RBE News 12/04

RBE News 12/04
Posted on 12/04/2018

Hello, RBE Families.

Calendar Changes

Wednesday, December 19th and Thursday, May 23rd will be half days for students. School will dismiss at 11:30AM. Buses will run before and after school. 

Car Rider Dismissal

To help ensure dismissal of students to the proper people, it is very important that anyone dismissing a student via the car rider line have a car tag for that student in the vehicle. Even though some of us know many of your friendly faces, for the safety of all of our students, beginning December 10th we will require all vehicles to show a car tag. Car tags will be available for known guardians in the car rider line over the next week. We ask that you please write your student's name on that car tag and begin keeping it in your vehicle. Beginning December 10th, those without a car tag will be invited to come through the school office, where they will need to show ID in order to receive a car tag.

PTA Congratulations and Thank You

A huge thank you goes out to Chrysler and Komatsu for helping to run the Chrysler Cars for Classrooms event hosted by our PTA as part of the Fall Dance. This event raised $2,100 for our school. ALL of the money is coming from Chrysler. We are so grateful for the time donated by each of you in doing a short test drive and filling out the survey. 

Spanish in the Spring

After-school Spanish will return for the Spring semester. An early bird discount is available, so if you’re interested then please hop on the appropriate link below and sign up! Please contact the Chattanooga School of Language with questions.

K-2: register

3-5: register

This Week

Wednesday ~ Select Students Sing at the Courthouse!

Friday ~ PTA Sponsored Happy Cart brings teachers snacks donated by Publix!

Friday, Dec 7th ~ K-2 Character Assembly: 8:30AM / 3-5 Character Assembly: 2PM

Tuesday, Dec 11th, 5:30-7PM ~ Red Bank Middle School STEAM Night


Jonathan McKenney, a favorite bus driver for field trips by RBE, was presented with the follow honor:

I Am Hamilton t-shirt presented to Jonathan McKenney of Signal Mountain  

Jonathan McKenney, a bus driver for schools on Signal Mountain, received an “I Am Hamilton” t-shirt for keeping children safe on the bus ride home from school. The district presents the special shirts to individuals for efforts that positively impact Hamilton County Schools and the children we serve.


A parent wrote Hamilton County Schools to commend McKenney for his quick thinking that kept her son safe on his way home from school recently.  The parent wrote that it was an afternoon like most when it was time for her son to get home from school.  The dogs were “going nuts” because it was time for their boy to get home.  On this day, the bus stopped, but a car did not and passed the bus where the child would normally be when getting off the bus.

“Mr. McKenney told Charlie to wait because he saw the SUV coming,” the parent wrote. “If Jonathan McKenney had not been watchful or if he had been too rushed, Charlie would have been in the road when the car passed the bus.”

The parent wrote about how Mr. McKenney rewards the children weekly for good behavior, encourages them to look out for each other and to do great things at school. “Words are not adequate to express how thankful our family is to have this dedicated man as our bus driver,” the parent wrote. 

“I am Hamilton” spotlights the contributions of alumni, teachers, parents, students, support workers, and community members providing opportunities for children in the classrooms of Hamilton County Schools.  Better opportunities for children today mean a brighter future filled with possibilities for our graduates, their families, and the community.

Photo: Charlie Baker, a sixth-grader at Signal Mountain Middle/High, and District 2 Board Member Kathy Lennon present Jonathan McKenney with the I Am Hamilton t-shirt.

Nominate someone for “I am Hamilton” recognition.

If you know someone worthy of recognition in the “I am Hamilton” series, let us know.  Send a short message that describes the difference the person makes in the lives of children each day in Hamilton County Schools.  Include the person’s name, connection to Hamilton County Schools, your name, and your connection to Hamilton County Schools.  Send the nomination to  Your nomination could be the next “I am Hamilton!”


Have a fabulous week,

 Haley Brown, Principal

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