School News

Eagle Ridge Elementary


March 13, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

I had the pleasure of attending the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Twenty Fifth Anniversary celebration this week.  It is always rewarding to see how our young Eagles grow into successful young ladies and gentlemen.  I would like to thank Mr. Ty Thompson, Principal of MSDHS for including me, Mrs. Sierra, and all the principals in our I-Zone in this wonderful celebration.

We will hold our March Coffee with the Luckiest Principal Chat this coming Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 a.m.   Bring along your questions, ideas, concerns, and solutions.  I hope that you will be able to join me! 

We will also hold our PTA Author Night next week as well as our Chorus Spring Concert and our SAC and SAF Meetings.  Please refer to our calendar of events.  See you then!

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:  “Show class, have pride, and display character.  If you do, winning takes care of itself.”  Paul Bryant

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  
Have you noticed a change around Eagle Ridge? Our Student Council club has been working hard to complete a beautification project, which included mulching and planting flowers around campus. The flowers brighten up our school and help everyone feel proud of Eagle Ridge Elementary. A huge THANK YOU to the Stoneman Douglas Lacrosse Team and Key Club who came out after school to help distribute 160 bags of mulch around our school. Thank you to Ms. Hayes for coordinating this project with Student Council to help improve our school.

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
Our very successful After School Tutoring Program will conclude on Monday, March 16th. The 110 students who participated in the 24-week program made significant enhancements in their reading skills thanks to the precious instructional time they received from their tutors. We would like to thank our astonishing tutors who help make the program a huge success. Thank you to Mrs. Kroll, Mrs. S. Miller, Ms. Bohanan, Ms. Heffernan, Mrs. Colpas, Mrs. Engasser, Ms. Burstein, Mrs. Welser, Mrs. Clay, and Mrs. Davis-Chance. The students all worked hard to become better readers. Congratulations to everyone and now it's time to show what you know!

Visiting Authors
ERE will be welcoming two Award Winning Children’s Authors next week.  Melinda Rabin is presenting to grades K-2 on Monday March 16th.  Our children will absolutely love interacting with her!  In addition, Tom Angleberger, an American children's writer who is known for the New York Times bestselling series Origami Yoda, will be visiting Eagle Ridge on Wednesday March 18th for students in grades 3-5.  There is still time to order these exciting books.  I would like to thank our WONDERFUL PTA for planning and organizing these educational and fun events every year. 

Come out to Barnes and Noble in Coral Springs to meet Tom Angelberger on March 18, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is sure to be delightful.

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
The district will be administering the CogAT assessment to second grade students during the week of March 16th – 18th.  The make-up day is March 17th.  This test is the district’s universal screening assessment to identify second grade students who may qualify for further evaluation to determine possible gifted placement.

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be taking the FSA starting March 31st.  The testing dates are:
March 31st and April 1st - 3rd Grade and 4th Grade FSA ELA
April 7th and 8th – 3rd Grade and 4th Grade FSA Math
April 14th and 15th – 5th Grade Science
April 20th – April 30th – 5th Grade Computerized FSA ELA and Math

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
School Bus Safety

Remind children:

  • When the bus arrives, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb.

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road until you are five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus. Then you can cross the street.
  • Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up first because the driver may not be able to see you.

March Calendar of Events       
March is Women’s History Month

March 16th – 18th                        CogAT Testing, Second Grade ONLY 

March 17th                                    Coffee with the Luckiest Principal Chat
                                                        7:30 a.m. – Media Center

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

March 18th                                    PTA’s Author’s Visit
                                                       Barnes and Noble Night 5-8 p.m 
                                                       With Author Tom Angleberger

March 19th                                    5th Grade Fieldtrip to Orlando

                                                       Early Release – 12:00 p.m. dismissal

March 20th                                    Teacher Planning Day-No School

March 23rd-27th                           Spring Break

March 30th                                    Classes Resume


Art - Mrs. Mohammed

MARCH IS NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS MONTH!  Celebrate the Arts with our students and children to nurture their creative spirits and talents through the Visual Arts, Dance, Music (Instrumental and Vocals), Theater/Acting and the Literary Arts (Poetry, Storytelling, Reading and Writing)!

