Riojas Elementary School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/13/2017

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    Congratulations to the Riojas 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Reed, and the Humanitarian of the Year,

    Amanda Gustafson! Our amazing staff of outstanding educators nominated and voted for Mrs. Reed and Mrs.

    Gustafson to receive this honor. High praise indeed, and well deserved!

     

    Important Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

    •  If you are picking up your child before the end of the day, we ask that you pick them up by 2:15 at the

    latest. This gives us adequate time to locate your child, and gives the teacher adequate time to

    communicate the change to whichever staff member regularly dismisses your child. Last minute pick-ups

    cause confusion and increase the potential for misinformation to the teachers.

    •  Please watch the crosswalk areas carefully! Recently, we have had multiple cars go around other cars that

    are stopped at the crosswalks or not coming to a complete stop at stop signs and looking both ways before

    proceeding in the school zone. Let’s all leave a few minutes earlier and not feel rushed, so that we can put

    student safety first!

     

    Accountability Reports

    Last week, Mr. Ramos hosted an information meeting to review our Texas Accountability ratings and reports, which

    provide data on student performance and participation on standardized assessments. If you were unable to attend, this

    information, including the Federal Report Card, is available online at http://www.pfisd.net/Page/478 We can also

    provide hard copies of the report upon request through the front office.

     

    Tuition Based PreK Registration THIS WEDNESDAY

    Registration for tuition-based prekindergarten begins at 8:00 am on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, in the

    Administration Building Board Room. Tuition based PreK is open to all Pflugerville community residents and to all

    Pflugerville ISD employees. Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited seats are available. Tuitionbased

    prekindergarten seats will be offered at Mott, Murchison, Riojas, and Rowe Lane Elementary schools during the

    2017-18 school year. Please see attachments for details on all Pre-K offerings.

     

    PfISD Early Childhood Program Opportunities PDF

    Tuition PK Flyer PDF

     

     

     

    From the P.E. Department:

    From the Pflugerville Baseball League: Spring is right around the corner and you know what that means......BASEBALL!!

    Registration for our 2017 spring season is quickly wrapping up, and this is your last chance to get in on it. If you haven't

    already signed up (or know a procrastinator that hasn't signed up) then now is your time. Please go to

    www.pfbaseball.org and sign up today!

     

    Reminders:

     Help us win a new playground. It takes less than 20 seconds a day to vote. https://tinyurl.com/j4m23zj

     The PTO is looking for your photos for the yearbook. Go to www.community.lifetouch.com & register with

    the code NAAQZC to upload your snapshots.

     Girl Day at UT on February 25th. More information can be found at https://girlday.utexas.edu/

     Explore UT on March 4th. More information can be found at: https://exploreut.utexas.edu/

     

    Shout Out

    Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the Talent Show and Dance! The students had an amazing time! Thank

    to you Courtney Dent and Nikki Schoen for coordinating the event. Thank you to Nikki Harrison, Bobbi Barker, and

    Tressie Landry for coordinating the concession and “glow fun” sales.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    February 14 – Valentine’s Parties.

    February 20 – No school for students.

    February 22 – Toothbrush Exchange. See the attached flyer for more details.

    February 26 – March 4 – Texas Public Schools Week

    February 28 – 4th Grade Fine Arts Night at 6:30 p.m.

    March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Texas Independence Day. We invite students to dress as a character from a Dr.

    Seuss book, or to wear something that you feel honors Texas.

    Chick-fil-A Night 5 to 8 p.m.

    STAAR Testing - Closed Campus to All Visitors – Even to eat Breakfast or Lunch

    March 28 – 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math

    March 29 – 5th Grade Reading

    May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

    May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

    May 10 – 5th Grade Science

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/7/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    I wanted to let you know about a change at Riojas. Mr. Ramos is in the process of transitioning to Cele Middle

    School as one of their Assistant Principals. He will be an asset to Cele, just as he has been an asset to Riojas!

    Currently, he is spending some days each week at both campuses, but will be full time at Cele by Spring Break. We

    will miss him greatly!

     

    Winter Dance and Talent Show – February 10th!

    The Talent Show begins at 6:00 p.m. The Dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Both events need volunteers. Please click

    on the following link if you are able to help make this event a success!

