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Eagle Ridge Elementary

August 29, 2014
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
I would like to thank everyone who attended our very first “Coffee with the Luckiest Principal” chat.  We had THE BEST turnout EVER, with twenty parents in attendance.  Mrs. Sierra, AP joined us as well as we discussed “What’s New for the 2014-15 School Year.”  A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Bradford, Office Manager for providing refreshments and some YUMMY chocolate chip cookies.  See you at our next chat to take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. in our Media Center. 

I have some wonderful news!  Our school and our physical education program have been selected to partake in the Carol M. White Physical Education Programs (PEP) grant.  Broward County Public Schools will successfully implement a researched and literacy based physical education curriculum, Sports Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK), in all 142 Broward County public elementary schools and all 36 elementary charter schools over a three-year period.  This year we are excited to participate in this program.  Our physical education department will receive approximately $5,800.00 in physical education equipment and approximately $1,000.00 in physical education curriculum.  We are VERY excited to be a part of this new program!

Our Open House times will be as follows: Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second grades, Wednesday, September 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Third, Fourth, and Fifth grades on Wednesday, September 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer, feel free to contact us at 754-322-6300. Please remember that volunteers MUST log on to www.getinvolvedineducation.com BEFORE they report to school. Thank you.

Pleas log on to our website at http://eagleridge.browardschools.com/ to view our Eagle Ridge Parent Handbook as well as other very important information.

IMPORTANT!  On June 9, 2014, the School Board of Broward County approved Resolution 14-88, which would put a $800 Million General Obligation Bond on the November 4th ballot. The proceeds of this bond will be utilized for capital improvements and to purchase technology for teachers and students. SMART stands for: Safety, Music and Art, Athletics, Renovation, and Technology.  www.browardschools.com/smartfutures or call 754-321-1104.

If you have any concerns, questions, or ideas, which you would like to share with us, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Our Support Team members and I are also here to help, 754-322-6300. We look forward to seeing you around campus.

Have a wonderful week!

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “To find the best shells, you have to walk slowly.  You’ll find more perfect shells than you can carry.”  Beach Wisdom, Life Lessons from the Ocean

Class Size and Student Placement
Due to the State Class Size Reduction law, students may need to be moved between teachers after the start of school to ensure compliance with the required student limits.  These limits are 18 students for Pre-Kindergarten to grade 3; 22 students for grades 4 to 8; and 25 students for grades 9 to 12 in core classes.   Please know that students’ needs, will continue to be met through proper instruction and services. 

SEVERE WEATHER DISMISSAL PROCEDURES:
Please make sure that you discuss alternate arrangements for your children in case of severe weather, especially if they usually walk or ride their bikes home after school.

On days when we have light rain or rain without thunder or lightning, students will be dismissed normally, unless you have made special arrangements with your children.

Whenever there is thundering or lightning, walkers and bike riders will not be released until the severe weather lets up.  In cases of severe weather, even car loop students will stay in their classrooms, Media Center, and/or cafeteria until the weather clears.   Parents will be allowed to pick up their child from the classroom at their discretion.Please bring along picture ID.

Crossing guards leave their posts at 2:30 p.m. 
Please remember that our students’ safety is our utmost concern.  We ask for your patience, as dismissal will be delayed if there is severe weather in the area.  Thank you for your continued support.  Mrs. Rashid, The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal
Congratulations to the three classrooms that earned enough compliments to be recognized on the morning announcements. Great job to Ms. Moss’s class, Mrs. Curtis’s class, and Mrs. Simon’s class for doing a great job in the hallways and cafeteria. We are always on the look out for the classes who are following the rules when in the cafeteria and in the hallways. Keep up the good work!

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
The 2014 - 2015 school year has gotten off to a wonderful start!  You may access online textbooks and other supplemental instructional materials for math, reading, and science for grades K-5 and other valuable resources by going to 
www.beep.browardschools.comand clicking on the “student portal” link on the page.   Your child’s student ID and their password or Birth Date (MM/DD/YYYY) is required to view online textbooks, but many resources do not require a username or password.

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
We are starting our Character Education Student of the Month recognitions.  At the end of each month your teacher will choose the student that best exemplified the character trait for that month.  Our character trait for the month of September is “Cooperation”. The chosen student will be presented with a “Student of the Month” certificate on the morning announcements.  So, let’s show cooperation every day so you may be chosen as September’s Student of the Month for your class.

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System) provides services for parents with children with special needs. Families are critical to the development of any child, and they are especially important for a child with a disability. FDLRS goal is to provide support to parents, caregivers, siblings, and other family members of children with learning challenges.† Additionally, they want to help families obtain information and skills to help their children grow to their fullest potential.† Parent Services provides educational workshops, information, and referrals to help families understand how to raise and educate their children who have a disability.† For more information please call (754) 321-2211.

