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.