Ten student works of art are on exhibit at the Young At Art children’s art museum in Davie, Florida, for this year’s SHARED INSPIRATIONS Art Teachers’ Art Lesson exhibit.  The following students’ artworks on display are:

Kylie Kaplan                        (Feiler’s 4th grade class)
Justin Land                        (Burstein’s 5th grade class)
Radiah Patwary           
Skyla Durand                       
Andrew Mersch           
Pablo Silva           
Jeanny Israel                       (Conlin’s 5th grade class)           
Hannah Halulko                   (Cummings’ 5th grade class)
Michelle Berndt
Marilynn Ghantous           

The SHARED INSPIRATION Exhibit will be on display from March 5-15, 2015.  When visiting Young At Art Museum, ask to be directed to the Broward Art Education Association or BAEA SHARED INSPIRATION STUDENT ART EXHIBIT.

Eagle Ridge Elementary had 9 students compete in this year’s WINTERFEST FANTASY BOAT ART CONTEST.  The students are:

3rd Grade                        4th Grade                        5th Grade

Keylee Allen                  Andrew Klein                    Diogo Ortiz
Amber Cruz                   Ty Thompson                   Esteban Quintero
Emma Golub                                                        Mariel Ilagan
Andres Ortiz

The students and their families are invited to the reception, which will be held on MARCH 18, 2015, at the Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale (near Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater).

Parents of the listed students must RSVP by March 16, 2015!  (954) 767-0686

ART NEEDS: STYROFOAM OR PLASTIC EGG TRAYS (6, 12 or 18 count), LARGE PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH LIDS (such as large margarine, Cool Whip, or Cookie Dough plastic containers)!


Young At Art is now accepting applications for this year’s FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS where budding artists (K-12) may showcase and sell their arts or crafts!  This event is a fun way to learn about the business of art, meet working artists, keep the profits from your sales, and win prizes for the best goods, view the Performance Art Showcase and more!

Registration Fees: General Registration (Arts and Crafts) per participant -$25.00
Discounted Registration per participant- $15.00
(Valid for Volunteers, Corporate Partners, Clubs/Groups,YAA Members, YAA Class or Camp Students.)
Performance Art Showcase General Registration- $10.00 per 15 minute time slot


Visit or contact Young At Art Museum for registration forms and for more information.
954-424-5038   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

All grade levels have a work of art that looks museum ready!  Parents, please consider (professionally) framing at least one of your children’s artwork to preserve their precious strokes of creative genius!  They’ll never be this age again!

Students in grades 4-12 may enter “The Legacy of the Holocaust:  Speak Up!  Speak Out! Do Not Be Silent!” art and writing contest.  Contest Dates:  September 3, 2014- April 25, 2015.  Contact Mrs. Mohammed, the art teacher, for contest information.

Chorus – Mr. Cooper
OurChorus will perform their spring show "Possibilities" on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in thecafeteria.  All parents, relatives and friends are invited, and admission is free. All children must be accompanied by a parent for the whole performance.Chorus Students should arrive in the music room by 6:00 p.m.

Clothing: Please weardark colored slacks/or dresses with light colored tops, along with black sneakers,dress shoes, flats, ballet slippers, etc. No jeans please. All clothing must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. Girls should not wear high-heeled shoes. Shirts/blouses must be tuckedin unless obviously made to hang outside. 

PTA News –
Visiting Author K-2:
Hear Ye, Hear Ye students in Grades K-2  

Mad Maggie’s Adventures are coming to Eagle Ridge Elementary next Monday, March 16th!!  You will be introduced to the characters Mad Maggie and Richard the Dragon.  You will travel along with them and their adventures through these books and learn about believing in yourself and never giving up and you will learn about friendship. If you haven’t ordered your books yet, bring in your form tomorrow and drop in the blue PTA mailbox in the Office.  You can still order books on Monday when the author is here. Extra forms are available in the office.

Visiting Author GRADES 3-5:
Get ready students… the countdown has begun. ERE PTA Visiting Author Program welcomes Tom Angleberger, best-selling author of Origami Yoda series to EAGLE RIDGE ELEMENTARY on Wednesday, March 18th!!! You have the chance to order his books and have him autograph them! These books are at a discounted price so if you want to purchase any, please send your order forms in as soon as possible!!  If you have a book at home that is on the order form and you want to bring that; it’s O.K., Mr. Angleberger will autograph it. 

He will also be doing a presentation at Barnes and Noble on University Drive in Coral Springs at 5:00P.M. on March 18th.  If you need an order form there are extra order forms in the front office. You will also be able to order books the day of the visit.  

ERE FAMILY,  ERE's annual Family Basket Night is going to be April 24th.  The PTA is looking for volunteers and donations for baskets.  Anyone interested in donating to or volunteering at this event, please contact Diana at the PTA.  


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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