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4bada822a0f49-valentines

     

    African American History Month

    There are a variety of activities going on in classrooms in honor of this celebration. One activity is the class poster

    project in which each class chose a historical figure to research and then created a poster with important and

    interesting information about that person. Our main hallway will be filled with these wonderful posters by Friday,

    the 10th! If you are coming to the Dance or visiting the school any time this month, please take some time to

    examine and appreciate the class posters, while learning about important contributions made in history.

     

    Help us Win a New Playground

    It will take about one minute to this up on your computer, and about 10 seconds each day to “vote” for Riojas.

    Simply go to the link below, and bookmark this website on your browser bar. The first time, you will register, but it

    only requires your email address and the choice of Riojas Elementary. After that, every day, when you open your

    browser, click on the bookmark, click on “enter now”, put in your email and click “enter again.

    https://tinyurl.com/j4m23zj Vote every day between now and March 24th!

     

    Our Students are Amazing!

    We would like to recognize some students who have proudly represented Riojas at various district competitions

    and events.

    •  Representing Riojas at the UIL Academic Meet on January 28th: Mylee Stickels, Cindy Nguyen, Liz Budmon, Adrian LeDoux, Molly Niesner, Allie Mays, Brynlie Scott, Sam Nguyen, Darsh Patel, Summer Gross, Dylan Gonzales, Logan Hodgson, Ansel Green, Kaela Williams, and Sofia Lopez.
    •  Placing at the UIL Academic Meet: Creative Writing – Camryn Schneider 2nd place and Brooke Ng 7th place. Spelling – Peyton Fish 5th place and Jaelyn Eubanks 10th place. Number Sense – Seth Chau 6th place. Oral Reading – Ashley Macharia 4th place and Addison Houston 5th place. Storytelling – Phoenix Fish 2nd place.
    •  Honor Choir Members who performed at the PfISD Fine Arts Showcase on January 31st: Addison Houston, Ashlynne Thomas, Greta Bowling, Madalynn Coston, Mina Derder, Taylor Garlock, Amalachi Nwonye, Andrew Tran, Blake Budmon, Colin Burns, Jada Navarro, Joseph Walker, Kirk Manug, Rose Tietjen and Sebastian Reyes.
    •  Featured Artists for the PfISD Fine Arts Showcase: Harvir Kaur, Eun-Young Jin, and Kristian Williams.
    •  Published Authors in the PfISD Write Stuff: Connor Davenport, Cameron Medema, James Clements, Kailey Fish, Preston Phung, Adrian LeDoux, Alyssa Vasquez, Rose Tietjen, Vincent Estrada, Anica Guerinot, Leslie Wallace, Syreda Emily Sok, Tristen Smith, Addison Houston, Ashlynne Thomas, Cody Truong, Grace Cain, Jaxon Doreck, and Sophia Aguilar.

    From the P.E. Department:

    jump rope

     Our school's Jump Rope for Heart event is right around the cornerThere's still plenty of time to participate! Here are TWO things you can do right now!

     

    o Register for our school team at www.heart.org/jump Once registered, you can make a personal

    donation and/or take the Zoo Crew E-Card Challenge! It's super easy, just follow the prompts!

    Students earn TWO Zoo Crew Friends with their first online donation of $10 or more.

     

    o Students earn Rory's Zoo Crew Badge for taking the Zoo Crew E-Card Challenge. Choose one of

    three heart healthy challenges to put what they've learned into ACTION and design an e-card to

    share that challenge with 10 friends and family.

     See the attached flyer with information about the Lacrosse Skills Club.

     

    Reminders:

     The PTO is looking for your photos for the yearbook. Go to www.community.lifetouch.com & register with

    the code NAAQZC to upload your snapshots.

     Girl Day at UT on February 25th. More information can be found at: https://girlday.utexas.edu/

     Explore UT on March 4th. More information can be found at: https://exploreut.utexas.edu/

     

    Upcoming Events:

    February 7 – PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Library. The RES School Report Card from TEA will be presented.

    February 10 – Box Tops submission deadline. All valid Box Tops need to be submitted with the teacher's name on

    the baggie, envelope, or submission page.

    PTO Sponsored Talent Show and Winter Dance - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    February 14 – Valentine’s Parties. Your child’s teacher will send you more information.

    February 20 – No school for students. Staff professional development day.

    February 22 – Toothbrush Exchange. See the attached flyer for more details.

    February 26 – March 4 – Texas Public Schools Week

    February 28 – 4th Grade Fine Arts Night at 6:30 p.m.

    March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Texas Independence Day – more dress up choices to make!

