To opt-in to receive HCPSS text messages, text "YES" to 67587.
May 1 (Saturday) Principal's Day! If you have a chance this weekend, Mr. Conroy would love a positive message from our families!
May 3 & 5 MAP Testing (see below)
May 5 Deadline to Commit to Your Child's Enrollment in the Digital Education Center for Next School Year
May 13 Articulation Day - Schools Closed for Students
May 31 Memorial Day Holiday - Schools and Offices Closed
Please mark your calendars for our Spring MAP Testing:
G1: Monday, 5/3 & Thursday, 5/6 @ 9:30 - 11:30 during their ELA classes
G2: Wednesday, 5/5 & Wednesday, 5/19 @ 9:30 - 11:30
G3: Wednesday, 5/5 & Wednesday, 5/19 @ 9:30 - 11:30
G4: Wednesday, 5/5 & Wednesday, 5/12 @ 9:30 - 11:30 Math 5/5 & ELA 5/12
G5: Wednesday, 5/5 & Wednesday, 5/12 @ 9:30 - 11:30
News From Mrs. Schuck
Don't forget to check out Mrs. Schuck's Guidance Page Here! A new Counseling Newsletter has been added.
From our GT Teachers
Forest Ridge is awarded recognition as a Sustainable Maryland Green School!
Thank you to students, staff, and community members that have worked over the years to ignite a passion for environmental stewardship through different Green School initiatives as well as by example - at school and at home. Our hope is that efforts will continue as we strive to create habits that will result in a healthier planet. Go Green!
Are You Interested in Enrolling Your Child in the Digital Education Center for Next Year?
If you are, please follow this link for information and to commit for next year's enrollment by May 5.
From Our Nurse in the Health Room
Governor Hogan recently announced the lifting of the outdoor mask mandate for most outdoor settings. This applies to individuals who are fully vaccinated. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinated people continue to wear their masks in outdoor settings with large crowds such as concerts and stadiums. Student will continue to wear masks since they are not vaccinated. The mask mandate will continue during the school day.
K-5 2021-22 New Student Registration and PreK Registration Open Now
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.
The Prekindergarten Family and Community Resources page also contains resources for families and providers for children currently in their prekindergarten year.
Need Food Support?
The North Laurel/Savage Multi-Service 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!
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Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers and leaders for several committees for next year. Please check out the list and comment with your name and email address so we can contact you with more information.
Call for Two New PTACHC Delegates (to start in September 2021)
Do you have an interest in playing a key role in the FRES PTA, but don’t have a lot of time to commit? Volunteer to be a county-level PTA delegate for FRES for the next school year! We will need two FRES delegates for the PTA Council of Howard County [PTACHC] for 2021-2022 since our current delegates are moving on. You will hear first-hand about new developments at the county level, and how they may impact FRES and your family. The meetings are typically held the first Monday evening of the month in Ellicott City. Website: https://www.ptachc.org/ With two FRES delegates, you’d alternate meetings, so the commitment would be one meeting every other month to attend and report back to FRES on the highlights. With 70+ PTAs in Howard County, the meetings are large and held in a lecture-type setting. No previous experience is necessary. Please view the FRES PTACHC job description here. If you are interested, please email Korin Sharp email@example.com by Friday, May 14 . Thank you!
Box Tops – Earn Cash for FRES via App or Send in Physical Clips to School: FRES families can scan their grocery receipts for cash for FRES! Look for Box Tops logos on cereal, granola bars, Annie’s products, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Nestle water, Paper Mate pens, etc. Download the Box Tops app to scan your receipts; FRES earns 10 cents per product! Receipts must be scanned within 14 days of purchase; digital receipts (for online food purchases at Walmart, AmazonSmile, etc.) can be emailed. See boxtops4education.com for instructions and a complete list of participating products. The Box Tops program will continue to honor physical Box Top clips from products until they expire. Send any Box Tops into school with your child in a baggie or envelope. Or stop by the FRES building for contactless drop off in our Box Tops bin in the vestibule during school hours. Thank you for your support
New Spirit Wear Promotion: New Spirit Wear Promotion for April! Free shipping on orders over $50 with code SPRING21-FS. FRES PTA also receives a donation of 10% of all sales. This promotion has been extended until May 3.
Fifth Grade Activities: Zoom call will be Tuesday, May 4, at 6 p.m., open to all. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting link
ALL students can submit yearbook photos to email@example.com.
Indoor Recess Materials Drive & School Wish Lists: Thank you to everyone who participated in the Recess Materials Drive and Hybrid learning Wish Lists
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 and is for current FRES families.
Membership: It's not too late to join the PTA. Your membership will be valid until September 2021. Visit www.frespta.org/membership and it's only one $10 payment.
Save the Date:
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.
Please email Korin Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on this week’s update. Thanks and have a great weekend!
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 email@example.com.
HC DrugFree Updates for Parents/Guardians:
Free Parenting Classes: HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, partnering with HCPSS and the Health Department, will once again provide evidence-based classes for families to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will engage in risky behaviors including using drugs. This 4-class series for parents of 9-14 year olds will be held on Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 4, 11 and June 1, 8. Parents/guardians must register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCDrugFreeSpring2021 If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org. View the flyer here.
Receive HC DrugFree's Free Newsletter: To receive HC DrugFree's free electronic newsletter packed with information for parents and opportunities for students, go to https://hcdrugfree.org/enews-signup/