RH PONY Posts

Sept. 29, 2019

WOW, What a Walkathon!
WOW, what a Walkathon! Thanks to our All-Star Team Captains, Nancy Sticksel, Wendy Magee, Shannon Hinkle and Michelle Schneider, for leading our All-Stars in raising a record-setting $95,866 (and counting) for our stellar school! Thanks to their awesome husbands and kiddos, too. 

  • It was an exciting month of FUNdraising capped by a wonderful walk through our one-of-a-kind neighborhood! 
  • Thanks to all of our sponsors, families, friends, neighbors, teachers, staff and students – you are ALL stars! It all added up to an unforgettable day for our Mustang family that will have lasting impact for our school community!  
  • Congrats to Ms. Conahan’s 4th grade class on having the most Walkathon donations this year!
  • We’ll announce our final total as soon as we have it. Thanks, Mustangs!


Fall Picture Day This Wednesday, Oct. 2
Fall Picture Day is coming up this Wednesday, Oct. 2. Students may dress out of uniform for school pictures, but must conform to the following guidelines:

  • Dresses, skirts and shorts should be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee.
  • No sagging or oversized bottoms allowed.
  • Spaghetti straps, halter tops, sleeveless tops or revealing clothing are not permitted. 
  • Any clothing or personal items that violate the Student Code of Conduct are not permitted.
  • The administration reserves the right to rule on clothing that is not appropriate. 


Chess Club Starts This Wednesday, Oct. 2, and Runs Through Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Chess Club for interested students in grades 2-5 will begin this Wednesday, Oct. 2. Chess Club will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in classrooms in the 2nd/3rd grade hall. Students are welcome to bring a snack to eat before Chess Club begins.

  • Information form, contract and T-shirt order form were sent home in student folders last week. They are also available on the RHPTA website under Student Activities/Chess Club or click the following link: 
  • Completed and signed forms must be turned in by this Tuesday, Oct. 1, for students to attend the first meeting – no exceptions. If your student doesn’t know how to play chess, don’t worry – we will teach beginners.
  • Students will be dismissed out the front door at 3:45 p.m. We ask that parents are prompt in picking up your student(s).
  • Please return the paperwork to Mrs. Hixon in Room 109 or put in her mailbox in the office. 
  • Make sure to let your student’s teacher know that he/she will be staying after school for Chess Club. 
  • Chess Club T-shirts are available to order for $10 each and may be worn on Wednesdays throughout the school year. All T-shirt orders are due by this Friday, Oct. 4.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in chess tournaments. Ridglea Hills will host our annual chess tournament on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, Chess Club members are encouraged to participate. 
  • Questions can be e-mailed to Mrs. Hixon at laura.hixon@fwisd.org.


5th Grade Students and Parents: Join Us to Learn More About Monnig Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 8
All 5th grade students and parents are invited to join us at Ridglea Hills Elementary to learn more about Monnig Middle School from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. 
Hear from faculty, staff, parents and students about why Monnig should be your student’s middle school.
 

Monnig offers:

  • The most advanced academic courses.
  • A robust visual and performing arts program.
  • A Humanities course only offered in one other middle school.
  • The highest growth in Texas Education Agency school rating of ANY middle school in FWISD.
  • Caring, supportive teachers and administrators.
  • The most ethnically diverse middle school in the district.
  • A new house system to reward positive behaviors and promote healthy competition.


You will have the opportunity to sign your student up for 5th grade “shadow days” where your student can shadow a current 6th grader.
 

Hope to see you there!
 

FWISD Parent Portal Night On Tuesday, Oct. 8
Please join us for FWISD Parent Portal sign up in the Ridglea Hills front foyer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
 

2019 AHHS Fall Junior Jackets Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12
Interested students in grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to the AHHS Fall Junior Jackets Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12, at AHHS. 
 

Learn to cheer from and perform with the AHHS Cheerleaders! All participants will get to cheer with the AHHS Cheerleaders during the 1stquarter at a Varsity football game on Friday, Nov. 1, at Farrington Field. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. They will be welcoming the football players onto the field before they start cheering, participating in the National Anthem, and then cheering the 1st quarter.

