1/26/18 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:19am

Important Dates

26 PTA Skate Night (see PTA News)
31 Tampico Grill fundraiser all day to benefit 5th grade trip to Mt. Vernon - tell them you're with FRES!

2  Quarter 2 Awards and Club Day
5  Report Cards 
6  6:15-7:00 "Digital Citizenship" presentation by FRES Admin and Media/Tech teachers (prior to PTA meeting)

6  7:00 PTA Meeting
7  6:30 Grade 4 Math Parent Night
13 Chick-fil-A fundraiser at Johns Hopkins Road location to benefit 4th & 5th grade field trips - tell them you're with FRES!
15 6:30 Science Fair
16 Professional Work Day - No school for students

5-9 Registration for Kindergarten and First Graders New to FRES

Forest Ridge News and Events...

This year's FRES Spirit Days:
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 23

Chick-fil-A Nights for this school year (please mention FRES when you order):
Feb. 13 and April 23
These fundraisers help to defray the cost of 4th and 5th grade field trips.  We hope to see you there!

From the Office and Cafeteria

  1. If you received a notice about money owed for lunches, please pay the bill as soon as possible.  Thank you!
  2. Parents/Guardians of 5th Graders:  As we begin to plan for the transition to middle school, our school counselor works closely with our upcoming 6th graders to prepare their classroom schedules. The majority of our 5th graders will be attending Patuxent Valley Middle School for the 2018-19 school year. If you are moving or sending your child to a school other than PVMS, please notify us as soon as possible.  We are available to assist you with transition to the new school, whether it be another HCPSS school, private school or to a school out of the HCPSS district. If you are transferring to another HCPSS school, our guidance departments will partner to make the transition as smooth as possible.
    Questions about the transition to middle school?  Please contact Alyssa Schuck, our school counselor. 
    Questions regarding residency or reassignment to another HCPSS school?  Please contact Rhonda Hill, our registrar.

Does your student have a library card?  The answer is yes for all students!! Howard County Library System and Howard County Public School System have launched a new A+ STUDENT CARD to make it easier for all students to access HCLS eContent in the classroom, at home, or anywhere they need to do homework or research. The new A+ initiative delivers HCLS' extensive catalogue of eContent directly to the classroom.The A+ card is a virtual card. It can be accessed by having your student login into the public library via the hcpss.me site. Students will need to login using their technology username and password. Once logged in, the student's name and a scannable barcode will appear. This will allow for students to use the services online (the online account will automatically authenticate by following these steps). To use the card in person, just repeat the process on a smartphone and present the barcode during checkout. During media classes students have been/will be shown how to access their card.

From the PE Department - Hoops for Heart Information
If your child wants to get involved and win some cool prizes, check out our school website below to see how to donate online.  You can also see our progress!  The event takes place February 5th-9th during PE, with February 9th being the last day to turn in donations.  Thank you so much to all that have participated so far!

FRES 25th Anniversary Celebration Information
April 20 will be our 25th anniversary celebration!  An invitation went home with all students this week.  If you didn't see it, click here.

HowGirlsCode Class: Little Techies
Little Techies is an introductory class for girls in grades Kindergarten, First, and Second. Participants will use a variety of programming tools and applications to support basic computer science concepts such as sequencing, functions, loops, and conditionals. Students will develop problem solving skills while participating in engaging activities that encourage their logical and creative thinking.

Prerequisites: None
Audience: Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Girls
Cost: $150.00*
Teacher: Miss Speiser and Ms. Wise
Location: Forest Ridge Elementary School, Miss Speiser’s Classroom                                    
Dates:  Wednesdays, 3:45-5:15 PM, February 28 - April 25, 2018 (no class April 4)                  
Questions? Please contact  Clair_Wise@hcpss.org  or  Lauren_Speiser@hcpss.org
*Scholarships (Tuition Discounts) Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships cover up to 75% of registration fees.  See website for more details: www.howgirlscode.com

Need Help Finding Daycare?
Parents can visit http://www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/locate for help in finding daycare.

Daycare Provider in Our Attendance Area
Christine Hernandez
Christine's Family Daycare
License #130138
I provide care for children 8 weeks & older
I can provide before/after care but I do not transport children to/from school. 
I specialize in teachers' schedules.  Full and Part Time care available
Hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: in the Bowling Brook community
Contact Christine @ 301-221-4055 or tine1975@verizon.net

PTA News...

Link to News from the PTA President and about PTA Happenings

Community News for Parents
Is your child age 8-10 and interested in being part of the largest, long-term study on child development in the U.S.?  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.

Kennedy Krieger Institute may be able to help with your child's behavior problems.  Click here for more information.