RH Pony Posts: August 2019

Aug. 11, 2019

Reminder from Ridglea Hills Elementary: All Students Must Complete Enrollment Registration

  • The first day of school is fast approaching! We are excited to welcome our students to a new school year next Monday, Aug. 19. 
  • In preparation for the first day of school, please remember that EVERY student, including returning students, must complete enrollment registration through PowerSchools at https://www.fwisd.org/register. We are happy to help you complete the process if you need the support.
  • We had many report cards that were returned over the summer. If your child's report card was returned, you must provide updated Proof of Residence for your child to receive a schedule and be assigned to a homeroom. 
  • If you have any questions, please call the school's front office at 817-815-1700.


Don’t Miss AHHS Pyramid Parent Mixer This Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Branch & Bird (640 Taylor Street)

  • Help us raise up our favorite city by dining out at Branch & Bird this Tuesday Aug. 13, to help support the Ridglea Hills, Monnig Middle and Arlington Heights Pyramid! 
  • Make reservations via OpenTable for Branch & Bird between 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., and then let your server know that you’re here for Non-Profit Tuesday; 15% of your meal and drink proceeds will be donated to our organization! 
  • Help us pack the restaurant by inviting your friends, family, and colleagues for great food and drinks overlooking downtown Fort Worth from 12 stories up.


Event Details:

  • Non-Profit Tuesday benefitting AHHS Pyramid
  • August 13 | 4 PM – 9 PM
  • Reserve Your Spot: https://branchbirdfw.com/reservations-2/
  • 640 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102, Sky Lobby Level
  • 15% of meal proceeds will be donated back to our organization!
  • Share this event with your family and friends!


New Parent Meeting & Mustang Mall This Wednesday, Aug. 14 

  • All new parents are invited to an informational meeting with Principal Cotton from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 14. 
  • Mustang Mall will also be open from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for you to shop for your 2019-2020 spirit wear and RH-branded uniform items and/or pick up your online orders placed earlier this summer.

Meet the Teacher & Mustang Mall This Thursday, Aug. 15

  • Meet the Teacher is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 15. This is your chance to meet the teacher and drop off school supplies before the first day of school. 
  • Mustang Mall will also be open during this time for you to shop for your 2019-20 spirit wear and RH-branded uniform items and/or pick up your online orders placed earlier this summer.

School Starts at 7:50 a.m. Next Monday, Aug. 19!
School starts at 7:50 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 19, for all Ridglea Hills Elementary students. 

  • The first bell will ring at 7:45 a.m. and the tardy bell at 7:50 a.m.
  • Pre-K concludes at 2:15 p.m.
  • Kindergarten through 5th grade concludes at 3:05 p.m.
  • There will be lots of helpers to assist with class lists and getting students to class.
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Welcome Coffee and Breakfast Snacks for All New Pre-K and Kinder Families from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Next Monday, Aug. 19

  • All new Pre-K and Kinder families new to Ridglea Hills – please stop by the welcome table by the library between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 19, for coffee and breakfast snacks on the first day of school! 
  • This is a great way to meet some new families, and there will be tissues and a shoulder to cry on as you drop off your babies. 
  • Welcome to our Ridglea Hills Family!


Background Check Required for All Volunteers
Don’t forget that all school volunteers must have a background check at the start of every school year. Get it taken care of now so you are ready to volunteer as early as week 1!
Click the following link to get started: https://fwisd.voly.org
 

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed
We are in need of cafeteria volunteers. There are shifts available for the first month of school.

  • Lunch is from 10:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • This is especially helpful for our younger grades to assist them with opening packages, navigating the cafeteria, etc.
  • The older grades need help with noise control.
  • If you can spare time during lunchtime, please contact Kelly Decker, Cafeteria Volunteer Chair, to sign up. It is a great way to meet your children’s friends and teachers, and get a jump start on earning those volunteer hours.
  • To volunteer, you MUST have your FWISD background check approved beforehand.
  • Contact Kelly Decker at poolepartyoffive@gmail.com


Upcoming Dates to Know
Monday, Aug. 19
First Day of School (7:50 a.m. start time)
 

Thursday, Aug. 22
PTA Board Meeting at Noon
 

Monday, Sept. 2
Labor Day Holiday – No School
 

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Walkathon Kickoff Rally Before School Starts
 

Wednesday, Sept. 4
PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

Monday, Sept. 9
Special Persons’/Grandparents’ Day (Lunch)
 

