The Titan Times: Week 9

The River Place Elementary (RPE) Campus Newsletter

In this Edition:

  • Message from the Principal
  • Mark Your Calendars, October Highlights, and Links to District and Lunch Calendars
  • Growing a Titan Mindset and Connection Every Day!
  • Leander ISD Opportunities & Upcoming Election Information: Leander ISD Props A & B
  • Counselor's Connection Info & Message
  • Ways to Stay Engaged & Volunteer for Upcoming Events

Titan Families,

This week we are putting the spotlight on our cafeteria crew. Valorie Ramirez, Ashley Aguilar, and Evelyn Manzano are our staff who take care of our cafeteria for our Titans. We extend a warm thanks to them and hope you will spend this week getting to know them more and find ways to show gratitude for their service to our community.

Have you heard? Our feeder zone is holding its first annual Four Points Middle School and Canyon Ridge Middle School Football Elementary School Night! Come on out on October 25th to Monroe Stadium. A few minutes before the game, at about 5:45 PM, each school will be highlighted and introduced. Tickets go on sale at 8 AM that morning. All elementary students wearing school spirit gear with a grown up gets into the game free, so only buy tickets for the other members of your family. The QR code purchase tickets is on the flyer in this newsletter. We look forward to seeing our elementary schools come together so we can celebrate!

I want to end expressing my gratitude for everyone's service to our campus. Thanks for volunteering countless hours to our run club, cafeteria, literacy partners network, PTA leadership and service projects, campus and district committees, classroom teachers, and much more. Thanks for coming out to our first Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A last week! Our PTA reported that our campus raised $291.83. Woohoo! We will have another spirit night in December, so please be on the look out for information about it in the upcoming weeks. How you all serve with your time and financial means does not go unnoticed. It is seen daily in our Titan Community, and again, I just want to say, "Thanks!".

Let's make it lovely week of learning and serving in our community! Please feel free to reach out if you wish to connect, collaborate, and/or celebrate.

Take care,

Dr. Amy Sharp

Proud RPE Principal

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Mark Your Calendars

October: Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month/ National Principal Month

  • 10-14th National School Lunch Week/ Child Nutrition Appreciation Week
  • 12th: VHS Feeder Pattern: Coffee Chat to Learn about Prop A & B (See flyer)
  • 13th Fall Picture Day
  • 17th First Day of the 2nd Nine Weeks/ National School Bus Safety Week
  • 18th Vandegrift High School Trunk or Treat (See flyer)
  • 19th Unity Day- Wear Orange!
  • 21st PTA Hosts River Place Elementary's Fall Fest 5:30- 7:30 PM
  • 22nd Vandegrift High School Little Diggers (See flyer)
  • 24th- 28th Red Ribbon Week. (See flyer)
  • 25th- Elementary Night Football Game: FPMS v. CRMS @ 6 PM (See flyer)
  • 31st 5th Grade Performance for Parents 8 AM (more details to come)

November: Lung Cancer Awareness Month/ National Native American Month

  • 2nd: Spelling Bee (Info Coming) & K-5 Wild Flower Stomp
  • 3rd: Father of Texas Day, Memory of Stephen F. Austin
  • 8th: Election Day/ No School for Students
  • 9th: PTA General Meeting at 6 PM at RPE Cafeteria
  • 10th: Grades 3-5 Fall Planting in the Garden
  • 11th: Veterans Day: Second Grade Performance (Info Coming)
  • 15-17th: Scholastic Book Fair (Info Coming)
  • 21-25th: Fall Break- No school for staff and students
  • 29th: Fall Picture Make Up Day
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Leander ISD District Calendar

This details the entire school year's student holidays, staff development days, early release, etc.

Lunch Calendars

Lunch menus for each month for your reference.

Purchase Your Titan Gear

If you are a family who needs support with purchasing Titan gear, please reach out to our school counselor, Ms. Jennifer Randall, at

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COPIA Consulting Parent Symposiums

Dear Parents:

We (COPIA Consulting – Rachel and Angie) are excited to inform you that Leander ISD has retained our services once again to host a series of Parent Symposiums specifically for parents of students that receive Special Education (SPED) services. For those of you that are new to the district or did not attend the first round of meetings in 2019 and 2020, the purpose of the meetings is to gather information from parents regarding your experiences with Special Education services in Leander ISD. In addition to collecting your feedback on the services your student(s) receives from the LISD, we will also share with you the recommendations we made after the first Symposium, and all of the changes in both policy and practice that were made as a result. This information will then be utilized to make any necessary changes and/or improvements, with the goal of providing your students with the highest quality services possible.

We do hope that you can attend one of the four sessions we will conduct in late October/early November, as your feedback is very important to the district. We hope that you will feel very comfortable sharing your experiences and any related concerns with us. Know that we will provide LISD with a report that summarizes all of the feedback from parents, but that it will all be de-identified so it cannot be traced to any one individual, and that no employees of the district will be present in the meetings.

Click here to RSVP and learn more!

Car Rider Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

The last few days we have seen families dropping off their student(s) and leaving them unattended outside of our building. For safety purposes, please don't leave your Titan(s) before our 7:10 AM bell rings. We also ask that you please follow the drop off and pick up guidelines that have been shared with our campus community. As a reminder of these practices, see image and information on this process.

Car Rider Arrival

  • Please remember that the street in front of our school becomes ONE WAY during arrival (7:05 - 8:00am) & dismissal times (2:20-3:00pm).
  • During this time the traffic in front of our school on Sitio Del Rio Blvd should flow one way ONLY--traffic entering from River Place Blvd. and driving towards FM 2222.
  • If parking in the parking lot in front of our school for drop off or pick up during these times, you should follow the flow of traffic, making a LEFT turn as you exit the parking area.

