The Eagle Eye

May 13, 2021 - Eagle Ridge Academy - Volume 17 | Issue 16

Eagle Ridge Academy is currently in FULL-SCHOOL (GRADES K-12) IN-PERSON LEARNING. Fridays will remain distance learning days. The last day of school for grades K-12 will be Wednesday, June 2.

The Minnesota Department of Health data updated today shows that Hennepin County is currently at 33.08 cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 people, while ERA zip code data is at 38 cases of COVID-19 per 10,000 people. In January, the ERA Board of Directors approved the new Learning Model Decision Making Matrix for grades 6-12. The Decision Making Matrix (DMM) includes and prioritizes data from within our facility versus the Hennepin County case rate alone. The DMM will be updated on Eagle Ridge Academy's website every Friday.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

Saturday, May 15

Sunday, May 16

Monday, May 17

Tuesday, May 18

  • Senior Week Day 2: Breakfast Awards Banquet for Seniors Only (Event will be livestreamed for parents.)
  • Boys Varsity Baseball Game vs. Legacy Christian at Legacy Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 19

  • Senior Week Day 3: Jimmy Johns or Chipotle Lunch at School; Cap and Gown Photos

Thursday, May 20

  • Senior Week Day 4: Field Trip to Bryant Lake Park (Cost is $25. Permission slips are due by Tuesday, May 18. Paper copies are available in Mr. Sutton's classroom.)

Friday, May 21

Sunday, May 23

Monday, May 24

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26

Coronavirus Information

Eagle Ridge Academy has created a web page with COVID-19 information and resources. Check out the page here:

Technology Information

If you need help with Canvas or have another technology issue, you can visit to troubleshoot your issue and see who to contact for help.

You can also call the Academic & Technology Hotline Monday-Thursday at 952-746-7760, ext. 1704 or email

Community Updates: School of Grammar

Last Day of School Information: Grades K-5

The last day of school for all students K-12 is Wednesday, June 2. School of Grammar students will be dismissed at 11:20 a.m. as it is a half-day and there is no after-school care provided. (Last day of school information for the Schools of Logic & Rhetoric is listed further down in the newsletter.)

Students attending in-person will be asked to return their school materials (i.e. books, computers, etc.) to their classroom teachers. School materials need to be returned no later than June 3.

There will be a separate material drop-off process for distance learning students. The details of distance learning materials drop-off will be communicated to families next week.

Please look for details from your child’s teacher regarding end of year celebrations.

Yearbook information is available in the section below.

Food Service

To order a take-home lunch for your child on the last day of school, please complete this order form for each child. Bag lunches will be distributed at the end of the school day for the students to enjoy at home.


The Eagle Ridge Academy buses will run mid-day on June 2, the last day of school, as it is a half day. Buses will depart the Academy at 11:40 a.m. To determine the drop-off time of your child’s bus stop, please subtract 3 hours and 40 minutes from their usual drop-off time.

K-5 School of Grammar Yearbooks Are In!

Distribution of pre-ordered yearbooks will occur NEXT WEEK!

  • In-person students will bring home yearbooks on Thursday, May 20.
  • Distance learning students will pick up yearbooks in their classroom folders during materials pick-up on Friday, May 21.

Online orders accepted until May 17 or SOLD OUT: Eagle Ridge Academy Lower School K-5 or call 1-877-767-5217. Yearbooks cost $30, plus tax.

School of Grammar Music Performances Will be Held Over Zoom May 24-27

Grades K-5 virtual music performances will take place over Zoom May 24-27. The class performances will take place during specific music class times and will last twenty minutes. Due to the limited amount of guests we can have join on Zoom, each student performing is allowed two additional devices to be logged in to view the performance.

Students have been hard at work preparing their music and look forward to sharing it with you! Thank you for supporting our talented students. Dates and times are listed below.

