December 2009 Volume 9:05
Jun e 20 08 V olum e 7: 11
Eagle Ridg e
Middle Sch ool
42901 Waxp oo l Rd
Ashbur n, VA 201 48 42901 Waxpool Rd
Ashburn, VA 20148
Mon-Fri 8:0 0-4: 00
Janice Thomas Koslowski Pollock
Gr. 8 Thomas Sharon Pollock Budd
Gr. Deborah 7 Kelly Thompson Hayes
Gr. 6 Carol McKimmey
Gr. 8 COUNSELORS
Gr. 7 8 Gretchen Carol McKimmey Mostero/
Gr. Specialist/Loretta 6 Sharon Huber Jacoby
Gr. 7 Kelly Badge
Gr. 6 COUNSELORS
Gr. 8 Gary Sharp
Gr. PHONE 7 Loretta NUMBERS Jacoby
Gr. 6 Gretchen Main Office Mostero
Counseling 571-252-2140 Program
Specialist - Kelly Badger
PHONE 571-252-2142 NUMBERS
571-252-2142 6th Grade
7th Fax Grade
DARE TO SOAR
Visit us on the web at www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/erms
Volume 9, Issue 05
Dear Eagle Ridge
With the onset of December,
we find ourselves
planning for a
very busy month. All
students have had the
opportunity to participate
in the annual geography
bee with the second
and final round taking
place later this
month. Students will
also be participating in
the first semester benchmark
We would like to thank
our PTO and parent volunteers
for a wonderful
luncheon during American
Our staff enjoyed not
only the delicious food
but also the opportunity
to visit with colleagues.
Week also saw many
parents coming into
school for classroom
visits and our special
Our seventh grade Social
Studies team also
hosted their annual In-
ternational Feast. This
event was the culminating
event in which students
gave oral reports
on their ancestry and
cultural traditions. We
were so pleased to see
so many parents and
relatives attend this
During the month of
December, our music
department has a number
planned to highlight our
I encourage you
to take a little time out
and come enjoy an evening
of musical delight.
The schedule of performances
In just the two short
months that I have been
at Eagle Ridge, I have
come to know and learn
about each staff member.
It has been pleasure
learning about the talented
staff we have here
at Eagle Ridge. Relationships
connections is paramount
in fostering a
positive climate for
both staff and student
The next step in my
goal of learning about
our Eagle Ridge Community
is to have time
to meet with both student
and parent groups.
Over the next few
months, I will be having
parent coffees both during
the day and in the
evening so that I am
able to reach out to as
many of our families as
I look forward to meeting
with parents and
students and learning
about what you value at
Eagle Ridge and what I
can do to help support
our students and families
in this journey
through the middle
As we approach the end
of 2009 and look ahead
to a new year, I wish
you all a season of
peace and joy.
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Natalie Turpin is being recognized as Student of the Month for the Dragons because of her
work habits and accomplishments. Natalie is always prepared for class. She works hard on all
tasks while setting the bar high for herself. She is an excellent role model for her peers. Natalie
is always willing to learn and approaches her work with enthusiasm. She is a pleasure to
have on the Dragon team.
Will Blair is being recognized as the student of the month for the Dragons because of his motivation
and hard work. Will is an exemplary student, completing all assignments, participating in
class consistently, and making up all missed work in a timely manner. He is also an excellent
student and can be relied upon by all of his teachers. He helps his teachers and classmates
without being asked.
Team Top Hats have awarded student of the month to Ariana Abousaeedi. Ariana
is a great role model to her peers because she always comes to class prepared, is on
time and ready to learn. Ariana is also always willing to help out and participate in
classroom discussions. Thank you Ariana for being such a fantastic student and person!
Team Top Hats have selected Jack Joyce as a student of the month for being a fantastic
citizen in the classroom. Jack always comes to class ready to learn and is always
willing to lend a helping hand. Thank you Jack for being a terrific student and
keep it up!
Team Explorers would like to congratulate Michael Ferris as our Student of the Month. Michael
participates often in class and always gives 100%. Michael has a positive, helpful
attitude and is a great asset to our team. Thank you for all of your hard work and effort.