Car Rider Dismissal

In order to speed up the line and distance students more effectively, we have a 2-lane pick-up system.

  • Kinder - 2nd (and families who have a K-2 student and a 3-5 student)- Enter car rider via River Place Blvd & stay in the left lane. These children will be picked up under the awning like they currently are. If they have a sibling in an older grade, the older sibling will also get picked up here. After pick up, they will turn left like always, and exit out the back of the school. A teacher will be posted to help you merge.
  • 3rd - 5th- Enter car rider via Sitio Del Rio stay & stay in the right lane. Your students will be picked up on the field side of the blacktop (passenger side of the car). You will then continue straight and exit out the back of the school.
  • Teachers will be placed along the route directing and helping merge as well.

If you have any questions, please call our offices. Thank you!

Proposition A & B Elections

The ballot for this November’s elections will include two Leander ISD propositions.

Proposition A is an Attendance Credit Election. Due to an increase in local property values, the state is removing about $31.2 million from our district through a mechanism that is often called Robin Hood. If LISD voters approve Proposition A, the district will make its required recapture payment to the state. If Proposition A fails, the state could remove dollars from our schools by forcing some taxpayers to start paying taxes to a different district instead of LISD.

Proposition B is a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election. By approving Proposition B, voters would ratify the tax rate set by the LISD Board of Trustees and generate an additional $32 million for academics in LISD, including teacher pay and the continuity of programs.

For much more information about these propositions, please visit

Let's Learn with Bruce: Elections

Let’s Learn with Bruce: Elections

In an effort to create educational awareness about the November ballot, Leander ISD is hosting a series of conversations. Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D., will lead a discussion about Propositions A & B over the next several weeks ahead of the November 8 election.

Due to sizable recent increases in property appraisals across our region, the district’s property values have reached a point that has triggered two elections: an Attendance Credit Election (ACE) and a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE).

We encourage the community at-large to learn more about these ballot issues during the following opportunities:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 6:30pm, Facebook LIVE

  • Friday, Oct. 21 – 12pm at LISD LEO Conference Center

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 6:30pm, virtual Zoom webinar (link coming soon)

Please use this link Let’s Learn with Bruce: Elections to let us know you’re attending. While sign-up is not required, it helps us plan for how many participants to expect. We have provided a number of Prop A & B resources as well as voting information.

Counselor Connection

Parenting the Love and Logic Way® Class Information

A 6-week program designed to help parents nurture responsible, respectful, fun-to-be around children who will learn how to make their own choices, think critically/logically for themselves, while parents let empathy and consequences do the teaching.

Message from Ms. Randall

Dear Titan Families,

Below are two resources that might be useful if you see that your child is feeling overstimulated, needing a mental reset break, or needing to just exert some extra energy. Oftentimes, taking a break is visualized as something that lasts 10-15 minutes, when in actuality it can be even as small as a few seconds, depending on the need. Breaks might be needed often for some children and for others, not as much. The need for breaks can depend widely on a variety of factors, but not limit to; age, emotional maturity, environment, coping skills, and mindset. The "Push Against the Wall" technique is excellent for children who have extra energy or for those who are feeling frustration. Encouraging children to take a water break helps for hydration, movement, and resetting or shifting their thinking in a short amount of time. Please see the below videos for further explanation. These will be shared with our Titans during announcements this week.

Push Against a Wall

Sipping Water

Thank You,


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C2 Shirts Update

We are expecting to have our C2 t-shirts ready to distribute on Thursday, October 26th. For each family who placed an order, those shirts will be delivered to their teacher's classrooms for them to take home. If there is a delay in the printing or a schedule modification parents will be notified. We do not oversee the ordering processes, so if a family is interested in making a late order that has to be directly organized through Big Frog T-shirt Company and is not done by RPE.

Join PTA & Volunteer at RPE

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Run/ Read Club is Back!

What is River Place Run/Read Club:

  • A morning walk or jog is a great way to start the day and a healthy habit to form. Encourage your kids by volunteering for this event!
  • It is also a great way to see your kids interact with friends in their grade level.
  • We need parent support to keep this program going strong. Your words of encouragement as they run laps go a long way to encourage the students.
  • Students will either run around the track and earn prizes, OR they may read silently to self in the gym.
  • Volunteers and teachers will help set up the tables, help students get their badges, log laps run, motivate kids, give out rewards for laps run, and collect badges and take down tables when Run Club is finished.
  • After Run Club, at 7:50, Mr. Grace will pick up the students and take them to the cafeteria. Students who have not had breakfast yet will do so then.

Time: 7:10-7:50

Place: Check in at the front receptionist desk and then head to the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room across from the cafeteria)

Questions: please contact/text Tracey Schalscha at 602-558-0248

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED LISD VOLUNTEER. Read below this Monday Memo for more info on how to register. Watch for the "Click Here for LISD Volunteer Registration" button.

Run or Read Club Schedule:

(May dates may change due to STAAR testing)

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Yearbook On Sale NOW!

Order EARLY! These will sell out, and we don't want you to be left out.

River Place Elementary Titan Community

Are you looking for ways to stay connected and know what is happening on campus? Great!

Here are our Titan Community Communication Tools-

  • River Place Elementary School Website
  • Twitter Account
  • PTA Facebook Page
  • Remind App for River Place Insiders