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Eagle Ridge Elementary


November 20, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
We are thankful!

As we take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:

  • Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job

  • Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning

  • Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need

We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving Holiday. We also hope you will keep in mind that school is closed on Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27.  We will welcome you back on Monday, November 30.

We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra time off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

We are thankful that we are ALL part of the wonderful ERE Family!

Have the BEST Thanksgiving ever!

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Mayyou have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.”  Eskimo Proverb

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

Please remind your child of expectations while at school. Help us reinforce the following:

  • Students should not bring toys to school.

  • Keep all valuables at home.

  • Your cell phone is kept "off" while on campus.

All of these items distract students from teaching and learning. We are working on a new School-Wide Positive Behavior Plan that includes these expectations as a priority for our school. Thank you for your help and support.


Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach

Have you heard about iStation's computer-based learning system that offers the depth and breadth of curriculum, the quality production, the wealth of resources, and the measurable results?  Eagle Ridge is happy to announce that we will use this wonderful program again this year.  Look for a parent letter coming home this week.  Each student has his or her own login name and password.

What Is Istation Reading?  It's a comprehensive computer-based reading program that maximizes students’ reading fluency, comprehension and retention, and academic success. Computer-adaptive assessments and curriculum present reading and writing in a fun, interactive way that motivates students to participate.

  • Just to name a few...Istation Delivers:

  • Computer-adaptive assessments that dynamically adjust to each student's skill level

  • Pre-K through 8th grade curriculum in reading and interdisciplinary studies

  • Engaging, interactive content in a game-like format that kids love

  • Differentiated instruction

    Our domain: eagleridge.broward.fl            Website:

In addition, students in grades 1-5 can use Istation from home.  Below is the link to begin the download.   This is the icon that students will use to log on.

Each student has their own card with their username ID and password to login to Istation.  Happy Reading!


Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis

Attendance Matters: Did you know that children can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year or about 18 days?  This can be just one day every 2 weeks.  Studies show that many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and 1st grade can struggle academically in later years.  They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of 3rd grade.  We understand the children will get sick and some absences are unavoidable.  If too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether the absences are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.  So, let’s join the Attendance Campaign and stress to our children that attendance matters and it is a vital part of their learning.  For more information about our District’s Attendance Campaign visit:


ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney

Poor Reading Accuracy or Speed?

Trouble with Spelling or Writing?

Struggled to Learn Letter Sounds in School?

“What is Dyslexia and How Anyone with Dyslexia Can Learn to Read Well!”
WHEN: November 21st at 10 am
WHERE: Palm Beach Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm
WHAT: Free Presentation on Dyslexia & Discussion
WHO: Dr. Tim Conway, Neuropsychologist & Dyslexia Researcher

People with dyslexia can be very successful. Improving their reading skills can help them achieve this success too!

Below is a list of brilliant people with dyslexia:

Albert Einstein
Steve Jobs
John Lennon
Dav Pilkey
Richard Branson
Tom Cruise
Alexander Graham Bell
Bill Gates
Steven Spielberg
Jay Leno
Thomas Edison
Whoopi Goldberg
Tommy Hilfiger
Walt Disney
Henry Ford



A Safety Message from Officer Greear and Officer Dittman

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

  • Dress casually and comfortably.

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

  • Always carry your driver's license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

  • Keep cash in your front pocket.

  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

  • Avoid going store to store purchasing items and storing them in your car.  Criminals will follow you after leaving a store and break into your car if the items are left inside.


November and December Calendar of Events       
November is Native American Heritage Month.

November 25-27              No School – Happy Thanksgiving

December 3                      1st Grade Fieldtrip
                                           Butterfly World

December 4                      Spirit Friday

December 11                     2nd Grade Fieldtrip
                                            Museum Of Discovery and Science


Congratulations to all ERE Math SuperStars who have earned their prize(s) so far: Yogurtland Ice Cream and McDonalds nuggets! Enjoy them!

Next worksheets due going home this week:

1-5 grades: WS 8 due on 11/24

KG: WS 4 on 11/24

Thanks to all volunteers and teachers for their support to make the MSS program possible for all ERE students.


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