June 14, 2024 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 2:10pm

June 19       Juneteenth Holiday - schools and offices closed
July 1          Summer School Begins
July 4          Independence Day Holiday - Schools and offices closed.

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  • Will your child be absent?  Email fresabsence@hcpss.org.

From our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

As we bring the 2023-2024 school year to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect on what an incredible year it has been. From the first day of school jitters to the end-of-year celebrations, we have shared countless moments of learning, growth, and joy. We are deeply grateful to each of you for allowing us the privilege of educating your wonderful children. It has been a year full of achievements, and we couldn't have done it without your support and partnership.

Before we all scatter to enjoy the sunshine, barbecues, and perhaps a well-deserved nap or two, we’d like to offer some encouragement for the summer. We know the lure of the pool is strong, but we hope you'll help your children keep their brains buzzing and their curiosity alive. Encourage them to dive into some great books (preferably not in the pool) and practice their math skills in fun and engaging ways.

Maybe have a family game night with math-based board games or challenge them to a friendly math facts contest while running errands. And remember, reading doesn’t always have to be a solo activity – why not read a book together as a family, or turn car rides into audiobook adventures? Your child might even enjoy reading to the family pet, who we’re sure would appreciate the attention!

We have truly loved every minute of this school year and are already looking forward to welcoming your children back in the fall. Until then, we hope you have a fantastic summer filled with laughter, relaxation, and maybe a little bit of learning too.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful school community. Enjoy the summer, make lots of memories, and we’ll see you in August (only 72 days!) – hopefully with some great stories and maybe even a new favorite book or math trick to share!

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Lannon & Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

FRES Hours are Changing for the 2024-2025 School Year!
HCPSS has changed the FRES school hours for the 2024-2025 school year.  The student hours will be 8:45-3:15.  Students will be able to enter the building at 8:30. 

2024 Free Summer Meals Program
To continue meeting the growing need to feed hungry children and families in Howard County and fill the nutritional gap over the summer months, HCPSS once again will provide free summer meals Monday-Friday, June 24-Aug. 2, at locations throughout the county. Meals will be served only on days schools are open and there will be no meal service Thursday, July 4.

Complete details on the HCPSS 2024 Summer Meals Program are available online.

Not returning to FRES next year? 
Please let us know so we can assist in the transition to your child's new school. 

  • If you are staying in Howard County and your child will attend a public school, please complete this change of address form and return it to FRES.
  • If you will have moved out of Howard County, please complete this withdrawal form and return it to FRES.  We will put together a transfer packet for you to take with you when you register at the new school.

2024-2025  Registration is Open and Ongoing
Registration for the upcoming school year, 2024-25 is now available.  All registrations will be completed online, https://www.hcpss.org/enroll/  After submission, the registration will be reviewed, and the registrar will reach out to you to schedule an in-person appointment to complete the registration. Please upload the required documentation if able.  Kindergarten is a mandatory grade in Maryland. Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in Kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a Kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver on file. (Waiver form for the 2024-25 school year will be available March 1st) Parents or guardians are to register their child at the serving school for their residence.

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

As we approach the end of another successful school year, we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the parents, teachers, and students who have contributed to making our school community vibrant and supportive.  Your dedication and participation in our events and initiatives have been truly inspiring.  Have a wonderful summer break.

Please welcome the NEW 2024-2026 FRES PTA Board
President: Barbara Gumes
VP1: Natalia Chenier
Treasurer: Daniel Federline
Secretary: Ashley Brown

We do still have a few vacancies for the upcoming school year.  If you are interested, please email contact@frespta.org.


2024-2025 School Supply Orders available online thru 6/23!

EPI School supply online – Deadline extended to 6/23

Ordering link: https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks

School code: FOR153  (3 letters/3 numbers)

Email: Barbara Gumes with questions at ssgumes@gmail.com

In the Community...

Hammond High Boosters – Summer Camp Options
Click here to view a list of Boys and Girls Summer Camps for Incoming 5th Graders to Incoming 9th Graders.

Guilford Park High School Boosters Lacrosse Camp June 17th-21st
The camp is open to rising 5th graders through 9th graders. Current and former college players are scheduled to come and help work with the girls. We even have equipment that can be borrowed. We really want to help grow the game in the southeastern part of the county!  View the flyer.

Guilford Park High School Boosters Basketball Camps June 24-28, 9:00-12:00
Boys' and girls' camps are combined. June 24-28, 2024 9-12. Before care 7:30 am After care 1:30 pm.

View the camp flyer.
Girls link:
Boys link:

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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