Riojas Elementary School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 4/16/2017

     

    Students and teachers have been working diligently all year to achieve their academic goals. We want to keep

    the momentum going, and truly appreciate your support! Make sure your child is continuing to read each and

    every night. It is the habit that results in the highest impact educationally, and you are a big part in making

    that happen!!

     

    Mott News

     Mott Information Night – Tuesday, April 25th from 6 to 7 p.m. at Riojas Elementary. See the floor plan,

    renderings, and other features of the campus structure. Meet some of the Mott staff, as well as, other

    parents and students. While we hope you can make it, there will be future Information Nights and

    opportunities to meet staff and other parents.

     Reminder: May 4th Kindergarten Pre-registration is at Riojas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please help us

    spread the word to your neighbors who have children starting Kindergarten next school year.

     There are currently seats open in the Tuition Based PreK classrooms at Mott. Information can be

    found here: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/3535 Please help us spread the word!

    Feel free to email me with questions, ideas and input. tammy.rebecek@pfisd.net

     

    TO DO and Reminders:

    •  New Info – HHS Senior Celebration is hosting a Princess Tea Party this coming Saturday. Please see theattached flyer for more information.
    • Please see the attached document requesting that parents complete a survey regarding technology atRiojas. The district is requesting that the survey be completed by April 28th.
    •  There is a summer enrichment camp open to all students of PfISD entering grades K-6 in the fall! More detailst a www.campinvention.org
    •  Riojas Night at the Round Rock Express – May 5th – To get discounted tickets, go twww.rrexpress.com/may5 and enter code patriots (all lowercase).

    From the Riojas P.E. Department

    1. Skate Night – Friday, April 21st at Austin Sports Arena

    2. Thank you to all of the parents who attended the 3rd Grade Hoedown and 5th Grade Ballroom Dance

    Night on Thursday!

    3. Cele Stampede – May 6– You should not miss this great event. For only $5.00 each, you can enjoy a 5K

    Run, receive a t-shirt, and lunch - hot dog, chips, and water. See the attached registration form.

     

    Box Tops Info

    We will be collecting Box Tops until May 19, so please continue to send them in. Make sure the Box Tops are

    not expired, and the baggie or collection sheets are marked with the teacher's name.

    In addition to sending in physical Box Tops and the Box Tops app, you can sign up to earn eBox Tops through:

    HEB - cashforyoureducation.com - http://cashforyoureducation.com

    Sam's Club - http://www5.samsclub.com/Featured-Brand/general-mills/box-tops-for-education

    Costco - www.costcoboxtops.com

    Just remember to sign up through the Box Tops for Education www.boxtops4education.com site so you can

    select Riojas Elementary!

     

    Shout Outs

    Thank you to all the parents who came out to help with the mile run, and/or cheer on our runners!

    Thank you to Jessica Detzel and Nikki Schoen for coaching Math Pentathlon teams!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    April 22 - Pre-K Registration at Pflugerville High School from 8am-1pm. More information can be found at

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/6524

    April 23 – District Art Show Reception at Pflugerville Pubic Library from 4 to 6 p.m.

    May 1 – 5 – Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 4 – Kindergarten Pre-Registration at Riojas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please spread the word!! The list of

    documentation to bring can be found at http://www.pfisd.net/domain/232

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

    May 5 – Riojas Elementary Round Rock Express Night

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

    May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

    May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

    May 10 – 5th Grade Science

    May 16 – “Blast from the Past” – 5th grade Fine Arts Night

    May 23 – PTO Meeting – 6:30 p.m.

    May 29 – No School

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 4/9/2017

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    Thank you to our amazing Riojas PTO for providing the families with a fun and successful carnival. A special

    shout out to Nikki Harrison, our PTO President, for also being the Carnival Chairperson and organizing the

    entire event! We had great weather, I saw hundreds of smiling children and parents, heard lots of positive

    feedback, and the PTO raised just under $10,000!! You can’t ask for more than that! The PTO has wonderful

    plans for this money, including more swings on the playground. I am sure that if you ask your child what they

    think about more swings, you will understand how excited we are!

