School News

Eagle Ridge Elementary

March 2, 2015

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

Our Annual PTA Movie Night event was a HUGE success!  It was wonderful seeing all our students and families for a fun night out.  Our PTA did an AMAZING job, once more.  A special THANK YOU to Mrs. Tanya Andrews for coordinating this event for our community!

Our 4th and 5th graders will take the Florida Assessment in Writing on Wednesday March 4th, 2015. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time as testing begins right away in the morning.

Have you ever wondered what teachers do on the Early Release days? When students are dismissed at noon, teachers participate in data chats with administration and support team members. We discuss the individual progress of every student and monitor the plan for those who are struggling with academics.  This one-on-one time with teachers is valuable to help every student achieve.

We have great news!  Eagle Ridge Elementary will be hosting an outstanding summer program.  "Camp Eagle", supervised by our very own Coach Brown, will offer a mix of academics (Reading, Math, and Writing), along with the physical, social, art, and music activities. A flyer has been sent home this week with a survey. We look forward to hearing back from 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


Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal  

According to the Student Code of Conduct, there are specific policies for technology usage. During FSA testing, possession of any electronic device that reproduces, transmits, calculates, or records is cause for invalidation. Possession is defined as “within arm’s reach, even if the electronic device is not visible." For example, students shall not have cellular phones in pockets, clipped to their belts, at their desks, or anywhere they can easily accessed during testing. Therefore; we strongly recommend that you do NOT bring a cell phone to any testing environment.

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
Students in grades 3-5 have been very busy with FAIR's second assessment period. FAIR is the state of Florida's progress monitoring tool. The students take an assessment three times per year to see if they are progressing in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, word recognition, and syntactic knowledge (focusing on their understanding of sentence structure). In all ELA reading classrooms, students are continuing to work on strategies to build their skill level in these areas following the Florida Standards.

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
Our 4th and 5th grade students will be taking the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in Writing.  The administration of the FSA Writing Assessment will be Wednesday, March 4th. The make-up testing dates are March 5th and 6th. Please ensure that our 4th and 5th grade students are present and arrive to school on time on the morning of the test. The FSA Writing Test will require 4th and 5th grade students to write an essay in response to a prompt. The test assesses high-level writing standards appropriate for 4th and 5th grade. Please make sure your child is well rested and eats a health breakfast to assure a great start. I am sure with your support and encouragement they will do well.

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
ESE Parent Survey
February 1 – May 31

We need your help to make Florida’s 2014-2015 ESE Parent Survey a record success

Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child’s education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Make your voice heard!
The web-based survey will open February 1, 2015.

You can complete the survey online at or request a paper survey from your child’s school.

Your feedback is important in helping the state and local school systems continue improving educational programs for children with special needs. Thank you!


Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Walking Safety

Practice and remind children to:

  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, face the traffic so that you can see cars coming and keep as far from the roadway (as far away from the traffic) as possible.
  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks. (If there is a crosswalk button, press the button and wait for the walk sign to indicate that it is safe to cross.)
  • Stop at the curb or edge of the road, look left, then right, and then left again (left, right, left) before you step into the street.
  • If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left right left until no cars are coming.
  • Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
  • Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway.


Eagle Ridge Summer Camp
We have great news for you!  Eagle Ridge Elementary will be hosting an outstanding summer program.  Camp Eagle will offer a mix of academics (Reading, Math, and Writing), along with the physical, social, art, and music activities that will make it the best summer of their lives!

A flyer has been sent home this week with a survey. We look forward to hearing back from you!


March Calendar of Events       

 March 2nd                                    St. Augustine Parent Info Night
                                                       6 p.m in the Cafeteria

March 4th                                      FSA Writing 4th & 5th Grade

March 12th                                    Spring Picture Day

March 16th                                    Author Visit K-2

March 17th                                   Chorus Show Parent Night
                                                       6:30 in the Cafeteria

March 18th                                   Author Visit 3-5
                                                      Barnes and Noble Night With Author Tom Angleberger

March 19th                                    5th Grade Fieldtrip
                                                       Early Release

March 20th                                    Teacher Planning Day

March 23rd-27th                           Spring Break


Yearbook Club – Ms. Hayes
Don’t forget to make your yearbook purchase online by March 6th!

The 2014-2015 yearbooks will be available until March 6th. Yearbook purchases must be made ONLINE only. The yearbook price is $26.00. Please do notwait until the last minute. Your 2014-2015 yearbook can be purchased online at: You will need your child’s student ID number to log on. 
Ms. Hayes, Yearbook Coordinator 754-322-6300

Before and After School Child Care– Ms. Hayes
Attention Parents: This is a friendly reminder that pay period 7 is due by March 2nd, If you do not make your payment online by March 2nd, you will be responsible for a $25.00 re-registration fee that must be paid the following day in order to have your child enrolled in the program. Please make payments ONLINE at:

Student Council – Ms. Hayes
Student Council will be participating in the March for the Hungry Food Drive.  Collection dates will begin March 5th-12th.  We will be collecting non-perishable items such as canned goods, boxed items and plastic jars. All donations will be collected for local families within our community. We thank you in advance for your support and contributions.

St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon – Ms. Hayes
Thank you to all of the students, families and friends at Eagle Ridge Elementary who helped support the St. Jude Math-A-Thon this school year. With your generous donations, we contributed $1,169.00 to a wonderful fundraising event. Your generosity will help many families and children in need. Thank you for your support and kindness always.

PTA News
Kindergarten Reading Program

The PTA would like to congratulate the following kindergarten students for reading 2,500 minutes so far this year!  

Sean Carlucci - Ms. Burrell’s Class
Rayah George - Ms. Melamed’s Class
Manerva Ghantous - Mrs. Erich’s Class
Isabella Hogan - Mrs. Ferro’s Class
Rebecca Morrison - Ms. Burrell’s Class

These amazing readers will also have their wonderful achievement announced on the morning announcements next week! Congratulations and keep on reading!!

Ten for Ten Program
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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Media Center Volunteers Needed
Ms. Mijon in the media center is in need of volunteers to help reshelf the books that are checked out by our ERE students.  With almost 900 students, there are hundreds of books being checked in and out of the media center every day and they all need to be returned to their shelves.  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 or would like to volunteer, please contact Kelly Jacobson, Media Center Chair, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or just stop by the media center anytime.


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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