The Eagle Eye

March 24, 2022 - Eagle Ridge Academy - Volume 18 | Issue 13

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Upcoming Events

Register Now:

Friday, March 25

Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1

  • No School and Office Closed for Spring Break

Monday, April 4

  • Start of Quarter 4

Friday, April 8

  • Free Dress Day - Students must pay $5 in advance or $6 day of to wear free dress.

Tuesday, April 12

Eagle Ridge Academy Library Needs More Book Donations!

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. So far, over 80 books have been donated during the month of March! Can we make it past 100 books?

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 more than 800 students that visit the library every week!

Collect Lost & Found Items Before Spring Break

Be sure to check the Lost & Found for missing items by the end of the day on Friday, March 25. The Lost & Found will be cleaned out over Spring Break and anything left behind will be donated.

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 are 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.

2022-2023 Transportation Planning Information - Karen Conner, Operations Manager

Transportation planning for 2022-23 has begun. Eagle Ridge Academy is happy to announce there will be no increase in transportation fees for the 2022-23 school year. In order to build the best routes, formally communicate the routes, receive feedback from families, and finalize the published routes, we need your timely participation.

The Academy offers a hub transportation system with centrally located stops within communities and does not guarantee a stop within walking distance of your residence. If you wish to be included in the routing for the 2022-23 school year and are not currently using Academy provided transportation, please complete a Change in Transportation form by April 15, 2022. We also ask that you complete the form if you wish to discontinue using Academy-provided transportation for the 2022-23 school year. If there will be no change to your transportation, no action is required.

The 2022-23 Transportation Contract will be available on the Academy’s website on June 1, 2022. Signed Transportation Contracts with full payment must be submitted by July 1, 2022. Once the completed contract is signed and the full payment is received, your child will be assigned a bus route. Please note: we are unable to guarantee transportation for your children if the transportation Contract and full payment are not received by July 1, 2022. Contracts and/or payments received after July 1 will be assessed a $50 per student late fee and students will be added to transportation as space allows.

For questions regarding transportation, please contact Karen Conner, Operations Manager, at Please see the following timeline for transportation for the 2022-23 school year.


MAY 15 - Building of initial routes. Initial routes will be built using data from students currently using Academy-provided bus service, data from Transportation Change Request Forms, and data from all new students who have requested transportation upon enrollment for the 2022-23 school year.

JUNE 1 - Initial routes will be published. Eagle Ridge Academy will host a Transportation Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, with school and transportation company managers to provide feedback regarding routes.

JULY 1 - All families, new and returning, including those who used Academy-provided transportation for the 2021-22 school year must complete a

2022-23 Transportation Contract and pay in full to guarantee transportation for the first day of school.

Transportation Contracts from the 2021-22 school year will not carry over to the 2022-23 school year. Contracts and payments received after July 1, 2022 will be assessed a $50 per student late fee and transportation will not be guaranteed for the first day of school. Contracts received without payment will not confirm transportation and bus placements

will not be reserved.

AUGUST 1 - Final routes will be published based on contracts received by July 1, 2022. Additional changes to routes will be made only for safety concerns, not for convenience in location. The Academy reserves the right to make changes to routes that might affect the timing or location of bus stops.

Community Updates: School of Grammar

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

Thank You for Attending the School of Grammar Variety Show

The School of Grammar Variety Show was held in the auditorium on Thursday, March 17. Thank you to all who attended and to our students for sharing their unique talents and abilities with the ERA community. Students sang, danced, did karate, put on a magic show, solved Rubik's cubes, and so much more!

Happy Belated Pi Day!

Eagle Ridge Academy celebrated Pi Day on March 14 with a pi memorization contest, pi activities, and - of course - slices of pie! Congratulations to Swara for winning the fourth grade pi memorization contest by reciting 348 numbers of pi! Runner-up Sai memorized 259 numbers and finalist Pradyun memorized 162 numbers.

Thank you to Taher, Inc. and our parent volunteers for supplying pie to all of fourth and fifth grade.

Sixth Grade Field Trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

The sixth grade team finally got to go on their annual field trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center last Monday through Wednesday! While at camp, the sixth graders challenged themselves, took risks, and learned new ways to support one another. The group participated in many different classes, such as the high ropes course, winter survival skills, group challenges, ice age, settler's life, and more. At night, they learned about some pretty incredible creatures in their naturalist program and held their annual sixth grade variety show. Thank you to Eagle Bluff for hosting us and to our sixth grade team for planning and chaperoning this unforgettable trip! View an entire photo album of Eagle Bluff pictures here.

Community Updates: Schools of Logic & Rhetoric

Purchase Art Xpo 2022 Shirts by Friday, March 25!

