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Eagle Ridge Elementary

April 27, 2021

Big thanks to our amazing Eagle Ridge Family for creating such a great Staff Appreciation Week! We sure love you all!

A Message From the Principal

Dear Eagle Ridge Families,

We wanted to take this opportunity to share our procedures for Lightning Dismissal. We will implement a lightning dismissal for dangerous weather such as lightning or large hail etc. Our number one priority is to keep kids safe by having them remain indoors, in their classrooms until a parent/emergency contact can pick them up, or until the dangerous weather passes. This includes all children riding district or private buses. In these circumstances, bus arrival at designated bus stops will be delayed based on when children were dismissed and buses left the school. Students will not be dismissed from the building without a parent or emergency contact until the dangerous weather has passed. Parents or emergency contacts are welcome to come to the building and sign their child out before the weather passes if desired. Due to COVID protocols, no parents will be allowed in the school building.  My staff will work as quickly as possible to have your child brought to once signed out.  It is important to remember to stay six feet apart while signing out and waiting to pick up.

Lightning dismissal is indicated on school grounds by signs placed at the entrance of the school and the sidewalk above the mobiles. In the future, you can also expect to receive a text/email/voice message (based on your preferences selected in Infinite Campus) letting you know of the change of dismissal protocol. Our number one priority is ensuring the well-being of our students, but we will send this message as close to calling a lightning dismissal as possible.

Thank you for your help and awareness of this change of dismissal due to dangerous weather.

Doug Humphreys


Eagle Ridge Elementary


Creating an Inclusive Community

Hello, DCSD parents and staff! Just wanted to invite you all to a Webinar coming up next week. The Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition will be hosting this webinar on how to have difficult conversations. The speaker is a best-selling author and, I have a feeling, will walk us through some uncomfortable situations that are necessary to connect and create an inclusive community.

May 5th, 6-7:30pm

You are invited to register here:

The stork is landing at Eagle Ridge!!!

We have 3 staff members expecting babies in the near future!

 Our Building Engineer of 5 years, Brian Cortez, is beyond excited to welcome a son on June 21st. It was so heartwarming to see him smile from ear to ear sharing the ultrasound photo. We know that pregnant mommies glow, but I think Brian has been glowing and walking on air since he shared his wonderful news!

Alicia Maddison is our wonderful Art teacher and is expecting her first baby, a girl, on July 8th! Alicia joined our Eagle Ridge family last August, and it has been so fun to watch her beautiful belly just grow over the last couple of months!  

Kristen Garzone, one of our very dear Affective Needs EA’s is expecting a new bundle of joy on October 5th. It is still a little early to know the gender of the baby, but she is anxious to find out when the time is right. Kristen has been working at Eagle Ridge for 3 years and is such a wonderful woman to have working with our students.  

We would love to “SHOWER” these wonderful new families with a diaper, baby wipes, and gift card celebration! If you would like to contribute to the shower, please bring items to the front door the week of May 10th through May 14th. We will divide all items equally among our three families. Since we can’t really gather for a shower, we want to do the next best thing by giving them the things that new parents need most, next to sleep;-)

Art Show

Here is the art show QRL Goes live on Monday May 3rd! Mrs. Maddison is also sending invites directly home with students that are in the art show as well as posted little signs around the school to get students excited. 

Chicks at Eagle Ridge


Hello ERE Community, 

Last week we were given the green light to host a field day. We will be having field day Friday, May 14th. More information will come as we get closer to the date. While we are super excited to have field day, there are a couple of guidelines that we have to follow: 

  1. Unfortunately, no family members will be allowed on school premises (this includes outside and/or on the field) 

  2. Students and staff will have to wear their masks the entire time (including outside)  

Looking forward to another awesome field day!  

