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Eagle Ridge Elementary

 

January 23, 2015

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

We are hoping that you will be able to join us this coming Monday, January 26 at 2:30 p.m. in our Media Center for our January SAC and SAF Meetings.  Mrs. Devaney, our ESE Specialist will be presenting.  She will go over the highlights of our ESE Program as well as the Response to Intervention (RtI) and Comprehensive Problem Solving Team support initiatives.  Needless to say, this promises to be a VERY informative presentation and I hope that you will be able to attend.  Childcare is provided for your convenience.  See you then!

We are getting ready to celebrate Literacy Week, January 26 through the 30th.  We have MANY fun and educational activities planned, under Mrs. Figas’ direction.  Reading is such a gateway to success.  We want to make sure that our young Eagles are avid readers who enjoy and value the joy that literacy brings into our lives.  

We will also hold our annual GRADE Graduation next week.  Our fifth graders have been working with Officer Gasper diligently all year.  GRADE is a wonderful program sponsored by the City of Coral Springs Police Department.  It teaches students how to resist drugs and gang violence.  It does much more than that, giving our students tools to become better citizens and to enhance their self-esteem so that they can be successful.  I would like to THANK our VERY special Officer Gasper for being such a positive and active member of our ERE Family.

We need your help!  Please log on to www.browardschools.com to complete our annual customer survey.  We value your feedback.  Thank you.

Support Team members and I will be visiting Embassy Creek Elementary in Cooper City next week.  This is part of our District-wide BEST Blueprint initiative in which schools in the same SES (Socio Economic) Band collaborate and share best practices.  We are looking forward to a VERY productive meeting and will bring back MANY ideas as we continue to move ERE from GOOD to GREAT!

The date for our annual Kindergarten Roundup has been set:  Thursday, February 19, 2015.  Further information will be going home shortly.  Please share with your neighbors, family, and friends.  We LOVE our new Eagles and welcome “adopted” Eagles into our family as well. 

The School Choice Application Window (aka Reassignment Window) is now open from December 1 through February 11, 2014.  Please feel free to log on to:  http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/dsa/school-choice.shtml  for additional information.  You may also contact our front office at 754-322-6300, if you need help.  Please pass it on.  We LOVE our adopted Eagles who are reassigned to us by choice every year!

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:  “Never, never, never, never give up!”  By Winston Churchill 


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  
Parents we need your help in the morning with arrival procedures. If you plan to drop your child off, please drive through the single lane of the car loop or park in the west parking lot and walk your child all the way to the front gate. Some parents are dropping students off in unsafe areas like the front car loop parking spots. The second lane of the car loop is for handicap parking only. Thank you.

 

Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach
As we prepare for Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida I would like to look at some literacy tips for Parents:

1.     Model good reading habits by reading to or alongside your child, parents set the stage for children to become better readers.

2.     Encourage your child to read new and challenging books, articles and magazines.

3.     Establish a daily reading routine.

4.     Encourage reading, writing and discussions among family members.

5.     Be positive when talking with your child about their reading ability and skills.

6.    The love of reading begins at home. Create a “home library” for your family to access.

7.    Limit TV viewing by controlling the amount of time spent watching television.

8.    Play word games with your child.

9.    Expose children to different kinds of books, including novels, biographies and informational texts on interesting subjects.

10.Visit your local public library and help your child get a library card of their very own.

11.Take books in the car to read, rather than watching a DVD.

12.Download free books at http://store.scholastic.com/microsite/storia/home

13.Create a “reading nook” in your home where your child can read.

14.Comment on new words your child hears on the radio or TV.

15.Play rhyming games during a car trip.

16.Select a “word of the day” to add to your child’s growing vocabulary.

17.Write out opposite words on pieces of paper and have your child match them together.

18.Make up a story by having each family member add a sentence.

19.Make additional reading time and/or an extra bedtime story a reward for good behavior.

20.Encourage your child to write a book about his or her day.

21.Help your child read the labels on different bottles and containers, including the shampoo and conditioner bottles at bath time.

22.Play the “I Spy” game, looking for uppercase and lowercase letters.

23.While playing outside, encourage your child to create their name out of sticks, stones and other materials.

24.Help you child label artwork with his or her name and age. 

25.Before a family dinner, encourage your child to create place settings with first and last names.

26.Clifford The Big Read Dog says “Read Every Day, Lead a Better Life.”

Happy Reading!!!!!

 

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis
We are inviting all of our parents to participate in our Annual Survey, which allows you to share your opinions and ideas about our school.  Your feedback is valuable for assisting us with improving your child’s educational experiences.  The survey is available at Browardschools.com and only takes a few minutes to complete.  Just click on the Annual Survey Icon.  You will need your child’s student ID number and birth-date to access the survey.  The Annual Survey is available from January 13th – February 13th.

 

ESE Corner – Mrs. Devaney
Free for parents!

The focus of this training is the parental rights, or Procedural Safeguards. These rights are guaranteed to all parents of students with disabilities, and are required to be understood, explained, and implemented at the school level. Within the presentation, the audience will be given an overview of the Procedural Safeguards, school responsibilities for provision of these rights, and examples how the process works for specific dispute resolution request filed by parents. Real-life scenarios will be explored for parents to better understand expected possible outcomes when filing a complaint.

When:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location:  Cooper City Elementary
5080 Southwest 92nd Avenue, cooper City, Fl 33328

 

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper

Fraud Presentation

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
Location: Sartory Senior Center
10000 Ben Geiger Dr.
Coral Springs, Florida 33065

Join the Coral Springs Police Department Economic Crimes Unit and representatives from AARP for an important safety presentation about:

•The Con-Artists Playbook (an inside look at how scammers think)

•Identity Theft

•Investment Fraud

•Online Scams

•Prevention and Protection Plans

This event is open to all interested participants.

 

SAC/SAF
Extra! Extra! Parents, please join us for a very informative SAC meeting on Monday January 26, 2015 at 2:30 in ERE media center.

 

January and February Calendar of Events       

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

January 26-30th                  LITERACY WEEK

January 26th                        SAC/SAF Meetings
                                                   2:30 p.m

January 27th                        5th Grade fieldtrip
                                                  Coral Springs Middle

January 30th                        100th Day Of School
                                                   GRADE Graduation 8:30 AM
                                                   Sports Club Superbowl 1:00 PM
                                                   PTA Magic Night 6:00 PM

February 2nd                        BAFS Testing Grades 3,4,5

February 6th                        PTA Spirit Friday
                                                   Snow Cones $1.00                       

 

SCHOOL DATA ACCESS
You can access Eagle Ridge Elementary School's SPAR (School Public Accountability Report) by going to the following website: http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/OSPA

The SPAR allows you to see the data for our school, including FCAT & AYP reports and school grades. A hard copy of this report is also available for you to look at from the Office Manager.

 

PTA News

Abracadabra! The PTA is proud to bring back to our cafeteria stage the incredible GARY GOODMAN and his all-new Comedy, Magic, and Illusion show! FUN is the magic word as Gary, Hare E. Houdini the Rabbit, and volunteers from the audience wow us on Friday, January 30th from 6 to 8 p.m. Show tickets and pizza from Pepperoni Grill are available for pre-sale. Tickets are selling fast, so buy yours now and be a part of the magic…before they disappear!

 

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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