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NEWS FROM NORTH RIDGE October 2010 April Chiarelli, Principal Volume 1, Issue 1 Deborah Coulson, Assistant Principal Principal’s Corner Dear North Ridge Families, Welcome back to the 2010-2011 school year! I am proud to tell you that North Ridge is once again a T.E.A. Exemplary campus due to our student performance on the TAKS test. We continue to have high expectations for our students, and we know that true success can only be achieved when the families, school, and community work together. This year we are excited about our first annual Longhorn Stampede fundraiser on October 15th. Last year, your participation in our fundraisers allowed us to Contents purchase document cameras for every classroom, eight SMART Technology slates, and supplemental instructional materials for the classroom. This year we Principal’s Corner 1 need your help as we look to raise $20,000 for our campus. Please remember to ask your friends and family to help sponsor our students as they walk/run to help Upcoming Events 1 the school. Kindergarten News 2 We are very lucky to have a terrific PTA here at North Ridge Elementary. Our First Grade News 2 Fall Festival serves as our PTA Fundraiser, and this year the PTA has already Second Grade News 3 given the school back $6,000. This money is being spent to provide webcams for every classroom, to update the courtyards with new flowerbeds and umbrellas, Third Grade News 3 and on signage for our fence line. In addition to this, the PTA has donated money so that we can begin to hang up student artwork around the campus. We are so Fourth Grade News 4 proud of our student artists and we are excited about the opportunity to showcase Fifth Grade News 4 their talent. PTA is one of our campus's biggest supporters, please remember that our goal this year is to have 100% PTA participation, if you haven't signed up, Mrs. Muirheid 5 there is still time. Every class that reaches 100% will receive an ice cream in the Nurse Ross 6 lunchroom. Coach Sampson 6 As you know, one of our top priorities at North Ridge is always the safety of our PTA News 7-11 campus. Please help with our drop off and dismissal procedures by dropping off your child in the lane that is closest to the curb only. We always welcome you to Upcoming park and walk your child into school or pick them up, but recently we have had a few instances where a second lane has been created. This is an unsafe situation Events for students as they have to run in between cars in order to get to the school or to their car. Please also remember to pull all the way up when you are loading or 10/8 Student Holiday unloading by the curb. WE will send your student to you, and pulling all the way 10/11 Student Holiday up will allow us to move the line through more quickly. Also, please remember 10/12 Picture Day not to leave your car unattended in the pick-up and drop off lane. Please stay in 10/15 Longhorn your car and your child will be brought to you. If your child is walking to the middle Stampede school after school gets out, please make sure you have a plan for what to do 10/18-23 – Book Fair when they get over there. We want to ensure that our students are waiting in an 11/6 Fall Festival appropriate place as they wait for their older siblings or family members. 1-4 p.m. 11/12 End of 2nd Six As always, we appreciate your help and support! Weeks 11/19 – Spirit Day/ April Chiarelli Report Card Day Grade Level News Grade Level News Kindergarten News We have been off to a great learning start in Kindergarten! It seems that the first six weeks has flown by, and we are so proud of everything that our Kindergarteners are learning. This six weeks we have been learning all the alphabet letters through our Letter Experts Homework. Thank you to all of the parents who have helped their children with this important homework assignment. If your child has not been an expert yet, don’t worry their time is coming soon! We have also been working on concepts of print and what to do with a book. Thanks to all of our parents for making our Love Me, Read to Me program so successful. Please continue to read these books each night and write the title on the book log in the blue folder. In Language Arts, we have had week long studies over the letters Mm and Aa. Each week we will focus on a new letter in depth. In Math, we have been working on Classroom Routines, like calendar and taking attendance. We have also started our study of numbers and counting. Our units of study that we have completed this six weeks were, School Community and School Rules, All About Me and My Name, The Five Senses, and Apples/Johnny Appleseed. Thanks so much for your continued help and support! First Grade is Fast and Furious! Welcome to first grade! We’re busy you see Working, learning, and growing we’ll be! We studied about colors, community, and our school Our five senses were O so cool! Don’t forget bears, we had a parade And even a picnic in the shade. We are now on to pancakes and all about matter Later this week we are going to mix batter! Solids, Liquids and Gas