11/3/17 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:20am

Important Dates

7   Conference scheduling opens for parents at 4pm
10  Schools close 3 hours early - end of 1st marking period

15 Conference scheduling closes to parents at 4pm
17  Report cards go home
17  5:00-7:30 Family Book Fair Night
18  9:00-12:00 Family Volunteer Day:  Community Cleanup at FRES
20  Schools close 3 hours early for Parent/Teacher Conferences - Click Here for tips on maximizing your conference
21  Schools close 3 hours early for Parent/Teacher Conferences
22  Schools closed for students
23  Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools and offices closed
24  Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools and offices closed

Forest Ridge News and Events...

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

This year's FRES Spirit Days:
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

No Toys Brought to School
We do not allow students to bring toys to school, including fidgets, unless the item is part of a specific educational plan the child has. 

Family Volunteer Day: Community Clean Up at FRES
November 18th has been designated as Community Clean Up Day at Forest Ridge.Please join us from 9 a.m.- noon as we clean up our school grounds and learn about different species that inhabit our surrounding environment.  Please bring work gloves and come dressed ready to work.To register for this event, please go to http://www.hocovolunteer.org.  Look for 2017 Family Volunteer Day and click on the event hosted at Forest Ridge Elementary School.We look forward to seeing you there! Thanks for your continued support!

Federal Impact Aid Surveys Due Back on November 8
The HCPSS receives funds from the Federal government for parents who are active duty military or work on Federal property.  These forms are due back on November 8.  It is very important that we receive these forms back so that we receive the funds we're entitled to.  Thanks for your help!

Directions for Scheduling Conferences
Parents/guardians schedule conferences through HCPSS Connect. For assistance with scheduling your conferences, visit the user guide for detailed instructions.
Scheduling will be open from November 7-15.  Conferences will be November 20-22.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to review your child’s progress reports and report cards, and bring any questions or concerns.
If you are not able to participate during the conference window and would like to conference with your child’s teacher, please contact your child’s teacher via email.  Email addresses can be found on our website http://fres.hcpss.org/
Unless extenuating circumstances exist, and at the teacher’s discretion, conferences will not be scheduled during the week immediately before or the week immediately after the designated window.

From Mrs. DeOrio
Hi Orchestra Families,
With this year being the 25th anniversary of FRES, one way i'd like to celebrate is to invite all FRES alumni to perform with our current orchestra on our Winter Concert (December 20th). If you have a student who use to play in the FRES orchestra that would like to perform with us, please have them complete the link below. Our performances are December 20th, 2:30pm at FRES and December 20th, 6:30pm at Hammond HS. Students are more than welcome to participate in one or both of the performances.

Please have interested students complete the form by NOVEMBER 17th, so that I can send them music.


Patricia L-W De Orio, M.M.Ed
National Board Certified Orchestra Teacher
Forest Ridge ES- 410-880-5950
Follow on Twitter @FRESOrchestra
Author of Teaching Students with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for the Strings Classroom

Family File Update
Number of children whose parents haven't updated: 14.  Almost there!!  Remember that your child will not be able to attend a field trip until the information is updated.  The file must be updated by the payment due date on the permission slip.  Report cards will also be withheld. 

Follow this link for more information. 

Thanksgiving Baskets
Thanksgiving break is a nice time to enjoy family and friends! It may also be a time of stress as individuals try to provide the traditional family feast. If you or another FRES family you know need assistance in gathering the fixings for this year’s Thanksgiving meal, call us!
Pupil Personnel Worker: Betsy Fleming-Rice, 410-313-6650, Betsy_Fleming-Rice@hcpss.org

School Counselor: Alyssa Schuck, 410-880-5950, Alyssa_Schuck@hcpss.org

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

Howard Huskies hockey event for students in grades K-2

Savage Boys & Girls Club Basketball!
Click here for the flyer.

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.

Please note:  If the links don't work, simply copy and paste the URL into your browser.

Community Meeting
Tuesday November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Host:   Southern Howard County Civic Association, Inc.
Venue:  North Laurel Community Center,9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, NL, Md.


Representatives from HC will be in attendance
Contact Person:  Bibi H. Perrotte-Foston
240 786 5747

FIRST Lego Robotics is a series of programs designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  Forest Ridge has partnered with Department of Defense Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (DoDSTEM) to offer opportunities for a limited number of students to participate at various levels of competition.   There are 4 teams to choose from:

     FIRST Lego League Jr. (Grades K-4) - https://www.youtube.com/user/JrFLLGlobal
     FIRST Lego League (Grades 4-8) - https://www.youtube.com/user/FLLGlobal
     FIRST Tech Challenge (Grades 7-12) - https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTTechChallenge
     FIRST Robotic Challenge (Grades 9-12) - https://www.youtube.com/user/FRCTeamsGlobal

Please contact the local coordinator for these offerings at FIRSTLegoSTEM@gmail.com for details.