Principal

Principal's Message

  • Dear Oakridge Families,
    Our new school year is off to a great start! Congratulations! Our students helped us achieve our goal of bringing up our school grade! We are now rated as a “C” school and we are working hard to bring up our school grade to an “A”.
    Our teachers are participating in a new professional development program known as “Children’s Learning Initiative” (CLI). They meet weekly with a special Literacy Coach who guides them to develop standards-based, high-quality lessons. Ultimately, our students benefit from this high-quality instruction. CLI provided training to our teachers prior to our students first day focused on Culture and Learning Environment. We learned about the “Power of Three (3)” which encompasses the ideas of 1. Taking care of oneself, 2. Taking care of each other, and 3. Taking care of our school. This aligns well to our Schoolwide Positive Behavior Plan which includes CHAMPs, Wise Ways, Clip-up/Clip-down Charts, and Mood Meters. Classroom Management techniques and good behavior make our learning environment more conducive to teaching and learning, ultimately leading to greater student achievement. “A” status… Here we come!
    Please help us achieve our goals by making sure that your children are in class on time every day and ready to learn. Our school hours are 8:05am to 2:35pm for PK through 5th grade, except for VPK who get out at 2:05pm (Missick and Turman only). Students must be in class by 8:05am. If you are driving in the gate at 8:05am, you are late. Late students must be escorted to the front office by their parent. Parents dropping off late students must park their vehicles in a parking spot, not in the fire lane as this is illegal. Please practice patience as you drop off and pick up your children. Remember that you are their role-models. Demonstrate respect and a positive attitude towards our staff and follow the rules. Your children are watching you and learning from your example.
    Get involved in education by registering to volunteer. Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch and fill out your Back to School Online forms. All of this can be accomplished on our school website at https://www.browardschools.com/oakridge. There is also great information about what is happening at our school. Please attend as many school events as possible, especially our School Advisory Council meetings and PTA events.
    Thank you for all that you do to support your child’s education! Together we are making a difference in your child’s life and making our future brighter!

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  • OES 4/6/2021 FSA Testing

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    This message is for the parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. We will be administering the FSA, beginning with 3rd grade next week. Attached is a survey that we need all parents of remote learners to fill out. Parents of face to face students, who attend school in person daily do not need to fill this out.

    All remote learners will report to school for their tests on the following dates.

    3rd grade -
    ELA - Thursday, April 15th & Friday, April 16th at 8:00 AM
    Math - Wednesday, May 12th & Thursday, May 13th at 8:00 AM

    4th grade -
    Writing - Wednesday, April 21st at 8:00 AM
    Math - Wednesday, May 12th & Thursday, May 13th at 8:00 AM
    ELA - Wednesday, May 19th & Thursday, May 20th at 8:00 AM

    5th grade -
    Writing - Wednesday, April 21st at 8:00 AM
    Math - Wednesday, May 12th & Thursday, May 13th at 8:00 AM
    ELA - Wednesday, May 19th & Thursday, May 20th at 8:00 AM
    Science - Wednesday, May 26th & Thursday, May 27th at 8:00 AM

    Please complete the survey below.

    https://forms.office.com/r/fxBeCHsGGh

    Thank you so much and Have a wonderful afternoon!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 3/31/2021-SAC/Lit. Night

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families.  This is Mr. Thornberry with a couple of updates for the week.  On Wednesday, March 31, we welcome all parents and guardians to join us for our SAC/SAF meeting which will begin at 5pm and will be held online virtually.  A link for the meeting is contained in the attached flier and we will kick it off with Literacy Night in home where strategies will be shared on how you can improve your child's reading. Those who sign on for Literacy Night will receive a free book for participating.  Other topics such as FSA testing schedule will also be covered at Wednesday night's SAC meeting.  Also, remember there is no school on Friday, April 2 due to the holiday.  Thank you for listening and have a great evening.

