The Eagle Eye

March 10, 2022 - Eagle Ridge Academy - Volume 18 | Issue 12

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, March 12

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Tuesday, March 15

Thursday, March 17

Friday, March 18

Monday, March 21

Tuesday, March 22

Wednesday, March 23

Thursday, March 24

Donate Books to the ERA Library During National Reading Month!

March is National Reading Month! In honor of this, please consider donating a book or even a series of books to our ERA library. Please click here to see a wish list of the most needed additions and replacements.

If you would like to have Donated by (your name) included in the book(s), please include this information in a note with your purchase. You will put smiles on the faces of the over 800 students that visit the library every week!

Student Pen Pals Meet for First Time to Read to Each Other

Happy National Reading Month, Gryphons! Students in Ms. Pahl's sixth grade class and Ms. Schmidt's third grade class were paired up as pen pals earlier this year and have been getting to know each other via letters. This morning, they finally got to meet each other for the first time! The classes came together in the school library to read to each other, ask each other questions, and help each other pick which books to check out. The pairs will continue to write each other letters and meet up for the remainder of the school year. View more photos here.

2022 Eagle Ridge Academy Board of Directors Nominations Due March 25 - Eagle Ridge Academy Board of Directors

On behalf of the Eagle Ridge Academy Board of Directors, we are issuing a call for nominations for the 2022 Board of Directors election. Please read on for more information regarding the election process.

Board of Directors Composition:

Currently, the Board is made up of six teacher seats and five parent/community member seats. For the 2022 election, the following seats will be open for election:

  • Three teacher seats
  • Two parent/community member seats

The Nomination Process:

The Board of Directors asks that you nominate yourself or other individuals with the competence and vision to provide skilled leadership for the Academy. Any member of the corporation, parent or staff, may submit a nomination. To submit a nomination, please complete the Nomination Form. This form is also available on the Eagle Ridge Academy website. Nominations are due on or before Friday, March 25, at 4:00 p.m.

Board Member Election Process:

Once nominations are received, the election process will follow this sequence:

  • All nominees will receive an information packet containing a detailed description of the requirements of Board service as well as details for accepting the nomination, including a candidate questionnaire.
  • A completed questionnaire, submitted by April 5 at 4:00 p.m., is the individual’s official notification that they accept the nomination.
  • An Election Guide with information on all candidates, their qualifications, and their views as stated in the candidate questionnaires will be available on April 8 on the official election site as well as posted on the Eagle Ridge Academy website for review.
  • A Candidate Forum will be held on April 21 at 6:00 p.m. (location TBD). This forum will provide an opportunity to meet and question all the candidates who are running for election. All candidates are encouraged to take part in this forum.
  • The official election will open on April 21 at 7:00 p.m. All eligible voters will receive an individualized ballot passcode and log-in information as well as further directions via email.
  • All votes must be cast no later than April 25 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Official results will be announced at the Annual Board Meeting on April 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Light The Night Virtual Fundraiser raises Over $2,000

Eagle Ridge Academy raised $2,628.11 during the Light The Night fundraiser last week! The money raised during Light The Night goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia and Lymphoma’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. The two Lower School classes that raised the most money were Thomas and Schmidt. The Upper School advisory that raised the most money was Hoffman. These classes will get classroom parties as a reward. Thank you to everyone that donated during the fundraiser!

Community Updates: School of Grammar

School of Grammar Variety Show Next Thursday, March 17

Dear ERA Community,

Join us in the Eagle Ridge Academy auditorium next Thursday to watch students in grades 1-5 come together to share some of their special talents that they practice both in and out of school.

Grades 1 and 2 will showcase their acts from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Grades 3-5 will showcase their acts from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!


Caroline Freund, Grades 3-5 Music Specialist

School of Grammar Yearbooks Nearly Sold Out!

