8 PVMS Virtual Visitation welcome video available at 8:00 a.m. with breakout sessions starting at 9:00
8 Pickup/Drop Off of Essential Items (see below)
9 Pickup/Drop Off of Essential Items (see below)
12 Pickup/Drop Off of Essential Items (5th Grade Students only - see below)
14 Flag Day
19 Half Day
22 Half Day
23 Half Day - Last Day of School!!
Dear FRES Community,
This has been a challenging week. We've found ourselves full of emotion, reflecting on what is happening in the world, and wondering how we can support one another. This week, Ms. Pazornik and I created a safe space for our staff who wanted to process and discuss their feelings with other trusted colleagues. This work won’t stop here and our staff is committed to continuing to have these difficult conversations. Last weekend, Dr. Martirano and Board Chair, Ms. Ellis released a joint statement. If you have not read it, you can find it linked here.
We know that these conversations are not easy, and we know that talking with children is even more difficult. We are including a resource that specifically addresses how to talk to children at any age.
Please feel free to reach out to any staff member if you have any questions. We are all in this together. Please stay safe and healthy. Have a great weekend.
PVMS Virtual Visitation
Pickup/Drop Off of Essential Items
Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 will be for all FRES students while Friday, June 12 will be only for grade 5 students.
Please refer to the following schedule to see the time of your pick-up:
Monday, June 8 (all students in any grade)
Tuesday June 9 (all students in any grade)
Friday, June 12 (ONLY GRADE 5 STUDENTS)
Please remember …
If you have any questions, please email Mr. Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Nurse Kay in the Health Room
Medication Pick Up is on 6/8/2020; 6/9/2020 and 6/12/2020
If you do not pick up the medication (or send an authorized person in your absence) the medication will be destroyed in accordance with HCPSS Health Services guidelines.
Epi-Pen warning for Impax Auto-Injectors:
Some auto injectors do not have the safety stop mechanism in place and there is a risk of over dosing of medication. See the link below for more details and on how to check if your epi-pens have the yellow safety stop mechanism.
Ms. Nowell and I look forward to seeing our parents and wish all the students a terrific summer vacation.
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
Dear FRES families,
It has been a very rough several weeks for many members of our community following racist incidents at the national level and at the local level. I am thankful for HCPSS leadership under Dr. Martirano and BOE Chair Mavis Ellis for their statement acknowledging the horrific incidents and the pain it has caused, and for stressing a commitment to healing and building a more empathetic and more inclusive school environment where all children can feel safe and nurtured. I know we have had to have some very tough (but age-appropriate) conversations in our home and I encourage everyone to explore the resources provided by HCPSS about how to talk to children about traumatic events.
Shifting gears, I wanted to thank the yearbook committee for working tirelessly to finalize the design of the yearbook. We think you’ll be VERY pleased by the final product! Look for the yearbooks to be shipped directly to your home at the end of June.
I also wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to Adam K., Carrie P., Korin S., Mrs. Schuck, Ms. Pazornik, and Mr. Conroy for working together to apply for a Phase 1 COVID Relief grant from National PTA (sponsored by TikTok) on very short notice with tight deadlines. The focus of the grant is to provide support in the area of Social Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health. This week, we got word that we are one of the grant recipients!! FRES PTA will be working with admin to plan an event for this toward August.
We have been looking for more guidance for conducting elections for next year’s PTA Board. We may finally have some guidance soon! Please see the statement below:
Message from the PTA Council Howard County
“…The document outlines steps the State PTA is taking and dates of compliance required. Of particular note is the section relating to elections. Early feedback from our local PTA survey indicates this is an item of growing concern. Earlier this year, we forwarded advice from the State PTA to place a hold on elections due to meeting restrictions from the COVID-19 virus. Later, an additional option for mail-based elections was provided by the State and posted on the PTACHC website. The most recent letter provided to our membership indicates that National PTA has provided advice for the State to develop electronic elections guidance and to deliver this advice by June 12, 2020.
There have been several inquiries about expediting the process. We hope that details and information arrive prior to the deadline, but in the meantime, we are still obliged to follow State guidance, just as they are obliged to follow National PTA guidance. It is suggested that local PTA units (including the Council) continue to operate their nominating committees to be best prepared for elections with the least amount of additional delay. PTACHC will share information as soon as it becomes available.”
In the meantime, we are continuing the search for nominees to fill next year’s board. Please see below for more details!
Have a great weekend!
FRES PTA President
The FRES PTA still needs several volunteers to serve on the board next year! Technically, as of July 2020, every board position in the FRES PTA will be vacant. To date, we've received some interest, but we really need more parents to step up and lead our PTA.
Would you like to get more involved? Submit those nominations for officers and committee heads now. Do you know someone who would be a great candidate? Tell us! Or, nominate yourself for a position. We will get in touch with you to go over the details and answer questions. Check here for additional information or to nominate someone!
Attention ALL 5th graders!!!
The 5th grade committee has been working hard to end the year with something special. The PTA is providing shirts for each 5th grader (as we do each year) and will also be distributing commemorative yard signs to our 5th graders! These are covered by the 5th Grade Activities T-shirt line item and the Red Robin 5th grade fundraiser. Check emails for more details about pickup!
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.