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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
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
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.
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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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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/