Apr
16

Order Your School Supplies for 2019-2020

School supplies can be purchased online now, through June 15, 2019.  Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter school ID: RID001.

You have the option to purchase school supplies through EPi.  Let them do all the work for you!  Purchasing through EPi is purely for your convenience.  You may also choose to purchase the supplies yourself.  School supply lists are posted on the Ride Elementary website during the summer.  Be sure to wait for the 2019-2020 list.  http://ride.conroeisd.net/

School supplies purchased through EPI will be delivered directly to the school and will be in your child’s classroom by Teacher Meet & Greet night.  If you choose to purchase supplies on your own, you should bring them on Teacher Meet & Greet night as well so that they are ready to go in the classroom on the first day of school.

Mar
22

Ride Through the Decades is Here!



Online Auction begins Friday, 3/22 at 5 pm

Go to:  https://www.32auctions.com/RideThroughtheDecades2019

What’s New?

All bidding and payment for the Ride Through the Decades Silent Auction will be done online this year.  We will have some items on display in the library during Ride Through the Decades because some things are better seen in person, but there will be no paper forms to place bids.  You will need to use your mobile device or the computers available in the library to bid on all items.

Online Auction Instructions:

  1. Go to: 32auctions.com/ridethroughthedecades2019
  2. Click “Login” in upper right corner
  3. You will need to create an account to participate.  Where page says, “Don’t have an account?”  Click “Create an account now.”
  4. Enter your name, email address, and create a password.  Then indicate approval for all conditions.
  5. You will then receive an email at the email account provided.  In the email, click “Yes, Finish Creating My Account.”
    • The email indicates a display name chosen by default.  This is what other bidders will see when you participate in the online auction.  If you would like to change this, go to “My Account” and then “edit account.”  You can even upload a photo of yourself!
  6. You are now set to Bid or “Buy Now” at the auction!

Auction will begin on Friday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m.  It will remain open until Friday, March 29 at 7:15 p.m.

“Bidding” items vs. “Buy Now” items

  • Bidding items are those that accept bids like a regular auction.  You will be competing with other parents for these prizes.  Items are typically priced to start bidding at 20% of the item’s value, making these a steal if you can win them below value.  Bidding items will remain open until 7:15 p.m. on March 29th.  If you have placed a bid on an item, but someone out-bids you, you can receive a message that you have been out-bid so you can quickly raise your bid to be in the lead again.
  • Buy Now items such as gift cards to a place of business at full value.  So, for example, if you eat at Black Walnut Café all the time, you can purchase the gift card from us.  The PTO gets the card value and you’re not out any money.

Teacher/Staff Parties and Experiences

Most teacher/staff parties and experiences are “Buy Now” items, meaning there is no bidding involved.  You simply indicate that you want to buy that item and proceed with checkout.  The teacher/staff parties vary, but some have space limits so it is in your best interest to check those out first and “Buy Now” if your child would like to participate.  Be sure to note the dates and times of after school parties to avoid conflicts.

Checkout process

When the auction closes, at 7:15 p.m. on March 29th, winning bidders will be sent an email at the address provided that includes an invoice.  You will need to pay this invoice in order to collect your winning item on March 29th.  (Having a PayPal account set up ahead of time will expedite this process.)

If you do not stay until the end of Ride Through the Decades or if you are unable to attend, you may pick up your item the following week at Sally K. Ride.  We encourage you to share the auction link with family and friends, however Ride PTO will not ship items to winning bidders.  All items must be picked up at Sally K. Ride on event night or the week following by the winning bidder or person of their choosing.

There will be NO REFUNDS for winning bids or “Buy Now” purchases.

What if I Need Help?

Ride PTO is here to help you!  You may send questions all week to [email protected], and at Ride Through the Decades we will have volunteers and computers available in the library for anyone who needs assistance or is having trouble with their mobile device.


Volunteer Sign Ups Now Available

Once you’re done previewing the auction, check out all the open volunteer spots during Ride Through the Decades.  Since the auction is online this year, you can stalk your desired items while volunteering!