Grades K-2 Virtual Music Performances:

Monday, May 24

8:15-8:40 a.m. 2nd Grade Ms. Kruger

8:45-9:10 a.m. 2nd Grade Ms. L. Hopper

9:15-9:40 a.m. 2nd Grade Ms. Seeley

9:45-10:10 a.m. 1st Grade Ms. Herdrich

10:45-11:10 a.m. 1st Grade Ms. S. Hopper

11:50am-12:15 p.m. Kindergarten Ms. Mills

Tuesday, May 25

8:15-8:40 a.m. 2nd Grade Ms. Thiessen

8:45-9:10 a.m. 2nd Grade Ms. Bartow

9:15-9:40 a.m. 2nd Grade Ms. Allan

10:15-10:40 a.m. 1st Grade Ms. Thomas

10:45-11:10 a.m. 1st Grade Ms. Basic

11:15-11:40 a.m. 1st Grade Ms. Lentz

12:20-12:45 p.m. Kindergarten Ms. Gillitzer

12:50-1:15 p.m. Kindergarten Ms. Tran

1:20- 1:45 p.m. Kindergarten Ms. Woolf

1:50-2:15 p.m. Kindergarten Ms. Vargas

Wednesday, May 26

1:20-1:45 p.m. Kindergarten Ms. Toso

Thursday, May 27

10:45-11:10 a.m. 1st Grade Ms. Sorenson

Grades 3-5 Virtual Music Performances:

Wednesday, May 26

8:15-8:40 a.m. 5th Grade Mr. Ward

9:15-9:40 a.m. 5th Grade Ms. Carlson

9:45-10:10 a.m. 5th Grade Ms. Soerens

10:15-10:40 a.m. 4th Grade Ms. Devereaux

10:45-11:10 a.m. 4th Grade Ms. Miller

11:15-11:40 a.m. 4th Grade Ms. Nilsson

11:45am-12:10 p.m. 4th Grade Mr. Weigand

12:50-1:15 p.m. 3rd Grade Ms. Murray

1:50-2:15 p.m. 3rd Grade Ms. Anderson

2:20-2:45 p.m. 3rd Grade Ms. Larson

Thursday, May 27

8:15-8:40 a.m. 5th Grade Ms. Hurth

8:45-9:10 a.m. 5th Grade Ms. Feitl

9:15-9:40 a.m. 5th Grade Ms. Grabanski

11:15-11:40 a.m. 4th Grade Ms. Feist

11:45am-12:10 p.m. 4th Grade Ms. Oie

12:50-1:15 p.m. 3rd Grade Ms. Schmidt

1:50-2:15 p.m. 3rd Grade Ms. Gustofson

2:20-2:45 p.m. 3rd Grade Ms. Rau

Community Updates: Schools of Logic & Rhetoric

Schools of Logic & Rhetoric Notes - Erin Johnson, Principal

“Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!” – James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

We are coming to a close on a very, very different school year. This trail is ending and this year has taught us many lessons. The most important one that I have seen every day is perseverance. The staff and students at Eagle Ridge Academy have shown true perseverance and dedication this year and I am exceedingly grateful for their passion in doing well, even in times of trial.

We are planning events for the end of the year, including the annual Art Expo and graduation for the Class of 2021. These events might look a bit different from the way they’ve been held in the past, but we have to make modifications in order to ensure safety. Information has been sent from your child(ren)’s art teacher regarding the Expo, and information is being communicated to families of our graduates regarding the graduation ceremony.

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We have two items of note for all families in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric regarding final exams and the last day of school. Finals will be held May 25-27. The final grades will be weighted at 45% 3rd quarter, 45% 4th quarter, 10% final exam, with the option of an appeal for the 40/40/20 breakdown if that would be more beneficial for the student's grades. Please note that the appeal is for School of Rhetoric only. A finals schedule, similar to what we have used in the past, is above.

Students taking AP exams will take them at the scheduled time. If students are missing finals due to AP tests, students will make up the finals:

  1. During an open period when they do not have a final OR
  2. Tuesday, June 1. There will be a room and time set aside, with supervision, for students to make up a final exam.

The last day of school for the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric has been changed to Wednesday, June 2. Students will be released at 11:30 a.m.


Erin Johnson

Last Day of School Information: Grades 6-12

The last day of school for all students K-12 is Wednesday, June 2. Schools of Logic & Rhetoric students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. as it is a half-day.

The last day for the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric will consist of locker clean out, awards, yearbooks, ice cream provided by the ERA PTO, and advisory time. A schedule will be shared with families next week.

The details of school materials drop-off will be communicated to families next week, as well.

Food Service

To order a take-home lunch for your child on the last day of school, please complete this order form for each child. Bag lunches will be distributed at the end of the school day for the students to enjoy at home.


The Eagle Ridge Academy buses will run mid-day on June 2, the last day of school, as it is a half day. Buses will depart the Academy at 11:40 a.m. To determine the drop-off time of your child’s bus stop, please subtract 3 hours and 40 minutes from their usual drop-off time.