    Chick-fil-A Night 5 to 8 p.m.

    STAAR Testing - Closed Campus to All Visitors – Even to eat Breakfast or Lunch

    March 28 – 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math

    March 29 – 5th Grade Reading

    May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

    May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

    May 10 – 5th Grade Science

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/29/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    This week’s Upcoming Events section, at the bottom of the Press, contains a LOT of information! Please make sure

    to read it over, and mark your calendar. There are many exciting happenings in the district and at Riojas in the

    near future!

     

    Help us Win a New Playground

    It is as simple and going to this link http://www.togethercounts.com/at-school/win-for-yourschool/sweepstakes?utm_source=DiscoveryEducation.com&utm_medium=referral& and

    entering on behalf of our school. Once entered, you can vote for Riojas once a day all the way until March 24th.

    With almost 1,000 students, if we all work together, we could win!

     

    School Boundary Information

    Pflugerville ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the district’s proposal to draw new boundary lines for

    Weiss High School and Vernagene Mott Elementary. Both new schools are scheduled to open in fall 2017. More

    information can be found at this link: http://tinyurl.com/jav2lv5

     

    Reminders from the P.E. Department:

    •  Coach Hughes is looking for a couple to help teach ballroom dance.
    •  Looking for volunteers for Field Day on Friday, May 19th. Cell 512-966-6952
    •  Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser (Grades K-2) and School Walk for Diabetes (Grades 3-5) will both be starting on January 24th and ending on February 8th.
    •  The P.E. Department is going to start a Lacrosse Skills Club for 4th and 5th graders. Please see the attached flyer for more details, and to sign up!

     

    Winter Dance and Talent Show – February 10th!

     The Talent Show begins at 6:00 p.m. The guidelines are attached. Please click on the Sign Up Genius if your

    child would like to participate. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4bada822a0f49-ptovalentines

     The Dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Both events need volunteers. Please click on the following link if you are

    able to help make this event a success! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4bada822a0f49-valentines

    talent show rules

     

    Yearbook Information from the PTO:

    WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!! Yearbook staff is working hard, but we need more pictures to put out a great book. Go

    to www.community.lifetouch.com & register with the code NAAQZC to upload your snapshots. Choose folders by

    event, grade, or the general "Patriot Fun". Looking forward to your pics!

     

    Other Fun Community Events:

     Girl Day at UT on February 25th. More information can be found at: https://girlday.utexas.edu/

     Explore UT on March 4th. More information can be found at: https://exploreut.utexas.edu/

     

    Upcoming Events:

    January 31 – PfISD Fine Arts Night at Pflugerville High School 6:00 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and

    will showcase student art from every elementary school, as well as the Elementary School Honor Choir.

    5th Grade Parent Information Night - Cele Middle School at 6:00 p.m.

    February 1 – Early Release at noon

    College Shirt Day at Riojas

    February 2 – Chick-fil-A Night 5-8 p.m

    A+FCU Deposit Day in the morning before school. Financial Tips, for your child and you, from A+FCU:

    •  Begin building your emergency fund now. Aim to have at least 6 months' worth of expenses.
    •  Pay yourself first. Put money into savings before you do anything else. If you wait, you may not have anything left to deposit. Your future self will thank you.
    •  Make saving automatic. Life is hard enough without having to worry about remembering one more thing.With time, you won't even miss the money you have set aside.

    February 3 – Fun dress up day due to two important events. Choose your option or combine them!

    1. 100th Day of School

    a. Wear a shirt, outfit, or accessory with 100 things on it.

    b. Dress as if you are 100 years old.

    2. Go Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease in women

    a. Wear as much red as you can.

    February 4 – Cele Middle School Colt Band instrument selection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cele MS band hall.

    For 5th graders interested in being in the band next school year.

    February 7 – PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Library. The RES School Report Card from TEA will be presented.

    February 10 – Box Tops submission deadline. All valid Box Tops need to be submitted with the teacher's name on

    the baggie, envelope, or submission page.

    PTO Sponsored Talent Show and Winter Dance - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    February 14 – Valentine’s Parties. Your child’s teacher will send you more information.

    February 20 – No school for students. Staff professional development day.

    February 22 – Toothbrush Exchange. See the attached flyer for more details.

    February 26 – March 4 – Texas Public Schools Week

    February 28 – 4th Grade Fine Arts Night at 6:30 p.m.

