The Lake Ridge Bridge

October 5, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. The week was productive, and the highlight of the week was celebrating our amazing custodians on National School Custodian Appreciation Day. Ms. Hilda is our Lead Custodian who is with us during the instructional day, so all scholars see and know her; those who stay after school have a chance to see Ms. Maria and Ms. Rosa, our evening Custodians, also. The service that they provide is impeccable, and we appreciate all that they do.


Scholars in 2-5 grades took Benchmark Assessment #1. These assessments are used to culminate each marking period based on the units that have been covered. Kudos to scholars for taking the time to focus. We use all data to drive instruction, so teachers are analyzing to be able to provide targeted interventions as necessary. Have you thanked your child's teacher recently? A "Thank You" and a smile are free gifts that can brighten anyone's day.


Kudos to 3rd Grade for meeting/exceeding the 98% weekly attendance goal!


This week, we will kick it off by wearing BLUE as we stand against bullying on this national observation day. PTA will host a spirit night at Altitude on Tuesday, 3rd and 4th grade scholars in the G/T program will attend an enriching field trip, and scholars will engage in various instructional activities with their teachers. We look forward to keeping the positive energy and momentum on this race for excellence. Make sure that you read on below in the newsletter for other important highlights and information including our newly added Counseling Corner.


Remember that if you have classroom concerns, the first point of contact should be the classroom teacher. All email addresses can be located on our campus website. This week, keep the following dates(s) in mind:


  • Monday, October 7: Wear Blue; Stomp Out Bullying (scholars are encouraged to wear blue)
  • Friday, October 11: 3/4 Grade G/T Enriching Field Trip
  • Monday, October 14: No School; Fair Day


If you have not done so already, please complete the 2019-2020 online lunch application by clicking on this link https://childnutrition.chisd.net/.


Always remember that "The Race for Excellence has No Finish Line."


Question for You to Pose to Your Child: How can you help others throughout the week?


Principal McCullum


#LRENoFinishLine

#LakeRidgeNation

#LakeRidgeMontessori

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Leading House

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Positive Behavior Referrals

Scenes from the Week

Upcoming Events

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PTA Spirit Night at Altitude

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 5-8pm

112 West Belt Line Road

Cedar Hill, TX

Cost: $20 for the entire night


A percentage of the proceeds goes to our Lake Ridge PTA. Be sure to let the cashier know you're jumping for Lake Ridge.

12th Annual LakeRidge Charity Golf Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 7am

818 Tangle Ridge Drive

Grand Prairie, TX

Lake Ridge Elementary is one of the organizations scheduled to be a recipient of proceeds raised by the LakeRidge Charitable Foundation; please share this information with your family and friends who are golfers and/or are interested in sponsoring.


Registration http://www.lakeridgecharitygolf.org

Contact The LakeRidge Charitable Foundation

Email: LRCFInc@gmail.com

Call (972) 213-1306 to register


You may also print out and mail your registration or sponsorship to:

PO Box 727, Cedar Hill, TX 75106

or the drop box located inside the POA Office


$100 per player $400 per team; Bring 5 can goods to purchase 2 additional mulligans


Registration 7:00 a.m.

Putting Contest 7:30a.m.

Shotgun Starts at 8:30 a.m.

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Attendance

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Attendance Incentives

  • Strive for 5: Scholars who have perfect attendance Monday-Friday will receive a "Free Dress" day on the following Monday; this also applies to short weeks.
  • Weekly Class Perfect Attendance. If a class has perfect attendance for the week, they receive a pizza party.
  • Class Perfect Attendance: Each scholar in a class has an opportunity to receive an incentive once the class spells out A-T-T-E-N-D-A-N-C-E (a letter will be earned each day the homeroom class has perfect attendance). This is ongoing and repeats.
  • Grade Level Attendance: If a grade level has 100% attendance for the day, every scholar in that grade level receives a special treat.

Attendance Notes

  • Notes regarding an absence must be brought to the office within three days of the absence; parents can also enter via Family Access. Notes should include the scholar's full name, date of absence, and signature/date of parent/guardian.
  • You can email Mrs. Castillo, Attendance Clerk/Registrar, at bonnie.castillo@chisd.net for any attendance questions or concerns.
  • If the method of your child getting home needs to change, notify the Main Office or your child’s teacher by 2:30 p.m. so that there is enough time to communicate the change to your child. If e-mailing the teacher, include an administrator in case the teacher is absent on that particular day.
  • 2:45 p.m. is the latest that a scholar may be checked out due to preparation for dismissal.