LAST CHANCE: Register Today for Eagle Ridge Academy's Activities & Athletics Celebration!

The ERA Booster Club is excited to invite you to the 2021 ERA Activities and Athletics Awards Celebration. Don't miss this opportunity to recognize the great achievements of our kids--there is so much to celebrate! This is going to be a great IN-PERSON event! Tickets are only $20 per person.

Follow this link for more details and to register today:

The Booster Club is also looking for volunteers to help with set-up, check-in, and cleaning up after the event. If you are able to help, please sign-up here.

Eagle Ridge Staff and School of Rhetoric Students, the Annual Blood Drive is Back on May 17!

Appointments start at 9:00 a.m. and continue every 15 minutes until 2:30 p.m. Sign up at the tables near the bus door during School of Rhetoric lunch, May 12-16. Please note that students 16 years of age must fill out a form for parent permission, available at the sign-up table. Students also must fill out a class absence form, found at the sign-up table.

We can't wait to see you there!

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Submit Art for the 2021 Online Art Show by May 21

In place of the annual in-person Art Expo, the ERA Art department will be hosting a juried online show. Winners will be awarded with a certificate. Students may submit work through a Google form by May 21 and the website will be shared with the community on May 24.

To submit work, please use the following forms and follow the guidelines within the forms. Grades 6-8 may submit up to three works, while grades 9-12 may submit up to five.

6-8 School of Logic Art Form

9-12 School of Rhetoric Art Form

Interested in an Art Expo shirt? Provide a shirt and $5 to get the design printed. Please contact Ms. Conner,, for further information.

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Upper School 2020-2021 Yearbook Distribution

Upper School 2020-2021 Yearbooks will be distributed to in-person students during homeroom before the end of the school year. Yearbook pick-up for distance learning students will coincide with materials and technology drop-off at the end of the school year. More information will be available soon. If you have any questions, please email Emma Conner at

If you would like to purchase a yearbook, there is a limited number remaining. The price is $60 and can be purchased with cash or a check made out to Eagle Ridge Academy. Please email Emma Conner with the student's name and grade. Payment can be made upon pick-up.

Notes from the Academic Advising Office - Mary Johnson, College and Academic Advisor

Dear Families,

Please see the links below for opportunities with upcoming deadlines.


To receive the Weekly Scholarship Newsletter from Scholarship Guidance, visit

College Programs

Adelphi University, New York

Adelphi University will be hosting their pre-college programs this summer both in-person and online. For more information go to

Global Summit in New York City, Long Island University - July 11-24, 2021

  • Immersive Learning: simulations and hands-on projects with the Dassault Systèmes 3Ds Platform
  • Global Leaders Workshops: interactive challenge simulations, Model United Nations, and diplomacy
  • STEM Courses: research skills and hands-on science lab experiences
  • 21st Century Skills ​Workshops: teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills
  • University Preparation & Academic English: writing skills and university readiness
  • Click here to learn more about the Global Summit.

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Georgetown University recently created a flexible, online program for high school students to explore courses that might help them better prepare for college majors. It enables them to investigate subject areas of particular interest.

Why Georgetown? Georgetown University’s approach to education is unique. We follow the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis—care for the whole person—and our goal with this new program is to provide a holistic experience. Students deserve the opportunity to develop their own talents and dreams, and this program will help them do that. Learn more here.


Ms. MJ

ERA K-6: Register Now for Summer Gryphon Youth Sports!

Register today for Summer Gryphon Youth Sports: See more information below. Please note that we will offer additional sessions if there is enough demand. Please contact Activities Director Kris Babler at with questions. Go Gryphons!

Youth Soccer Skills Camp Session 1 (Grades 1-2)

  • What: Youth Soccer Skills Camp
  • When: June 7-11, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 1-2
  • Cost: $90, includes shirt

Youth Soccer Skills Camp Session 1 (Grades 3-6)

  • What: Youth Soccer Skills Camp
  • When: June 14-18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 3-6
  • Cost: $90, includes shirt

Youth Volleyball Camp Summer Sessions (Grades 3-4)

  • What: Youth Volleyball Camp Summer Sessions
  • When: Saturdays, June 26 – July 31, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 3-4
  • Cost: $75 for five sessions

Youth Volleyball Camp Summer Sessions (Grades 5-6)

  • What: Youth Volleyball Camp
  • When: Saturdays, June 26 – July 31, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 5-6
  • Cost: $75 for five sessions

Youth Basketball Skills Camp (Grades 1-2)

  • What: Youth Basketball Skills Camp
  • When: June 14-17, 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 1-2
  • Cost: $65

Youth Basketball Skills Camp (Grades 3-4)

  • What: Youth Basketball Skills Camp
  • When: June 14-17, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 3-4
  • Cost: $65

Youth Basketball Skills Camp (Grades 5-7)

  • What: Youth Basketball Skills Camp
  • When: June 14-17, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
  • Who: All students entering grades 5-7
  • Cost: $65

Grades 7-12: Register Now for Summer Varsity Clinics!

