11/20/17 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:12am

Important Dates


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...

Greetings, FRES Community,

We wish to thank you for supporting America Education Week.  Our students enjoyed having you in the classroom. Thank you for taking time from the business of the season to join us. It made the days special!

Our Book Fair has been a huge success thus far. You have today and tomorrow to  make it all happen!

This week presents an opportunity for you to meet with your child's teacher. Please take advantage of this time. Come prepared with questions that enable you to see how your child is progressing academically. Take this time to find out how you can assist your child. We look forward to seeing you.

One last note, our Quarterly Pep Rally was a huge hit today! Students were acknowledged for efforts in Related Arts and Attendance. We had a terrific time. Our new Eddie made his appearance as well. This was our trial run. We will be sure to share dates and times for the Quarter II Pep Rally.  

Your partnership in all endeavors is appreciated. Thank you for all that you do in making Forest Ridge the fantastic place it is!


Genée A. Varlack, Ed.D,


Danielle Shanks

Assistant Principal


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

This year's FRES Spirit Days:
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. 

Parents, We Need Your Help
We have had an increasing number of students dropped off early lately.  Please understand that the only students who should be coming in early are those who are registered in the before care program.  Students may enter the building at 9:00 and are late if they are not in their seat in the classroom by 9:15.  Thanks!

Family File Update
Number of children whose parents haven't updated: 9.  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. 

Holiday Help
The winter holiday season 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

Do you have an orchestra musician in Grades 6-12? If so, please read below.

If your musician is interested in performing with the FRES Alumni at the Orchestra Winter Concert on Wednesday December 20th, please email Mrs. De Orio at patricia_deorio@hcpss.org with the following information...(the link I previously sent is not working).

1. First/Last Name
2. Grade/ School you currently attend
3. Instrument you play
4. Email address you would like your correspondence to go to

I will send out all music prior to the Thanksgiving break.

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

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.

Parents can also visit http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/locate for help in finding daycare.

PTA News...

Link to News from the PTA President and about PTA Happenings

Community News for Parents

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.