10/6/17 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:06am

Important Dates
10   Fall "Walk to School" Day
        Hearing and Vision Screening
12    6:30 Band Parent Workshop
16   Chick-fil-A Night (Fundraiser for 4th and 5th grade field trips)
17    Hearing and Vision Re-screening
18    Picture Retake Day 
19    Parent Reading Night
20    Professional Day - No Students
24    "Ready Rosie" for Kindergarten Parents
26    6:00-8:00 Family Fit Night (Registration starts 10/9)

Forest Ridge News and Events...

Be sure to checkout "Counselor's Corner" for Eagle Egg Winner news!

This year's FRES Spirit Days:
Superhero Day OCTOBER 18TH
Dress Like a Book Character Day NOVEMBER 17th (Family Night Book Fair Event)
Sports Jersey day DECEMBER 15th
Wacky Tacky Day JANUARY 17th
Dress Like a Teacher Day FEBRUARY 23rd
FRES School Spirit Day MARCH 16th
Mix and Match/Inside Out Day APRIL 27th
Pajama Day MAY 17th
Simulated Congressional Hearing Day for 5th grade (Red White and Blue) May 23rd

Picture Retakes Are October 18 @ 9:30
ABSENTEES & RETAKE DAY Tuesday, October 18, 2017
All students who were absent or are new to FRES since September 8 will be photographed.  Parents of new students or students who were absent should contact the main office for an order envelope if they wish to order portraits.  You may  also have your portraits retaken on this day if you are not happy with the original portrait.  The entire portrait package must be returned.  Please have your child bring the portrait package to the photographer on retake day.

Hearing and Vision Screening
Hearing and Vision screenings will be held for kindergarten, 1st grade, and new students on Tuesday October 10, 2017.  Hearing and vision re-screening will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  

Calendar Changes
The Howard County Board of Ed has approved a change to the 2017–2018 school calendar making the last three days of school for students—June 12–14, 2018—three-hour early dismissal days for all levels, including elementary, middle and high schools. The updated calendar provides additional time for teachers & administrators to fulfill their fourth quarter grading and reporting responsibilities. 
Find the most up-to-date calendar information in the 2017–18 HCPSS school system calendar online.
FRES Walk to School Day!
WHEN:        Tuesday, October 10th, 8:40 am. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event!!
WHERE:       Savage Library for walkers
                      Blacktop for before care students and bus riders
WHY:            To encourage healthy habits and promote our commitment to fitness.
*Be on the lookout for more information in the student folders.  Permission slips are to be brought on the day of  to be turned in at the Library before the walk.

Family File MUST Be Updated Yearly, even if the info has not changed.
This is for your child's safety.  Please take the time to update the file.  Your child will not be permitted to attend a field trip until the Family File is updated.  This will be strictly enforced.  In addition, your child's interim progress report or report card may also be held.   

Number of children whose parents haven't updated: 196
Follow this link for more information. 

Family Fit Night - Save the Date - Registration Starts October 9! Register here!
Mark your calendars for a FREE FAMILY FOREST RIDGE Wellness event….FIT2Order’s FIT Family Night!
When: October 26, 2017
Time:   6 - 8 pm
Highlighted Stations To Include Kid Friendly Boot Camp, Martial Arts, Zumba, Yoga, Dance Party Finale, Parent Nutrition Workshop, and Wellness Tables.  Click on the links below for more information.

Daycare Providers in Our District
As a service to our parents, we advertise daycare providers who are located in the Forest Ridge district:

Saira Ali
License #250550
Ages 6 weeks to 12 Years; Before & After School Care
Uses a State-Approved Curriculum
Phone:  240-463-8333

Jigna Bhatt(Just Like Mom Daycare)
Loving and caring, just like mom
Licensed day care in Stone Lake community
Care available for kids 2 years and older
Lic# 16-0504

Christine Hernandez (Christine's Family Daycare)
license  #130138
8 weeks & older
I can provide before/after care but I do not transport children to/from school. I watch school age children over the summer as well
Hours 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PTA News...

Link to News from the PTA President and about PTA Happenings

Community News for Parents

Happenings at the North Laurel Multiservice Center (MSC) - 9900 Washington Boulevard, Suite I
Thanksgiving Help - Howard County residents can REGISTER to receive a free turkey and a box of non-perishables at MSC on Tuesday, October 17, 9-3.
Free Clothing - FREE clothing for all ages, infant to adult, Saturday, October 28, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723
WIC enrollment at the North Laurel Multiservice Center, 9900 Washington Boulevard, Suite I every Tuesday from 12:30pm-4pm. 

Mental Health First Aid Training
October 6, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In this eight-hour course, you will learn how to apply a five-step action plan to situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal or assisting an individual who has overdosed. This is the adult version of the training. For more information on this training go to https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/

Cost: Free to people who live or work in Howard County; $69 for others
: Appropriate for adult learners 18 and older
When: Friday, October 6, 2017 from 8:30 AM-5:00PM
Where: Horizon Foundation Offices

Please visit the Community News and Programs page at:
http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/ for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

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