Panther Tales

October 21, 2022

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News and Events You Can Use

It was a busy week for the Panthers. We held our Book Fair, celebrated our fantastic Bus Drivers, and held our annual Ridgeview United Music & Hispanic Heritage Month Festival! Remember to sign our School-Family Compact & Parent/Family Engagement Plan in Infinite Campus. We hope to see some of you tomorrow at the SSEF Race.

Upcoming Events

Here are some of our events at a glance. Please join us when you can!

  • Oct. 24 and 27: Basketball Tryouts - View the complete tryout schedule

  • Oct. 25: Tumbling Interest Meeting

  • Oct. 28: PBIS Panther Party
  • Nov. 1: Make-up School Picture Day
  • Nov. 4: College T-shirt Day
  • Nov. 6: Hands on Ridgeview, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Sign-up for shifts here!
  • Nov. 8: Asynchronous Remote Learning for Students (no in-person school)
  • Nov. 9: $5 Non-Uniform Day Benefitting PTA/Foundation
  • Nov. 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Holiday - School Closed

Check out our calendar for more ways to get involved.

From FCS: No Holiday Treats

As we approach the upcoming holidays, it is vital to remind parents and families that candy, desserts, baked goods (store-bought/homemade), or any other edible items are not to be sold or distributed at school or on the bus unless approved in advance by the school administration. Per our Student Code of Conduct, students who do not adhere to this expectation are subject to disciplinary action for violation 7A: Failure to Follow Rules, and all candy or food items will be confiscated. Please discuss this expectation and possible consequences with your student(s), as this will be taken very seriously. This is due to recent national and state reports about students sharing edible items and synthetic medications with other students that contain very harmful substances. Please know that taking this measure will help us maintain a safe environment for all students. You can help us protect your student(s) by requesting that they not eat anything given to them by another person, anything they have not brought from your home, or anything not in its original sealed package. Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping all of our students safe at school!

Prospective Parent Tours

Ridgeview offers prospective parent tours each month. The first is October 25th at 12:45 p.m. Interested families should RSVP for the tour of their choice, including a brief introduction and presentation from Dr. Blackwell and a tour of classrooms and the facility. Full details can be found on our website here.

Hands On Ridgeview

Hands On Ridgeview will be Sunday, Nov 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Expect a day filled with projects to beautify RCMS school grounds. Bring the whole family and enjoy a beautiful fall day, helping create new outdoor learning and recreation spaces, sprucing landscaping, and enhancing our outside areas. Get volunteer hour credit for your clubs & organizations. Sign up to volunteer here!

Attendance Flexibility!

Did you know that FCS attendance policy allows families to use up to 5 full days each semester where a student may need to be absent as a “remote day” instead of a coded absence counting against the student’s attendance record? Simply request the day in advance through Mrs. Price in the front office. These days are only granted in whole-day format, not for partial days or periods.

Red Ribbon Week

We invite students to join us in promoting Red Ribbon Week awareness and healthy, drug-free lifestyles through our spirit days. To help raise awareness, students are encouraged to participate on Oct. 26th - 28th by:
  • Wednesday - "Show Your Color Out": Wear your school uniform with your grade level's uniform color shirt to color out your grade level. 6th grade - red, 7th grade - white, 8th grade - black.
  • Thursday - "Throw Shade on Drugs": Wear your school uniform and throw on your sunglasses for an approved sunglasses day.
  • Friday - "Team Up Against Drugs": Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey for a $1 donation which will go to The Mustard Tree Foundation. Otherwise normal uniform!

English Language Learner Family Workshop Oct. 27th

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Junior Raiders Boys Lacrosse

Registration for the Junior Raiders Boys Lacrosse team is opening soon. The season runs from February to April, with conditioning and drills starting in November. The anticipated cost is around $325. Most practices will be at Riverwood High School. The team is open to all 6-8th grade boys. Email with questions or to get on our mailing list.
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Free Library Cards!

Have an expired public library card? Don’t have a public library card? Sign up using our link below, and the public library will bring the cards to our school! Parents and students can get free homework help, access MANGO Language App, access free testing guides for the ACT and SAT, access to eBooks that can be read on their school-issued devices, and more! Feel free to contact Ms. Gunter if you have any questions. Click HERE for your Public Library Card Sign Up.

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