May 7, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 2:24pm


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Important Dates

May 9 (Sunday)     Mother's Day!
May 13                     Articulation Day - Schools Closed for Students
May 26                     6:30 p.m. Parent/Student PVMS Information Night (check your email for the Google Meet code)

May 31                     Memorial Day Holiday - Schools and Offices Closed

From our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

Thank You Parents for a Wonderful Week of Appreciation!!

The entire Forest Ridge staff greatly appreciates and thanks the PTA and parents for the special notes, day of snacks, box lunch, plants and other gifts in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week! Our staff loved the Dunkin’ Donut truck parked in our lot this morning. The partnership between the staff and parents of the Forest Ridge community is greatly valued and appreciated!

Also, we would like to especially recognize our amazing cafeteria staff who have been working daily for over a year.  Their hard work and dedication to FRES is much appreciated.  HCPSS is recognizing cafeteria staff today throughout the county and we have the best! 

Just a reminder that this Thursday there is no school for students as the staff begins to prepare for the 21-22 school year.  

We wanted to wish all our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day this weekend.  

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Please mark your calendars for our Spring MAP Testing:

  • G2:   Wednesday, 5/19 @ 9:30 - 11:30

  • G3:   Wednesday, 5/19 @ 9:30 - 11:30

  • G4:  Wednesday, 5/12 @ 9:30 - 11:30

  • G5:  Wednesday, 5/12 @ 9:30 - 11:30

Forest Ridge News...

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 Nurse in the Health Room - Student vaccination opportunity
Does your FRES student have an older sibling?  If you have a child who will be 16 as of May 12, 2021, they would qualify to receive the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Through a partnership with the Howard County Health Department and Safeway, HCPSS is pleased to provide HCPSS students age 16 and older the opportunity to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. You may share this link with eligible family members and friends. There are approximately 2,000 appointments available for this clinic. All time slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Pfizer clinic will be held Wednesday, May 12, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Howard Community College, 5500 Dragon Pl., Columbia. 

Please use this link to schedule a vaccination appointment. 
The second dose clinic will be held on June 2 at the same location. If your child is unable to attend an appointment on June 2, then they should not sign up for the May 12 clinic. Your child will receive information about how to sign up for the second dose clinic at their first appointment.

In addition to completing the online consent above required to secure the appointment, your child must bring a completed consent form to the appointment or must be accompanied by their parent/guardian at the appointment to provide verbal consent. 

Please note, only those receiving the vaccine will be permitted in the building. Parents/guardians will be asked to wait outside the building or remain in your car unless they are providing verbal consent. Siblings and other visitors may not come into the building.

While not required, it is recommended that your child brings a photo ID, if available, to the appointment. 

If your child is unable to schedule an appointment before all appointments fill up, please be patient as we hope to schedule additional clinics for HCPSS students through this partnership. You/they can also try the Maryland state distribution website or the website of a pharmacy that is getting vaccine doses directly from the manufacturer.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the Howard County Health Department’s website. Additional information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Media Matters

  • Contactless checkout has started back up for 2nd-5th graders. Books will be given to students who attend in person after being reserved with our online hold system. Books for students who are fully virtual will be put on the cart by the front doors of FRES. Students have been taught how to know when to pick up their books. Reminders can be found on their media teacher's canvas page. If you have any questions please contact

Thank you for your support and assistance!
The Media/Tech Team
Clair Wise
Heather Tordella
L'oreal Edmondson

K-5 2021-22 New Student Registration and PreK Registration Open Now
Registration is online.  Visit 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!
View the flyer in English
View the flyer in Spanish

From the PTA...

It was a great week of celebrating our FRES teachers and staff! We started off with Sweet Frog Night on Monday. On Tuesday, our FRES families answered the call to help stuff the lounge with snacks galore. Wednesday we partnered with Jason's Deli to purchase lunch for all staff members, thanks to your generosity. Thursday we gave notes of thanks. To wrap up the week, the Dunkin Community Cruiser stopped by this morning to provide the teachers and staff with free coffee and Dunkin gift cards, while Food Lion Scaggsville and Harris Teeter Maple Lawn donated fresh donuts with FRES sprinkles. PTO Today mailed us adorable prize packs for the classroom teachers and the PTA gifted succulents, thanking everyone at FRES for making the year a "suc-cess." The week concluded with some fun raffle prizes. Thank you for your help in showering our teachers and staff with appreciation!
Deadline today! 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 Video auditions should be two minutes or less and will be accepted through today. Questions? Contact Tangie Smith at
PTA Meeting on Monday: Please join us on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. to vote on the yearbook cover, get updated on 5th grade activities, and learn about events and opportunities through the end of the year. 
Join the Zoom Meeting at Meeting ID: 983 0999 7211, Passcode: frespta. This meeting is open to all. 
School of Excellence Survey is Coming Soon!: The National PTA School of Excellence Program year end survey will be distributed in mid-May. This survey is short, sweet, and one of the requirements for earning our School of Excellence designation.  Please stay tuned for more details!
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: 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 by Friday, May 14 . Thank you!
Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers and leaders for ALL 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. 
NEW Spirit Wear Promotion: New Spirit Wear Promotion for May! Save from 10-30% with the code SPRUCE21.
Grocery Rewards: We are participating in Weis, Amazon Smile, Harris Teeter (requires annual renewal in August), BoxTops, and Coke Rewards. Please visit for more information on these programs that provide financial support to FRES based on purchases you already make.

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 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

Communication: There are several ways to receive communications including, the FRES PTA Facebook page, 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 and it's only one $10 payment.

Save the Date:

  • Upcoming General PTA Meetings: May 10 and June 14 at 7 p.m. 
  • Spirit Night: Olive on Main, Wednesday, May 26, lunch and dinner!

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 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 for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at

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 If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at  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