School News



Eagle Ridge Elementary

February 20, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

BAF Two Testing went great this week.  I would like to thank our Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade teams for all their hard work, with special appreciation to Mrs. Davis, Guidance Counselor and Test Coordinator.  Well done, Eagles!

We need your help!  The deadline has been extended.  Please log on to to complete our annual customer survey.  We value your feedback.  Thank you.

Our Kindergarten Roundup was a HUGE success!  We welcomed about 80 new future Eagles to our ERE Family.  I would like to thank everyone who attended as well as everyone who helped to plan and organize this annual event:  Our WONDERFUL PTA as well as our AMAZING faculty and staff.  Eagles ROCK!  Remember, registration for the upcoming 2015-16 school year will continue throughout the summer.

We met with our fifth grade parents this week to go over technology and expectations for the upcoming FSA test.  We would like to thank everyone for attending our meeting.  There were MANY questions and ideas brought up.  Again, please log on to to find out more about the FSA test and for our students to take practice online tests.

We hope to see you at our SAC/SAF meetings on Monday, February 23, 2015; starting at 2:30 p.m. in our Media Center.  Childcare is provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

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:  “If we are to teach real peace in this world, we shall have t begin with the children.”  By Mahatma Ghandi

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
Students in third grade will continue participating in the 3rd Grade Reading Portfolio Assessment this upcoming week.  This assessment will be used as an Alternative Promotion Criteria-Good Cause (F.S. 1008.25(6)(b)). The portfolio assessments will be administered through the next five months.  In order for third graders to be promoted using the Third Grade FDOE Reading Assessment Portfolio, students must show mastery of all 17 tested reading for literature and reading for informational text standards.  If you have any questions concerning the promotion of your child, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible to obtain further information.

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
We are still in need of test proctors for our 3rd , 4th, and 5th grade classes during FSA testing.  If you are available to help, even if it is for one day,  PLEASE fill out the “Volunteers Needed” flyer that was sent home.  Flyers are also in the front office.  If you have returned your flyer and you are an approved volunteer, you will be contacted regarding your classroom assignment soon.

FSA ELA Writing- March 4, 2015 (Grades 4-5)
FSA ELA Reading and Listening- March 31 & April 1 (Grades3-4) 
FSA Math- April 7 & 8 (Grades 3-4)
Science- April 14 & 15 (Grade 5)
Computer Based FSA Testing- April 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30  (Grade 5 ELA and Math)

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Http:// is a website provides a central, comprehensive location for Florida-specific information and resources that promote system-wide practices to ensure highest possible student achievement in both academic and behavioral pursuits.

The collaborative vision of the Department and statewide projects, Student Support Services ProjectProblem Solving/Response to Intervention Project(PS/RtI) and Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project(FPBS), supporting the implementation of Florida’s MTSS is to:

Enhance the capacity of all Florida school districts to successfully implement and sustain a multi-tiered system of student supports with fidelity in every school;

Accelerate and maximize student academic and social-emotional outcomes through the application of data-based problem solving utilized by effective leadership at all levels of the educational system;

Inform the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of an integrated, aligned, and sustainable system of service delivery that prepares all students for post-secondary education and/or successful employment within our global society.

For more information please visit

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Stranger Danger Safety

Remind children:

  • Stay with a group. Always walk with at least one friend, two or three is even better.

  • If a stranger offers you a ride, say “NO!” and stay far away from their car.
  • If a stranger follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can.
  • You can run and yell loudly, “HELP!”
  • If a stranger follows you in a car, turn around and go the other direction.
  • Never leave school with a stranger.
  • Tell a trusted adult if a stranger is hanging around the school, playground, or public bathroom.
  • Leave items and clothing that display your name at home so a stranger cannot read it and use it to talk with you.
  • If you arrive home alone, call your mother, father, or other trusted adult to let them know you are home and all right. Keep the door locked, don’t open the door for strangers, and don’t tell strangers that you are home alone.
  • Never accept things from a stranger.
  • If a stranger asks you a question, don’t talk to them. Run away.
  • Don’t go anywhere with a stranger.

Here are some simple rules to reinforce and practice with your children. Remember your child’s limitations; children under 10 years of age are developmentally limited when it comes to judging speed and distance accurately, and very young children may not be able to read the street and pedestrian signs yet. It is important to know the abilities of your own child because all children develop uniquely. Tell your children to go straight home after to school. 


February Calendar of Events       

February is Severe Weather Awareness Month
February is Black History Month

February 23rd                             SAC/SAF Meeting
                                                     2:30 in the Media Center

February 26th                             Early Release
                                                      12:00 p.m. Dismissal

February 27th                              PTA Movie Night
                                                      6:00 P.M in the Cafeteria

March 4th                                    FSA Writing 4th & 5th Grade

March 12th                                  Spring Picture Day

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

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

PTA News
PTA Free Family Fun Movie  Night - It's almost here! Join your ERE family and friends as we enjoy the Disney movie "Big Hero 6" at our FREE Family Fun Movie Night on Friday, February 27th from 6-8:15 p.m. in our cafeteria. Dinner is available pre-sale. Concessions will be available at the event. Bring a blanket or towel for your child to sit on.

Just a reminder that the deadline to get your box tops and labels for education in to qualify for the cupcake contest is approaching.  Please get your box tops and labels in to your teacher no later than February, 27.  Winning classes will be announced in March.  Any questions, please email Diana, your rewards coordinator at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ” 


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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