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 11/22/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    First and foremost, on behalf of all of the faculty and staff at Oakridge Elementary, we would like to wish you the very best Happy Thanksgiving!!! We will have school on Monday and Tuesday. School will be closed from Wednesday, November 27th to Friday, November 29th so that we may all enjoy time with our families and partake in the spirit of giving thanks.

    I would like to personally thank the amazing parents who showed up and participated at this week's SAC, PTA, and 21st Century meetings. Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 18th at 5:00pm. We are able to keep the important reading program, thanks to your presence and commitment to your children's education. Please mark your calendars so that we may continue making decisions together for our students and school.

    Hispanic Unity is offering a Family Strengthening class for our families. Please take advantage of this amazing program which is offered with great benefits and gift cards. Contact Amparo Manzella at (754) 230-9258 to register or for more information.

    Thank you to all of the families who donated to our Harvest Drive. We are able to assist many families, thanks to your generosity. 

    Please like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.
    https://www.facebook.com/oakridgeelem/
    @Oakridge_Elem

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Your Proud Principal,
    Mr. Aguilar



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  • OES 11/19/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    We need your help! Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th, we are hosting a School Advisory Council meeting at 5:00pm in the media center, followed by a PTA meeting at 6:00pm and we need you to attend. We have decisions to make about spending money and we can not do that without your participation. We will lose a valuable reading program if we do not have enough people to vote for this. Furthermore, we are making every effort to revive our PTA so that we can accomplish goals like selling pizza on Fridays to fundraise for field trips and so that we may have a yearbook for our students for the 2019-2020 school year. These initiatives that greatly benefit our students may not happen this year without your help. If you are available and can make the meetings tomorrow, please join us. Thank you for your support!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar



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  • OES 11/4/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Elementary Families. We are excited to tell you about some special events planned for this week. On Tuesday, we invite all family members who are veterans or currently in the armed forces to join us for the Veterans' Lunch in our school's cafeteria. This event is by rsvp only and the invite flyer was sent home last week. On Wednesday night, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8pm come join us for dinner out at Tijuana Flats, and dessert is just a few steps away at Yogurtland.  Both establishments are located in Hollywood off of Sheridan St. and will be contributing 20% of their night's earnings back to Oakridge. Flyers will be coming home with students for these events on Tuesday and remember to bring both flyers with you that evening as proof that you're participating for our school.  This is Mr. Thornberry, your assistant principal, and I look forward to seeing you out this Wednesday night!

  • OES 10/27/2019

    Hello Oakridge Elementary Families. We want to share important information with you regarding attendance. As you know our school hours are from 8:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Please make sure to have students to school before 8:00 so that they may be in their classrooms on time and ready to learn. Dismissal is at 2:35 and students who are car riders should be picked up promptly at that time. If there is ever a need to change a student's dismissal procedures please send in a written note to your child's teacher in advance. When a student is absent for an excused reason, parents must contact the school to report their child's absence within 48 hours. Parents may either call our attendance line at 754-323-6702 or email in their child's absence at OAE_Attendance@browardschools.com. This week is Red Ribbon Week and we encourage everyone to where a red shirt on Monday. Also, look for Harvest Drive letters to come home this week with a list of items to send in for our families in need this holiday season. This is your assistant principal, Mr. Thornberry, hoping you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  • OES 10/10/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that Thursday, October 17th is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Friday, October 18th is a Teacher Planning Day. School is closed to students. Thank you for all that you do to support Oakridge Elementary and your child's education. Have a wonderful evening!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 9/19/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Elementary Families.

    Our school is currently having a Dorian Relief Drive for hurricane victims in the Bahamas. We encourage you to drop off non-perishable items such as canned or dried goods, baby necessities, water, toiletries, etc. to our school's cafeteria by September 26. Your charitable items will help those who have suffered from the results of this tragic hurricane. Also families, we want to remind you of multiple ways that you can report your child's absence. 1. call our attendance line at 754-323-6702, 2. you may also email our school at oae_attendance@browardschools.com, 3. you may choose to fill out an online absence form located on our school's website. Whichever method of reporting non-attendance you choose remember to report your child's absence each day they are out of school. This your Assistant Principal, Mr. Thornberry and I thank you for listening.

