February 18, 2022 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Wed, 02/16/2022 - 12:02pm
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  • Be sure to click on the "Calendar" link at the top of our website for important dates throughout the school year.
  • View the breakfast and lunch menus here.  Please keep in mind that items on the menus are subject to availability.

Important Dates
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!
February 22     PTA Restaurant Night at Five Guys in Laurel.  View the flyer here.
March 7             Kindergarten Registration Opens for 2022--2023 School Year
March 18          Class Picture Day (details to come)

April 19             Pre-K registration begins (children must be 4 by 9/1/22, families must qualify)

View the HCPSS Calendar in English
View the HCPSS Calendar in Spanish
View the HCPSS Calendar in Korean
View the HCPSS Calendar in Chinese

From our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,
We had a great week here at FRES and loved seeing so many of our students Dressed for Success today!  We saw students dressed in future careers as well as many students dressed as if they were headed into the workplace.  Don’t forget our next Spirit Day on Tuesday for 2/22/22, where we will wear tie dye clothes or anything with bright colors.  

We wanted to thank our families for following the traffic pattern during arrival and dismissal.  Our number one priority is to keep everyone safe.  Please remember that all drop off and pick ups should be around the circle and not in the parking area.  

We are looking forward to CogAT testing next week with all of our third graders and some fifth graders.  Please refer back to last week’s Forerunner for more information.  

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and don’t forget there is school now on Monday.  

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

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Important - Students are being dropped off too early...students should not be dropped off before 8:55 a.m.  Thanks for your help!

From the PE Teachers - Kids Heart Challenge
Our Forest Ridge family is fundraising for the American Heart Association in order to help kids with sick hearts!  Our students can win lots of cool prizes along the way and will get to celebrate our donations in PE class at the end of March.  The last day to donate is March 25th, so click this link to get your student registered and let's make a difference!

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.

Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Institutes for Talent Development
The Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Institutes for Talent Development offers additional advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year for students entering grades 1-8. Rigorous instruction focusing on talent development is offered in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, technology and fine arts.  No testing nor prior GT coursework is required for enrollment in these enrichment offerings.  Students may attend for Session 1, Session 2, or both sessions. While the program is half-day, before and after care is available on site via Howard County Recreation and Parks.

For more information, please visit the HCPSS Summer Programs page.

G/T Course Listing
G/T Course Matrix
Contact: GTSummer@hcpss.org or 410-313-6671.

Nominate an Outstanding Educator!
Nominations for 2022's Educator Recognition are due by March 4. Please see the link below for full details: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2022/01/g-t-advisory-seeks-nominations-for-educator-recognition/

Howard County Child Care Fair
Howard County's Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) will host its annual Child Care Fair on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel.  View the flyer here.

From the Health Room

Howard County Health Department: Covid facts & testing locations:  http://www.howardcountymd.gov/health/covid-19

From the FRES PTA...

1) 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 bring the items to the FRES office.

2) 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

Please email president@frespta.org with any questions. Have a great weekend!

In the Community...

Greater Laurel United Soccer Club registration is open for the spring season.  The season begins March 15.  View the flyer in English and Spanish here.

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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