April 29, 2022 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 10:34am
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Important Dates
April 30                Deadline for submitting 5th grade baby pictures and dedications for the yearbook (see below under "PTA News")
May 2                   **Staff Work Day - No School for Students**

May 3-9                FRES Book Fair! (Volunteers still needed!  See below.)
May 6                   School Spirit "Dress Like a Teacher Day"
May 9                    5:00-7:00 p.m. FRES Ice Cream Social and Book Fair Shopping Evening.  View the flyer here.
May 18                  **Schools close 3 hours early**

May 30                  Memorial Day - schools and offices closed

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Forest Ridge News...

G'readings everybody! 
We are so excited for Book Fair to be here!  Please remember the students will be browsing the book fair during their regularly scheduled media class between May 3rd and May 9th.  Please do NOT send money in for shopping for their media day. Students will come home with a completed wish list for you to review after their media class and all of the information needed for how to fill their wishlist and shop.  
We will have a Book Fair Family Night on Monday, May 9th when open shopping will be available to all of our FRES families--which coincides with the PTA Ice Cream Social--what a fun evening!  If you (the grown ups) cannot make it that evening, please get in touch with the media team for other options for in person shopping. 
We are still in need of volunteers--check out this link to see if you're available to stop by and help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4DA5A62EA75-book2  If you are trying to volunteer during your student's media time, the color day schedule is as follows:
Tue, 5/3: Red Day
Wed, 5/4: Orange Day
Thurs, 5/5: Yellow Day
Fri, 5/6: Green Day
Mon, 5/9: Blue Day
Thanks so much--we can't wait to see you!
Check out the link to see when you can come in!
Please reach out if you have any questions,
Heather Tordella (heather_tordella@hcpss.org)

MCAP Assessment for Grades 3-5 (Some dates/times have changed)
In the coming weeks, students in grades 3 - 5 will be participating in the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP).  MCAP provides information to educators and parents on students' progress towards proficiency on the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards.  Below are the dates for each grade:

  • G3

    • ELA: May 16, 17, 19, 20  @ 10:15 - 11:30

    • Math:  May, 23, 24, 25, 27 @ 10:15 - 11:30

  • G4

    • ELA: May 4, 5, 6, 9  @ 9:15 - 10:30

    • Math:  May 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 9:15 - 10:30

  • G5

    • ELA: May 4, 5, 6, 9  @ 1:45 - 3:00

    • Math:  May 10, 11, 13 @ 11:15 - 12:30, May 16 @ 1:45 - 3:00

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year is Open and On-Going
If you live in the FRES district and have a child who is or will be 5 by September 1, 2022, please register your child for kindergarten. Our staffing for next year depends on our number of expected kindergarten students.  Check out this link for more information.

Watch D.O.G.S Sign-Up - 33 More Days to Volunteer!

CALLING ALL MALE ROLE MODELS! Come volunteer at school...JOIN WATCH D.O.G.S.!!!

You may read before hand and bring the signed certificate, or do it when you arrive!


Learning Together Program
The Forest Ridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) Pre-Kindergarten programs are preparing for classes for the 2022-2023 school year.  These classes include children with and without disabilities.  The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills.   Parents of children who will be 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).  Applications are now being accepted and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st.   

We will find out how many classes we will have next year by June 10th.  Families will be notified by June 15th as to whether there is room at Forest Ridge or if their child may need to attend a neighboring school.

From the Health Room

  • HCPSS Daily Symptom Check list:  https://www.hcpss.org/2021-2022/health-and-safety/#health-check
  • What do I need to show as proof of a negative COVID test result?

    Effective April 5, 2022, if a student or staff member exhibits COVID-like symptoms, the parent/guardian or staff may submit any of the following to show proof of a negative test and return to the building:

    • Negative PCR test result - A copy of the test result should be emailed to the school nurse or health assistant
    • Negative rapid test result - A copy of the test result should be emailed to the school nurse or health assistant
    • Negative at-home test result - A photo of the negative test, along with the student or staff member's full name, date of birth, and the date and time the test was taken should be emailed to the school nurse or health assistant, who will follow up with parents/guardians as necessary.

    A negative rapid test result will not require a confirmatory PCR test if the student or staff member has not been identified as a close contact or part of a cohort outbreak.

From the PTA...

1. Baby Picture Gallery: Stroll down memory lane!
Each year 5th grade students are invited to participate in a Baby Picture Gallery!  If you would like to submit a baby picture (kindergarden or younger) of your 5th grader, please email photos to fresyearbook@hcpss.org. Please format your submission so that it shows your child's face clearly in a 1 inch by 1 inch square. Your submission must include the student's name. This section is voluntary and absolutely free. Submissions are due by April 30, 2022.

2. Dedications: Send a special message!
Family and friends can send their 5th grader a message wishing them success in middle school!  This section normally has a fee to help offset the cost of the yearbook, however, this year we are offering a free 25 word dedication. Space is limited, only the first 50 submissions will be accepted!  Please send submissions to fresyearbook@hcpss.org. Submissions are due by April 30, 2022.
3.  Our friends at Gorman Crossing have invited us to a private skating party on Saturday, April 30, 4:30-6:30 at Laurel Skating Rink.  View the flyer here.

In the Community...

Want to Learn to Ice Skate?
Learn to Ice Skate with the Tri-City Eagles at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD  View the flyer in English.  View the flyer in Spanish.

Hammond High School Green Fest!
Come out and celebrate Earth Month with Hammond HS at their Annual Green Fest!
There will be local environmental groups providing interesting information, a craft for kids and adults, games, and a live animal presentation by Department of Natural Resources!  Door prizes will also be awarded!  It is on Saturday, 4/30, from 10 am to 1pm at Hammond HS!  Can't wait to see you there!

Glenelg High School Summer Theater Camp, Presenting "Newsies, Jr."
Who: Rising 3rd-Rising 8th Graders
When: July 5-15, 2022    9am-3pm
Where: Glenelg High School
Performances- 2 Performances on  July 14 & 15
Cost- $550
Questions? Email- Kassidy_Sharp@hcpss.org
Visit https://www.glenelgboosters.com/summer-sport-camps/ for more info!

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.

HC Drug Free Events
HC Drug Free is holding two events on April 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Village Center:  "Hidden in Plain Sight" and Medication and Sharps Collection.  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/