Counseling Corner

There are a couple of exciting topics that will be addressed in the month of October. Scholars in grades K-5 will participate in Bully Awareness workshops, throughout the month. Scholars will learn how to identify bully behaviors, the difference between bullying and conflict, and strategies to deal with bullying.


Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated, October 28 - November 1st. This year's national theme is, "Send A Message. Stay Drug Free". Scholars will learn the history of Red Ribbon Week, explore personal safety, and exercise self-care. Please visit our campus website for Red Ribbon Spirit Week attire.


The Rotary Club of Cedar Hill is excited to once again provide new coats to CHISD Elementary Scholars for the 10th year! If your scholar receives free or reduced lunch, he/she is eligible to receive a free coat. Please complete the attached form if you wish for your scholar to receive a free coat from the Rotary Club. Please view the size chart for proper coat sizing; exchanges can not be accommodated. All forms are due to Counselor Johnson no later than October 31, 2019.


Counselor Johnson

GET INVOLVED

All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address: lakeridgeAPD2018@gmail.com

Next APD Breakfast: Friday, October 18, 2019


  • Join APD to see how you can be a part of involvement, connections, engagement, partnership and mentorship. Reach out so that you can be ready for 2019-2020.

PTA NEWS

PTA President: Mrs. Kristi Lacy

Email Address: lakeridgeelempta@gmail.com


JOIN PTA FOR THE 20119-2020 SCHOOL YEAR; WE HAVE ESTABLISHED SOME GREAT TRADITIONS. WE NEED YOU! MORE INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED SO THAT YOU CAN JOIN AT OUR "MEET THE TEACHER" EVENT IN AUGUST.


On-going Opportunities to Donate/Serve:

Volunteer via Voly

Become a Volunteer!

Keeping the safety and well-being of our students first, state law and district policy require that all Cedar Hill ISD volunteers (students between age 13-17 and District Employees are exempt) complete the district's volunteer application which includes a Criminal Background Check. Applications must be renewed each school year. The background screening report can take up to 72 hours to process.


Volunteer Process

  • All volunteers must be approved through cedarhillisd.voly.org in order to volunteer in CHISD.
  • Once a Voly account has been created, an email will be sent from JDP asking volunteer to complete a background check.
  • Approval time is normally 5-7 business days pending there are no flags in the applicant's background.
  • If the account is flagged for any reason the approval of your account could take up to 2 weeks. If you have any questions please email face@chisd.net.
  • All volunteers must use their legal name. Any error when entering information will prolong the approval process.
  • You are encouraged to become a FAN of the school you wish to volunteer with during the application process in order to receive specific volunteer opportunities and be shown as a regular volunteer.

Reminders

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival Procedures:

  • Doors open daily at 7:15 a.m.

  • Scholars in PK & their siblings will be instructed to enter through Door #12.

  • Scholars in Longoria/Lynn/Rangel & their siblings will enter through Door #11.

  • All other scholars, including Montessori, (car riders, bus riders, and walkers) will enter through Door #1/Main Entrance.

  • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back driveway that runs behind the building and form one line.
  • Only those going to the Main Office or dropping off with the classes indicated for Door #11 and Door #12 should enter the main driveway.
  • Parents should follow the arrows that indicate the flow of traffic, and drop off only in the lane next to the sidewalk. Children should not be dropped off in the center lane to ensure safety.

After the first day of school, parents will not be able to walk their children to their classrooms unless an observation has been scheduled with the teacher. All parents & visitors must report directly to the Main Office.


Dismissal Procedures:

  • Dismissal occurs daily at 3:00 p.m.

  • Scholars in Crow/Stelter & their siblings will exit through Door #12.

  • Scholars in Longoria/Lynn/Rangel & their siblings will exit through Door #11.

  • Scholars who ride the bus or walk home will exit through Door #14.

  • Scholars picked up via Private Daycare transportation will exit through Door #1.

  • Scholars who are picked up by car, including Montessori, will exit through Door #5 (remain in cafeteria until called).

    • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back driveway that runs behind the building and form one line.

    • As the cars approach the pick-up area, the scholars will be called outside and will wait for a faculty member to load them into the cars.