It is with great pleasure that Team Explorer’s select Jessica Gustafson as Student of the
Month. Her hard work, integrity, stellar grades, and dedication in all of her classes make
her stand out among her peers. She is always challenging herself, reflecting on her performance,
and taking the time to help her classmates understand difficult concepts. Jessica
is consistently a positive role model both in and out of the classroom, displaying maturity
way beyond her age.
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KEY DATES FOR DECEMBER
Dec 2-3 Geo Bee-In class-Round 2
Dec 5 District Band Auditions
Dec 9 7th & 8th Band Concert
Dec 10 7th & 8th Strings Concert
Dec 11 Elementary Music Concert
Dec 15 PTO Meeting
Dec 16 8th Guitar Concert
Dec 17 Interims Sent Home
Dec 17 6th-8th Chorus Concert
Dec 17 Geo Bee Final 3:30
Dec 22 7th Students vs. Faculty
Dec 22 Student of the Month
Dec 23-Jan 3 WINTER BREAK
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If you need to pick your child up early from
school, please send in a note with your child
with the reason for dismissal and the time
that you would like your child to be in the
front office. He/she will then take the note to
the House Secretary, who will give the student
a pass to show to their teacher to be released
from class. The student will quietly
leave their classroom at the designated time,
go to their locker, sign out with the House
Secretary, and then report to the main office.
Emergencies do happen—but—-we must keep class disruption
to a minimum. When we do not know in advance
we must interrupt the entire class to get your student.
If your student forgets his/her lunch, homework, band instrument, etc., and the
parent brings them to school the procedure is:
1. Ring the main door buzzer and present I.D. to gain access.
2. Bring item into the main office and put in the black tray on the volunteer’s
3. Log item on the white clipboard.
4. The main office secretaries will call the house secretaries.
5. House secretaries will put a note on student’s locker announcing that the item
is in the main office or the house office.
6. Classes will not be disrupted to get the item to the student.
7. In the case of instruments—students are to check in the main office on their
own. No notes or calls will be placed.
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Our fall fundraisers were a huge
success!! Thank you to all the
students that participated in raising
money for our school by participating
in the magazine or
cookie dough programs. A special
thank you to the parents for their support
in allowing their child to participate and for
purchasing. By raising funds through these
programs, our PTO is able to do so many
wonderful things for Eagle
Ridge. We purchased the
accelerated Reader Program
for our library (which is the envy of
all the other schools) purchased new cameras
for the Art Department, provided
items for the 7th grade Immigration
Luncheon, i.e., water bottles, paper goods, etc., purchased
books for the 6th grade English classes, provided
an ice cream social for our entire 8th
grade class during their lunch break to celebrate
the completion of the book “The Outsiders”,
provided the coveted “Stuffed Eagle”
and $10 gift card from Dunkin Donuts
to 6 students each month who are chosen as
the “Student of the Month” from each grade. These are just a
few of the things that come to
mind. If you would like to get
involved more, please contact me.
Thank you. Emily Ciullo,
If you have not joined the ERMS PTO, please do. These
funds allow the PTO to do so many wonderful things for
our school! If you are not sure if you have joined or not,
contact Kim Wood, treasurer, email@example.com.
SPIRIT WEAR available in
the School Store:
We have some gray sweatpants
with an open bottom
and side leg print with word
Eagles down side $14.
These are mostly for 6th
graders, as they are small
and have a wider band
around the waist. We also
have some gray sweatpants
(same style) except larger
sizes and smaller waistband
for $30. We have long
sleeve shirts $12 and short
sleeve t-shirts $10 in hunter
green and gray. All available
every morning in the school
store from 8:20 to 8:30.
The PTO provided a wonderful lunch on 11/19 to our teachers/staff.
The meal consisted of delicious homemade soups/stews, breads, salads,
desserts, and many donated paper products and beverages from our
wonderful moms of ERMS! Thank you to everyone that helped out and
responded to the need.
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PTO CORNER….. Continued…..