  • OES 9/10/2019

    Good evening Oakridge Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that we have a School Advisory Council and 21st Century Community Learning Center meeting beginning at 5:00pm in the media center tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11th.

    We will also be hosting Open House for all 3rd through 5th grade parents from 6:00 to 7:00pm, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11th.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at these important community meetings for parents. Have a great evening!

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 8/18/2019

    Good morning Oakridge Families, 

    Thank you for a wonderful first few days of school! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your loved ones. 

    Monday, August 19th, students will be taking yearbook pictures. Please have them wear their white polo if possible. Students must wear their uniforms every day, unless otherwise instructed. 

    Arrival times are from 7:15am to 8:00am. The gate closes at 8:05am. Students arriving after the gate closes must be escorted by their parents to the front office. Parents are required to park in a parking space, and may not park in the fire lane. 

    Dismissal is improving every single day. As a reminder, please remain in your vehicles and we will bring your children to you. VPK is dismissed at 2:05pm. For this reason, we ask all other parents picking up students from Cleveland at 2:35pm to please wait in line behind the cone. At 2:30pm, we will remove the cone so that parents may drive up to the exit gate. 

    School will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in honor of Labor Day. Please access our school calendar for this and other important events.

    Thank you for all that you do to support your child's education and our school!

    Your Proud Principal, 

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 8/15/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families,

    Thank you for a wonderful first two days of school. We appreciate your patience as we work towards improving the efficiency of our arrival and dismissal process. Please review and refer to the arrival/dismissal procedures so that you are well aware of the process. It is also available on our school website under principal’s message dated 8/13/2019.

    In addition, please be reminded that tomorrow is Independence Day and all students are expected to be dropped off in the front of the cafeteria, accessible from 28th. Parents will not be permitted to walk their children into school. Students who walk must use the walkers/bike riders entrance on 27th. The streets around the school are all one way and go clockwise around the school. 

    Today, all of the boys and girls received school supplies from generous partners.

    Thank you for all that you do to support our students’ education. 

    Your Proud Principal,

    Mr. Aguilar

  • OES 8/13/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families, 

    We are excited to start the 2019-2020 school year with our students tomorrow, August 14th. Thank you to all of the families who attended our Back to School Celebration on Saturday. Class placements were provided to those in attendance. Thank you to all of the PK and KG families who attended Meet & Greet today. 

    Tomorrow, all families are permitted to walk their students to class from 7:35am to 8:00am. Parents who have not received their child's class placement may visit one of the tables, either near the back gate by the staff entrance, or by the cafeteria on the interior of the school to get their child's class placement. Then you may proceed to walk your child to class. Parents are permitted to park in a parking spot, or in the swale are around the school. You may not park in the fire zone. If you do not wish to walk your child to class, you may drop them off in front of the cafeteria at the regular drop off area. Never use the walkers entrance to drop off children from a vehicle. 

    Attached is important information regarding arrival and dismissal. This information is also posted on our school website. Parents must submit dismissal information to their child's teacher in writing. Changes can not be made verbally or via phone calls. The campus gates open at 7:15am every day. Breakfast is from 7:15am to 7:45am. Any parents arriving after 8:05am to drop off their children are considered late and must park and walk their children into the front office to sign them in. 

    Please exercise patience and demonstrate kindness towards our staff and one another. Let's take care of each other, our school and ourselves. That's the Power of Three. Remember you are your child's role model and they learn their behaviors from you. Thank you for all that you do to support our school community! 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email and I will respond as soon as possible. Thank you.

    Your Proud Principal, 

    Mr. Aguilar



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  • OES 8/2/2019

    Good morning Oakridge Families, 

    It is imperative that parents complete a registration form for the Sunshine Aftercare program if you are expecting your child to start aftercare on the first day of school. Please do this today by visiting their website as time is running out and space is limited. 

    https://www.sunshinefl.com/before-after-school-care-registration-form/

    Please join us on Saturday, August 3rd at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Hollywood at 9:30am to receive a free backpack with school supplies. There are also other amazing family activities going on at this event. I hope to see you there!

