April 9, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 1:52pm

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Important Dates

April 12                       6:00 p.m.  PTA Meeting (changed from 7:00)
April 14                     9-11 a.m. Jumprope pickup in the car loop for those who don't have a jumprope for PE
April 19                     Spirit Night: - Maiwand Kabob - Maple Lawn          
April 27                     Group "A" and "E" Picture Day
April 28                     "Virtual" Students' Picture Day (by appointment - sign-up link coming soon)
April 29                     Group "B" Picture Day

From Our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break!  We are so glad to have our students back in the building.  Just a reminder that the third quarter ends on Wednesday so any incomplete assignments should be completed by then. 

Log in to Express Your Interest in the HCPSS 2021-2022 Digital Education Center
The Howard County Public School System is planning for a virtual school option for students entering grades K-12 who wish to learn virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Your interest at this time will help facilitate planning. Read more

Ramadan begins the evening of April 12th this year.  Any students who are fasting and attending school in-person may request to be in an alternative location during their lunch period.

Please email Mrs. Tordella (heather_tordella@hcpss.org) or Mrs. Edmondson (loreal_edmondson@hcpss.org) if you would like for your child to join them in the Media Center during their scheduled lunch time.  Please have your child bring a quiet activity from home to work on (book, coloring pages, etc.)  Thank you!

Enjoy your weekend,

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

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

From our GT Teachers
will be offered during 4th quarter for grades 2-5. All applications are due by April 16. Are you interested? Check out 4th quarter GT Seminars for more information. 

Recently, all 3rd grade students were reviewed for placement in the 4th Grade G/T Math class for 2021-2022 using multiple data points related to student performance, including MAP assessment data and class performance. Families of students who have been placed in G/T Math will be receiving communication from the school by U.S. Mail or email. 

If your child was not placed in G/T Math at this time, you may request that the school conduct a placement review with additional information that you provide. 
Placement Review Process: 
Please send an email to your school's G/T Resource Teacher by April 16, 2021 with details supporting your child's strengths and advanced-level achievement in mathematics. Documentation of advanced-level achievement may include:  

  • Highlights of related strengths and interests of the student outside of school in the area of mathematics
  • Demonstration of abstract thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Evaluations from consultants and test data from standardized tests administered outside the school system. 

The G/T Placement Review Committee will meet to review your child's performance data and the provided documentation. Results of the review will be communicated by April 30, 2021. Placement recommendations will continue to be re-evaluated throughout elementary school.

From the Health Room
We hope that everyone had a safe and healthy spring break. It is nice to be back in school and seeing the students.

We appreciate the outstanding effort our parents are making to keep our students safe and in school. We cannot thank you enough for keeping your students' home when they are sick, following the advice to get them tested for COVID, and following return-to-school guidelines.
Attached is a flyer to review with your students as they settle back into the school routine.
Our goal is to keep every student and staff member healthy. We can accomplish this if we work together. If your child has any of these symptoms:
1 of the following:
  • New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
2 of the following:
  • Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours.
  • Fatigue, Muscle, or body aches.
  • Headache.
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Please keep them home!!  Parents, if you have any questions and/or concerns please call the health room before sending your students to school. We are happy to answer any questions!
On another note, please pack extra clothing for your children. The health room does not have extra clothes to provide for students in case of an unfortunate event.

From the PE Teachers
Important PE Updates: 
If your child is returning to the building for hybrid learning, please have them bring a water bottle that can be refilled for PE. 

We will be starting a Jump Rope unit.  A jump rope was put on the school supply list at the beginning of the year, but we understand not everyone was able to acquire one.  We have been gifted jump ropes from the county to give out to students that need one, so we will be doing a pick-up on...
  • Wednesday, April 14th from 9-11am in the car loop. 
We hope that students can find a space (driveway, garage, backyard) to make this unit a success!

