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UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Did you hear the loud celebration coming from SRE this week? It was the faculty and staff congratulating each other on our well-deserved “A” letter grade. We all share in this wonderful ranking and certainly could not have reached this without the support and assistance of all SRE family members. Parents, grandparents, friends and volunteers have been a huge part in supporting our children to academically achieve at this high status. So…THANK YOU for all that you have done! As we venture through this plan of raising children, it becomes more and more evident that it truly does take a village to raise a child. I feel like Silver Ridge truly emulates this sense of community and we are all in this together, for the betterment of our students.

As we work our way through preparing our students for the future, we are continuing to keep the curriculum standards at the forefront of our academic focus. With the support of different resources, student success and achievement is what we constantly strive for.

Thank you in advance for supporting this by assisting your child with homework, skills practice (math facts, spelling words, vocabulary and reading) and encouragement through the tougher subjects, whatever that may be for your child.

Saemone Hollingsworth
Principal

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well your child's school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child's education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We need your help to make Florida's 2014-2015 ESE Parent Survey a record success. Visit the online survey to participate in this year's survey.

OUR ONLINE BOOK FAIR HOMEPAGE
Did you know that Silver Ridge Elementary has an online book fair? You can access this portal through Scholastic and purchase books from the comfort of your own home starting on February 22. If you're not a fan of online shopping, not to worry. You can still purchase books in the media center from February 27 -March 6.

For more information, visit our online Scholastic Book fair homepage.

FIRST ANNUAL CHESS FAMILY NIGHT
The families and staff at Silver Ridge Elementary are invited to the Chess Family Night on Wednesday, February 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of this event is to promote the First Move Chess Program in schools and encourage students to play chess with family members and staff. Our special guest will be Wendy Fisher, "The Chess Lady", Executive Director of the American Foundation for Chess. Download our Chess Family Night flyer for more information.

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
The American Heart Association wants to THANK YOU! This year the Jump Rope for Heart event exceeded our expectations. We raised $13,000. Our prizes should be here in 3-4 weeks. Congratulations to Dylan Frost from Ms. Cleveland’s 2nd grade class. Dylan was the Top Fundraiser for SRE. Ms. Moscatello’s Class had the most participation and has won the Yogurt party. Congratulations! We will continue to promote the importance of physical activity and a heart healthy lifestyle. Looking forward to participating next year.

GET THE FACTS ABOUT SMART
The General Obligation Bond will provide funding for the Western Zone Schools. The attached information shows a possible break-down of these funds for Silver Ridge Elementary, Indian Ridge Middle and Western High School. 

Summary for Silver Ridge Elementary
SMART Update for February 2015
SMART Update for January 2015
SMART Update for December 2014

PRE-SALE FOR YEARBOOK
Don’t miss out on the discounted pre-sale price for SRE yearbooks! The pre-sale begins on January 26th and runs through April 1st and the yearbooks will be $27.00 On April 2nd, the price will go up to $32.00. Please make checks payable to Silver Ridge PTO, and put in the memo section “Yearbook.” LIMITED QUANTITIES. WHEN YEARBOOKS RUN OUT WE CANNOT ORDER MORE.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to purchase a yearbook yet at SRE, it is a wonderful keepsake, from pre--school to fifth grade, to collect annually and look back upon. The time flies by and it is so nice to have a yearbook to reminisce with your family. More information will go home soon with order forms.

If you have any questions you can contact by email: silverridgeyearbook@gmail.com

ANNUAL MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that schools provide parents an annual school status report (School Public Accountability Report). The Florida Department of Education has posted these reports, containing data for the required indicators and the Annual Measurable Objectives.

To see the report that pertains to Silver Ridge Elementary, go to the following website and select Broward for school district then Silver Ridge to see our school report.

NOT JUST AN HOUR OF CODE
This week our students participated in the second annual Hour of Code sponsored by Code. org. Hour of Code teaches children in grades K 12th how to code by using popular characters. This year, the theme is based on the movie, Frozen, and has the students code to have Elsa or Anna skate through the ice creating various designs. Hour of Code is being used world-wide to teach children to code. More than 59,000,000 people have tried it. Silver Ridge's activity class with Ms. Crawford has gone beyond the hour, however. Since last year's Hour of Code, which showcased Angry Birds and zombies, grades 3rd-5th have spent their entire 1st quarter learning more advanced skills in Code.org elementary courses. This quarter, we have continued by using binary numbers to create code. Finally, we have learned to listen to high and low-pitched sounds to create code, much like how a fax machine operates. Later in the year, 2nd graders will, also, be learning these same skills. Parents, feel free to have your children continue with the coding at home. Please go to www.code.org and have them go into the many different choices of coding. You may want to even try it yourselves! Code.org makes coding fun and encourages children to have an interest in technology not only for today, but for the future.