On Monday, 11/23, 80 students and chaperones had
lots and lots of fun at Chuck-E-Cheese in Herndon!
This was their reward for selling or getting a certain
amount of magazine renewals for the PTO fundraiser
by a certain date. We enjoyed endless pizza/drinks
and tokens. The best part—there was only 4 other
people in the place that day! Thank you to ALL the parents
that allowed their student to participate in this
fundraiser. Those students that sold at least 5 magazines
attended a wonderful Mega Party on 11/19.
There were approximately 270 students that earned
this party. Thanks to the parents who came in to help.
We would like to also thank the parents who came in to
help with the Cookie Dough orders and pickup. Without
these fundraisers, we would not have the much
needed funds we have now that are used for so many
important and much-needed things in our school. With
budget cuts, this is the best way the PTO can help our
school! Without the PTO, the school would not have all
the great things they now receive. Thank you again!!
The MathCounts Club will be meeting on Wednesday,
December 2 nd and Monday, December 14 th after school
A-15. Any student in grades 6-8 may participate in this
math competition club.
For further information, email Mrs. Smith at
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The annual ERMS Geography Bee
began in all Social Studies classes
on November 19th and November
20th. All students were given 14
questions about United States and
World geography to answer. The
cut off will be determined based on
the scores of students each day.
Students that qualified will participate
in the 2nd round of the competition
during their Social Studies class on December 2nd and 3rd. Students that qualify from this
round will be invited to participate in the School Championship to be held on December 10th in the
library after school. The winner of this round will take a written test to see if he or she qualifies for
the state competition in 2010.
The Briar Woods Boys Basketball team welcomes all Eagle
Ridge Middle School students and family on January,
20 th at 7:30pm as the Falcons take on Loudoun County
High School. All Middle school students have free admission
to this game when accompanied by a paid adult.
Concessions are sold at each home game. For more information
on the upcoming 2009-2010 season please visit us
AND ERMS CHORAL STUDENTS WILL BE
SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
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Save the Date!
Night at the Ridge is a celebration of the many aspects of
Eagle Ridge Middle School.
Proceeds directly support academic programs that benefit
Friday, April 16, from 5:30-9:30 5:30 9:30 pm
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REA DING NEWS
REA DING SPECIALIST
Making connections while reading will help develop comprehension. Readers
naturally make connections between what is happening in the books they read and
their own lives. This is called a text-self connection. Once students have heard
and read many books, they begin to connect themes, characters, and issues from
one text to another text. This is called a text-text connection. When students
make connections between what they read and the larger world, they are making a
text-world connection. Making connections while reading is just one way to enhance
Many of the students have been enjoying the books from the Bluford Series
(www.townsendpress.com). There are 15 books in the series. These novels focus
on the lives of a group of African American urban high school students and their
families. The books are relatively short (@130 pages) and highly readable. Many
students are able to make connections with the lives of the characters in the
books. The students and the characters often share common interests, concerns,
and experiences. The books are affordable - available for only $1.00 per book.
These books are also available for check out from the library.
As you know, winter vacation is approaching. Please encourage your child to
read a book of interest for at least 20 minutes per day, if possible. Research has
shown that students become better readers by reading. The more your child reads,
the better reader your child will become. Ask your children about what they are
reading. Remember to model reading for your children. If they see you reading,
they will more likely take an interest in reading.
Remember to use the online resources available for practice with reading comprehension.
You may access Study Island via the school website or you may go directly
to the Study Island website (www.studyisland.com). Go to students, click
on subscription websites, then click on Study Island. Students are then asked for
their user id which is their lunch number@erm. Then they fill in their password.
If they have trouble logging in, they may ask one of their teachers for help. Also,
there are Practice Released SOLS via the school website. Click on students, then
“Interactive Released SOLS.”
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6 th Grade Mr. Gary Sharp
7 th Grade Ms. Kelly Badger
8 th Grade Mrs. Gretchen Mostero
8 th Grade Mrs. Loretta Jacoby
Please feel free to contact us via phone at (571)252-2140, or by e-mail if you have any questions or
concerns. To access our e-mail addresses, please go to the staff link on the Eagle Ridge webpage.
