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Silver Ridge Elementary Media Center

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Happy 100th day of school! I can not believe we have been in school for 100 days. Many of our classes celebrated this special day in a variety of ways. First grade students were recognized on morning announcements for mastering their first 100 sight words, a well as dressing as though they were 100 years old. In conjunction with the 100th day of school, we also celebrated Broward County’s 100 days in the Centennial year by wearing the district colors of orange, yellow, and green.

The Florida Department of Education has created an assessment portal for students and families to practice and become familiar with the upcoming assessment. Practice tests and directions can be found on the FDOE website. We encourage you to take advantage of the many resources on the website.

As per the Florida Standards Assessment portal, the purpose of these practice test materials is to orient teachers and students to the types of questions on paper-based FSA tests. By using these materials, students will become familiar with the types of items and response formats they may see on a paper-based test. The practice questions and answers are not intended to demonstrate the length of the actual test, nor should student responses be used as an indicator of student performance on
the actual test. The practice test is not intended to guide
classroom instruction.

Have a fun weekend,
Saemone Hollingsworth


NEWS FROM THE MEDIA CENTER
We are gearing up for our intermediate author visit in late January. Tyler Whitesides, author of the popular Janitors series will be visiting Silver Ridge on January 28th.

The Janitor book series is available for purchase through January 28th at RETAIL PRICE only.

Mr. Whitesides will sign and personalize books at Barnes and Noble the evening of January 28th at 7:00 PM. If the books are purchased at the store directly, tax will be required. Please contact Elaine Aaron, Media Specialist for any questions about book order.
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART IS COMING TO OUR SCHOOL!
Did you know that heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #5 cause of death in America? Did you know that a majority of those lives impacted by heart disease could have been prevented through lifestyle choices? Healthy behaviors begin at home and should be reinforced at school.

On February 12th students will be having their event during PE. Jump Rope For Heart began 37 years ago and takes place at thousands of school all across the nation. This program helps students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health, but also teaches children the value of giving back to those in need. Heart disease affects every family, so help us support the American Heart Association as they help people live longer, healthier lives!

Depending on what our school raises, we will receive gift certificates for PE equipment through US Games! Supporters can donate online at www.heart.org/jump. Help your child register and create his or her own web page with the tools provided online and your child can include a message about why he or she is participating in Jump Rope For Heart. Students will bring home collection envelopes and informational letters on January 15th and are due February 12th. Please take a moment to read the envelope over carefully with your child and consider helping to raise money for this worthwhile cause. Thank you for your support!

Download the Jump Rope for Heart Flyer for More Details

Join Team Silver Ridge on the Jump Rope for Heart Website
MAYORS CHESS CHALLENGE
Join mayors, elected officials, and community leaders throughout Broward County in support of Scholastic Chess! Events are free and open to players of all ages and skill levels. Download the flyer for dates, times and locations.

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK
BCPS celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on February 2, 2016. Students participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day must complete the Student Log and Activity Form. School Activity Packets for students who participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons are available by clicking the following link.

School Activity Packets for Students

PTO NEWS
The Silver Ridge PTO hopes your break was enjoyable and welcomes you back to a New Year.

Thanks again to our Silver Ridge Families for supporting the PTO Fall Fundraiser. If you have not received your order or have a problem with your order, please contact Signature Fundraising, please call them at 1-800-645-3863. Just a reminder, you can still place orders that will benefit the PTO at www.sigfund.com.

Jump Rope for Heart is here! This is a great program that helps our community and many of our loved ones while also benefitting our school Physical Education Program. We’ve already had an amazing start. Thanks for all who have created their webpage on www.heart.org/jump and have donations coming in already. You are working full force at reaching our goal of $15,000. Creating a webpage is a fun and easy way of collecting donations from family and friends while promoting healthier lifestyles and healthier hearts. Our “Heart Healthy” student kickoff assembly will take place on January 15th. A representative from the American Heart Association will be there to teach our students their “Heart Healthy Facts” and get our school excited about our Jump Rope for Heart Event on February 12. She will be giving out “Toby the Pup”, at the event, to all students who have raised $150.00 by January 15. Attached below you will find a newsletter with further details about this event. Please look out for an email in the next couple of weeks requesting volunteers for this event. We look forward to making this another record year at Silver Ridge Elementary.