    March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Texas Independence Day – more dress up choices to make!

    Chick-fil-A Night 5 to 8 p.m.

    STAAR Testing - Closed Campus to All Visitors – Even to eat Breakfast or Lunch

    March 28 – 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math

    March 29 – 5th Grade Reading

    May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

    May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

    May 10 – 5th Grade Science

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/24/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    We truly appreciate the response from our community in regards to our Painless Fundraiser. We will continue

    until the Pokemons are gone. The money raised will be used to further support activities and programs that

    benefit Riojas students! Don’t forget, at the end of the fundraiser, I will have my hair dyed, and the grade level

    that raises the most money will get to pick the color. So far, 1st Grade is in the lead!!!

     

    Help Needed for the P.E. Department:

    •  Coach Hughes is looking for a couple to help teach ballroom dance for a few days to our 5th graders and a couple to teach country dance [both line and partner] to our 4th graders. If you or someone you know likes to Ballroom Dance and/or Country Dancing please contact Coach Hughes. Cell 512-966-6952
    •  Field Day is Friday, May 19th. Cele National Junior Honor Society students have always volunteered to help, but it would be great to have a 2nd group as well. If you know of a group of young adults or adults that like to volunteer for community events, please contact Coach Hughes. Cell 512-966-6952
    •  Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser (Grades K-2) and School Walk for Diabetes (Grades 3-5) will both be starting on January 24th and ending on February 8th. The PE Department only asks that the kids read over the information with a parent, discuss how your family can fight heart disease and/or diabetes, and discuss whether or not raising money is an option. Our goal is to have most kids return an envelope with just a few dollars that they have earned. Information will be sent home on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

    2017-2018 District Calendar Input Opportunity

    We have had staff members across the district, heavily involved in working on the calendar for next year. The

    district would love your input before moving forward. Below there is a link that you can click on to see the

    proposed draft and to give your feedback. If you have input, please respond by this Friday, January 27th!

    http://www.pfisd.net/domain/245

     

    Winter Dance and Talent Show – February 10th!

     

    Extracurricular Opportunity

    The P.E. Department is going to start a Lacrosse Skills Club for 4th and 5th graders.

     

    Shout Outs:

    Thank you Mr. Terrol Barrett, parent of Moia in 4th Grade and Kylah in 2nd Grade. He has been coaching some of

    our 3rd and 4th graders in a Basketball Club 2 days a month during their PE time. He has been really great with the

    kids and challenging them with their basketball skills.

    Thank you to Davey Birt for helping out with Kinder and First Grade PE [and lunch duty] so often.

     

    Girl Day: February 25th is Girl Day at UT. 

    Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of

    engineering fun.

    Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival will be held

    on Saturday, February 25, 2017 on the UT Austin campus with a Science in the

    Movies demonstration show from 4 – 5 p.m.

    Over 8,000 elementary and middle school students are expected to participate

    with over 1,300 volunteers and over 150 student organizations, community

    organizations and companies volunteering.

    Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) is an international event celebrated during

    Engineers Week each year. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2017 is presented by

    Halliburton & the Girl Day.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    January 31 – PfISD Fine Arts Night at Pflugerville High School 6:00 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and

    will showcase student art from every elementary school, as well as the Elementary School Honor Choir.

    5th Grade Parent Information Night - Cele Middle School at 6:00 p.m.

    February 1 – Early Release at noon

    February 2 – Chick-fil-A Night 5-8 p.m.

    February 7 – PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Library. The RES School Report Card from TEA will be presented.

    February 10 – PTO Sponsored Talent Show and Winter Dance - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    STAAR Testing - Closed Campus to All Visitors – Even to eat Breakfast or Lunch

    March 28 – 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math

    March 29 – 5th Grade Reading

    May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

    May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

    May 10 – 5th Grade Science

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/16/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    I value the partnership between school and home which allows us to constantly reinforce this important outlook

    and mindset for our children to use in their day to day decisions: The time is always right to do what is right.

    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

     

    Mark Your Calendar – STAAR Testing Dates – This applies to everyone…

    - For the parents of students in PK through 2nd grade: On the dates listed below, the campus is closed to

    visitors in order to maintain testing security. This means that students must be dropped off at the front doors,

    and visitors are not allowed into the building during at all. Visitors are not allowed to eat breakfast or lunch

    with a student on these days.

