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Eagle Ridge Elementary

December 12 through 19 2014
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

I had the pleasure of attending a special meeting for principals with Mr. Runcie, Superintendent of Schools.  The purpose of this meeting was to thank us and our communities for showing our support of the SMART Bond.  Mr. Runcie also explained that District personnel would be visiting our schools soon to discuss dissemination of the Bond funds for technology and facilities renovations.  I will keep you posted as the process is rolled out.

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.

As the calendar year comes to an end, I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year 2015!

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.”  Eskimo Proverb

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 instructionandservices.

Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal  
Eagle Ridge Elementary received the Carol M. White Physical Education Programs (PEP) grant. Through the grant, Coach Brown has received approximately $6,000 worth of PE equipment to implement a researched and literacy based physical education curriculum, Sports Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK).  As part of the program, all 4th and 5th graders will participate in the FITNESSGRAM program.  Students will complete 6 separate exercises, twice during the school year.  The goal is to improve their scores when assessed for the second time.  The exercises include the 20 M PACER, Curl-Up, Trunk Lift, Push Up, and Left and Right Sit and Reach.  More information on these exercises can be found at http://www.fitnessgram.net.

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
As you may know we are using Istation at Eagle Ridge. We have the opportunity to win the Istation Home for the Holidays Home Usage Contest!

The contest is open to grades 1-5, the Istation Home for the Holidays home usage contest started Monday, November 17, 2014, and continues throughout the holidays until Monday, January 8, 2015.

It’s easy to get started!

It is a great way to get students involved in continuing their learning at home during their holiday breaks. Schools enrolled with Istation are automatically entered into the Istation Home for the Holidays home usage contest. There is no registration form or application to fill out. Just encourage students to work on Istation at home.

The top five schools will win Istation gear for students and an Istation banner for their school.

Schools whose students log the most time per student on Istation Home will win!

Strengthen the school-home connection and extend learning beyond the classroom with Istation Home.

An excellent way to extend a students education beyond the school day, Istation Home helps families get involved in their childrens education. Plus, with the new Assignments feature, teachers can assign interactive lessons for students to work on at home for extra practice.

Happy Reading! Enjoy the holidays!!! 

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis

Our District’s Annual Parent Survey Administration will be January 5 – 30, 2015.  The survey will ask questions about teaching and learning, resources for learning, school leadership, activities and athletics, safety, and student support.  We eagerly look forward to our Parent’s survey results to address areas where additional resources and support are needed at Eagle Ridge.  The Parent Survey will be accessible at www.Browardschools.com beginning January 5, 2015.  Just look for the Annual Surveys icon.

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-step approach to providing services to struggling students. Teachers provide instruction and interventions to them at increasing levels of intensity. They also monitor the progress students make at each intervention level and use the assessment results to decide whether the students need additional instruction or intervention in general education or referral to special education.

RTI models have several components in common: RTI uses tiers of intervention for struggling students, relies on research based instruction and interventions, uses problem-solving to determine interventions for students, and monitors students regularly to determine if they are progressing as they should academically and/or behaviorally.

Many models are based on three tiers. Generally, in Tiers 1 and 2 general education teachers provide instruction and interventions. When students fail to respond to small group and intense individualized interventions, they are referred for special education. Special education teachers may help develop interventions and/or plan assessments for students receiving instruction and interventions in Tiers 1 and 2. They may not provide instruction to students until Tier 3, when the student could be referred and identified for special education.

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper
Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your driver's license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Avoid going store to store purchasing items and storing them in your car.  Criminals will follow you after leaving a store and break into your car if the items are left inside.

December and January Calendar of Events       

December 18th                         Early Release Day
                                                         12:00 p.m. Dismissal

December 19th                           No School – Teacher Planning Day

January 5th                                  Happy New Year!
                                                          Classes Resume

January 5th-16th                        St. Judes Math-A-Thon

January 13-14th                          PTA Doughnuts with Dad

January 16th                                 3rd Grade Field Trip
                                                            Young At Art Museum

January 19th                                  No School

January 20-22                              Pre K and Kdg. Tradewinds Fieldtrip

January 21st                                   Report Cards go home

January 24th                                 Dan Marino Walk About Autism
                                                            Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida
                                                            9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Student Council-
Student Council would like to thank all of the Eagle Ridge staff, families and friends for donating items to ERE’s Annual Toy Drive! Your continuous support and your generous donations will bring happiness to many families over the holidays! From Ms. Hayes and Student Council

Yearbook Club:
Don’t forget to make your yearbook purchase online by December 18th!
The 2014-2015 yearbooks are still available at presale price until DECEMBER 18th. Yearbook purchases must be made ONLINE only. The yearbook presale price is $23.00. Please do notwait until the last minute. Your 2014-2015 yearbook can be purchased online at: 
http://estore.browardschools.com. You will need your child’s student ID number to log on.

Ms. Hayes, Yearbook Coordinator 754-322-6300

Before and After School Child Care-
Attention Parents:This is a friendly reminder that pay period 5 is due by December 17th.  If you do not make your payment online by December 17th, you will be responsible for a $25.00 re-registration fee that must be paid the following day, in order to have your child enrolled in the program. Please make payments ONLINE at: 
http://estore.browardschools.com.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hayes, BASCC Supervisor, 754-322-6300.

PTA News
Our next Destination Fundraiser is on early release 
Thursday, December 18that Monkey Joe's Coral Springs from 1-6pm. Come mingle, tumble, and bounce with your ERE family! Monkey Joe’s is located at 10301-B Royal Palm Blvd.The cost is $8.00 per child. 20% of all proceeds will go back to the school. One Crazy 8 Party Package will be raffled off that day at 6pm. The first 100 kids will get a free slice of pizza. 

Math Superstars: 
McDonald prize keep coming!
What would be next?
Keep up the good work and see.

Here are the next due dates:
KG: 
12/16 worksheet #5
1-5: 12
/16 worksheet #10

REVISE 3rd grade worksheet 10: 
Question 8 please disregard teacher's question and just answer 3 multiplications. 

How to get a worksheet?
Log into www.eagleridge.browardschools.com go to FORMS at the top of the homepage, look for the Math Superstars link (there are 2 you can choose from), click on grade level, look for the worksheet for the current week. Easy!! TO ENSURE PRINTING, MAKE SURE TO UPDATE THE ADOBE READER ON YOUR COMPUTER.

Thanks to our sponsors McDonalds and Apple Printing, teachers and volunteers for making this program possible for our 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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