Picture Days - correction
Students who attend on "A" day and our "E" students will have their photographs taken on April 27; students receiving virtual-only instruction will be photographed on April 28 (appointments will be required; a sign-up link will be sent next week); and those students attending on "B" Days will have their pictures taken on April 29.  All orders will be placed online, sent to FRES, and sent home with students.  Parents of students who are learning virtually will need to pick the pictures up from FRES.  View the flyer here.  You can start the pre-order process here.

Media Matters and Tech Tidbits

  • The Howard County Library is holding a virtual Q&A with the author of Season of Styx Malone, Ms.Kekla Magoon on April 14th at 3:30pm. This book is a current selection for Battle of the Books and was the FRES book club selection last year.  To register, visit https://howardcounty.librarycalendar.com/events/virtual-bob-qa-kekla-magoon-author-season-styx-malone

  • Grades 2-3 Book Club: The Media Team is thrilled to announce our virtual FRES BOOK CLUB for students and their grownups in grades 2-3 on May 26th at 6pm via Google Meet. We will be reading “ Ellray Jakes is Not a Chicken” by Sally Warner. Register your student for a free book by visiting  https://forms.gle/AhwdabcDAyrL4DQh7 . * You must be signed into your student’s account for access.* For more information, please email loreal_edmondson@hcpss.org.

  • Is your child’s Chromebook glitchy, sometimes dropping the meet, the mic not working, or taking a long time for connection? Below are two suggestions that you can do to speed it up and prepare it for our final few months of school!

  • Check to see if your child has added extensions (go to the three dots in the  upper right corner, down to More Tools, over to Extensions.)  Extensions may make the cursor leave fairy dust, look like a unicorn or emoji, or have a colorful background.  These should all be removed in order to free up space, eliminate distractions from the screen, and stop interruption of the Google Meet files.  Students have not been instructed to add any extensions to their Chromebooks, and we can not support the technology if there are extensions used that were placed there by students.

  • If your child’s Chromebook is glitchy, please perform a Reset.  This is more than turning the Chromebook off then on again.  The directions for a Reset, which will put it back to factory settings and the initial HCPSS set up, can be found at this link: Chromebook Reset. Weekends are a great time to follow these steps so that the Chromebook is ready for Monday morning instruction.

  • Please remind your child that Chromebooks are for instructional purposes only.  They should be used between 9:30 am - 4 pm only, then put away until the next school day.

Thank you for your support and assistance!
The Media/Tech Team
Clair Wise clair_wise@hcpss.org
Heather Tordella heather_tordella@hcpss.org
L'oreal Edmondson loreal_edmondson@hcpss.org

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.

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten
The Forest Ridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) Pre-Kindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.  These classes include children with and without disabilities. The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills.   Parents of children who will be 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).  Applications will be accepted starting February 11, 2021 and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st.  

If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at earlyinterventionservcies@hcpss.org or at 410-313-7017.

HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, or in person).   If you have any additional questions, please contact Tricia Walls at tricia_walls@hcpss.org or 410-880-5950.

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!
View the flyer in English
View the flyer in Spanish

Also, Howard Community College is holding food pickup days.  View the flyer here.

PVMS PTA needs you!
It's that time again.  The PVMS PTA is currently seeking parents to fill positions for the PTA Officer positions for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone you think would be a great candidate, please complete the attached form and submit to the nomination committee at pvmsptamd@gmail.com . The nominating committee will correspond or meet with interested parents and will post a slate of officers-elect at the PTA meeting in May. The vote will be held in June. Please contact the nominating committee with any questions you have about the offices and process. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 30, 2021. 

Please join us at our May PTA meeting on May 13th at 7pm. To logon, sign into your students account and join on Google Meet using keyword PVMSPTA.  Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

From the PTA...

I hope everyone had a nice Spring Break! 
Monday's PTA meeting on Zoom has been moved up to 6 p.m. due to the PTACHC meeting at 7 p.m.  Meetings are open to all.