    - For the parents of students in 3rd through 5th grades: Please put these dates on your calendar. Please do not

    schedule appointments for your children on these days.

    •  March 28 – 4th Grade Writing and 5th Grade Math
    •  March 29 – 5th Grade Reading
    •  May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math
    •  May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading
    •  May 10 – 5th Grade Science

     

    A Word About our Pokemon Painless Fundraiser – The “Why”

    Public schools receive money from the government and the district to provide a quality education for our

    students. However, there are laws that govern how a school may use that money. There are many things that

    we, the Riojas Staff, feel are important components in supporting student success at an even higher level

    which cannot be purchased with those funds. For instance:

    •  Awards ribbons and certificates to recognize achievements
    •  Incentives/prizes purchased with Patriot Points which students earn for making great choices.
    •  Snacks for students taking the STAAR test.
    •  Popcorn Parties for various grade level contests.
    •  Special performers, such as those that presented on Diversity Fair Day. Ask your child about the Love of China performance, the Native American Dancers, and the African Storyteller performance.
    •  We have used some of this money in the past to add permanent equipment to the playground, such as the rock wall, or to purchase extra playground “toys” like balls and jump ropes.
    •  And much more….

    The only way to pay for the added value these things provide to students, is to do a fundraiser. We have

    chosen the Painless Fundraiser instead of asking you to sell cookie dough, pizza, chocolate, knick-knacks,

    wrapping paper, etc.

    Incentives:

    1. The class at each grade level that raises the most money will receive a popcorn/GoNoodle party.

    2. The grade level that raises the most money will get to pick the color used to dye Mrs. Rebecek’s hair.

    3. If we reach our goal, Mr. Ramos will have RES shaved into the back of his head.

    The Painless Fundraiser will run until, at least, Spring Break. So, take this opportunity to reinforce a work ethic

    with your child by having them do chores to raise the money for a $10 donation in order to receive a

    Pokemon. A fundraiser flyer is attached.

     

    XSTREAM Night and the RES Science Fair Were an XSTREAM Success!

    Thank you to all the families that were able to join us for this awesome evening! It took a village to make this

    enjoyable and educational experience happen! Please join me in recognizing Amy Tietsort Hovinga for her

    leadership and coordination of the event. In addition…

     The following students will proudly represent Riojas at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival on

    February 18th. Congratulations to: Brooke Abel, Rebha Acharza, Peyton Fish, Brooklyn Garza, Tyler

    Gottschalk, Nicole Sanchez, Ayden Schneider, Elaina Thanos, Emma Turner, and Joseph Walker.

    The following parents/family members volunteered time to help make the science fair run smoothly: Linda

    Gonzales, Jenny Cooke-Schuchmann, Lilliana Garcia-Ng, Nyree Birt, Janae Birt, and Linda Tietsort.

     

     The following staff members also pitched in extra time during teaching breaks to make our scientists feel at

    home presenting: Tia Birt, Alina Tarango, Cyndi Brittain, Shelley Carr, Jo Bazan, and Jeff Hughes.

     

     A HUGE thank you to Brad and Amanda Gustafson for bringing in the enormous ladder for the Egg Drop!

     

    Help Needed:

     Coach Hughes is looking for a couple to help teach ballroom dance for a few days to our 5th graders and a

    couple to teach country dance [both line and partner] to our 4th graders. If you or someone you know likes

    to Ballroom Dance and/or Country Dancing please contact Coach Hughes. Cell 512-966-6952

     

    Upcoming Events:

    January 31 – PfISD Fine Arts Night at Pflugerville High School 6-7 p.m. This event is open to the public and will

    showcase student art from every elementary school, as well as the Elementary School Honor Choir.

    February 1 – Early Release at noon

    February 2 – Chick-fil-A Night 5-8 p.m.

    February 7 – PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Library. The RES School Report Card from TEA will be presented.

    February 10 – PTO Sponsored Talent Show and Winter Dance - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/11/2017

    Patriot Parents,

     


     

    1.  Reminder of the End of the 2nd Nine Weeks Awards Assemblies:

    Thursday, January 12

    • §  Kinder 8:15 – 8:45
    • §  First 9:00 – 9:30
    • §  Second 9:45 – 10:15

     Friday, January 13

    • §  Fourth 8:15 – 8:45
    • §  Fifth 9:00 – 9:30
    • §  Third 9:45 – 10:15

     

    2.  Riojas XSTREAM Night is Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Come out for a fun, family event!  It is come and go, so don’t feel pressured to arrive right at 6 p.m.  However, we will be packing up promptly at 7:30 p.m., so don’t wait too long either.

