3/9/18 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 1:28pm

Important Dates

16 School Spirit Day - wear your spiritwear or FRES colors
20 Class and Optional Individual Pictures Taken (see below)
20 6:30 5th Grade Parent Puberty Ed Meeting
28 School Spirit Day - "Jersey Day"
28 6:30-8:00 March Madness Family Reading Night

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


This year's FRES Spirit Days:
FRES School Spirit Day MARCH 16th, wear your spiritwear or FRES colors
Jersey Day MARCH 28th
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

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

Parents, We Need Your Help!
Parent partnership is an important part of our emergency preparedness effort. Please review the attached "Parent Skills Inventory" so that we can call upon you if needed. Thank you!

We Also Need Your Help Enforcing Some New and Not-So-New Procedures.  Please understand that these procedures are for ALL, including frequent visitors.
The front door is the only entrance point for all visitors.
Important Do's:
Make sure you bring your picture ID whenever you visit FRES.
When you arrive in the vestibule, we ask that you buzz the front office.
The office staff will ask you how they can help you and your purpose for visiting.
Please identify yourself.  The staff member will ask you to look directly up at the camera.
All visitors then walk directly to the front office with their identification.
Each visitor will have their ID checked and sign in on LobbyGuard.
A visitor’s sticker will be given to all visitors.
Any visitor in our building without a sticker will be escorted directly back to the office by a staff member.
Important Don'ts:
Please don't allow anyone else in behind you unless they have identified themselves to the office and looked directly into the camera.
Please don't hold the door open for anyone who is coming in when you are leaving.

From our PE Teachers - Save the Date
Field Day this year will be on Tuesday, May 15th.  The rain date is Tuesday, May 22nd.  Many adults are needed to provide a active, safe, fun days for the FRES students.  Mark you calendars so you don't miss out!

From our GT Teachers
Interested in learning about the Gifted and Talented program?  For information about the GT Parent Academy, click here.

From our Reading Teachers

G’Readings FRES Families,

March is National Reading Month! FRES will be celebrating all month with a “March Reading Madness” theme. We kicked off Reading Month on Thursday, March 1st  with a “Read Across the Building”- staff and students all engaged in a reading experience at the same time. The rest of the month will be filled with: weekly reading challenges, opportunities to read to/with students across grade levels, and listening to (local) Celebrity Readers. The PTA is also sponsoring a very special student presentation from local, acclaimed author, Jerdine Nolan!

Our March Reading Madness Month will culminate with a family fun reading night on Wednesday, March 28th, from 6:30-8:00. We are inviting FRES family members of all ages to come out for a night of fun activities with our FRES teachers and Savage Library. There will be snacks and LOADS of opportunities to win fun prizes at activities like “Giant Boggle,” “Sight Word Slingshots,” Comprehension Make and Takes, AND MUCH MORE! In addition to prizes, every family in attendance will go home with a NEW BOOK!!

ALL FRES families are invited to attend. In order to help us be properly prepared, please follow the link to RSVP your family. We look forward to seeing you!!!

Media Moments
Make sure you are FOLLOWING @fres_media on TWITTER!  We tweet out different class and school activities to keep you updated!  Whoever is our 100th follower will win a PRIZE! Also head on over to our website for our Award Winner installment of WHAT ARE WE READING?!   

Class Picture and Optional Individual Pictures Will Be Taken on Tuesday, March 20
Our spring class pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 20.  You may also have individual pictures taken if you wish.  Paper flyers will be sent home on Thursday, 3/15.  Click here for an electronic copy.  and money envelopes will go home on Monday, March 19.  Your child should hand their money envelope to the photographer when their class has their picture taken.  If your child forgets his/her money, you may send it in the next day (for class pictures only). 

HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3rd-5th grades.  Using running as a base activitiy HERO Boys inspires boys to discover the character and courage that resides inside each one of them to be brave, stand for that which is right, and use their talents and strengths to lead and set the positive example amongst their peers.  The school-based program is 8 weeks long and culminates with the HERO Boys 5K at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, including boys from all schools participating in the program.

FRES Contact:  Sarah Ports at sarah_ports@hcpss.org
Season Begins:  March 27
Days and Times:  Tuesdays 3:45-4:45 p.m. at FRES
Fee:  $75.00
Location of 5k:  Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds on May 20th at 9:00 a.m.
For more information about HERO Boys, visit www.heroboys.org.

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!!!!!!!!!

Calling all FRES Band Alumni!  ~ Celebrating 25 years of FRES music ~
Perform with the FRES band at the Spring Concert on Tuesday April 17th, 7:30pm @ Hammond HS. 

Sign up to play here (https://goo.gl/forms/MvcuKUGLZVQrhBlt1) by March 23.

Please contact Mrs. Pretzello at natalie_pretzello@hcpss.org with any questions. We can't wait to perform with you!  

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


Link to News from the PTA President and about PTA Happenings


FREE Dental Clinic
The Howard County Office On Aging is sponsoring a dental clinic.  For information:  English flyer.  Spanish flyer.

Teddy Bear and Me Tea
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders are invited to attend Girls Scouts' Paddington Bear: Teddy Bear and Me Tea on Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland, MD, 20777.   Delicious treats, crafts, songs and activities. Bring your favorite stuffed friend!  Coordinated by G.S.Cadette and Senior Troop 10076.
REGISTRATION FEE: $9.00 / $12 after March 9th and $2.00 per adult.  
Contact Gay Williams @gaywilliams12@gmail.com or call 301.740.0295.  

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.