Register today for Summer Varsity Clinics: See more information below. Please contact Activities Director Kris Babler at with questions. Go Gryphons!

7-12 Girls Basketball Summer Varsity Clinics

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 6:00-7:30 a.m.

June 14-30; July 12-28

Open to all interested girls basketball players entering grades 7-12

$100 per family flat fee

7-12 Boys Basketball Summer Varsity Clinics

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:00-9:30 a.m.

June 14-July 1; July 12-29

Open to all interested boys basketball players entering grades 7-12

$100 per family flat fee

7-12 Girls Volleyball Summer Varsity Clinics


Grades 7-9: 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Grades 10-12: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

June 14-30; July 12-28

Open to all interested girls volleyball players entering grades 7-12

$100 per family flat fee

The 2021 National High School Mock Trial Championship Has Begun!

Minnesota High School Mock Trial State Champions the ERA Mockers have been hard at work preparing their case for the 2021 National High School Mock Trial Championship, which is being held virtually this year.

The opening ceremony for Nationals took place Wednesday evening. There are three rounds of competition today and Friday, and the championship round will be held on Saturday afternoon.

Good luck, Mockers! The entire Eagle Ridge Academy community is so proud of your accomplishments this year. Thank you for representing ERA and Minnesota!

Interested in watching the ERA Mockers compete? The ERA Booster Club has organized a Viewing Party at the school during the trials! All those interested in joining the viewing party must submit the Guest Registration Form ( and agree to abide by COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Please keep in mind that there are capacity restrictions and not all interested parties may be able to attend. We will have a sign-in sheet for all guests for contact tracing purposes.

Thursday, May 13

10:00 a.m. - Trial One (Door 4 will be open from 9:30-10:15 a.m. for entry)

3:00 p.m. – Trial Two (Door 4 will be open from 2:30-5:00 p.m. for entry)

Friday, May 14

10:00 a.m. – Trial Three (Door 4 will be open from 9:30-10:15 a.m. for entry)

Saturday, May 15

10:00 a.m. – Trial Four (Door 4 will be open from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for entry)

3:30 p.m. – Mock Trial Championship Round (Door 4 will be open from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for entry)

A streaming option may be available for you to view the tournament at home. This information will be updated with more details as they become available.

Come See the Upper School Spring Play This Weekend!

Considered the first tragicomedy, Philaster was written by Beaumont and Fletcher in 1608. Director Mr. Berg describes the themes of the play as "love, politics, and fun wordplay." The show will be performed outside by the basketball court at 6:00 p.m. on May 15 and 2:00 p.m. on May 16. Tickets will be $10.

Tickets Still Available for Neverland Prom 2021 on May 21!

All Eagle Ridge Academy juniors and seniors are invited to the Minnetonka Yacht Club in Deephaven on Friday, May 21 for an unforgettable night. In-person students may purchase tickets for $80 during lunch. Distance learning families can contact ERA parent Kristina Herbst at for ticket information.

This event is being run by parent volunteers. Looking to help out, meet other ERA parents, and get a chance to see the students all dressed up? Sign-up here: #GoGryphons

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an Eagle Ridge Academy-sponsored event. This is a parent-run event. We are communicating details about this event on behalf of our parent-led prom committee.

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Developing Connections

Help Plant and Prep the Gryphon Garden this Weekend! - Kelly Schiffman, Director of Development

We are in need of volunteers to join in on the fun this Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. Sign up here:

Garden prep on May 15 will include spreading mulch, moving and filling beds with soil and compost, construction of new garden beds, digging out and prepping beds, and planting seeds and flowers. Water and snacks will be provided.

Starting in June, we need people to take weekly shifts to water, pull weeds, and harvest vegetables as they are ready. We will provide detailed instructions once you are signed up and send reminders one week ahead of your scheduled time(s). Families may take as many slots as they like, so sign up today!

