grade level met the 98% attendance goal for the week.

As we continue this race for excellence, please remember that attendance is crucial for so many reasons. When scholars are absent, they miss out on quality instruction in the classroom, and low attendance affects school funding. Scholars who miss excessive days are also at risk of being retained. We understand that scholars need to be absent when they are sick and/or family emergencies occur. Our hope is that unnecessary absences that can be controlled are decreased/eliminated (i.e. planned family vacations, not knowing school is in session, etc.). Should you have difficulties getting your child to school due to transportation, please contact the Main Office so that we can work together to find a solution.

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:

  • November 9: Choose Your Seat Applications Opened (CHISD Choice Programs)
  • November 11-15: College Awareness Week (see attire in Upcoming Events)
  • November 11: Veterans Day Luncheon (RSVPs went to Ms. Peterbark)

  • November 12: Thanksgiving Meal served in Cafeteria

  • November 13: 60th Day of School (dress in 1960's attire)

  • November 15: All Pro Dads Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

  • November 15: 5th Grade Field Trip to Middle Schools (permission slip needed)

  • November 15: Club Friday

  • November 15: Last Day for Kids Heart Challenge (keep the donations coming)

If you have not done so already, please complete the 2019-2020 online lunch application by clicking on this link Read on below to see Scenes from the Week, Upcoming Events, Attendance Percentages, the Counseling Corner, 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 we incorporate reading as a family activity at home?

Principal McCullum




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Leading House

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Scenes from the Week

Longhorn Leadership Award for November

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Upcoming Events

Kids Heart Challenge

Friday, Oct. 18th, 12am to Friday, Nov. 15th, 12am

This is an online event.

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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 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

Scholars will participate in College Awareness week, November 11-15, 2019, Our College Week theme is My Future Is Bright. The purpose of this week is to encourage scholars to start thinking about post-secondary education and to begin to see themselves as future college scholars, military ready, or in satisfying careers. Scholars will explore careers from 16 career clusters during lunch periods throughout the week. Information will include career details such as tasks, work settings, education needed, prerequisite skills, and salary. For more information on global careers, please visit or click here. Please check the campus website for College Week Spirit Days.

Scholars who were nominated for Gifted and Talented will take ITBS and NNAT 3 the week of November 11-15, 2019. Assessments will be administered throughout the week during the instructional day for scholars in grades 1-5. Gifted and Talented Nominations for Kindergarten will begin in January 2020.

Counselor Johnson


All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address:

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:


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 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
  • 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.


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.


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 or Evonne Stewart at You can also call 972-293-8531.

2019-2020 Bus Routes:

Dress Code

Scholars are expected to be in compliance each day. Please review the dress code with your child.

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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Lunch Application

All CHISD scholars need the Lunch Application completed. The district has a goal that 100% of our parents complete the application. If you have not completed the application, please do so.

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • October 18-November 15: Kids Heart Challenge
  • November 9: CHISD Choose Your Seat Application Opens

  • November 11-15: College Awareness Week

  • November 11: Veterans Day Luncheon for Veterans

  • November 12: Thanksgiving Meal Served in Cafeteria

  • November 13: 60th Day of School

  • November 15: All Pro Dads Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

  • November 15: 5th Grade Middle School Visits

  • November 15: Club Friday

  • November 19: Nachos and Numbers Academic Night/PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

  • November 21: National Parental Involvement Day

  • November 22: No School for Scholars/Professional Development Day

  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break (No School)