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Eagle Ridge Elementary


May 22, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
SMART Initiative Update:  As you know, the SMART Bond initiative passed thanks to YOU!  Eagle Ridge Elementary is part of the first year of approved $100,000. School Choice Enhancement projects.  The process will start with our SAC Team developing a list of two options for our school community to vote.  A Facilities Project Manager has been assigned to our school, Mr. Frank Girardi.  He will be working with us to provide us with technical support and guidance through this process.  Needless to say, we are THRILLED to hear that the process has begun and will keep you posted, as our SAC and our parent community are an integral part of this process.  We would like to thank everyone who attended our SAC/SAF meetings earlier this week.  Mr. Girardi explained the process to us and we will be working on developing a ballot for our community members to vote on two options.  This will happen during our first SAC meeting of the new 2015-16 school year.  Please stay tuned.

Our annual Curriculum Showcase was a GREAT success!  We would like to thank all our wonderful parents, students, teachers, and staff for working SO HARD all year long.  Our students’ beautiful work speaks for itself.  Welcoming you to our campus to celebrate our students’ success makes our day!  The PTA Book Fair was also well attended.  Proceeds from the fair will be used to increase our Media collection.  Our ERE Family ROCKS!

We are looking forward to another wonderful Variety Show next week.  This is a fun time to enjoy our students’ special talents.    We CAN’T wait!

More good news:  The Anti-Defamation League presented our school with another special banner as recognition for our second year as a No Place for Hate school.  We are VERY proud of our students and teachers for all their active participation in spreading and applying a message of peace, safety, and celebration of differences for all.  I would like to recognize Mrs. Davis, Guidance Counselor for organizing this program at our school.  It has made our school much kinder and welcoming for everyone. 

Due to class size reduction guidelines and bearing in mind that classes must be balanced academically and demographically, we are unable to honor specific teacher requests from parents.  If you are looking for a particular teaching/class management style in your child’s teacher, feel free to write me a letter.  ALL letters MUST be received by Friday, May 29, 2015.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.

The rainy season is here!  Please remember that 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. Parents will be allowed to pick up at their discretion. Please bring along picture ID. Please remember that our students’ safety is our utmost concern.  We ask for your patience, as dismissal will be delayed if there is severe weather in the area. Thank you for your continued support!

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 fun, relaxing, and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

See you back on Tuesday, May 26.

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students.”  By Cesar Chavez, American civil rights activist


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  
Our School Improvement Team and teachers have been working together to develop the School-Wide Positive Behavior Plan for 2015-16. This plan includes a set of expectations for all students and positively stated rules to follow in various common areas. The plan includes common areas such as the cafeteria, hallways, and playgrounds. Each area has a set of rules that are posted for students and teachers to follow. The plan also includes a lesson plan for each rule to be taught the first 2 weeks of school in August 2015. With this plan, we hope to increase student safety and reduce the amount of discipline referrals during the 2015-16 school year. The plan is available for the public to view upon request. With your support we can make ERE the best it can be!


Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
Eagle Ridge is participating in a fun summer reading project: the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, featuring Read for the World Record. The Summer Reading Challenge unites students from around the globe in an attempt to set a new world record for most minutes read this summer!

Studies show that kids who read over the summer maintain the reading skills developed during the school year. This summer-long reading campaign is designed to motivate all children to read more so they maintain and improve their academic skills.

The world record attempt begins May 4 and concludes September 4, 2015. The total logged reading minutes, along with the top 20 schools, will be published in the 2016 edition of the Scholastic Book of World Records.

 Here are a few simple ways to help your child become a record-breaking reader:

•        Encourage your child to participate and track reading minutes either with a paper log or online at It’s a kid-friendly, safe online community where students can be part of a record-setting global team, log reading minutes, and enjoy activities geared for all ages.

•        Track our school’s reading progress at

•        Download summer reading booklists chosen specifically for your child’s age at

To learn more, visit Make reading a big part of your family’s summer fun!  Each student will get a user id login and password to use for the summer challenge.  Happy Reading!!!

       Help Broward Schools set a new District Summer Reading Record!


 Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
Congratulations to all of our students and staff for helping Eagle Ridge Elementary to officially achieve the No Place for Hate® designation for 2014-2015.  The Anti-Defamation League designated our school as No Place for Hate® on May 22, 2015 and we are very proud of this accomplishment.  This means that the students and staff at Eagle Ridge Elementary are dedicated to stopping bullying and promoting peace. Way to go Eagles!


ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Reading with children should be fun and stress free, with no pressure. Here are 6 Strategies to Build a Better Reader: For parents, teacher’s early interventionists and SLPS

Strategy #1: Echo Reading
What it is: Echo Reading helps children understand what we say matches the words on the page. It highlights and facilitates vocabulary development, helps build confidence and encourages interactions.

How to do it: Read a short amount of text and cue the child to “Copy me!” or “Say what I say!” Look for books with short phrases, bright pictures and engaging storylines.

Strategy#2: Paired Reading
What it is: Paired Reading is a natural strategy for most adults where the adult reads aloud, and then cues the child to read a word or short passage.

