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Eagle Ridge Elementary

May 29, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
WOW!  Our annual Variety Show was a GREAT success!  The BEST part was seeing how much fun our students were having, and how proud our parents/guardians were as they watched our children perform.  I would like to thank all the teachers who helped with this event:  Mrs. Netburn, Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. Welser, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Sheryl Miller, as well as Joy Deco, Community Partner and Mr. Kallen, parent volunteer with special appreciation to our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Sierra.  It’s all about ERE Team!

Our Fourth Graders had a WONDERFUL time in St. Augustine this week.  I would like to thank Mrs. Figas, Literacy Coach for planning and organizing this fun and educational hands-on Social Studies field trip, as well as Officer Gasper and all the teachers and staff who chaperoned the trip. 

Next week promises to be an emotionally charged one as we say good-bye to our wonderful fifth graders.  We hate to see them go, but we are confident that they are ready to embark on their new journey into middle school.  We will be celebrating their success at Monday’s Award Ceremony. 

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:  “Love what you’re doing and show it!”  By Helen Boehm

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  
Student Services, Family Counseling Program is offering free individual and family counseling services throughout the summer of 2015. Call 754-321-1590 for information on locations located at a school near you! Session begins June 8th and services are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.


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
Three Parts of CPR

The three basic parts of CPR are easily remembered as "CAB" : C for compressions, A for airway, and B for breathing.

1.    C is for compressions. Chest compressions can sometimes restore the flow of blood to the heart, brain, and other organs. CPR begins with 30 chest compressions, followed by two rescue breaths. This cycle is immediately repeated and continued until the child recovers or help arrives. It is not necessary to check for signs of circulation to perform this technique.  According the American Heart Association (AHA), rescuers doing compressions should "push hard, fast, and in the center of the chest."

2.   A is for airway. After 30 compressions have been completed, the victim's airway must be open for breathing to be restored. The tongue may block the airway when someone loses consciousness or may be obstructed by food or another foreign object.

3.   B is for breathing. Rescue breathing is begun after 30 compressions have been completed and the airway is open. Someone performing rescue breathing essentially breathes for the victim by forcing air into the lungs. This procedure includes breathing into the victim's mouth at correct intervals and checking for signs of life.

A CPR course will review correct techniques and procedures for rescuers to position themselves to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to infants, kids, and adults.


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)

Top 10 States (by number of participating schools)

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


June Calendar of Events       

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

June 1st                                      No Backpacks allowed on campus after this date

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



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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