Car loop behavior
Parents, we've had some incidents lately of parents being rude in the car loop (yelling at each other, not allowing others to merge). At school, we try to teach your children to be kind to each other. Remember that children are watching you. Rudeness and nastiness have no place out in the car loop. Traffic will flow much more smoothly if everyone works together. Thank you in advance!
From Dr. Varlack, our Principal
Greetings FRES Community,
This week, report cards came home. This was a great opportunity to converse with your child and help him/her set new goals for the third marking period. Goal setting is a life skill that helps us to hold ourselves accountable and measure what we focus on for improvement. Goal setting really does help to motivate a person. Join us in our journey of helping our students set meaningful, measurable goals that will improve their academic endeavors. Have a conversation with your child today.
We wanted to share a few items with you that you may not be aware of:
Did you remember that: Valentine’s Day is celebrated on Thursday coming, February 14th? Each grade will share with their parents their plan for celebrating a moment in that day. Just a reminder, if your child is sending in Valentines, including everyone is a nice, community building gesture.
Are you aware that: This week was National School Counseling Week and Forest Ridge saluted our amazing school counselor, Mrs. Alyssa Schuck? We tweeted out a pretty awesome picture of her in her glory!
To focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within our schools, we this past week, sponsored by ASCA, highlighted the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and set future goals! Please help us to continue celebrating Mrs. Schuck in the following ways:
Finally, did you know that: there is a Student Behavior Intervention Policy *(Policy 9400)? After reviewing the policy, please let us know if you have any questions. The policy is below:
The purpose of this policy is to define the process by which the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) promotes positive behavior interventions to ensure the consistent use of exclusion, physical restraint, and seclusion as forms of student behavior interventions in schools and to ensure that the use is limited to necessary/critical situations.
This policy does not prohibit school personnel from initiating appropriate student disciplinary actions; nor does it prohibit law enforcement, judicial authorities, or school security personnel from exercising their responsibilities.
From the Health Room
Important Things to Know:
From our Reading Support Teacher, Ms. Blackburn
WANTED: Enthusiastic, Patient Volunteers for Kindergarten!
Kindergarten is in need of parents to volunteer to work with small groups of students from 11:20 to 12:20. If you are available, please contact Patti Blackburn 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.
The week of Tuesday Feb-19 through Tuesday February 26th, our school is proudly participating in a student philanthropy fundraising campaign called – Change Matters – to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center – Howard County’s only 24-hour homeless shelter and crisis center.
Did you know that Howard County is one of the richest counties in the United States?
But even in Howard County, many adults and children are homeless.
You can help the homeless by contributing your small change to Change Matters. Your change will be used to improve the lives of homeless children and families at Grassroots. If you can donate, please bring in your change the last week of February and become a Change Matters Superhero! Remember that you are never too young to show kindness and make a difference in the lives of people who need help in our community!
How Girls Code: Rocking Robots
Students gain hands-on experience building and programming various models of robots. Students will explore how robots are used in the real world, and what classifies models as robots. Using coding Apps, they will build Lego WeDo models and will write programs to animate them. Dash robots and Ozobots are some of the other models we will be using in this engaging session. Visit www.HowGirlsCode.com for more information and registration.
School: Forest Ridge Elementary School
Dates and Times: Mondays 3:45-5:15 pm, March 4-May 6, 2019 (8 Sessions)
Instructor(s): Mrs. Kim Carey and Ms. Clair Wise
INCLEMENT WEATHER: If after school activities are cancelled for HCPSS, HowGirlsCode classes will be cancelled as well. Scholarships available!
Daycare Providers in Our Community
As a service to our parents, we advertise daycare providers who are located in the Forest Ridge district:
Ages 6 weeks to 12 Years; Before & After School Care
Uses a State-Approved Curriculum
Jigna Bhatt(Just Like Mom Daycare)
Loving and caring, just like mom
Licensed day care in Stone Lake community
Care available for kids 2 years and older
Christine Hernandez (Christine's Family Daycare)
8 weeks & older
I can provide before/after care but I do not transport children to/from school. I watch school age children over the summer as well
Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Science Fair News
Just a reminder that the Forest Ridge Science Fair is scheduled for February 21 from 6:30-7:45. Any student not in the Science Fair seminar who would still like to participate can request a science fair packet from Mrs. Hogan or Mrs. Clawson. This project will be completed at home and will need to be turned in on February 20. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are interested.
Our Watch DOGS dad this week was Mr. Jerome. Thank you so much!
If you 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, complete the certificate for each, and turn it in. Those links are also provided below. 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.
For Child Abuse- https://www.hcpss.org/f/employees/childabuse_ppt.pdf
From Howard County Recreation and Parks:
For Complete information on Before & After School classes, including how to Register, please go to www.howardcountymd.gov/afterschool
For Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners (2019-2020 School Year)
Click here to learn how to get ready for kindergarten, including enrollment procedures.