School News



Eagle Ridge Elementary


April 17, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

We have a new theme for the 2015-16 School Year:  “Up, Up, and Away – Read Everyday!”  I would like to thank everyone who contributed with ideas.  It was NOT easy as there were a number of really good options.  2015-16 promises to be another very successful year for our school.  The best is yet to come!

We hope to see you at Monday’s SAC and SAF meetings, which will be held in our Media Center, starting at 2:30 p.m.  Childcare is offered for your convenience.  See you then!

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 wonderful week!

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Accomplishment influences confidence, and confidence influences accomplishment.”  By Harold S. Hook

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  
Because poor academic performance is associated with non-attendance, students are required to attend school regularly during the 180-day school year. Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early sign-out, or absences for all or any part of the day. The maximum number of days that a student may be absent without acceptable documentation is 5 days. Please refer to School Board Policy 5.5 for more information on the attendance requirements. As always, we are here to help. Please call in your child's absences to our 24-hour attendance hotline (754) 322-6302. If you need additional assistance, please call your child's teacher at (754) 322-6300.


Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
On May 1st, our school-wide reading incentive program will come to an end. Set Sail for Reading with Accelerated Reader was a huge success this year with our ERE students in grades 1-5. Each student who took a quiz on a book earned points toward great prizes provided by our wonderful PTA. I would like to thank Mrs. Luz Gonzalez who coordinated the distribution of the prizes to over 600 students in grades 1-5 this year and our excellent PTA for purchasing the Accelerated Reader software program. The amazing team of teachers, students, and parents help to make this program beneficial for all students. Remember, students can keep reading and earn more points until May 1st, 2015!  Great job, Eagles!  Happy Reading!!


Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
Our 5th grade students will be taking the FSA Computerized ELA Reading and Math Assessments during April 20th – April 30th.  Please make sure your child is present and arrives on time to school on these testing dates.  Please make sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast to assure a great start.  I am sure with your support and encouragement they will do a great job.


ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Is your child in a Gifted Program? Or do you want to know more about Broward County Schools’ Gifted Programming? Please attend the next meeting. The topic will be:

Gifted Underachievement
Presented by Mary Claire Mucenic, PhD NCSP

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
7:00 PM
McArthur High School
6501 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33024
Phone: (754) 323-1200

Representatives from the Department of Math, Science, and Gifted will be in attendance:

Zuzel Rodriguez, Supervisor of Gifted
Donna Turner, Gifted Coordinator
Jacalyn Schulman, Gifted Coordinator


Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Preventing Falls
• Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible. Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you have the right gate for your needs. Not all gates are safe for use at the top of stairs.

• Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, swings or strollers. When placing your baby into a carrier, remember to place the carrier on the floor, not on top of tables or other furniture.

• Properly install window guards and stops to prevent window falls. Windows above the first floor should have an emergency release device in case of fire.

Poison Prevention
• Store all household products and cleaning solutions out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eyelevel with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks.

• Keep cleaning products in their original containers. Don’t put a potentially poisonous product in something other than its original container (such as a plastic soda bottle) where it could be mistaken for something else.

• Put the toll-free Poison Help Number into your phone in case of emergency: 1-800-222-1222.

Preventing Burns
• Don’t carry a child while cooking on the stove. It’s better to put your child in a high chair where you can still see them.

• Keep an eye on appliances such as irons, curling irons or hair dryers that can heat up quickly or stay warm. Unplug and safely store these items after use.

• Keep appliance cords out of children’s reach, especially if the appliances produce a lot of heat.



April & May Calendar of Events       

April 20th-30th                           FSA Math 5th Grade

April 24th                                     PTA Basket Night 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

April 30th                                     Interim Reports

May 1st                                        Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 5th                                         2nd Grade In House Fieldtrip

May 6th                                         Bike to School

May 7th-8th                                   Mothers Day Cakes


Variety Show – Mr. Cooper
Variety Show signups are April 27-29 after school in the front office.
Auditions will be May 4-6 after school in the music room.
The talent show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, from 6:30-9:00


Virtual Instruction Program
Florida Statute 1002.45 requires Florida school districts to offer a virtual instruction program to students in grades K-12.  A virtual instruction program offers students a flexible option to attend a public school using distance and online learning technologies.  The enrollment window for Broward County students entering grades 6 through 12 opens April 24th and closes September 18th, 2015.  Enrollment for students entering grades K-5 opens April 24th and closes July 24th, 2015.  Students must meet criteria to qualify for enrollment.  More information about virtual instruction program options, including enrollment criteria, can be obtained online at or by calling Broward Virtual School at 754-321-6050. 


Cafeteria- Mrs. Diaz
In order to ensure that all checks received for payment of student meals have adequate time to be processed by the bank prior to the end of the 2014-2015 school year, checks will no longer be accepted as payment for meal services after April 30, 2015.

Effective May 1, 2015, Food and Nutrition Services cannot accept checks as payment for student meals for the remainder of this school year.

This does not affect on-line payment access at

If you have any questions, please contact Tashawna Mullen, Food and Nutrition Services, at (754) 321-0244.


PTA News –
pril 24th is Family Basket Night 6-8 in cafeteria.  Look for flyer to be sent home.
Come dressed as a pirate or mermaid and receive a "gold doubloon"

Anyone interested in donating a basket to the event contact Diana @  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  no later than April 21, 2015 with the subject as basket night


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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