How to do it: Read the book at least five times before asking the child to pair read.

Use pausing, stress and information to cue the child when it is his or her turn. If the child does not read, simply pause and move on, continuing to provide opportunities to do paired reading. Look for books with a strong rhythm and rhyme or a repetitive phrase.

Strategy #3: Friendly questions
What it is: Using friendly, open-ended questions to encourage participation, facilitate longer verbalizations and help the child to think critically. With friendly questions, there are no wrong answers.

How to do it: Use open-ended questions (e.g.: What do you like about rainy days?), not scary, close-ended questions that have only one right answer. Accept all answers.

Strategy #4: Predicting
What it is: Using books that have opportunities for both auditory and visual prediction.

How to do it: Preview books before reading them to children so you don’t miss prediction cues. Accept all answers.

Strategy #5:Wordless Books
What it is: Using books with pictures, not words, to tell a story. This strategy can be particularly good for parents whose first language is not English, or who are not literate themselves. Wordless books help build critical thinking and language skills by encouraging children to develop storylines on their own.

How to do it: Encourage the child to tell the story by asking questions about what is happening on the page. The goal is participation, not perfection.

Strategy #6:Readers Theatre
What it is: Reader’s Theatre encourages children to engage with more than just their eyes and ears during reading by acting out the storyline.

How to do it: Choose books that encourage movement and act out the story using props, role playing and anything that can get the child actively engaged.


Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Safety Reminder

School is almost complete with less than 2 weeks to go.  Please remember to follow all the proper procedures for arrival and
dismissal, parking and all traffic control signs around the school. Violations will be strictly enforced due to chronic and habitual offenders.

Please read and follow all the road signs posted around the school.

The speed limit in the school zone is 15 MPH and strictly enforced by police officers for your child’s safety (flashing yellow lights).

Stopping/parking in the grass or roadway to drop your child off is strictly prohibited.  This creates a traffic hazard and can cause a traffic crash.

Park in designated parking areas or you will be cited.

Blocking cars or double-parking in the parking lot is prohibited.  Please do not park where the orange cones are placed. 

Please use the crosswalk where crossing guards are located to walk to school.  Crossing in the middle of the block/street with children is not only dangerous but a pedestrian violation that will be enforced.

If there are any problems or verbal altercations due to parking, please report the incidents to the front office. 

Violations of traffic control devices, the speed limit (speeding), stopping in the roadway, and no turning signs are State Violations that can add points to your license with other penalties.

Violation of City/State Ordinances, like parking in the Grass, in the Fire Lane, Obstruction of the Flow of Traffic, and other offenses, has monetary penalties.


Summer Reading Challenge-
The scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 – Sept 4,2015)

 We're only two weeks into the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and already kids around the world have logged an impressive 15,694,033 reading minutes!

 Here's an overview of what's happened so far in the Summer Reading Challenge:

More than 930,000 kids registered for the challenge!
 Kids hit the one million reading minutes mark on Wednesday, May 6 (day three of the program!)
The first two new, original stories were unlocked: A Kick in the Teeth by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Eugene Takes a Holiday by Varian Johnson.

Top 10 States (by minutes read)
  TX, FL, NC, NY, IL, NJ, PA, CA, LA, TN

Top 10 States (by number of participating schools)
TX, FL, CA, GA, IL, OH, NY, PA, NC, MO                   

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge runs from May 4 - September 4, 2015. The top elementary school that logs the most minutes this summer will win a visit from bestselling author Michael Northrop and the top middle school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from bestselling author Varian Johnson. The top 20 schools in the challenge will be featured in the 2016 Scholastic Book of World Records. Last year, kids around the world set a new world record for summer reading by logging a total of 304,749,681 reading minutes


Free Meals-
Introducing the Summer Breakspot, offering free nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under all summer long. Each supervised location offers nutritious meals- breakfast, lunch, or snacks – in a safe environment.

 To find a location near you:
Dial: 2-1-1
Text: “FoodFL” to 877-77

Spread the word!

Student Services, Family Counseling Program is offering students and families free services throughout the summer of 2015. Offices are conveniently located at a school near you. Beginning June 8, 2015

Services are available in English, Spanish and Haitian - Creole.

Help Starts Here!

Call our intake department for information or to schedule an appointment


May and June Calendar of Events       

May is Haitian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month.

May 25th                                    No School

May 27th                                    2nd Grade High Touch Fieldtrip

May 27th                                    Variety Show
                                                       6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Cafeteria

 May 28th-29th                        4th Grade St. Augustine Fieldtrip

 June 1st                                    5th Grade Awards Ceremony 8:30 a.m.

 June 4th                                    Early Release Day Dismissal 12:00 p.m.
                                                       Last Day of School for Students


School Financial Report-
In accordance with Florida law, we are providing you with your child’s school financial report, which you can view in the front office. The figures in this report represent the revenues and the expenditures allocated to the school, both in total and per FTE (full-time equivalent) student. This data is compared to the rest of the schools in the district and the state. The purpose of this report is to inform parents of the resources that were available to the school during the 2013-14 school year.



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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