December 3, 2021
A Note from the Principal's Desk
Good Day Roadrunner Families,
I hope that your Thanksgiving break was filled with wonderful memories with family and friends, and lots of delicious treats. As we enter the final two weeks of the year, I want to remind you about the importance of student attendance. We want to ensure that your children are successful in school and in order to do that, we need them here. Please be sure students arrive at school before 7:50, so that they may participate in the daily morning meeting with their classmates and have an awesome start to the day!
Parent Night Opportunity
Richardson High School has collaborated with the other high schools to bring in Carl Hooker to speak on Becoming a Digital Parent on December 9th. Carl is a former educator, parent and engaging speaker. This parent engagement activity is open to all Forestridge Parents. Find all the details in this flyer (english) Spanish Flyer - a translator will be on site.
The holidays can be a difficult time for some families. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to our counselors, Erin Price and Suzanne Fouad. They would be happy to connect you to resources that can support your family’s needs.
Holiday Season Giving
The RISD Council of PTAs Clothes Closet both seek donations to replenish supplies ahead of the end of the year.
The PTA Clothes Closet needs shampoo, especially 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash for kids, as well as winter coats for all ages and sizes. The PTA Clothes Closet is across Belt Line Road from RHS and accepts donations every Monday morning when school is in session.
Network of Communities Mobile Food Pantry to Help Richardson ISD Families
This week in Pre-K, we had so much fun reading stories with similar characters and plots. Our favorites were The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Little Fish, and the Big Bad Shark. We also enjoyed Maria Had a Little Llama and Mary Had a Little Lamb. We learned so much about story characters and comparing and contrasting stories. In math, we started learning about 3-dimensional shapes like spheres, cones, cubes, and cylinders.
Welcome back! We have 3 weeks before we go on Winter Break. These 3 weeks will be full of activities. Gingerbread Man is no match for our kindergarteners! We are reading and comparing different gingerbread stories. We started our social studies and math assessment this week. We will continue to “play the game” to see how smart our friends are in class.
First grade teachers were so glad to welcome back all our friends this week. We hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break! Students had a review week in Math this week in preparation for our Middle of the Year testing. We practiced inferencing in our Reading and are writing informational stories in Writing. We are learning about maps and globes in Social Studies and are continuing our study of bodies of water in Science. Ask your student to tell you about saltwater and freshwater.
The students are finishing up our unit on earth and organisms, we are learning about saltwater and freshwater: what areas you can find them in, what animals you can find there, and what are the examples of those two. We are working on identifying important information in a text and answering questions on what makes them important. After a week of reviewing, the students worked hard on our Math MOY.
In writing, students are well into their work on personal narratives. Each student is writing about a time when they learned a lesson. We will finish up our fiction unit soon & begin reviewing for our MOY in 2 weeks. In math, we are continuing to work on applying multiplication and division skills to solve word problems. In Science, we just began our unit over the solar system. Students are learning about each planet and order in relation to the sun.
This week in Science we are continuing our unit with natural resources and the students will learn about renewable and non-renewable sources. In Math, we are continually learning about equivalent fractions, improper fractions, and comparing fractions. In Social Studies, we will take a test. In Reading, we are continuing to learn about traditional literature!
In science this week, we are continuing our unit in Earth’s changes, shifting from how our planet is constantly changing to rocks and resources. This week in math, we are continuing our unit on multiplying and dividing fractions.
In Science, students are learning about how energy can transform. Students also worked on practicing citations for their projects. This week in RLA students will be reading Informational Text and brainstorming our Topics for our Research Paper. Also, students will be completing their final narratives for the presentation.
Ensemble members had their first of two (2) extended rehearsals. The next extended rehearsal will be on Tuesday, December 7, from 3:00-5:00. Students can bring a small snack to rehearsal if needed. We will be recording for the Holiday Program next week so all students should be prepared. This week we also received our shirts! Thank you to our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Dysput, for taking the time to make them for us!
