The Lake Ridge Bridge

August 14, 2021

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From the Principal

Hopefully this message finds you well and in good spirits. The first week back was short, but it was still productive. We had a great turnout for our Meet the Teacher event, and it was great to see so many of our families. The first day was kicked off early in the morning with an interview with Larry Collins of NBC 5 that featured me in one session and Dr. Hudson, our Superintendent, in the following one. Check out the CHISD interviews via this link: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/back-to-school/cedar-hill-isd-students-return-to-classrooms/2716686/. A special thanks to First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill for providing bagels and coffee on the first day for our faculty; we appreciate their partnership with us.


During these past two days, scholars learned various expectations and procedures, participated in classbuilding, and dived into some instruction. From practical life in Primary to classbuilding in 5th grade, the engagement was evident, and it was a joy to witness. Thank you for sending your child to school with the required mask and school supplies (including a refillable water bottle). Please know that we have additional masks available for those who may forget it or have theirs malfunction, and if you and your family are experiencing difficulty purchasing school supplies, please contact Counselor Johnson or Mr. Coit.


Again, we thank you for your patience as we get everyone back acclimated to our arrival and dismissal procedures. The majority of our scholars are car riders, so the process runs smoothly when everyone reads AND follows the established procedures. They are included below, and some images accompany for those who may need a visual. Please have your car tag properly displayed as requested; check your child's backpack for car tags that were sent home. Those without one should complete the car tag request form because after next week, those WITHOUT a car tag will have to leave the car line and provide proper identification. While I call names on most days, there will be days that I am not able to do so, so the expectation is that car tags are available and visible for the announcer.


If your child is in Right at School, remember that checkout begins after 3:30 p.m.; that occurs at Door #5. Also, when a dismissal method needs to be changed, be sure to email your child's homeroom teacher AND Principal McCullum AND Dr. Washington before 2:00 p.m. This will help ensure that someone sees the message with enough time to communicate the change.


We thank you for choosing to join us on this race for excellence, and we look forward to contributing to and seeing the progress that your child will make this 2021-2022 school year. With us all working together, we can expect impactful and positive outcomes.


Be sure to keep the following dates(s) in mind:


Question to Pose to Your Child: How can I help you be successful this 2021-2022 school year?


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


Principal McCullum


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#GraceChangesEverything

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Counseling & Guidance Corner

Counseling Services and Communities in Schools (CIS) are continuously looking for ways to improve the way we meet the needs of all scholars, and the feedback from parents, teachers, and scholars is critical. We would like your assistance in planning and developing programs by completing a school counseling survey. The survey is anonymous and will not require any identifying information. Communities In School will offer community services in conjunction with counseling services. We would appreciate your time answering the short list of questions in the survey below. Thank you for helping us better meet our scholars' needs.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdvo7Ub8nFDcQ543rQPsWLMVDkKyGaG_h_2dffcjv-iJAEpw/viewform

Upcoming Events

2021-2022 Registration

Click the link below to get started:


https://www.chisd.net/register

Attendance

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.

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 Principal McCullum 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 2:00 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.

Reminders

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Morning Arrival Procedures:

  • Doors open daily at 7:15 a.m.

  • Scholars arriving by bus will enter through Door #14.

  • Scholars in Pre-K & their siblings will enter through Door #12.

  • Scholars in ECSE/SKILL & their siblings will enter through Door #11.

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

  • Vehicles may enter the school driveway via the back/second 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. All parents & visitors must report directly to the Main Office.


Dismissal Procedures:

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

  • Scholars in Pre-K & their siblings will exit through Door #12.

  • Scholars in SKILL & 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 will exit through Door #5 (remain in cafeteria until called).

    • Parents may enter the school driveway via the back/second 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 2:00 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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Driveway #1: Yellow

Driveway #2: Orange

K-5: Green Line (drop off=Door #1; pick up=door #5)

ECSE/PK/SKILL: Blue Line

Main Office/Parking: Red Line

Self-Care

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Helpful Resources

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Upcoming Activities/Events

  • Ongoing: 2021-2022 Registration
  • September 6: Labor Day/No School
  • September 17: Staff Development Day/No School for Scholars
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