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Eagle Ridge Elementary



October 2, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members:

We held our SAC and SAF Meetings this week. Congratulations to Ms. Adamson and Ms. Burstein, our new SAC Co-Chairs!  Our team discussed and voted for a ballot giving our ERE community the choice to vote for one of two options on how to spend our SMART Bond $100,000. Choice Funds.  Most of our parents/guardians, staff, and volunteers have already voted.  If you have not had a chance to vote, please stop by our Front Office to get your ballot and vote.  Voting is open through Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.  Questions?  Feel free to reach out to us at 754-322-6300.  Thank you.

Our Open House 2015-16 was such a success!  I would like to thank everyone who attended for your support, patience, and enthusiasm.  Our ERE Family ROCKS!!!

Next week promises to be another exciting one.  Please join me for “Coffee with the Luckiest Principal” on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 a.m. in our Media Center.  We will be clarifying any questions that you may have about the SMART Bond dissemination of funds and as always any other questions/concerns/solutions that you may have.  Come join our chat!  See you then.

We will “Walk to School” on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.  We are hoping that everyone will participate.  I am certainly looking forward to meeting up with all our Eagles along the way to school.

Our Leadership Team will be meeting with our awesome PTA Board this coming Thursday, October 8.  Our AMAZING PTA is planning MANY fun activities including our annual Halloween Happening to take place on Friday, October 30; the same day of our Fall Parade.  Mark your calendars and please remember to join and support our ERE PTA!  Thank you.

Have a great week!

Marina Sanchez-Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

Quote of the Week:  “There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.”  By Marva Collins, American Educator


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
We appreciate your help implementing the new dismissal procedures to ensure a safer and faster way to get our young Eagles home from car loop.  The students will sit down on the painted BLUE lines as per their assigned grade level area, posted on the poles. Please have your child’s car sign visible on the dashboard of your car. There is a designated area for parents who walk to pick up their children near the entrance walkway to the school. Parents are requested to wait behind the painted YELLOW line until the second bell has rung and the majority of the students have exited the building. When you take your child from the dismissal area, please use the crosswalks rather than walking in between cars in the car line. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we implement the new dismissal procedures with a common purpose: Our students’ safety.  Thank you.

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
We use many different assessments throughout the year to help measure student achievement; a modern assessment that we are utilizing this year in grades 3-5 is called the FAIR-FS. FAIR stands for Florida Assessment in Reading and it was developed by the Florida Center for Reading Research. This comprehensive assessment is used to monitor progress for struggling students as well as help diagnose areas of reading deficiency. Your child’s teacher may use this assessment to help align interventions and track reading growth. You can learn more about this assessment at

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
October’s Character Trait is RESPONSIBILITY.  An important way to demonstrate responsibility is to practice good study habits everyday.  Here are some study habits to help you become a better student: 1) Develop an afterschool schedule and stick to it. 2) Always study in the same quiet area. 3) Always keep your necessary school supplies in your study area.  4) Do your most difficult assignments first. 5) Always proofread and have a parent check your work. 6) Don’t cram; always start studying for a test a few days before the test. 7) Get a study buddy, someone with whom you can compare notes.  These are just a few steps to help you study more effectively.  Now, let’s put these study habits into practice!

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Throughout the prekindergarten year children make tremendous growth in their ability to use language to effectively communicate their thoughts, express their feelings, tell stories and share their ideas.  Their exposure to social situations requires them to practice initiating and participating in conversation as they take turns listening and responding to what is said.  At this time many children also show a motivation to express themselves through writing.  Your child may be able to write several recognizable letters of his/her name, or intentionally scribble letter-like shapes to represent words and convey meaning.  Your child may pretend to be a mommy writing a grocery list, a doctor writing a prescription, a teacher taking notes, or an artist painting a picture.  These emerging skills are evidence of their developing understanding that all people communicate differently and that all communication is meaningful. 


Tips for Parents:

  • Talk to your child throughout each day

  • Model clear speech and eye contact

  • Encourage your children to use language to communicate his/her needs instead of gestures, pointing or whining

  • Provide opportunities for your child to socialize with peers outside of school

  • Encourage conversation during meal time

  • Model writing for your child

  • Give your child opportunities to write with pens, pencils, crayons, markers, shaving cream, paint, etc.

