Rattler News

April 12, 2023

From The Desk Of Principal Roberts

Dear Rattler Families,

We are excited to host our very first Every Rattler Matters night this upcoming Monday (5:00 - 6:30).

Most of us understand that individuals can require special accommodations and extra support, although differences should not make one feel segregated. By briefly experiencing what it might be like to live with these differences, we can better foster a sense of community and understanding.

  • Join us to gain some insight into the lives of those with unique abilities such as dyslexia, autism, and visual impairment.
  • With hands-on activities, you will experience some of the daily challenges those unique abilities bring about.
  • By building a culture of understanding and acceptance, we are embracing inclusivity.

Parents and students will have the opportunity to engage in Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, Selective Attention, Visual Processing, and Language Processing simulations. We will also have STEMapthy stations to build and create unique ways to make sure our world is accessible to all types of learners.

We can't wait to see you there!

P.S. The Scholastic book fair opening will also be that night to load up on summer reading books!

With Joy,

Shelley Roberts

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Important Dates


  • Monday, April 17th - April 21st: Book Fair all week/Hope Austin Food Drive
  • Monday, April 17th: Every Rattler Matters Night (5:00 - 6:30)
  • Tuesday, April 18th: Public Bond Presentation (5:00 - 6:00)
  • Thursday, April 20th: Family Picnic during grade level lunches
  • Monday, April 24th: 3rd & 4th grade Reading STAAR (no volunteers or visitors on campus)
  • Tuesday, April 25th: 5th grade Reading STAAR (no volunteers or visitors on campus)
  • Thursday, April 27th: Family Fun Run (5:00 - 6:00)
  • *** Change****Thursday, April 27th: Make-Up STAAR for Reading (no volunteers or visitors on campus)


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Bond Information & Redefining Repurposing Options

River Ridge will be hosting a Bond Information Session on Tuesday, April 18th from 5:00 - 6:00 in our library. Please spread the word!

More information about the bond can be found here.

As a follow-up to Tuesday's Special Board Meeting, Superintendent Bruce Gearing sat down with Board President Trish Bode to continue the conversation on the May bond elections and the repurposing items included as part of the bond package.
To view the full-length conversation, visit rmd.me/xch3Jyu8vbf.

Class Placement for 2023-2024

We are already receiving emails about class placement for the 23-24 school year. Just as a friendly reminder, we will send out an opportunity for parents to give input about their child's placement starting on April 24th. We ask that you use this format so that admin can keep all of our notes in place. On this form, you will have the opportunity to share characteristics that will help your child be successful as well any special circumstances. As in years past, we will not be taking specific teacher requests. Thank you in advance!

K-5 Prevention Lessons Parent Information with Follow-Up Questions

Dear Parents,

Wewant you to know what your child(ren) will be learning during P.E. on Thursday. Here is the latest information on the spring lessons with follow-up questions and answers to reinforce their learning. Thank YOU!

  • All K-5 students receive alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention education lessons twice a year as part of Leander ISD’s health goals and state health TEKS.

  • The K-4th grade lessons are taught by the campus PE teacher on the topics of drug awareness and refusal skills related to medication safety, alcohol, and refusal skills.

  • The 5th grade lesson is taught by the Student and Family Support Team (SFST) coordinator or the campus PE teacher. A review will be done of all of the K-5 lesson topics including marijuana, alcohol, tobacco products (including vaping), medication safety and refusal skills.

  • When a video clip was used in the lesson, the link is included below.

  • If you would like to see the PowerPoint that accompanies the lesson, please contact Tammie Guthrie.

  • Follow-up questions at home are very helpful for reinforcing the learning in the classroom. Below is a short list of follow-up questions you may want to use with your child(ren). Feel free to ask them more questions.

K & 1st grade - Is it safe or dangerous? Medicine Safety and more! (Continuation from the Fall lessons)

Video clip used in the Fall and review STOP! Ask First song in the spring: STOP! Ask First! Actual link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZO-drzD1_M

  1. What were some things that you reviewed in the lesson that were safe? (Answer: food: milk, apples, sandwiches, cereal, fruits and vegetables, tacos, pancakes.)

  2. What were some things in the lesson that were dangerous to you? (Answer: medicine, cleaning products, drinks with alcohol in them.)

  3. Why do you need to stop and ask first before you smell, touch, or pick up something when you do not know what it is? (Answer: It might not be good for you. It might be dangerous or poisonous.)

  4. Some things might look alike, but they are not. Some medicine can look like candy. Who do you need to ask before taking any medicine? (Answer: Ask an adult first. Never take medicine on your own.)

2nd grade - Alcohol & Refusal Skills

  1. What is alcohol? (Answer: Alcohol is a drink for grown-ups/people over age 21 that can cause kids to make bad decisions.)

  2. How does alcohol affect the brain? (Answer: It slows it down and makes it harder to think, feel, and act normally.)

  3. Role play with your child(ren) how to refuse an offer of alcohol or if they are in any kind of unhealthy or unsafe situation (**See Role Play Refusal Skill Process below.)

