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Eagle Ridge Elementary
 

September 19, 2014

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Students, and Community Members:

We held our first PTA General Meeting this week.  We had a REALLY good turnout.  Agenda items included a very important presentation by Cynthia Bush of The Children’s Services Council.  This is a wonderful organization whose focus is to HELP children in our community.  Many of our students benefit from programs like Swim Central.  They will also be part of the November ballot.  We encourage you to log on to http://www.cscbroward.org/ to find out more information about this wonderful organization.

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 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.  www.browardschools.com/smartfutures  or call 754-321-1104.   Thank you.

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:  “Just when you think it’s getting too deep, you’ll find a sandbar.”  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. 

Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal

Parents we need your help.  Many students have been arriving to school too early.  Supervision does not start until 7:30 a.m. when the gates open. If you need before care, you can sign your child up in the front office. Before care starts at 6:30 a.m. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach

Reading is an astoundingly complex cognitive process. While we often think of reading as one singular act, our brains are actually engaging in a number of tasks simultaneously each time we sit down with a book. There are five aspects to the process of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading comprehension and fluency. These five aspects work together to create the reading experience. As children learn to read they must develop skills in all five of these areas in order to become successful readers.

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis

This is an important reminder that our “Bully Box” is available for any student that is experiencing bullying.  If you are experiencing teasing, name calling, harassment, threats, or hitting and this has happened more than once by the same person, you may complete a Bully Complaint Form and place it in the Bully Box.  It is located in the front office on the far left counter.  Silence hurts and you should never remain a victim.  If you are afraid to tell a responsible adult, please use the “Bully Box”.  If you ever witness bullying taking place, don’t be a bystander.  Witnesses can report too.  Remember the “Bully Box” is strictly for reporting bullying incidences.  If a situation happens once, this is not bullying and you should tell a responsible adult. 

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney

Did you know that Eagle Ridge offers various ESE services to those who qualify? We offer speech and language services, push-in ESE services for academics, occupational and physical therapies, counseling services, and gifted services. All of these services assist our students in being the best eagles they can be. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Devaney at 754-322-6300.

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper

School has been in session for more than a month now.  Warnings for parking and pedestrian violations were issued for the first two weeks of school.  These violations will be strictly enforced due to chronic and habitual offenders.

Please read and follow all the road signs posted around the school.

The speed limit in the school zone is 15 MPH and strictly enforced by police officers for your child’s safety (flashing yellow lights).

Stopping/parking in the grass or roadway to drop your child off is strictly prohibited.  This creates a traffic hazard and can cause a traffic crash.

Park in designated parking areas or you will be cited.

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.

If there are any problems or verbal altercations due to parking, please report the incidents to the front office. 

Violations of traffic control devices, the speed limit (speeding), stopping in the roadway, and no turning signs are State Violations that can add points to your license with other penalties.

Violation of City/State Ordinances, like parking in the Grass, in the Fire Lane, Obstruction of the Flow of Traffic, and other offenses, has monetary penalties.

 

September and October Calendar of Events       
September is European Heritage Month.

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

September 23rd                        Yogurtland fundraiser
                                                         3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

September 25th                        No School

October 6th-10th                       Book Fair

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

October 10th                             Walk to School Day

October 13th – 17th                 National School Lunch Week

October 13th                             I-Zone Showcase
                                                     6:30 p.m. M.S. Douglas H. S.

October 17th                            Fall Festival 6:15 P.M

October 20th                            Picture Day

October 22nd                          4th Grade Field Trip - Sawgrass Rec. Park   

 October 23rd                         Fall Parade – 8:30 am
                                                    Early Release Day – 12:00 p.m. Dismissal

October 24th                           Teacher Planning Day
                                                    No School For Children

October 27-31                        BAF’s Testing for Grades 3, 4, and 5

PTA News

Media Center Training

There will be a training in the media center 
on Monday, 9/22, at 9:00 amfor all those who would like to volunteer in the media center. Mrs. Mijon is in need of volunteers to help reshelf the books that are checked out by our ERE students.  It is a great volunteer opportunity because you can come in for a few hours, or for a few minutes, whenever your schedule allows.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Jacobson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Ten for Ten

Have you heard about our amazing Ten for Ten Program?  This is a program that 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, PTA Ten for Ten Program Chair, at Caryn
@caryncipes.com.

Yogurtland- "Destination Fundraiser" on September 23rd, 3-7 p.m.
We hope to see you at our first Destination Fundraiser this year on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 3-7pm at Yogurtland in The Walk. Flyers are available in the Front Office. When you show the flyer, a portion of the proceeds will be returned to Eagle Ridge. Please share with your friends and family! Thank you for supporting our school!

SAC/SAF

Let your voice be heard!  Please join us for our monthly SAC/SAF meetings this year and find out what's going on in our school and all around the district.   Feel free to come with your questions and ideas.   Our voice matters!  Our first meeting will be held 
on 9/22 at 2:30 pm in the media center.  Please join us and find out what it's all about!   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelley Sorensen, SAF Chairperson at 954-638-9940 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The SAC team is looking for a Recording Secretary.  If anyone is interested please contact Mrs. Naik, SAC Co-Chair either at the school, or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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