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December 24-January 3 Winter Break - Schools Closed
January 4 Schools Re-open
January 6 PTA Restaurant Night: Noodles & Company in Laurel
January 12 7:00 PTA Meeting (rescheduled date)
January 13 FRES School Restaurant Fundraiser: Chick-fil-A Johns Hopkins Road (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
January 21 PTA Virtual Bingo
January 28 Family Book Club
February 3 PTA Restaurant Night: Chipotle in Maple Lawn
Dear FRES Community,
As we approach the Winter Break we are reminded of just how appreciative we are for all the support and generosity our FRES community has shown over the past few months. We want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe winter break. Have a great last few days and we'll see you all in 2021.
Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik
Winter Break Meal Adjustments
Schools will be closed for winter break from December 24 through January 1. To ensure children have access to essential nutrition during the holiday period, families may pick up additional meals in advance of the break. Pre-ordering will not be available for meals picked up December 21-23 or January 4-6. See all service and schedule adjustments.
Elementary Student Workload During Virtual Instruction
Families, particularly of primary students, have expressed concerns about the virtual elementary workload including the complexity of asynchronous lessons, the number of content areas taught, and the number of weekly asynchronous assignments. In order to support elementary students with successfully navigating during virtual instruction, the following adjustments have been made:
Students will only have asynchronous assignments in social studies, science, or health during a given week. There will not be an overlap of instruction or assignments for these content areas.
Health lessons will be taught for one week during the marking period and include two synchronous lessons and two asynchronous lessons instead of five asynchronous lessons as assigned in the first quarter.
The length and complexity of social studies, science, and health asynchronous assignments have been reduced.
Related arts asynchronous assignments have been streamlined.
Media Matters and Tech Tidbits
FAMILY BOOK CLUB: The family book club is back and will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2021! The book selection is Me, Frida and the secret of the peacock ring by Angela Cervantes. Students in grades 3-5 are invited to join the book club. Thanks to a VERY generous donation from the FRES PTA, we have 50 free copies to give away to our students. Students can register for the event by using the BOOK CLUB REGISTRATION form. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. E at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your Chromebook has been having audio or video issues, try the Refresh and/or Reset process over break. The link provided has video directions to guide you.
Over the holiday, remember to power off your Chromebook and take a much needed break from technology!
Inclement Weather Policy for 2020-21 School Year
As the weather gets colder, we begin to think about how inclement weather will be handled this year. Please take a look here to get familiar with this school year's inclement weather procedures.
From the Health Room
Check out this flyer about pediatric eye exams with one year of follow-up for uninsured or under-insured children.
Wellness Kits: If your child hasn't received one yet, it is still possible to arrange a time to pick one up at the school. Please send an email to Ms. Schuck to coordinate a time.
Jan. 6 - Noodles and Co. Laurel
Feb. 3 - Chipotle Maple Lawn
PTA Request: We are looking for a donation of a newspaper vending type box that we could use at FRES for picking up/dropping off items. If you have any ideas, please email me at email@example.com
Feedback: Please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions either by email or via our suggestion box. Suggestions are anonymous, so if you would like a reply, please include your email address.
If your plans include admiring Christmas lights, here is a printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt for some family fun.
Have a great weekend, a Merry Christmas, a Joyous Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year!
Does Your Child Need Online Learning Help?
Four of our former Forest Ridge Students are offering to help our students with online learning, while working toward their Girl Scout Silver Award. Check out their flyer here. You can request their help by filling out their survey here.
Community News and Programs
Be sure to check out the Howard County Community News and Programs page here!
Reservoir High School Young Activists Toy Drive
This group of young people at RHS is dedicated to doing good works in the community. Check out the flyer here.
HCC Kids on Campus:
HCC’s well-known Kids on Campus program provides enrichment education for youth ages 8 to 17. Topics range from Art from Around the World, Roblox, Nature Explorers, Math enrichment, World Languages, and SAT Prep. HCC Kids on Campus has something for every interest! This could be a great opportunity for students to supplement around content areas they want to learn more about or need support in! Upcoming available courses can be found here.
A limited number of scholarships are available for families who need financial aid. If you believe you may be eligible for financial aid, please complete this application and submit it via email to NoncreditFinAid@howardcc.edu as soon as possible.