Yearbook orders are still being accepted online until they are sold out. Personalized yearbooks with names and icons are no longer available to order. To purchase a School of Grammar yearbook for only $31 plus tax, please click here. Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of May. You may contact Jami Kruschke with Lower School yearbook questions at

Community Updates: Schools of Logic & Rhetoric

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PSEO Registration & Sophomore College Search Bootcamp - Mary Johnson, College and Academic Advisor

Dear School of Rhetoric Families,


PSEO (Post-Secondary Enrollment Opportunity) registration for the 2022-2023 school year has opened. Please use this link for information regarding the PSEO program.

Sophomore College Search Bootcamp

Sophomore College Search Bootcamp will be held 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, in the Upper School Computer Lab (Room 2132). Please enter through the Activities Entrance at Door 4 starting at 8:45 a.m.

Requesting Transcripts

Eagle Ridge Academy has a process in place for requesting transcripts. Please use the Transcript Request form to request transcripts. Transcript requests will not be completed unless the form is submitted. Transcripts are only generated for students in grades 9-12. If a student in grades 6-8 needs a record of grades earned, an academic record can be generated for those students. Do not use the transcript request form if you are in grades 6-8, instead send an email to Ms. MJ at to request your academic record.

Sparkling Ice® Flavorful Futures $5,000 Scholarship

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Applicants must meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022.
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale.
  • Must enroll for fall 2022 as a freshman or first year student in part-time or full-time study at a 2-year, 4-year, college, university, trade or vocational school. The school must be an accredited U.S. institution and listed on the official website for the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Must not be a relative or dependent child of an employee of Talking Rain or any of its retail customers.

More details, including the application and eligibility requirements, can be found here:


Mary Johnson

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Congratulations to Our 6th Grade Pillar Award Recipients!

The next Upper School Pillar Awards will take place the week of March 21.
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Congratulations, Cast of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"!

Congratulations to Director Ms. Michels and the cast of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown for putting on two excellent performances of the beloved musical on February 26 and 27! Thank you to everyone who came out to watch the show and to the cast and crew for all of their hard work, passion, and dedication. Couldn't make it to the winter musical? You'll have a chance to see some of these actors perform again in the May performances of Wizard of Oz! View the full album of pictures here.

Thank You for Attending Gryphon Senior Night

Thank you for coming out to celebrate our Class of 2022 activities and athletics participants at Senior Night on February 24! These photos were taken by parent and ERA Booster Club member Christine Dudgeon. Her album can be viewed here. Stay tuned for more pictures from the incredible night!

Mock Trial Team A Places 3rd in State!

Eagle Ridge Academy Mock Trial Team A won two of their three matches at the Mock Trial State Tournament last week and placed third overall in the state out of the sixteen teams competing. This was an outstanding finish for the team, as several members were new to Mock Trial this year. Seasoned mockers Muthu M. (senior) and Natalie G. (junior) were recognized by the judges for excellent attorney and witness performances, respectively.

Thank you to coaches Harshita Kalidindi and Caleb Brady for their guidance and to all of our mockers for their passion and determination this season! This was the team's third time in the state tournament in the four years the program has existed. Eagle Ridge Academy is extremely proud of the Mock Trial program and all that the mockers have accomplished these last few years, especially as the last two seasons have been complicated by the pandemic. Congratulations to mockers Greta L., Dulce C.-M., Lydia B., Natalie G., Muthu M., Maren F., and Aishwarya R.

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ISM/ERA SoR Math Team Competing in State Tournament on Monday, March 14

The ISM/ERA Math Team has qualified mathletes for the State Tournament for the seventh year in a row!

The School of Rhetoric (SoR) Math Team scored 69 points in Meet 5 last month to finish first in Section 2AA for the meet and for the season. The team finished first in Class AA (middle-sized schools). Overall, the team finished 12th out of 163 teams in the state with a total of 426 points. Team recognition occurs within the section.

