December 23, 2022 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 12/23/2022 - 12:47pm
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Important Dates
December 24-Jan. 2       Winter Break - Schools Closed
January 3                       Students and Staff Return
January 10 & 11             FRES Dental Clinic
January 12                     7:00 Band/Chorus Concert
January 12                     All day - 5th Grade Tampico Grill Fundraiser (See PTA message below under "PTA News")
January 24                     Club and Candid Pictures Taken for the Yearbook
January 25                     4:00-7:00 Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar Restaurant Night.  View the corrected flyer.
January 27                     6:30 Health and Wellness Fair
February 1                     7:00 Beginning Orchestra Concert
February 2                     7:00 Advanced Orchestra Concert
February 24                   Save the Date! FRES PTA Culture Fest (See below - From the PTA)

View the HCPSS Calendar in English
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View the HCPSS Calendar in Korean
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From our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

As the year comes to an end (a day earlier than expected), we have a lot to be grateful for at Forest Ridge.  The FRES Community is absolutely the best!  This was especially evident this week when we had an emergency road closure and had to alter our normal dismissal procedures.  We all worked together and we cannot thank you enough for the support from you as we worked to ensure that all students arrived home safely.  In addition, we were able to make gingerbread houses with our kindergartners and first graders.  They had a blast and were so proud of their final products.  We are also so grateful for our amazing staff.  They work tirelessly every day to enrich each of our students.  

As we move into Winter Break, we just wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a great new year.  We look forward to a great 2023 and are so excited to watch our students grow and learn.  Please take a moment to enjoy time with family and friends and we will see you all in 2023.  

Stay safe and healthy,

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

We are starting a community support group at school, called Feathers for Families! Here are ways you can help ALL YEAR ‘ROUND:

  • Donate non-perishable food and toiletries (boxed and labeled “Feathers for Families”)
  • Donate clothing or shoes (bagged or boxed, labeled “Feathers for Families”)
  • Donate small toy/game/fun items for kids
  • Donate monetary amounts (listed above)

BSAP Saturday Math Academy Spring Session--Register Now
The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Spring Session is approaching!  This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer an in-person enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12 based on course availability. Registration will take place online January 7 from 9:00 a.m. until capacity is reached. Class space is limited. Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect Website.

BSAP SMA Spring 2023 Flyer (English)

BSAP SMA Spring 2023 Flyer (Spanish)

Don't Forget to Dress for the Weather
The temperatures are getting colder. Please be sure your child is dressed warm enough for outdoor recess every day.  This includes coats, gloves, and hats. Consider labeling your child's belongings as we already have many items in lost and found.  Please note that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. You can read more about weather guidelines/recess in the HCPSS Student Handbook under Student Health and Well-Being.

From the PTA...Get More PTA Info at the PTA Website

Fine Arts Committee Update
The FRES PTA Fine Arts Committee would like to recognize the wonderful FRES student artists that submitted art pieces to our Reflections Arts Program! Their excellent works of art met all competition criteria and have been entered into the Howard County-level competition; congratulations to these artists on their interpretations of this year’s theme: Show Your Voice!

Intermediate Division:
· Amina H., Grade 4, for “Let It Be Heard” in the Visual Arts Category
· Aidyn P., Grade 3, for “Speaking Out to Save Our Planet” in the Film Production Category
· Sophia B. Grade 3, for “My Head and My Heart” in the Dance Choreography Category

Primary Division in the Visual Arts Category:
1.      Vaishnavi P. 1st Grade, for “I Am All About Kindness”
2.      Skylar H., 1st Grade, for “Glow and Sing”
3.      Sophia C., Kindergarten, for “Magic for the World”

PTA Meeting – January 10th
Join us for the monthly PTA meeting in the cafeteria at 7pm.  We have so many fun events planned for 2023 and can’t wait to share all the fun things to come.

5th Grade Tampico Grill Restaurant Day – January 12th
Join us at Tampico Grill for a restaurant night specifically fundraising for the 5th grade field trip and activities! The fundraiser will take place all day. FRES will get credit for each receipt that is dropped into the basket at the front register.

Crazy Mason Milkshake Restaurant Night – January 25th
Come out to Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar in Old Ellicott City from 4pm – 7pm for this month’s restaurant night.

Click here to see their menu:

As a bonus the mason jars will have our FRES logo on them and they also package them up to go, so you can enjoy the goodness at home.  Please visit the event facebook page at: for more information.

Health & Wellness Fair - January 27th
Save the date for the Health & Wellness Fair on January 27th at 6:30pm.  Additional information will be provided soon. 

Culture Fest - February 24th 
Did you know that 28 different languages are spoken by our amazing families at FRES? Just imagine learning so much more about our wonderfully diverse community and experiencing the food, music, and more from so many countries! Would YOU and your student like to share your community with our FRES family?  If so, please email Khaleda Hasan at to join our committee or to share your ideas!

Watch D.O.G.S 
The FRES Students and staff have enjoyed all the WatchDOGs that have volunteered thus far.  Thank you for being such supportive members of FRES.

Approaching 2023 we have many days still available.  If you would like to sign up, please click here:

If you have any questions or need to purchase a shirt, please reach out to Mrs. Norris at

In the Community...

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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