No School Monday, Oct. 14, for FWISD Fall Break
Please note that Monday, Oct. 14, is FWISD Fall Break so there is no school.
 

AHHS Literacy Rally from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Oct. 19
The AHHS Literacy Rally will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at AHHS. 

  • Free admission!
  • Free books!
  • Free family event for all students and families in the AHHS community and all of Fort Worth!
  • Fun activities, performances and books for everyone!


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.
  • Annual membership dues are $5 per member. 
  • You can join and pay online through Membership Toolkit at https://rhpta.membershiptoolkit.com
  • 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!
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


Sign Up for Mustang Stampede!
Mustang Stampede is 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.


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 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


Upcoming Dates to Know
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Fall Pictures & 1st Chess Club Meeting
 

Thursday, Oct. 10
Arlington Heights HS Homecoming Parade 
 

Monday, Oct. 14
Fall Break - No School
 

Friday, Oct. 18
PTA Board Meeting, Noon in Library
 

Monday, Oct. 21
1st Run Club Meeting
 

Oct. 21-25
Pumpkin Patch Week; Red Ribbon Week 
 

Tuesday, Oct. 22
4th Grade Program (6:30 p.m.) 
 

Friday, Oct. 25
Carnival (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.) 
 

Thursday, Oct. 31
Storybook Parade 

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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Pony Posts

Sept. 23, 2019


Walkathon is this Friday, Sept. 27! 

  • Donations and sponsorships are still welcome after today’s deadline. We will have turned in the names for signs along the route and for T-shirt printing, but we are encouraging you to ask your family, friends and neighbors and turn in any last-minute donations and sponsorships!
  • All information, including forms, is still available on the RHPTA website. Click the following link to access: https://rhpta.com/walkathon
  • Also, online sponsorship is still available via the following link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=ipat8bRYxTuvgLWSljxgj7R_WlHD-VBwHxmKCh9NgfyyqhJixoauLaxo91ibWl1EWDtRaG&country.x=US&locale.x=
  • This week’s competition is for overall grade level leader and classroom leader. Our classroom winner will LEAD Walkathon, and the grade level winners will get a prize! Last week’s grade level competition winner will be announced on announcements on Monday.
  • Monday, Sept. 23 - Our last Walkathon Spirit Night is at Mama’s Pizza (both locations - 5800 Camp Bowie Blvd. and 5811 Bryant Irvin Road), and includes both dine in and carry out from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also, the Bryant Irvin location is including their lunch buffet. Make sure to say you’re with Ridglea Hills!
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, Wednesday, Sept. 25, and Friday, Sept. 27 – Spirit Shop will be selling All-Star items, including water bottles and tattoos and out-of-dress code bands ($2 each) this Tuesday and Wednesday before school and at lunch. We will also be selling at Friday’s event. We will have a small number of extra T-shirts available for purchase – first come, first served.
  • Out-of-dress code bands will be sold at the Spirit Shop and can be used on our last out-of-dress code day this month: Wednesday, Sept. 25. Please remember that dress code guidelines must be followed. 
  • Friday, Sept. 27 – Walkathon starts at 8 a.m.! 
  • Arrive early to allow extra time for parking. Students get dropped off to their teachers, as usual, and parents will be able to line up with their student when they come back out front.
  • Also, visit Pelican’s Snoballs (6517 Camp Bowie Blvd.) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and a portion of their sales will benefit Walkathon. Join us there to cool off and celebrate the culmination of Walkathon! Remember to say you’re with Ridglea Hills! 

Your Walkathon Committee:

  • Nancy Sticksel
  • Wendy Magee
  • Shannon Hinkle
  • Michelle Schneider

Contact the Committee: rhewalkathon@gmail.com

2019 AHHS Fall Junior Jackets Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12
Interested students in grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to the AHHS Fall Junior Jackets Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12, at AHHS. 
 

Learn to cheer from and perform with the AHHS Cheerleaders! All participants will get to cheer with the AHHS Cheerleaders during the 1st quarter at a Varsity football game on Friday, Nov. 1, at Farrington Field. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. They will be welcoming the football players onto the field before they start cheering, participating in the National Anthem, and then cheering the 1st quarter.