    • Anyone picking up a scholar must have the color-coded card prominently displayed. If the card is not present, then the scholars(s) will be sent to the front office, and the driver will need to show proper identification.

    • Parents, please stay in your car at all times. Children will not be released if a parent walks up to the cafeteria door.

  • Only those going to the Main Office for appointments or picking up with the classes indicated for Door #11 and Door #12 should enter the main driveway.

  • If there is a change in how a scholar regularly gets home, please send a note to the scholar's teacher or call the front office by 2:30 p.m. This will help avoid confusion.

  • The latest time to check a scholar out via the Main Office is 2:45 p.m. After that time, please wait until the regularly scheduled dismissal.


The picture below shows how to properly place your car tag(s) for dismissal:

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Birthday Recognition

If you would like to recognize your child at school on his/her birthday that falls on a school day, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher so that he/she can notify the office. On your child's birthday, you may bring store bought cupcakes or packaged fruit and individual juice/water at the time indicated by the teacher if you have communicated with the teacher. Cupcakes should not be dropped off and left with the teacher or the office. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend or on a non-school day for students, no alternate arrangements will be made.


Arrangements should be made prior to the child's birthday so that the teacher can verify that it will not interrupt scheduled class activities.


Montessori

Birthdays in Montessori are celebrated with an activity called "Walk Around the Sun". We will celebrate birthdays each month on the last Friday of the month unless otherwise stated. On that Friday, each child that is going to Walk Around the Sun is asked to bring uncut, fresh fruit that we will wash and prepare in class. Our room parent will help organize this monthly event. For example, if we have 4 children celebrating birthdays in September, one child can bring 4 uncut oranges, one can bring a sealed container of uncut strawberries, one can bring 4 apples, and one can bring an uncut pineapple. Due to allergies, please do not send nuts. In class, the birthday scholars will help prepare a fruit salad for the class. Each birthday child will then have their opportunity to Walk Around the Sun and we will sing a collective Happy Birthday. If there are only one or two children celebrating a birthday in a particular month, a bag of apples or

Cuties would be appreciated. Please do not send cupcakes or other high sugar

items. August and summer birthdays will be celebrated in May.


In addition to sharing a fruit snack with their friends, the birthday children may also bring a poster that displays photos of them as a baby, at 1 year old, at 2 years old, etc. until the current year. The birthday children are encouraged to present this poster and the photos to their peers. This activity is optional.

Bus Transportation

Join the respective Remind account for your child's bus route. In the event that we are notified of delays, we will send a message to the route(s) affected:


  • Route 5022: Text @7bka3hf to the number 81010.
  • Route 5028: Text @d8chbbff to the number 81010.
  • Route 5039: Text @2d7a8e to the number 81010.


If you have general questions or concerns, email Letiticia Brown at letitia.brown@firstgroup.com or Evonne Stewart at evonne.stewart@firstgroup.com. You can also call 972-293-8531.


2019-2020 Bus Routes:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19tZMBvTKKxIDnL-2HdujI_PT3iRlI_2N6VEKrDUE_Rs/edit?usp=sharing

Dress Code

Scholars are expected to be in compliance each day. Please review the dress code with your child.


https://www.chisd.net/domain/144

Have a Concern?

All concerns are encouraged to be addressed at the lowest level possible first in an effort to resolve the matter using the steps below:


Step One: Contact the teacher, and have a meeting/phone conference.

Step Two: Contact the Assistant Principal (all discipline issues) or Counselor (mental health/academic advisement).

Step Three: Contact the Principal (if a school-wide concern, this becomes step one).


When emailing or calling the Main Office, it is helpful to provide details so that the call is directed to the correct individual.

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Lunch Application

All CHISD scholars need the Lunch Application completed. The district has a goal that 100% of our parents complete the application. If you have not completed the application, please do so.


https://childnutrition.chisd.net/

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • October 7: Wear Blue; Stomp Out Bullying Day
  • October 8: PTA Spirit Night at Altitude from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • October 11: 3/4 G/T Enriching Field Trip
  • October 14: No School/Fair Day
  • October 18: All Pro Dads Breakfast at 7:15 a.m.
  • October 21-24: Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 24: Parent Conference Evening (schedule w/teacher)
  • October 25: Parent Conference Day (schedule w/teacher)
  • October 28-November 1: Red Ribbon Week