School News


Eagle Ridge Elementary


September 12, 2014

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Dear Eagle Ridge Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

We welcomed our Second Grade extended family members during our annual Grandparents Day.  I would like to thank our wonderful Second Grade Team and all our grandparents, with special recognition to Mrs. Simon for planning and organizing this annual event.  I know how much our children enjoyed spending special time with our distinguished guests.

Great news!  It gives me great pleasure to recognize Natalia Acosta, first grader in Mrs. Mayberry’s class.  Her artwork will be on display at the new Superintendent’s Art Gallery in the KC Wright School Board Building.  Mrs. Mohammed presented Natalia with a special award as well.  Congratulations, Natalia and THANK YOU, Mrs. Mohammed for all you do to make our Art Program such a success.

It was wonderful welcoming everyone during our 2014 Open House.  Thank you so much for your active participation and for your kind words.  Now you can see, first hand, why I call myself the ‘Luckiest and Proudest Principal.”  Our teachers and staff are THE BEST!  Your support means the world to us!

Our 2014 Volunteer Orientation took place this week.  We had a FULL HOUSE!  It was wonderful seeing so many of our ERE Volunteers again, and welcoming back some new faces.  Thank you, Mrs. Figas, for planning and organizing this event.  The information was extremely helpful and everyone enjoyed our time together.  We LOVE our volunteers!

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

BE WELL INFORMED and GET INVOLVED!  PTA General Meeting – Tuesday, September 16 at 9:15 a.m. in our Media Center.  SAC/SAF Meetings – Monday, September 22 at 2:30 p.m. in our Media Center.    Please plan to attend these events.

IMPORTANT!  On June 9, 2014, the School Board of Broward County approved Resolution 14-88, which would put an $800 Million General Obligation Bond on the November 4th ballot. The proceeds of this bond will be utilized for capital improvements and to purchase technology for teachers and students. SMART stands for: Safety, Music and Art, Athletics, Renovation, and Technology.   or call 754-321-1104.  We will share this VERY important information at our upcoming Open House Day, Volunteer Orientation, PTA and SAC/SAF meetings.  DON’T miss it!

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:  “When you catch a wave, ride it.”  Beach Wisdom – Life Lessons from the Ocean

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.


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 picture ID.

Crossing guards leave their posts at 2:30 p.m. 

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.  Mrs. Rashid, The Luckiest and Proudest Principal


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Mrs. Sierra – Assistant Principal

Parents we need your help.  Many students have been arriving to school too early.  Supervision does not start until 7:30 a.m. when the gates open. If you need before care, you can sign your child up in the front office. Before care starts at 6:30 a.m. Thank you for your cooperation.


Mrs. Figas - Literacy Coach

The Broward Enterprise Education Portal (B.E.E.P) is a secure, single point of access to digital resources for teaching and learning. These “Digital Doorways” allow Teachers, Students, Administrators and Parents of Broward County Schools to access current and relevant resources and information focused on student achievement, academic performance, and instructional best practice.

B.E.E.P.'s Student Portal is designed to help centralize student resources such as Homework Help, Software Tools, FCAT Explorer, Information Literacy, and Fun on the Net.

Check it out at!

Counseling and ESOL Corner – Ms. Davis

Attendance Matters

Did you know that children could 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 they 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

Did you know that Eagle Ridge offers various ESE services to those who qualify? We offer speech and language services, push-in ESE services for academics, occupational and physical therapies, counseling services, and gifted services.  All of these services assist our students in being the best eagles they can be.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Devaney at 754-322-6300.

Safety Tips – Officer Gasper


Cyber bullying is the use of technology to deliberately harm or harass another person.Whether it is through text messages, e-mails, video games, chat rooms, rumors or photos posted to social media, this form of bullying is harmful and hurtful. Gossip, Name-Calling, Rumors, and Teasing are forms of Harassment that can lead to written or verbal threats or physical confrontations.Harassment is against the law and can lead to other crimes such as Criminal Mischief, Assault, and Battery.

According to the School Board’s Code of Conduct, you are bullying if you are teasing, threatening, intimidating, stalking, hitting, stealing from, publicly humiliating, or even destroying the property of affected students.

Parents should supervise their children’s online activities, including their use of cell phones. 

If your child is a victim of any form of cyber bullying or witnessed an incident, we recommend the following:

·      Do not respond to the messages and do not forward to others.

·      Keep the evidence of the cyber bullying (save e-mails, text-messages, etc.).

·      Block the person cyber bullying.

·      Seek assistance from school personnel or the School Resource Officer.

Open lines of communication with your child are important to combating all forms of bullying, so remind your child who they can go to for assistance.


September is European Heritage Month.

September 16             General PTA Meeting
9:15 a.m.- Media Center

September 18             Interim Reports go home

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

September 22             SAC/SAF Meetings  2:30 p..m. – Media Center

September 23             Yogurtland fundraiser  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                              

September 25             No School

October 6-10              Book Fair

October 13 – 17          National School Lunch Week

October 17                  Fall Festival 6:00 P.M


Art – Mrs. Mohammed


Art Contests allow students to showcase their art to the public as well as provide positive incentives for accomplished visual arts skills.   This year the Visual Arts program opened with Poster Making Skills.

Students in grades 1-5, learned about Brainstorming, Thumbnail Sketches, Preliminary Sketches, and Simple Lettering Skills and a bit about good nutrition.   The first Art assignment for grades 1-5 is to complete a School Lunch Poster using the slogan:  “Get In the Game With SCHOOL LUNCH”.

Students must take their posters home to complete.  Posters must NOT be rolled, folded or damaged.  Neatness counts!  Posters look best when fully colored in! 

The due date for all School Lunch Posters is Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 16!  The posters will be judged and the top 3 posters in each grade level will receive a placement ribbon.   The poster is a graded assignment.


Suggested Basic Art Supplies for student home projects are:  pencils, erasers, ruler, compass, watercolor (Crayola) markers, Sharpie markers (esp. black), crayons, color pencils, Elmer’s glue, scissors. 


PTA News

On Tuesday September 16 at 9:15am the PTA will be holding their first General Meeting at the school-in the Media Center. All are welcome :) Have a great week and we hope to see you then.

Ten for Ten

Have you heard about our amazing Ten for Ten Program?  This is a program that raises funds to purchase classroom supplies for our teachers.  The program is called Ten for Ten because the suggested donation is $10 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 Caryn Cipes, PTA Ten for Ten Program Chair, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Let your voice be heard!  Please join us for our monthly SAC/SAF meetings this year and find out what's going on in our school and all around the district.   Feel free to come with your questions and ideas.   Our voice matters!  Our first meeting will be held on 9/22 at 2:30 pm in the media center.  Please join us and find out what it's all about!   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelley Sorensen, SAF Chairperson at 954-638-9940 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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