PTA News

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:00pm

Hi FRES Families,

Thanksgiving is just next week? How did that happen? In the midst of all the running from place to place, I’m trying to take the time to be thankful for the many blessings I’ve been given. My first “baby” officially becomes a teenager this weekend. Now I feel old! I hope you all have a family-filled, memory-making Thanksgiving!

RECIPES, RECIPES, RECIPES! WE need YOUR recipes!! In honor of 25 years of FRES pride, the PTA is compiling a FRES family cookbook to celebrate the rich diversity of cultures we have in our school and community. Do you have a favorite recipe that everyone in your family asks for you to make? Do you just have something that is your “go-to” that you know the kids will eat? Do you have a favorite recipe that is an example of your cultural background?  Then we want them in our book. Collection of recipes is going on NOW!

Skate night date change!!! The originally scheduled skate night for tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 17 has been cancelled. We have scheduled a new date for Friday, Dec. 1. Instead, be sure to check out all the new books at the Scholastic Book fair during family night this Friday.    

Do you like pasta, subs or pizza? Then Ledo’s Pizza in Fulton is where you want to be on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Take a break from leftover turkey, and mark your calendars for the next restaurant spirit night! 

The directories are coming! The directories are coming! Be on the lookout for directories to be delivered right after Thanksgiving break. All paid PTA members will receive this essential document for free. It will have your child’s class list and a section with addresses. This is a great tool when planning birthday parties, playdates or when you need to ask a friend about an assignment. Keep in mind: only those FRES friends who did not opt out will be included in the directory. It’s not too late to become a PTA member to receive your copy of the directory.  Check out our website to become a member:

Holiday Shoppe is just around the corner and will be here faster than you think. This year, the Shoppe will only run for three days and one night. Children will have an opportunity to shop during recess times on December 5th, 6th and 7th. Your child will be assigned a day to shop, and unfortunately, will NOT be able to shop on a different day. We are offering one night of shopping on Thursday, Dec. 7. For more information, check the flyer that came home this week.   

Holiday Shoppe is a fun service we provide for students to shop for friends and family, inexpensively. It is not a fundraiser for the PTA and needs many hands to run. Please check the SignUpGenius, if you are able to give—even a small amount of time.

Have a great week and a blessed Thanksgiving!


PTA News

Upcoming Events and Dates

15 Late Fall Session of KidzArt Begins
28 Restaurant Night at Ledo’s Pizza Fulton

4-8 Holiday Shoppe

FRES to Commemorate 25th Anniversary with a Cookbook

The FRES PTA is excited to announce that we are celebrating 25 years of FRES pride by creating a cookbook filled with recipes from FRES families and staff. Each cookbook will honor our rich diversity of cultures and be professionally printed and bound in an easy to read format. The cookbook will make a wonderful keepsake, as well as a great gift for others, especially since students will be listed with their family recipes. Cookbooks will be sold for $7 each, and delivery is planned for spring. Your children have the chance to get involved too! Students are invited to submit artwork for the recipe category dividers. Find out more information about how to submit your recipes, order copies of the cookbook and submit student artwork at:

#StartWithaSmile - Support FRES When You Shop & 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, 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!

New Session of KidzArt Starts Nov. 15--Sign up Now!
When children learn to draw, they use wonderful whole-brain thinking and have lots of fun. Consistent participation in art classes calls on your child to solve problems, persevere and think imaginatively. Within each session, students will explore a variety of artist grade media, such as Oil and Chalk Pastels, Charcoal, Watercolor, Clay, Copper, Textured Papers and much more! Classes are Wednesdays after school beginning Nov. 15 through Jan. 15. Cost is $162 for the session. Register now at Or, if you prefer paper registration, download a print order form from our website at

Students Invited to Submit Original Artwork in the Reflections Program
Let's celebrate October as National Arts and Humanities month by participating in the Reflections program. Reflections is a national PTA-sponsored competition to encourage artistic talent in children. For more information or to download forms, please visit

Mark Your Calendars for the Holiday Bazaar
Save the date for the FRES PTA Holiday Bazaar on SaturdayDec. 2, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at FRES. Come shop for holiday gifts while supporting the FRES PTA, school and small business owners in our community without the hassle and inconvenience of malls or shopping centers. This event is open to everyone in the FRES community. Vendors or volunteers interested in participating, please email Kisme Williams at

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