The 5th grade committee is diligently working on preparations for our 5th grade end of the year events. There will be a dress down day for all students on 1/28. All students who bring in a dollar will not have to wear uniform on 1/28. If you are interested in working on any of the 5th grade events please email srevolunteercoordinator@ gmail.com

Yearbooks are on sale! It is a wonderful keepsake for all students. They can be purchased for $27.00 until April 1st. Beginning April 2nd the price will be $32.00. Please see attached flyer.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our General PTO meeting on January 21. We are excited for all the great events at our school in the New Year and we wish everyone a spectacular 2016!

 

NEW SPIRIT T-SHIRT ORDER FORM
Order our new Silver Ridge Elementary Spirit T-shirt. The shirt is bright yellow and features our new navy blue logo. Please return the completed form to the front office or your child's teacher along with the payment of cash or check made payable to Silver Ridge Elementary PTO. Please allow one to two weeks for your order to be filled. Shirts will be sent home with your child.

Download the New Spirit T-Shirt Order Form

SIGN UP FOR ED TALK 2015/16
Sign up for ED TALK 2015/16. This is a public forum designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District’s Strategic Plan. Conference will be Saturday, January 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM—12:00 Noon at the Signature Grand, 6900 SR 84, Davie, FL 33317.

Click to See website for registration

HONOR FLIGHT
With your generous donations, Silver Ridge collected $800.00 for the Honor Flight, which will help to send a veteran to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Me-morial. Student letters to our veterans also touch the hearts of those who served this great country. The soldiers who receive the letters from children are very ap-preciative of their expression of kindness and support.

We Shall Never Forget…..Honoring Our American Veterans

REASSIGNMENT AND MAGNET APPLICATION WINDOW
Magnet Program Open Houses will take place during November 2015, December 2015 and January 2016.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to meet teachers and staff and also to tour the school while learning about the magnet program offered.  It is a great opportunity to visit our magnet schools to see if one may be right for you.

In addition, our Grade 5 students will attend a Magnet Schools presentation/assembly here at Silver Ridge on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, where they will see and hear for themselves about  some of the amazing opportunities that are available to them in the Middle School Magnet Programs.

The application window to apply to a magnet School for the 2016-2017 school year is December 1, 2015 – February 10, 2016.

The Nova and Reassignment applications window for the 2016-2017 school year also opens December 1 - February 10, 2016.  Applications will be available online at www.browardschools.com or from the Demographics and Student Assignments Office. 

Should you have any questions, please go to http://www.browardschools.com/departments/magnet-programs or contact Leona Miracola, Director, Innovative Programs Design/Support at 754-321-2070.

PARENTS OF ESE STUDENTS
Please take 5 minutes to complete an OPTIONAL brief survey regarding your child and family's specific needs.  The survey results will be used by a multi-agency committee to shape services in your community. Your name will be entered for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to complete this survey.
PARENT EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
The ESE & Support Services Department in collaboration with FDLRS Parent Services offers a variety of parent workshops and information for parents of students with disabilities. Download the Parent Education Workshops for Families of Students with Disabilities 2015 School Calendar document.
PARENT TRAINING - FIFTH GRADE
Click the following link to review held on October 21, 2015.
PARENT TRAINING - SECOND GRADE
Second grade held a parent training on October 15, 2015. During this training, Mrs. Bayazitoglu discussed several techniques involving new math. to learn more about the lessons being taught in our second grade classrooms.

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 October 2015
SMART Update for August 2015



CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DISTRICT
Conversation with the District was created as a follow up to the Superintendent’s Listening Tour. These Conversations enabled BCPS to progress from listening to community concerns into actively engaging in an open dialogue with the community. The event series will be held across all seven (7) of the school districts that make up Broward County Public Schools. Click for the 2015/16 Conversation with the District Flyer.

FREE PARENT EDUCATIONAL EVENTS!
Review several educational events available for parents in Broward County.

The EXPO Seminar for Parents
Procedural Safeguards Workshop
Active Parenting Now
Active Parenting 1,2,3,4
Active Parenting for Teens

BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOLS ANTI-BULLYING POLICY 5.9 TRAINING MODULES
Parents and Caregivers: The link provided will bring you to the Training Modules that Broward Schools has provided for Staff, Students, and Parents/Caregivers. Please take some time to view this important information by selecting the Module especially created for all parents and caregivers.
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.

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.

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.

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".

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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