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WELCOME BACK TO SILVER RIDGE ELEMENTARY!
We are so excited for the school year to begin.  Welcome back to our returning families and we look forward to meeting our students and families who are joining our Silver Ridge community.  I cannot believe it’s August and the 2015-16 school year is a few weeks away!!  I know you have been relaxing but I also know you have been keeping your academic skills sharp.  I can imagine you have been reading, communicating, writing, problem solving, and practicing math facts to name a few. 

 

I am excited for your return because we have exciting things happening on campus!!  When you enter the Media Center you will think HGTV came to Silver Ridge.  New paint, furniture, and decor all thanks to Ms. Aaron and Mr. and Mrs. West!   Literacy has never been so stylish. 

Last year at this time we were informing the community of the SMART Bond Initiative.  This year we are reaping the rewards.  We were allotted $260,000 toward technology devices to assist with the ratio of 1 computer for every 3.5 students.  In a few weeks each classroom will receive 4 brand new laptops! 

If you know a new family to the area please remind them to register their child(ren) so we can be prepared and have accurate class counts.  We have to adhere to State Mandates for Class Size (Prek-3rd – 18 students per class; 4-5 – 22 students per class).  Student class assignments are tentative based on enrollment and registration. 

This year we want you to leave school each day with a smile because you know you did good work and tried your hardest! .  We want our school and classes to be a place where students and teachers gather to do interesting work that matters.  We want you to ask interesting and hard questions.  Try new things.  Share what you are learning and doing.  We want you to be- Engaged!  Enjoying!  Excelling!  So be awesome each and every day!

See you on August 21 for Drop in Day between 8-10 a.m.!  Enjoy the remainder of your summer and sleep in late for your parents!!

Saemone Hollingsworth
Principal

HOMELESS EDUCATION INFORMATION
If your family lives in any of the following conditions, your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act: in a shelter, motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation, in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, or doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship. Learn more about opportunities that are available for homeless students.
GIFTED ADVISORY MEETINGS FOR 2015/16
The Gifted Advisory Council of Broward County Public Schools  announced their meeting dates for the 2015/16 school year. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September  24 at 7:00 p.m. at Sheridan Technical High School. View the Gifted Advisory flyer for additional details.

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 August 2015
SMART Update for February 2015
SMART Update for January 2015
SMART Update for December 2014

LIBRARY CARD DRIVE
Participate in Broward Schools and Broward County Library's 2015/16 Library Drive. Getting a Broward County Library card is easy! If you're a resident of Broward County, you can APPLY ONLINE, or at any Broward County Library location. If you're not a resident, or if you need to reregister for a library card, please visit one of our Library locations for assistance. Download the official flyer for more information.

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT & MEAL PRICES
The 2015-2016 Code of Student Conduct Handbook is available on the Broward school's website. Parents and students may also access the Code of Student Conduct Handbook through BEEP Portal or use their smart phones 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.
FREE BREAKFAST AND PRICES CHANGES FOR 2015/16
The Food and Nutrition Services Department is pleased to announce Universal Free Breakfast will be available for the 2015/16 school year. All students, regardless of eligibility status, will have the opportunity to participate in the breakfast meal program at no charge. Additionally, the current lunch meal prices for students ($2.00) and adults ($2.75) will remain the same for the 2015/16 school year.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
Don't miss an opportunity to have your child immunized before the start of school. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County will offer free immunizations inside the Lauderhill Mall. Click on the languages below to learn more about the dates and times.

English
Spanish
Haitian/Creole

FIRST ANNUAL CHESS FAMILY NIGHT
Silver Ridge Elementary held the District's First Annual Chess Family Night on February 11. Parents, teachers and students had an opportunity to play chess, eat delicious snacks and even meet and take pictures with the Chess Lady, Wendi Fischer. If you missed the event, Chesteriscool.com was live on the scene to capture the event. View both their News story and Video Slideshow featuring this exciting event.

FIFTH GRADE PARENT TRAINING VIDEOS
During this training session, parents received information on the upcoming FSA tests, were able to ask questions, and get hands on experience with test type questions online at fsassessments.org.
THIRD GRADE PARENT TRAINING VIDEOS
Third grade teachers at Silver Ridge Elementary created a slideshow presentation for their parents that covers tips and tricks to guide young readers.

SECOND GRADE PARENT TRAINING VIDEOS
In this video second grade teachers cover Math Practices and Mental Math Strategies as well as Addition and Subtraction Strategies.

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.

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.
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.
NEW VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES
Our dedicated volunteers have provided more than 500,000 hours of service to Broward County Public Schools students during the 2015/2016 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

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".
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.
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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