PTA News and Notes

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! 

I hope you all get a much needed opportunity to spend time relaxing with your families over this holiday weekend. I also want to take a second to thank all the men and women who sacrificed their lives and time for all of us to live in this awesome country. Thank you!!!

Can you believe we have barely three weeks of school left? You can feel the excitement in the air when you walk the halls of FRES! There are just a few more things on the PTA agenda for the rest of the year.

Our last PTA meeting for the year will be Tuesday, June 6. This meeting will begin a bit later than usual, at 7:30 p.m. It will be shorter than normal, as we will only be going over a few dates to start the year next year and have refreshments to celebrate a great year with our volunteers. The later start time is due to the Variety Show dress rehearsal being the same night. Dress rehearsal will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end by 7:30. (Whew, what a crazy night!) You won't want to miss our annual Variety Show either. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. Performers will need to sign in at the Music Room by 6:30 p.m.

Finally, to help you get ready for next year, PTA is once again selling school supplies.  You should have received a flyer/order form last week in Thursday folders.  If you hate the lines at that time of year, this is for you. We have requested all name brands like Crayola and Elmer's. This is merely a service to our FRES community and by no means a fundraiser. Order now, and your supply box will be waiting for your child in their classroom at the open house in September.

Have a great weekend, and remember to thank a veteran.


PTA News

Upcoming Events and Dates

31 5th Grade Choral Concert

1 New Kindergarteners' Popsicles on the Playground
6 PTA Meeting & Variety Show Rehearsal
8 Variety Show – Evening Performance

Mark Your Calendars for the Variety Show
The Variety Show will have two performances. All FRES families and those in the community are invited to attend the evening performance on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Students will be invited to attend a special in-school performance on Thursday, June 12. Parents and teachers interested in volunteering for the evening or daytime show should contact We will need volunteers to help out at the practices, rehearsal and both shows.

#StartWithaSmile - Support FRES When You Shop, and Amazon Donates
Do you shop at AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices and features with the added benefit that you can earn money for FRES for your purchases! Prior to shopping, start each session at
When visiting AmazonSmile for the first time (only), you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Search for Forest Ridge, and then choose: “Pta Maryland Congress Forest Ridge Elementary School Howard” from the options provided. You must access Amazon products through EACH TIME YOU SHOP for us to receive the donation. Please tell family and friends. Thank you!

Box Tops Earns FRES $839 for Spring Contest 
Way to go FRES students, families and staff! You submitted 8,395 Box Tops since the conclusion of our last contest in the fall. This translates to $839.50 in cash from Box Tops for Education!! The check goes directly to FRES and will be issued in December. This is an amazing spring total and we thank you so much for your contributions! Contest winners to be announced soon.


Turn off the Screen Week Participants 
A big congratulations to all the students and families who participated in seven days of Turn off the Screen Week. Nearly 100 students turned in forms indicating that gone without any screens for seven days. Way to go! Students who participated will be rewarded with a prize. Stay tuned for details!

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