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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I recently read a very interesting article that discusses Common Core and Math. This is a hot topic that can be frustrating to many parents, myself included. I never thought I would think of second grade math as complicated. The article gives some very good insight in to why Common Core is making simple math more complicated. The math that students are expected to do in elementary school is not just getting the answer, but they also are learning why. “Arithmetic has usually been taught like it’s a recipe: Take the raw ingredients (the numbers), follow a series of steps, and end up with a result (the answer). While an experienced baker knows why you cream the butter and sugar before adding eggs, then add flour last, a beginner just following the steps is in the dark.” Having math make sense in the real world (application) is a crucial skill for science and technology jobs. “The theory is that if students understand why they do math the way they do, they will be able to apply their skills more flexibly.” To read this article in full, you can access it at: Click Here.

Parents please discuss with your child the appropriate time to use their cell phone. Broward County School Board policy is that students may use their phone after school. I would like them to be mindful of limiting this usage while waiting to be picked up or get on a bus. Some phones have become a distraction and are delaying the car line pick up and the bus loading procedures. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Have you heard about “Education on 6: Brag about Your School”? Students, parents, teachers and administrators can submit up to a 200 word essay to describe why their school is so incredible. Your
description should be detailed. Tell why NBC 6 should showcase our school. Email your submission to: bragaboutyourschool@nbc6.com as soon as possible. They will begin airing the schools chosen in early November.

Saemone Hollingsworth
Principal

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

FALL FESTIVAL
Thank you to all the Silver Ridge Elementary families who supported our big fundraiser of the year. Now it is time to join us for a fun filled evening on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Fall Festival from 6:00—8:00 PM. We will have food, activities, music and more. The Fall Festival flyer and pre-order food form is attached and will also be sent
home with your child.

Vendors are welcome to “buy a booth” at the Fall Festival. Display your business and sell you items. Please see attached Vendor Application with waiver that must be submitted with a fee of $20.00 by Friday, October 17th in order to reserve a spot. We hope to see you all there.

Also, a huge hank you to those who have sent in their child’s Accelerated Reader and/or Magazine Subscription forms and payment. The order form is attached for your convenience as there is still time to contribute to these wonderful resources.

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 Fact Sheet for 9/29/2014

SMART Fact Sheet for 9/15/2014

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 DATES FOR CONVERSATION WITH THE DISTRICT
The Conversation with the District events are a follow-up to the 2011 Superintendent's Listening Tour, during which the District gained valuable insight from parents, students and community members about issues facing Broward County Public Schools and the educational priorities of the community.  The goal of the Conversation with the District events is to  continue the important dialogue that began in 2011, highlight actions taken by the District as a result of the Listening Tour, and share the District's vision for the future. Download this flyer to view the 2014-2015 dates and times. You can also visit the Conversation with the District homepage.
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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