Rattler News

February 22, 2023

Important Dates

  • February 22nd: CRMS course selection at River Ridge (8:45-9:45)
  • February 24th: The whole school wears red for Healthy Heart Awareness!
  • Monday, February 27th: Rattler Impact Team (3:00 - 4:00)
  • Tuesday, February 28th: 2nd grade listening and speaking TELPAS for ESL students
  • Wednesday, March 1st: 3rd grade listening and speaking TELPAS for ESL students; Spring Pictures from Photo Texas
  • Thursday, March 2nd: 4th grade listening and speaking TELPAS for ESL students
  • Friday, March 3rd: 5th grade listening and speaking TELPAS for ESL students
  • Monday, March 6th: 2nd - 5th grade reading and writing TELPAS for ESL students
  • Friday, March 10th: End of the 3rd nine weeks.
  • March 13th - March 17th: Spring Break
  • March 20th: Student holiday/StaffProfessional Development


A message from Mrs. Cunningham

Families, I need your help! I absolutely love our "no limit on books" policy, but we have SO many students with overdue books right now. There is an automated email that goes out weekly to let you know that your student has overdue items, but I'm hearing from some parents that the emails have been going to their spam folder and they were not aware of the situation. Please check your spam folder for emails from the River Ridge Library. Some students still have books out from the very first time they had library back in August!

*Note: we NEVER charge a fine for late books. The only time we ask for payment is if a book has been completely lost or damaged beyond repair. Also, your student can turn in their library books anytime, not just on their library day!

If you would like to join the library Remind (which helps a LOT with kids remembering to bring their books back), please email me at karen.cunningham@leanderisd.org and I will let you know the code for your child's library day.

Congrats to Our Dynamic Bluebonnet Team!

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LISD Staff Spotlight Nomination

We would love to encourage LISD parents and students to submit this form, in addition to principals and staff members, to recognize an LISD employee for their outstanding work.

Staff Spotlight Submission Form: https://forms.gle/LtF45BtUy7C3JVSR6

Rattlerfest Sponsors

We need your help to make our upcoming RATTLERFEST a success on March 31. Please consider a family or corporate donation. Family donations start at $150 and will get you one free admission into Rattlerfest as well as recognition in the yearbook. Please see attached flyer for additional information! Reach out to Kylie Rasty with questions kylierasty@gmail.com

Heroes Mentors Wanted

We need mentors for students at our campus and across the district. Spending just 30 minutes of your time once per week can make a true difference in the life of a child. Our campus counselors can work out a schedule that works for you and your mentee. To learn more about HEROES mentoring and to sign up, visit our HEROES Mentor website.

Your student could be a National Future Chef Winner in April 2023!

Important information for the Future Chef Event

• A flyer about this information is below. Recipes cards are available by request in the cafeteria should the student need that instead.

• A distinguished panel of administrators will evaluate recipe submissions and narrow the number of finalists down to 1 to 2 students per school.

• Those finalists will be formally invited to a Culinary Competition “Cook-Off” on March 21st tentatively scheduled for 3pm to 6pm at Running Brushy Middle School Cafeteria.

• Transportation of the students will not be provided for the competition. Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at Running Brushy Middle School Cafeteria. Each group of kids will have a kitchen staff member assigned to help them to ensure that there are no safety issues. This will ensure safe food and preparation practices are followed and no one gets harmed.

• All Finalists will receive a certificate, recipe book of all finalists’ recipes, Future Chef T-shirt, apron, and hat.

• Judging will be based on the following criteria, Originality, Kid Friendly, Ease of Preparation, Healthy Attributes, Plate Presentation, Taste, and Student Chef Presentation to Judges. We will be inviting Leander ISD communication to take pictures of the kid’s creations and parents and teachers can view (and taste!) the final product during the reception portion of the event.

As an added bonus, our competition is just one of many that are having local competitions that Sodexo will be orchestrating across the country between February and March 2023. The winning recipe from each event will be entered to win a national competition in April 2023.

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