FRE Stomp Crew will practice and record their performance for the Holiday Program tomorrow (Saturday, Dec 4th) from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please have students wear their stomp shirts, pants, and masks to this practice since we are recording for their program.
Our December focus is “Growth Mindset”. Too often we think “I can’t” or “I won’t”, but we call that a fixed mindset. We want to shift our thinking to show growth and opportunity, and instead say “I can’t yet” or “I can with practice” or “I will”. Adding the word “yet” can be a very powerful redirection and turn many fixed mindsets into growth mindsets. Try it and encourage your student to as well.
In guidance lessons, we will practice mindfulness and gratitude for the remaining weeks of 2021. Check out this Newsletter and stay tuned on how else we can be well in all areas, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
6th Grade Families: We will continue our 6th => 7th transition tasks into the Spring semester. Please talk with your child about the classes they should take, and stay tuned for a practice course card coming home soon!
Your C.R.E.W. (“Counselors Restoring Emotional Wellness”)
We are starting the holiday crafting season. We will be making things all month that will be great gifts and decorations. This week we are finishing some watercolor paintings. (get your 9x12 frames ready to hang them at home.) We are also learning about how candles and stars are symbols of light and hope for cold dark winter days in many cultural celebrations such as Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza. Upper-grade students may ask to bring craft supplies from home to decorate their craft projects, this is optional. They will be learning sewing skills.
In our small groups, we focus on many targeted interventions. Some of which include Leveled Literacy Instruction (LLI). We also target specific skills based on student needs. For our Emergent Speakers, we are focusing on Newcomer strategies and skills. Our goal is to enhance Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills. This will help them navigate their instruction in the classroom, and help them to show growth on the TELPAS assessment that will be given in the spring. For a student to exit ESL they will have to get Advanced High in all the domains of TELPAS and pass STAAR Reading. Students will be making TELPAS goals based on last year's scores in order to improve in TELPAS assessment this year. We are looking forward to learning and growing with our English Learners this year!
This week students in Kinder - 2nd grade learned the importance of media balance. In Kindergarten students learned how to say goodbye to their devices. In 1st grade, students learned that if they ever feel uncomfortable using while using their device that it is ok to ask an adult for help and in 2nd-grade students learned that everyone should take time to have device-free moments to help people stay safe, show respect, to concentrate and to sleep. All students checked out books. On Monday, overdue notices will be going home to parents. Please help your child find their library books and return them to school next week.
Ms. Gray’s third-grade homeroom and Mrs. McKinney’s and Mr. Ouellette’s sixth-grade homerooms have been working very hard on their performance for the annual Holiday Program! We cannot wait to show everyone their wonderful performances!
K-6 are playing scooter games this week! Our older students are playing team-oriented games while our younger students are learning the basics of riding scooters with relay races.
This week in Xplore the students had a great time recapping their Thanksgiving break. We also revisited the rules and talked about the remaining days until winter break. We did a few small art projects and ended the week with a winter trail mix.
COVID 19 is a risk to staff, students, and families. Richardson ISD’s priority continues to remain the health and safety of our students, staff and their families. RISD is implementing a variety of precautions and protocols for the 2021-22 school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some protocols may be subject to change based on updated guidance from the state of Texas, public health authorities, or changing conditions in Dallas County.
Please stay home and contact the school nurse if:
- Student has any symptoms of
- Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Sore throat (not caused by seasonal allergies)
- Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
- Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
- Loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Student was recently exposed to COVID-19.
- Student is waiting for test results.
Students with COVID-19 like symptoms will be excluded from school for 10 days unless they can provide a negative rapid antigen result, or a negative PCR result, or an alternative diagnosis by a Medical Provider that is submitted to the school nurse. Please note that a negative home test cannot be accepted because the specimen cannot be verified.
Students who are feeling ill during the school day will be evaluated by the campus nurse who will consult the parent/guardian to determine if they need to be seen by a medical provider.
School nurse contact information:
Nhu Nguyen, BSN