The Lake Ridge Bridge
November 7-11, 2022
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From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardian,
It's hard to believe, but we are on Week #13 of the school year. This means that the 3rd marking period has started. The Awards Ceremony for the 2nd Six Weeks will be held on December 2nd. The schedule will be shared in next week's Lake Ridge Bridge. Also, you will be notified by your child's teacher about any certificates your child will receive for citizenship, attendance, and/or honor rolls.
Last week, DCCA #2 was administered to scholars in grades 2-5. Your child's teacher will be sharing performance information with you. With that being said, some of the questions on the DCCA's are aligned to the new STAAR Redesign. One of the new question types requires scholars to construct a response. This means scholars have to type in their answers. Many scholars have difficulty with this because it's new and they are not accustomed to typing on a keyboard. Because of this, we need scholars to practice typing at home. We will continue to work with scholars at school; however, it is essential that they practice at home, too. Here are some websites that can help them with learning the keyboard.
- Typing Lessons - Learn To Type And Improve Typing Speed Free - Typing.com
Here is also a link to the Texas Education Agency's website on the new STAAR Redesign.
We had a great Fall Carnival! See all the pictures below.
Make sure to complete the Youth Truth Survey. An email and text were sent last week with the link information. It is also included below.
The Book Fair starts on Tuesday, November 8th. Don't forget to set-up your eWallet for the Book Fair. Ms. Dekle will not be accepting cash for purchases. The information for the set-up is located below.
We will also be celebrating our veterans on November 11th with a parade and certificate presentation (8:45-9:45). Please email Ms. Peterbark for questions. (email@example.com)
We have an upcoming Bond and VATRE election. Please see below for more information.
CHISD will have one proposition for the VATRE and three propositions for the bond election on the November 8 ballot.
Bond/VATRE Election Website (chisd.net/election2022)
Theme Days will continue.
- Mathematics Monday
- Teacher Tuesday (This week's focus is on Revising and Editing.)
- Workout Wednesday (No gym shorts please.)
- Therapeutic Thursday (The focus is on being calm using different breathing techniques.)
Scholars are expected to be in school uniform daily unless they have perfect attendance from the previous week. If they meet this criterion, then your child/children can have free dress on the following Monday. The other time uniforms will not be a requirement is on Workout Wednesdays and on Fridays for Spirit Day.
Don't forget about signing up for PTA. We want and need your help. Please see the following information for PTA Membership: https://linktr.ee/lakeridgepta. If you have any questions about the PTA Membership, please contact our PTA President, Mrs. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure that your child brings their Google Chromebook charged daily. Most scholars will have assignments in Schoology as the year progresses.
Below are a few reminders:
- To ensure that we continue to have safe arrival and dismissal procedures:
- Don't park your car in the car lanes for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
- Don't pull your car in front of the buses in the morning during drop-off.
- Don't create a drop-off lane during morning arrival.
- Please be patient during car-rider arrival and dismissal. Don't get out of your car to pick-up your child/children.
- Notify the office by 3:20 p.m., if you are picking up your child early. Otherwise, the dismissal time is 3:35 p.m.
- The office is extremely busy during dismissal. Therefore, if you do not contact the office by 3:20 p.m. for early pick-up, you will have to wait until 3:50 p.m. unless it is an emergency.
- Please be patient with transportation.
- The free lunch program has expired. With that being said, please make sure to fill out a lunch application whether you qualify or not. The links are: https://www.chisd.net/Page/101 and https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/welcome
- Transportation information can be found at the link below. Don't forget to register your child if he/she will ride the school bus.
- Transportation / Transportation Home (chisd.net)
- ZPASS cards were passed out on September 6th to our bus riders. Parents may begin downloading the SafeStop app (Transportation / SafeStop App (chisd.net)), which allows you to track your child/children each time your child boards and exits the bus, as well as the location. After September 6th, scholars will not be able to board the bus without their ZPASS card. Please check the FAQ page for instructions on how to obtain a replacement card. If a scholar misplaces their ZPASS card, until a new one is purchased and issued, scholars must obtain a Temporary Scholar Bus Pass. After 30 days, the Temporary Scholar Bus Pass cannot be renewed if given due to a misplaced ZPASS card. More information about transportation and the ZPASS can be found below.
Thank you all for supporting Lake Ridge Elementary scholars and staff.
Always remember that "The Race for Excellence has No Finish Line."