  • All children develop these skills in their own time

  • Be patient with your child and his/her abilities

Avoid pushing your child to write.


Safety Tips & City Events – Officer Greear
School Parking

  • Park in designated parking areas/spaces or you may be cited.

  • First two rows in the parking lot area are for Teacher parking and Administrative parking is located in the front of the school.

  • Do not park on the Grass outside the school gate and along the roadways. Citations will be given to violators.

  • Blocking cars or double-parking in the parking lot is prohibited. 

  • Do not park where the orange cones are placed. 

  • Parking on the grass inside the school gates are allowed as long as the traffic flow is not blocked.

  • Parking space is limited- so please use the car line for drop-off and pick-up or wait 5 minutes for a space to become available. 

Drop-off (AM)

  • The speed limit in the school zone is 15 MPH and strictly enforced by police officers for your child’s safety.

  • Never drop your child off in the roadway- use designated drop off areas at schools.

  • If you use the parking lot area, you must park in a space and walk your child to the sidewalk.

  • A city citation will be issued for dropping your child in the parking lot area without parking in a designated parking space.

  • If you use the car line for drop-off, then you must remain in your vehicle at all times.

Pick-up (PM)

  • Never pick-up your child from the roadway- use designated pick-up areas at schools.

  • If you use the parking lot area, you must park in a space or the grass inside the gate.

  • If you use the car line for pick-up, then you must remain in your vehicle at all times.

  • Do not park where the orange cones are placed. 


October Calendar of Events       
October is Hispanic Heritage Month

October 5-9            PTA Book Fair

October 6               Coffee with the Luckiest Principal
                               7:30 A.M in the Media Center

October 7               Walk to School Day
                                PTA Book Fair Family Night 6:00 P.M

October 22             Picture Retake Day
                               Early Release Day - School Dismisses at 12:00 P.M

October 23             Employee Planning Day – No School for Students

October 26             SAC/SAF Meeting 6:00 P.M

October 30             Halloween Parade 8:30 A.M
                                Halloween Happenings 6:00 P.M


The online window is now open for period 3 before and aftercare payment. Please remember when making your online payment the $5.00 activity fee is not automatically included. This needs to be separately added to the cart before checking out.


Want to know where the wild things really are? At our Fall Book Fair!

You’re going to have a MONSTER of a good time at Eagle Ridge Elementary’s Scholastic Book Fair, taking place October 5th – 9th! Wonderful, horrible, lovable monsters are at the center of this year’s Book Fair theme with hundreds of books available for sale in all price ranges.

The Book Fair will take place in ERE’s Media Center on Monday, October 5th through Thursday, October 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Friday, October 9th from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Dress as your favorite monster and join us on Wednesday night, October 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. for the Book Fair’s Family Night.

More information and book order forms are being sent home with your child. If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Lora Irwin at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All Math Superstarts get ready, set, go!! MSS program began this pass Wednesday Sep.30. All kids have received the first MSS worksheet from their teacher to take home and start showing their math superpowers. Start accumulation stars to earn prizes. First prize Yogurtland/Carvel ice cream. 

First due dates are:

1-5 grades: Tuesday October 6

KG: Tuesday October 13



Each year, Eagle Ridge's PTA hosts our biggest fundraising and family event, the Halloween Fall Festival. This year's Festival will take place on Friday, October 30th from 6-9 p.m.

In order to make this event happen, we need a large number of volunteers. There are many fun ways to volunteer for just an hour that evening and still have time to enjoy the Festival with your family!

These are the areas where you can have fun volunteering:

  • Cakewalk

  • Concessions - popcorn and cotton candy

  • Carnival Games

  • Haunted House/Hallway

  • Pie Eating Contest

  • Costume Contest

  • Freeze Dance

  • Hula Hoop Contest

  • Bake Sale

  • Pumpkin Decorating

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Fortune Teller

  • Food Trucks

  • Trunk or Treat

  • Photo Ops with Elsa and Capt. Jack Sparrow

  • Hospitality - assisting guests with directions, etc. 

  • Ticket Sales

  • More TBD

If you would like to help and volunteer for our biggest event of the year, please contact Stacy Weisberg at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Tanya Andrews at;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Indicate your area of interest and the times you can help. 

We thank you...we can't do it without you!


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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