HOLIDAY PEACE COMMUNITY FORUM
Parkland Buddy Sports provides sports opportunities for children and young adults with special needs, ages 4 to 22, regardless of diagnosis, and volunteer opportunities for mature elementary students, middle/high school students, and adults. "No limits" is the philosophy of Parkland Buddy Sports due to the creation of an environment void of barriers. Players are matched with a "Buddy" volunteer for the season. Players learn to try their best, never quit, and always have fun, while the volunteers learn patience, tolerance, and the ability of one person to positively change the life of another.

This program began in 2002 and has enrolled hundreds of players with special needs from all parts of South East Florida. Parkland Buddy Sports currently offers programs in flag football, running, soccer, basketball, and tennis, all free of charge.

If interested in enrolling your child with special needs, volunteering to be a Buddy, or sponsorship information, please visit the following website: www.parklandbuddysports.com or call 954-753-9430 and ask for Andy Zaukas.

GIFTED ADVISORY MEETING
Is your child in a Gifted Program? Or do you want to know more about Broward County Schools' Gifted Program? Download the flyer for the date and location of this meeting.
PARENT INFORMATION ON MTSS/RTI
Parents and Guardians: All students who are not meeting grade level expectations are given assistance through a Multi-Tiered System of Support. The level of support increases as needed from in class small group instruction; to more intense support in a smaller group, or for a greater period of time within the school week; to ESE services for those who are recommended as needing more than what can be provided with supports in a general education setting, and who meet criteria for Exceptional Student Education. Here are links to brochures, as well as a link to common reading strategies and games you can use with your child. If you have any questions regarding the level of support your child may need or is receiving, please contact your child's teacher.

EXCITING NEWS FROM THIRD GRADE
Did you know that Government Week was in October? Third grade has been learning all about the National, State, and Local Government. We have also been learning about the three branches of Government. As part of the Legislative and Executive Branch of our Local Government, we set out to City Hall. On our visit, Ms. Merlin's class had a chance to chat with the Mayor. Mayor Judy Paul took time out of her busy day to discuss the importance of her job and creating a sense of "community" in Davie, Florida. She talked about her responsibilities to the town of Davie. She attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, and has a piece of each ribbon hanging in her office. She said the hardest part of her job is saying no to people. She also told us about the many meetings and people she speaks with each day. In addition to meeting the Mayor, the students also got to meet government workers, such as the Fire Department, and Davie Police. We learned about Fire Safety and Bike Safety. It was a wonderful day.

Mrs. Merlin's Third Grade Class

ANTI-BULLYING TRAINING ON BRAINSHARK
Parents/Guardians: In keeping with Broward Schools Anti-Bullying Policy 5.9, all SRE staff and students have viewed the appropriate Anti-Bullying Training Brainshark. As parents, you are also encouraged to view the Parent Training Brainshark. Please use the link below to access the Brainshark Training. You will be asked to sign in and select SBBC. More information can be found on the Brain Shark website.
MAYOR'S CHESS CHALLENGE
Join mayor's from throughout Broward for this at this free event in support of Scholastic Chess! Download this flyer for more details.
NEW VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES
Our dedicated volunteers have provided more than 500,000 hours of service to Broward County Public Schools students during the 2013/2014 school year. This year, we anticipate a significant increase in this number and have revamped the volunteer application procedures to facilitate the smooth processing of our volunteers.

In the past, volunteers have been required to complete an online application annually, which has resulted in the delayed processing of the volunteers. Therefore, new volunteer application procedures have been established to provide a user-friendly process for our returning volunteers. All volunteers with an ACTIVE status for the 2013/2014 school year and a minimum of four volunteer hours (as reflected in the STAR System), being automatically processed through Level 1 security clearance. Once the process is completed, the status of those volunteers who receive clearance will be changed to APPROVED in the STAR System.

Volunteers who need to modify their application form, have been asked to contact Volunteer Services at 754-321-2300 or volunteer@browardschools.com to assist with the modifications. These modifications may include home address, e-mail, phone number and changes to their school preference for volunteering. All other individuals/volunteers must complete the 2014/2015 volunteer application form online at the Get Involved website.