     

    Mott News

    This will be a new feature in the Press until the district is able to set up a Mott Elementary website and mass

    email capability. Important information and exciting developments:

    •  We are officially the Mott Owls! School colors will be decided soon!
    •  The building is on schedule, and will be amazing!
    •  However, it will not be ready by the May 4th Kindergarten Pre-registration. So, that will be held at Riojas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please help us spread the word to your neighbors who have children starting Kindergarten next school year.
    •  We are looking for parents, community members and business owners who are interested in participating in our Campus Academic Advisory Committee (CAAC). If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please let me know.
    •  Watch this space for future Mott community events and spirit nights. We are looking forward to having all of our new staff and families begin getting to know each other!

    Feel free to email me with questions, ideas and input. tammy.rebecek@pfisd.net

     

    Tuition Based PreK

    There are currently seats open in the Tuition Based PreK classrooms at both Riojas and Mott. Information can

    be found here: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/3535 Please help us spread the word!

     

    TO DO and Reminders:

    •  New Info – Please see the attached document requesting that parents complete a survey regarding technology at Riojas. The district is requesting that the survey be completed by April 28th.
    •  Spanish Immersion Parent Information Meeting - April 11th at 6 p.m. in the Riojas Cafeteria.
    •  There is a summer enrichment camp open to all students of PfISD entering grades K-6 in the fall! More details at www.campinvention.org
    •  Riojas Night at the Round Rock Express – May 5th – To get discounted tickets, go twww.rrexpress.com/may5 and enter code patriots (all lowercase).
    •  Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) Seeking Board Members. Please see the attached application.

     

    From the Riojas P.E. Department

    Thank you to all who attended the Chick Fil-A Night Thursday, April 6th. We had 104 receipts turned for a

    $233.61 check, plus $33.00 cash on the raffle and Mrs. Meyer’s First Grade Class gets a Free Gym Party.

    3rd Grade Square Dance Night is this Thursday, April 13th. Students should report to the gym 5:40 – 5:50

    with the square dancing starting at 6:00.

    5th Grade Ballroom Dance Night is this Thursday, April 13th. Students should report to the cafeteria by 6:45

    with the dancing starting in the gym at 7 PM.

    Thank you to all of the students who participated in Jump Rope for Heart! See the message Coach Hughes

    received:

     

    On behalf of the American Heart Association and the millions of Americans we serve, thank you very much for

    your school's donation of $6,296.71. By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about

    heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education

    efforts. Thank you.

     

    Please see the attachments regarding:

    1. Riojas Runner’s Club – Ending April 13th . Celebration Party info!

    2. Cele Stampede – You should not miss this great event. For only $5.00 each, you can enjoy a 5K Run,

    receive a t-shirt, and lunch - hot dog, chips, and water.

     

    Box Tops Info and Celebration

    Thank you to everyone who has turned in Box Tops this year. So far we have collected 14,347 Box Tops. We

    have earned over $1,500 for our school! We will be collecting Box Tops until May 19, so please continue to

    send them in. Make sure the Box Tops are not expired, and the baggie or collection sheets are marked with

    the teacher's name.

    In addition to sending in physical Box Tops and the Box Tops app, you can sign up to earn eBox Tops through:

    HEB - cashforyoureducation.com - http://cashforyoureducation.com

    Sam's Club - http://www5.samsclub.com/Featured-Brand/general-mills/box-tops-for-education

    Costco - www.costcoboxtops.com

    Just remember to sign up through the Box Tops for Education www.boxtops4education.com site so you can

    select Riojas Elementary!

     

    Shout Outs

    •  We had two very successful events this week – the Book Fair and the Carnival – which both rely on

    parent volunteers! Our amazing volunteers are an integral part of what makes Riojas a great place for

    kids!