Click on the counselor’s name you wish to e-mail.
School Conferences: If there is a delay or school closing due to snow all conferences scheduled
that day will be cancelled. Please contact your grade level counselor to reschedule.
Parent Coffee – December 2, 2009
From 9:00am to 10:00am. Our School Social Worker will present on current trends of
Drug and Alcohol use with Loudoun County Teens.
This topic has been very popular in the past, come here this year’s presentation.
The Holiday Coalition’s mission is:
To help serve less fortunate families, children and senior citizens by providing much
needed items, in a manner that promotes dignity and self-respect. We believe that a
single act of kindness can be the turning point toward a brighter future for those in
need. At Christmas, families get to choose new clothing and toys for their children.
Items are displayed in department store style so our recipients can choose exactly
what they need or want.
Forms can be obtained by contacting your child’s school counselor or our Parent Liaison Ms.
Karen Hart @ (571)252-2140.
TJ dates to watch (TJHS (located in Alexandria VA) offers a comprehensive college preparatory
program emphasizing science, mathematics and technology)
TJ Test Day: December 5th
Info Sheets/Teacher Rec’s due to Mrs.Jacoby: February 16 th
***for more information http://tjhsst.edu/
AOS dates to watch (Students take science, math, and research courses at the Academy and all
other subjects at their home school on the opposite day.)
Sign up for a Writing Prompt: December 1st
AOS applications due to Mrs.Jacoby: January 8 th 3:30pm
Writing Prompt: January 14 th 7:00pm, January 23 rd @ 9:00am & February 6 th @ 9:00am.
Testing location is LCPS School Board Meeting Room.
Teacher Recommendations due to Mrs. Jacoby: January 29 th 3:30pm
***for more information http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/aos/site/default.asp
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Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission : $5.00
Permission slip needed to purchase ticket
Sponsored by the SCA
I will be riding the activity bus home @ 4:20 p.m.
I will be picked up by a parent @ 5:00 p.m.
Write the name & room number of your 4th/8th block
4th block class:
8th block class:
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SCA will have its Winter Dance on Thursday, December 3 rd from
Carnations will be on sale during lunch in February to be delivered
to special friends in the school on Valentine’s Day. Be on
the look out for more news about this.
There will be an 8 th grade only after school sponsored activity in
January or February. We are still in the planning mode for
this. If you have any great ideas for an activity for 8 th graders,
email your ideas to Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org or
Karyn Foley at Karyn.email@example.com.
There will be an SCA meeting in Art 2 on Wednesday, December
2 nd and another one on Wednesday, December 16 th. If you are
interested in joining, get an after school permission form from
your house office and come join.
Eagle Ridge Middle ASHBURN, VA
Yearbook Order Center
Order Today! Yearbooks will no longer be available for
purchase online after
December 14, 2009.
Call The Order Center toll free at 866-287-3096
Go to the ERMS Web Site—Yearbooks and order on-line.
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6TH GRADE “A” HONOR ROLL
ALDRICH, NATALIE A.
AMAYA, JESSIKA A.
BARRY, STEPHANIE L.
BAUMGARTEL, SAMUEL L.
BECK, DYLAN, J.
BLAIR, WILLIAM M.
BREIDENFELD, HALEY N.
BROWN, HEATHER C.
BRYAN, ABIGAIL R.
CHUNG, CASSIDY J.
DEARDEN, ABBEY B.
DESANTIS, ALLISON J.
DIAZ, ALEXANDRA M.
DIETZ, CAITLIN A.
DILLARD, MEREDITH E.
DOUGHERTY, MEREDITH F.
DOWD, BRITANY R.
DUFFIE, KYLE R.
ENGLE, ZACHARY, F.
FORD, AUSTIN G.
GAGLIANO, GABRIELLA P.
GALLAGHER, BRENDAN P.
GAMESTER, ABBIE M.
GARAY ESCALANTE, VICTOR F
GENTRY, ALYSSA E.
GILL, JAMES D.
GIROUX, LUKE T.
GUERTIN, CONNOR S.