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  • OES 3/19/2021 (FSA)

    Good morning Oakridge Families,

    This message is to inform you of the plan to have all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade take the 2021 Florida Standards Assessment. All students must take the exam in person. All administrations of the Florida State Assessments will be face to face. Students who normally attend school face to face will be administered the tests on specific days and students who normally attend school remotely will be administered the tests on different days to maintain safety and to follow CDC social distancing guidelines. All students are required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth while at school. Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack will be provided. Parents will be receiving a survey link to respond to important questions regarding the plan, such as whether or not the student will be picked up immediately following completion of the test or if the student will remain in school until the regular dismissal time, which is 2:35 pm.

    Students who attend school face to face daily are expected to come to school every day. Students who attend school remotely are only expected to come on test administration days.

    Please mark your calendars and be sure to bring your children to school on the following days so that they may be administered their corresponding FSA tests.

    3rd Grade ELA (Two Day Test)
    Tues., April 13th & Wed., April 14th - 3rd Grade ELA (Face to Face)
    Thurs., April 15th & Fri., April 16th - 3rd Grade ELA (Remote Learners)

    4th/5th Grade Writing (One Day Test)
    Tues., April 20th - 4th & 5th Grade Writing (Face to Face)
    Wed., April 21st - 4th & 5th Grade Writing (Remote Learners)

    3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Math (Two Day Test)
    Mon., May 10th & Tues., May 11th - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Math (Face to Face)
    Wed., May 12th & Thurs., May 13th - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Math (Remote Learners)

    4th & 5th Grade ELA (Two Day Test)
    Mon., May 17th & Tues., May 18th - 4th & 5th Grade ELA (Face to Face)
    Wed., May 19th & Thur., May 20th - 4th & 5th Grade ELA (Remote Learners)

    5th Grade Science (Two Day Test)
    Mon., May 24th & Tues., May 25th - 5th Grade Science (Face to Face)
    Wed., May 26th & Thur., May 27th - 5th Grade Science (Remote Learners)

    The letters attached have important information. Once again, all students will need to report to school in person to be administered the assessments. There is no opt-out option. If you have any questions, contact me at eduardo.aguilar@browardschools.com. Thank you and Have a wonderful spring break!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

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  • OES 3/19/2021

    Good morning Oakridge Families,

    I hope you are beginning to enjoy this well-deserved and much needed spring break.

    With Florida state assessments beginning in April, Broward County Public Schools and the Parent Community Involvement Task Force present a new Parent University webinar with information and resources families will need to be prepared.

    The free, one-day webinar takes place Wednesday, March 31, from 6 – 8 p.m., and it includes topics, such as safety and security protocols, how the testing will be organized, transportation, test-taking strategies, how to cope with stress, and a question and answer session to address parents’ concerns.

    Closed captioning will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese

    To access the webinar and find out more information about Parent University at  browardschools.com/parentuniversity.

    Thank you… have a great evening… and see you at Wednesday’s Parent University webinar at 6pm.

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 3/1/2021

    Good afternoon Parents of Mrs. Gonzalez's class,

    I was notified today, Monday, March 1st, that an individual in Mrs. Gonzalez's kindergarten class tested positive for COVID in mid-February. Please monitor your children's health and have them tested if they have any symptoms using a PCR. Keep your child out of school if they have any symptoms while waiting on your child's test results. If your child tests positive, they must quarantine and stay home for two weeks. If your child's test results are negative, they are welcome to come to school. Please contact the front office at 754-323-6700, if you have any questions. Thank you.

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 2/11/2021

    Good morning Oakridge Families,

    This is your assistant principal, Mr. Thornberry, informing you that tomorrow, February 12, is the District's Day of Service and Love and we encourage students and staff to wear either pink or red. At 10:17am tomorrow morning, the entire District will be observing a moment of reflection to honor those whose lives were lost and recognize those injured during the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy just three years ago. We want to thank you for your participation in our Valentine's Spirit Week activities, and want to remind you that there will be no school on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents' Day. Thank you for listening and have a wonderful weekend.