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.
  • Annual membership dues are $5 per member. 
  • You can join and pay online through Membership Toolkit at https://rhpta.membershiptoolkit.com
  • 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!
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.

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 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

Upcoming Dates to Know
Friday, Sept. 27 
Walkathon at 8 a.m. and end of 1st six weeks
 

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Fall Pictures & 1st Chess Club Meeting
 

Thursday, Oct. 10
Arlington Heights HS Homecoming Parade 
 

Monday, Oct. 14
Fall Break - No School
 

Friday, Oct. 18
PTA Board Meeting, Noon in Library
 

Monday, Oct. 21
1st Run Club Meeting
 

Oct. 21-25
Pumpkin Patch Week; Red Ribbon Week 
 

Tuesday, Oct. 22
4th Grade Program (6:30 p.m.) 
 

Friday, Oct. 25
Carnival (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.) 
 

Thursday, Oct. 31
Storybook Parade 

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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Sept. 15, 2019

Walkathon 2019 
This year Walkathon is on Friday, Sept. 27. Walkathon is our premier fall event and biggest school fundraiser of the year in which everyone in our Mustang family is invited to participate; students, families, RH neighbors and community members walk 1.5 miles through the neighborhood, and we are confident that YOU and the rest of our RH All-Stars will want to Shine On with us to support our students. Check out the information below to find out how you can get in the game!
 


This Week’s Walkathon Events:

  • Monday, Sept. 16 Our grade level winners for most sponsorships last week will be announced on Monday! Thank you for turning those in. We appreciate you!
  • All week – The grade level competition this week is for total money donated. Using your Walkathon warm-up tool, get out to ask your family, friends and neighbors for donations. We can’t wait to see which grade earns the most money this week! Only money brought in this Monday through Friday will count in this week’s competition. Turn in your warm-up tool this Friday!
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, Wednesday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 20  Spirit Shop will be selling All-Star items, including awesome new water bottles and tattoos and out-of-dress code bands ($2 each) this Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday before school and at lunch.
  • Out-of-dress code bands will be sold at the Spirit Shop and can be used each Wednesday of the month on our remaining out-of-dress code days this month: Sept. 18 and 25. Please remember that dress code guidelines must be followed. 
  • Thursday, Sept. 19 – This week’s Walkathon Spirit Night is at Billy’s Oak Acres (7709 Camp Bowie West Blvd.). We are encouraging you to invite RHE alumni or a neighbor to join your family and come out for some delicious BBQ to support your school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 19. Make sure to say you’re with Ridglea Hills! 
  • Friday, Sept. 20 – Kona Ice will be joining us after school again!
  • Saturday, Sept. 21 – Walkathon Family Fitness with Vinyasa Yoga! Join us at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 21, at the RHE track. Family beginner class hosted by RHE moms, Brooke Holland and Kelly Meador, for a $10 donation per family. Bring a mat if you have one (extras will be available) and a water bottle. See you there! 


Your Walkathon Committee:

  • Nancy Sticksel
  • Wendy Magee
  • Shannon Hinkle
  • Michelle Schneider


Contact the Committee: rhewalkathon@gmail.com

AHHS Pyramid School Community Forum This Tuesday, Sept. 17, at AHHS

  • FWISD is starting school community forums (one in each pyramid) to discuss proposed school boundary changes. 
  • The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts and equity for all students. 
  • The parent forum for our pyramid is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Arlington Heights High School. 
  • We're encouraging all of our parents to make the time to attend this forum, ask questions and voice concerns, as appropriate. 
  • Thanks for your interest, participation and support! 

First Popcorn Friday of the Year is This Friday, Sept. 20!
The PTA provides popcorn to students on designated Popcorn Fridays throughout the school year. This Friday is our first one of the year!

  • This Friday our parent volunteers will be popping between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
  • Please contact Lynn Pointer at lynnpointer@me.com, if you’re interested in helping out.

Monnig Homecoming Cheer Clinic This Saturday, Sept. 21
Interested RHE students are invited to join Monnig Mustang Cheerleaders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Monnig Middle School Gym for a special cheer clinic. Participants will learn the cheer routine then join in Tuesday night, Sept. 24, at Arlington Heights High School for the half-time performance. Cost is $25 for early registration or $30 at the door.
 

