Rattler News

January 25, 2022

From The Desk Of Principal Roberts

Dear Parents,

We have jumped right in and started off 2023 with a great start! We have many exciting events coming our way this semester. Our first big event is Career Day on February 10th. We had our first career day in 2020, and it was a HUGE success. We want to bring this back but we need your help! We currently do not have enough presenters and need about 25- 30 to make this a success. In 2020, we had many careers including a meteorologist, stuntman, pilot pro football player, firefighter, chiropractor entrepreneur, engineer, producer and so much more.

Please spread the message below to the community.

Presenters do not have to be River Ridge parents.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in presenting on Career Day to our amazing Rattlers (20 min talk, 5 min Q&A). Visual aids, technology, or anything that can make your presentation more interactive are encouraged. We will have a doc cam/projector available for presentations as needed. If you know someone who might like to participate, please share this message.
Questions? Email Jill Jensen @ jillalbers@gmail.com

Thank you in advance!

With Joy,

Shelley Roberts

Important Dates

  • January 30th: Lake Travis Fire Show during school hours
  • February 10th: Career Day



We have safety concerns with students/parents not using crosswalks. If you choose to park your car, it is very important that you use the designated crosswalks. We have had many close calls with students/parents running between cars. The crosswalk on the 2nd-5th grade side is by the third-grade door. The crosswalk by the K-1 side is by the first-grade door. Thank you in advance!


Dear River Ridge Parents,
We need your help! We have a big trend that we need to reverse in a positive direction. Each day since we returned this semester, we have over 50 students coming in after the bell. We have such a steady stream of students rushing in after 7:30, it would take at least thirty minutes to get everyone logged in Raptor. When you child comes in late, he/she skips the morning procedures of unpacking and getting settled, misses the announcements, and disrupts the flow of instruction. The importance of being punctual is a great life skill to reinforce at an early age. We please ask that you get your child to school before 7:30. Our front door opens at 7:10 so students have plenty of time to get to class and get ready for the day. Thank you in advance for partnering with us.

From Coach Guthrie

Dear Parents & Students,

The PE Department has a new pilot program called Students Teach Students. Sometimes kids learn better from another kid. Once a month we will hold a free clinic for any 2nd - 5th grade student that would like extra help on a skill we have recently gone over in PE. This month we will be working on PUNTING. Coach Jackson & I have selected students as coaches based on their above average soccer skills. They will be helping any 2nd - 5th grade student that wants a little more personal instruction. Of course we will be there as well. If you are interested please help us keep track of how many students to expect by clicking on the link below and filling out the form. Unfortunately, we will have to cap the amount of students to 20. If you are able to fill out this form your child has made it in. If not, that means we are at capacity and it won’t let you fill out the form.

Date: Friday, January 27th

Time: 7-7:30am

Where: MPR

(Drop your child off in the back of the school where the steps are and we will let them in)

Sign up for Students Teach Students

*This form is NOT for coaches.

Fifth Grade Middle School Visits

  • Thursday, February 16th: Fifth grade students will visit Canyon Ridge starting at 9:30.
  • Wednesday, February 22: CRMS course selection at River Ridge (8:45-9:45)

Instructional Materials Feedback from LISD

This spring, Leander ISD will consider/adopt new instructional resources for six courses: American Sign Language I-IV, Chinese I-IV, AP US History, AP Calculus AB and BC, African-American Studies, & Mexican-American Studies. Members of our LISD community have opportunities and are encouraged to provide feedback on these resources from January 17 - February 17 through in-person viewing at Central Office and Cedar Park High School or by viewing the materials virtually on the district website. We will host three Q&A Zoom meetings with district curriculum experts that allow community members to explore the options, ask questions and provide feedback. For questions about the instructional materials selection process, please reach out to Matt Bentz, Chief Academic Officer.

PTA Board for the 2023-24 school year

We are looking for candidates to fill our open positions on the PTA Board for the 2023-24 school year. Time commitment and duties vary, but all board members are expected to attend a monthly board meeting and monthly general meeting. Descriptions for each position can be found here. (http://riverridge.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=3&NavigationID=16&Sequence=0&Directive=Navigate)

If you are interested in being considered for a position or positions, fill out this form and a member of our Nominating Committee will reach out to you!

Please reach out to Emily Burgy with any questions! emilyburgy@gmail.com

Deadline is FEBRUARY 6th!

Information about upcoming Fitnessgram



Dear Parent/Guardian,

Senate Bill 530 requires school districts annually assess the physical fitness in grades 3 or higher in a course that satisfies the curriculum requirements for physical education. The adopted instrument by Leander ISD will be the FITNESSGRAM assessment. FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research and is a research-based criterion-referenced test.

LISD considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:

1. FITNESSGRAM establishes a baseline of a healthy fitness zone from which students can set goals and check their progress (non-competitive) to plan for lifelong physical activity and to maintain and improve their fitness level. Health-related fitness assessment measures students’ aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition.

2. FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program options that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in those areas where they need to improve.

3. FITNESSGRAM does not place an emphasis on skill or sports-related fitness such as speed

measured by an individual’s 40 yard dash time. It does not compare students to other students.

FITNESSGRAM tests all students regardless of age, gender, or ability. Students are encouraged to be self-aware of health-related fitness and take responsibility by setting personal fitness goals. When students focus on the process of doing their personal best, a more positive lifelong impact is achieved.

On your child’s test day, he/she should bring or wear athletic type clothing to take the test. If your child forgets proper testing attire, he/she will proceed with the fitness test in standardized dress. You may request a copy of your child’s physical fitness assessment from the school. LISD believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.If you have any questions about the FITNESSGRAM Assessment, go to our website:


You can also contact Tammie Guthrie @ Tammie.Guthrie@leanderisd.org



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Self-Love Challenge

Day 1: List 10 things that you love about yourself!

Day 2: Take Time to do something you love to do!

Day 3: Wear RED to show that you love and care for your healthy heart!

Day 4: Write down 3 things that you are grateful for!

Day 5: Play with someone that brings you joy!

Day 6: Write a love letter to yourself!

Day 7: Write yourself at least 5 compliments on post-it notes. Stick them wherever you

can see them often! (Ex: Bathroom mirror, in your room, in your lunchbox, etc..)

Day 8: Wear something that makes you feel good & confident about yourself!

Day 9: Try a new healthy food or snack!

Day 10: Write a note to a teacher or a friend telling them what you love about them!

Day 11: Tell a friend something you have done that you are proud of!

Day 12: Drink at least 2 water bottles full of water in one day!

Day 13: Give yourself a HUG!

Day 14: Give someone a compliment!