  • OES 11/12/2020

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    This is your assistant principal, Mr. Thornberry, with a few important messages. Today, report cards for the second quarter have been posted on Virtual Counselor. Our SAC meeting combined with 21st Century has been cancelled for next Wednesday, November 18. Our next meeting will be scheduled for December.   Just to remind you that if you need to sign a student out early it must be before 2:00pm.
    Teachers ask that you please make sure your child has all their materials in their backpack so that they are ready to learn when they arrive at school. This includes textbooks, classroom materials, water bottle, chargers, and laptops that have been charged overnight. One last thing, remember to monitor your child's health daily before leaving home in the morning. If your child is experiencing fever, diarrhea,  persistent cough, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath, body aches, or recent loss of taste or smell, we ask that you keep them at home and report them as being absent for the day. Thank you for continuing to support our students. Take care, stay safe and have a wonderful evening.

  • OES 10/27/2020

    Good evening Oakridge Families,

    We want to give you an update on our school reopening plans. Due to delays involving construction we will not be ready to open this Friday, October 30. However, our new date for reopening is slated for Wednesday, November 4. Our school is still a polling site and will be open for the community to come out and vote on November 3, which is a planning day for teachers. Thank you so much for your patience in this matter and we look forward to having students back on our campus soon.  This is Mr. Thornberry, your Assistant Principal, thanking you for listening, and hoping that you and your family are staying safe and well.

  • OES 10/15/2020

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families!

    Our partner, Hispanic Unity, an organization dedicated to helping the community, is offering two Family Strengthening programs. One program will be completely in English and the other will be completely in Spanish. The Family Strengthening programs are scheduled to begin virtually on October 29th and will be held once a week from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Every family who participates will receive an $80 gift card upon successful completion. This is a great opportunity to grow as a family and meet new people, as well as to learn how to support your children through school and challenging times. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. If you are interested or would like some more information, please contact Yonela Carusi at ycarusi@hispanicunity.org or at 954-701-5232. Thank you and Have a wonderful afternoon!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 10/14/2020

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    We would like to remind you that, although we have not yet opened to receive students at the school, meal distributions are taking place every Tuesday and every Thursday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Our wonderful cafeteria manager, Mrs. Tiney and her staff are prepared to hand out as many grab and go meals as necessary for our Oakridge families. Please drive up, remain in your vehicles, and pick up from the office parking lot right next to the cafeteria (Room #105).

    We need your help! Our School Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 pm. We will be sharing information about school re-opening, as well as voting on accountability funds.

    We will meet online via Microsoft Teams until further notice and you may click on the link below to join the meeting.

    https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OGFhZGFkMTQtMzc0MC00NzFjLWE1ODUtMjlmNDIyMTA0ZGJj%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22eeacb5cb-5370-4358-a96a-a3783c95d422%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22b4e54167-f792-4ab5-b54e-b130b61373ad%22%7d

    We would like to remind you that we need for your children and anyone visible on camera while attending e-learning from home to follow our school rules and student code of conduct. Students and parents should be dressed appropriately and model positive behaviors. There have been reports of children and adults engaging in behavior that is not appropriate for school. Please do not engage in that type of behavior while attending school virtually as it is not appropriate.

    Thank you for all that you do to support our school. We anticipate being able to welcome your children back safely by the end of October or beginning of November. More information will be shared once it becomes available.

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 8/11/2020

    Good morning Oakridge Families,

    Read All of these important instructions so that you know what to do on Friday, August 10th when you come to school to pick up your child's school materials and laptop (if needed). Our goal is to make this process as efficient and safe as possible and provide you with everything you need for your child to be prepared for the first day of school.

    Oakridge Elementary has organized Materials and Laptops Distribution which is scheduled for Friday, August 10th. Parents will drive to the school, remain in their cars, wear masks to pick up materials according to their child's or children's grade levels. A staff member will be out there waiting to have your materials delivered to the car and to have a laptop brought to your car if you requested one. Please be patient as we work to provide all of the materials your child or children will need for school, which starts on Wednesday, August 19th. You will sign a property pass document for each laptop you are checking out. Please be sure you have your Identification with you, in case you are asked for it. Faculty/staff will also be wearing personal protective equipment. 

    For the grade levels listed below, drive into the parking lot on the southeast side of the school, off Cleveland and 27th. (This is where KG, 4th, and 5th grade students are usually dismissed throughout the regular school year).

