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Eagle Ridge Elementary




August 24, 2015


Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful summer vacation and that you enjoyed some special, quality time with your children.  It was SO NICE seeing you at Meet and Greet.  This is the MOST special time of the year, when Eagle Ridge comes back to life as we welcome you.

Our theme this year is “Up, Up, and Away – Learn Everyday!”

We would like to welcome our NEW EAGLES:  Mrs. Kucynski, Ms. Abraham, Mrs. Lerner, Ms. Grace, Ms. Krusynzski, Ms. Hernandez, and our new SRO Officer Greear.  Please stop by and show our warm Eagle welcome!

We have some new and exciting changes to our educational program:  Part Time Spanish Special for Grades K through 5, and Dual Language Program in Kindergarten.  We are also implementing new dismissal procedures to keep our young Eagles safe.  Thank you for your support.

Our first Coffee with the Luckiest Principal chat will take place on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. in the Media Center.  We will be talking about “What’s New for 2015-16.”  We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Open House times will be as follows: Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second grades, Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and Third, Fourth, and Fifth grades on Wednesday, September 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer, please come to our orientation on September 21st. Please remember that volunteers MUST log on to BEFORE they report to school. Thank you.

Pleas log on to our website at to view our Eagle Ridge Parent Handbook as well as other very important information.

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.

It’s going to be another GREAT year at Eagle Ridge Elementary!

Marina S. Rashid,
The Luckiest and Proudest Principal

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Confucius


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. 


We will not be sending home a paper copy of the newsletter.  You will be able to view the Eagle Express by logging on to our website.  Please log on to our webpage at to sign up to have the Eagle Express sent to your e-mail automatically.  If you need a paper copy, please stop by the office.  Thank you.

Eagle Ridge Elementary welcomes parents’ input and feedback.  This includes feedback in regard to teacher, staff, and administrator evaluations.

Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal

We have developed new dismissal procedures to ensure a safer and faster way to get our young Eagles home from car loop. Grade levels have a designated area at the car loop. The students will sit down on the painted BLUE lines as per their assigned grade level area, posted on the poles. Car signs will be sent home the first week of school. Please have your child’s 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 instead of near the gates. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we roll out these new dismissal procedures with a common purpose: Our students’ safety.  Thank you.

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach

Sharpen your pencils... as we go Up, Up and Away preparing to learn everyday!  The new school year has started! Let's all start by getting organized. At home you can do the following to help make it a successful year:

  • Establish a daily routine for meals, homework, play time, family time and bedtime.

  • Set up a quiet area for homework.

  • Schedule doctor, dental and eye exams. Make sure your child has the proper vaccinations.

  • Review school information. Go over conduct guidelines, dress codes and other school rules with your child. Expect good grades and good behavior. 

  • Avoid tardies/or/absences. Remember, attendance plays a VERY important role in student achievement!

Encourage your child to do their best. Be enthusiastic.  Be proud.


Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis

Attendance Matters: Did you know that children can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year or about 18 days?  This can be just one day every 2 weeks.  Studies show that many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and 1st grade can struggle academically in later years.  They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of 3rd grade.  We understand the children will get sick and some absences are unavoidable.  If too many absences occur, it is still a problem whether the absences are excused or unexcused because they represent too much lost learning time in the classroom.  So, let’s join the Attendance Campaign and stress to our children that attendance matters and it is a vital part of their learning.  For more information about our District’s Attendance Campaign visit:

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney

Welcome back to the new school year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation! If you have any questions regarding Exceptional Student Education please feel free to contact me at 754-322-6300. I'm looking forward to an amazing year as we go UP UP AWAY and LEARN EVERYDAY!!!

Safety Tips – 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.  City Laws can be enforced on private property as well as in public areas.

Back to School Reminders:

  • If you need to pick up your child for early dismissal, please remember that we do NOT dismiss after 1:30 p.m.  Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Be sure your children are aware of any changes in their after school pick up before they come to school in the morning.  Emergency changes in dismissal will be e-mailed to your child’s teacher.

  • To keep our campus safe, students are NOT permitted to return to school to pick up forgotten items after 2:00 p.m.  Thank you.

  • On Monday, August 31st, Independence Day will help our students to take their next step. On that day, they will be saying goodbye to their parents/guardians at the front gate of the school and walking to their classrooms (accompanied by school volunteers, if needed.) Teachers, parent volunteers, and staff will be visible around campus for direction when necessary but especially, to welcome each student to his/her classroom.

  • Also, just a reminder that there are no volunteers or visitors the first two weeks of school.   Thank you for your continued support.


August and September Calendar of Events       

September is European Heritage Month

August 31                        Independence Day
                                           SAC/SAF Meetings
                                           2:30 p.m. -  Media Center

September 1                 Coffee with the Luckiest Principal
                                           7:30 a.m. – Media Center

September 7                  No School

September 14               No School

September 16               Individual Picture Day
                                            Open House

September 17               Early Release – Dismissal at 12:00 p.m.

September 21               Choose Peace Week
                                           Volunteer Orientation

September 23               No School

September 24             Interim Reports go home


PTA News

The PTA is so happy to welcome everyone back for a wonderful year and to welcome for the first time our newest Eagles, the Kindergarteners and all of our new students!  We hope everyone is well-rested and ready for a new adventure. Information on how to become involved will be sent home with your child this week. The PTA is also excited to announce that we are on Facebook, please come to our page, like us, and keep up with our events:

Ten for Ten

Have you heard about our amazing Ten for Ten Program?  This program raises funds to purchase classroom supplies for our teachers.  The program is called Ten for Ten because the suggested donation is $10 a month for ten months.  You also have the option of making a flat donation in any amount, or splitting the donation into three payments.  Your contribution has a direct affect on our classrooms!  For example, if your child’s teacher needs a new pencil sharpener for her class, all she needs to do is fill out a Ten for Ten request form, and the pencil sharpener will be purchased with the funds from the Ten for Ten Program. If you would like more information on this amazing program, please contact Tanya Andrews, Ten for Ten Program Chair.

Volunteer Security Clearance Procedures

All volunteers who have provided four or more hours of service throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year have been automatically processed through Level 1 security clearance.  To receive your 2015-2016 badge, please show your driver’s license at the front office.  All new Broward County School volunteers this school year, those who did not volunteer four or more hours last year, or those whose information has changed since last year, MUST fill out an application online PRIOR to volunteering at:  If you have any questions regarding volunteering with the PTA at ERE, please contact Tanya Andrews, PTA Volunteer Coordinator.


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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