January 28, 2022 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 11:57am
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Important Dates
January 28       8:00 a.m. Math Parent/Teacher Virtual Conference Scheduling Opens for Parents
January 31       Report cards issued available for parent viewing at www.hcpss.org/connect
February 1       Countywide Professional Learning Day - No school for students
February 4       PTA Fundraiser "Love Bug Bags" orders due (see below under PTA news for more information)
February 4       4:00 p.m. Conference Scheduling Closes

February 10     FRES closes at 12:45 for Parent/Teacher Conferences
February 11     FRES closes at 12:45 for Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 16     Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)
February 21     Presidents' Day NOTE: THIS IS NOW A SCHOOL DAY (Now updated on HCPSS Calendar)
February 22     PTA Spirit Day "TWOSDay" - 2/22/22 - Wear tie dye!

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Forest Ridge News...

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Parent/Teacher Math Conference Scheduling
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on February 10 and 11. This set of conferences will be with your child's math teacher.  Schools will close 3 hours early for this purpose.  Parents may schedule conferences until February 4. View scheduling instructions here

February 21 is Now a School Day
At last evening's HCPSS Board of Education meeting, February 21 was voted on to now become a school day this year, as an inclement weather make-up day. 

To date, HCPSS has used four of five days allocated in this year’s calendar as inclement weather make-up days. In anticipation of possible future inclement weather days, and in response to the declaration of June 19 as a federal holiday, at its Jan. 27 meeting, the Howard County Board of Education approved several modifications to the 2021-2022 current school year academic calendar:

  • Monday, Feb. 21, previously closed for Presidents Day, now will be a full school day, with both schools and offices being open. Earlier this week Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury announced that districts may request permission and use the state-mandated closure on Presidents Day for an inclement weather make-up.
  • Monday, June 20, all HCPSS schools and offices will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. A bill signed by President Biden declared June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves.  
  • Wednesday, June 22 was added as an additional inclement weather day, if needed. 

As in previous years, the last day of school will be communicated once winter weather is over and inclement weather days have been used. The HCPSS calendar is updated online

HCPSS Summer Programs
2022 Summer Programs Preview: The 2022 Summer Programs Preview, which contains descriptions of HCPSS’ four summer programs and enrollment information, is available to view here.

From the Health Room

HCPSS Daily Symptom Check list:

Howard County Health Department: Covid facts & testing locations

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.  Here's a fun emoji illness chart that can help.

From the FRES PTA...

Hello Eagles! 
We hope your new year is off to a great start! Here are some PTA updates:
1) PTA will be hosting a virtual meeting on Monday, 1/31 at 7 p.m. We will discuss important dates related to summer camp registration, college savings enrollment, and announce our newly awarded grant from National PTA. We will also go over the PTA's winter plans, vote on temporarily joining with Delaware PTA for 501c3, and answer any questions. The meeting is open to all. Join the Zoom Meeting at:


Meeting ID: 824 3403 1037
Passcode: 816860
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,82434031037#,,,,*816860# US (Washington DC)
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2) Indoor Recess Activity Drive: We are collecting games and activities for the classrooms to use on days when indoor recess is required. Please take a look at this SignUp Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FAAAC29A6FC1-forest  Items can be shipped directly to the school (please note the signup info on gift messaging) or there will be a bin for drop offs in the lobby starting on Monday. 
3) Our Love Bug Bags Fundraiser is open through February 4, and helps support Fifth Grade Activities. The bags include:
  • Decorated Heart Cookie by Custom Cookies by Karen
  • Hot Chocolate Bomb by Custom Cookies by Karen
  • Kawaii Mini Squishie
  • Other fun treats!

The cost is $20. Each additional bag is $15. Follow this link for ordering: https://frespta.memberhub.com/store/items/643489.

Orders must be placed by Friday, February 4th - 11:59pm. Love Bug Bags can be picked up at FRES on Sunday, February 13th from 12-2 p.m. & Monday, February 14th from 7-9 a.m. 

4) Skate Night at Colorburst Park, Friday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. $12 per person advance tickets including skate rental. Registration link can be found here: https://frespta.memberhub.com/store/items/661857

5) Spirit Day - Tie Dye Tuesday, 2/22/2022 (Because it's TWOSday!) - Have your students wear tie dye shirts on Tuesday, 2/22/22!  Post photos in the Guardians Group or the FRES PTA Facebook page with hashtag #Twosday

6) The Watch DOGS National Organization is hosting a listening session on Family/School Engagement.  The listening session will be interactive and discussion-based and will be held on February 16th @ 7:30 pm eastern time. It will last approximately 75 minutes and all participants who complete the entire session will receive a $50 stipend. All Guardians, Teachers, and School Administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please register at this link https://pta.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpde6uqDoiEtHB6fZj0gi6aCuovrwMy5N4  Please email us at info@dadsofgreatstudents.com or call us at 888-540- DOGS (3647) if you have any questions.
Please email president@frespta.org with any questions. Have a great weekend!

In the Community...

Kids on Campus Summer Registration Open
Brochures are available on the table in the vestibule at FRES, or visit the website here.

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.

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