June 2, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 5:25pm
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Important Dates
June 2                        6:30-7:30 Popsicles on the Playground for incoming (2023-2024) kindergarten students and families
June 3                        6:00-8:00 5th Grade Dance.  Sign up to volunteer here: https://frespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw.
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 Families!

Wednesday was Mr. Conroy's last day at FRES.  We wish him well as he begins his retirement!  We are so lucky to have retired principal Mrs. Rhonda Inskeep filling in for six days until the end of the year.  She has already gotten to know many students and staff at FRES! 

This week was (and continues to be) a busy one at FRES...

  • Many thanks to our FRES music department for their hard work in putting together their spring concert at Hammond High School on Wednesday evening!
  • On Thursday, our 5th grade students visited PVMS to learn about what to expect in middle school.
  • We are so grateful to all of our staff members who worked to make the 5th grade Simulated Congressional Hearing such a success!
  • Thank you as well to our wonderful PTA for providing lunch for all the SCH judges.
  • This evening our kindergarten staff will host "Popsicles on the Playground" for incoming kindergarten students and their families.  Thank you again to PTA for providing the popsicles.
  • Tomorrow evening from 6:00-8:00 our PTA will host a dance for 5th grade students.

Enjoy your weekend!

Ms. Pazornik and Mrs. Inskeep

Forest Ridge News...

From the Front Office - Moving/Moved?
Please help us keep our records up to date - If you are moving over the summer but staying within Howard County, please use this Address Change form and email it to rebecca_jackson@hcpss.org along with your new residency documents (deed or lease, plus utility bill). We can let you know if your child will stay at FRES or attend a school in a different district.  If you have moved or are moving out of Howard County, please use this Withdrawal Form and email it to rebecca_jackson@hcpss.org.  If you have media books, etc., that belong to HCPSS, please return them as soon as possible.

From the Media Center
Between June 6th and June 12th:
 your child will choose 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, heather_tordella@hcpss.org.  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 earlyinterventionservcies@hcpss.org 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 tricia_walls@hcpss.org 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:  Please sign up to help with the dance or donate food on Saturday, June 3rd.

Here is the link to sign up: https://frespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw Questions?  Please email contact@frespta.org

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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 community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org.

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