Forest Ridge Forerunner - School News
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Message From Dr. Varlack
Greetings FRES Community,
Did you know that: Our physical educators, Mrs. Goodwin and Mr. Cassard really have the pulse of our students? They teach with an emphasis on increasing cardiovascular activity while having fun. Last week they had the Pumpkin Patch Obstacle Course in the gym. The kids had a wonderful time using all their muscles in various ways while going through the course. To see the students working so well independently and following all safety guidelines… well it was pretty phenomenal!
Did you know that: Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up? We actually call them Student-shared Conferences. That is because our students participate in the conference and discuss their learning progress, goals they are working toward, any areas of growth and any support they may need. This process helps our student eagles take more responsibility for their learning. Our conferences on November 19th and 20th will be for Language Arts. HCPSS Connect will be available soon. to schedule your teacher conferences. To schedule a conference, you must have completed your Family File.
Did you know that: there is a policy for Wellness Through Nutrition and Physical Activity (Policy 9090)? Here is a summary of that policy:
WELLNESS POLICY - Foods and Beverages
Finally, Did you know that our students have both Tuesday and Wednesday of next week off from school? Involving them in understanding why we vote is pretty important. You may be surprised about the questions they may have. Next Wednesday is a professional work day for staff to work on grades and report cards. This opportunity helps us communicate with you the progress of your students. Report cards will come home on 11/14. Have a great weekend!
Genée A. Varlack, Ed.D.
Principal, Forest Ridge Elementary
9550 Gorman Rd, Laurel, MD 20723
(410) 880-5950 phone
(410) 880-5956 fax
Congratulations to the following students, who were our Eagle Egg winners for this week:
Hayden H., Aiden B., Anderson Q., Courtney W., Hazqueel B., Angel J.
Forest Ridge News...
WANTED: Enthusiastic, Patient Volunteers for Kindergarten!
Kindergarten is in need of parents to volunteer in all kindergarten classrooms from 9:30 to 10:30 and from 11:00 to 12:30. If you are available, please contact Dr. Varlack at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ms. Pazornik at email@example.com. Thank you in advance! Please remember that to volunteer you must have completed two trainings: Confidentiality and Child Abuse Reporting, and printed, signed, and turned in the completion certificates.
If you were not able to make the kickoff and are interested in supporting this awesome program by signing up for a day, or even part of a day, we are looking for YOU!! Simply copy the links included and paste them into your browser. Keep in mind, you will also need to complete the Howard County child abuse and confidentiality training online. Those links are also provided below. Also keep in mind that after each training is completed there is a certificate that must be printed, signed, and brought to the school with you. Finally, to help make the Watch DOGS stand out while you are here, we encourage you to purchase a Watch DOGS t-shirt. When you arrive at the school, you will be able to purchase one for $12 sizes S-XL, $14 for 2XL and $16 for 3XL If we are out of that size we will order and and it will be sent home with your child as soon as it comes in. You are also welcome to send in your money ahead of time and we will send your shirt home with your child right away. Send your payment in an envelope with your name, child's name, teacher, and your shirt size. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Craig Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen Renkevens at email@example.com.
PLASTIC POLLUTION AWARENESS AND ACTION
Forest Ridge Elementary cares about plastic pollution! Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form. Fifty percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away, and enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. Plastic is a growing problem, and Forest Ridge Elementary’s student Green Teams, along with the Green School committee, want to make students and the community aware of this issue and take action. We will be implementing Straw-Free Fridays this fall to compliment Trash-Free Fridays. Students will be researching this topic and sharing their newly acquired knowledge in the Forest Ridge Forerunner. During lunch shifts, all students will have the opportunity to view a presentation on the negative impact of plastic pollution on our environment. Stay tuned!
Reminders from the Office
GT Parent Academy
On Thursday November 8 at 7-8:30pm at Mount Hebron High School (9440 Old Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD) the The Howard County Gifted and Talented Education Program Parent Academy is hosting a discussion on "Navigating the College Admissions Process." In this session, discover how to prioritize the things that can best impact the process, focusing conversations and energy on the things that matter most. We’ll review important steps for preparation, key conversations to have as a family, and the best ways to prepare for the outcomes." Check out the flyer here.