    •  Lifetouch will be giving every student two 5x7 prints free of charge for the mishap last fall. These

    pictures will be delivered separate from the individual and class photos.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    April 11 and 12 – Spring Pictures

    April 11 – GT Showcase Night and Spanish Immersion Parent Meeting – 6 to 7 p.m.

    April 13 – 3rd Grade Square Dance Exhibition – 6 p.m.

    5th Grade Ballroom Dance Exhibition

    April 14 – No School

    April 22 - Pre-K Registration at Pflugerville High School from 8am-1pm. More information can be found at

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/6524

    May 1 – 5 – Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 4 – Kindergarten Pre-Registration at Riojas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please spread the word!! The list of

    documentation to bring can be found at http://www.pfisd.net/domain/232

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

    May 5 – Riojas Elementary Round Rock Express Night

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

    May 8 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

    May 9 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading

    May 10 – 5th Grade Science

    May 16 – “Blast from the Past” – 5th grade Fine Arts Night

    May 23 – PTO Meeting – 6:30 p.m.

    May 29 – No School

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 4/2/2017

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    The Carnival is Coming! – April 8th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Hamster Balls, Train, Rock Wall, Mechanical Bull, Magnetic Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Food Truck Vendors and

    much more!!! Please see the attachments for all the important information!!

    Carnival Raffle PDF

    Carnival Flyer PDF

     

     Raffle Tickets: If you would like for your raffle sales to be counted in the contest, please have the

    money and tickets turned in by Wednesday.

    o Prizes:

    •  The class that sells the most raffle tickets gets a popcorn and pizza party from the PTO.
    •  The top 3 students who sell the most raffle tickets get 2 free wristbands to the Carnival.

    o PTO will happily accept raffle tickets until Friday, but they won’t be counted for the contest if

    they are turned in after Wednesday.

    o PTO is raffling off an iPad Mini2, iPad Air2, a spa day package, and monster grill, and more!

     Volunteers are needed to make the Carnival run. Please ask relatives, friends and neighbors if they can

    help. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044BAFA929ABFF2-riojas

     They are also accepting food and business vendors for the carnival. If you are a food vendor or small

    business vendor and are interested, please email snharrison421@gmail.com

     

    Mott or Riojas – That is the question!

    As students are bringing back their “Intent to Return” forms, we are seeing some confusion about whether

    your child is zoned for Riojas Elementary or Mott Elementary for next year. Please see the below map to

    determine which school your child will be attending, so you can correctly indicate that on the form.

    boundaries

    The streets in the green area are in the Riojas zone, and the streets in the blue area are in the Mott zone. If you

    have any questions, please call our registrar, Mr. Ray, at 512-594-4138.

     

    TO DO and Reminders:

    Pflugerville Education Foundation (PEF) Accepting Applications for New Board Members

     

    Seeking members who will bring energy, commitment, fresh ideas, special skills and a passion for student

    success. One of the most valuable assets of a non-profit is its Board of Directors and PEF is looking to grow

    their dedicated group. The all-volunteer Board is comprised of individuals representing all facets of the

    Pflugerville community from every aspect of the district. If you are someone who wants to get involved and

    support education, then this is the position for you! The Board is the agency's governing body, caring for the

    fiduciary responsibilities of the organization, and ensuring the fulfillment of the mission to help PfISD students

    reach their full potential. Application deadline is April 24, 2017.

    Please see the attached application ifinterested.

     

     

    Upcoming Events:

    April 3 – 7 – Book Fair

    April 3 – End of Nine Weeks Awards 3-5 in the cafeteria

    4th Grade: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

    5th Grade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    3rd Grade: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

    April 4 – Evening Family Night at the Book Fair - 4 to 7p.m.

    PTO Meeting in the Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

    April 6 – A+ Deposit Day – in the front foyer before school

    Chick-fil-A Night – 5 to 8 p.m.