 Project Helping~

Kindfulness is a daily practice using volunteering, intentional acts of kindness, and gratitude to bring awareness to the impact you make on others and the positive mental state created by serving others. When you volunteer at @projecthelping, you make an impact, both on you and your community. Through volunteering, you actively invest in your community while reaping the mental wellness benefits of volunteering. Volunteering has immediate health benefits like improved mood and reduced stress. But did you know it also has long-term benefits? When you volunteer once a month for an average of three hours, there are long-term health benefits. At Project Helping they select the most impactful and engaging volunteer projects and then they make them incredibly easy to sign up for. The best part is that you will meet others that also may struggle and that’s when you realize you’re not alone! • (303) 551-0624 

The Aspen Effect~

The Aspen Effect builds resiliency in youth with a unique horse environment, a caring mentor team, and a strength-based approach. Programs include Mini Horse Leadership School, Healing Horse Connections, Goat Pen Life Training, and the Ranch Hand Leadership Academy. Just as there is currently a quiet crisis playing out in our US forests as huge numbers of trees succumb to drought, disease, insects, and wildfire, there is a growing youth crisis in Colorado. Colorado ranks 43rd out of all US states in combined metrics of suicide rate, mental health issues, death from drug overdoses. We also share a tragic history of mass shootings by marginalized people. For children and youth ages 11 and up.

The most wonderful thing about the Aspen Effect is that it’s FREE!! And you don’t even feel like it’s therapy!

Give them a try! @theaspeneffect

BrainCode Centers

The brain is the control center for every aspect of your life. Often, our brains aren't operating as efficiently or effectively as they should or could be. At Braincode Centers, they specialize in holistic mental health care that is personalized to your individual needs. Utilizing EEG brain mapping and neurofeedback therapy, they help patients recover from trauma or injury, manage symptoms of anxiety or ADHD, depression, alleviate pain or sleeplessness, and so much more by training the brain to restore and improve function. Their all-natural approach to mental health care helps optimize your brain's potential, allowing you to take back control of your life, achieve your goals, and become the best version of yourself.  Now I will say this is not an inexpensive form of therapy, but I highly recommend you visit their website and reach out to Angie Noack at 720-649-6376. She’s great and amazing at answering all your questions!  Truly amazing!  Also, please check out all the wonderful testimonials of patients that are doing great!  @nepesneurofeedback Or email Angie at

Movement counseling & Wellness~

At Movement Counseling & Wellness, they create personalized treatment plans for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and other obstacles that impede everyday life. Their wide range of services, including individual and group counseling, animal-assisted therapy, acupuncture, personal training, and academic support, engages their clients in a holistic journey to recovery. They acknowledge that life stressors affect not only the mind but also the body; they encourage their clients to participate in movement-based techniques, whether in or out of session. Their collaborative, whole-body approach promotes health and well-being to guide their clients towards empowerment and positive transformation in all areas of their lives. @movementcounselingwellness





April 26-30:  ERE Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

May 3:  Virtual Talent Show Submissions Due

May 3:  Virtual SAC Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

May 4:  SCRIPS Forms & Payment Due

May 6:  Restaurant Night at Papa John’s Pizza (All Day)

May 14:  Field Day

May 19:  Restaurant Night at Crumbl Cookie

May 25:  Last Day of School 


This year’s Talent Show will be held virtually using the online platform, VidHug.  All grades are encouraged to participate.  When submitting your video, please be sure that it does not exceed two minutes and that the content, music and lyrics are family friendly (videos may be edited further depending on the overall production time).  To ensure the safety of all participants, please follow Douglas County’s COVID guidelines -- these include limiting the number of performers in your group and social distancing or wearing masks when working with performers outside your immediate family.  FINAL video submissions can be uploaded or recorded at and are due by Monday, May 3rd (this is a NEW DEADLINE).  Please note -- by submitting your video you are giving permission for your student & those included in the video to be in this year’s talent show production, which will be a link to an online video sent to all Eagle Ridge families early May. 


The PTA is excited to honor Eagle Ridge teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication to students and families during this difficult year.  Please help us to celebrate our incredible staff from April 26-30.  We have some fun things planned:

April 26:  Einstein’s Bagels, Pastries, Coffee and Juice

April 27:  Sandwiches from Jimmy John’s, Chips, Treats and Beverages

April 28:  Cranelli’s Entrees, Sides and Beverages

April 29:  Individually Packaged Crumbl Cookies for each staff member

April 30:  Tote Bag & School Supply Bar

Looking for a gift idea for your favorite teacher or staff member?  Check out the Favorite Things notebook in the front office for ideas.  Attached is a printable letter your student can fill out (if they want) and give to their favorite teacher or staff member.  Let’s make ERE teachers and staff feel special next week as they have gone above & beyond during this challenging year! Staff-Appreciation-Letter.pdf 


School supply kits for the 2021/2022 school year are on sale NOW through 1st Day School Supplies.  The PTA worked with ERE teachers and administrators to ensure the supply lists for each grade are up to date and complete.  To order, visit the website for 1st Day School Supplies, enter the school’s zip code (80124) and select Eagle Ridge, choose your student’s grade & gender, and follow the prompts to purchase.