The Eagle Ridge Academy Annual Art Xpo will take place on Friday, May 6. Student works will be displayed outside of the gymnasium from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held in the ERA auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 should submit entries to Ms. Conner, Ms. Thompson, or Mrs. Johnson by Monday, April 18.

Don't forget to order your Art Xpo T-shirt, designed by sophomore Owen Hogan! Orders must be received by Friday, March 25.

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Only 17 Upper School Yearbooks Left!

Order your yearbook before they all sell out! To purchase a Schools of Logic & Rhetoric yearbook, please click here. Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of May. You may contact Emma Conner with Upper School yearbook questions at

Congratulations to our Fall 2021 Olympus Club Members! - Romelle P., Schools of Logic & Rhetoric Assistant Principal

Dear Schools of Logic & Rhetoric Families,

On behalf of Principal Erin Johnson and myself, we would like to congratulate the students listed below for being admitted into the Fall 2021-22 Olympus Club.

Admittance into the Olympus Club appropriately reflects the endless hours these students have spent securing a 2021-22 first semester grade point average of a 3.33 or above, along with embodying the CIPHER pillars on a daily basis. Olympus Club recognition is more than an honor roll, it also acknowledges students who display The Gryphon Way through a commitment toward attendance (fewer than 3 tardies all semester) and behavior (fewer than 3 pillar referrals, no detentions or infractions).

Our scholars have been recognized in grade-level assemblies and presented with a certificate suitable for framing. They are permitted to wear spirit wear during the three days of finals.


Romelle Pornschloegl (Mrs.P)

Congratulations to our Fall 2021 Olympus Club Members!
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PSEO Registration & Sophomore College Search Bootcamp - Mary Johnson, College and Academic Advisor

Dear School of Rhetoric Families,

Juniors: Register for the ACT

Eagle Ridge Academy will be offering the ACT with Writing to juniors only during the school day on April 19. In the past, the Department of Education has reimbursed schools for the cost of administering the test during the school day. New legislation has eliminated this funding except for students receiving educational benefits. It is our desire that all students continue to take the exam. To make this opportunity accessible to families, Eagle Ridge Academy will be covering half of the cost of the test and additional administration fees incurred. The cost to families will be $44. Note: If your child receives free and reduced lunch benefits, the exam is offered free of charge. Registration and payment are due on Tuesday, April 12. Please use this link to register for the exam. Please email Mary Johnson at with questions.

Seniors: Apply for ERA Scholarships by Friday, March 25

The deadline to apply for Eagle Ridge Academy scholarships is Friday, March 25, at 11:59 p.m.

Dakota County Technical College Open House

Dakota County Technical College is holding an in-person Open House on Thursday, April 7, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Use this link to register to attend.

Hennepin County Technical College Open House

Hennepin Technical College is hosting a Zoom Open House from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, for students interested in a career as a Dental Assistant. Students who attend the Open House will receive a code to waive the $20 admission fee when applying to HTC. Use this link for more information or to register. Direct any questions you may have to

Seniors: Complete you FAFSA

Seniors who have not completed the FAFSA, please do so as soon as possible to receive the maximum aid package from your college or university. Go to to complete your FAFSA today. Need assistance? Email Mary Johnson at

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ACT/SAT Score Optional

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has announced that an ACT/SAT score is optional for the students applying to enter in the fall of 2023.

University of Wisconsin Badger Precollege

University of Wisconsin Madison Badger Precollege welcomes students completing grades 9-12 to pursue their academic passions and meet new friends this summer. Badger Precollege encourages students to:

  • Challenge their curiosity and expand academic interests
  • Learn from experienced educators, UW faculty and other experts
  • Participate online or in person on the UW–Madison campus
  • Meet like-minded peers from around the world
  • Enjoy the resources and reputation of a top-ranked university
  • Explore their personal path to college

Courses this summer include Forensic Science (ALP program), Music, Art & Technology (Badger Precollege Online), Human Language & Identity, and Satellite Science & Programming for Meteorology (Badger Summer Scholars) — just to name a few! All interested students encouraged to apply; scholarships are available. Program registration closes on April 30. Apply today!


Mary Johnson

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Math Team Wins State Tournament!

The ISM/ERA Math Team mathletes are the 2021-22 Minnesota Class AA State Champion! This is the first state championship for the ERA Math Team. Congratulations!

The following mathletes represented ISM and ERA at the state tournament on Monday, March 14, at South St. Paul High School: 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).

To celebrate this incredible accomplishment, the entire school gathered outside of classrooms at the start of the day on Wednesday, March 23, to cheer for the mathletes as they paraded through the school with their trophies.

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Eagle Ridge Academy Celebrates Math Team Winning State!