By virtue of their first-place finish within the section, the team received an automatic invitation to the State Tournament on Monday, March 14, at South St. Paul High School. Due to space limitations, only scoring team mathletes and up to two alternates may attend. No spectators are allowed. The following mathletes will represent ISM and ERA at the State Tournament: Carter A. (ERA), Aarya B. (ISM), Aahil G. (ERA), Ariel J. (ISM), Robin L. (ISM), Max P. (ISM), Sam P. (ISM), Simon W. (ISM), Ellie W. (ISM), and Aizada Y. (ERA).

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Spring Activities Start Next Week!

Spring activity registration is still open: Please note that some activities are listed under Spring and some are listed under All Year. The fee reduction form is available here.

Gryphon Track & Field

  • Highly competitive co-op team with ISM, Chesterton, and Groves Academy
  • Grades 7-12
  • Location: ISM
  • Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Transportation provided to ISM
  • Head Coach: Rob Economy
  • Begins March 14
  • $200

ThunderGryph Baseball

  • United Christian Academy – Eagle Ridge Academy Baseball
  • Grades 7-12: Varsity & JV
  • Practice in Bloomington or Eden Prairie
  • Monday-Friday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.; Transportation provided to practice
  • Head Coach: Evan Johnson
  • Begins March 14
  • $200

Blake (& ERA) Softball

  • New this year! We will co-op with Blake for V/JV Softball with the intent of launching ERA Softball in spring 2024
  • Grades 7-12: Varsity & JV, no cuts
  • Practice at Blake campus:
  • Monday-Friday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
  • Head Coach: Jenna Privette
  • Begins March 14
  • $200

Ultimate Frisbee

  • Ultimate returns to ISM for 2022. It will remain a co-op with Chesterton and ISM.
  • Grades 7-12: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Middle School levels planned
  • Practice at ISM
  • Practices Monday/Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m.; No transportation unless participating in track
  • Head Coach: James Kittleson
  • Begins April 4
  • $200

Gryphon Girls Badminton

  • Girls Badminton returns with a 12-person roster in 2022
  • Grades 7-12: Varsity
  • Practice in ERA Auxiliary Gym
  • Practices Wednesday/Friday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Head Coach: Abhi Das
  • Begins March 16
  • $110


  • Golf will be offered through United Christian Academy
  • Grades 7-12: Boys and Girls
  • Practice location TBD – in Bloomington area
  • Practices Monday-Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Begins March 16
  • $250

Blake Synchronized Swimming

  • Grades 7-12: Girls
  • Practice at Blake School
  • Practices Monday-Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Begins March 7
  • $250

Note: We will add a Boys Volleyball club that meets outside of practice times for varsity sports. Look for registration to open in March.

Go Gryphons!


  1. Volunteer during spring games and matches. Please go to and click on the volunteer tab to sign up.
  2. Become a Booster Club Member! Memberships range from a free Patron member to a Gryphon member that provides access to all home games, a free concession snack, a free ticket to the end-of-year awards ceremony, and more. Show your school spirit and become a member today. Go to and look for the "Become a Booster" button on the home page.
  3. Join the ERA Booster Club Board! The ERA Booster Club is looking for parents interested in contributing to the growth and excellence of letter-eligible activities. Leading a committee for the Booster Club takes 7-10 hours per month. We currently need parents with an interest in fundraising, sponsorship, or communications. Email us at

Learn more by visiting the ERA Booster Club website ( or by joining the Facebook group today!

Developing Connections

Registration Open for 8th Annual Donut Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Mini-Donut Dash and 9th Annual Gryphon Classic Golf Tournament -- Both at New Locations! - Kelly Schiffman, Director of Development

Dear ERA Community,

With thoughts of nice weather to come, it’s a good time to start thinking about spring and summer! The Donut Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Mini-Donut Dash is on May 7 and the Gryphon Classic Golf Tournament is on June 21 - and both events are at new venues this year!

Ways to Participate:

  1. Register today: Donut Dash | Gryphon Classic Golf
  2. Sponsor the events with the donation of a product or financial gift.
  3. Ask your employer to participate as a sponsor.
  4. Volunteer to help at the 5K on May 7. We need 50 volunteers.
  5. Donate a 100% tax-deductible gift.
  6. Help promote both events by sharing on your social media or by word of mouth. Invite your friends, family, and colleagues.

