Sept. 6, 2019 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 6:43pm

Important Dates:

10 Picture Day
10 7:00 First PTA Meeting – 7pm; Cafeteria
13 7:00-9:00 First 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 Fundraiser Begins
24 5:00-9:00 Chipotle Restaurant Night
25 6:00-7:30 Wellness Walk/Ice Cream Social (Bus Loop/Cafeteria)
30 Rosh Hashanah (Schools and Offices Closed

Prize Patrol
Congratulations to our first group of Eagle Egg winners.  They were such good role models as we began the new school year!

Kemonie A., Eric B., Kimberly D., Eli A., Lila M., Derek J.  Class Winner: Ms. Pazornick's class
Keep up the great work!

From Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik
Hello Forest Ridge Families,
Our first week was a huge success!  Our students learned their new routines and worked on establishing relationships.  We walked around and visited each classroom, lunches and recesses throughout the week.  It was great seeing our students back and engaged in learning. We look forward to seeing our families Back to School Night on 9/18 & 9/19.

Just a few updates:

  • In order to get our Kindergarten students through the lunch line quicker and with the help of the Kindergarten teachers we are switching the lunch and recess times for just Kindergarten.  The adjusted times are:

    • Lunch:  10:35 - 11:05

    • Recess:  11:05 - 11:35

  • Just a reminder we will be making adjustments to the Homeroom classes to better meet our students' academic needs.  If changes are made, you will receive a phone call from your child’s teacher.  

  • Please continue to review with your child their dismissal procedures.  Many students forget over the weekend.  

Have an awesome weekend!
Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Individual Picture Day
Picture Day is Tuesday, September 10.  Pre-order cards came home this week.  Picture money envelopes will come home on Monday, Sept. 9.

Family File
We are now up to 83% 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.

From the Gifted and Talented Teachers
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 by September 9th.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to call Kim Clawson or Susan Hogan, G/T Resource Teachers, at 410-880-5950 or send an email at or

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!!!!

From the FRES PTA President...
Hello FRES Families!!

This first week of school flew by!  I hope it was a fun week back for everyone. We hope your little ones love the rainbow highlighter from PTA!  We’ll have extras for purchase at Back-to-School Night.

PTA Back-to-School packets came home this week.  Included in the packet is: 

  • A list of important dates and PTA events.
  • Our annual report which highlights the many ways the PTA supports our students, staff, and families.
  • A PTA membership form.
  • A Volunteer form describing ways you can volunteer.

Finally, the PTA coordinates some retail & grocery rewards programs that directly benefit the school or the PTA.  Find out how the Box Tops program has changed this year and how you can scan your receipts to earn money for FRES.  You can also find information on after school activities on the PTA website ( 

This coming Tuesday, September 10th is our first PTA meeting at 7pm in the Cafeteria.Childcare will be provided for your students!  Come meet the Board members and committee heads and find out how you can get involved.  Mr. Conroy, Ms. Pazornik, CAC Chair Pratima Lele, and BOE Representative Vicky Cutroneo will also be there to connect with our FRES families.

On Friday, September 13th PTA will hold an evening of exercise and FUN at our Skate Night at Laurel Roller Skating Center on Rt. 1 and Brewers Court.  Skate from 7pm - 9pm for $9, including skate rental.  Tell them you’re with FRES to get this special price.  While this is not meant to be a fundraiser, part of the evening’s proceeds do go back to FRES PTA.  All participants who use the FRES special price must sign a waiver at the door.

Restaurant Nights provide another opportunity to connect with FRES families.  Be sure to stop by Chipotle at Corridor Marketplace (off of 198 in Laurel) on Tuesday, September 24th anytime from 5pm - 9pm.  Flyers will go out later this month.  Be sure to show them the flyer, pull it up on your phone, or mention that you’re there for the FRES Restaurant Night and we can earn 33% of the proceeds!

On Wednesday, September 25th, please plan to attend the Wellness Walk and Ice Cream Social.  Families will walk around the bus loop from 6-6:30pm and then head in to the Cafeteria for ice cream served by many of our wonderful FRES staff until 7:30pm!

We hope to see you at some of these events. Have a fantastic weekend!

Khaleda Hasan, FRES PTA President

PTA News...

Summer Activity Worksheets and Workbooks
Be sure to turn in your completed math summer activity sheet or summer workbooks to your teacher by Thursday, September 12, to receive a prize from the PTA!  Summer activity sheets were handed out in June.

Afterschool Enrichment Activities Vendor Change
Please note that Pongos Learning Lab has replaced Code Ninjas as the after school enrichment provider for coding this fall. The 6-week course for grades 2-5, Introduction to Programming, will still be held on Mondays, October 7-November 11, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. The price will be $96. To register, visit and enter password eaglesoar

Harris Teeter - Grocery Rewards Spotlight
FRES participates in Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program to help raise funds for our school. It’s easy and it’s FREE. Simply give the cashier our code, 7900, and your VIC card when you check out, and your card will be linked for the entire school year. That’s it! You only have to link your VIC card once each school year. Once your card is linked, FRES will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Organics, HT Farmers Market, and purchases in the HT Pharmacy) purchases credited back to our account. This program does not interfere with your VIC savings or cost you any money!  Thank you for your support.