Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal
September is Nationally Recognized as Attendance Awareness Month. Did You Know? Chronic absence not only affects the absentee students, it disrupts learning for an entire classroom when teachers have to repeat lessons for students returning to class. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, a million dollars more than a dropout, over a lifetime.
Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
Eagle Ridge Elementary is excited to announce the start of our school-wide Reading Incentive Program called Anchor Yourself Into a Good Book for grades 1-5. The main focus of this program is to encourage students to read interesting, challenging books and reward them for their effort. Prizes will be awarded monthly and levels will vary depending on the grade. The level chart will be posted on our school website for your reference. This chart is a guide to help establish a goal for your child. Happy reading!
Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
If a student feels that he/she is being bullied or if a student thinks that they have witnessed bullying, the “Bully Box” is available for anonymous reporting. The “Bully Box” is located on the far left counter in the lobby of the front office. All reports are investigated. When investigating and determining whether or not a situation was in deed bullying, the behavior has to have ALL the following three RIP elements:
R – Repeated I – Imbalance of Power P – Purposeful
Please keep these three elements in mind when using the “Bully Box” to report.
ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Celebrate Disability History and Awareness Weeks! The first two weeks of October of each year is designated as “Disability History and Awareness Weeks.” Information will be posted on the district website: www.broward.k12.fl.usstudentsuppost/ese/ Disability awareness books are available at Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources (FDLRS) Media Center and at Arthur Ashe Middle School.
Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of 5. Children under age 5 are at greatest risk for choking injury and death. Toys, household items and foods can all be a choking hazard. The most common cause of nonfatal choking in young children is food. Toy manufacturers label toys for choking hazards and some food manufacturers voluntarily label food products as posing a potential choking risk; however, any food can present a choking risk. Education regarding choking risks, precautions to take in avoiding these risks, and known lifesaving procedures are necessary to eliminate senseless and tragic injuries and deaths caused by choking.
Precautions and Prevention
Never leave a small child unattended while eating. Direct supervision is necessary.
Children should sit up straight when eating, should have sufficient number of teeth, and the muscular and developmental ability needed to chew and swallow the foods chosen. Children with special health care needs are especially vulnerable to choking risks.
Children should not eat when walking, riding in a car or playing.
Cut foods into small pieces, removing seeds and pits. Cook or steam vegetables to soften their texture. Cut hot dogs lengthwise and widthwise.
Offer plenty of liquids to children when eating, but solids and liquids should not be swallowed at the same time. Offer liquids between mouthfuls.
Use only a small amount of peanut butter when the child is ready and use with jelly, or cream cheese on whole grain breads (Remember peanut butter can stick to the roof of a child's mouth and form a glob.)
Pay particular attention to those foods, toys and household hazards mentioned that pose choking hazards to ensure child safety.
Become familiar with life-saving techniques such as child cardiopulmonary resuscitation, abdominal thrusts (Heimlich Maneuver), Automated External Defibrillators (AED) or calling 911.
Hot dogs, Popcorn, chips, pretzel nuggets, Candy, cough drops, gum, lollipops, marshmallows, caramels, hard candies, jelly beans, Whole grapes, raw vegetables, raw peas, fruits, fruits with skins, seeds, carrots, celery, and cherries, Dried fruits, sunflower seeds, all nuts, Peanut butter, Ice cubes, cheese cubes
Bottle Caps, latex balloons, coins, marbles, toys with small parts, small balls, pen or marker caps, button type batteries, medicine syringes, screws, stuffing from a bean bag chair, rings, earrings, crayons, erasers, staples, safety pins, small stones, tiny figures, and holiday decorations including tinsel, or ornaments and lights
Due to equipment repair, the Eagle Ridge menu has changed for breakfast and lunch for next week. The menu for Monday 9/29/14 will be Beef Dippers over rice or Ham and Cheese sandwich. Sorry for the inconvenience.
September and October Calendar of Events
September is European Heritage Month.
October 1st Conversation With the District
@ Taravella High School – 6:30 p.m
October 6th-10th Book Fair
October 13th – 17th National School Lunch Week
October 17th Fall Festival 6:00 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
October 24th Teacher Planning Day
No School For Children
Yogurtland Destination Fundraiser - THANK YOU!
Thank you so much for supporting ERE at our first Destination Fundraiser at Yogurtland on Tuesday! We had a fabulous turnout. It was great seeing our ERE family!
Math Super Stars is having 2 training sessions on Monday September 29th.The first will be held @ 8:30 a.m. in Computer Lab A and the other session will be held at 6:00 p.m. also in Computer Lab A. We will be going over the MSS program; even if you have participated in the past please attend the training. Please RSVP to Luz Gonzalez at
Volunteer Training for AR will take place on Monday, September 29th in Lab A at 9:15 am. You should have received an email from your committee chairperson. Please contact them if you are unable to attend.
Orders are due October 2nd for tickets to the Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings game. Please send in the paperwork and money Attention PTA. If you cannot find the paperwork you can always get a copy of it in the school office or on our website https://www.facebook.com/EagleridgePTA. Friends and family are welcome to go as well. We cannot wait to tailgate with you!
Join us on Friday, October 3rd at 2pm for SPIRIT FRIDAY! Wear your Spirit shirts. To celebrate our ERE spirit and support our school, purchase snow cones for $1.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Join us for the Scholastic Sir Readalot Book Fair and Book Drive, October 6th through the 10th in the Media Center from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the Family Night taking place Wednesday, October 8th from 6 to 8 p.m.
We'll also be collecting your old books for the Book Drive in front of the school at drop-off and pick-up or anytime in the front office.
Save the Date!!
Our Fall Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 17th from 6-9pm. More information to come.
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.