The Ridge Review

May/June 2019

Message from Administration

Hello, Silver Ridge families!

Thank you for all of your support this year. It has been a pleasure to watch every child grow academically and socially. As the summer approaches, we encourage our students to continue reading and learning; we also want them to engage in activities that will help them find and develop their passions. Take some time to enjoy the sunshine, and we'll see you next year!

As mentioned last month, it's common for students to feel anxious about testing and the academic demands that come at the end of each school year. It's important to keep an open dialogue at home about this stress. While doing well on exams is important, we know that every child is more than a test score. We have incredible students who will pursue many different fields and be successful! Please reassure your children that as long as they try their best, we are proud of them!

Check out the rest of this newsletter for information about upcoming events; current and future School Advisory Council (SAC) meetings and recruitment; updates from the Media Center, Clinic, and Guidance; testing dates; middle school information; and more. As always, thank you for all that you do to make Silver Ridge "the Best in the West"!

Picture Perfect Moments: April

Hello from PTO!

Hello Silver Ridge Families!

Spring has sprung and we are in our last quarter, unbelievable! We met lots of new friends at the Kindergarten Round-Up and look forward to getting to know you! Jersey John’s Night was also a success, thanks to everyone for your support!.

Proctors are still needed for FSA testing on May 7th and 8th. Please email if you can help.

Nominations have wrapped up for the 2019-20 PTO Executive Board. Voting, if necessary, will be on Tuesday, May 21st and at the last PTO General Meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00pm when the new board will be announced. All are welcome to attend!

It’s been a great year for PTO with the support of all our families! Look for upcoming news regarding how PTO is supporting Silver Ridge Elementary, including a new security door!

We wish everyone a healthy and fun summer break and look forward to seeing you in the fall! Congratulations to all our 5th graders who are moving up; go out and make yourselves proud!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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Parent Input

As we approach the end of the school year, parents are welcome to submit a letter regarding 2019-2020 classroom placement. Requests for specific teachers will not be considered, but a description of student needs (classroom size, learning style, specific needs, classroom environment, teacher qualities, etc.) may be submitted to administration by June 4, 2019.

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School Counselor's Corner

How can we focus on helping kids REWIRE their brains to have a more positive outlook and attitude?

Unfortunately, negative thinking and self-talk lead to a closed mindset -- "I can't do this", "I'm not good enough", "This is stupid", "Nobody likes me", etc.

And studies show our view of the world has a fundamental tendency to tilt towards negative thoughts.

We literally have to work harder to see the upside of things. It takes effort.

BUT! We can train our mind to do this better (and help our kids do the same!)

It's all about rewiring your brain by setting daily positive intentions (for example, "Today I will believe in myself and be courageous").

Intention setting is a powerful LIFE SKILL we can teach our children.

And (like with anything else) when done repeatedly, children (and adults!) can experience lasting changes in their brain.

How to use?

Print and hang up the positive intention sheets in your home or classroom. Each morning, encourage family members (or students) grab a positive intention strip. Let everyone share their intention for the day.

At the end of the day, discuss if any actions or thoughts were influenced by the intentions chosen in the morning.

Watch their attitude and self-talk change overtime!

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State & District Testing Dates


Gr 4 and 5 FSA ELA SES 1: May 1, 2019 (make ups through 5/14)

Gr 4 and 5 FSA ELA SES 2: May 2, 2019 (make ups through 5/14)

Gr 5 SCIENCE ASSESSMENT SES 1: May 3, 2019 (make ups through 5/14)

Gr 5 SCIENCE ASSESSMENT SES 2: May 6, 2019 (make ups through 5/14)

Gr 3-5 FSA MATH SES 1: May 7, 2019 (make ups through 5/14)

Gr 3-5 FSA MATH SES 2: May 8. 2019 (make ups through 5/14)

PRIMARY EOY READING ASSESSMENT SES 1: May 15, 2019 (make ups through 5/17)

PRIMARY EOY READING ASSESSMENT SES 2: May 16, 2019 (make ups through 5/17)

ALL FSA and Science assessments are Paper Based. This is why they have exact dates for administration.

School Advisory Council (SAC) & School Advisory Forum (SAF) Meeting Dates

Parents, guardians, and all members of our community are encouraged to attend our monthly SAC/SAF meetings. We regularly discuss safety and security, achievement data, state and district education information, school initiatives, and more. We value your feedback! Our next meeting is May 15, 2019 at 2:15 in the Conference Room.