     


    3.  Your children may have mentioned our Pokemon Painless Fundraiser.  The money raised during this fundraiser goes straight back to students!  We use it for nine weeks awards ribbons, the Patriot Cart, presenters similar to what we enjoyed on Diversity Fair Day, student testing snacks, popcorn parties, and much more!   You will receive a letter with an envelope soon, but if you would like to send money tomorrow, please send it in a baggie or envelope with your child’s name and teacher’s name.  Please see the attached flyer for more info!

    fundraiser

     


    Tammy Rebecek

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/10/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    This Thursday, students will experience the annual Diversity Fair. They will have the opportunity to learn about a

    variety of countries and cultures, including: Russia, Germany, France, Spain, China, Africa, Bangladesh and more!

    We invite students to wear attire that represents their cultural heritage, a specific country, or another culture of

    their choice. Of course, that includes attire representing the U.S. and the great state of Texas!

     

    Please Help Us Be Good Neighbors

    We have very nice people that live across the street from Riojas, many of whom do not have students at our

    school. We want to be neighborly to them! When parents and visitors are searching for parking at arrival,

    dismissal and at large events, there are some parking choices that are not neighborly and portray a poor image of

    the Riojas Community. Our families are the best, and we want everyone to know that!

    So, to help put the RES community in the best light possible, please refrain from:

    •  Moving someones trash receptacle on trash pick-up day so that you can park in that spot.
    •  Blocking or partially blocking someones driveway.
    •  Blocking or partially blocking an entrance or exit from any of the school parking lots.
    •  Parking in front of peoples houses when you are visiting during the school day. During most school days, there are plenty of spaces to park in the parking lot. On Winter Party Day, that may not be the case, but please keep this in mind for most days.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    Lost and Found

    If you visit the school any time this week, and you think your child is missing anything, please take a moment to

    check the Lost and Found. All items left will be donated on Friday, December 16th.

     

    The Spirit of Giving at Riojas – the Response is Amazing

    “DECK THE HALLS” - non-perishable food items.

    “TOYS FOR TOTS” – new, or very gently used toys.

    Thank you for your caring and generosity!

     

    Volunteer Shout Out:

    Thank you to Staci Young and her amazing group of volunteers for providing the Holiday Market for the students of

    Riojas!!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    December 13 3rd Grade Fine Arts Night - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    December 15 Diversity Fair at Riojas students are invited to wear clothing that represents a specific country or

    culture.

    December 16 Early release at noon. Winter Party Day. You should have received information from your childs

    teacher about the exact time. If not, please call the front office at 512-594-4100.

    December 19 through January 2 Winter Break No School

    January 5 Chick-fil-A Spirit Night. Remember if you purchase something in the drive-through, please tell them

    to apply your purchase to Riojas.

    January 12 XSTREAM Night 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A ton of fabulous family activities including the Science Fair

    viewing and the Egg Drop Challenge. Family Egg Drop Information

    February 1 Early Release at noon

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    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/8/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation with Friday’s indoor dismissal. Again, it only affects car riders. All

    other students will dismiss as they usually do. We will use this process any time the temperature or wind chill is 32

    degrees or below, or during heavy rainstorms.

     

    Riojas XSTREAM Night – January 12th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

    This is a come and go family event where you and your child can participate in engaging activities in the areas of

    science, technology, reading, the arts, and math. Just a few highlights:

    •  Science Fair projects will be on display. Come and see the hard work of some of our students and get great ideas for your child’s future project!
    •  Family Egg Drop Contest. This was a big hit last year! A flyer is attached with more details.
    •  Learn how to make “snow” and “moon sand” at home with simple ingredients!

    family egg drop contest

     

    Check Out Our New Mural!

    Thanks goes out to the Riojas Community for liking our 30 in 30 video in the fall. We had the most likes of any

    elementary school in the district! Because of your help, we received a free mural that was painted by April Fried,

    of The Savant Home, in our main hallway next to the music room. Make sure to look for it the next time you are at

    school. It is awesome!!

     

    Cold Weather Reminders

     Students who previously walked or biked to school might be dropped off during cold weather days. That

    means more cars in the drop off line than usual, which means…leave your house a few minutes earlier!

