The Lake Ridge Bridge

September 7, 2019

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Weekly Recap

Hopefully this message finds you in good spirits. Last week was another week of effective instruction and learning. Each class has continued to build community within it, and it is a joy to see scholars engaged, respectful, and helping peers. The culminating event of the week was our Annual Grandparents' Day Breakfast. Thanks a bunch to our PTA members for planning and decorating an extravagant event, and thanks a bunch to our All Pro Dads for serving alongside them. We tried something new this year by setting up the event in the gym instead of the cafeteria, and we are glad that we did so because this was the largest turnout we've had. Thanks for sharing the information with grandparents so that they could come celebrate with us.


Kudos to 1st grade and 2nd grade for meeting/exceeding the 98% weekly attendance goal!


This week, the learning continues, and new scholars will find out what House they will be in while at Lake Ridge. Altruismo, Amistad, Concordia, Isibindi, Msaidizi, Penseur, Reveur, and Vincere are ready to welcome new housemates. Scholars have already started earning points for their Houses, and we look forward to flying the flag of the House with the most points. 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 do you use math in everyday life?


Principal McCullum


#LRENoFinishLine

#LakeRidgeNation

#LakeRidgeMontessori

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Scenes from the Week

Quiz-Quiz-Trade in Music

Grandparents' Day Breakfast

Upcoming Events

Counseling Survey

Please complete the survey below to help Mrs. Johnson, Campus Counselor, plan to meet the needs of our scholars.
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Fall Gifted and Talented Nominations

Nominations for Gifted and Talented (G/T) will begin August 26, 2019 through September 20, 2019 for students enrolled in first grade through fifth grade. If you would like to nominate your child for this program, please contact your child’s teacher to request his/her input. The teacher will be able to tell you if he/she is seeing characteristics of a gifted child and will be able to evaluate your child in relation to others at his/her grade level. It is often difficult to determine how advanced a child is unless he/ she is able to be compared to his/her peers. Students who qualify for G/T by the end of the first semester, will begin services spring 2020.


Nomination Forms, Permission to Test Forms, and the Parent Report Forms are available on the Lake Ridge Elementary website. Hard copies of Gifted and Talented packets may also be picked up in the main office.


Please return all completed forms to the counselor no later than September 20, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rashonda Johnson at 972-293-4501 or via email at rashonda.johnson@chisd.net.

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.
  • 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.

GET INVOLVED

All Pro Dads

Chapter Leader: Mr. Reginald Ross

Email Address: lakeridgeAPD2018@gmail.com


  • 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.

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

  • September 20: Fall Gifted and Talented Nominations Due to Counselor Johnson
  • September 24: PTA Meeting/Open House/Hispanic Heritage Celebration at 6:00 p.m.
  • September 27: No School for Scholars; Professional Development Day