    Oakridge is a uniform school. All students must wear their uniforms, including the appropriate color polos, appropriate bottoms, and sneakers. The student ID is part of the uniform and will be provided by the school along with a lanyard. Uniforms will be available for purchase at our Back to School Celebration event on Saturday, August 10th at 11:00am. Uniforms may be purchased at any retail store location of your choice. 

    Please visit https://www.browardschools.com/backtoschool for important beginning of the year information. Complete the online forms for the Code of Student Conduct, Free/Reduced Meal application, and register to become a volunteer. 

    Read our Student Handbook available on our website and follow our school procedures to ensure the safety and high-quality education experience for all of our students and families. 

    We are all looking forward to an amazing 2019-2020 school year at Oakridge Elementary, where we are encouraging you to "Let Your Dreams Take Flight!" Thank you for your support and GO OWLS!

    Your Proud Principal, 

    Mr. Aguilar



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  • OES 7/28/2019

    Good morning Oakridge Families, 

    We hope you enjoyed the summer break and are now ready to begin another productive school year.  As we prepare to welcome students back to class on August 14, 2019, please note that our school hours are changing.  For the 2019-20 school year, our new opening and closing times for students are:  8:05 am – 2:35 pm on regular school days, and 8:05 am – 12:35 pm on Early Release days. Students in VPK will not adhere to these new times. They will continue to attend from 8:05 am – 2:05 pm. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15 am for all students.

    Oakridge Elementary increased to a letter grade rating of “C” for the 2018-2019 school year, and experienced an increase of 9% in lowest quartile learning gains in reading/writing, an increase of 10% in lowest quartile learning gains in math, and an increase of 33 points altogether towards our school letter grade.

    The new schedule extends the regular school day at Oakridge Elementary School by half hour, during which students will receive additional intensive reading instruction and enrichment.  The extension of instructional time beyond the normal school day is required by Florida law for students who attend the 300 lowest performing elementary schools in Florida based on the results of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) for English Language Arts. We are fortunate to have this additional time to continue our efforts of increasing student achievement. 

    Please note, students who will enter grades four or five in the 2019/20 school year and who scored a Level 5 on the FSA English Language Arts, may “opt out” of the extended instructional learning time.  Parents may contact Mr. Aguilar, Principal, regarding this choice.

    We are calling our extended day time “College Hour”.  Students’ attendance during this time is mandatory and they may not be released early. Please schedule important appointments on days off for students as their attendance is critical to their learning progress.

    Thank you for all that you do to support your children’s education.

    Your Proud Principal, 

    Mr. Aguilar



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  • OES 7/17/2019

    Good afternoon Oakridge Families, 

    We are excited to announce that our school has improved student achievement and accomplished increasing our school grade to a "C". As we continue to strive to achieve an even better school grade, we thank our families, students, and faculty & staff for their hard work and dedication to our school community. 

    Oakridge Elementary is currently accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 school year for new students. Our office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. We are closed on Fridays. We currently have 46 kindergarten and 22 VPK students registered. Space is limited and classes are formed based on enrollment so please come in and register the children as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly to best meet our students' needs. 

    On Saturday, August 3rd, the Tamara James Day will present Progress in the Park at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Hollywood. The backback giveaway will begin at 10:00am. 

    On Saturday, August 10th, Flaco's Community Gym will sponsor our Back to School Celebration and Backpack Giveaway at our school, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Please mark your calendars and be sure to join us for free school supplies and these fun-filled days. 

    In the meantime, please log on to https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict to complete your online free/reduced lunch application for the 2019-2020 school year. The application must be completed every year. Now is the best time so that students are approved by the beginning of the year. 

    Online school forms will be available on Tuesday, August 6th. Please visit https://www.browardschools.com/Page/38091. 

    Please download the Broward Schools ParentLink app and follow Oakridge Elementary. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. 

    We are planning for and looking forward to a productive, enriching and educational 2019-2020 school year!

    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