January 5, 2024 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 01/05/2024 - 3:14pm
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Important Dates
January     10     School Spirit Day:  Wear your crazy socks!  
January     11     7:00 PTA meeting - Media center
January     15     Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Schools and Offices Closed
January     17     Professional Work & Wellness Day - schools dismiss 3 hours early (12:55)
January     17     PTA Chuck E. Cheese fundraiser.  View the flyer in English & Spanish
January     18     6:00-8:00 PVMS 6th grade parent orientation night
January     18     No 1/2 day Pre-K/RECC
January     22     Professional Work Day - Schools closed for students
January     22     Parent/Teacher conferences open for parent scheduling
January     24     Sweet Frog Fundraiser. View the flyer.
January     26     School Spirit Day: Wear animal print/camo day
January     30     Report cards available for viewing by parents (after 4:00 p.m.)
January     31     Health & Wellness Fair
February     6     Clubs & candid pictures taken for the yearbook
February     7     Schools close 3-hours early for parent/teacher conferences (12:55)
February     8     Schools close 3-hours early for parent/teacher conferences (12:55)


View the HCPSS Calendar in English                
View the HCPSS Calendar in Spanish
View the HCPSS Calendar in Korean
View the HCPSS Calendar in Chinese

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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!

From our Administrators...

Dear FRES community,

Happy New Year! We hope this message finds you and your family in great spirits and wonderful health. It brings us immense joy to welcome back our students after the rejuvenating winter break. The energy and enthusiasm they've brought back to the school have been truly uplifting. From the moment they stepped back into school, we've seen them all focused and engaged in the classroom.

We're thrilled to continue nurturing their growth, fostering creativity, and encouraging their unique talents. Our commitment remains steadfast in providing a supportive and enriching environment where every child can thrive and succeed.

As always, we appreciate your continuous support and partnership in your child's education. Your involvement is an integral part of their success, and together, we can make this year a remarkable one for each student. If you have any questions, suggestions, or simply want to connect, please don't hesitate to reach out. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

Here's to an exciting and successful journey ahead in 2024!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Lannon and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

Registration for BSAP Saturday Math Academy - Registration is Tomorrow!
The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Spring Session is approaching! 

This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer an in-person enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12 based on course availability. Registration will take place online Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9:00 a.m.- until capacity is reached. Class space is limited. Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect Website 

For more information, please visit:  https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2023/12/black-student-achievement-program-bsap-saturday-math-academy-spring-2024-program/

Parent/Teacher Conferences
On January 22nd, scheduling for parent/teacher conferences will open up and remain open until February 2nd. This year’s winter conferences will be held on February 7th and February 8th. We will be holding 15-minute conferences. All conferences will be held with your child’s math teacher. If your child is in grades K - 2, you will also have the option to conference with your child's related arts teacher, if you wish to or if you have any concerns about their related arts grades.

Below are the details of how they will be held based on the date and time of your conference:

Wednesday, February 7th

  • All conferences will be held in person until 4pm.

  • After 4pm, all conferences will be held virtually only. 

Thursday, February 8th

  • All conferences will be held virtually. 

Howard Co. Rec & Parks January After School Activities at FRES
View the flyer here.

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

PTA Meeting – January 11th
Join us for our 1st meeting of 2024!  7pm in the library.  We have lots of fun events coming up and would love your help in planning them!

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser – January 17th
Spend the afternoon with your friends at Chuck E. Cheese Laurel on this ½ day.  All purchases made at the COUNTER will count towards our event.

Sweet Frog (Laurel) – January 24th 3pm-9pm
Meet your family, friends, and neighbors every 4th Wednesday of the month from January to May, at Sweet Frog in Laurel for a sweet treat from 3pm – 9pm.  FRES PTA will receive 25% of your order.

Health and Wellness Fair - Wednesday, January 31 from 6:30-8:00pm
Resolutions, summer camp, activities, did the kids have a coat today, what's for dinner?? Not a SNOW day?? Life is hectic!

FRES PTA invites our amazing families and community to our Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, January 31 and take some time for themselves. Bring your whole family and learn more about the many resources available to the community in Howard County and beyond. Learn how to make a stress ball, join our PE teachers for some fun play stations, get a wellness check from the Howard County hospital and SO much more! Grab a snack and make sure to stick around to the end for the raffle prizes!

Stay tuned for a PT Board sign up sheet but if you want to help or are a community member who has a service you think would be a good fit for the fair, please contact Pratima Lele at pratimalele@gmail.com.

WatchD.O.G.S Sign up
Here is the calendar of remaining dates available.  Please sign up to volunteer today! 


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.

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.

HC Drug Free Events
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