we learn to sort, Flipping pancakes can be a new sport. Next week map skills and even a hike Camping is a week we all really like! The teachers are tired, but have had lots of fun The kids keep us busy so we can learn a ton. Second Grade News Dear Parents, In the PTA newsletter, our team likes to include suggestions for enhancing our curriculum at home. We hope you enjoy them. To promote writing, have your child write a short note to a faraway friend or relative on the back of his/her schoolwork. This will reinforce skills used at school and enable your child to be proud of his/her work. Or, your child could create a book about his/her life. Have them make pictures of important events and write a sentence about each. Reading aloud is one of the best ways to create a love for reading in your children. Children love to listen to stories. Reading aloud expands a child’s vocabulary and is a wonderful way to share the joy of reading. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your reading aloud time. Just for fun, read a page or paragraph together. Part way through the story, ask your child to predict what will happen next. After reading the story, ask your child to think of a different way the story could end. Children who develop a love for reading gain a lifelong desire to read and learn. Math activities at home are endless. Have your child help you prepare a recipe. Let your child measure the ingredients. To reinforce addition and subtraction facts, roll a pair of dice and add or subtract the numbers shown. You may also try using 3 or 4 for addition! Counting coins and telling time is crucial. We will continue to add links to our websites to reinforce concepts. Our campus is making great strides in all areas. Thank you for all of your support and dedication to your child. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We have one common goal: your child. The Second Grade Team Third Grade News We are off to a good start in third grade. Hopefully you and your child are acclimated to the third grade routine. The following skills/objectives will be taught and/or reviewed the second six weeks (Oct. 4-Nov. 12) Reading - use strategies to identify words, read for different purposes, analyze various types of texts, generate questions and conduct research Writing - compose meaningful texts for a variety of audiences and purposes Math - determine value of collection of coins and bills, select addition or subtraction and use the operation to solve problems, estimate sums and difference, be able to count money, know correct change and what bills/coins will be needed for that change, measure to solve problems, interpret graphs Science - Force/Motion Social Studies - history of government, functions of a local government, and elections/voting Virtue - empathy Please remember to check your child’s planner for additional reminders from individual teachers. For the safety of our children, please remember the building does not open until 7:30. Students are allowed in the classrooms at 7:50 and are tardy at 8:00. The time between 7:50 and 8:45 is crucial for students to have a more successful day. Reminders: October 8 and 11 are student holidays Fourth Grade News Fifth Grade News 4th grade is busy, busy! We hope that you Our Fabulous Fifth Graders have been hard and the children are in the swing of things! at work this first six weeks of school. We've This last six weeks we have been reviewing been learning about the scientific method and place value, rounding, and addition safety in the lab so that we can practice using strategies in math. We have been working that knowledge while performing our on Daily 5 routines and looking at different experiments with matter. Who knew that text types. In writing the children have mass, phase change, and density could be been focusing on different purposes and so much fun? The students also learned audiences for writing, as well as learning about the geography of the United States and how to use plans to write. We should now were able to put that knowledge to good use know the four regions of Texas and facts while creating their own continents. From related to them. In science, it’s all about there we began our study of the Native matter! Americans and their cultural regions, learning that they were very wise with the use of their This next six weeks we will be busy natural resources. We have explored the focusing on some geometry and set a New World with the explorers and are now foundation for understanding multiplication beginning to settle into our lessons about the in math. We will continue with our Daily 5 first colonies. Students have become great routines as our focus on nonfiction texts mathematicians by conquering place value to and cultural history. We will be writing for the hundred billions, comparing and ordering the purpose to inform. In social studies we whole numbers and decimals, rounding, will be taking a look at the earliest Texans estimating, and perfecting addition and and those who followed behind them. In subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. science we will