Forest Ridge Forerunner June 17, 2016

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:13am
6/17/16 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Enjoy Your Summer!!!

Dates to Remember for the Future...

20 10:00-3:00 Summer Registration for new students
27 10:00-3:00 Summer Registration for new students

3  10:00-3:00 Summer Registration for new students
10 10:00-3:00 Summer Registration for new students
17 10:00-3:00 Summer Registration for new students

18 9:00-3:00 Kindergarten Testing Day - by appointment only*
26 10:00-11:00 Kindergarten Orientation
26  1:00-2:00 New Student Orientation
26  2:00-3:00 Open House for students in grades 1-5
29  First Day of School!

20  Back-to-School Night for Grades K-2
21  Back-to-School Night for Grades 3-5

*link to Kindergarten testing sign up:

From the Principal...

We are overwhelmed with sentiments as we reflect on this past school-year! The growth-opportunities and celebrations were all embraced Eagle style. Thank you for your continued partnership. For our students, staff, and families leaving the Forest Ridge community –embarking on a new journey we bid you farewell and wish you the very best in your undertaking. For our members who are returning in August, we look forward to hearing about all of your summer escapades. Send us a post card as you embrace all that Summer has to offer! We wish everyone a great summer filled with laughter, time, and togetherness.

At this time of year parents begin to ask questions regarding student, as well as teacher assignments for the approaching school year. Staffing shifts are just starting to occur as members leave the nest and others are born. It is with bittersweet sentiments that we announce the “flight” of several dear staff members:

  • Diana Nam, 5th grade teacher will be relocating.
  • Alyson Foreman, 4th grade instructional team leader will be relocating.
  • Emily Warnock, 4th grade teacher will be on leave.
  • Jennifer Kim, ESOL teacher is reassigned to Deep Run Elementary & Stevens Forest Elementary
  • Ashley Scruggs, 1st grade teacher will be on leave.
  • Catina Ramis, Strings Teacher is reassigned to another school.
  • Tanya Frizzelle, special education paraeducator, is reassigned to Wilde Lake Middle School
  • Elizabeth Morris, Reading Support Teacher, is reassigned.
  • Jason Ortega, Assistant Principal, is reassigned to Worthington Elementary

We salute our staff. Their presence and their offerings will be missed. We wish them well on their journey. Please take a moment to extend your well-wishes to them.

As always, if you have additional questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to call or stop by.



Genée A. Varlack, Ed.D


FRES News...

Congratulations to the following students, who were our Eagle Egg winners for the weeks of May 23, June 6, and June 13:

K - Azaan Rao, Ruhdi Patel, Ami Mistry
1 - Makayla Dixon, Shivam Pancholi, Shaymis Moore
2 - Elise Lee, Nikkie Kazeminezhad, Danielle Otto
3 - Taylor Elijah, Tedra Hemeng, Jacqueline Argueta
4 - Madison Porter, Joileny Garay, Ellie Kang
5 - Edward Hawkson, Shifa Shaikh, Gloria Tello Aquino

PTA News...

From the President
Well it's here my friends... Summer has begun and let the fun commence! As I've said before I have a love/hate relationship with summer, but this one is bittersweet. Next school year I will have three kids at FRES and one at Patuxent Valley...That's right...They will ALL be in school! I wanted to write one last entry and say how much I've enjoyed being on the PTA these last 7 years. We have instituted a lot of programs and fun family events as well as seen some we wouldn't do again. I've enjoyed getting to know so many of the kids through these events, and yes... Parents too. I have made lifelong friendships from the PTA and am thankful that my kids go to a school full of such caring parents and especially teachers. I look forward to helping with a few of my favorite events, but I am really looking forward to being able to just be a guest at some of the events as well. So I leave the new board with well wishes and the best of luck. Thank you FRES for allowing me to be a part of the fun we know as the PTA.
Manda Fields

Labels for Education (LFE) Program Ending – Thank You
Thanks to your help this spring, we have collected just enough LFE points to earn one more $100 LFE Visa Gift card! The FRES Related Arts team/P.E. dept. will use it toward the purchase of some new items for recess play this fall. Thank you, everyone! Also, thank you to several parents who helped with gluing and mailing the “bonus” sheets throughout the year.

Box Tops – Thank You – Please keep clipping this summer!
Thank you so much for your participation all year, and please keep clipping! FRES received a check for $290 in May, in addition to the check for $1,128 received in December 2015. Over the past few months, FRES has earned more than $800 (so far) toward a December 2016 check! This summer: If every student saved just 20 Box Tops, we’d have 14,000 Box Tops this fall, and our school could earn an additional $1,400. The math shows that every Box Top counts at 10 cents each! Please ask family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to clip them If they buy Cheerios, they have Box Tops. Have a great summer!

June Contest Winners
Congratulations to LFE contest winner Vincent Nguyen (2-Robinson) who has received a gift card to Five Below, and to Box Tops contest winner Nathan Hefty (5-Azzarello) who has received a gift card to Sweet Frog. A random drawing was held with one entry per each LFE and/or Box Top submitted. Please contact Lauren Giles at with any questions. Thank you!

School Supplies
Order securely online now until July 15th.  Go to  and enter the school ID, FOR153.  Follow the directions to complete your order, print your online confirmation as your receipt.  It's that easy.  Your supplies will be ready for your student when they come back to school in the fall!    Email Lisa at if you have any questions.

AmazonSmile – Ongoing Fundraiser 
When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Forest Ridge Elementary PTA. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

In the Community...

Daycare Providers in our Attendance Area

Cherise Paur,
Leaping Learning Academy
9355 Maxwell Court
Laurel, MD  20723
Hours:  6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Ages birth to 11 years

License #251527

Teresa Goodwin 
For School year 2016-2017, BEFORE and AFTER CARE Available.  
Provider since 1997.
Located in the Bowling Brook Community. 
License #107709

Need a Tutor over the Summer?
Our 4th grade long-term sub, Courtney Smith, is interested in tutoring this summer.  She can be contacted at or 240-355-7937.

Summer Lunch Program
A summer lunch program will be offered at Laurel Woods Elementary, 9250 N. Laurel Road, Laurel, MD for youth 18 and under from June 27 to July 29, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

A Safe Space Community Forum on How to Advocate for your Child
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bethany Church - 6570 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD

Open to all parents and students


• Bullying/ Harassment/ Intimidation
• 504/ IEP Special Education
• Discrimination
• Sexual Assault
• Title IX
• Policies and Procedures
• Appeal Processes
• Supporting your child socially and emotionally in Elementary, Middle and High school
• Potential impacts of these issues on your child

The purpose of this forum is to create a SAFE SPACE for our HCPSS community to address any concerns/ questions/ issues you may have. There will be community advocates on hand to assist you in any actionable processes that may apply to your situation and/or filling out forms if applicable.

The goal is to empower the parents and students and equip the community with the tools and information needed- to navigate the system and advocate for your family.
There will also be a TCOE Member who is a recent graduate of HCPSS to lead a peer based discussion on how to handle situations that students face in school.


• TCOE Elders
• Community Advocates
• Parenting Panel for Q & A
• Advocates and Special Interest Groups

Lunch will be provided and RSVPs are STRONGLY recommended!

Register at


Contact Lucinda Brown,
Or Towanda Brown,

PO Box 1252
Columbia, MD 21044


Presented by The Council of Elders (TCOE) of the Black Community of Howard County and The Henry A. Strohminger Family Foundation