    Unless the temperature or wind chill is 32 degrees or below, students go outside for recess. Please dress

    them accordingly.

     

     We live in Texas! So, when the morning temperature is in the 40’s and the afternoon temperature is in the

    70’s jackets are worn and then shed. Children often drop their jackets wherever they happen to be, despite

    all of our reminders. Therefore, it is imperative that you write your child’s name in their jacket so that we

    can return it to them. While you are doing that, please write their name on their lunch boxes and water

    bottles as well!

     

    Help Needed:

     Riojas Elementary has it local science fair during the school day on Thursday, January 12th. Adults are

    needed to come speak with the students about their scientific research and to identify how closely they

    followed the scientific method. Please consider donating some time to help us get this done. Any

    questions may be directed to Amy Tietsort Hovinga -- amy.tietsorthovinga@pfisd.net Here is a sign up

    genius if you are available to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4BAEA82CA64-riojas

    Riojas is in need of a representative for the district School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The next

    meeting is on Tuesday, January 17th, in the Pflugerville ISD Administration Board Room from 6:00p-7:30p.

    Light refreshments will be served. For more information, click on this link:

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/4547 If you are interested, simply reply to the Press email.

    Coach Hughes is looking for a couple to help teach ballroom dance for a few days to our 5th graders and a

    couple to teach country dance [both line and partner] to our 4th graders. If you or someone you know likes

    to Ballroom Dance and/or Country Dancing please contact Coach Hughes. Cell 512-966-6952

     

    Volunteer Shout Out:

    Thank you to Rushell Megerle, Miranda Daniel, Janet Sanchez and Sabrina Zaman for your consistent help with

    classroom needs!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    January 9 – Report Cards go home. The school report card from TEA will be included.

    January 12 – XSTREAM Night – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A ton of fabulous family activities including the Science Fair

    viewing and the Egg Drop Challenge.

    January 16 – No School

    February 1 – Early Release at noon

    February 2 – Chick-fil-A Night 5-8 p.m.

    February 10 – PTO Sponsored Talent Show and Winter Dance - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/1/2017

    Hoping that the time you have spent with your children has been full of fun and has made lasting memories.

    RES staff is looking forward to seeing all of the bright and shining faces of our amazing students on Tuesday,

    January 3rd.

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    It is with a combination of sorrow and excitement that I announce to the Riojas community that I have been chosen

    to open Mott Elementary in the fall of 2017. While I am sad to leave Riojas, I know that the staff, students and

    parents who will continue to be part of this amazing campus will uphold and extend the nurturing environment and

    learning opportunities that make this a great place for kids. I am also eagerly anticipating the opportunity to

    facilitate the transition of many Riojas families to Mott Elementary, as we join together with new families, to

    support and energize an equally amazing learning environment at the district’s newest elementary school.

     

    Riojas XSTREAM Night – January 12th

    A fun family event to participate in engaging activities in the areas of science, technology, reading, the arts, and

    math. The entire staff is busy planning fun and educational experiences for you and your children. Just a few

    highlights:

    •  Science Fair projects will be on display. Come and see the hard work of some of our students and get great ideas for your child’s future project!
    •  Family Egg Drop Contest. This was a big hit last year! A flyer is attached with more details.
    •  Learn how to make “snow” and “moon sand” at home with simple ingredients!

    Help Needed:

     Riojas Elementary has it local science fair during the school day on Thursday, January 12th. Adults are

    needed to come speak with the students about their scientific research and to identify how closely they

    followed the scientific method. Please consider donating some time to help us get this done. Any

    questions may be directed to Amy Tietsort Hovinga -- amy.tietsorthovinga@pfisd.net Here is a sign up

    genius if you are available to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4BAEA82CA64-riojas

     

     Riojas is in need of a representative for the district School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). The next

    meeting is on Tuesday, January 17th, in the Pflugerville ISD Administration Board Room from 6:00p-7:30p.

    Light refreshments will be served. For more information, click on this link:

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/4547 If you are interested, simply reply to the Press email.

     

     Coach Hughes is looking for a couple to help teach ballroom dance for a few days to our 5th graders and a

    couple to teach country dance [both line and partner] to our 4th graders. If you or someone you know likes

    to Ballroom Dance and/or Country Dancing please contact Coach Hughes. Cell 512-966-6952

     

    Several Important Items

     It is important to put your child’s first and last name, and teacher’s name, on any notes that you send to the

    office. With almost 1,000 students, it only makes sense that we have many students with the same name.