Chess Success

Sixth grader Joshini G. S. and seventh grader Arjun V. won third place in the K-8 section team of the 2022 Minnesota Scholastic Championship Chess Tournament this past weekend!

Joshini and Arjun both won 4.5 out of 6 rounds, earning Joshini fifth place and Arjun eighth place in the individual awards.

This is a great achievement by our students, as this tournament is extremely competitive and especially difficult in the K-8 category. Congratulations, gryphons!

SCHOOL Chess Association Chess Tournament Winners

The SCHOOL Chess Association conducted the 2022 STATEWIDE Grade-Level Weekend Chess Tournament on March 19. Fifth graders Aarti K., Aditi K., Sourish M., and Sashvanth G. represented Eagle Ridge Academy in the tournament.

Aarti came in second place, Aditi came in fourth place, Sourish came in fifth place, and Eagle Ridge Academy came in FIRST PLACE overall in the tournament! Incredible job, chess players!

Register for K-8 Spring Robotics

Registration for spring robotics is now open! Register here today and learn more about the different programs below. After registering, the primary parent contact will receive an email within 48 hours. The email will ask you to fill out a short preference form to determine what day of the week your child will participate and allow you to sign up as a volunteer adult mentor. Please be on the lookout for this email and reach out to if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of registering.

Discover - FIRST LEGO League

Who: Grades K-1

What: For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® DUPLO® bricks. Designed for kids, teams work together to discover how science and technology impact the world around them.

When: ​Monday-Friday (once a week), 3:30-5:00 p.m., April 4-May 27

Where: ​Room 1602

Explore - FIRST LEGO League

Who: Grades 2-3

What: In Explore, teams of students focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0. Guided by adult coaches, teams work with LEGO elements to build a motorized model and create a Show Me poster related to their research of a yearly theme. FLL Explore captures the interest of our youngest learners!

When: ​Monday-Friday (once a week), 3:30-5:00 p.m., April 4-May 27

Where: ​Room 1602

Challenge - FIRST LEGO League

Who: ​Grades 4-6

What: ​Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering - building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates missions or a robot game. The robot game includes building and programing an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface, all guided by the FIRST Core Values.

When: ​Monday-Friday (once a week), 3:30-5:00 p.m., April 4-May 27

Where:​ Room 1602

First Tech Challenge (Middle School)

Who: ​Grades 6-8

What: FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Students collaborate to build and program a robot that competes on a 12’ by 12’ field. Each year, the challenge is designed to challenge students to think critically and expand their knowledge of the engineering process. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, this team-based, hands-on, competitive robotics program provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for young people. It develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology.

When: ​Monday-Friday (once a week), 3:30-5:00 p.m., April 4-May 27

Where: ​Room 1602

Register now at

Spring Activities Have Begun!

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

Register for Spring 5K and Summer Golf Tournament!

Dear ERA Community,

Now that it finally feels like spring, we cannot wait for our upcoming spring and summer events! 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

Register for 8th Annual Donut Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Mini-Donut Dash By April 7 to Receive a Shirt!

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. To ensure a shirt in your size, please register no later than April 7. Due to shipping delays, the date to get our numbers in is earlier. We will still order extra shirts, but you are not guaranteed one in your size. Thanks for your understanding.

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;

Looking for Volunteers to Help with ERA Grounds Spring Clean-Up

With a full winter of snow that’s quickly melting, we are seeing a noticeable presence of garbage (especially face masks!) and recycling that’s been littered on our beautiful grounds. If you have the inclination and desire to see our school grounds clean, we’d love your help! Sign up here.

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.

PTO Looking for 2022-2023 Board Members

Join the PTO Board for the 2022-2023 school year! Please nominate yourself or another person here.

We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic ERA parents, teachers, and staff to join us to fulfill our mission of creating fun student events and supporting our teachers. No experience necessary - just a desire to have fun, meet others, and serve our community!

You can find the description of each of the PTO Board roles under the tab PTO Board Responsibilities. Please note that this is only a guide, as our group thrives on flexibility, teamwork, and fun!

Nominations are due by May 1, 2022, and the new Board will be voted on by attendees at our PTO Quarterly Community Meeting on May 11, 2022.

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.

Pillar Week at Eagle Ridge Academy

It's Pillar Week at Eagle Ridge Academy! Each day of Pillar Week, students are encouraged to dress up in honor of our school's Pillars, with themes chosen by our student senators.

Monday: Jersey Day (Citizenship)

Tuesday: Future Career Day (Perseverance)

Wednesday: Support a Cause Day (Honor)

Thursday: College Wear Day/Historical Figure Day (Excellence)

Friday: Multicultural Day (Respect).

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