February 4, 2022 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 7:30pm
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Important Dates

February 4        Love Bug Bag Orders May be Placed Until 11:59 p.m.  (See ordering info under "PTA News" below)
February 5        PTA Skate Night at Color Burst Park (Postponed from tonight.  See below)
February 7-11   National School Counseling Week - Send Ms. Norris a kind note!  View the flyer here.
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!
March 7             Kindergarten Registration Opens for 2022--2023 School Year

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Forest Ridge News...

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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...

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) Our Love Bug Bags Fundraiser is open through February 4 at 11:59 p.m., 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. 

3) Skate night at Color Burst Ice Rink is rescheduled for Saturday Feb 5 at 6:30pm.  Due to the inclement weather, we are moving the ice skate event to tomorrow, Saturday Feb 5th, at 6:30pm.

New Event Details: Skate night at Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather in Columbia is Saturday (2/5/22) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm! Discounted tickets are available through Memberhub, but must be purchased by Saturday at noon. A waiver is required. https://frespta.memberhub.com/store/items/661857 Check in will be near the skate rental booth. If you purchased tickets for Friday the 4th, but can't make the new date, you will get a refund. A separate email will be sent to all those who purchased online tickets through the PTA with additional details.  Regular tickets can be purchased through the Color Burst website (no cash sales) and are dependent on availability. https://merriweatherdistrict.com/whats-on/color-burst-ice-rink/
Join us and our friends at Gorman Crossing Elementary for skating and free hot chocolate from the PTA!

4) 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

5) 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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