Participants will get:

  • 4-hour cheer clinic
  • T-shirt for game day
  • Cheer bow for game day
  • Free entry into the game for you and your parents
  • One-way transportation available on game day. 
  • Click here to access the form to register: https://rhpta.com/monnig-cheer-clinic
  • Contact: Mrs. Smith at 817-528-9752 for more details.

PTA Board Meeting at 5 P.M. Sunday, Sept. 22, in Library
We will have our next PTA Board Meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the library. All are welcome to attend.
 

2019 AHHS Fall Junior Jackets Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12
Interested students in grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to the AHHS Fall Junior Jackets Cheer Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12, at AHHS. 
 

Learn to cheer from and perform with the AHHS Cheerleaders! All participants will get to cheer with the AHHS Cheerleaders during the 1stquarter at a Varsity football game on Friday, Nov. 1, at Farrington Field. Please arrive by 6:15 p.m. They will be welcoming the football players onto the field before they start cheering, participating in the National Anthem, and then cheering the 1st quarter.

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!
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.

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

Upcoming Dates to Know
Friday, Sept. 20
Popcorn Friday
 

Sunday, Sept. 22
PTA Board Meeting at 5 p.m.
 

Friday, Sept. 27
Walkathon at 8 a.m.
 

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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Sept. 8, 2019

Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day Tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 9
Invite a grandparent or special person to eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 9.

  • Guests are welcome to bring in lunch or purchase a lunch tray in the cafeteria.
  • Grandparents and Special Persons will receive a complimentary photo to commemorate this fun day!
  • Check with your child’s teacher to find out his/her class lunch time. (Click the following link https://rhpta.com/class-lunchtimes to view this year’s class lunch times as posted on the RHPTA website.)
  • Please allow up to 30 minutes for parking and check in.
  • Check-in tables will be setup outside.
  • Visitors must have an ID that they will present to staff at the check-in table.
  • Visitors must be on the emergency card OR have a note from the parent stating the visitor may have lunch with the student.
  • Parents should make sure the grandparent/special person knows the student’s teacher’s name.
  • Visitors will remain outside until their student’s teacher’s name is called announcing that they may go inside.
  • Background checks are not required for this lunch.
  • Visitors are not allowed to go to the classroom before or after lunch.
  • Visitors should not use the sidewalk through the playground when classes are present.


Thanks for your cooperation and help to make this day special for our students!
 

The Future is Bright!
This week, Sept. 9-13, is a week we celebrate your child’s future.

  • Monday, Sept. 9 – Wear green to signify getting along with others and friendships.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Wear red to signify kindness and compassion.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Support your school’s biggest fundraiser – Walkathon – by participating in out-of-dress day with purchase of $2 out-of-dress wristband.
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 – Team up to stop bullying and to stay in school by wearing your favorite team’s apparel.
  • Friday, Sept. 13 – Wear neon colors, college T-shirts or RHE shirt/colors to represent “The Future is Bright.”

Walkathon 2019 
This year Walkathon is on Friday, Sept. 27. Walkathon is our premier fall event and biggest school fundraiser of the year in which everyone in our Mustang family is invited to participate; students, families, RH neighbors and community members walk 1.5 miles through the neighborhood, and we are confident that YOU and the rest of our RH All-Stars will want to Shine On with us to support our students. We kicked off our Walkathon fundraising campaign last Tuesday, Sept. 3. Check out the information below to find out how you can get in the game!
 

Walkathon Information Packets
Walkathon information packets were sent home in student folders last week. The following is included in the packets:

  • General information about event, including Walkathon events calendar and Spirit Nights scheduled for September
  • Student Walkathon permission and T-shirt form to be completed and returned by this Friday, Sept. 13
  • All students will receive one free T-shirt, and additional T-shirts are available for purchase for $8 each.
  • T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Spirit Shop as well as online by clicking the following link: http://mulhollandshirts.com/rhe_walkathon/shop/home
  • Sponsorship level information and form to be completed and returned by Friday, Sept. 20
  • Envelopes for Walkathon donations to be turned into your child’s teacher
  • Please note that all information, including forms, is also available on the RHPTA website. Click the following link to access: https://rhpta.com/walkathon
  • Also, we have made sponsorship easy via this link 