    We even have duplicates of some pretty unique names!

     

     Our food service provider, Aramark is transitioning to a new menu system. Therefore, the January menus will be

    delivered to us for distribution this coming week. For your child’s meal planning purposes an electronic copy is

    attached.

     

     Skate Night success: Thank you to all that attended the December Skate Night. We had 88 paid skaters and

    will be getting a check for $261.00 from Austin Sports Arena! Mrs Tortosa's first grade class had the most

    paid skaters and earned a free party in the gym.

     

    Volunteer Shout Out:

    Thank you to Bobbi Barker for organizing the Cookies for Staff before the break. And, thank you to all of the

    parents who donated cookies! The staff was overwhelmed by your generosity.

    Thank you to these Riojas Community members for donating their time and efforts by presenting at the Diversity

    Fair: Sabrina Zaman, Mignonette Griffiths, Tia Birt, Brianna Hinchey, Erica Egan, Paula-Rae Manning, Cele MS

    Kickstart, HHS Kickstart, Liliane Brockington, Audrey Saathoff, Marylee Harris, Carl Mezei, Bobbi Barker, and Aida

    Perez

     

    Thank you to Davey Birt for coming in to help with K-1 PE and lunch several times per week.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    January 3 – Students return to school

    January 5 – Chick-fil-A Spirit Night. 5 to 8 p.m. Remember – if you purchase something in the drive-through, please

    tell them to apply your purchase to Riojas.

    January 12 – XSTREAM Night – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. A ton of fabulous family activities including the Science Fair

    viewing and the Egg Drop Challenge.

    February 1 – Early Release at noon

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    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 12/4/2016

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    A Boundary Realignment Community meeting will be held tomorrow night, December 5th, at Riojas on from 6 to 7

    p.m. If you have questions or would like to give input, but you are unable to attend this meeting, there are future

    meetings scheduled at other locations. For more detailed information about the proposed boundaries, timeline,

    community input sessions and future meeting dates, visit http://www.pfisd.net/Page/6313.

     

    From the PTO –Help Needed This Week!!

    The organizers of the Holiday Marketplace are in need of volunteers to help o with shopping and wrapping. There

    are still several open slots on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To sign-up to volunteer, go to

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F044BAFA929ABFF2-volunteer1

     

    Picture Retakes – Wednesday, December 7th

    Lifetouch is still working to resolve their misprinted photographs. Retake day is Tuesday for children who were absent

    or for children whose original picture is still unseen, or was not a good first take.

     

    The Spirit of Giving at Riojas

    Our donation drives began with a strong start! We already have 218 coats, one side of the main hallway is lined with

    food all the way to the library, and the toy bin was overflowing, and had to be emptied to make room for more! And…

    there is still over a week to go! Wow! A reminder of the donations we are accepting:

     “DECK THE HALLS” - non-perishable food items.

     “TOYS FOR TOTS” – new, or very gently used toys.

     “COATS FOR KIDS” - new or used coat for the Coats for Kids Campaign.

    Thank you for your caring and generosity!

     

    From the P.E. Department

    Our next Skate Night will be Friday, December 9 at Austin Sports Arena. Super fun, family event.

    Please see the attached flyer for details.

     

    Runner’s Club Updates:

    o Morning Runner’s Club has 99 runners! Please make sure to eat a healthy breakfast at home before

    coming to school to run.

    o After School Runner’s Club has 89 runners! Any other after school activities, i.e. Mad Science, UIL

    Practice, Tutoring, etc., take precedence over Runner’s Club. Don’t miss those activities because of

    Runner’s Club.

    o If you need a new runner’s log sheet, it is attached.

    o We have been blessed to have Mr. and Mrs. Shuchmann helping with the Runner’s Club.

     

    HHS Cheerleader Events

     Little Cheerleader Clinic Saturday, December 10th, from 9-11 in the HHS gym. Sign up

    here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8UtUfrW6-suBwkoR-LqI-BIXe9RUyXVQTFQOIGrDVSB3Ug/

    viewform

    Parent’s Night Out Offered on 12/10 and 12/17. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    December 5 – Boundary Community Meeting at Riojas 6-7 p.m.

    December 7 – College Shirt Day at Riojas! Be Loud and Proud!!

    December 9 – Skate Night

    December 11 – HHS is having a Fun Run and Wellness Expo. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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