Sandy Ridge PTA - Durham

We are the PTA of Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School in Durham, NC.

The purpose of the Sandy Ridge PTA is to unite the efforts of parents, teachers, and community members to enhance the educational experiences for our children.

2022-2023 Board Members:
Bilingual Liaison:
Parents of Special Needs Students Liaison:
Teacher Liaison:
At-Large Board Members:

Operating as usual


Please join us in congratulating our principal, *Dr.* Lanisha Hinton on a successful final dissertation defense today! 💚Examining Transformational Leadership and its Impact on School Culture. 💚 We are so lucky to have her at the Ridge!

Photos from Baggingit4kids  We Are Durham's post 02/09/2024

Lunches wanted! All community supporters are invited to stand in solidarity on the picket line with Durham's public school workers tomorrow from 10:30-1:30PM.

If you can, please bring extra lunch or snacks to donate to our food drive, and clearly label if it has any nuts, gluten, or meat. Also, share this post with any families who may need assistance tomorrow while their schools will be participating in the Day of Protest.


Tomorrow! Sandwiches/packed lunches needed at SDC! This will help feed DPS students and families affected by staffing shortages. We will be offering pick up of groceries and lunches to fill as many of the gaps as possible. Please donate if you can. Drop off and pick up with be 10-2PM at Staff Development Center.


Location change!!


Public school workers deserve a seat at the table and full transparency when decision makers are considering changes to crucial district policies — especially ones that affect our paychecks. Period.

Today’s workplace action by members of our transportation department and yesterday’s frustrating DPS town hall meeting, and this entire classified pay debacle, shows exactly why it is so urgent that we build real worker power in DPS immediately.

Last October, 1300 classified workers in DPS — our instructional assistants, mechanics, cafeteria workers, Occupational Therapists, Behavior Techs and many more — received emails detailing their new salaries, which included raises from the state and the county based on our years of relevant work experience. Earlier in October the district had already committed to maintaining its existing policy about counting workers’ years of relevant experience from the private sector and from working in other states. Naturally, after receiving these raises workers made countless life decisions: to quit second jobs, find new housing, change daycares, adjust their monthly budgets, etc.

Then, last Friday, just before the long MLK holiday weekend, these same workers received new emails that contradicted their October communications. Now the district is claiming there was a policy change and they will no longer be counting relevant years of experience in the private sector or working outside of NC. Even if workers have received credit for those years of experience for decades, they would now be discounted. Not only would this mean significant pay cuts (of hundreds or even thousand dollars per month) starting this month, there is also the threat that the district will attempt to clawback some of the money workers were paid between October and December.

These are not overpayments, this is a change in wages. We did nothing wrong. So, it is absolutely clear that the district must immediately ease fears and frustrations by committing to:
1. No clawbacks of money that was already paid to workers.

2. No changes to staff members’ January paychecks. The district notified people about this unilateral policy change less than 2 weeks before our next paycheck, which is nowhere near enough time for people to prepare for such a change.

3. Financial transparency so that workers, through this union, can participate fully in the decision making happening now about our compensation and how our years of work experience will be counted.

Here’s what DAE is asking members and supporters to do right now:
-Show up and wear red to the district’s town hall meeting from 9-11 am Thursday at Staff Development Center and demand these immediate actions

-Show up alongside hundreds of our members and community supporters to the School Board meeting on Thursday January 25th from 5:30-6:30 to continue building worker power.

-Forward your email from last week about pay changes (especially the 3 column table showing pay and salary grades) and your email from the district from around October 27th about expected changes to compensation to Abeer ([email protected]) and Symone ([email protected]) The union needs to collect our own information from classified staff who are affected by this overpay issue so our lawyer can look it over and assess our options.



Due to anticipated inclement weather from Hurricane Idalia expected to impact our area overnight and into the morning, Durham Public Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, August 31. Staff will operate on a two-hour delay. Stay safe!

Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo que se anticipan del Huracán Idalia que se espera impacten a nuestra área durante la noche y en la mañana, las Escuelas Públicas de Durham estarán cerradas el jueves, 31 de agosto para los estudiantes. El personal tendrá una demora de dos horas. Por favor sigannos en las redes sociales para las últimas actualizaciones e información. ¡Manténgase a salvo!


Thanks to all who joined the PTA last night at Open House!

If you missed the PTA table, it's never too late to support your school.

Your membership alone helps to fund the PTA budget, and if you're interested in volunteering or learning more about PTA, drop your name and email in the comments below!

To join, scan our QR code or go to


⭐️ Yesterday, we welcomed back all Staff and Teachers with croissants, bagels 🥯, coffee, orange juice, watermelon 🍉, and yogurt.