SCHOOL PAYMENT SOLUTIONS
SchoolPaymentSolutions.com is an online payment portal especially designed to allow parents to make quick and easy online payments to their children's school accounts. The system allows parents to manage their children's lunch accounts, and manage other school accounts (such as lab fees or book fees), quickly and easily....Sign up today!

DOWNLOAD THE SCHOOL PAYMENT SOLUTIONS FLYER

FREE BACK TO SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS
Free back to school immunizations will be held at the various locations during the month of August. This is a great chance to get your child immunized before the start of school. Remember, each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parent or legal guardian should remember to bring the child's immunization records.

DOWNLOAD IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION IN ENGLISH
DOWNLOAD IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION IN CREOLE
DOWNLOAD IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION IN SPANISH
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT & MEAL PRICES
On July 1, the 2014-2015 Code of Student Conduct Handbook will be posted on Broward school's website. Parents and students may also access the Code of Student Conduct Handbook through BEEP Portal or use their smartphones to scan the Quick Response Code (QRC) on any of the Code Book posters displayed throughout the school's campus.
Meal prices will remain the same for next year: Breakfast for elementary students is $1.20 and lunch for elementary students will be $2.00. Reduced meal prices will also remain the same: $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.
PARENT ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE
Members of our Silver Ridge family recently participated in a series of videos produced to provide parents with academic assistance. These videos cover a range of topics that includes: Chunking, Picking the Right Books, Punctuation Pauses, Reading Expressions, Reading by Example and Decoding. View all the videos in this academic series.
HELP YOUR CHILD READ WITH "CHUNKING"
Helping your child to read can be fun and difficult at the same time. There are many different strategies that we use here at Silver Ridge to help our students become great readers. Watch this video to see how you can help your child to become a better reader using a strategy called "Chunking".

TANA-KEE-KEE EXPERIENCE
Tana-kee-kee was such a wonderful learning experience. We are so proud of the students, teachers and parents that made it special again this year. It truly could not have happened without everyone’s support and dedication.

Speaking of Tana-kee-kee, do you have any gently used TKK shirts that you would like to donate? Has your child outgrown it? Before you throw it away or donate it somewhere else, send it to Silver Ridge. Each year we have a few students that do not bring in shirts for Tana-kee-kee
We thought if anyone wanted to donate their shirt, we would take it to possibly use for the next year. Please send your donated shirt to the front office. Thank you in advance for helping with this. I also want to send a special THANK YOU to all of the
families that opened their homes to our students in order to use the restroom. We appreciate your kindness and generosity.

PARENT WRITING WORKSHOP: SESSION TWO
Mrs. Gonzalez presents the second writing session for parents at Silver Ridge Elementary. Please click the link to watch the Writing Workshop Presentation.
MEETING WITH THE MAYOR OF DAVIE
As a culmination of our Government Unit, the third graders attended a field trip to City Hall. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Davie's Mayor, Judy Paul. Mayor Paul invited us into her office. She asked the children questions about their studies, and shared her personal stories. She also explained how she hands out "Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches" to make people happy in this town. The children understood the metaphor, and continued asking her about preserving wildlife, balancing the budget, and her horseback riding interests. We had a lovely visit, and really connected a "being there experience" with our learning.
PARENT WRITING WORKSHOP: SESSION ONE
Mrs. Gonzalez recently conducted a parent writing workshop where she went over best practices for students to use at home and at school. This thirty-minute presentation is now available on video for the first time. Please click the link to watch the Writing Workshop Presentation.

GET INVOLVED VIDEO ON BECON TV
This video highlights the many ways that volunteers can help Broward Public Schools by getting involved in education.

Watch the District's Get Involved Video

PRIMARY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
All students being dismissed from the Primary dismissal side will all be dismissed from the North exit only. 

This means that:
  • Students that are meeting someone to either walk home or go to a car waiting on the north side of the school (36th street) will stay within the white-chained area and exit the campus at dismissal. We are asking parents to not park in the parking lot on the East side of the school and walk up to the dismissal area and walk their child back to the car. This is very dangerous and we are concerned about anyone walking through the car rider traffic.
  • If your child is a car rider, and you drive through the parking lot and pick them up, the students will also exit the school through the North exit and be escorted around to the car rider area – the same area we have always used.
  • If a student is a bike rider, they will also exit the school through the North exit, with all other students, but will be able to go to the bike rack and retrieve their bike.
GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS
Curious about the academic expectations of your child's grade level? Click here to download the various guides that pertain to each grade level K - 5.
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