May 26, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 05/26/2023 - 12:34pm
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Important Dates
May 29                       Memorial Day - Schools and Offices Closed
May 30-June 2           Students may bring in books for the FRES Book Swap (see below for details)
May 31                       3rd Grade Field Trip
May 31                       Music Concerts at Hammond High School - Orchestra 6:00, Chorus 6:45, Band 7:30
June 1                        Pride Month Begins
June 1                        5th Grade Visits Middle School
June 2                        5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearing
June 3                        5th Grade Dance. Volunteers needed to make this event a success!  Sign up here:
June 6-12                   Students Participate in FRES Book Swap
June 6                        4th Grade Field Trip
June 7                           Schools close 3 hours early (12:45) for Professional Work Day
June 9                        10:00 Kindergarten End of Year Show
June 9                        2:00 5th Grade Closing (2 tickets issued per student)
June 12                         Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)
June 13                         Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)

June 13                      7:00 PTA Meeting - Dive Bar, Savage Mill
June 14                         Last Day of School!  Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)

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From Our Administrators...

Hello FRES Community,
It was so good to see everyone at the PTA's "Ready, Tech, Go!" event on Wednesday!  The students participated in activities which promoted "unplugging" from electronics while their parents learned how to determine when their child is ready for a phone and how to set digital expectations.  They also were able to share their experiences and concerns.  The evening was informative for parents, and fun for the students.  Thank you, FRES PTA!

Next week is another busy one here at FRES!  On May 31 our 3rd graders are going on a field trip and that evening our orchestra, band, and chorus students will perform at Hammond High School.  On June 1, our 5th graders will be visiting Patuxent Valley Middle School, and on Friday, June 2 those same 5th grade students will participate in their Simulated Congressional Hearing. The week ends with a dance for 5th grade students. (Volunteers are needed.  5th grade parents, please consider volunteering at

Enjoy your long weekend, and we will see you back at FRES on Tuesday, May 30.

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

From the Media Center
G’readings FRES Families,
The Forest Ridge Book Swap is quickly approaching! The Book Swap is an opportunity for your child to recycle books and to get different books to read over the summer.  Your student will bring home a form at this end of this week. Please send completed form and books in next week.

  • Week of May 30-June 2nd: your child can bring in books that are in good condition (no tears, watermarks, etc.) with the form below. We can accept picture books and chapter books that are appropriate for elementary aged students–please no religious books or board books.
  • Between June 6th and June 12th: your child will  choose a different book(s) to take home, based on the number of books they brought in to swap.

We are also accepting additional donations.  If you have any books you would like to donate for the Book Swap we would truly appreciate the contribution.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Tordella,  Thank you and happy swapping!

Important Message from the Health Room
If your student has medication stored in the Health Room, all medication will need to be picked up no later than the end of the school day on Wednesday June 14th.  Letters will be sent home with students who have medications here in the Health Room at FRES, so please be on the lookout and check their take home folders or backpacks.  Please make arrangements to pick up your student's medication BEFORE the last day of school.  Our Health Room is open during school hours and medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian or it will be disposed of by the end of the school day on Wednesday June 14th (12:45).  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Room at 410-888-8811.

From the Community Rainbow Rep
FAMILY Read the Rainbow returns with They're So Flamboyant by Dr. Michael Genhart on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:00 PM. Join us for this virtual bookclub with a read aloud by Dr. Genhart himself, followed by an opportunity to ask questions of the author and learn more about how he wrote the book. This book club is FREE and offered in partnership with CARY. A copy of the book will be provided to the first 50 registered families with children in grades 5 or younger. If interested, please register here.

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten
The Forest Ridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) Pre-Kindergarten programs are preparing for classes for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.  Additional preschool classes have been added for children turning 3 by September 1st.  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, learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).  

If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at or at 410-313-7017.

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.   If you have any additional questions, please contact Tricia Walls at or 410-880-5950.

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)

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

5th grade parents:  PTA is in serious need of 5th grade dance volunteers.  Please consider donating some time to help make your child's end of the year memorable!  Here is the link to sign up:  Thanks!

PTA Meeting – June 13th Dive Bar
Join us for the last PTA meeting of the school year at Dive Bar in Savage at 7pm.  Childcare will not be available for this meeting.

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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