This Week’s Walkathon Events

  • All week – Family and Business Donations: Turn in your sponsorships this week to see which grade wins!
  • Monday, Sept. 9, Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Wednesday, Sept. 11 Spirit Shop will be selling All-Star items (prices ranging from $1 to $5) and out-of-dress code bands ($2 each) this Monday at lunch and Tuesday and Wednesday before school and at lunch.
  • Out-of-dress code bands will be sold at the Spirit Shop and can be used each Wednesday of the month on our remaining out-of-dress code days this month: Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Please remember that dress code guidelines must be followed. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11 – This week’s Walkathon Spirit Night is at Olivella’s (6333 Camp Bowie Blvd.). Dine in or carry out to support your school from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 11. Make sure to say you’re with Ridglea Hills! 
  • Friday, Sept. 13 Kona Ice will be joining us after school again!


Your Walkathon Committee:

  • Nancy Sticksel
  • Wendy Magee
  • Shannon Hinkle
  • Michelle Schneider


Contact the Committee: rhewalkathon@gmail.com

Mark Your Calendar: AHHS Pyramid School Community Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at AHHS

  • FWISD is starting school community forums (one in each pyramid) to discuss proposed school boundary changes. 
  • The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts and equity for all students. 
  • The parent forum for our pyramid is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Arlington Heights High School. 
  • We don't have any other information at this time. We're encouraging all of our parents to make the time to attend this forum, ask questions and voice concerns, as appropriate. 
  • Thanks for your interest, participation and support! 

School Day Reminders

  • Please note that the hours for Kindergarten through 5th grade are: 7:50 a.m. - 3:05 p.m., and Pre-K hours are 7:50 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Students should not be dropped off earlier than 7:30 a.m.
  • Until 7:40 a.m., students will be monitored in the cafeteria. 
  • Students and parents are not allowed to go past the foyer until 7:40 a.m. when the first bell rings. 
  • At 7:40 a.m., students will be allowed to go to the hall outside their classroom.
  • They will be allowed into the classroom at 7:45 a.m., and the tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

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!
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.

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



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.comor 817-688-3607 

Upcoming Dates to Know
Monday, Sept. 9
Special Persons’/Grandparents’ Day (Lunch)
 

Friday, Sept. 20
Popcorn Friday
 

Sunday, Sept. 22
PTA Board Meeting at 5 p.m.
 

Friday, Sept. 27
Walkathon at 8 a.m.
 

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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Sept. 1, 2019

Reminder: School Closed Tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day
As a reminder, school will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy the day!
 

Walkathon 2019 Kicks Off This Tuesday, Sept. 3!
Because of YOU and your generosity and continued commitment to the Ridglea Hills Elementary PTA and students, $79,000 was raised at last year’s Walkathon! 
 

Thanks to YOU, the PTA was able to financially support the following educational projects for our students:

  • Sway Fun Glider, all-inclusive playground equipment that is wheelchair-accessible and fun for all ages and abilities
  • Functional sensory room/motor lab 
  • Wall mats for gym
  • Choral risers
  • Accelerated Reader Program
  • Brain POP for unlimited access at home and school
  • Classroom equipment and supplies


This year Walkathon is on Friday, Sept. 27. Walkathon is our premier fall event and biggest school fundraiser of the year in which everyone in our Mustang family is invited to participate; students, families, RH neighbors and community members walk 1.5 miles through the neighborhood, and we are confident that YOU and the rest of our RH All-Stars will want to Shine On with us to support our students. 
 

  • To get everyone in the team spirit, we are allowing students to wear their favorite team jersey, (professional or recreational) or sports team T-shirt this Tuesday, Sept. 3! (Please remember that dress code guidelines must be followed.)
  • Kona Ice will be joining us after school on kickoff day, Tuesday, Sept. 3, and again this Friday, Sept. 6!
  • Spirit Shop will be selling All-Star items and out-of-dress code bands each Tuesday and Wednesday before school and at lunch.
  • Out-of-dress code bands will be sold at the Spirit Shop for $2 each and can be used on our out-of-dress code Wednesdays this month: Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Parents are welcome to buy them each week (for $2 each) or all up front (for $8) to be worn each Wednesday of the month. (Please remember that dress code guidelines must be followed.)
  • This week’s Walkathon Spirit Night is at Taco Cabana (6600 Camp Bowie Blvd.). Dine in or drive-thru to support your school from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 5. Make sure to say you’re with Ridglea Hills! 
  • To get everyone in on the action, there will be competitions each week of September. Tuesday is the beginning of Jar Wars! Bring your money to fill the jar of the staff member you want to see KISS A PIG! Jars will be out each morning and in the library during the school day. 

