9/7/18 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 6:59pm

Forest Ridge Forerunner

From the Principal

Greetings FRES Families,

We have had a super start to the school year. Our students are excited, our staff is energized and routines are starting to take place.

Next week we are hoping that the transportation issues will have been resolved and buses start to run in the manner that we expect. Your patience with first week arrival and dismissal routines is truly appreciated.

In the car loop area, we ask that parents use the sidewalk to get to and from parked cars versus walking through the traffic of cars in the loop. We also ask that you make available the passenger side of the vehicle so that your child enters and exits from that side versus walking in front of moving vehicles.

This week we had an opportunity to practice three emergency drills: Emergency evacuation drill; reverse evacuation drill; and shelter-in place drill (today). Students were made aware of the reason we practice such drills and that such practice would occur regularly. Please be sure to debrief with your child regarding the drills.

In addition to the drills Ms. Pazornik and I visited each grade level team and chatted with students about some of the guidelines that are in place to make FRES a safe place to be. We discussed topics such as: Alcohol/Drugs/medications; Anti-discrimination; Attendance; Bullying; Civility; Dressing for Success at FRES; responsible use of technology; our wellness policy; toys/weapons policy. The conversations were great. Our students really think deeply about these things and were able to participate in the discussions.

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you this week. We appreciate your partnership and the communication we have been receiving from you. Thank you for all you do and have a terrific weekend!
Dr. Varlack

Important Dates
10  Rosh Hashanah - Schools and Offices Closed
12  Individual Picture Day - Pre-order flyers went home on Thursday; Money envelopes went home Friday
12  6:30-8:00 Math Parent Workshop for Parents of Students in Grades 3-5
13  PARCC Reports go home
19  Yom Kippur - Schools and Offices Closed

Student News
Congratulations to the following students, who completed the Howard County Library's Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!

Zara A., Maya A., Kaelyn B., Luke B., Allison B., Vabei C., Grace E., Lily E., Mira H., Lia K., Trevor M., Zuri N., Emmett O., Jacob R., Elizabeth R., Shristi S., Trevor W.

From the Health Room:

  • If you have a child in Kindergarten, First Grade, or if you feel that your child would benefit, please pack an extra change of clothes in their backpack for any unexpected events at school.
  • If your child is experiencing nausea or vomiting prior to leaving for school or experienced nausea and vomiting during the night time hours, please keep your child home from school.

If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or above they must stay at home and cannot return to school until the fever is less that 100o for 24 hours without the need for medication. 

Thank you for your help in keeping our students, teachers and staff healthy this school year!

Mrs. Morris and Ms.Nowell

Wednesday, September 12 is Individual Picture Day!
Individual pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 12.  Pre-ordering information went home on Thursday, Sept. 6. Information is also attached here.  All children will be photographed, regardless of whether or not parents have placed an order. Money envelopes will come home on Friday, September 7. Please send the money to school with your child on Wednesday, September 12.  Your child should hand the money to the photographer when they have their picture taken.  Questions?  Please call Ms. Traini at 410-880-5950.

Grades 3-5 Math Parent Workshop
Are you interested in learning how we teach mathematics to your child?  If so, you’re invited to Math Parent Workshop: Multiplication on Wed., September 12th, 2018 at 6:30-8:00 p.m.  RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y9yw3zvd.  This workshop will explain the progression of multiplication in grades three through five.  We will be reviewing best practices and the strategies taught to the students in a hands-on, engaging way.  We look forward to seeing you!

PARCC Reports from '17-'18 Test Administration
Current 4th and 5th graders that took the PARCC assessment at FRES or another HCPSS school last year will receive their home reports on Thursday, September 13th.  Please be on the look out for your child's report.  

From the GT Department

  • It is time to sign up for seminars with Mrs. Clawson and Mrs. Hogan. Please read through the seminar information packet that your child brought home and decide together what seminars your child might be interested in attending.  Most seminars are held during recess times. There are a few that are held either before or after school. Your child can be motivated to attend by choosing something he/she is really interested in.  Applications and paragraphs are due back to Mrs. Clawson and Mrs. Hogan by Friday, September 21st.
  • G/T Testing - Fourth and Fifth Grade Students NEW to Howard County
    The Howard County Public School System is currently in the process of identifying students new to Howard County Public Schools for possible placement in the G/T Mathematics Program. If you have a child new to the Howard County Public School System whom you wish to have tested as part of the G/T placement process, please submit your request in writing to the G/T Resource Teacher bySeptember 12, 2018.  If you have any questions, pleasefeel free to call Kim Clawson or Susan Hogan, G/T Resource Teachers, at 410-880-5950or send an email to kimberly_clawson@hcpss.org or susan_hogan@hcpss.org.

From Our Instrumental Music Teachers
Band & Orchestra Registration.  Is your student interested in playing an instrument this school year? Students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade can register for Orchestra and students in 4th or 5th grade can register for Band. Returning students in 5th grade should be signing up for the same instrument they played in 4th grade. Please use the link to sign up online. A link can also be found from the Forest Ridge Website and the PTA website. Please make sure you have completed FAMILY FILE before signing up. The deadline to enroll is SEPTEMBER 14th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc9cUvVc3CoykOjASMNXOs6FzigWOr6Ig72EQrjkAWEQthbA/viewform.

In the Community...

At the North Laurel Community Center

Back to School Luau
Aloha! Grab your Hawaiian shirts and come celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new school year with us! Featuring a live, interactive Hula performance and dinner! Show starts promptly at 5:45pm. All adults and children over the age of 1 year old must register to participate. Preregistration is required. Info: 410-313-0458
$15, center member adult; $10, center member 12 years and younger
$17, nonmember adult;  $12 nonmember 12 years and younger
RP4409.101 All ages N Laurel Comm Ctr Friday, Sep 7  from 5:30-7pm
Scarecrow DIY
Get creative at our scarecrow-making event. Bring a baby-footed pajama outfit to dress your scarecrow; we provide the rest! Preregistration is required; children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Registration/Info: 410-313-0390.
3-12 yrs $10 center member; $15 nonmember
RP4408 N Laurel Comm Ctr  Saturday Oct 20 from 10-11am
Big Wheel 500
On your mark, get set, and go! Join us for one of the most entertaining and family-friendly events in North Laurel. Children race around an indoor course on big wheels, get their picture taken with a celebratory wreath, and take a swig from a cold bottle of milk. (Just like the pros!) Each child must bring their own helmet and wear closed-toed shoes. We provide the big wheels. Enjoy games, crafts and light refreshments. Preregistration is required.  Info: 410-313-0458.
3-8 yrs $10 center member; $15 nonmember
RP4407 N Laurel Comm Ctr Saturday, Nov 3 from 10-11:30am
Parent’s Night Out – Holiday Edition
Need a night out to get that last-minute shopping done? Drop off the kiddos for an evening of pizza, laughter and fun. Activities included games, stocking scavenger hunts, a hot chocolate bar, crafts and a movie. Preregistration is required. Info: 410-313-0458
5-12 yrs $10, center member; $15 non-member
RP4410.101 N Laurel Comm Ctr Friday, Dec 7 from 5:30-8:30pm