    KG - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Cleveland Street)
    4th - 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Cleveland Street)
    5th - 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM (Cleveland Street)

    For the grade levels listed below, form a line going east on Roosevelt Street from 28th Avenue. (This is where PK, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students are usually dismissed throughout the regular school year.)

    1st - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Roosevelt Street)
    2nd - 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Roosevelt Street)
    3rd - 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM (Roosevelt Street)

    Please remember that the streets around the school are one way only going clockwise around the school. (Drive south on 27th, west on Cleveland, north on 28th, and east on Roosevelt). No one should be driving in the opposite direction. There are no left hand turns when exiting the parking lots. You may only turn right.

    PK students will not be picking up materials at this time as previously thought. We will send out information for those families at a future date. PK students who checked out an iPad last year and are matriculating to KG need to exchange their iPad for a laptop. Please bring it with you and hand it to the staff member who will be providing you with a laptop. If your child still needs the iPad because he or she is staying in PK at Oakridge, you do not need to return it at this time.

    If you have children in various grade levels, please let your teachers know so that they can coordinate one pick up time and location for you. This will usually be the youngest child's pick-up. If you are in need of a laptop, please complete the survey below. If you already have a laptop and would like to have it repaired and/or exchanged, please do not complete the survey. There is a different process for that and information will be shared at a future date.

    ONLY COMPLETE THIS SURVEY IF YOU ARE CHECKING OUT A LAPTOP BECAUSE YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE CHECKED OUT. COMPLETE ONE SURVEY FOR EACH CHILD.

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=y7Ws7nBTWEOpaqN4PJXUIqqGdq7p-UxGlfMNjIZ9yrxUOU1YRExRSkxTNEtZWE9MRzBJTklVNjdUTy4u

    Thank you so much for your attention to detail and for supporting us with your child's education.

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 8/10/2020

    Good Evening Oakridge Families,

    It is with the greatest enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2020-2021 School Year. This is the most unprecedented school opening that any of us have ever had, or probably will ever experience. As we begin our year in a 100% virtual eLearning world on Wednesday, August 19th, we will continue to soar and elevate our academic excellence.

    As the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic continues to grow exponentially, there is still grave concern about bringing everyone back into the building for face-to-face instruction. The District’s focus is the safety and overall welfare of all stakeholders, which is why we are beginning the school year in a 100% virtual eLearning world.

    Materials Distribution has been scheduled for Friday, August 14th. Please follow the schedule below.
    PreKindergarten on Roosevelt Street - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Kindergarten on Cleveland Street - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    1st Grade on Roosevelt Street - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    2nd Grade on Roosevelt Street - 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
    3rd Grade on Roosevelt Street - 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
    4th Grade on Cleveland Street - 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
    5th Grade on Cleveland Street - 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

    Please stay in your vehicles and one of our faculty members will come by to assist you. All visitors to our school must follow the CDC guidelines and wear personal protective equipment covering their face and mouth. A survey will be going out to parents to pre-register if they are in need of a laptop. Only students who have not been issued laptops will be eligible for this date. If you are having trouble with your laptop, please stay tuned for information on how we can assist you with troubleshooting. Laptops are limited and will be distributed on a first-come basis to parents who complete the survey which will be sent out tomorrow.

    Please be patient as we work through this arduous process. You will need all of your materials and laptop for the Open House and First Day of School which are scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th.

    Please stay tuned for further updates coming soon regarding student’s first day back, open house, and school-related information. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding in these trying times. Thank you very much, be well, and stay safe.

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar





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  • Keeping our students, staff and schools safe is the responsibility of everyone in our community. To reinforce existing safety measures, we continue to remind students and staff – if you see something, you should say something. Information and tips can be shared anonymously in the following ways: 

    • Call 754-321-0911
    • Email school911@browardschools.com
    • Text CRIMES 274637 – the message must begin with SBBC
    • Submit online via broward.k12.fl.us/siu/siunew/tipsemail.asp
     
    Thank you for supporting our students and efforts to help ensure their voices are heard in the wake of the school tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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  • Oakridge Elementary School

    1507 N 28th Ave

    Hollywood, Florida 33020

    Phone: 754-323-6700

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    Eduardo U. Aguilar

    Principal