February 5, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 3:38pm

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Important Dates

February 5         4:00 Report cards available for viewing
February 5         Parent/Teacher conference scheduling closes at 10:00 p.m.
February 10       Math MAP for grades 1-5 (9-11 a.m.)
February 10       Parent/Teacher conferences, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
February 11       3-hour early dismissal for parent/teacher conferences
February 11       Parent/Teacher conferences 1:00-4:00 p.m.
February 12       Staff Workday - schools closed for students
February 15       Presidents' Day Holiday - schools and offices closed

February 15-19   Kindness Challenge Week
March 13           Community Clean-up Day

Forest Ridge News...

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

Report Cards
Report cards will be available for viewing by parents on Friday, 2/5 at 4:00 p.m.

Conference Scheduling
The conference scheduling window closes on 2/5 at 10:00 p.m.  Conferences will be held on Wednesday, 2/10 (12:00-4:00 p.m.) and Thursday, 2/11 (1:00-4:00 p.m.).

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 $11.75/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!

Have You Completed the Hybrid/Inperson Learning Survey?

HCPSS has extended the deadline for parents/guardians to make the commitment regarding sending their child to school for all or part of the week (depending on program availability) and receive virtual instruction the remainder of the week, or to have their child remain fully virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. 

This extended deadline gives families additional time to review the answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions about student in-person return and other student-related issues, as well as a comprehensive new Hybrid Learning document that will be shared with staff, students and families on February 5. 

If you have not already done so, please complete the two-question commitment form in HCPSS Connect by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10. 

If a parent/guardian does not complete the commitment form by the extended February 10 deadline, the system will default to select that the student will remain virtual for the remainder of the year. School administrators are available to respond to any questions or concerns. 

If you need help, please call the school office at 410-880-5950.

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect
  2. Select "More Options" from the left panel
  3. Select “In-Person Commitment” from the middle of the page
  4. Complete the questions in the form for each child and select “Save”

If you need assistance in completing the form, or have any questions, please call our school office at 410-880-5950.

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.

From Our Technology Teachers - Attention Girls in Grades 3-5!
There is a National Coded Self-Portrait Contest open until February 12th. The theme for this year's contest is #CodeYourCity.  The contest is open for girls in grades 3-12, with separate grade level sections.  For more details, visit the website: Code Self-Portrait.
Happy Coding to all! ~FRES Tech/Media Team  

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Assessment - Please save the date!

The winter at home MAP administration will be delivered to grades 1-5 on:

  • February 10 - Math (9-11am)

First graders will also be included in this administration. Detailed information will be shared in the upcoming weeks for all participating grades.

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.

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.

From the PTA...

This week, one of the main things on our minds is the commitment form indicating our preference to remain virtual or switch to hybrid learning. You are not alone if you are finding it a tough decision. The FAQ section seems to be updated regularly and there are many discussions in online forums. Whatever you choose for your children, I hope we can continue to demonstrate patience and support for our wonderful FRES teachers and staff as we navigate these changes together. 
PTA Meeting: Please join us at our next PTA Meeting this Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. on Zoom . You do not need to be a member to attend.
Zoom link: http://tiny.cc/fres0208
Meeting ID: 983 0999 7211
Passcode: frespta
Reflections: The FRES PTA would like to congratulate Uma G.  (Award of Excellence 2nd Place) and Sahiba B. (Award of Merit 3rd Place) for advancing to the state level in the Reflections Arts Competition!
Spirit Night: Thank you to everyone who attended the Spirit Night at Chipotle. We raised $215!
Valentine's Day Event Update: Unfortunately, plans for a PTA activity have been canceled.
Grocery Rewards: As grocery and holiday shopping ramp up, please remember our rewards programs. We are participating in Weis, Amazon Smile, Harris Teeter (requires annual renewal), BoxTops, and Coke Rewards. Please visit https://frespta.org/ways-to-support/grocery-storeshopping-programs/ for more information on these programs that provide financial support to FRES based on purchases you already make. 
Communication: There are several ways to receive communications including www.frespta.org, the FRES PTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FRESPTA/, and Twitter @frespta. There is also a group that was formed for discussion and support https://www.facebook.com/groups/2135313649893726/ and is for current FRES families.

Membership: We are now at 78 members. If you have not yet joined, you can do so at www.frespta.org/membership and it's only one $10 payment for the entire year!

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. We still have 200+ kits to distribute.

Save the Date:
Upcoming PTA Meetings: February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. 

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. 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

In the Community...

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