GUSTAFSON, NATALIE J.
HANCOCK, JOSEPH C.
HART, MELISSA K.
HOLBERT, AUSTIN W.
HOWARD, GRANT M.
HOWARD, TANYA C.
JACHIMOWSKI, COLIN J.
JELLA, TAI T.
KARLEKAR, SWETA S.
KREYER, BRETT J.
LEE, JENNIFER S.
LEWIS, GABRIELLE M.
LUSHINSKI, SAMANTHA R.
MALY, ALLISON K.
MALY, CHRISTOPHER J
MATSON, ANDREW E.
MAZZEI, ZAYN M.
MCCARTHY, MEGAN M
MCDERMOTT, JOHN M.
MCGOUGH, MICHELLE A.
MOCABEE, DAVID B.
MONROE, GEORGIA E.
MORAN, MICAELA C.
NGUYEN, MATTHEW T.
OLENIK, CAROLINE M.
PACHECO, ALEXANDRA M.
PAI, GAYATRI R.
PIGETT, SHYLII D.
RATCLIFFE, HANNAH J.
REILLY, BRIDGET M.
RICAPITO, DANIEL B.
RIOPELLE, AUSTIN C.
RIOPELLE, NATHAN A.
RUTKOWSKI, RYAN J.
SALOKA, ANNIKA G.
SAPPINGTON, OLIVIA L.
SERIGNE, JACOB R.
SHAMLOO, KORA C.
SHUTLER, COLIN A.
SMAGH, WILLEM J.
SNYDER, HANNAH J.
STALCUP, JEREMY P
STEWART, RACHEL H.
THRONE, LORI B.
UNDERWOOD, ASHLYN C
VIDAL, CHRISTOPHER M.
VIPPA, TARUN K.
WANG, ALBERT W.
WARNER, HANA K.
WEBER, SYDNEY A.
WILSON, CLELIA M.
WOODS, DANIEL J.
WOOLEY, NATHANIEL T.
XIE, APRIL H.
YEHLE, CHRISTOPHER R.
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BARTLETT , MATTHEW
BRONSON, CRISTINA M.
BUIST , SUZANNE K
CHAPMAN, KRISTEN J.
FALLON III, TIMOTHY
GORICK JR., WILLIAM
7TH GRADE “A” HONOR ROLL
MORGAN, PAUL C.
ORLOSKY, TIFFANI M
PATRICK , ALEXANDER
RICCIO, ANN MARIE
SANTANA , MEGHAN
VAN DER BIEZEN, TAYLOR
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ABDO , MAGID GALAL
ADIL , SOHAIB
ALBERS , EDWARD
ALVARADO , JASMINE
APPERSON , NICHOLAS
ARUNKUMAR , APOORVA
ATER , ELIZA FAYE
BALL , JESSICA LYNN
BALLINGER , SAMANTHA
BEVERLY , ELIZABETH
BLAZAUSKAS , CONNOR
BOERGER , LINDSAY
BONNER , LINDSEY
BRAUMANN , MITCHELL
BREWER , BELLE MAREE
BRODIE , TYLER DAVID
BROWN, THOMAS A
BUSTAMANTE , KRISTIAN
CASEY , MEGHAN
CASEY , SEAN MICHAEL
CHELLURI , SRIKANTH
CIULLO , NICHOLAS
COMM , ERICA GRACE
COMM , OLIVIA ANN
CONNORS , SARA ANNE
COUNTS , JORDAN
CRAWFORD , KATHERINE
CRAYTOR , JOHN
CROMWELL , AUSTIN
CROMWELL , LOGAN
CURRIE , TAYLOR
DAHL , JACQUELINE
DAVIS , STEPHANIE
DAVIS, MATTHEW F
DEDONATO , JESIKA
DENGLER , MADISON
DOROTEO , ILLANA
DOWD , BRIANA RENEE
DOYON , SARAH
DU , JENNIFER WANG
ECKL , MEAGAN
EISENHOWER , REECE
ENSMINGER , PAIGE
ETTER , COURTNEY B
FERRIS , MICHAEL
FLEMING , ADAIR
FLETCHER , CHARLES
FONSECA , ADRIAN
FORBES, JEANNETTE M.
