Riojas PTO Newsletter

January 18, 2023

Save the Date for PTO Meeting: January 25th

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Please save the date for the next General PTO Meeting, which will be held January 25th at 6pm in the Riojas Cafeteria and on Facebook Live.

Volunteers needed!

We need volunteers to help students with opening lunchboxes, wrappers and drinks in the cafeteria during lunchtime. Also, to help students sort their trash, recycle and compost. If you can volunteer, please sign up!

We also need volunteers to help in the office with such things as laminating, making copies, sorting papers, etc. Basically, anything the teachers or office staff may need help with. It will be in 2 hour increments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Sign up here.

We truly appreciate you! As always, you MUST be approved by PFISD to volunteer in the school.

Texas Stars at Riojas

On January 12th, the Texas Stars came to kick off their hockey program at Riojas Elementary. AHL All-Star Thomas Harley and Jerad Rosburg came on behalf of the team and donated two goals and 20 hockey sticks to the school, visiting during 2nd grade specials. The kids loved learning some new skills with the hockey equipment!

Kindness Week Canned Food Drive

Please start collecting cans for the Kindness Week canned food drive, on January 23-27. We will line our hallways with donated foods and see how far the kindness goes! Students can place donations along the hallway or in the donation box in the front entryway.

Donations will go to local families in need and the Circle of Home Community Center Food Pantry.

Items needed:

Box cereal

Canned fruit

Canned vegetables

Rice (1 lb. bags)

Beans (1 lb. bags)


Peanut Butter


Canned Soup

Spaghetti Pasta

Spaghetti Sauce

Macaroni and Cheese

PTO Grant Winners

Congratulations to our mini-grant winners!

We are pleased to announce the following grantees:

Melissa Stark - Grant awarded for Flyleaf Publishing Emergent Reader Series to support reading independently with phonics readers in the classroom.

Brea Lovelace - Grant awarded for air dry clay for the school's students to be able to create their own 3-D clay project and practice fine motor skills.

Kristen Bloom - Grant awarded for art supplies for glow in the dark art that will be featured at the schoolwide art show, providing a sense of community and connecting art to the real world.

Thank you to all who applied!

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The Riojas Patriot Yearbook - 5th Grade Pride Line Deadline JANUARY 31st

5th grade pride lines are on sale for $10 each and due by January 31st! Visit for more info and follow the 6-step process to submit your ad for your student.

Last year, we sold out of our yearbooks. Don't let the memories of the year slip away. Order your yearbook early and reserve your copy TODAY! Yearbooks are $25 and will be delivered in May. You will receive a confirmation email once your order has been received. This is your receipt for your yearbook order. It will also come in handy in the spring when you cannot remember if you ordered in the fall.

And keep capturing those moments! The Riojas Patriot Yearbook is open for photo submissions - please send your snaps to for consideration.

Spirit Wear Sales

Get your Riojas Patriots gear to show your school spirit. Stay tuned for information about the next Spirit Wear sales date on campus. In the meantime, you can always check out the online store on the PTO website to make it easy to show your Patriot Pride.

Riojas Elementary PTO

The RES PTO is dedicated to helping all staff and students at Riojas Elementary.

Our mission is to bring parents and teachers together to promote a strong school community. The PTO is driven by volunteers - and you are already a member. There are no fees to join!.

Why should you get involved?

  • Children Benefit: Research shows participating in your child's school and showing engagement helps them perform better academically.
  • The School Benefits: The PTO supports students and staff. It puts on programs and events to bring our school together as a community and enrich learning.
  • Make Connections: Get to know teachers and staff. Make life-long friends with other parents.

We always need volunteers to make our programs and events successful. This does not always mean a commitment of your time - volunteering can be donating, using a special skill, providing local business contacts, or sharing words of encouragement.