Planning to give gift cards for Teacher Appreciation or End-of-Year gifts?  Instead of giving a brand specific gift card, you can designate an amount to each teacher/admin/faculty member you want to buy for and they can choose the gift card(s) they want!  To order, simply click on the link below, complete and return the attached order form to school or via email to the PTA.  Payments can be made check or electronically to via Zelle/GooglePay/PayPal.  Payments must be in increments of $1.00.  Order forms are due by Tuesday, May 4th.  If you have questions, please contact Andra Stene at or via cell phone at 303-916-4261.  Order form: ERE Staff Gift Giving Form - Spring 2021.pdf 


Did you forget to order your yearbook by the March 31st deadline?  It is not too late. You can still order a yearbook, you will just need to pay for the yearbook to be shipped to your house instead of benefiting from free shipping.  To purchase, please visit, enter Eagle Ridge’s school passcode (101600054871999) and follow the prompts to complete your order.  Yearbooks cost $18.91 (plus shipping) and come with two free customizable pages.


It has been wonderful to see all the colorful messages week after week.  To honor those with summer events or birthdays, the PTA has opened reservations for the Spirit Rock until July 31st.  If you are interested in renting the rock or would like more information on this exciting program, please visit our website at  Don’t forget to post pictures of your creations on social media using the hashtag #ererocks. 

EBOP is back!

EBOP is the Elementary Band and Orchestra Program offered at Highlands Ranch High School for HRHS elementary feeder schools. Students in 5th and 6th grade have the opportunity to learn an instrument while gaining musical experience with their peers. In addition, students develop relationships with future Cresthill Middle School peers which can have a positive impact on their educational experiences as they move on to middle school and high school.

Band instrument instruction is available to students on flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and drums/percussion. Orchestra (String) instrument instruction is available to students on violin and cello.

Your student will receive instruction weekly throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To enroll your student in EBOP complete the registration form on the EBOP website (

6th Grade Cap and Gown Pictures are cancelled

Our sixth grade cap and gown pictures taken through Van Gogh are cancelled. We are however going to take pictures here at Eagle Ridge of 6th graders to commemorate the occasion. 

News from the Library

Library News: Just a friendly reminder that overdue books need to start making their way home to our library. Any books not returned by May 21st will result in a lost book fine to be paid in myschoolbucks. If this is a hardship for your family, please don't hesitate to email me at Unfortunately I can't accept books that families buy as replacements or as gifts since the district can only catalog books from approved vendors. 

I wanted to let our community know that I won't be returning to ERE next year, because I've taken a position with Douglas County Libraries. I will SO miss all of our ERE students and families. Thank you so much for all of the support from you over my three years at our school! I've loved it and nothing short of this public library opportunity could have pulled me away. Next year ERE will have a full-time librarian and we also have new leadership at the district library. I foresee lots of fun and exciting things happening in the ERE library in the coming years!

 Perfect Teeth

We take care of your smallest smiles. Checkups and braces are just the beginning! Check out all the fun and great smiles that are happening at this amazing pediatric dental practice. Please see the fPTKids_Flyer_Douglas_v2_FINAL.pdf  even more information.

How To Have Hard Conversations & Create Inclusive Communities. Hosted by: Rosalind Wiseman, New York Bestselling Author and Educator 

The Douglas County Healthy Youth Coalition (DCHYC) is excited to announce our upcoming webinar! On the evening of May 5th 2021, 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Registration link How To Have Hard Conversations and Create Inclusive Communities.

How do we make an inclusive community where everyone feels a sense of belonging? How can we have honest conversations about discrimination, bias and bigotry that brings us closer as a community? How do we integrate the principles of dignity with members of our community, as well as further anti-discrimination work? While this topic for many can be uncomfortable, it is efforts like these that build our capacity to be a place of dignity for all. This is a solution focused learning opportunity and is not geared toward shaming dominant cultures or races. 

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