FOWLER, CAROLINE K.
8TH GRADE “A” HONOR ROLL
FOX , TAYLOR ANN
FRANCIS , CHE`MAIAH
FULLER , BROOKE
GALLAGHER , COLM
GAMESTER , ERICA
GARRISON , MALLORY
GARTIN , COLLEEN
GEARY , DREW E
GIGENA , JEREMY
GOBES , CALLIE
GOFFI , LAUREN
GOURNENI , SURYA
GREEN , DANIEL
GUERTIN , BRADY
GUESSFORD , EMILY
GUPTA , PUNEET
GUSTAFSON , JESSICA
HENDERSON , TAYLOR
HICKEY , MICHAEL
HILL , TESS MARIE
HOLOHAN , MICHAEL
HOYLER , ANDREW
IBRAHIM , ROWAN
JERNIGAN , VICTOR
JONES , MADISON
KELLEY , KAITLYN
KELLY , BRANDON
KELLY , SUMMER
KHAWAJA , SUNBAL
KIM , CHAE WON
KUHN , KENNETH
KULISCH , BRIANA
LEONARD , HEATHER
LEWIS , ADAM NELSON
LOWREY , KAITLYN
MACHADO , MICHAEL
MARTI , MATTHEW
MATTIMIRO , ERIN
MATTSON , ALEXANDRA
MAXIMOVA , ANNA
MCARDLE , COLIN
MCDERMOTT , MATTHEW
MCDEVITT , MEGAN
MCSORLEY, RICHARD T III
MENCINI , NATALIE MARIE
MERLINO , JONATHAN
MORTON , ELIZABETH
MOSHER , BETHANY
NEDER , CONNOR
NEIDERER , PAIGE
O'BRIEN, EMILY P
OLIVER , JOSEPH
ORR , AIDEN ALEXANDER
PAPPAGALLO , JOSEPH
PAX , LAURA ELAINE
PERDOS , JILLIAN LESLIE
PINNEY , TODD JOSEPH
PORTER , CAITLIN MARIE
REED , LOGAN JON
RIDDIFORD , KATHERINE
RIOPELLE , VICTORIA
SAPSARA , RACHEL
SEDITA , AUSTIN
SETTY , SKANDA VIVEK
SKEMP , ZACHARY
SPERONI , DAVID
STRANGE , EMILY MARIE
SUTER , SEAN KEVIN
SWAMY , SAMANTHA
TRAN , ALEX HOANG
UDDIN, HUMAIRA I
VADDADI , DEVI SRUTHI
VIGILAR , CONSUELO
WALDRIP , ANDREW
WANG , VICTOR WEIQI
WARNER , KIRA NICOLE
WILSON, ITALIA Y
WIVAGG , BROOKE
WOLCOTT , MATTHEW
WOOLEY , SAMANTHA
WRIGHT, EMMA V
YOUNG , RACHEL
ZIA , NIMRA
ZIEGLER , MCKENSEY
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MANTILLA GOMEZ, JUAN
VANDER VOORT, DEREK
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7TH GRADE “AB” HONOR ROLL
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Parent Liaison Corner
By Karen Hart
Once again this holiday season, Eagle Ridge MS, is organizing the Building Bridges
to those in Need campaign. For those of you who are new to our school, let me explain
a little about this program. The Building Bridges to those in Need campaign
was set up to help families in our community that are facing economic hardship.
Last year we asked our Eagle Ridge families to take any funds that they had
planned to use for cookies or gifts for our teachers/staff members and instead purchase
gift cards that will be collected and distributed to our needy families for use
during the holidays. We also ask our staff to forego buying gifts for each other as
well and contribute to our campaign as well.
If you can help us make this year’s Building Bridges campaign a success, please
send in gift cards that can be used at local retail stores, grocery stores or gas stations.
Send them to the school to the attention of Karen Hart but have your child
give them to their house secretary. Please fill out the form on the next page of this
newsletter and return it attached to your donation. We will be collecting gift cards
from November 30 through December 15. The gift cards will be distributed to our
families in need from December 16 –December 22.