be studying force, motion, Parents beware; we are now entering the and energy. Sounds like we will be busy! world of multiplication. You will want to make sure your child is consistently quick with Parents, thank you for helping us with the those multiplication facts. Have them check registration part of our field trip. You out our class websites for links to fun helped the process go smoothly. Please be multiplication games. Each class has been sure to pay attention to the next due dates reading up a storm as well. Please ask your of field trip payments. child to enlighten you with fun facts about their novels. The fifth grade teachers As always, we appreciate the help and appreciate all of the support you give to the support given to us and to your children! kids and to us. We are excited about entering the 2nd six weeks of school and look 4th grade teachers forward to all that it may bring. News Around the Building Notes from Nurse Ross I am in need of gently used girls and boys clothes, underwear size 6-8 (prefer new) for girls and boys and small socks as well. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! News from the Gym – Coach Sampson and Coach Lebsock The NRE PE Department has just finished our annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition. The winners from each category listed below will advance to represent our school on October 27th at Southlake Stadium. We are very proud of not only these students but all the students who entered our contest. Way to go Longhorns! 8-9 girls 1. Annika Gorman 124’6 2. Faith Husbenet 110’10 3. Emily Quiros 95’7 8-9 boys 1. Dalton Bryant 134’6 2. Vincent Lantroop 126’10 3. Ethan Heinrich 117’4 10-11 girls 1. Jenna Jones 162’4 2. Lindsey Holland 123’2 3. Shea Wentz 109’11 10-11 boys 1. Andy Murray 215’3 2. Bryce Chappell 200’5 3. Noah Wheeless 197’8 From the Library – Mrs. Muirheid Greetings from the Library! Wow! We’ve been busy in book-world. Kindergarten Longhorns have been enjoying some great books in the Longhorn Library. We’ve learned about taking care of library books and most exciting…we are beginning to check out off the shelves like the big kids! Ask your kindergartener about shelf markers. First graders have been busy making movies in the library. Look for our class films with tips to care for your library books coming soon to Mrs. Muirheid’s web page. Second graders began the year learning how to pick a book that fits them for reading practice. Now we are doing reader’s theater, which is a fun way to improve reading fluency. Third, fourth and fifth graders began the year choosing good fit books. These are books that they can use for reading practice in the classroom and at home. Plus they have heard about the ongoing library programs: Bluebonnet Books and the BISD Battle of the Books. You can see more information about these programs on Mrs. Muirheid’s web page. Also, we celebrated National Talk Like a Pirate Day – AAARRRRGGGGHHHH! ************************************ Book Fair News! ************************************ Our Fall Book Fair is the week of October 18-23. Please consider volunteering to help set up, run and take down the fair. This is such an exciting time for the kids and it’s fun to celebrate the joy of a new book! All BISD approved volunteers are welcome. There will be a sign-up sheet posted outside the library two weeks prior to the fair where you can see when your Longhorn will be attending. ************************************************************************************************ Thank you so much for your support of our Longhorn Library! Happy Reading! PTA News Glenda Clift – President firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to what is sure to be another outstanding year at North Ridge Elementary! Our PTA is dedicated to serving the students, families, and staff of North Ridge. PTA sponsors many events and activities for the students and families of NRE. We hope that each and every one of you will join PTA this year. PTA keeps you informed and allows you to partner with teachers, administrators and other parents in one of the most important parts of our children’s lives...their education. Our PTA works hard to provide improvements that our school needs. At our recent Association Meeting, many items were approved for purchase. We will be purchasing web cams for each classroom, umbrellas and benches for the courtyards, frames for student artwork, a custom longhorn sign for the fence, and other things throughout the year. Please show support by becoming a member of your North Ridge Elementary PTA today. Preparations are underway for our annual fall festival scheduled for Saturday, November 6th. We need many volunteers to make this event a huge success, so I encourage you to share your talents, your time, and your ideas with the community at North Ridge. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Keri Murrell at email@example.com. The students, staff, and volunteers would love to see you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the PTA Board Members if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. Please visit our PTA homepage located on the NRE website for more contact and event information. I know that the partnership between the NRE PTA, staff and families will make this school year an amazing one for our NRE Longhorns. