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Eagle Ridge Elementary

May 15, 2015

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

We had our annual Career Day this week.  It was the BEST turnout EVER!  It was wonderful welcoming our community members and I know just how much fun our students had, while learning about different careers.  Today’s experience allowed for our students to make connections between career and academics, most importantly it proved that our students’ success is everyone’s business.  THANK YOU, presenters with special recognition to our WONDERFUL Career Day Coordinator, Mrs. Melissa Figas, Literacy Coach and our PTA for providing refreshments.  GREAT job Team Eagles!

Thank you for all the goodies, compliments, and support during our Teacher Appreciation Week.  It is simple for us:  We LOVE our students and we value and appreciate EVERY member of our ERE Family. 

I attended our City of Coral Springs Principal Committee Meeting this week.  We are VERY fortunate to be in a city where our officials care so much about education and about the wellbeing of our students.  We have an AMAZING Police and Fire Departments in our city.  City officials truly care about us and want to be involved and to help.  In addition, they will be recognizing one of our outstanding students next week, Nia Hills, plus our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Figas during a special ceremony.  The City of Coral Springs ROCKS!

SMART Initiative Update:  As you know, the SMART Bond initiative passed thanks to YOU!  Eagle Ridge Elementary is part of the first year of approved $100,000. School Choice Enhancement projects.  The process will start with our SAC Team developing a list of two options for our school community to vote.  A Facilities Project Manager has been assigned to our school, Mr. Frank Girardi.  He will be working with us to provide us with technical support and guidance through this process.  Needless to say, we are THRILLED to hear that the process has begun and will keep you posted as our SAC and our parent community are an integral part of this process.  Our next SAC meeting will take place on Monday, May 18 at 2:30 p.m. in our Media Center.  Please plan to be an active participant.  I am counting on you!

Due to class size reduction guidelines and bearing in mind that classes must be balanced academically and demographically, we are unable to honor specific teacher requests from parents.  If you are looking for a particular teaching/class management style in your child’s teacher, feel free to write me a letter.  ALL letters MUST be received by Friday, May 29, 2015.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.

The rainy season is here!  Please remember that 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. Parents will be allowed to pick up at their discretion. Please bring along picture ID. 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!

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:  “Good teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special to be built upon.”  By Ann Lieberman, American Educator and Writer


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 
Our School Improvement Team and teachers have been working together to develop the School-Wide Positive Behavior Plan for 2015-16. This plan includes a set of expectations for all students and positively stated rules to follow in various common areas. The plan includes common areas such as the cafeteria, hallways, and playgrounds. Each area has a set of rules that are posted for students and teachers to follow. The plan also includes a lesson plan for each rule to be taught the first 2 weeks of school in August 2015. With this plan, we hope to increase student safety and reduce the amount of discipline referrals during the 2015-16 school year. The plan is available for the public to view upon request. With your support we can make ERE the best it can be!


Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach

We would like to say THANK YOU to our wonderful group of ERE Career Day presenters who came out today to meet with our students. We had such a great group of people participate! Our students had an awesome experience in learning more about career interests. Seeing students interact and ask lots questions of the professionals was so rewarding. We look forward to working with you all again in the future!

Come and see all of the exciting work your child has done over the course of the year. Projects and student work samples will be on display from Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Art for you to see at our Annual Curriculum Showcase on May 21, 2015 from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by our Media Center  from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to shop for books for your summer reading, too!  Everything is Buy One Get One Free in the ERE Scholastic Book Fair.


Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
Congratulations to Nia Hills for winning the outstanding Student Recognition Award for Ecrmplary Community Service. This is a 5th Grade recognition that is honored by the City of Coral Springs.  Nia’s community service includes beautifying Whispering Woods Park by planting rain forest plants, collecting food for the City of Coral Springs food drive during Thanksgiving, making baskets that were distributed to children at our local hospital, and participating in beach clean up activities. She will be recognized at the end-of-year Award Ceremony where the Mayor and City Commissioners will recognize award-winning students, teachers, and schools on May 20th at the Coral Springs Charter School Auditorium. 



ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and Mental Health Awareness Month! For more information please visit:

 The ESE Parent Survey timeline has been extended until May 31st!! Please go to and provide us with your feedback!


Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Seatbelt Safety

 Hard Facts
Seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives in 2012. Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. Only 54% of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else.

Top Tips
Use a booster seat with the vehicle lap AND shoulder safety belts until your child passes the following Safety Belt Fit Test.

 Be sure your kids are ready for a seat belt by giving them the following Safety Belt Fit Test:

·      Your children’s knees should bend at the edge of the seat when their backs and bottoms are against the vehicle seat back; and

·      The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs; and

·      The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest. Children are usually between 8 and 12 years old when the seat belt fits them properly. 

Once your children pass the Safety Belt Fit Test, teach them the importance of using seat belts on every ride, whether they’re with you or not. This is a habit you can instill at an early age. If they learn this lesson early, they’ll be more likely to buckle up when they’re older or when you’re not around.

·      Kids are VIPs – just ask them. VIPs ride in the backseat; so keep all kids in the back seat until they are 13.

·      When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.

·      A lap and shoulder belt provides the best protection for your children and should be used on every ride.

·      We know kids like to slouch or lean against the windows during the drive, but it makes a difference in terms of safety. Have your children sit upright when using seat belts.


Summer Reading Challenge-
The scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 – Sept 4,2015)

We're only two weeks into the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and already kids around the world have logged an impressive 15,694,033 reading minutes!

Here's an overview of what's happened so far in the Summer Reading Challenge:

More than 930,000 kids registered for the challenge!
Kids hit the one million reading minutes mark on Wednesday, May 6 (day three of the program!)
The first two new, original stories were unlocked: 
A Kick in the Teeth by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Eugene Takes a Holiday by Varian Johnson.

Top 10 States (by minutes read)

 Top 10 States (by number of participating schools)

 The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge runs from May 4 - September 4, 2015. The top elementary school that logs the most minutes this summer will win a visit from bestselling author Michael Northrop and the top middle school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from bestselling author Varian Johnson. The top 20 schools in the challenge will be featured in the 2016 Scholastic Book of World Records. Last year, kids around the world set a new world record for summer reading by logging a total of 304,749,681 reading minutes


May Calendar of Events       
May is Haitian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month.

May 18th                                       SAC and SAF Meetings
                                                      2:30 p.m. – Media Center

May 18th-22nd                              Book Fair 
                                                       7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

May 21st                                      Curriculum Night
                                                     6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

May 21st                                       Book Fair Family Night
                                                      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 22nd                                      1st Grade Field trip Flamingo Gardens

May 25th                                       No School

May 27th                                      2nd Grade High Touch Fieldtrip

May 27th                                       Variety Show
                                                       6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

 May 28th-29th                              4th Grade St. Augustine Fieldtrip


School Financial Report-
In accordance with Florida law, we are providing you with your child’s school financial report, which you can view in the front office. The figures in this report represent the revenues and the expenditures allocated to the school, both in total and per FTE (full-time equivalent) student. This data is compared to the rest of the schools in the district and the state. The purpose of this report is to inform parents of the resources that were available to the school during the 2013-14 school year.


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 thunder or lighnting, walkers and bike riders will not be released until the severe weather lets up. In case 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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