Sept. 13, 2019 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 5:56pm

Important Dates:

13 7:00-9:00 First PTA Skate Night, Laurel Roller Skating Center
17 Hearing and Vision Screening
18 6:30 Back to School Night for Grades K-2
19 6:30 Back to School Night for Grades 3-5
19 Joe Corbi’s PTA Fundraiser Begins
24 5:00-9:00 PTA Chipotle Restaurant Night
25 6:00-7:30 Wellness Walk/Ice Cream Social (Bus Loop/Cafeteria)
30 Rosh Hashanah (Schools and Offices Closed)
9  Yom Kippur (Schools and Offices Closed)
16 Chick-fil-A Spirit Day (Johns Hopkins Road location)
18 Professional Work Day (No school for students)

Student News...

Prize Patrol
Congratulations to our latest group of Eagle Egg winners:

5th- Andrew D., 4th- Connor E., 3rd- Cory C., 2nd- Arin K., 1st- Jack W., K- Carlos R. 
class: Mrs. Lindenmann!
Keep up the great work!

Howard County Summer Reading Program
Congratulations to the following students.  They completed the Howard County Library's Summer Reading program:

Ayaan A., Jordan B., Yafei C., David D., Lily E., Connor E., Elli H., Jack H., James K., John K.,Olivia K., Noah K., Trevor M., Jonas K., Lilah P., Braeden U., Jeremiah W., Kadence W., Joshua Z., Molly Z.
Forest Ridge News...
Items of interest:
  • New monthly school counseling newsletter: September ESC Newsletter [2019]FRES.pdf 
  • Check out the GT Department's Instructional Seminar information on our homepage.
  • Chick-fil-a Spirit Days this year will be on October 16, December 11, and March 18.  Proceeds will help to defray the cost of 4th and 5th grade field trips.
From Mrs. Schuck, our School Counselor
Next Thursday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! You are encouraged to talk like a pirate, matey! Mark your calendar for Sept 19th, Talk Like a Pirate Day! If you choose to wear a Pirate like accessory, please remember to keep it school appropriate (please no weaponry or things too distracting for learning). Arrrr you excited?! We Arrrrr!"


Family File

We are now up to 84% of our families who have completed their Family File.  Parents must update their student’s Emergency Card via the Family File on the HCPSS Connect each year.  If you have not completed your Family File, please visit:

NOTE:  We have a number of field trips coming up this year.  If we do not have an updated family file for your child, he or she will not be permitted to attend since we won't have updated emergency information.

Technology News

Each week your child attends technology class where he/she is learning how to use various programs on the laptops.  Some of these programs require sound. We are not always able to use this feature because of the distraction it would cause fellow classmates.  In order to utilize the sound feature, we are providing the following options for students at FRES:

  1. Students may use a shared pair of headphones that is purchased by the school,
  2. Students may bring their own pair of headphones from home.

If you choose for your child to bring in his/her own headphones, please send them in a zip-lock bag with your child’s name on it.  Headphones will be kept in the classroom where students can access them for instruction or testing, and will be carried to technology class in a bin.

Canvas Information

HCPSS teachers use Canvas, a Learning Management System, for instruction and family communication at all grade levels.  As a parent, you have access to these courses as an observer.  To learn more about Canvas and to ensure that you are being notified when announcements are sent, visit

If you have any questions, please contact me at school or email me at  Thank you for supporting technology at Forest Ridge!

From the PE Department
Please be sure to read this important information from Mr. Cassard and Mr. Janasek. 

PE Welcome Back Letter

From the Instrumental Music Department

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students interested in BAND and ORCHESTRA
Are you interested in learning how to play an instrument and participate in the BAND or ORCHESTRA? Students in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade can learn how to play a string instrument in the Orchestra (violin, viola, cello or bass) and students in the 4th/5th grade can learn how to play an instrument in the band (Woodwinds, Brass or Percussion). 
****To register for this year long program, please visit  
**Information about the program can be found on the Forest Ridge Website
The deadline to register is SEPTEMBER 20th!!!!