    April 11 and 12 – Spring Pictures –

    April 14 – No School

    May 4 – Kindergarten Pre-Registration at Riojas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please spread the word!! The list of

    documentation to bring can be found at http://www.pfisd.net/domain/232

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

    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 3/26/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    We had a surprise STAAR assembly for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students on Friday. Shout outs to the PHS Drum

    Line, HHS Cheerleaders, and HHS Kickstart for coming out to cheer on Riojas students. In addition, students

    took a Kahoot quiz (fun, online, timed quiz) and we had a special video message from Spike, the Round Rock

    Express mascot! The entire assembly was focused on letting students know that we are proud of their hard

    work and that we believe in them! Help us spread that message! STAAR testing for 4th and 5th grade happens

    this week. If your child is testing, please make sure they get a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and a big

    hug!

     

    The Carnival is Coming! – April 8th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    carnival  

    carnival  

    Download flyers here.

    Some items to make sure you note:

    •  Pre-ordered wristbands are a better deal.
    •  PTO is raffling off an iPad Mini2, iPad Air2, a spa day package, and monster grill, and more!
    •  Volunteers are needed to make the Carnival run. Please ask relatives, friends and neighbors if they can help. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044BAFA929ABFF2-riojas
    •  They are also accepting food and business vendors for the carnival. If you are a food vendor or small business vendor and are interested, please email snharrison421@gmail.com

    Safety Is Important!

    We had yet another super close call this week in the parking lot with a car almost hitting a child. Had the

    mother not jerked her child to the side, she would have been hit. I am not making these instances up! Driving

    slowly and cautiously in the parking lot is as important as driving safely in the street.

     

    TO DO - Reminders:

    Shout Out

    Thank you to Becky Mazyrack for organizing our STAAR Assembly. Thanks for the support from PHS and HHS!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    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

    March 31 – End of Nine Weeks Awards K-2 in the cafeteria.

    Kinder: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

    1st Grade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    2nd Grade: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

    April 3 – 7 – Book Fair

    April 3 – End of Nine Weeks Awards 3-5 in the cafeteria

    4th Grade: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

    5th Grade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    3rd Grade: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

    April 4 – Evening Family Night at the Book Fair - 4 to 7p.m.

    PTO Meeting in the Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

    April 6 – A+ Deposit Day – in the front foyer before school

    Chick-fil-A Night – 5 to 8 p.m.

    April 11 and 12 – Spring Pictures

    April 14 – No School

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

    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 3/19/2017

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    The first round of STAAR testing is just around the corner. Please remember that the campus is closed to all

    visitors on those days, including breakfast or lunch visits. All of the STAAR testing dates are listed at the

    bottom of the Press.

     

    Safety Is Important!

    We had two serious near misses – really close calls - last week in which people in the crosswalk were almost

    struck by cars! Scary! Our crossing guards have indicated that these situations happen when people are

    looking down at their cell phone during drop off or pick up times, or when people are in such a rush, they are

    not watching and waiting for the crossing guards’ signals. No text message, phone call, or time crunch is

    worth the potential injury of another person. Please help us keep everyone safe!

     

    Hat Creek Spirit Night – Monday, May 20th from 5-9 p.m.

    Take a night off from cooking and let your children play to their heart’s content on a big, enclosed playground!

    Place your receipts in the bucket at the register to benefit the Riojas PreK classes. 

    hat creek spirit night

     

    Riojas Night at the Round Rock Express – May 5th

    We were lucky enough to snag a Friday night game which has a free fireworks show!! Order your tickets now!

    By ordering your tickets online with the special Riojas code, you get a discounted ticket price. The flyer (below) has all the details including the special purchase code. We will be recognized on the big screen and our school name will be announced. It will be an exciting family outing!