Our success with this program last year far exceeded our wildest expectations and
we hope this year we can match or surpass last year’s fantastic outpouring of support
from our staff and community. Believe it or not we have more families in need
here at Eagle Ridge this year than we did last year. That’s why we need your help
with this campaign now more than ever.
Of course we understand that there may be families in our community that are in
need this holiday season that we are not aware of. If you know of a family in need or
need assistance yourself, please contact me at 571-252-2140 or via email. All information
is held in strictest of confidence.
Thank you for your help with this important outreach campaign. Have a wonderful
Congratulations to our Fabulous Eagle Ridge Artists
Note: The ART Department has been selected to decorate a tree
at Dulles airport for the upcoming holiday season. The tree will
be decorated with hand-made ornaments on Dec. 2. If your
travels during December take you to Dulles Airport please stop
by on the lower level and check out our Eagle Ridge Tree.
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ERMS STAFF PRESENT:
BUILDING BRIDGES TO THOSE IN NEED
We are collecting small gift cards to distribute to families in need in our Eagle
Ridge Community. Please donate gift cards in increments of $20 or less. We are
in particular need of gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations and retail stores
as well as Visa gift cards.
When: November 30 th – December 15 th
Where: Donations should be sent in to the ERMS Main office with this
Why: To assist families in need in our community
What: All gift cards will be distributed starting on December 16 th.
Please share my family’s support of our Eagle families*
(CONTRIBUTING FAMILY’’S NAME)
We prefer that our contribution remain anonymous
*A thank you to all contributing families will be included in our January newsletter
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WINTER STRING CONCERTS
ERMS will hold their annual winter string concerts in December: on
December 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium
featuring the LCPS Chamber Orchestra
and the ERMS 6th Grade beginner
group and December 10th at 7:00 pm featuring
LCPS County Wide String Orchestra
and Intermediate and Advanced ERMS
7TH & 8TH GRADE BANDS
Come hear some of your favorite holiday songs
as the 7th and 8th Grade Bands perform their
Winter Concert on December 9th at 7:00 pm.
The Winter Choral Concert will take place
on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 in the
Eagle Ridge auditorium. Please come out
and support our young singers as they showcase
their talent and hard work. Hope to see
The 8th Grade Guitar ensemble will be performing their winter concert on
December 16th at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Ridge Auditorium. The
students will be playing classical selections as
well as two Beatles tunes. They have been
working diligently this semester, focusing on
their technique while incorporating skills necessary
to blend in 4 and 5 part ensemble selections.
Please attend and enjoy a night of guitar!
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UPDATES FROM THE
Thanks so much to the following volunteers for helping the vision and hearing
testing held in November: Patti Boucher, Sharon Dugo, Glenda Falwell, Jeanne
Friberg, Donna Garcia, Loan Jella, Kim Perdos, Karen Speroni, and Suzanne
Termatt. Volunteers really helped keep things running smoothly during this important
Thank You! Carol Rothacker R.M. Health Clinic
By Mary Colucci
Has your child ever said, “I have a report due tomorrow morning,” at 9:30 at
night after all the libraries are closed and you have no material on the subject at
home? We now have a wonderful solution.
At the ERMS website, go to the library, look for Online Resources: Subscription
databases (bullet 4 on the yellow column). This will give you a wonderful assortment
of research materials on all subjects. You will need passwords to use them,
but your child should have a gold sheet with all the resources listed and the passwords
for each. If you need one, come by the library. We are not allowed to place
passwords on our website. It is a great resource for magazine and newspaper article
as well as encyclopedias and other material and adults will find it very helpful
You should take a look at netTrekker because it offers wonderful tutorials for
each of the subjects and will help your child understand anything they missed
from classroom instruction. It is like having a teacher at home and one that can
teach any subject!
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Don’t forget that our next meeting is
Thursday, December 10 th in the Cafeteria!
We will hold our officer elections at this meeting.
