2/9/18 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:04am

Important Dates

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
19 Presidents' Day - schools and offices closed
23 "Dress Like a Teacher" Spirit Day

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

Be sure to visit the Counselor's Corner for important information from Mrs. Schuck!

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.
  3. Want to opt-in to receive weather-related text alerts when school is late or closed?  Text the word "YES" to 67587.
  4. If you bought tickets for the Lady Terps basketball game, they went home with students today.

Inclement Weather Make-up Days

  • President’s Day is no longer an inclement weather make-up day and will remain a day off of school.
  • May 18 is now a school-day, as a half-day for students and half-day for school-based professional learning (articulation activities).
  • April 4, 5 and 6 are also now full days of school.
  • Spring Break will be Friday, March 30-Tuesday, April 3.
  • If there is another inclement weather day off of school this year, June 15 will be the make-up student day.
  • No final exams or end-of-the-year promotion ceremonies may be scheduled on June 15, as June 15 is Eid al-Fitr.  If this day becomes a student day, we will share an updated final exam schedule with high school administrators.
  • Because May 18 moved from a professional learning day to a student half-day, an extra staff day will be added at the end of the school year.
  • Staff days will be June 15 and June 18 (if June 14 remains as the last student day)  OR Staff days will June 18 and 19 (if June 15 is used as an inclement weather make-up day)
Media Moments
  1. Head on over to our website for our Black History Month installment of What Are We Reading?!  Enjoy our summaries on the website and let us know if you've read these books, too!  Come find these titles, other titles by these authors, and other titles with similar themes/genres in the FRES media center today! http://forestridgemedia.weebly.com/wawr
  2. This is a special note for all 5th grade students who are participating in the Battle of the Books competition. Howard County Library has removed one of the 13 book selections due to inconsistencies in publishing. The book is the Last Boy at St. Edith's. Emails were sent to the coach of each team. Please read that email for specific details and contact Howard County Library for further information or questions.

ISO FRES ORCHESTRA ALUMNI - Help us celebrate 25 years of FRES music!
To perform at the FRES Orchestra Spring Concert
Tuesday April 17th, 6:30pm @ Hammond HS

Please email Mrs. De Orio at patricia_deorio@hcpss.org
Include your
Deadline is March 16th!!!!!!!!!

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)                  
Register online: http://www.howgirlscode.com/register-for-spring-2018
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.