September 17, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 10:07am
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Important Dates
September 21 & 22 - MCAP ELA/L Testing for 4th & 5th Grade Students (see below)
September 29 & 30 - MCAP Math Testing for 4th & 5th Grade Students (see below)

From Our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

It was wonderful seeing so many parents at our Back to School NIghts this week!  If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child’s teacher so they can share the information with you via email.  

Just a reminder that we will begin MCAP Testing this week for students in Grades 4 & 5.  If your child has headphones, please send them in with him or her.  

Early Fall MCAP Testing for Grades 4 and 5
As part of continued COVID-19 recovery efforts, the Maryland State Department of Education is conducting an early fall student assessment.   The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) is the overarching term used for all state assessments. 

MSDE will administer assessments in the Early Fall for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) and Mathematics, as well as the Alternate Assessments in ELA and Mathematics for all 4th and 5th grade students.  

Students will participate in two 60-minute ELA/L units and two 30-minute Math units over the course of three school days.  Please see the schedule below: 

  • September 21st and 22nd 

    • Fall MCAP ELA/L Testing for 4th Graders, 9:30 am

    • Fall MCAP ELA/L Testing for 5th Graders 1:45 pm

  • September 29th and 30th

    • Fall MCAP Math Testing for 4th Graders, 9:30 am

    • Fall MCAP Math Testing for 5th Graders, 1:45 pm

For more information about the MCAP assessments, please refer to the following documents in English and Spanish. 

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

GT News
Fall Seminars are here! Science Fair, Green Team, or Unheard Perspectives...what will you choose?

Please use THIS LINK  to read about our Fall Seminar offerings and to sign up. Seminar information must be viewed using an HCPSS account.

Spring Seminar sign up will be available during second semester. We can't wait to see your children in seminars!

Student Belongings - We have already had several items that are lost.  Please label all backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, etc. so that we can get them back to the correct student.  

From the Health Room

  • The Health Room is looking for a few volunteers to help with Vision & Hearing Screenings on 9/28/21 and 10/4/21.  We are just looking for a few volunteers to help bring students to and from their classrooms and help with crowd control.  All volunteers must show proof of Covid-19 Vaccination or a negative PCR Covid test within 7 days prior to volunteering.  If interested, please contact the Health Room at 410-888-8811 or email our Cluster Nurse at
  • Covid-19 Self Screenings:  All parents/guardians are to perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. Students are not to come to school if they are experiencing any symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 or other communicable disease.
Last Chance to Register for Band or Orchestra - Deadline to register is SEPTEMBER 17th
Is your student interested in playing a musical instrument? Then join the BAND or ORCHESTRA!!! All students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have the opportunity to learn a string instrument in the ORCHESTRA and all students in 4th and 5th grades have the opportunity to learn a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument in the BAND.
To learn more about the Band and Orchestra program, please click HERE
To register for Band or Orchestra, please click HERE
Students who have already registered should have received communication from either Mrs. De Orio or Mrs. Yeager. Classes will start the week of September 20th without materials and all materials are required starting the week of September 27th. Please email Mrs. De Orio ( or Mrs. Yeager (elizabeth with any questions.

SuperSquads Cheerleading is Back!
Who:  Students in Grades 2-5
Where: Forest Ridge Elementary School
When:  Mondays, starting on 9/27
Cost:  $168.00
To register, please visit
View the flyer here

Girls on the Run for Girls in Grades 3, 4, and 5 is Back!
Registration opened on August 22.  The 9-week season starts the week of September 19 and extends through the week of November 14, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m. at FRES.  For registration, please visit

Are You Interested in Joining Girl Scouts?
Please join us at the North Laurel Community Center Pavillion on September 23rd at 6:30pm.  Check out the flyer here.

Are You Interested in Joining Cub Scouts?
Check out the flyer here.

Family File
Thank you to everyone who has updated their student’s 2021-2022 emergency information using the Family File.  Currently we have 70% of our students completed. This needs to be done each year, even if nothing has changed. The following video walks you through the process of completing the Family File. 

You can access the Family File by logging in to the HCPSS Connect at Once you have logged into the HCPSS Connect, select the Family File tab on the left-hand side, and then select the blue underlined "Family File" towards the center of your screen. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide, update, or confirm the following information:

  • Student Information
  • Parent/guardian Contact Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Medical Information
  • Media Release (photo approval)
  • Data Confidentiality
  • PTA/PTSA Directory
  • Unscheduled Early Closing Procedures

Please note, if the section you are looking at is not allowing you to move forward, then there is a question/checkbox on that page that may still need to be addressed. Please make sure to read the prompts at the top of each tab, and click to expand each section. To access our quick help guides, CLICK HERE.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page.  Your user name is your email address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: A change of address may not be made through the Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact Mrs. Jackson at, Ms. Traini at, or Ms. Williams at for further assistance.

From the PTA...

Here's the link to news from the FRES PTA.

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

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