Volunteer link:  ridepto.digitalpto.com/sign-up-to-volunteer/


Feb
27

Ride Through the Decades Coming Up!

The Ride Spring Carnival & Fundraiser is coming up!

March 29, 2019

5-8 pm

Ride Through the Decades is a fun family event!  We will have games, entertainment, food, dancing, a kid’s raffle, and silent auction, all while celebrating the nostalgia from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s decades.  All proceeds will go to the Sally K. Ride PTO to benefit our children.

How you can participate as a parent:

  • Contribute $5 (or more) for grade level Silent Auction baskets. The money raised by your grade will be used to purchase a themed basket of goodies that will be auctioned off at RTTD, such as a “Day at the Beach” basket or a “Family Cookout” basket.
  • Use your connections to obtain donations for our Silent Auction and Raffle – we need both items that adults would love to bid on and items that kids would love to win in the raffle.
  • Pre-Order your Games/Raffle Tickets and Tickets for food. All pre-ordered tickets will go home with your oldest student.  All food must be pre-ordered to guarantee supplies.  The deadline to pre-order is March 20th.
  • The week before RTTD, preview and begin pre-bidding on Silent Auction items on our new Online Silent Auction (link will be provided soon). Auction will close on event night at 7:15 p.m.
  • Sign up to volunteer at RTTD on this website – volunteer page (viewable after spring break)

Jan
26

Earn Bonus Box Tops at H-E-B

You’re gonna shop anyway.  Why not earn Box Tops for Ride PTO while at H-E-B?  Visit your local H-E-B store 1/23/19 – 2/5/19 and purchase 10 Box Tops for Education products to earn 80 Bonus Box Tops.  That’s an $8 value to our school, just for purchasing things you need anyway.  Time to stock up!  Visit Cashforyoureducation.com for details.

Jan
18

Volunteers Needed for Golf Unit in P.E.

We need volunteers in P.E. for the upcoming golf unit.  This is a fun event for all grades, K – 4th grade!

Task: Monitor 4 golfers and their caddies for safety and correct rotations. Golf skills are not necessary. Volunteers will be given specific instructions on how students will rotate.

If you would like to “stick around” and volunteer with different grades or classes than your own child, please feel free to sign-up. Thanks!   If you have any questions please contact: Nicole Barbosa through MySchoolAnywhere.  Thank you!

Sign-Up to Volunteer

Oct
18

2018-2019 Yearbooks for Sale

Order your yearbook today!  The Deadline to order is January 31st.  Yearbooks cannot be guaranteed after the deadline.

Click to Order Now!

Oct
18

Red Ribbon Week 2018

Ride Elementary Red Ribbon Week – Oct. 22-26, 2018

 

During this week students will be learning about making good choices, saying no to drugs and how to live a healthy life. We are encouraging all of our students to follow the theme days for the week, as we encourage them all to be healthy and happy throughout their lives!  Red Ribbons will be tied around the trees in the front of the school.

Mon. Oct. 22: “Wear Red Day

Staff & students are encouraged to wear red; each student will receive a Red Apple.

Tues. Oct. 23: “Friends Help Friends Make­ Good Choices

Staff & students may dress like “twins” showing they are united; each student will receive a Paper Bracelet.

Wed. Oct. 24: “Your Future is Bright/Don’t Get Tied Up With Drugs

Staff & students may wear sunglasses and bright colors/tie dye clothing; Sunglasses not be worn indoors; each student will receive a Smarties Candy.

Thurs. Oct. 25: “Team UP Against Drugs

Staff & students may wear a favorite team jersey or shirt; each student will receive a Pencil.

Fri. Oct. 26: “Dress Like a Tourist

Staff & students may dress like a tourist or wear a t-shirt from a vacation spot, to emphasize our weekly theme “Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.”

Please remind students they must still wear school appropriate shoes for PE/safety; each student will receive a Bookmark.

Parents, take the Red Ribbon Week Pledge:  http://redribbon.org/pledge/

Sep
07

Kickoff for Ride’s Reading Adventure

Join us for Ride’s Reading Adventure 2018!  This year, Ride Challengers are participating in a Fall Fundraiser which focuses on reading.  Ride’s Reading
Adventure will be on October 5, 2018, during the school day.  Starting on September 12, students will bring home an envelope and form to gather donations. Students can earn individual and class prizes based on donations collected.