Watch for Sprinkles and Cocoa, our DD5K mascot donuts, to make special appearances in the coming weeks! We are also seeking corporate sponsors for both of these events. Check with your employer to see if they might be interested in backing either of these events and supporting your students and their classmates at Eagle Ridge Academy.

For more information on how you may participate in the development of Eagle Ridge Academy, please contact me at 952-746-7760, ext. 1107 or by email at Visit our website for online giving and other important information at

8th Annual Donut Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Mini-Donut Dash Information

We are back IN PERSON this year for the 8th Annual Donut Dash 5K and Mini-Donut 1/2 Mile for Kids with a whole NEW 5K COURSE, leaving and finishing at Eagle Ridge Academy! Whether you are a runner, a walker, or a donut-enthusiast, this is the event for you! Each 5K race registrant receives a 2022 race shirt, post-race refreshment, and DONUTS! Children ages 10 and younger that participate in the Mini-Donut 1/2 mile receive a race shirt, medal, and mini-donuts. There will be Zumba warm-ups led by a certified instructor before the race, complimentary chair massages, rock tape applications, music, and fun youth activities. The event will take place on Saturday, May 7, starting at 8:00 a.m. Visit to view the race map, see fun photos from previous years, and for more information.

Online registration is OPEN! To register via mail with cash or check (made payable to FERA), please download the registration brochure and return with your payment to Eagle Ridge Academy. All registrations are non-refundable.

5K Pricing:
$35 Adult 5K Registration (on or before April 21)
$30 Student and Alumni 5K Pricing
$40 5K Registration (after April 21 to race day)

Kids Mini Donut Dash 1/2 Mile Pricing:
(Kids 10 and younger)

$15 Mini-Donut Dash Pricing (on or before April 21)
$20 Mini-Donut Dash (after April 21 to race day)

All proceeds from the event will benefit student enrichment at Eagle Ridge Academy. If you do not wish to run but would like to make a 100% tax-deductible donation to Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy to help support student enrichment and Classical Education, please click here.

We cannot wait to have everyone together again for one of our favorite annual events AND to welcome everyone to the new course. We hope to see you there! Questions? Please contact Kelly Schiffman at

Volunteers Needed for Donut Dash!

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available at this year's Donut Dash. Volunteers are welcome to choose as many spots as they want as the times vary. Volunteers will receive a Donut Dash Volunteer T-shirt to wear the day of the event and keep as a thank you for your time! See Donut Dash volunteer opportunities and sign up here.

9th Annual Gryphon Classic Golf Tournament Information

We are excited to announce that the annual golf tournament will be hosted at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park for the first time! The event will take place on Tuesday, June 21. Edinburgh USA is a public course and is one of only two courses in Minnesota designed by world renowned architect Robert Trent Jones II, who also designed Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. Prizes this year are from the Edinburgh Pro Shop.

The annual golf scramble is a fun event that brings people together for a day to benefit the students of Eagle Ridge Academy. The event includes 18 holes of golf, cart and green fees, lunch and social hour by D’Amico Catering, raffle, complimentary drink ticket, and golfer gift.

Last year, proceeds supported the Playscape and Grounds Beautification Project at Eagle Ridge Academy, bringing outdoor learning and enhanced play to our students. This year, proceeds will support a new Grow Your Own Teacher Program at Eagle Ridge Academy.

For more information and to register online: Golf Brochure / Online Registration

Registrations are non-refundable.

Event Agenda
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. — Check-In, Lunch, and Driving Range
1:15 p.m. — Be ready in your carts
1:30 p.m. — Shotgun
5:30 p.m. — Social Hour and Awards

To sponsor the golf tournament, please view our Sponsorship Flyer for various options and opportunities. Contact: Mrs. Kelly Schiffman, ERA Director of Development; 952-746-7760, ext. 1107;

Volunteer this Spring!