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
School Parking

  • Park in designated parking areas/spaces or you may be cited.
  • First two rows in the parking lot area are for Teacher parking and Administrative parking is located in the front of the school.
  • Do not park on the Grass outside the school gate and along the roadways. Citations will be given to violators.
  • Blocking cars or double-parking in the parking lot is prohibited. 
  • Do not park where the orange cones are placed. 
  • Parking on the grass inside the school gates are allowed as long as the traffic flow is not blocked.
  • Parking space is limited- so please use the car line for drop-off and pick-up or wait 5 minutes for a space to become available. 

Drop-off (AM)

  • The speed limit in the school zone is 15 MPH and strictly enforced by police officers for your child’s safety.
  • Never drop your child off in the roadway- use designated drop off areas at schools.
  • If you use the parking lot area, you must park in a space and walk your child to the sidewalk.
  • A city citation will be issued for dropping your child in the parking lot area without parking in a designated parking space.
  • If you use the car line for drop-off, then you must remain in your vehicle at all times.

Pick-up (PM)

  • Never pick-up your child from the roadway- use designated pick-up areas at schools.
  • If you use the parking lot area, you must park in a space or the grass inside the gate.
  • If you use the car line for pick-up, then you must remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • Do not park where the orange cones are placed. 

City Laws can be enforced on private property as well as in public areas.

Back to School Reminders:

  • If you need to pick up your child for early dismissal, please remember that we do NOT dismiss after 1:30 p.m.  Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Be sure your children are aware of any changes in their after school pick up before they come to school in the morning.  Emergency changes in dismissal will be e-mailed to your child’s teacher.
  • To keep our campus safe, students are NOT permitted to return to school to pick up forgotten items after 2:00 p.m.  Thank you.

August and September Calendar of Events       
September is European Heritage Month

September 1st                           Labor Day – No School

September 5th                          Grandparents Day 2nd Grade

       PTA Spirit Sales – Snow cones, $1.00

September 10th                       Open House
                                                       PreK-2 – 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.
                                                       3, 4, and 5 – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

September 12th                       Volunteer Orientation
                                                        8:30 a.m. – School Cafeteria

September 16th                       PTA General Meeting, 9:15 a.m. -  Media Center           

September 18th                       Interim Reports go home
                                                       Early Release – Dismissal at 12:00 p.m.

September 22nd                     SAC/SAF Meetings – 2:30 p.m. – Media Center

September 25th                      No School

PTA News
The PTA is so happy to welcome everyone back for a wonderful year and to welcome for the first time our newest Eagles, the Kindergarteners and all of our new students!  We hope everyone is well-rested and ready to set sail for a new adventure. The PTA is also excited to announce that we are on Facebook, please come to our page, like us, and keep up with our events: 
https://www.facebook.com/EagleridgePTA. We also have a new email address,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , we would love to hear from you. 

Ten for Ten
Have you heard about our amazing Ten for Ten Program?  This program raises funds to purchase classroom supplies for our teachers.  The program is called Ten for Ten because the suggested donation is $10 for ten months.  You also have the option of making a flat donation in any amount, or splitting the donation into three payments.  Your contribution has a direct affect on our classrooms!  For example, if your child’s teacher needs a new pencil sharpener for her class, all she needs to do is fill out a Ten for Ten request form, and the pencil sharpener will be purchased with the funds from the Ten for Ten Program. If you would like more information on this amazing program, please contact Caryn Cipes, Ten for Ten Program Chair, at 
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volunteer Security Clearance Procedures
All volunteers who have provided four or more hours of service throughout the course of the 2013-2014 school year have been automatically processed through Level 1 security clearance.  To receive your 2014-2015 badge, please show your driver’s license at the front office.  All new Broward County School volunteers this school year, those who did not volunteer four or more hours last year, or those whose information has changed since last year, MUST fill out an application online PRIOR to volunteering at:
http://www.getinvolvedineducation.com/volunteers/application.htm  If you have any questions regarding volunteering with the PTA at ERE, please contact Caryn Cipes, PTA Volunteer Coordinator, at caryn@caryncipes.com

Spirit Friday
Friday, September 5th will be our first Spirit Friday of the school year!  After school, by the car loop, the PTA will be selling snow cones and our school spirit wear.  This month, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for PTA Membership and the Ten for Ten Program.  Spirit Friday will be held on the first Friday of every month! 

 
 
 

 

 
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