Mental Health Awareness Month
14 Flag Day
19 Half Day
22 Half Day
23 Half Day - Last Day of School!!
Greetings, FRES Community!
Pick Up of Items
Because school staff will have to individually retrieve each requested item from within the building, we are only able to accommodate requests to pick up high priority items at this time. Please be assured that other items will be returned to students once school resumes in school buildings, even if your child transfers to a different HCPSS school in the fall.
Examples of high priority items that can be picked up during this time include:
Collection of School System Property
If your child will remain enrolled in an HCPSS school for the 2020-21 school year: Once school resumes in school buildings, students will bring their school system property to whatever school they attend and it will be collected and redistributed to its original location. There is nothing that families need to do, even if your student is moving on to middle school or your student is moving to a new school within HCPSS.
If your child will not be attending any HCPSS school for the 2020-21 school year: Students leaving HCPSS, regardless of grade, will need to return HCPSS property during their designated time provided.
Please complete the FRES Student Item Pick Up/Drop Off Request form if you have school system property that needs to be returned or picked up.
Scott Conroy, Principal
From Nurse Kay in the Health Room
Important health room information for 5th Grade Parents:
Our Nurse Practitioner can provide the following services:
Congratulations fifth graders. Ms. Nowell and I will miss you!
Need Help with Technology?
We have a number of videos that we put together for you to reference if you are having difficulty.
If you need to recover your username or password, click here.
If you need assistance with Google Meet, click here.
This document can be used as a resource for Google Meet as well.
We are still wishing happy birthday to our FRES students during this new distance learning phase! Select this link for this past week's celebrations!
Services from our School Counselor and Psychologist
Howard County Library Resources
New Continuity of Learning Website and Help Function.
The HCPSS' Continuity of Learning website has been restructured to give you an even more user-friendly and easily navigated resource, providing information essential for ensuring students continue to learn and thrive. The new site features pages with schedules and information dedicated to high school seniors and students at each level. All of our previous content remains online and can be accessed via the new Continuity of Learning site.
There is also a new HCPSS Help site, which is grouped by subject to allow quicker and easier navigation, and includes a convenient new keyword search function. This new Help site will make it easier for parents, students, staff and community members to quickly find answers to their most frequently-asked questions.
Food Access Resources - Please see the following links for resources that you and your family can access as we continue through this time.
Free Grab N Go Meals
Free Grab-N-Go meals are served weekdays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to anyone age 18 and under and/or any HCPSS student at Forest Ridge Elementary. Participants are encouraged to bring bags to carry meals home. Please note that parents/guardians may pick up meals for their children, who do not need to be present. Social distancing is in place during meal distribution.
Want to Receive Text Messages from HCPSS?
To receive text messages from HCPSS, please text the word "YES" to 67587 from the cell phone number on file in HCPSS Connect.
Canvas and Canvas Announcements
Teachers have and will continue to send messages to students using Canvas. Visit https://www.hcpss.org/connect/faq/#notify to ensure that your child is set up to receive notifications. This page is also a great resource to make sure that you understand Canvas and Synergy. Parents/guardians unfamiliar with Canvas may find it helpful to review the features in this Canvas Orientation.
Account Self-Service for Students
Students now have the ability to retrieve their usernames and reset passwords, independent of teachers and staff. Directions on using self-service can be found online.
Comcast has opened free access to its Xfinity WiFi network, making hotspots across the country available to anyone, including non-subscribers, at no cost. Search by zip code or city to find a hotspot near you at wifi.xfinity.com. Comcast is also providing low cost internet access to eligible families through its Comcast Internet Essentials program.
Supporting Language Needs
Find information on the ways that HCPSS is supporting the language needs of families through in-person and online resources.
Special Education Continuity of Learning
This new webpage provides an overview of special education services for continuity of learning, timeline for service delivery and links to online resources for family use at home.