Welcome Back RFHE Families!

Parent Newsletter - August 2021

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We're back!!

RFHE families-

Our teachers and staff members have been working tirelessly to make their rooms welcoming and inviting, preparing high quality instruction, making sure everything is in place to provide a loving and safe environment and so much more. And now, they are anxiously awaiting your children to step inside our school building and get the 2021-2022 school year started. We hope that on the Meet the Teacher Night you were able to have time to meet and visit with the people that you will be sending your children to this year. We are here for you and ready to show 2021-2022 what this school community is made of! It is going to be the best year yet!!

COVID Procedure Information for 2021-2022

We recognize the we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents must ensure that their child is fever free before coming to school each day. Daily cleaning will take place to help protect students and employees.

When a student tests positive for COVID-19, parents must notify the school nurse. Parents must ensure they do not send their student to school for 10 calendar days from the start of their symptoms. That student can return on the 11th calendar day. Our school nurse will help parents determine this date.

We will be running our days as normal as possible and appreciate your help and understanding as we navigate this school year with COVID-19. If you have questions, please let us know. We are here to help.

Drop off and Dismissal

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Drop Off and Dismissal

Morning Drop-Off (7:20-7:50)

Morning drop off starts at 7:20am. Parents will not be allowed to park in the parking lot and send children across the lines of traffic. This is a safety issue and it slows down the traffic of those dropping off at the sidewalk. Please stay in line and drop your students off at the curb.

Pre-K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will need to be dropped off along the front sidewalk.

4th and 5th grade students will need to be dropped off along the sidewalk in back. This is the new drive by the additional wing.

***Siblings should be dropped off with the youngest siblings.***

If students arrive after 7:50, they are considered tardy. The parent must park and escort the student to the front office to check-in.

Afternoon Dismissal (3:25)

Afternoon parent pick-up starts at 3:25. Parents will not be allowed to park in the parking lot and get out to pick up their children.

Pre-K and Kindergarten will be picked up on the bus loop behind the school. Please stop at the orange line and cone and wait for the buses to load and exit before pulling into the drive.

1st grade, and 2nd grade (Krienke and Dickerson’s homeroom only) are to be picked up in the main parking lot in front of the school.

2nd grade ( C. Helms, McCarty, and Millican’s homeroom only) and 3rd grade students are to be picked up along the front sidewalk.

4th and 5th grade students are to be picked up along the sidewalk in back.

It is very important that you reference the traffic flow map below to ensure you do not enter or exit where it is not allowed. Find your student(s) dismissal area and then look for the green arrows to tell you where to get in line and then the red arrows that show you how you should exit.

***Siblings will be picked up with the oldest siblings. ***

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Transportation Changes

Transportation changes for dismissal need to be made in writing and include the date and a parent/guardian signature. If an emergency should arise, parents may call the front office at (903) 663-8003 ext. 300 before 2:30pm to request a change with principal approval. Please do not email or text your child’s classroom teacher with a transportation change.

Water Bottle Filling Stations

It is recommended that every student bring their own water bottle/thermos already filled with water but it is not required. The water bottle filling stations will be available for students to use along with our traditional style water fountains.

Visitors for Lunch and Other Things on Campus

We are happy to get to host parents for lunch this school year. However, we need a few weeks to get lunch procedures in place for students. Starting September 6, parents can start eating lunch with their children at school. Outside food may also be brought in. More information to come on this but we wanted to go ahead and give this information to you for planning purposes.

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Student and Parent T-Shirts

Our theme for the year is, "Pursuing perfection, catching excellence" and is based on a famous quote by the great football coach, Vince Lombardi. There is a charge for campus shirts this year. T-shirt forms were available at Meet the Teacher Night but will be sent home again in the next couple of weeks. The due date to turn in shirt orders with money will be September 3.
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PTO Update

Our amazing PTO has done some great things for the staff at RFHE thanks to your contributions. We are always overwhelmed with the support that the PTO provides our staff and students.

Our PTO is stocking up the teachers lounge this week with a ton of goodies so that teachers could grab a drink and snack easily! Thank you to the PTO board members and members for these special treats!

Last year, thanks to your contributions to the fundraisers, a large shade covering was placed on the big playground. The PTO has also voted to add shade covering to the Pre-K playground and that should be happening soon! More shade means happier students and teachers!! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Thank you to all of our PTO members and PTO board members. Your role is incredibly important and we are so thankful for the time and resources that you give to support our students and staff. We couldn't do this work without YOU!! For those that have helped in a fundraiser or donated money - your money is being put to good use!!

If you haven't joined PTO but have been wanting to, please contact Autumn Fowler, PTO President, at elizabethautumnfowler@gmail.com.

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Friday is a big day - for all of us!!

Tomorrow, Friday, August 13, parents can walk their children to class. If you plan to do this, please make sure you are parked in the parking lot and not in the driveways since we will still have parents dropping off their students. Plan ahead of time and expect delays. We will start school at 8:00am so please allow yourself plenty of time to bring your child(ren) in and get them settled before 8:00am.

If you are not able to do this or would prefer not to, we will have many staff members available to escort children to their correct class if they need help.

The dismissal assignments have not changed but your child's grade level has so be sure you reference that map so you know where you should pick them up this year.

If you haven’t experienced the first day of school drop off and pick up lines, I’m sure you’ve heard about it! It takes a while. Thank you in advance for your grace as we make sure to safely get over 580 students to the right place as efficiently as possible.

Starting Monday, August 16, all students should be dropped off through their designated drop off line. After the first several days, students, staff, and parents will know where they are going and what to do and I promise we will get faster at it each day.

I can tell you without a doubt that the staff at RFHE could not be happier to greet your children tomorrow morning and GET the chance to do what they love. Your children bring us joy and we are incredibly thankful that you are sharing them with us!

No doubt that tears will be shed in the morning (by this momma, too) but as you watch them walk away from you tomorrow, trust that they are in good hands - hands that love them, hands that will help them grow academically and emotionally, and hands that will show them that there are a whole lot of people who love them and care about them. It will be a great school year and we are excited to get started!

Ashley Zucosky, Principal

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Office Staff Contacts