Principal Dr. Washington
Tips for Managing Back to School Stress
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for scholars, but it can also be a stressful time for parents. Here are a few suggestions from the experts to help manage back to school stress. Click here for parent tips and sign up for monthly newsletters.
Shining Stars in Math and Science
Fall Carnival-November 5th
Scenes From Last Week
Youth Truth Family Survey (October 31st-November 18th)
Lake Ridge Scholastic Book Fair - https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lakeridgeelementaryschool6
Scholastic Book Fair Flyer - https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/homepages/flyer_premium/flyer_premium.html#p=1
eWallet Commercial - https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/ewallet.html
Book Fair Dates - Nov 08 - Nov 11, 2022 (Nov 07 is a Staff Development Day - No School)
eWallet SETUP PERIOD: Oct 17 - Nov 11, 2022
eWallet SETUP PERIOD: Oct 17 - Nov 11, 2022
Online shopping dates - Nov 07 - 20, 2022
CHISD Bond and VATRE Information
Parents may begin downloading the SafeStop app, which allows you to track your child each time your child boards and exits the bus, as well as the location.
Students will purchase replacement cards through the MyPaymentPlus app. Once Transportation receives payment, a new card will be issued to the school, who in return, will distribute it to the student. If a scholar misplaces their ZPASS card, until a new one is purchased and issued, scholars must obtain a Temporary Scholar Bus Pass, which is issued from the campus. After 30 days, the Temporary Scholar Bus Pass cannot be renewed, if given due to a misplaced ZPASS card.
Morning Arrival Procedures:
Doors open daily at 7:45 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.
Walkers should not be dropped off via car. To be a walker, that means the scholar walks to the campus from his/her residence.
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 occurs daily at 3:35 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 call the Main Office or email Dr. Washington, Ms. Vance or Ms. Cooke by 2:00 p.m. This will help avoid confusion.
The latest time to check a scholar out via the Main Office is 3:20 p.m. After that time, please wait until the regularly scheduled dismissal.
If your child is in Right at School, remember that checkout begins after 4:00 p.m.; that occurs at Door #5.
Walkers should not be picked up via car. To be a walker, that means the scholar walks to his/her residence from the campus.
The picture below shows how to properly place your car tag(s) for dismissal:
Driveway #1: Yellow
Driveway #2: Orange
K-5: Green Line (morning arrival=Door #1; dismissal=door #5)
ECSE/PK/SKILL: Blue Line
Main Office/Parking: Red Line
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 drop off store bought cupcakes or packaged fruit and individual juice/water at the time indicated by the teacher if you have communicated with the teacher. 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 Primary and Lower Elementary are generally celebrated with an activity called "Walk Around the Sun". Each classroom, including Upper Elementary, has their own way of celebrating birthdays which is communicated by the classroom teacher.
CHISD C.A.R.E.S. & CHISD KUDOS
Unfortunately, there are times when a member of the Longhorn Family experiences a death. Employees, or families of scholars or former CHISD employees who wish to share the information are asked to complete the CHISD CARES (Cares About Retirees Employees & Scholars) form. The CHISD Communications Office handles all CHISD C.A.R.E.S submissions and shares the information via email to all staff. C.A.R.E.S notifications will be sent out by the end of the day that the form was received; if the submission is received after 2:30 p.m. it might not be sent out until the following business day.
The C.A.R.E.S form is available on the communications page of chisd.net. Here is a direct link.
The CHISD Communications Department loves to share the positive experiences and interactions happening across the district.
If you want to share some kudos for a parent, employee or scholar who exhibits the Longhorn Essentials, please email a description/information to email@example.com and you might see your kudos on one of the district’s social media accounts.
November 7: District PD
November 8: Walk your child to class: 7:45 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
November 9: Youth Truth Survey (grades 3-5)
November 11: Veterans Day Celebration (similar to last year)
November 11: Attendance Celebration @2:30 p.m.
November 17: Pastries with Parents @7:35
November 30: Campus Spelling Bee @8:30 a.m.
December 2: Awards Assembly Celebration
December 15: Winter Concert @5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
December 12-15: DCCA #3
December 16: Campus Planning/No School for Scholars
Campus Assistant Principal
Campus Secretary and Office Manager
Campus Attendance Clerk
Lake Ridge Elementary
Location: 1020 Lake Ridge Parkway, Cedar Hill, TX, United States
Phone: (972) 293-4501