The Lake Ridge Bridge

December 7, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. The week back from Thanksgiving Break was filled with activities, sessions, trips, and, of course, instruction and engagement in the classrooms. 1st and 2nd grade scholars in our Gifted and Talented program had a chance to visit the Dallas Children’s Theatre to see the Hungry Caterpillar. 3rd grade scholars visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center for their field. Both groups had a great time exploring and engaging. Scholars had a chance to hear about the CHISD Major Saver fundraiser, so make sure that you are selling those cards, if possible. Funds raised benefit the Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation; packets were sent home. Never underestimate the power of donating. Thanks to generous donations, we now have comfortable learning locations in the hallway where scholars can collaborate, and we look forward to adding more. If you are interested in seeing how you can contribute, let us know.

One huge event that takes place each year is our Campus-Wide Spelling Bee. We had several 4th and 5th graders who participated, and we are proud of each of them for having the courage to get up to compete in front of their peers and guests who attended. Thanks to Mrs. Berry for coordinating and all who made the event a success. The winners of the Spelling Bee are listed below:

  • Isaac O. (1st Place)
  • Casey C. (2nd Place)
  • Jeremiah C. (3rd Place)

During our Full House Meeting, we celebrated 66 scholars who have maintained perfect attendance since the school year started. We also recognized our LRE Choice Award recipients:

  • Staff: Mrs. Gaddy, Clinic Aide
  • Support Staff: Ms. Forge, Dyslexia Specialist
  • Teacher (tie): Mrs. Hryekewicz, Lower Elementary, & Ms. Stelter, Early Childhood Special Education

Shout out to 1st grade for winning the popcorn party since they had the most canned goods collected during the canned food drive sponsored by Penseur. The community service continues on this month with Amistad's Winter Warm-Up; a flyer is included in the upcoming events.

We look forward to moving into the week excited about effective instruction and learning. We hope that you will join us on Tuesday, December 10 for our Annual Holiday Concert at 6:00 p.m. This year's theme is "Christmas at the O.K. Corral", and you will have a "rooting tooting" good time. Shout out to Mrs. Peterbark, Ms. Reese, and Mrs. Bradford for sacrificing their Friday evening to decorate for the event AND all others who have helped. Scholars may wear their western attire to school on Tuesday for our dress rehearsal that will occur. Also, be mindful that Benchmark exams begin this week. We would also like to see ALL scholars in attendance to finish the 1st semester strong.

Kudos to Pre-K for meeting the 98% attendance goal for the week.

This week, keep the following dates(s) in mind:

  • Ongoing: CHISD Choose Your Seat Applications
  • December 2-19: Winter Warm-Up Drive Sponsored by House Amistad

  • December 4-16: CHISD Major Saver Fundraiser

  • Tuesday, December 10: Writing Benchmark for Grade 4; Social Studies for Grade 5
  • Tuesday, December 10: Holiday Program at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 11: Class Pictures/Retakes (standard uniform attire)
  • Wednesday, December 11: Montessori Interest Meeting at 6:00 p.m. (new to program)
  • Thursday, December 12: Science Benchmark for Grades 4-5; Socials Studies for Grade 4
  • Thursday, December 12: CHHS Fine Arts Concert at 7:00 p.m. at the CHHS Performing Arts Center. (Ms. Peterbark will be featured in a solo with the orchestra. Yay!)
  • Friday, December 13: Popcorn and Pickles
  • Friday, December 13: Club Friday
  • Saturday, December 14: Montessori Interest Meeting at 10:00 a.m. (new to program)

Read on below to see Scenes from the Week, Upcoming Events, Attendance Percentages, and other important reminders.

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

Question for You to Pose to Your Child: How can you help someone each day?

Principal McCullum




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Leading House

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Scenes from the Week

Upcoming Events

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Cedar Hill (City)

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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 homeroom 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 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

The focus of December is wellness. When raising healthy children, it’s not enough to just focus on the physical aspect of health. To be truly healthy, a child’s emotional health must be nurtured and strengthened. Developing a mental attitude of wellness is also essential. When we adopt an attitude of wellness, we take on a belief that being well is a natural, normal state. Our goal is to have outstanding, vibrant health, not just to be free of disease. With a wellness attitude, we know that we have control over our own body and how healthy it will be.

Scholars in grades PK-5 will explore Calm Down Yoga Techniques and independent ways to handle emotions. Tips that you can use to promote social and emotional wellness are listed below:

1. Give your child unconditional love.

2. Nurture confidence and self-esteem.

3. Provide guidance and discipline.

4. Ensure surroundings are safe and secure.

5. Encourage play opportunities with other kids.

6. Seek encouraging and supportive caregivers.

7. Teacher your child resilience.

For more tips to promote your child's mental health and wellness, click here.

From the Clinic

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All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address:

  • 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 President: Mrs. Kristi Lacy

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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 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
  • 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.


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.


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 or Evonne Stewart at You can also call 972-293-8531.

2019-2020 Bus Routes:

Dress Code

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

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.

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • Ongoing: CHISD Choose Your Seat Applications
  • December 2-19: Winter Warm-Up Drive Sponsored by House Amistad

  • December 4-16: CHISD Major Saver Fundraiser

  • December 10: Holiday Program at 6:00 p.m.

  • December 10: Writing Benchmark for Grade 4; Social Studies for Grade 5
  • December 10: Holiday Program at 6:00 p.m.
  • December 11: Class Pictures/Retakes
  • December 11: Montessori Interest Meeting at 6:00 p.m. (new to program)
  • December 12: Science Benchmark for Grades 4-5; Socials Studies for Grade 4
  • December 13: Popcorn and Pickles
  • December 13: Club Friday
  • December 14: Montessori Interest Meeting at 10:00 a.m. (new to program)
  • December 17: Math Benchmark for Grades 1-5
  • December 18: 80th Day of School (dress in 1980s attire)
  • December 18: Reading Benchmark for Grades 1-5
  • December 19: Class Holiday Parties 1:30-2:45 p.m. (contact teacher for specifics; must sign up in Voly to attend)
  • December 19: Last Day of the Semester for Scholars
  • December 20: Work Day/No Scholars
  • December 23-January 3: Holiday Break/No School
  • January 6: Professional Development Day/No Scholars
  • January 7: School Resumes for Scholars
  • January 10: CHISD Choose Your Seat Application (last day)