    Round Rock Express night

     

    Current 4th Graders Zoned to Mott Elementary for the 2017-2018 School Year

    These students are allowed to “be grandfathered” and complete their fifth grade year at Riojas. However, you

    must apply for a transfer to do so. Please see the attachment and the information at this link:

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/553

     

    Attendance Counts

    Please make sure your child is at school every day! It is important! However, when your child absolutely has

    to be absent, please provide written documentation of the absence. Doctor’s notes are marked as excused

    absences. Parent notes are counted as unexcused absences, but are helpful documentation. Remember,

    according to the state, we are required to take action on 10 or more unexcused absences.

     

    Reminders:

     The spring book fair, “Happy Campers!”, will be in the library April 3rd-7th. Ms. Lybecker is looking for

    volunteers. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4eaeaa29a7fe3-happy

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

    Voting ends March 24th

     Submit Yearbook photos: Go to www.community.lifetouch.com & register with the code NAAQZC . The

    deadline to submit pictures is April 3rd!

     

    PfISD Seeks English-Dominant Kindergarten Participants for Spanish Two-Way Dual Language

    Enrichment Program. Information about the program and required meetings is attached.

     

    Shout Out

    A BIG shout out to Mr. Gonzales, Mrs. Manning, Coach Hughes, and volunteer Donna Whittaker for helping

    with 4th grade's art show. Your help and support was greatly appreciated!

    Thanks to the PTO for providing butterfly hatching kits to our 4th and 5th grade science classes!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    March 31 – End of Nine Weeks Awards K-2 in the cafeteria.

    Kinder: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

    1st Grade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    2nd Grade: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

    April 3 – 7 – Book Fair

    April 3 – End of Nine Weeks Awards 3-5 in the cafeteria

    4th Grade: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

    5th Grade: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

    3rd Grade: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

    April 4 – Evening Family Night at the Book Fair - 4 to 7p.m.

    PTO Meeting in the Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

    April 6 – A+ Deposit Day – in the front foyer before school

    Chick-fil-A Night – 5 to 8 p.m.

    April 11 and 12 – Spring Pictures

    April 14 – No School

    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 3/5/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    Practice is what commits skills into long term memory and creates automaticity. Learning the right way to

    shoot a free throw in basketball is important. But shooting baskets over and over and over is what makes a

    person good at sinking free throws. The same thing is true in reading! Students learn the skills at school, but

    it is the practice every day that makes them good readers. Please make sure your child reads at least 20

    minutes each day over Spring Break so they don’t lose their momentum!

     

    Current 4th Graders Zoned to Mott Elementary for the 2017-2018 School Year

    These students are allowed to “be grandfathered” and complete their fifth grade year at Riojas. However, you

    must apply for a transfer to do so. Please see the attachment and the information at this link:

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/553

     

    Attendance Counts

    Please make sure your child is at school every day! It is important! However, when your child absolutely has

    to be absent, please provide written documentation of the absence. Doctor’s notes are marked as excused

    absences. Parent notes are counted as unexcused absences, but are helpful documentation. Remember,

    according to the state, we are required to take action on 10 or more unexcused absences.

     

    Reminders:

    •  Please see the attached Skate Night Flyer for March 10th.
    •  Y-Tie sales conclude this Friday, March 10th.
    •  Our Lost and Found is overflowing and items will be donated on March 10th.
    •  The spring book fair, “Happy Campers!”, will be in the library April 3rd-7th. Ms. Lybecker is looking fo volunteers. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4eaeaa29a7fe3-happy
    • Help us win a new playground. It takes less than 20 seconds a day to vote. https://tinyurl.com/j4m23zj
    •  Submit Yearbook photos: Go to www.community.lifetouch.com & register with the code NAAQZC

     

    Shout Out

    Thanks to the Wiley Family for the large donation of items for the school: clothes and shoes for Nurse Cat,

    bins, organizer, dress up clothes for pre-k, and toys for pre-k classes.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    March 10 – Skate Night at Austin Sports Arena - 6 to 8 p.m.

    skate night

     

    March 12 – 18 – Spring Break – No School

    April 3 – Deadline for submitting pictures for the Yearbook. Link is listed above.

