The Lake Ridge Bridge
October 3-7, 2022
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From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardian,
It's hard to believe, but we are on week #8 of the school year. We will also have an Awards Assembly on October 7th between 8:25 a.m.-9:30 a.m. PK-2 grades will be from 8:25 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 3rd-5th grades will be from 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. Because we don't want to take away too much instructional time, please take pictures during the ceremony. We will have to quickly transition after the ceremony times. Also, that day at 2:30 p.m., scholars who have had perfect attendance for the entire 1st six weeks will be eligible to participate in the Perfect Attendance celebration in our cafeteria. Mr. Coit is leading this effort. There are a lot of exciting events coming up this month, so be sure to check-out the upcoming events at the end of this Smore.
The Lake Ridge Store is preparing to open up. With that being said, if you would like to donate toys, books, games. coloring books, etc., please bring items to the main office. Anything you bring will be greatly appreciated.
We had a very eventful week with Open House and the All Pro Dads breakfast. Both were a success! Thank you to all parents that attended. Remember to send back your Parent Compact completed and signed. See the pictures below of all the great things that happened last week.
On Thursday, October 6th @6:00pm, there will be a PTA meeting and we will have our first performance of the year, National Hispanic Heritage. We hope to have a lot of participation from scholars and parents. Checkout the flyer below and contact Ms. Audrey Peterbark, Music Teacher, for any additional questions.
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. Are you registered to vote? Register to vote by October 11 to cast your ballot in the November CHISD elections. Visit dallascountyvotes.org to get started.
Bond/VATRE Election Website (chisd.net/election2022)
Theme Days will continue. We hope to see all parents in attendance.
- Mathematics Monday
- Teacher Tuesday (This week's focus is on Science.)
- Workout Wednesday (No gym shorts please.)
- Therapeutic Thursday (The focus is on being calm using different breathing techniques.)
- Fun Friday (Awards Ceremony and Attendance Celebration)
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.
Our school accountability this year will focus heavily on Domain 1 which is Student Achievement. This is met by scholars in grades 3-5 scoring at the Approaches level on the STAAR tests taken in their respective grade level. Approaches is the lowest passing score your child/children can receive on the STAAR test. However, we want all scholars to score at the Meets or preferably the Masters level on STAAR. We have already started during the morning announcements reminding scholars about their brain. This month we are focused on the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC helps us to do math problem solving and comprehend what we read. It also helps us to make the right decisions. And, as mentioned above, this week, we will start our theme days focused on academics on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also, it is critical that you submit a lunch application whether or you qualify or not. We want to make sure that Lake Ridge Elementary School is in the correct comparison group. That plays a role in our overall school accountability rating.
House Bill 4545 parent meetings will continue. For those parents who have participated in the meetings, please make sure that you send back the signed permission letters that have been sent home.
Don't forget about signing up for PTA. We want and need your help. Currently, we have a contest between classes. A flyer was sent home a few weeks ago. However, in case you missed it, see the link below for details.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Be sure to keep the following dates(s) in mind:
- The free lunch program has expired. With that being said, please make sure to fill out a lunch application whether you qualify or not. This impacts our school accountability. 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
Some of you may not be aware, but Mrs. Johnson's last day was Friday. We will miss her. However, she received a wonderful central office opportunity to advance her career. Currently, we are interviewing for the position. Until a replacement is found, we have Mr. Coit, our Restorative Aide that works closely with your children to support them with social and emotional needs. And I along with Mrs. Brown, are here to support your children.
Tips for Managing Back to School Stress
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Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 – October 15. It is a time to honor the contributions, achievements, culture, and history of Hispanic Americans. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Hispanic Heritage Week and in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the commemoration for one month to include all Latin and Central American countries. Please check out the LRE Guidance Office for Hispanic Heritage Month activities, live events, and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Latin Center.
Restorative Aide: Christopher.Coit@chisd.net
Counselor Johnson's Parade
Check-out the winners for Mathematics Monday and Teacher Tuesday!
All Pro Dads Breakfast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and you might see your kudos on one of the district’s social media accounts.
- October 6: PTA Meeting @6:00 pm
- October 6: National Hispanic Heritage Performance
- October 13-14: Parent Teacher Conferences.
- October 26: Principal's Virtual Town Hall Meeting 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
- October 27: STEM Night 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
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