Meeting ID: 983 0999 7211
Passcode: frespta

Yearbook Cover Art Contest Submissions Due Today! 
We encourage 5th graders to submit their own artwork to be used for the front and/or back covers of the yearbook, see the attached flyer for instructions! Covers are designed by 5th grade students only. Please note with any back cover entries, do not write inside the "21" as it will contain student names. All completed art should be submitted to the front office by Friday, April 9, 2021. Submissions can also be emailed to fresyearbook@hcpss.org  A winner will be selected at the PTA meeting on April 12th!

Baby Picture Gallery: Stroll down memory lane!
Each year 5th grade students are invited to participate in a Baby Picture Gallery!  If you would like to submit a baby picture (kindergarden or younger) of your 5th grader, please email photos to fresyearbook@hcpss.org. Please format your submission so that it shows your child's face clearly in a 1 inch by 1 inch square. Your submission must include the student's name. This section is voluntary and absolutely free. Baby Picture Gallery submissions are due Friday, April 30, 2021.

Dedications: Send a special message! Family and friends can send their 5th grader a message wishing them success in middle school!  This section normally has a fee to help offset the cost of the yearbook, however, this year we are offering a free 25 word dedication. Space is limited, only the first 50 submissions will be accepted!  Dedication submissions are also due Friday, April 30, 2021. Please send submissions to fresyearbook@hcpss.org
ALL students can submit yearbook photos to fresyearbook@hcpss.org.

Indoor Recess Materials Drive: If you've started spring cleaning and have found extra coloring books, activity books, or individual brain teasers or games, please consider donating them to FRES for students to use during indoor recess since they will be maintaining physical distancing. Items can be dropped off in the front door vestibule area and will be quarantined before use. We are also collecting new individual containers of Play-Doh.

Wish Lists: FRES PTA has compiled an Amazon Wish List to help make the transition to hybrid school as easy as possible for teachers and students. The wishlist can be found at http://tiny.cc/freswishlist and can be directly shipped to the school. You can also purchase from another store and drop items off at FRES. Teachers may have classroom-specific wish lists. Some supplies have already begun arriving. Thank you for your support!

Casting for the Virtual FRES Variety Show – Send Us Your Video Auditions: Mark your calendars for the virtual PTA Variety Show Thursday, May 20, 2021! We are seeking talented FRES performers to cast in the show. Tryouts are open to all FRES students in any performance area, including singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, magicians, poets, solo artists and groups – the list is endless. Send in your video auditions to fresptao@frespta.org. Video auditions should be two minutes or less and will be accepted now through Friday, April 16, 2021. Questions? Contact Tangie Smith at tangelats@gmail.com

FRES Culture Fest 2021: Through Culture Fest over the past few years, FRES PTA celebrated the many cultures that make our FRES community diverse and strong. Due to the pandemic, this year FRES PTA is teaming up with Bushy Park ES PTA to join them for their county-wide virtual International Night over Zoom!! Mark your calendars for April 23, 2021 from 7pm - 8pm! There are many ways to participate and highlight your culture or country of origin!  You can make a slideshow about your country/culture or record a dance or special talent unique to your culture.  You can share recipes or crafts to represent your country/culture.  You can even recommend children's books that highlight your culture/country. To sign up or see more ways to participate, see: https://www.bushyparkpta.org/international-night-2021 For more information, contact Khaleda Hasan at kbhschools@gmail.com.

Grocery Rewards: Great news! Weis Markets has announced that grocery rewards will be retroactive. You can take the barcode into the store and they will link it to your savings card!  We are also participating in 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 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.

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers and leaders for several committees. Please check out the list and comment with your name and email address so we can contact you with more information. 

Save the Date:

  • Upcoming General PTA Meetings: April 12 (moved to 6 p.m. due to PTACHC meeting), May 10 and June 14 at 7 p.m. Passcode: frespta
  • Spirit Nights: April 19 - Maiwand Kabob, Maple Lawn, May 3 - Sweet Frog, Maryland City
  • Culture Fest - April 23, 2021 from 7pm - 8pm
  • Smart Talk Internet Safety Night - April 29 from 6:30-7:30 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. 

Please email Korin Sharp at president@frespta.org if you have any questions on this week’s update. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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.