    April 3 – 7 – Book Fair

    April 4 – Evening Family Night at the Book Fair - 4 to 7p.m.

    April 6 – Chick-fil-A Night – 5 to 8 p.m.

    April 11 and 12 – Spring Pictures

    April 14 – No School

    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 2/28/2017

     

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    Thank you for your participation in our Painless Fundraiser. We will close out the fundraiser on Friday, March

    10th. The class at each grade level that raises the most money will win a “Popcorn GoNoodle” party. The

    grade level that raises the most money will get to pick the color that is used to dye my hair!! So far, here are

    the leaders:

    •  Class at each grade level in the lead: Fish, Lujano, Gonzales, Hagerman, Tietsort Hovinga, and Cole
    •  The grade level in the lead is First Grade!

     

    College T-Shirt Day Tomorrow – March 1st

    Students are encouraged to wear their college or university shirts this Wednesday as we raise awareness about all

    the post-secondary education opportunities available to our kids. We have College T-Shirt days the first Wednesday

    of every month, but any day is a great day to get kids thinking about higher education. A reminder that this

    Saturday is Explore UT, where the University of Texas campus is open to families and filled with free activities.

     

    Student Attendance is a Big Deal!

    Researchers and educators agree that student attendance is one significant indicator of a child’s success in

    school. While teachers will do the extra work needed to help your child make up what they missed, the learning

    for your child is not the same when they are not a part of the activity and the class discussion. We encourage

    parents and guardians to be thoughtful of this when scheduling vacations, appointments, and other events that

    may require a student to miss all or part of a school day.

     

    Current 4th Graders Zoned to Mott Elementary for the 2017-2018 School Year

    These students are allowed to “be grandfathered” and complete their fifth grade year at Riojas. However, you

    must apply for a transfer to do so. Please see the information at this link:

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/553

     

    Important Info:

     

    skate night

    •  Please see flyer above about Skate Night on March 10th.
    •  Our Annual – ever popular – Y-Tie sale, benefiting the P.E. department, will be held in the mornings beforeschool starting Thursday, March 2nd. Another flyer and an order envelope will be sent home next week with more information.

    shoe laces

    •  Our Lost and Found is overflowing and items will be donated on March 10th.
    •  If you like to be outside, and enjoy watching children having fun, please consider volunteering to help on the playground during lunch recess. Contact the front office if you are interested.
    •  The spring book fair, “Happy Campers!”, will be in the library April 3rd-7th. Ms. Lybecker would love to have volunteers help set up on Friday, March 31st and throughout the fair. Please sign up for as many shifts as you want using the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4eaeaa29a7fe3-happy Please contact her if you have any questions: teri.lybecker@pfisd.net or 512-594-4121.

    Reminders:

    Shout Out

    Thank you to Bobbie Barker and the PTO for providing a wonderful breakfast for the staff on our Professional

    Development day last week!

    Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Schuchmann and Mrs Zaida for helping every week with our Runner's Club.

    Thank you to Mr. Green and 5th Grade Teacher Mr. Smith for throwing Frisbees to our Runner's Club kids.

    Thank you to Mrs. Roska for the donation of supplies to P.E.

    Thank you to Dr. Bain's office for donating a toothbrush to every one of our students.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    March 2 – A+ Deposit Day before school in the foyer – See Financial Tips at the bottom of the Press

    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.

    March 3 – Dr. Seuss Day in the Cafeteria: Try their Green Eggs and Ham at breakfast or pizza lunch and be entered

    to win a Dr. Seuss book!

    March 10 – Skate Night at Austin Sports Arena - 6 to 8 p.m.

    March 12 – 18 – Spring Break – No School

    April 3 – Deadline for submitting pictures for the Yearbook. Link is listed above.