For more information on how you may participate in helping to develop Eagle Ridge Academy, please contact Kelly Schiffman at 952-746-7760, ext. 1107 or by email at Visit our website for online giving and other important information at

"7th Annual Donut Dash 5K...YOUR Way!" Off to a Great Start!

The Annual Donut Dash 5K and Mini-Donut Dash, normally held in person the Sunday before Mother’s Day, is taking place over two weeks’ time this year. During 2021's "7th Annual Donut Dash 5K...YOUR Way!", participants may dash any way through the event to support the students of Eagle Ridge Academy and can submit their activity in the form of photos, video, or time to be entered into daily drawings for more than 50 prizes.

Dashing kicked off on Saturday, May 8, with much excitement. Thank you to everyone for partaking in the event this year and for sharing your photos. We love seeing how much fun you're having and can't wait until we can gather together and dash for donuts in person again!

"Donut Dash 5K...Your Way!" photos will be added to this photo album as they are submitted. Make sure to check them out!

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Join us on June 21, 2021 for Eagle Ridge Academy's 8th Annual Gryphon Classic Golf Tournament!

Hosted at the beautiful Bent Creek Golf Club in Eden Prairie, 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, raffle, complimentary drink ticket, and social hour bags.

Last year, proceeds helped support a new 6,000 square foot gymnasium. This year’s proceeds will support the Playscape and Grounds Beautification Project at Eagle Ridge Academy, bringing outdoor learning and enhanced play to our students.

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

Registrations are non-refundable.

To sponsor the golf tournament, please view our Sponsorship Flyer for various options and opportunities.


  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Check-In / Lunch on the Patio / Driving Range
  • 1 p.m. Shotgun
  • 5 p.m. Social Hour To-Go Bags Handed Out Upon Completion of Play

The patio and clubhouse will be open for those who want to hang around for a social time after golfing!

Double Your Impact with 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, social responsibility, and employee giving opportunities. Many organizations match employee gifts up to 100%, essentially doubling your donation to the Academy, donate to charities of choice based on volunteer hours, and sponsor events financially or with in-kind donations.

Be informed by asking today!


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.


Please check weekly for new volunteer opportunities, both at school and at home. We still have our monthly Volunteer Day opportunities through the end of the year.

Please visit this link for more information and sign up today: Thank you for your continued help and support!

Take Home Meals and Classroom Cookie Parties - Brittany Radtke, Chef

​Dear Families,

Tomorrow, May 14, is a Take-Home Meals Pick-Up Day. Distance learning families may pick up take-home meals at Door 2, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you intend to pick up meals, please make sure to fill out the Take-Home Meals Order Form as soon as possible to help our Food Services team prepare. If your child will be in in-person learning next week, please do not pick up take-home meals, as free breakfast and lunch will be available to them while they are at school.

Celebrate the end of the school year with a classroom cookie party! The cost for one dozen chocolate chip cookies is $6.00 and allergen-friendly cookies are available. Please follow this link for more information and to order cookies.


Chef Brittany Radtke

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May 7 was National School Lunch Hero Day

We celebrated our lunch heroes on Thursday, May 6, while the students were in the building. Students surprised our food service team with banners, thank you cards, and art. Our lunch heroes dressed up for the occasion in superhero capes and masks! View more pictures here.

School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria. The amount of planning and hard work our food service team has done this year to ensure that all of our students have access to school meals is unbelievable and we are so thankful for all that they do.

Stay Connected!

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

Join the K-12 Parent Directory! This is a one-stop app that will help families search, sign up, and connect through our PTO web and mobile app. PTO encourages you to register.

See below for instructions on how to connect through 'My School Anywhere' App

Step 1:

  • Create an account at
  • If you already have an account from last year, using My School Anywhere, you can use the same email and password to login. You can then confirm or edit your information.

Step 2:

  • Click “verify my email” and check your email for a link to complete the process.

Questions? Please contact Anu at

PTO Spirit Wear for Spirit Wear Fridays!

PTO Spirit Wear is available for purchase online! During this school year, every Friday is a Spirit Wear Day and we've got you covered with this year's fun t-shirts and sweatpants. Items can be ordered here and picked up every other Friday during distance learning materials pick-up.

All Spirit Wear proceeds benefit PTO's events, services, and teacher support. Show your school spirit and order your fresh spirit wear today!