PTA News...

From the FRES PTA President...
Hello FRES families!
We are two weeks into the school year already!  Thank you to everyone who attended our PTA meeting on Tuesday.  Special thanks to Mr. Conroy, Ms. Pazornik, CAC Chair (and FRES mom!) Pratima Lele, and BOE Rep Vicky Cutroneo for giving our families updates at the school and county levels.  We had a great turnout and discussed all the wonderful events we plan throughout the year.  Meeting minutes are already available on under the “About Us” tab.  Mark your calendars for our next PTA meeting on October 1st in the Media Center at 7pm.

The PTA will have a membership table at both Back to School Nights, so if you haven’t had a chance to meet us or sign up for membership, please stop by!

Next week, we are also sponsoring a breakfast for our Paraeducators.  Our para-educators work directly with our teachers and students to provide additional supports.  They are an integral part of the school and the PTA is excited to show them some love!  Please see below for the SignUp Genius link to donate items.

Lastly, our first Skate Night is tonight at Laurel Skate Center on Rt. 1 and Brewers Court.  Skate from 7 -10pm for $9, which includes skates.  Say you’re with FRES to get the special price.  Come on out with other FRES friends for an evening of exercise and FUN! All participants who use the FRES special price must sign a waiver at the door.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Khaleda Hasan, FRES PTA President

Paraeducators Appreciation Breakfast
The FRES PTA is asking for your assistance in providing our wonderful paraeducators a continental breakfast on Wednesday, September 18 at 8:30 am. We will begin setting up at 8:00 am, so please bring your items at that time.

Please review the available slots on SignUp Genius at!/showSignUp/10c054aa9a628a7f85-fres3

Free Preview Class for New After School Spanish Program
FRES PTA has selected The Language and Cultural Club (TLCC) as the new provider for the after school Spanish program. TLCC is self-described as “an exciting after school program for young children to learn the Spanish language and culture through immersion, music, and play-based activities. The course is geared for beginners in K-4.

A free preview class will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 3:50-4:50 p.m.  You can register at and space is limited to the first 20 kids.

The course itself will be offered on Fridays, October 25-December 13 (except 11/1 and 11/29) with a cost of $120 per student. A sibling discount is available. Registration info can be found at

NOTE: We are still in need of a parent volunteer for this class. Volunteers will attend each week and assist with classroom management. TLCC offers parent volunteers a 50% discount on tuition for their child.
For more details about the program, please visit You can also email or

Our First Fundraiser of 2019-2020 Begins Next Week!
Our Joe Corbi’s Pizza Fundraiser packs will go out next week.  FRES PTA is teaming up with Joe Corbi’s to help raise funds that will benefit our school and help us sponsor your student’s favorite events throughout the year. The Joe Corbi’s catalog features gourmet pizza kits, cookies, cakes and other desserts.  More details to come next week!

AmazonSmile – Retail Shopping Rewards Spotlight

Do you shop at Amazon? AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices, and features as Amazon with the added benefit that you can support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop. So you can now earn money for FRES for your purchases, at no additional cost to you!

Just follow a few easy steps to have AmazonSmile donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to our school:

  1. Prior to shopping, start each session with from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
  2. When visiting AmazonSmile for the first time (only), you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Search for Forest Ridge and then choose: “Pta Maryland Congress Forest Ridge Elementary School Howard” from the options provided.

You must access Amazon using the following link every time – – EACH TIME YOU SHOP for us to receive the donation. Please contact Lauren Giles with any questions.

Community News...

Community Conversation on Restorative Justice
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in sponsorship with the Howard County Education Association and the Restorative Justice Partnership, will be hosting a community conversation on restorative justice. The event will take place October 7 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in Rouse Theater. Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm. Please see the attached flyer for details.

 What is restorative justice HOCO flier.pdf 

Need help finding daycare? 
LOCATE: Child Care is here to help.  LOCATE: Child Care at Maryland Family Network is a free service funded through a grant by The Maryland State Department of Education which is provided to people seeking child care in Maryland.  Visit for more information.