    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

     

    A+ Financial Tips

    A+FCU Financial Tip: Protecting yourself from fraud starts with simple steps. Review your accounts, shred documents,

    and limit the sharing of personal information. It’s the little things that make a big difference.

     

    A+FCU Financial Tip: Have you looked at your credit report recently? If the answer is no, this should be a high priority on

    your to-do list. Ensure your personal information is correct, check the listed accounts for accuracy, and report errors

    immediately.

     

    A+FCU Financial Tip: Be skeptical, read the fine print on everything, and be wary of giving information. Trials and

    lucrative offers, for example, aren’t always what they seem. Should you provide payment information for something

    that is free?

     

    A+ FCU Financial Tip: Fraudsters are sly. They send emails or call to make us aware of suspicious activity but need

    information to verify our identity. Don’t click. Stop there. Open a new link or hang up and call your financial institution.

    Better safe than sorry.

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  • Patriot Press

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/19/2017

    From the Principal, Tammy Rebecek

    The PfISD School Board has named Christi Siegel as the principal for Riojas Elementary. Mrs. Siegel has served

    as principal at Windermere Primary since 2006. Prior to that role, she served as assistant principal at

    Windermere Elementary from 2004-2006, supervisor of instructional technology for PfISD from 1999-2004,

    and teaching positions at Timmerman, Brookhollow and Copperfield Elementaries from 1994-1999. She is

    very excited to become a Riojas Patriot!

     

    Mr. Pfrank’s Spirit Night – Wednesday, February 22nd 4-8 p.m.

    The Fifth Grade Farewell Committee is hosting a Spirit Night in a new, fun place! Come support their efforts,

    and take a night off from cooking! If you have never been there, it is definitely worth checking out. Mr.

    Pfrank’s hot dogs are amazing! For more info, including their address, go to their website:

    http://www.mrpfranks.com/

     

    The Riojas Community Continues to Give to Others

     We had a wonderful Furry Friendship Week and gave pet product donations to three area animal

    shelters!

     $ 5,850.71 was raised for Jump Rope for Heart by 113 students in Kinder-2nd grade.

     $602.87 was raised for American Diabetes Association by 35 students in 3rd-5th grade.

     

    African American History Month at Riojas

     In a previous Press, I explained our class poster project. They are finished and are displayed in the

    main hallway from the music room all the way to the library! Classes are performing gallery walks in

    the main hallway and learning so much from the hard work of their peers. Please come by and see

    them yourselves!

     

     In Art class, as part of this celebration, 4th graders studied traditional African masks and how they

    influenced the artistic styles of artists from the U.S. and around the world. Students discussed the form

    and function of masks from different parts of Africa, and used what they learned to create a mask of

    their own. They utilized some of the colors, materials, and symbolism found in African masks in their

    work, and added personal touches along the way. The results have been fun, colorful, and very unique.

    Check out our masks during 4th grade’s upcoming Fine Arts Night, Tuesday, Feb. 28th!

     

    Reminders:

     If you have not set up an online account to keep up with your child’s lunch account, please consider

    doing so. It is easy and convenient! Simply go to: http://tinyurl.com/pua3j8b

     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 Sandra Hauge for the donation of storage bins!

    Thank you to a Riojas family who has paid off overdue lunch accounts! Such a generous and kind thing to do!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    February 14 – Valentine’s Parties.

    February 20 – No school for students.

    February 22 – Toothbrush Exchange. 

    February 26 – March 4 – Texas Public Schools Week

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

     

    March 2 – A+ Deposit Day before school in the foyer

    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.

     

    March 3 – Dr. Seuss Day in the Cafeteria: Try their Green Eggs and Ham at breakfast or pizza lunch and be entered

    to win a Dr. Seuss book!

     

    March 12 – 18 – Spring Break – No School

    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 2/13/2017

    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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