Your Walkathon Committee:

Join Us for Our PTA General Meeting and Open House This Wednesday, Sept. 4
Please join us this Wednesday, Sept. 4, for our first PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m. and Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

School Day Reminders

  • Please note that the hours for Kindergarten through 5th grade are: 7:50 a.m. - 3:05 p.m., and Pre-K hours are 7:50 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Students should not be dropped off earlier than 7:30 a.m.
  • Until 7:40 a.m. students will be monitored in the cafeteria. 
  • Students and parents are not allowed to go past the foyer until 7:40 a.m. when the first bell rings. 
  • At 7:40 a.m. students will be allowed to go to the hall outside their classroom.
  • They will be allowed into the classroom at 7:45 a.m., and the tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

RHPTA Information Packets Sent Home In Student Folders Last Week

  • Our RHPTA information packets were sent home in students’ folders last week. Keep an eye out for them!
  • Remember, our RHPTA website – https://rhpta.com – is a great source of helpful information, including:
  • Calendar
  • Links to Membership Toolkit for the directory, store and volunteer information
  • Links to relevant FWISD pages
  • Previous Pony Posts for additional information
  • New Parent Information Guide that includes information about school hours, attendance, lunch, security, carpool, parking, etc.
  • And much, much more; check it out! 

Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day Next Monday, Sept. 9
Invite a grandparent or special person to eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria next Monday, Sept. 9.

  • Check with your child’s teacher to find out his/her class lunch time. (Click the following link https://rhpta.com/class-lunch-times to view this year’s class lunch times as posted on the RHPTA website.)
  • Please have guests arrive a little early to allow time for parking and sign-in.
  • Guests are welcome to bring in lunch or purchase a lunch tray in the cafeteria.

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!
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.

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 was included in the RHPTA information packet sent home in student folders last week, 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 this 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.comor 817-688-3607 

Upcoming Dates to Know
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)
 

Friday, Sept. 20
Popcorn Friday
 

Sunday, Sept. 22
PTA Board Meeting at 5 p.m.
 

Friday, Sept. 27
Walkathon at 8 a.m.
 

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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Aug. 25, 2019


Carpooling Guidelines, Helpful Hints and Parking Information
Please review the following carpool guidelines, helpful hints and parking information below.