During Ride’s Reading Adventure, students will adventure to multiple reading stations, in a style similar to Ride’s Field Day.  Students will be paired up and will be allowed to visit numerous reading stations throughout the school, and participate in a variety of reading/word based activities during the event.  REMEMBER, 100% of the money raised during Ride’s Reading Adventure benefits the students and the teachers!

Our goal is for each child to find 10 people who will donate $10 each.

Aug
30

Grandparent’s Day Lunch Coming Up

In honor of Grandparent’s Day, we invite your child’s grandparents to join them for lunch on their designated day. This is a very popular event.  Grade levels are split to celebrate on different days to ensure that everyone has a place to sit.  Exceptions can be made if you have multiple children in different grade levels or if grandparents absolutely cannot come on their designated day, but we ask that everyone else be courteous and respectful of the rules so that our grandparents feel welcomed and appreciated.

Grandparent’s Lunch Days

Thursday, September 6th Kn, 1st, and 3rd grade
Friday, September 7th 2nd and 4th grade

Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
4th Grade 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
1st Grade 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2nd Grade 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3rd Grade 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Aug
27

We’ve Got Spirit! How ‘Bout You?

Show your Ride Pride with our 2018-2019 Spirit Wear Shirts!  Available for purchase now through August 30th.  This will be the last order placed for these awesome designs.  Ride PTO does not keep an inventory of shirts throughout the year.  If your child would like to participate in Spirit Wear Fridays, order now!  (older Ride shirts are perfectly acceptable for Spirit Wear Fridays too.)

We encourage our parents to wear Ride shirts too.  Our PTO t-shirt committee did a wonderful job creating designs and choosing materials that would be loved by all.  The cotton tri-blend shirts are really comfortable to wear and the dri-fit shirts are cool and moisture-wicking.

Available in sizes Youth XS – Adult 3XL.  Beware that the blue dri-fit shirt runs big.  You may want to order a size down unless you want some growing room.

Order online NOW, through our vendor, North Houston Athletics

Paper order forms have gone home with your student if you choose to pay by cash or check.  Please get those forms back to your teacher by August 30th.

*If you qualify for financial assistance and your child would like a Ride shirt, please contact our counselor to learn how Ride PTO can help.

Aug
12

Join us to Boo-Hoo or Woo-Hoo!

Aug
01

Still Need School Supplies?

If you missed the chance to order school supplies through EPI in the spring, the PTO has a few extra supply packs for purchase, but act fast!  Once those are gone we do not have the ability to order more.  The extra school supplies must be purchased through our secure MySchoolAnywhere store.  Follow the link below.  If you do not have an account with MySchoolAnywhere, simply sign up to purchase.  It will be beneficial throughout the school year.

Purchase School Supplies Here

School supplies that are purchased prior to the Teacher Meet & Greet will be delivered to your child’s classroom on August 13th.

If we run out or if you would rather purchase supplies on your own, the school supply list can be found below:

Ride Elementary School Supply List 2018

Jul
16

Back to School Planning

Summer is not over, but it’s time to start planning for those back to school events!

Popsicles in the Park

Popsicles in the Park is an informal meet and greet held at both Ridgewood Park and the Splashpad at Jacobs Reserve. This is a great opportunity for new parents to get answers to all their questions from experienced parents and an opportunity for students to reconnect after summer break.  It is also a great time to officially join the PTO.

Jacobs Reserve Splashpad

August 6, 2018

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Ridgewood Park

August 8, 2018

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Teacher Meet & Greet

August 13, 2018

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Jul
04

Login Overload?

We hear it all the time.  In an increasingly digital world, parents are now tasked with keeping track of their child’s education through multiple login sites.  It gets very confusing.  While we can’t eliminate all the different logins as they are necessary to protect the privacy of you and your child, let us try to explain the difference between these sites.

