School News

Eagle Ridge Elementary

August 18, 2014


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful summer vacation and that you enjoyed some special, quality time with your children.

Our theme this year is “Set Sail for Learning!”

We would like to welcome our NEW EAGLES:  Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Pizzirusso, Mrs. Rubin, Mrs. Burrell, Ms. Moss, Mrs. Mayberry, Mrs. Heffernan, and Mrs. Piccone.  They come to us with many years of experience at other Broward County Schools.   There have been some changes to our Support Team:  Mrs. Sierra, AP; Mrs. Devaney, ESE Specialist, Mrs. Figas, Literacy Coach; Mrs. Davis-Chance, Guidance Counselor.  Please stop by and show our warm Eagle welcome!

Unfortunately we missed keeping our "A" by four points.  This was due to writing scores.  Although our "B" school grade does NOT define us, it DOES tell us that we have work to do, especially in writing. We continue to maintain academic focus with special emphasis on communication. As a result, we will continue having our “Coffee with the Luckiest Principal” chats, the first Tuesday of the month. Our first conversation will take place on Tuesday, August 26 at 7:30 a.m. in the Media Center.  We will be talking about “What’s New for 2014-15.” We look forward to seeing you there!

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 BEFORE they report to school. Thank you.

Please log on to our website at 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 an $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. 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.

It’s going to be another GREAT year at Eagle Ridge Elementary!

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Confucius

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. 

We will not be sending home a paper copy of the newsletter.  You will be able to view the Eagle Express by logging on to our website.  Please log on to our webpage at to sign up to have the Eagle Express sent to your e-mail automatically.  If you need a paper copy, please stop by the office.  Thank you.

Eagle Ridge Elementary welcomes parents’ input and feedback.  This includes feedback in regard to teacher, staff, and administrator evaluations.

Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal
Welcome back to those who are returning and a brand new "welcome" to those families who are new to Eagle Ridge Elementary School.  You are an important part of our school community where students, staff, teachers, and parents all work together to make it the best place for every student to learn.  Our theme this school year,  "Set Sail for Learning at ERE!"

I look forward to working with you this school year.  Please know that my door is always open for you!

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
Welcome Eagles!  Sharpen your pencils and fasten your anchors... the school year has started! Lead off the year the right way by getting organized. At home you can do the following to help make it a successful year:

  • Establish a daily routine for meals, homework, reading, play time, family time and bedtime.

  •   Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from distractions and with all the right study materials for homework -- paper,       pens and pencils, books, a dictionary, a thesaurus, a desk, etc.

  • Schedule doctor, dental and eye exams. Make sure your child has the proper vaccinations.

  • Review school information. Go over conduct guidelines, dress codes and other school rules with your child. Expect good grades and good behavior.

  • Avoid tardies or absences. Remember, attendance plays a VERY important role in student achievement!

  • Encourage your child to always do their best.

  • Be enthusiastic.

It’s going to be a TERRIFIC school year!

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
Welcome back Eagles!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer.  Let’s be eager about the new school year and ready to face the year with new challenges.  As ERE Eagles, we are going to strive to be the best as we put forth great effort and work hard, never settling for less.  Also remember to be good team players, always being considerate and respectful of everyone’s feelings.  When we create a caring environment, everyone looks forward to learning and growing.  As a team, I know we will make great strides this year!

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Welcome back to the new school year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation! If you have any questions regarding Exceptional Student Education please feel free to contact me at 754-322-6300. I'm looking forward to an amazing year as we SET SAIL FOR LEARNING!!!

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Traffic Safety

  • 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.
  • Limit your use of cell phones- pay attention to the roadway.
  • Obey all traffic control signs and devices.  Do Not Stop in the roadway or make improper U-Turns.
  • Park in designated parking areas or you may be cited.
  • Grass parking is allowed for the 1st week of school and Independence Day.  After the 1st week is completed citations will be given to violators.
  • Parking space is limited- so please use the car line pickup for dismissal or wait 5 minutes for a space to become available. 
  • Blocking cars or double-parking in the parking lot is prohibited.  Please do not park where the orange cones are placed. 
  • Please use the crosswalk where crossing guards are located to walk to school.  Crossing in the middle of the block/street with children is not only dangerous but a pedestrian violation that will be enforced.

Your children’s safety is my ultimate concern and with your help and cooperation, we can make this and every other year a safe one. 

Welcome Back!

Cafeteria – Mrs. Diaz
Welcome Back, Food and Nutrition Services Mission Statement is to Provide nourishing meals to support student achievement and lifelong healthy life styles.

Menus are available on line at  This is alsoavailable as a free download from the itunes store, or your mobile device’s app store.  School Lunch by Nutrislice provides menus and descriptions of both our Breakfast and Lunch menus.

Independence Day
We are so pleased with the way our children have adapted to their new surroundings.  Their smiling faces, happy voices, and fantastic behavior are proof they have truly become Eagle Ridge Eagles.  On Monday, August 25, 2014, Independence Day will help them to take their next step.  On that day, they will be saying goodbye to their parents/guardians at the front gate of the school and walking to their classrooms (accompanied by school volunteers, if needed.)  Teachers, parent volunteers, and staff will be visible around campus for direction when necessary but especially, to welcome each student to his/her classroom.

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       

August 18th                                    First Day of School for Students

August 25th                                     Independence Day

August 26th                                    Coffee with the Luckiest Principal
                                                             7:30 a.m. – Media Center

September 1st                                 Labor Day – No School

September 5th                                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 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 25th                             No School


Aftercare-Ms. Hayes
Eagle Ridge Elementary School is proud to offer a high quality, fee-based Before and After School Child Care (BASCC) program for the students that attend our school. A registration form and a $25 family registration fee must be paid before a child can enter the program. The cost of a typical four-hour program is in the fee scheduled per pay period, per child and must be paid in advance. Fees are collected monthly on a pre-determined payment due date.

We offer homework assistance, snack time, math games and science experiments, computers, cooking, art, outdoor play and many more exciting activities. Qualified staff shall provide fun activities in a structured environment.

Registration begins on August 13, 2014. You may register between 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.
For further information, please contact Ms. Hayes, BASCC Supervisor, 754-322-6300.

PTA News
Ten for Ten
TEN for TEN is a program where 100% of the funds raised will go directly into our classrooms, either as requested supplies or new technology. The teachers individually decide what to purchase with the money raised.  With TEN for TEN, your PTA takes requests from teachers for supplies and then shops around for the best price, making sure we stretch every dollar.  From the start of this program two years ago, we have purchases more than $10,000 worth of basic supplies and technology that go DIRECTLY TO THE CLASSROOMS.

Eagle Ridge needs your help more than ever due to budget cuts.  Please consider joining TEN FOR TEN. Questions? Contact: Caryn Cipes

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 your picture ID.  Remember that our students’ safety is our utmost concern.  We ask for your patience and support, as dismissal will be delayed if there is severe weather in the area.  Crossing guards leave their posts at 2:30 p.m.



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