White Rock Elementary

Principal Update 1/3/18

Welcome Back

Happy New Year Seahawk Families and Friends! I hope that you enjoyed your Winter Break and had lots of opportunities to celebrate with family members and friends. I love the promise of the New Year and all the possibilities that exist for our children here at WRE.

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White Rock Coffee WRE Art Display ~ January 2018

Monday, Jan. 1st, 8am to Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 6pm

10105 East Northwest Highway

Dallas, TX

WRE student artwork will be on display at White Rock Coffee the month of January. The work featured will be from a variety of grade levels.

Please stop by and see our student's fantastic artwork!

Inclement Weather Procedures

Please send your child to school with a jacket so that they may go outside at recess time, PE time and Walk & Talk. The following information is part of the guidelines we follow during cold weather situations. Our key degree factor for severe weather is 36* Fahrenheit.


During times of excessively cold weather, the following precautions will be taken for all outdoor physical activity including, but not limited to: recess, physical education classes, and outdoor field trips.

  • Teachers and coaching staffs should be aware of the wind chill factor and take appropriate precautions during cold weather.

  • If a student does not have adequate warm clothing to participate in the outdoor activity, the student will not be able to attend and will be excused from the activity.

  • Students should not have recess or Physical Education classes outside when temperature or wind chill factor drops below 36 degrees.

  • On days when the temperature is unseasonably cold, outside recess should be restricted to no more than 15 minutes.

Guidelines for determining cold weather conditions:

Temperature and humidity data may be obtained from

  1. http://www.weather.com. Details specific to the school should be accessed as follows: Enter school zip code; select “hour-by-hour” tab (it is suggested that the site be bookmarked at this point for easy daily access); the lowest estimated temperature and the “feels like temperature” (wind chill) during school hours should be used.

  2. The National Weather Bureau will provide local forecast and advisories.

Call - 817-429-2631, and then dial 511.

Weather Notification in RISD

Safety of our students and staff is a priority if severe weather is predicted or occurs during the school day. Several RISD departments (transportation, facilities, grounds) stand ready to assess the condition of the roads, and school facilities should ice, or snow makes travel to or from RISD schools hazardous. Based on their assessment of the road conditions and consultation with surrounding districts, RISD's Superintendent will determine if schools in Richardson ISD will be delayed or closed for the safety of students and staff.

In the event of inclement weather that may require classes be delayed or canceled, parents and employees will be notified by telephone message before 6:30 a.m.

Also, patrons can call the district's inclement weather line at 469-593-SNOW, check the RISD homepage at risd.org, the district Facebook page at facebook.com/richardsonisd or the district Twitter feed at twitter.com/richardsonisd. The district also notifies local media outlets of closures or delays.

Parents, employees, and students should assume a regular school day unless a telephone message is received or the RISD website or SNOW line indicates closure or delay.

White Rock Elementary Expansion Update

Construction is in full swing and with that comes some ongoing updates and adjustments.

The Construction Phasing Plan highlights the order the demolition/ building/ remodeling/ floodplain mitigation will take place. We are currently in Phase 2&3 in yellow--demo and building the new library.

Asbestos abatement in the current building will take place during each break-Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring Break & Summer. This is necessary to remain on schedule for 2019. Attached is a map of the scheduled abatement and what areas of the school will be affected when. Each area highlighted on the map will be packed up and moved out to allow abatement over each holiday break. Our teachers and staff are taking this inconvenience with grace and will be reaching out if/when they need parent volunteers at any point. The continued focus remains on our kids and instruction. The PTA & Dad's Club is working alongside the staff to provide food and any support possible to make each of these times a little easier. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as WRE receives some "love."

Over the Thanksgiving break, new City of Dallas street signs will go up on streets surrounding the school that will encourage one-way traffic around our school during drop-off and pick-up. This is especially important as the back drive will no longer be available for drop off and pick up beginning Dec 4. Please take a look at the attached traffic map and pick up and drop off locations and make necessary adjustments to your route to and from school in the morning and afternoon. This will all take some time to ease into so please come earlier, be patient, courteous and let us keep our kids (and everyone) SAFE. Tardies will be more lenient as we adjust--please do not let your kids out of the car in the middle of the street.

Staging for construction is expected to begin in December. When construction begins, construction workers will not be parking on site and will be shuttled in from outside the neighborhood for the duration of the project. As construction progresses, most of the existing parking spaces on the school site will become unusable. For that reason, beginning the week of December 4, WRE teachers and staff can park at Wildcat-Ram Stadium and RISD will provide a shuttle to and from their vehicles for the duration of the project.

The committee heard from the traffic engineer working on the project and the recommendations for the temporary pick up and drop off locations and traffic patterns while the construction is ongoing. To alleviate traffic congestion during peak times, the traffic engineer discussed the possibility of working with the City of Dallas to restrict turns onto or from some side streets surrounding the school (on school days only) for an hour period during drop off and pick up. These turning restrictions would potentially be in effect from 7:15 – 8:15 am and 2:30 – 3:30 pm, school days only.

All WRE Expansion documents and information can be found on the WRE website.

Permission to Walk To and From School

If your child will walk home after dismissal, we will need a form to be signed by the parent in advance. To download this form, click here.