Additional Resources

  • General information regarding Ridglea Hills Elementary School is available online at our PTA-sponsored website – www.rhpta.com. Please get familiar with this website and bookmark it on your browser.
  • For specific questions regarding school-administered matters not addressed on www.rhpta.com, including but not limited to academic affairs, school registration, testing, campus security, school programs, Fort Worth ISD policies and procedures, etc., please contact the school office at 817-815-1700.
  • For non-PTA-related posts (i.e., highlighting scouting opportunities, coordinating sports teams, selling uniforms, looking for a carpool group to join, etc.), please head over to the Ridglea Hills Elementary Parents Facebook group.
  • Other helpful Ridglea Hills Elementary School-related Facebook pages include the following:
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary 
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary School’s Counselor
  • Ridglea Hills Mustang Muscle (for those RHE dads interested in getting involved with school service projects)
  • RHE Run Club


RH All-Stars: Shine On!

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Aug. 18, 2019

Special Message from Principal Cotton: Rise and Shine On Eight-One-Nine!
We look forward to welcoming our Mustang families into our arms and hearts tomorrow! We will have extra staff placed throughout the building to assist families and students with any questions they may have or if they need to find a location around the building. Shine on, RH All-Stars!
 

Special Message Regarding First Day of School, Tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 19
Mustang Nation: We are so excited for the first day of school tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 19! In order to keep a safe environment for our students, please consider the following:

  • The doors open by 7:30 a.m. for all unaccompanied students who will eat breakfast or need to wait without a parent in the auditorium until 7:40 a.m. 
  • Parents will need to wait outside under the front awning until the first bell rings at 7:40 a.m. Teachers are not on duty until 7:40 a.m. We will dismiss all students and parents to the rooms after the first bell at 7:40 a.m. Thank you for your understanding. The only place to wait is in the foyer, and we simply do not have room for 800 students and parents in that small space. This is a fire hazard and a safety issue for our students.
  • The first bell will ring at 7:40 a.m. and the tardy bell at 7:50 a.m. School starts at 7:50 a.m. for all students.
  • Please do not block the front entrance door. We have students unloading from buses and carpool who are unaccompanied by parents, and they need to be able to enter the building.
  • There are two carpool drop-off locations. One is in the front of the school on Cumberland. The other location is in the back parking lot. This is a teacher parking lot. If you need to park, you will need to park on the street, keeping Angus clear for the back drop off. This is in the morning only. 
  • There is only one carpool pickup location in the afternoon on Cumberland.
  • Pre-K concludes at 2:15 p.m.
  • Kindergarten through 5th grade conclude at 3:05 p.m.

Thank you so much for your support! We can't wait to see you all tomorrow morning!

Welcome Coffee and Breakfast Snacks for All New Pre-K and Kinder Families from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 19

  • All new Pre-K and Kinder families new to Ridglea Hills – please stop by the welcome table in the library between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 19, for coffee and breakfast snacks on the first day of school! 
  • This is a great way to meet some new families, and there will be tissues and a shoulder to cry on as you drop off your babies. 
  • Welcome to our Ridglea Hills family!

RHPTA Wins Multiple Membership Awards from Texas PTA!

  • We are very proud to announce that our awesome RHPTA earned the President’s Challenge Award for 2018-19 by recruiting at least 50% of our campus enrollment, which helped the Texas PTA pass the half-a-million-member mark!
  • In addition, we were one of 295 that finished the year with a membership total of at least 50% of the school’s total student enrollment to receive the Voice for Every Child Silver Award.
  • Congrats to Jenn Nevitt, Vice President of Membership, for leading our membership efforts last year, and thanks to all of our members for helping us achieve these awards and supporting our amazing Mustang family!
  • We look forward to celebrating more great successes in the coming year! 

Join the RHPTA This Year and Shine On!
It’s time to join our stellar PTA! Our goal is to have a voice for every child so we would love to have every family join! 

  • Join parents, teachers and community members in improving educational and extracurricular opportunities for all of our Ridglea Hills Elementary students.
  • As a PTA member, you work on behalf of the children you represent by volunteering in the school, supporting the faculty and staff, and staying informed on issues regarding your children and their education.
  • Back again this year is the chance to buy an exclusive shirt! This shirt is only available with the purchase of a PTA membership. You may buy additional shirts after the purchase of your membership if you would like more than one.
  • Annual membership dues are $5 per member. Dues plus Membership T-shirt cost $13. Additional shirts may be purchased for $8 each. 
  • You can join and pay online through Membership Toolkit at https://rhpta.membershiptoolkit.com! Shirts are pre-order and will be delivered in a few weeks.
  • We warmly welcome our students’ parents, grandparents, family and friends to join RHPTA. 
  • Contact: Jenn Nevitt, Vice President of Membership, jnevitt@sbcglobal.net

Join the RHPTA Directory!
Starting this school year, we are using Membership Toolkit for our online directory and PTA needs.

