March 31, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 03/31/2023 - 12:34pm
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Important Dates
April 1-10                    Spring Break!
April 11                      Staff and students return
April 13                      7:00-8:00 Smart Talk (see registration information under "From the PTA")
April 18                      7:00 PTA Meeting
April 19                      6:30-8:00 PTA Carnival Volunteer Meeting
April 21                      Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser
April 30                      Walk the Chalk – Staff Appreciation Week
May 18                       Save the date!  FRES STEAM Fair
May 24                       Save the date!  PTA Connected: Ready, Tech, Go!

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From Mr. Conroy...

Greetings FRES Families, 

Today marks the end of quarter three and the final day of school before spring break.  The early dismissal today gives our teachers time to work on their report cards.  

Today our students participated in our quarter three PBIS Celebration which was a team dance party. Some teams went outside and others danced in their pod areas.  On behalf of Ms. Pazornik and our entire staff, we hope each of our FRES families has a wonderful spring break!  We will see you on 4/11.  

Scott Conroy, Principal

Forest Ridge News...

FRES Chick-fil-A Spirit Day Fundraiser Update
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped make our Chick-fil-A Spirit Day such a success!  We raised $470.03 toward the 4th grade field trip!

From Mrs. Wise, One of our Tech Teachers
As you prepare for Spring Break, packing iPads for car trips, plane rides, or time inside if the weather isn't great, you might be looking for appropriate games, apps, sites, and videos for your children to access.  Common Sense Media has a site for parents to read up on current reviews of the latest releases, and recommendations by age level, to help you provide safe and entertaining media for your child(ren.)  Follow this link to the site, then click on the Parent Tips & FAQs tab in the green bar. From here, you can select your child's age level, topic, or platform to access reviews, tips, and information to help guide you in selecting appropriate online activities for your child. This is an excellent site to peruse information about helping your child navigate the digital world.

Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) - Spring Assessment for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders
The Maryland State Department of Education is conducting a spring student assessment as one of several strategies to identify how students are performing academically. The results will help educators better understand student needs.  These results never stand alone in assessing student growth, and will be used in combination with other assessments and class work to gauge overall student performance.

MCAP is the overarching term used for all state assessments. MSDE will administer assessments in the Spring for English Language Arts/Literacy & Mathematics. Here are the dates for FRES Students: 

5th Grade MCAP Dates:

  • ELA - 4/11, 4/12, 4/13, and 4/14  (12:30 - 2:30)
  • Math - 5/1, 5/2, 5/3 and 5/5  (1:15 - 3:15)

4th Grade MCAP Dates:

  • ELA - 4/25, 4/26, 4/27, 4/28  (9:30 - 11:30)
  • Math - 5/12, 5/15, 5/16, 5/17  (9:30 -11:30)

3rd Grade Spring MCAP Dates

  • ELA- 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, and 4/24  (10:30 - 12:30)
  • Math- 5/8, 5/9, 5/10, 5/11  (10:30 - 12:30)

It is important that students arrive at school on time each testing day.  If possible please avoid scheduling vacations or appointments on testing days.  If a student misses a day of testing they will have an opportunity to make it up.  

Please contact Ms. Pazornik ( ) with any questions about the MCAP assessment.  To learn more about Spring Assessments and MCAP please visit HCPSS Testing FAQ located on the HCPSS website.

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!

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!!!"

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. 

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.
22/23 Waitlist Participants - March 21-31, 2023
New Participants - April 4, 2023

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

It is time to register for The FRES "Smart Talk" Family Virtual Event!
The "Smart Talk" is a free live virtual learning event for caregivers and their elementary-aged children to attend together from the comfort of their own home & their own devices on Thursday, April 13th from 7 - 8 pm! Feeling conflicted about device and online safety ground rules? Join the Smart Talk program together to hear guest speaker, Joe Dugan, Internet Safety Specialist from the Maryland State Police, learn from other FRES parents, understand the importance of setting smart boundaries and building healthy digital habits, participate in interactive Smart Talk activities, as well as have some fun and win raffle prizes for attending! First prize opportunity: click the link  to register before April 6th and be entered into a drawing for a $40 Chipotle Gift Card!

PTA Meeting – April 18th – 7pm
Join us in the cafeteria for our monthly meeting.  We will be discussing fun upcoming events.  We will have a babysitter available.

FRES Carnival & Silent Auction – Work Meeting – April 19th 6:30pm
Volunteers, please join us for a Carnival planning and prep session on Wednesday, April 19th 6:30 - 8:00pm in the FRES Media Center.

We are also seeking donations for our silent auction. If you or someone you know are interested in donating gift cards/certificates, goods, or services to be auctioned please email Barbara at

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser – April 21st
Join the FRES Community at Chuck E. Cheese in Laurel on Friday, April 21st from 12pm – 9pm.  All sales completed with a cashier will allow 20% to be donated to FRES.  A flyer will be coming home with more information after spring break.

Walk the Chalk – April 30th
Save the date, to come out and chalk the walks of FRES as we prepare for Staff Appreciation Week being celebrated May 1-5 at FRES.  Additional information will be provided after spring break.

Spring Before School/After School Programs
Here is a list of before and after school programs being offered at FRES through Howard County Recreation & Parks:  flyer.

In the Community...

Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples (CAMOM) Spring Consignment Sale, Saturday, April 22
Follow this link for more information:

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

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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