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your PTA President! Keri Murrell – 2nd VP – Budget and Finance Welcome to an exciting new year at NRE! My name is Keri Murrell and I am serving as Budget and Finance this year for PTA. I will be overseeing our Spirit Days, Fall Festival, and school supply orders. I look forward to working with you throughout the year. Our first Spirit Day is Thursday, October 7th. We will continue to provide popcorn, pickles, and sour strings for purchase. Forms will go home with your child to have filled out and bring back for the sale. We will fill the orders during the day and deliver them to your child’s room. Due to price increases in supplies, we have had to increase our prices to $.75 per item this year. We apologize for the inconvenience. Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Our theme this year is a County Fair. We will have lots of new games, prizes, food, and fun for all. Fliers will be coming home soon with information on ticket sales, contests, silent auction baskets, and volunteer opportunities. Mark the date on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you at the fair. Fall Festival Saturday, November 6, 2010 1:00- 4:00 PM Games… Hayrides…Food…Contests…Prizes…Silent Auction…Teacher Auction… Beth Martini – 3rd VP – Membership Hello! My name is Beth Martini and I am the Membership Chair for the North Ridge Elementary PTA Board this year. Our goal for PTA membership is 100% which is one member per student enrolled at North Ridge. We currently have 325 members for the 2010/11 school year. Anyone can join to become a PTA member at our school; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! As incentive, we are rewarding each class that achieves 100% membership with an ice cream party. We have had two classes reach 100% membership so far. Congratulations to Mrs. Luppy and Mrs. Jackson for reaching this goal! If you have not joined North Ridge Elementary PTA, there is still time. Please send $6.00 in an envelope with your name, child’s name, child’s teacher, phone number, and email address written on the front. The deadline for joining is Friday, October 15 so don’t delay. If our school reaches 100% membership as a whole, Mrs. Chiarelli and Mrs. Coulson have agreed to reward the students with something very fun and very entertaining which will be announced at a later date. Thank you to all of you who have joined so far! Elizabeth Dollarhide – 5th VP – Volunteers If you are interested in volunteering for North Ridge, please visit the BISD website (www.birdvilleschools.net) and complete the volunteer application. Look under Quick Links on the left side of the page, click on Volunteer Application/Hours, and click on Volunteer Application. Enter the information requested on the form and hit the submit button. When the application has been approved an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address listed on the application. We are required to renew our volunteer application each year. So if you haven’t renewed for this year, please take the time to do this, it only takes a few seconds. Fall Festival will be November 6 from 1-4 p.m. We would not be able to have this FUN festival without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Notes should be coming home soon asking for volunteers in each of the classes. If you would like to help, get in touch with your child’s room parent. Brandi Merritt – Arts in Education Dear parents and students, Each year the PTA has a Reflections Art contest which is open to all students. For more information go to http://www.txpta.org/programs/arts-education. This year’s Reflections theme is Together We Can! We would love to have lots of children participate. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 4th. Any student who turns in a submission will be entered into a drawing to win movie tickets and gift cards. You may pick up an entry form in the school office . Thanks! Andrew Hudson – Exceptional Child/Box Tops The current Box Tops contest will end on October 15. The class in each grade level with the highest amount of box tops collected will be rewarded with a recess day at Adventure World Park across from the school. The winning classes will be announced around the first of November during the morning announcements. Good luck! Yearbooks Yearbooks go on sale October 4th thru October 29th. The cost is $16.50. This year the book will be a soft cover and pages will be in full color. * IMPORTANT * We will not be ordering extra copies this year! Order forms have been sent home. North Ridge Middle School Craft Fair Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vendors are needed for this event. Please contact Nanette Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.scentsy.com/nanettekent if you would like more information.
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