  • Enter the following website address to signup/update family and student information: https://rhpta.membershiptoolkit.com
  • The directory is secure as only RHE faculty and families have access **Access will be granted after confirming class rosters in the first few weeks of class.**
  • Sign up for RHPTA membership.
  • Sign up to volunteer.
  • Go mobile by installing the Membership Toolkit App from iTunes and Google Play.
  • Contact: Lindsey Millns, Directory Chair, at lmillns@gmail.com

Mustang Stampede is Back!
Mustang Stampede is back and ready to thrill your kids with a surprise appearance on their birthday or any special occasion! Your kids will wake up on their birthday or other special occasion to find their front yard "stampeded" with mustang signs displayed by 5th grade families.

There’s Still Time to Shop Mustang Mall This Week!
Thanks to all who shopped Mustang Mall last week! If you weren’t able to make it or are interested in purchasing more, we still have several ways to shop! 

Background Check Required for All Volunteers
Don’t forget that all school volunteers must have a background check at the start of every school year. Get it taken care of now so you are ready to volunteer!
Click the following link to get started: https://fwisd.voly.org

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed
We are in need of cafeteria volunteers. There are shifts available for the first month of school.

  • Class lunches run between 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • This is especially helpful for our younger grades to assist them with opening packages, navigating the cafeteria, etc.
  • The older grades need help with noise control.
  • If you can spare time during lunchtime, please contact Kelly Decker, Cafeteria Volunteer Chair, to sign up. It is a great way to meet your children’s friends and teachers, and get a jump start on earning those volunteer hours.
  • To volunteer, you MUST have your FWISD background check approved beforehand.
  • Contact: Kelly Decker at poolepartyoffive@gmail.com

Calling for Room Parents!
One way to get involved in your child’s classroom is by helping his/her teacher with parties and special event days such as Walkathon, Carnival, Feast Day (kindergarten), Holiday Party, Valentine’s Party, Fine Arts Day, Field Day and End-of-Year Party.

  • The interest form will soon be sent home in student folders, and is now available online at https://rhpta.com/room-parents.
  • If you are interested in helping with Room Parent activities, please complete and return the form to your child’s teacher by Friday, Sept. 6.
  • Contact: Melinda Blackerby, Vice President of Room Parents, at melindabeth04@gmail.com

We Need RH Buddies!

  • What are RH Buddies? Our fabulous Mustang families volunteer to spoil a staff member throughout the school year. Participants are paired with an RH teacher or staff member. Throughout the year, you can treat your buddy with a treat or little token of appreciation. 
  • What type of treats or gifts? Treats range from little candy and soda pick-me-ups to “Kudos for surviving a round of testing!” gift certificates. 
  • When do I have to give something? Whenever you want! You can give something once a six weeks, once a month or a “just because” Sonic drink here and there. You’re in charge of your buddy.
  • Why should I sign up? RH faculty and staff love our children and care for them every day. We have the best teachers in town, and this is just another way to say “You are appreciated!” 
  • Ready to sign up? Complete the online form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQ2CVAq7DPW_Wcn7HWaqwkwupIJtDNrcbzJVib47XVI4BRLA/viewform. Buddy requests are filled first come, first served.
  • Contact: Robyn Urbani, RH Buddies Chair, at robynttu@gmail.com or 817-688-3607 

Upcoming Dates to Know
Thursday, Aug. 22
PTA Board Meeting at Noon
 

Monday, Sept. 2
Labor Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Walkathon Kickoff Rally Before School Starts
 

Wednesday, Sept. 4
PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

Monday, Sept. 9
Special Persons’/Grandparents’ Day (Lunch)

Additional Resources

  • General information regarding Ridglea Hills Elementary School is available online at our PTA-sponsored website – www.rhpta.com. Please get familiar with this website and bookmark it on your browser.
  • For specific questions regarding school-administered matters not addressed on www.rhpta.com, including but not limited to academic affairs, school registration, testing, campus security, school programs, Fort Worth ISD policies and procedures, etc., please contact the school office at 817-815-1700.
  • For non-PTA-related posts (i.e., highlighting scouting opportunities, coordinating sports teams, selling uniforms, looking for a carpool group to join, etc.), please head over to the Ridglea Hills Elementary Parents Facebook group.
  • Other helpful Ridglea Hills Elementary School-related Facebook pages include the following:
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary 
  • Ridglea Hills Elementary School’s Counselor
  • Ridglea Hills Mustang Muscle (for those RHE dads interested in getting involved with school service projects)
  • RHE Run Club

#RHAllStarsShineOn

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