President’s Letter

President’s Letter

Hello Ridgecrest Families,

On behalf of the Parent Teacher Association at Ridgecrest Elementary School, WELCOME to the 2018-2019 school year!  Or as Principal Nunes says, “Happy New Year!”.

The mission of this PTA is to provide funding, programs, events, and services that support our students and bring our community together. We work hand-in-hand with teachers, staff, and PTA members to coordinate student enrichment activities and Ridgecrest family events that bring our school community together.

Last year we surveyed all parents, teachers, and staff to learn if we were offering the right things for our community.  We heard there are events you love, events you miss, and new ways we should explore to support our community. You’ll see from our calendar that we’ve made changes in response to your feedback.

PTA sponsored programs: Love: Clearly we kept the Back to School BBQ J  You’ll also see favorites like the Harvest Carnival, Science Night, Skate Nights, Taste of Ridgecrest, and the Talent show. Missed: Dads, we’re bringing back Watch D.O.G.S.! You were missed around campus and you missed being on campus.  We’re also bringing back Movie Nights. We’ll have two Family Movie Nights and two Parent’s Night OutNew: We also heard your safety concerns around morning drop off and have created Morning Movers.  You have hopefully seen us in our orange vests opening doors.  We’re also bringing in Guest Speakers to our PTA meetings to cover the varying topics we heard specific to our kids, our school’s safety, and being a parent. You’ll find more details in this packet and in upcoming PTA communications.

We love to have FUN and to ensure we can achieve our mission, we hold FUNdraising events throughout the year.  Our Big Three are the Harvest Carnival, the Read-a-thon, and the Walk-a-thon.  Please see our calendar of events to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to support the PTA and participate in the FUN.

Join us! PTA Chairs lead these fun-filled programs and events and our PTA members provide input to ensure our activities meet the needs of our amazing Ridgecrest community.  We rely just as much on volunteers as we do our diverse perspectives. Included in this packet is a list of volunteer opportunities and our PTA membership form. We are stronger together, so please consider how you’d like to stay engaged in your student’s education at Ridgecrest.

We literally can’t have a PTA without volunteers in the Elected Officer roles listed below. Many thanks to Rachelle and Ying, returning for a second year with me.  Many thanks and a very warm welcome to Eden and Heather! Please look for us in our rockin’ orange PTA shirts and say hi!

Laura James, President
Rachelle Mitchell, VP Programs
Ying Huang, VP Fundraising
Eden Jordan, Treasurer
Heather Wahl, Secretary

Please bookmark our website: and like “Ridgecrest PTA” on Facebook to stay up-to-date.

See you around the RC,

Laura James