3rd grade - Alcohol & Refusal Skills

  1. What is alcohol? (Answer: Alcohol is a drink for grown-ups/people over age 21 that can cause kids to make bad decisions.)

  2. What are some reasons to not drink before age 21? (Answer: you can get sick to your stomach and throw up; you can have memory problems; learning new things is hard; and you may have problems with alcohol later in life.)

  3. Role play with your child(ren) how to refuse an offer of alcohol or if they are in any kind of unhealthy or unsafe situation. (**See Role Play Refusal Skill Process below.)

4th grade - Alcohol & Refusal Skills Video: Ask. Listen. Learn - How Alcohol Affects Your Developing Brain 3:37 - Scroll down page to a green box on the left with a brain wearing a baseball cap https://asklistenlearn.org/teachers/teaching-effects-alcohol-brain/

***There are parent resources on the asklistenlearn.org website and more brain videos.***

  1. Why is alcohol called a gateway drug? (Answer: Because if you use alcohol before age 21, it can lead to using other drugs.)

  2. There are many reasons people use alcohol, such as to deal with stress, escape problems, or relax. What are some better ways to deal with problems? (Answer: Take a walk, talk to a friend, journal, exercise, meditate, enjoy nature, and more.)

  3. Role play with your child(ren) how to refuse an offer of alcohol or if they are in any kind of unhealthy or unsafe situation. (**See Role Play Refusal Skill Process below.)

5th grade - A Review of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Medication Safety & Refusal Skills

  1. What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to do in life?

  2. What would change in your life and with your goals and dreams if you started using tobacco products, alcohol, or other drugs? (Answer: for example their relationships with family, and friends, getting in trouble at school or home, mood changes, trouble with school work, etc.)

  3. What would you say or do if someone offered you a cigarette, e-cigarette, marijuana, or alcohol? (Answer: Say No!, No thanks! I don’t want to drink or vape or smoke marijuana. Stop asking me! It’s illegal. We could get into trouble. Let’s go do something else. Walk away if necessary. See **refusal skills process below for details.)

  4. Role play with your child(ren) how to refuse cigarettes, e-cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol and other drugs or if they are in any kind of unhealthy or unsafe situation (**See Role Play Refusal Skill Process below.)


**Roleplay Refusal Skill Process - practice using the S.T.O.P. method to be ready to say NO! In any unhealthy or unsafe situation:

  1. “S” - SAY NO in a firm voice with good eye contact. (Look directly at the person asking, say No,! No, thank you. I don’t want to smoke.)

  2. “T” - TELL them why you refuse to be pressured. (It’s illegal, harmful, and/or against the rules. Make an excuse: I can’t. I’d be grounded for life.)

  3. “O” - OFFER other ideas or positive suggestions of alternative activities. (Let’s go do...something else)

  4. “P” PROMPTLY leave the situation if necessary. (Turn and walk away. I’m out of here. This isn’t right. If you change your mind, I’ll be at the basketball courts….)

Scholastic Bookfair Is Coming!

RRE Spring Bookfair is coming up from April 17th through April 21st! You can now shop with your kids from 7:10-7:30 am every day. There will also be shopping opportunities with your child(ren) during our family picnic and Every Rattler Matters Night!

We need your help! Sign up to volunteers:
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Registration to Family Health and Fitness Fair

If you would like to participate in the FHFF, please complete this form.
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Calling all Sharks - A message from Quest

Calling all Sharks!

5th Grade SHARK TANK - Seeking those with expertise in a variety of fields to serve as SHARKS!

Fifth grade QUESTers have been working on creating new inventions or making design improvements to products that exist. They will be presenting these - Shark Tank Style - on Monday, May 15, at 8:00-9:00am and 9:30-11:00 AM. We are seeking those w/ expertise in the following or related fields, to serve as authentic evaluators of their ideas and prototypes.

Please respond to this survey if you have expertise in any of these areas, or are entrepreneurs yourselves, and are available & willing to serve on our Shark Tank Panels

8:00AM Monday, May 15, 2023 (5A)

  • A more comfortably-designed chair for school use (furniture design, human-centered design, any design expert)
  • Shoe insert for growing feet (podiatrist or other foot expert desired; shoe design)
  • Fly High Fidgets: Playground Equipment

9:30AM Monday, May 15, 2023 (5B)

  • Universal Trash Can (environmentalist, sanitation expert, recycling expert, custodial services person)
  • Surf Desk that won't fall down when you get up (furniture design, industrial engineering, human-centered design, any design expert)
  • Improved hair brush (beauty consultant, hair stylist, or anyone who uses a hairbrush - engineering or design background desired)
  • Jewelry that has safety features built into it (jewelry design, safety or similar background/experience, any expertise that would involve communication between a small device and law enforcement or 1st-responders)
  • Cubbies in front of PE to put your stuff into (organization / carpentry/ design)
  • Creating a variety of food areas in lunch room so there are different types of food to eat (nutrition / traffic flow)
  • Improved spork that includes a knife and napkin (materials, design)

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