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

Two of the easiest ways to support ERA are the Box Tops for Education and Coca-Cola GIVE programs.

It only takes minutes to get the Box Tops app on your phone and set up your account. Then you’re ready to scan the receipt every time you buy groceries. The app automatically finds eligible items and credits them to ERA! It’s that easy, and anyone can do it—grandparents, neighbors, and friends!

To contribute through Coca-Cola GIVE, Simply look for a code on Coke products. It can be found under screw-on tops or inside the box. When you see one, head to and search for Eagle Ridge Academy. Enter or scan the code and you’re done!

Email with any questions.

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Easy Ways to Support ERA Athletics and Activities

1. Register on the ERA Booster Club website ( so the ERA Booster Club has a way to communicate with families based on the sports and activities they choose.

2. Become a Booster ( and choose from a variety of support levels, including the FREE Patron level.

3. Order your own ERA face masks and mask-keepers ( to show your school spirit every day!

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

Help Former School of Logic Science Teacher Mrs. Sommers Tillotson Reach her Fundraising Goal for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by May 21!

Carolyn Sommers Tillotson is currently a candidate for the Man and Woman of the Year fundraising competition for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of her parents. From March 11 - May 21, her team, “Delores’s Dynamos”, aims to raise $50,000. If they reach this goal, a research grant in memory of her mother, Delores Sommers, will be established! Read more of her story and make a tax-deductible donation here today.

You are invited to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala on May 21! It’s a free and virtual event. Register here! You do not have to attend the program to bid on auction packages.

Reasons You Should Join Carolyn Sommers Tillotson:

  • You’ll be able to bid on many wonderful auction items in support of LLS. (Carolyn Sommers Tillotson's team alone has packages including Whirlyball, Magical Moments, a four course dinner for six at Celebrations at the Gables OR catered to your home, a beautiful handmade quilt, spa visit & basket, a fabulous 4-night condo stay in Mexico, and more!)
  • It’s going to be a blast, and you’ll meet wonderful human cancer survivors.
  • Watch Carolyn Sommers Tillotson lip-sync to a Journey song.
  • Have the opportunity to make a highly substantial "Fund the Fight" donation during the program.
  • Show cancer who's boss.
  • Find out who will be named "Man & Woman of the Year"!

Over 1,500 Pounds of Food Donated During April's "Donate for Donuts" Food Drive!

Over 1,500 pounds of food was donated during the Eagle Ridge Academy National Honor Society's "Donate for Donuts" food drive!

"The NHS did this food drive in order to help our community in this trying time. We know that because of COVID-19, food insecurity has gone up in our community, and we wanted to do something about that. We chose to do the drive through VEAP because of its direct connections with the community around the twin cities metro area," said sophomore Kirsten T., the organizer of the event.

Students in grades 6-12 were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items during the entire month of April. The homeroom that collected the most food at the end of the month was treated to YoYo Donuts. Ms. Wagner's sixth grade homeroom won the donut prize, mainly due to the efforts of sixth grader Sydney S. Sydney took it upon herself to call several local grocery stores and ask personally for donations, which led to her collecting over 1,000 food items. "At first, I kind of wanted to get the donuts. But then I realized that I kind of want to help people who need food. I like doing it; I think I might do this for quite a few years because it makes me happy knowing that people are being helped," explained Sydney on why she put so much time and effort into the food drive. Hear more from Sydney here:

"I am truly inspired by the enthusiasm from many of the homerooms regarding this chance to donate food to families in our area. We collected so much food that we had to plan an extra day to pick it all up, and in my opinion, that's the right problem to have," shared Kirsten T. after the completion of the food drive.

Thank you to all of our students and families that participated in the Donate for Donuts food drive. We are so proud of you, Gryphons!

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Distance Learning Spotlight

Ms. Lentz's first grade class has been doing a countdown to the last day of school. Every few days, when they rip off another sticky note, she surprises her students with a fun activity or treat.

In anticipation for summer vacations and warm weather, they recently celebrated "Read on the Beach Day"! Students got to change their Zoom backgrounds to a picture of a beach, wear sunglasses and hats, and listened to waves and seagull sounds while they had quiet reading time throughout the day.

Great idea, Ms. Lentz! We are so grateful for our creative and passionate teachers and for our fun-loving distance learners!

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Thank you for reading the Eagle Eye Newsletter. The last issue of the 2020-2021 school year will be published on Thursday, May 27.