We are looking forward to a busy, service-filled school year. ⭐️


The Sandy Ridge PTA extends our deepest sympathy to the family & friends of Ms. Brenda Gregory.

Ms. Gregory had been a school Nutrition Assistant at Sandy Ridge since 2019.

Principal Lanisha Hinton shares:

“She was a phenomenal worker, who took pride in her position. Many of us will remember her for her beautiful smile and how she created a loving atmosphere in the cafeteria. She established relationships with the students and strived to learn students by name. Ms. Brenda was a great person, who has touched the lives of so many students and staff. She brightened the lives of many by going above and beyond to help others.”

An obituary and memorial information are available here:



⭐️ Please join us for our LAST PTA MEETING of the school year! ⭐️

Photos from Sandy Ridge PTA - Durham's post 05/09/2023

⭐️The SRE PTA sincerely appreciates all of the educators and staff at SRE. We hope you enjoyed your week! ⭐️


Apex Leaderboard as of 4/21/23, 11:30 am

⭐️ Stars - The countdown is on! You have 12 hours left to help support our beloved Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School!

⭐️🎵We are the Sandy Ridge, We are the Sandy Ridge Stars! 🎵⭐️


Apex Leaderboard as of 4/20/2023 - 9:15 am


Apex Leaderboard - 4/19/23 as of 10:15 a.m.

⭐️ One more day to give! ⭐️


Apex Leaderboard- 4/18/23 8:35 am

⭐️ 3 days left to raise money for our school! ⭐️


Apex Leaderboard as of 4/17/23 8:45 a.m.

⭐️Keep the donations coming SRE STARS! ⭐️


Apex Leaderboard as of 4/14/2023 - 9:40 a.m.

⭐️ Let’s Go SRE Stars! ⭐️ Top 12


A message from our Apex team!

It's Krazy Kiki here (Front Right)! With me I have Stupendous (front left), Smile Kyle (middle), Jammin J (middle left),Lighting J ( back left) and Big Kev (back right)! We are SUPER EXCITED to get started with another year of Apex!!

Tonight’s Challenge to Pie the Apex Team:

Login- The team in Grades PreK-2 and Grades 3-5 to have the most students login to (
using their access code (which will come home with your student today!)

Winners gets to Pie an Apex Team Member🤩🤩🤩!!

Have a Terrific Tuesday!!


Fourth Grade wants to say THANK YOU to everyone who has already purchased magnets and donated to support our field trip. This trip would not be possible without your support!

Our trip is less than a month away and we wanted to announce that you can now PAY ONLINE to snag a magnet (or two)!

You can scan the QR Code OR head to to begin your purchases!

***If you are paying online, PLEASE include your child's name and their teacher's name in STEP 3 in the "Purchase Order" section. This will make for quick deliveries and no confusion!

Community members who want to support this fundraiser but do not have a student at Sandy Ridge can pick up magnets during school hours this week (3/20-3/24 from 7:00-2:15) by coming to the front office and providing the name on the order.

Again, thank you so much for continuing to support our community of awesome SRE Stars! There is no place better than The Ridge.

- 4th Grade Team


🏑 Let’s Get Active! ⚽️

Want to learn basic Field Hockey and Soccer from National Champions and Professional athletes?

Our Coach K wanted to share this great opportunity for anyone that may have students that are interested in Field Hockey and Soccer.

*This particular event is for girls in Grades 3-8th.*

This event will held at UNC Chapel Hill on April 16th, 2023 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Please click the link below to register or click the QR code!


⭐️ Join us tomorrow! ⭐️

Photos from Sandy Ridge PTA - Durham's post 02/15/2023


The Smokehouse Bandits
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Smokehouse Bandits BBQ Cooking Team will be on campus serving up their delicious menu in celebration of our Black History Night Program.


Click on Sandy Ridge to order ahead!

Photos from Sandy Ridge PTA - Durham's post 02/03/2023

SRE PTA Celebrates Black History Month! ⭐️


🚨Join us! ⭐️


Volunteers needed to help staff the PTA Concession Stand for the Kindergarten performance on Thursday 12/15. Multiple shifts available from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Sign up at


We hope you will make plans to see Annie at Northern High School next month! We have 11 Sandy Ridge STARS in the cast and it’s going to be a fabulous show. There will be 2 matinee performances, December 8 & 9 at 10 am, and 2 evening performances December 9 & 10 at 7 pm.

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The Sandy Ridge PTA

The purpose of the Sandy Ridge PTA is to unite the efforts of parents, teachers, and community members to enhance the educational experiences for our children.

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