2019-2020 School Advisory Coucil (SAC) Positions Available

The role of the SAC is to facilitate the development & monitor progress of the SIP:

  • Each SAC shall actively participate in the preparation of the school’s annual budget and plan (F.S.C. 1001.452).
  • The SAC chairperson(s) shall sign the school budget when it is submitted for district budget preparation as an indication of SAC participation.
  • A portion of funds provided in the annual General Appropriations Act for use by school advisory councils must be used for implementing the school improvement plan.
  • SACs will operate using established administrative guidelines, as determined by the Superintendent.

If you're interested in joining our team, the following positions are available:

  • Parents representatives
  • Innovation Zone representative (must be a parent elected after SAC is formed)
  • SAF Chairperson (or designee – must be a parent)
  • ESOL representative (must be a parent of an ELL student)
  • ESE representative (must be a parent of an ESE student)
  • Gifted representative (must be a parent of a Gifted student)
  • Pre-K (parent or certified teacher)

Please contact the current SAC co-chairs, Angelina Moscatello ( and Deanna Ferello ( by May 3, 2019 for more information and/or to submit your name for nomination.

News from the Media Center

SSYRA: We had about 175 intermediate students who voted for a favorite title after reading at least three Sunshine State Young Reader Award books. The winning book was Wish by Barbara O'Connor. The 2019-2020 list of Sunshine State Young Reader Award books was made public on April 18th. The students are required to read at least three of the fifteen nominated titles in order to vote for a favorite. Students who voted are invited to an ice cream celebration on May 17th. The number of books read correspond to the number of allotted toppings on the student's sundae. The Sunshine State Young Reader Award Junior winner was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt. In the SSYRA-Jr. program fifteen books are nominated as well. Ten of the nominated titles are picture books and five are beginning chapter books. Ms. Aaron reads the ten picture books throughout the course of the school year during library classes. Primary students who read the additional five beginning chapter books are invited to a popsicle party. Attached please find the lists for the upcoming school year. They make for great summer reading!

Book Swap: Speaking of summer reading... It's almost time for our annual book swap. Students are allowed to bring in gently used books in good condition. They are issued a ticket which can be used to choose "new" books free of charge! It is an excellent way to clean off those book shelves and get some quality literature at the same time. Students are invited to bring books in from May 10 - May 17. Books are collected and sorted. Book "swapping" occurs from May 20 - May 31st. Books should be dropped off in the morning prior to the start of school. Please contact Elaine Aaron if you have any questions or concerns.

Stuffed Animal Sleep-Over: During the last week of April, our school library hosted a "stuffed animal sleep-over". Students were invited to bring their second favorite stuffed animal to the library on their designated day. We will record the toys "escapades" and post on social media and special newsletter. Third, fourth and fifth grade students created games, activities and beds for the library guests.

End of the Year Library Procedures: All library books will be due May 17th. This is especially important for all fifth grade students. Please be advised that overdue library book obligations follow students throughout their school careers and are transferred from elementary to middle and then high school records. Students are often unable to participate in field trips, sports, extracurricular clubs etc. until their obligation has been received. Please contact Elaine Aaron if you have any questions or concerns regarding missing resources.

Beanstack: Have you learned how to keep track of your child's reading digitally? Beanstack is available to all students through clever. Virtual badges can be earned and Reading Across Broward can be documented through the app. Please contact Elaine Aaron for information.

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Getting Ready for Middle School

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 5 students:

It’s time to start thinking about Middle School. If you have moved within the past year or so and have not come in to change your address in the school database, you need to do so. The acceptance of your child’s Subject Selection Card by a receiving middle school depends on the address that is currently in the BCPS TERMS database. If you have moved, you will need specific documentation to have your address changed. You may check with Ms. Annette Baguatie, Data Entry Specialist, in the front office or call 754-323-7500 to find out what proof of address you may need.

Also, some parents mistakenly believe that enrollment at Silver Ridge Elementary means a student is automatically enrolled/assigned to Indian Ridge Middle School. That is not the case. All schools have boundaries and it is your current address that determines your middle school. Currently we have students within the Silver Ridge boundaries that live within the boundaries of Driftwood Middle, Pioneer Middle, and Indian Ridge. Students who have been reassigned to Silver Ridge will attend their home middle school, unless you apply for and are granted reassignment to another Middle School.

If you are not in the boundaried area for a specific Middle School you want your child to attend, you may apply for reassignment. Some of you may have already done so. The reassignment window reopens on May 1, 2019. Please check for further info. regarding reassignment requests. Thank you.