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School Spirit Days for 23/24
We are excited to share our school spirit days calendar for the 23/24 school year! We hope this helps families plan ahead. There may be spirit days that pop up here and there based on activities that are going on in the building, but this calendar is what we will be following. You may want to print it out, put the dates on your personal calendar, hang it on the fridge - whatever works for you to remember these fun days!
Forest Ridge Family and Friends,
We are very proud of all of our students for successfully completing the first quarter! We hope everyone has accessed their child’s report cards and had a discussion with them about their grades and comments. Take the time to celebrate their successes and help them set some goals for the second quarter.
On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to take this opportunity to offer a most sincere thank you to all service persons past and present for your service and sacrifice. You are appreciated today and everyday.
On Wednesday November 15th, we will be celebrating our Educational Support Staff (ESP) by showering them with flowers! Our ESPs include all of our TEs, student assistants, paraeducators, secretaries, and health room staff. Our school could not run smoothly without them!
We are asking that families send flowers in with their children on November 15th and we will make sure every single ESP staff is showered with flowers to show all of our appreciation for the work they do! We have vases for every ESP and will create amazing bouquets for each of them from the flowers you send in.
As always, we are here to serve you and the students. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
~ Mrs. Lannon & Ms. Pazornik
AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK - November 13 - 17
We look forward to having Parents/Guardians during the week of November 13 - 17 to observe their child/children and see all the wonderful things happening at FRES. However, each grade level has designated a day/time for a special activity that they encourage parents to attend. Please see the chart below.
Thursday November 16 @ 2:45pm (Stone Soup)
Thursday November 16 @10:45am (Reading Rotations)
Friday November 17 @ 9:45am (Cultural Celebration)
Friday, November 17 @2:45pm (Author’s Tea)
Wednesday, November 15 @ 10:40am (Science)
Tuesday, November 14 @ 9:40 (Content)
To keep classroom disruptions to a minimum, please adhere to the following:
Register for Parent Teacher Conferences
The problem with conference scheduling has been fixed! HCPSS elementary and middle schools will hold parent-teacher conferences Nov. 20-22. Parents may register for conferences via HCPSS Connect Synergy Monday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m. through Friday, Nov. 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Dental Clinic Information (English and Spanish)
FRES will be hosting the Smiles Dental program at our school on Thursday January 4th, 2024 and Friday January 5th, 2024. Permission slips will be coming home with students soon. We are asking that parents review the form and if interested, complete the permission slip in its entirety and return to school or sign up online at https://www.myschooldentist.com/FRHCMD_schsrm . Forms or online registration is due no later than Monday, December 11th, 2023.
Información de la clínica dental:
FRES organizará el programa Smiles Dental en nuestra escuela el jueves 4 de enero de 2024 y el viernes 5 de enero de 2024. Los formularios de permiso se enviarán a casa pronto con los estudiantes. Les pedimos a los padres que revisen el formulario y, si están interesados, completen la hoja de permiso en su totalidad y regresen a la escuela o se registren en línea en https://www.myschooldentist.com/FRHCMD_schsrm . Los formularios o la inscripción en línea deben entregarse a más tardar el lunes 11 de diciembre de 2023.
Joe Corbi’s Order pick up – November 18th
Thank you for participating in this fundraiser. Your orders will arrive on Saturday, November 18th. Pick up will be 1pm – 3pm in the cafeteria. If you ordered and are designating someone else to pick up your order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who will pick up your order.
Unfortunately, we do not have the space or resources to hold items. Any unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the day.
We do need volunteers to help sort and distribute. To sign up please click here: https://frespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw?signup=umjFZ498SK6mdsOLeXjJy3N___52Nq_8L3___nRaWoyr
Staff Dinner – November 20th
PTA generously feeds the staff on the 1st day of parent/teacher conferences. Here is the link to sign up to donate or volunteer. https://frespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw?group=&signup=umjFZ498SK6mdsOLeXjJy3N___52Nq_8L3___nRu6xd1
FRES Turkey Trot – Volunteers Needed
Come out and help our wonderful PE teachers during the annual Turkey Trot on Tuesday, November 21st. Consider coming and running with your child, cheering them on or volunteering to help, Click here to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4BAAAE2AA6FF2-45606975-fres/14031729#/
Five Guys Restaurant Night – November 27th
Tired of leftover turkey and don’t want to cook anymore?? Join us at Five Guys in Laurel for dinner on Monday, Nov. 27th
WatchD.O.G.S Sign up
Here is the calendar of remaining dates available. Please sign up to volunteer today!
Papa John's Cards - Fundraiser
Papa John's cards are back to help support the 4th grade field trip. Valid at 150 locations around the DC, MD, VA area. Each card is $15. This allows UNLIMITED use of a buy 1 get 1 free on regular menu pizzas. Cards can be purchased via contacting Pratima Lele at email@example.com. Cash, Venmo or Zelle accepted.
Want to stay up to date on PTA information? Follow us on facebook at Forest Ridge Elementary PTA (FRES) or visit our website at www.frespta.org for more information.
November Resource Navigator Newsletter
Take a moment to read this great newsletter. It has a number of resources in it, including one for clothing giveaway and rental assistance for families.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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