March 17, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 2:37pm
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Important Dates
March 24                   FRES PTA Movie Night
March 28                   Chick-fil-A Spirit Day Fundraiser to benefit the 4th grade field trip. View the flyer.
March 29                   School Spirit "Dress Like a Book Character Day"
March 29                   Reading Night at Savage Library
March 31                     End of 3rd Quarter.  Schools dismiss 3 hours early (12:45 for FRES)
April 1-10                    Spring Break!
April 11                      Staff and students return
May 18                       Save the date!  FRES STEAM Fair

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Forest Ridge News...

FRES Chick-fil-A Spirit Day Fundraiser!  View the flyer.
When:  Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Chick-fil-A at 10975 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD  20723
Please let them know you're with Forest Ridge when you order.  20% of the proceeds will go toward the 4th grade trip!

March is Reading Month: We'll be Reading Around the World CUP!

FRES is going to have so much fun this month! More information will be sent home as the time gets closer but for now...we have some events for your calendar:
Wed, March 29th is Dress Like a Book Character Day
Wed, March 29th is Savage Library Spirit Night for FRES AT Savage Library 5-8 PM (Open House Style-do not have to attend the entire time—come when you can)
We can't wait to celebrate reading with your whole family at these events!

Grade 5 The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)
Grade 5 students will take the MISA Assessment on March 14th & 21st.

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) is administered to all students in fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school. The MISA is aligned to the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The NGSS integrates three dimensions necessary to understand science. The dimensions are the Science and Engineering Practices, the Crosscutting Concepts, and the Disciplinary Core Ideas. To assess the three dimensions of the NGSS, a set of interrelated items is required. All items on the MISA are part of an item set.

Test Preparation and Practice
The following link provides resources that can help students prepare for the MISA:  Grades 5 and 8 Practice Tests - No username and password required. Click the “Practice Tests” link.

Hey DADS, BONUS DADS, UNCLES, GRANDPAS and MALE ROLE MODELS! Have you signed up for a day to volunteer?! Want another go?! Be sure to sign up for a day to help at school!!!"

From Mrs. Walls, our RECC Team Leader
The Forest Ridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) preschool programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2023-24 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, applications will be available and accepted in mid February.

In alignment with Maryland’s Blueprint for the Future, new applications for students turning 4 by September 1 will not be available or accepted.  The Howard County Public School System continues to offer a prekindergarten program for income eligible children who will be four years old by September 1. For additional information contact the school or visit: 

HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, in person, or class quarantine).   If you have any additional questions, please contact Tricia Walls at

Save the Date!
Forest Ridge will be holding an evening of excellence to celebrate all of our amazing learning here at school.  Please join us on Thursday, May 18th 6:15-7:45 pm, at our FRES STEAM Night, which will include the PTA sponsored STEM Fair and student work across all grade levels.  We hope to see you there!

Girls on the Run Registration is Open!
Who: Girls in grades 3-5.
When:  Program Runs March 21 - June 1; 5K on June 3
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school
4:00-5:15 p.m.
To register:  Visit

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Medical Assistance has been automatically renewed since March 2020. With the end of the Public Health Emergency quickly approaching, AUTOMATIC RENEWALS WILL STOP AS OF APRIL 30, 2023. Please call the Howard County Health Dept. Insurance Line at 410-313-5845 to check your status and prevent any lapse in insurance coverage. They will assist you and provide an appointment to renew your coverage, if needed.  

Weather Guidelines
Remember:  Students go out for recess if the temperature including windchill is 20 degrees or higher.  Also, if your student needs to stay inside during recess, you must provide a doctor's note.  Thanks!

Help for FRES Families in Need
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)

Howard County Recreation & Parks Before & After Care Pre-Registration Dates.  View the flyer.
Participants currently attending - March 7-17, 2023
22/23 Waitlist Participants - March 21-31, 2023
New Participants - April 4, 2023

Murray Hill Middle School Spring Musical
Murray Hill Middle School presents "High School Musical Jr." on March 17 & 18 at 7:00 p.m., and March 19 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets: $5.00 at the door.  View the flyer here.

Atholton High School Spring Musical
Atholton High School presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on March 23, 24, 25 @ 7:00 p.m., with an afternoon show on March 25 at 3:00 p.m.  Use the QR code on the flyer to purchase tickets.

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

Movie Night - March 24th
The weather is perfect for a Spring Movie Night on the bus loop.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Concessions will be available for purchase. 

Savage Library Reading Night – March 29th
Come out to Savage Library and join the FRES community in Reading Night.  Additional information will be provided soon.

FRES Carnival & Silent Auction – May 6th
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  The FRES Spring Carnival is coming up on Saturday, March 6th.  A silent auction will also be held during the carnival. We are excited to bring this family fun event back to FRES this year, but a lot of help is needed to pull it all together.  We are asking for volunteers to help with the following to prepare for the carnival:
1. Silent Auction
2. Games/activities
3. Cake Walk
4. Making posters, signs, gamecards, etc.

If you are interested in assisting with the planning of the carnival or the silent auction, please email Barbara Gumes at

In the Community...

FREE Clothing Giveaway
When: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Lines may form at 7:30 a.m. 
Where: Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia, MD  21045

Media Production Summer Camp at River HS
Attention aspiring filmmakers! Have you always been interested in the movie-making process? Do you dream of being a YouTube vlogger? There’s a week-long summer camp just for you!

Sign up for Video Production camp either in the morning or afternoon (or both) to learn how to improve your filming and editing skills and how to work as part of a video production team. View the flyer here.

When: Weeks of July 10 and July 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Where: River Hill High School media center
Who: videographers age 9 to 17
How: Go to and find the session(s) of your choice
Why: Because it will be a lot of fun!

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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