If you are interested in running for an office, please write up a
brief paragraph of why you think you are qualified for the
position and submit it to Mrs. Mullen in Room C-6 by
December 7 th .
If you were not able to come to the first meeting, you can still
attend this one! Just bring a permission slip and make sure
you know how you are getting home.
If due to a disability, you need assistance to enable you to participate
meaningfully in any meeting/conference/activity, please
contact Mrs. Beichler at 571-252-2140 at least FIVE (5)
WORKING DAYS prior to the event.
The LCPS School Board Policy Manual is available online at
If you have magazines that you have finished
reading, send them to school! Our Work/
Family & Art classes can use them for projects!
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A DELICIOUS WAY TO SUPPORT EAGLE RIDGE.........
Subway restaurants offer the better-for-you, convenient way to dine and support our
school. Whether you are on the way to a practice or on your way home, SUBWAY will
always "Make the Grade!"
First, pick up a card at a Subway Restaurant. We know that Broadlands, Ashburn Farm,
and Ryan Park are definitely participating at this time. Next, Link it to Eagle Ridge by
visiting SubwaySchoolRewards.com. Lastly, every time you use your Subway card to
pay, Eagle Ridge earns a portion of your purchase! How easy is this!!! As always,
thanks for supporting Eagle Ridge!! So..........Load your Subway card and use it today!!!
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HELPING OUR SCHOOL EARN CASH - VERIZON
Show your ERMS EAGLE SPIRIT
when you grocery shop!
No extra money needed for this
Do you shop at Giant? Do you have a computer?
Whether you are a new customer or an existing one with
Verizon wireless, you can earn cash for Eagle Ridge. Simply
take a few minutes to go to Verizonwireless.com/
myschool - It's that simple! So many families are already
using Verizon, so there is no risk, and you will be helping
our school at the same time!
Sign up with the Giant BonusBucks program by
going to www.giantfood.com/schools.
Designate ERMS #04232. When you shop, ERMS
will receive a percentage of the sale. These
funds are used for ERMS educational programs. No
extra money out of your pocket!
Do you shop at Harris Teeter?
When customers purchase select Harris
Teeter Brand products using their VIC
card, the Together in
Education program contributes a
percentage to their designated school. Go
online at www.harristeeter.com, click on
the Together In Education picture, and link
your card to Eagle Ridge (#5957). Again
no extra money out of your pocket!
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Loudoun County Public Schools
Parent Resource Center
December 2009 Event Schedule
For details and to register call 571-252-2185 or go to www.loudoun.k12.va.us/prc
Understanding Special Education
Designed for parents of children referred for eligibility for special
education services. This presentation covers the special education
referral process through eligibility with a brief overview of the IEP.
20 Union Street, NW, Leesburg, 20176
The Individual Education Process
Includes a detailed description of the IEP process, overview of the IEP agenda and forms
20 Union Street, NW, Leesburg, 20176
Autism Series: Autism & Adolescent Issues
Topics include concerns about:
Middle and High School, Health, Sensory, Behavior, Sexuality,
Hygiene, Socialization and more
December 3 at 7pm
Douglass Support Facility, 55 Plaza St. SE, Leesburg, 20175
If, due to a disability, you need assistance to participate in an event, or need an interpreter, please call Pam Spiering
at 571-252-2185 at least five working days before an event.
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Come .. Join the fastest growing sport in
Returning for its 2 nd year …
Registration for the spring 2010 season runs from
December 1 st to January 15 th
Boys and girls teams forming now in the
Broad Run & Stone Bridge attendance areas,
U7, U9, U11, U13 and U15 age groups
get more information at:
“The fastest game on two feet”
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The Loudoun County Public Schools new Secondary Lunch Menu is a
three week repeating menu. This menu may be viewed online at
www.loudoun.k12.va.us by selecting lunch menus. Paper copies are
available at all secondary schools.
December Hot Meal Menu Schedule
November 30 th thru December 4 th Week 3
December 7 th thru December 11 th Week 1
December 14 th thru December 18 th Week 2
December 21 st thru December 22 Week 3
January 4 th thru January 8 th Week 1