Carpooling Guidelines and Helpful Hints 

  • The 2nd morning drop-off location in the staff parking lot is open for drop-off at 7:30 a.m. Students who are dropped off before 7:30 a.m. will need to follow the normal routine of being dropped off at the front of the school.
  • After 7:30 a.m., parents will have two options for drop-off. A staff member will be located at the corner of Angus and Cumberland to direct the flow of traffic.
  • Cumberland Road – This is the regular morning drop-off location.
  • Staff parking lot off Angus – At this morning drop-off location, students will be dropped off and directed through the playground gate to enter through the library. This is for students only. Parents who walk their children to class will still be required to enter through the front door.
  • If you are directed to drop-off in the parking lot, you will not be able to turn back to Cumberland off of Angus after you have dropped your child off. Please continue down Angus. This will help with congestion at the corner of Stonedale and Cumberland.
  • Please DO NOT park on Angus during carpool. We need to keep Angus free of parked cars to help with the two-way traffic flow.
  • The back parking lot drop-off ends at 7:50 a.m., as staff members must report to classroom duties. After 7:50 a.m., please follow normal procedures to drop-off at the front of the school. As a reminder, students are tardy if they report to class after 7:50 a.m.
  • To see a map that shows the flow of traffic, please click the following link: https://rhpta.com/morning-carpool-map
  • NO CELL PHONE USE ANYWHERE IN THE SCHOOL ZONE.
  • Pay attention at all times. We have many students who walk to school.
  • Angus is a two-way street, meaning that during carpool times there is oncoming traffic exiting the school.
  • In the morning, carpool will be flowing for the most part; DO NOT PASS carpool on Angus.
  • If you are parking, once you turn onto Cumberland, you may bypass carpool to park.
  • Cumberland is one way from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At morning drop-off, the buses unload in the front. Until all buses have unloaded, there will be a sign to stop in front of the awning. Stop there and unload. Once the buses have all arrived, the sign will be moved and you will pull forward as directed.
  • In the morning during drop-off, PULL FORWARD as directed by Safety Patrol, EVEN IF it is past the awning. If you are the front car, you will pull forward to the end of the carpool lane and your child will walk back to the front doors. Safety Patrol will help direct any children who need it.
  • When exiting the carpool lane in the morning or bypassing carpool to park, DO NOT pass the buses if their lights are flashing red and the stop sign is out. They are unloading. It is a traffic offense to pass a bus with red lights flashing while unloading.
  • In the afternoon, carpool will begin to line up between 2:40 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • If you see a line of cars stopped along Angus and Chickering, that is the carpool line. If you are carpooling, do not pass them – get into the line.
  • As long as carpool has not started moving, you may pass them if you are not carpooling.
  • If you are waiting on carpool to start and are lined up on Angus, pull close to the curb.
  • While waiting in carpool line, do not block driveways.
  • Once carpool starts (around 2:55 p.m./3 p.m.), you may not pass them even if they stopped momentarily. Cars will move up 5-6 at a time to load.
  • When it is your turn to turn onto Cumberland, do not turn until you can fully pull onto Cumberland. Do not block the oncoming traffic on Angus as you wait to turn onto Cumberland.
  • Once you turn onto Angus for carpool, a school staff member with a radio will come to your car. Tell them your child’s name and teacher’s name. Some parents make a sign for the passenger window with their child’s name and teacher.
  • You will be directed by Safety Patrol to pull forward once you approach the school. Even if you see your child beside your car, PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD until directed to stop by Safety Patrol. Your child will come to your car. This allows Safety Patrol to work efficiently in loading as many cars as the area can hold.
  • DO NOT block the crosswalk when you stop. Students and parents cross when cars are stopped for loading/unloading.
  • Your child must load and unload from the passenger’s side. Even if your child sits on the driver’s side, he/she will load and unload from the passenger’s side. If you have multiple children, they will all need to exit the passenger’s side of the vehicle for safety reasons.
  • DO NOT exit your vehicle in the carpool line.


Examples of Times When You Should Not Carpool

  • Your child has a project or other items that they cannot physically unload or carry themselves.
  • Your child cannot unbuckle or buckle himself/herself into the seat belt/booster seat.
  • Your child takes excessive coaxing to get out of the car.


Parking

  • There is a parking lot for visitors in the back of the school; entrance is off of Angus.
  • There is a teacher-only parking lot besides the building; entrance is off of Angus.
  • DO NOT park in residence driveways.
  • DO NOT BLOCK driveways.
  • Parallel parking is available on streets around the school.
  • Cumberland and Stonedale (from Cumberland to Tamworth) are one way from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Do not park on the school side of Cumberland until after 8 a.m. and carpool drop-off is finished. All cars parked on the school side of Cumberland must be moved before 2 p.m.
  • Do not park at the park when visiting the school. Tickets have been written.
  • DO NOT JAYWALK after parking. Use only designated crosswalks at the intersections and the one in the middle of the street in front of the school.
  • On high visitor days (i.e., first day of school, Walkathon, Fine Arts Day, Pajama Reading Day, party days, Field Day, award ceremonies), allow extra time for parking. Sometimes parking can extend 2-3 blocks.


Thank you for your patience and for exercising caution to keep our Mustangs safe!

School Closed Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day
School will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday.
 

Join Us for Our PTA General Meeting and Open House On Wednesday, Sept. 4
Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 4, for our first PTA General Meeting at 5:15 p.m. and Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

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!
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 Reservations Available Now!
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.

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.comor 817-688-3607 

Upcoming Dates to Know
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)
 

Friday, Sept. 20
Popcorn Friday
 

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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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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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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