The Lake Ridge Bridge

February 15, 2020

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. Did you feel the love last week? Our hope is that you feel it each day from your family, friends, and our school family. Special thanks to our PTA Board and Members for processing all of the orders they received and getting those distributed. In addition to engaging instruction and activities taking place in the classroom and throughout the campus, there were various events worth highlighting from the week. Both of our basketball teams were victorious, and they each are advancing to the playoffs this week, so come out to cheer them on as they take on Waterford Oaks.

Approximately 20 of our scholars in 2-5 grades had a chance to participate in the Roving Chef experience facilitated by our CHISD District Chef. He taught scholars how to make their own personal pizzas. Everything needed was provided, and our scholars had an amazing time. I even had a chance to create my own pizza, and it was delicious. We look forward to the District Chef coming back to do the Roving Chef for some of our PK-1 graders. He will also set up a "Farmer's Market" to expose all of our scholars to various fresh fruits and vegetables in the near future. 4th and 5th grade scholars also had a chance to participate in the Special Olympics activities, and we are proud of those who had a great time and placed.

Shout out to Coach Courtney, Ms. Peterbark, Ms. Stelter, and Ms. Thompson for being nominated for Teacher of the Year by peers. All four make a positive impact on our scholars, fellow faculty, and our entire campus daily. Our 2020 Teacher of the Year is Ms. Thompson. Congratulations!!!

We know that Monday, February 17 is a holiday, and there is no school, but Counselor Johnson is being recognized at the CHISD Board meeting since it was not rescheduled, so the Lake Ridge family is invited and encouraged to come out to cheer on and celebrate her during the public session that should begin around 7:30 p.m. at 285 Uptown Blvd, Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill Government Center).

Random Acts of Kindness Week starts February 16! A whole week of kindness? Yes! The goal is to make this an everyday habit. If you share on social media, use the hashtags #MakeKindnessTheNorm and/or #RandomActsofKindnessWeek so that we can see what you are doing. Click on the following link to access various ideas provided by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Kudos to Early Education and 1st grades for meeting the 98% attendance goal for the week. Remember that attendance matters greatly. Warning letters have been sent and will continue to be generated for those with multiple absences, and scholars with 16 or more absences will be placed on a Principal's Plan to specifically address attendance and academics. Calls will also made be for those with excessive absences and/or tardies.

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

  • On-going in February: Pennies for Patients Service Project
  • February 16-23: Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Monday, February 17: No School/District Holiday
  • Monday, February 17: Counselor Johnson Recognized at CHISD Board Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 19: Lake Ridge vs. Waterford Oaks at 4:30 p.m. (Bessie Coleman)
  • Thursday, February 20: Black History Program/PTA at 6:00 p.m. (dinner provided)
  • Friday, February 21: All Pro Dads Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 21: Club Friday

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

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

Question for You to Pose to Your Child: Who would you have lunch with if you could have lunch with anyone in the world?

Principal McCullum




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Leading House

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Scenes from the Week

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2020 Teacher of the Year Nominees

2020 Teacher of the Year

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Upcoming Events

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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

Pennies for Patients/February Service Project

Pennies for Patients is the February Fundraiser for Lake Ridge Elementary. The campaign will be hosted by the House of Isibindi and sponsored by the Leukemia Society. Money collected will fund important cancer research and local patient services- both viral to the fight against blood cancers. Scholars are encouraged to donate loose change and at least one day of snack money in addition to seeking donations from family, friends, and community members. The class that collects the most money will win a lunch party sponsored by Olive Garden. Our campus goal for 2020 is $1500.00.

From the Clinic

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All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address:

  • 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:

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: Pennies for Patients Service Project
  • February 16-23: Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • February 17: No School/District Holiday
  • February 17: Counselor Johnson Recognized at Board Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 18: Lunch w/a Cop
  • February 19: Lake Ridge vs. Waterford Oaks at 4:30 p.m. (Bessie Coleman Gym)
  • February 20: Black History Program/PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. (dinner provided)
  • February 21: All Pro Dads Breakfast at 7:15 a.m.
  • February 21: Club Friday
  • February 25-28: Benchmark Assessments