February 12, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 9:51am

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Important Dates

February 12          Staff Workday - schools closed for students
February 15           Presidents' Day Holiday - schools and offices closed

February 15-19     Kindness Challenge Week (see below, and on Mrs. Schuck's page)
February 17           10:30 & 1:00 MAP Make-up (all grades, reading & math)
February 25           3-hour early dismissal (recently added)
February 26           3-hour early dismissal (recently added)
March 13
               Community Clean-up Day

From Our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

We hope everyone is enjoying this snowy weather.  This week has been a busy week.  Thank you to all the families that completed the commitment form with your instructional preference after March 1st.  Our staff is busy preparing for the hybrid schedule that begins March 1 while continuing to provide quality instruction in the present virtual model.  Over the next couple of weeks you will be receiving more information on the Hybrid Schedule. Please be on the lookout for emails from HCPSS, FRES, and homeroom teachers.  We want to thank you in advance for your patience as we work to move from fully virtual learning to a hybrid schedule.  Here is a Frequently Asked Questions link for parents/guardians.    

We hope everyone has a great long weekend!  Stay safe,

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

News From Mrs. Schuck
Don't forget to check out Mrs. Schuck's Guidance Page Here!

Let’s Celebrate Kindness with a Kindness Challenge Week!

February 15th-19th! Take a picture to document participation and get featured on Ms. Schuck’s Canvas page AND on a bulletin board when we return to school!

Monday Feb 15th (closed for President’s day)
Peace Love & Kindness DAY! Wear tye dye (OR your favorite colors)!

Tuesday Feb 16th
Powered by Kindness DAY! Dress like a superhero!!! 

Wednesday Feb 17th
Random Acts of Kindness DAY! What can you do for someone else today? Take a picture if you can!

Thursday Feb 18th
Dreaming of Kindness PAJAMA DAY! 

Friday Feb 19th
“Hats off” to kindness! Wear a HAT DAY! 

Looking For Monitors
Are you interested in working at Forest Ridge?  We are currently hiring for multiple positions!

Lunch/recess monitor position

  • This position would begin on March 1st for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • The hours are 11:25 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
  • The pay rate is $14.25/hour.

Classroom monitor position 

  • This position would begin on March 1st  
  • The hours would be 9:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. (M,T,TH,F) and 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays 
  • The pay rate is $14.25/hour. 

Close adult support to some of our special education students.

  • For the special ed position, you would apply through an outside agency that staffs these positions in our schools. 
  • The position is for 6 hours M, T, Th, F and 3 hours on Wednesday
  • We also frequently need subs for this role, as well.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Ivye Pazornik (ivye_pazornik@hcpss.org) to schedule an interview.

Thank you!

From our GT Teachers and the Green Team
Virtual learning can't stop us from Going Green! Members of the FRES Green Team have created a reminder sign that you can use at home. We all know how important it is to be frequently washing our hands. Well, we can also use best practices to save energy while washing our hands. This reminder sign will help you to remember to save energy while practicing good hand washing. Included with this at home reminder sign is a challenge from our Green Team. Can you create an at home reminder sign of your own? Send you creative, colorful energy saving reminder signs to susan_hogan@hcpss.org or kimberly_clawson@hcpss.org. The winner will be posted in March. Check out the reminder signs and challenge HERE!  Have fun and Go Green!!

From the Health Room
If your child is returning to the school building this spring and requires medication to be given during school hours, please have your child's doctor complete the appropriate medication administration form(s) attached.
Medications must be brought to the health room by a parent in the original container with a prescription label with your child's name and correct medication information.  Parents must also sign the doctor order form. 
If you have already emailed Mrs. Morris your child's medication forms, only medication needs to be brought to the health room.
Diabetes Medication Form
Epinephrine Form
General Medication Administration Form
Thank you,
Mrs. Morris and Ms. Nowell

Is your Family File up to date?
In preparation for the return of students on March 1, please make sure your emergency information is up to date in the Family File.  Follow these instructions:

1.  Visit www.hcpss.org/connect
2.  Log in to your account. (User name = your email address)
3.  You will see a list of options on the left side of the screen.  At the bottom of the list, choose "More Options" and then "Family File."
4.  Follow the prompts to update the information. 
5.  You will receive a confirmation upon successful completion of the Family File.

* If it is not allowing you to click "Next" on a particular page, there is information missing. 

* If you have more than one child at FRES, please be sure to update information for all of your children.
Thank you for your help!

Announcing:  Virtual Lunch Bunches!
We are excited to announce that we will begin virtual lunch bunches with each grade level.  We would like to provide time for the students to socialize and interact with each other weekly. So bring a lunch and/or just come visit with friends and teachers.  This will begin the week of January 25th.  

Here is the schedule and codes:

Kindergarten:    Mondays 11:45-12:05pm            fres-lunch-grk

3rd grade:          Mondays 11:45-12:05pm           fres-lunch-gr3

1st grade:           Tuesdays 11:45-12:05pm           fres-lunch-gr1

4th grade:          Tuesdays 11:45-12:05pm          fres-lunch-gr4

2nd grade:         Thursdays 11:45-12:05pm         fres-lunch-gr2

5th grade:          Thursdays 11:45-12:05pm         fres-lunch-gr5

We hope to see your child there!  Thank you for your support.

K-5 2021-22 New Student Registration Open Now and PreK Registration Coming Soon
Registration is online.  Visit www.hcpss.org/enroll for information and to register.  Note:  If your child is currently enrolled at FRES and will continue to attend next year, you do not need to re-register.  Your child will automatically be "rolled over" into the new school year.

Families are encouraged to visit the Grade K Family and Community Resources page for more information about the kindergarten instructional program and ways families can support their children at home.

Pre-K Registration begins the week of March 15, 2021.

The Prekindergarten Family and Community Resources page also contains resources for families and providers for children currently in their prekindergarten year.

Inclement Weather Policy for 2020-21 School 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.

Interested in a Tutor?
My name is Enny Ayo-Gbenjo and I am a senior at Reservoir High School. I am currently one of the chairpersons of the Goal-Setting Committee in Reservoir's Scholars Leadership Program. We are planning to offer a tutoring opportunity at the start of the second semester (February). This program will be at no cost to students! Students and families who are interested can fill out this Google Form for more information:

 If you have any questions, please reach out to e.ayogb1102@gmail.com or denise_thomas@hcpss.org.

The North Laurel/Savage MutliService Center (9900 Washington Blvd, Laurel) is running a food pantry weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-4, and every third Saturday of the month from 9-1. Please reach out to Ms. Schuck if you need assistance with transportation or have other needs at this time!
View the flyer in English
View the flyer in Spanish

In the Community...


New HCPSS Community News and Programs Site: 

In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.”

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org.

Community News and Programs
Be sure to check out the Howard County Community News and Programs page here!