Photo Identification ~ Entrance To Our Campus

All visitors must follow RISD's, and WRE's, building entry procedures and must sign in at the front office upon arrival and provide proper identification to receive authorization to enter the school. If you do not provide appropriate identification (ID), you will not be allowed to enter the building.

Your child's safety is our number one priority! We want to thank you for adhering to our guidelines and rules and helping keep our school safe.

Volunteer Application Form/ Policy

If you or a family member would like to volunteer, you will have to complete an online background check. Please note, it takes two weeks to process.

All volunteers must submit a form annually, even if you are a returning volunteer and had one the prior year.

Here is the link: http://www.risd.org/group/community/VolunteerOpportunities.html

Volunteer Policy

There are many opportunities for volunteering at White Rock. Your help is needed and valued. Here are some policy guidelines to help you as you get acquainted with school procedures. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please bring them to the teacher or staff person with whom you are working.

  • Dress Code: Please remember to be modest and to always present a good example to the students and others in appearance, conduct, and conversation.

  • Children: Please do not bring younger siblings to school with you when you volunteer. This will allow you to focus on your volunteer duties and give special attention in the area you are volunteering. Also, for liability reasons, the school simply cannot permit the younger siblings to be here.

  • Sign In: Please sign in and out in the office and wear a printed volunteer ID badge each time you come to volunteer. Remember to return your badge when you sign out. If you have valuables, please lock them in your car, or if necessary, ask about keeping them in the office while you are here.

  • Work Areas: Please do all projects in areas as requested/suggested by the teacher/ staff member.

  • Confidentiality: Please remember to keep all personal information about students, families, and faculty that you that may learn while doing volunteer duties should be kept confidential.

  • School Rules: Please be familiar with the guidelines for conduct in the White Rock Elementary Student and Parent Handbook so you know what is expected of students. You may remind them of these rules when needed. If a student does not respond promptly and appropriately, please report the situation to his/her teacher.

  • Absences: As a courtesy to others, please call the school before 8:00 am if you cannot come in as scheduled. We will notify the teacher or staff person who was expecting you. If signed up through SignUpGenius.com, please cancel so someone else can sign up.

  • Training: Certain volunteers are required to attend a training session. This session will explain the responsibilities of the specific position.

Become a Volunteer

In order to volunteer at White Rock Elementary, we ask that you take care of a few important things first:

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application and Background Check Form (Please note, it takes two weeks to process.) Volunteer services cannot begin until after the background check has been verified.

    1. http://www.risd.org/group/community/VolunteerOpportunities.html

  2. Read and comply with our volunteer policy and dress code.

  3. Sign in at the office and get your name tag (must be worn at all times while on campus)

  4. Sign out in the office when you are done volunteering

All volunteers must submit a form annually, even if you are a returning volunteer and had one the prior year.

Do we have your current email and phone number?

If it has changed since you've submitted enrollment paperwork, please call the front office, 469-593-2700, or come by the WRE Office to update your information.

Quote of The Week

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy

WREvue - White Rock Elementary Talent Show

Save the date!

March 28, 2018 - rehearsal at LHHS @ 4:30pm

April 6th, 2018 - WREvue at LHHS @ 6:00pm

For more information click here: https://wrepta.membershiptoolkit.com/WREVUE2018

Dates to remember


3 - Students First Day Back

3 - Beginning of 3rd 9-Week Grading Period and 2nd Semester

8 - Data for Currently Enrolled Families For Due

15 - No School ~ Staff/Student Holiday

16 - No School ~ Student Holiday/ Staff Professional Development Day

17 - CKH Site Visit

18 - PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm in Cafeteria

22 - Tutoring resumes


RISD has adopted ClassLink, a single sign-on platform that allows students to use one username and password to access everything they need, including the library resources. These free resources can also be used at home.

Here is how to get started:

  1. Log in to the Google RISD student account at https://accounts.google.com/ The username and password are listed below. RISD Google and Classlink accounts use the same username and password.

  2. Go to the ClassLink login page at https://launchpad.classlink.com/risd/ Again enter the username and password listed below.

  3. Enter risd in the Code field. Select “G Sign in with Google.”

**You can load the ClassLink app to your devices at home by downloading the Richardson ISD ClassLink app at the App Store.

ClassLink is a safe, secure way for students to connect with applications and files. By selecting the Library Resources application on ClassLink, your student has free access to Pebble Go, TumbleBooks, Destiny Discover (eBooks), World Book and much more! The software does not collect or share any personal student information.

You can learn more about ClassLink at www.classlink.com. If you have questions, you can email me at susan.mcginnis@risd.org.

Susan McGinnis

WRE Librarian


Get up-to-date information on your child's grades. If you don't have a Focus account, we encourage you to sign up. Please visit the RISD website site to sign up for a Focus account.


The 2nd term grading period begins Monday, October 23!

How to get connected

It is our desire to keep you informed of all that is taking place at school. Up-to-date and additional information will be sent to you through the weekly “Red Folder” and will appear on our school web page. Please save these websites to your favorite bar, like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. By doing this you will be up to date on all the latest and greatest things happening around WRE!


Campus Schoolwires page: https://schools.risd.org/WhiteRockES

PTA website: http://www.wrepta.org

Dad's Club website: http://wredadsclub.com

Facebook: Search for - Sammy Seahawk (https://www.facebook.com/sammy.seahawk.35)

Twitter: You can follow us - @WreHappenings

White Rock Elementary

“If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”™ - Flip Flippen