We have several opportunities available for volunteers this spring. There’s a job for everyone – let us know if you can help. Sign up to volunteer today.

Pledge Your Support

Pledge your annual support to Eagle Ridge Academy with an affordable monthly gift, broken down into smaller amounts, which makes giving easier and allows a predictable revenue source for Eagle Ridge Academy. Click here to pledge your annual support.

Corporate Match Programs

Do you work for an employer who has a Matching Gift Program or supports community events as recommended by the employee?

Consider reaching out to your Community Relations or HR department to ask about their community support and employee giving opportunities. Many organizations match employee gifts up to 100% (essentially doubling the impact of your gift to the Academy), donate to charities of choice based on volunteer hours, and sponsor events financially or with in-kind donations. Search this website to see if your workplace matches. Be informed by asking today!

Shop with SCRIP

Eagle Ridge Academy offers SCRIP, a gift card program that gives back to Eagle Ridge Academy with purchases on everyday items such as groceries, restaurants, retail, and gas. Buy gift cards at face value from more than 750 retailers and SCRIP donates a portion of all purchases back to Eagle Ridge Academy. Orders go in on Friday, with delivery to ERA the following Tuesday. Learn more here.


You can make a difference while you shop! Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app (go to "Settings" in the app, then click "AmazonSmile" to manage this) and AmazonSmile donates to Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy, Inc.

Family Contributions

We appreciate the family contributions to the PTO fund that have brought us halfway to our goal for the year. You can always make a donation online or mail a check to PTO at the school's address. The donations go toward building community and providing fun events for the children to enhance their school experience.

Share Your Contact Information in the Family Directory

Since our school is unable to publish or otherwise share family contact information, we want to encourage families to share their contact information in the school directory via Membership Tool Kit. Doing so makes it much easier to communicate between families, share classroom opportunities, publicize grade level get-togethers, and assist one another with homework and uniform questions.

Membership Tool Kit gives you control over what information you share and is available both online and as an app. Create an account here.

If you already have an account, use the same link to access it through your mobile app or computer and update your family information including teacher or advisor name.

Stay Connected!

Follow the ERA PTO on Facebook! Search Eagle Ridge Academy PTO on Facebook or follow this link:


Your 2021-2022 PTO Board

President – Elena Ryabinin

Vice-President – Poornima Pelluri

Treasurer – Tina Loutsch

Teacher Liaisons – Lindsay Thomas (1st grade teacher) and Jessica Bergeron (9th grade Latin teacher)

Community Engagement – Gretchen Stone; Carolyn Sommers Tillotson

Feel free to reach out to PTO via email

Support ERA Through Box Tops for Education and Coca-Cola GIVE Programs

See It… Save It!
Did you know that you can support Eagle Ridge Academy through your everyday purchases with the Box Tops for Education and Coca-Cola GIVE programs? These programs are free and simple to use. Not only that, but anyone can participate—grandparents, neighbors, and friends—so check out these programs today, and while you’re at it, get a couple of friends on board too!

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education (BTFE) helps families earn money for Eagle Ridge Academy with products they already buy. It only takes minutes to get the Box Tops app through the app store on your phone and follow the prompts to set up your account. Be sure to enter ERA as your school. Once you have the app set up, it’s a snap to use it to scan your receipt every time you buy groceries. The app automatically finds eligible items and credits them to ERA! You can even see in the app how much money has been given to our school this year and what products have special Box Tops promotions going on. Visit for more information.

Coca-Cola GIVE
To contribute through Coca-Cola GIVE, Simply look for a code on Coke products. It can be found under screw tops or inside the boxes of 12- and 24-packs. When you see one, head to and search for Eagle Ridge Academy. Enter or scan the code and you’re done! Visit for more information. Email if you have any questions about either program.

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Monthly Motivation

Upper School science teacher Ms. Johnson, who is known for the giant collaborate displays outside of her classroom, recently asked her 6th-8th grade students a new question: "What's good in your world?" See below for their responses.
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