Parent Access Center (PAC)

  • It’s essential that you sign up for a Parent Access Center (PAC) account. Email is our primary communication tool for all school events and information. Once you register for a PAC account, you will receive important information regarding absence and tardy notifications, and other important updates. Throughout the year, you can log into PAC to view grades, report cards, attendance, discipline records, cafeteria accounts, and STAAR information.  Simply visit the CISD website (www.conroeisd.net ). Locate the “STUDENTS/PARENTS” tab and proceed to “PARENT ACCESS”. Click “REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT”. Follow the simple steps to complete your PAC registration. Don’t forget, you must re-register every year.

InfoSnap

  • An online student data validation system for the upcoming school year.  The system is a secure and green process, which allows the district to verify all the student demographic, emergency and medical information for your child prior to the start of the new school year.  This first year, you will need to enter information that we do not currently have in digital form, such as your student’s Health Information Form.  This online process replaces all the hard copy student registration forms that your child brings home on the first day of school – no more hand cramps from all the paperwork!

MySchoolAnywhere

  • It is recommended that you sign up for the PTO’s interactive website through MySchoolAnywhere (MSA).  MSA is a secure website that allows the PTO to communicate with parents and teachers about what’s happening throughout the year.  The school does not share contact information with the PTO.  We need you to provide your contact information so that you can stay in the loop.  Throughout the year, the PTO will email parents about special events, important deadlines,  and volunteer opportunities at the school.
  • In addition, if you choose to purchase a PTO membership for $20 you will have access to the online directory.  Signing up is easy.
  • You register and get login credentials the first year and then each subsequent year, you will need to confirm your information to regain access.  You can also download the MySchoolAnywhere app to easily access the directory.

Canvas

  • Canvas is a district-wide online dashboard to keep track of your student’s coursework.  Canvas is fairly new to the district and while it is more regularly used in the upper levels, it is still being adopted by teachers in the lower levels.  All official teacher websites are now on Canvas, although some teachers prefer to communicate with parents using other tools.

Shutterfly Share Sites

  • Some teachers use Shutterfly share sites to communicate with their parents.  Shutterfly allows parents to send/receive email, communicate with other parents in the class, view photos from classroom activities on a secured login site, and view a classroom calendar.  It requires that that parent create a Shutterfly account.  Shutterfly sites are not controlled by the school or the PTO.

See Saw

  • See Saw is an application that allows students, teachers, and parents to share information on a secure account.  Parents must register to use.  Teachers using this app will provide information at the start of the school year.

Class Dojo

  • Class Dojo is a communication tool that connects teachers, parents and students with a secure account.  Parents must register to use.  Teachers using this app will provide information at the start of the school year.

Jun
30

You Spoke, We Listened!

After having many conversations with PTO members all year and analyzing the results of the end-of-year PTO Involvement Survey, a few things are clear:

  1. You want to access PTO items (calendar, sign-ups, store) and you want to get information without having to log into MySchoolAnywhere every time.
  2. You value PTO email communication and find our online directory to be a valuable resource.
  3. You want more information about what the PTO does, where the money we raise goes, and how you can get involved.

Therefore, we’ve made a few changes for the 2018-2019 year.  We will still use MySchoolAnywhere as our secure online directory and for communication and most sales transactions, however we have added a PTO website to provide more information and to make it more accessible to you.  RidePTO.digitalpto.com will serve as our public website and where you can find most information this year.  We encourage you to bookmark this page on your computer and phone browsers so that you can easily visit throughout the year.

We still need you to confirm and update your information on MySchoolAnywhere!  Why?

  • Ride PTO does not receive parent/family information from the school. We require you to provide that information to us for our directory and for email communication and quick and easy stores sales.  Whether you become a paid member of the PTO or not, we encourage all our parents to set up or update their MySchoolAnywhere (MSA) accounts.
  • Signing up or confirming your information on MSA is simple and fast. Just set a password that you can remember and be sure to confirm when the required confirmation emails go out prior to the start of school.  If you ever forget your password, just select “forgot password” and follow the simple steps to get back into your account.
  • While you will not have to log into MSA to make online purchases, you will be required to provide your email address (everyone can remember their email address), which will be linked to the information that you have already provided in MSA.