Nov. 1, 2019 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:09pm

Important Dates:

 3    Daylight Saving Time ends - Turn clocks back 1 hour
 4    Joe Corbi's Fundraiser Delivery this week
 5    7:00 PTA Meeting - Media Center
 6    6:30 Math Parent Workshop
 8    Skate Night, Laurel Roller Skating Center - 7pm - 9pm
13   Panda Express Restaurant Spirit DAY - 11am - 9:30pm
22   4:00-8:00 Book Fair Family Night
25   Schools close 3 hours early for parent/teacher conferences (12:36)
       PTA-sponsored Teacher and Staff Conference Dinner - 4-5pm
26   Schools close 3 hours early for parent/teacher conferences (12:36)
27   Schools closed for parent/teacher conferences
28-29 Thanksgiving holiday - schools and offices closed

Items of Note:

  • As the weather gets colder, there is the possibility that schools will be closed or open late because of inclement weather.  HCPSS sends out text messages to let parents know.  These messages usually go out between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m.  To receive text messages from FRES or HCPSS, you must opt in.  Please text "YES" to 67587 to receive text messages.
  • .Chick-fil-A Spirit Days this year will be on December 11, and March 18.  Proceeds will help to defray the cost of 4th and 5th grade field trips.

Student News...

Congratulations to our Eagle Egg winners for this week:

5th- Carlisle P., 4th- Prateek B., 3rd- Camila G., 2nd- Madison P., 1st- Amina H., and K- Niya G.-M.

Forest Ridge News...

Calling ALL Parents!

If you would be interested in helping translate documents so our teachers can provide information to our families who speak a language other than English, please contact Sarah Ports ( or Kathy Chrzanowski ( 
We are especially in need of those who speak: Spanish, Burmese, Chin, and Vietnamese.

Watch DOGS
Many thanks to Mr. Braddy, Mr. Gregg, Mr. Dowdell, Mr. Hudson, and Mr. Runyen who came in this week to serve as our Watch DOGS!

PTA News...

4    Joe Corbi's Fundraiser Delivery this week
5    PTA Meeting - Media Center - 7pm
8    Skate Night, Laurel Roller Skating Center - 7pm - 9pm
13   Panda Express Restaurant Spirit DAY - 11am - 9:30pm
25   PTA-sponsored Teacher and Staff Conference Dinner - 4-5pm
3     PTA Meeting - Media Center - 7pm
3-5  Holiday Shoppe
6     Ice-skating Night, The Gardens Ice Center - 7:50-9:20pm
18   Kindergarten Gingerbread House Night Happy November, FRES families!

Last week’s Movie Night and Halloween Dance were a ton of fun!  Thank you to all the families who volunteered and attended to make the events amazing! 

My family and I had a delicious meal at Restaurant Night at Red Hot & Blue on Tuesday.  It was lovely to see so many FRES families enjoying the evening out and supporting FRES!

Some folks have asked if the woman on the screensavers at Savage Library is me.  Yes, that’s me!!  I was attending the Howard County Library System’s annual Longest Table event with FRES media specialist Mrs. Edmondson, where we came together with Howard County residents from diverse backgrounds from all over the county to break bread and have meaningful conversations!

Our next PTA Meeting is on Tuesday, November 5, in the Media Center at 7 pm.  We will have childcare (thanks to Mrs. Lindenmann!) for your school-aged children, and snacks, including some tasty bread donated by Texas Roadhouse.  In addition to regular PTA business, we will also be discussing school redistricting (school boundary review process) since the Board of Education is currently taking feedback from the community to inform their decisions.  We hope to demystify the process and discuss how this may impact FRES families.

Finally, this year – with the help of dedicated FRES parent Korin Sharp – the PTA is partnering with the school to participate in the National PTA School of Excellence Program, which was designed to "grow partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students."  A brief 20 question baseline survey is Step 2 in an 8 step process to become designated as a National PTA School of Excellence. 

The anonymous survey can be completed online or look for the paper version in your child's take home folder.  Please complete either the paper survey and send it in with your child or complete the online survey by next Monday, November 11.  We thank you in advance for participating and sharing your opinions!

Have a great weekend!

Khaleda Hasan, FRES PTA President

More from the PTA

Committee Meetings
Still want to get involved and join a PTA committee?  It’s never too late!  Green Committee will be holding a kick off meeting on Thursday, November 7 at Savage Library from 6-7 pm before the After School Enrichment Committee meeting that is from 7-8 pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend!

Skate Night
Roll on by for our next Skate Night next Friday, November 8 at Laurel Roller Skating Center on Rt. 1 and Brewers Court.  Skate from 7 – 10pm for $9, which includes skate rental.  Say you’re with FRES to get the special price.  All participants who use the FRES special price must sign a waiver at the door.

Restaurant Night
Our next restaurant “night” is at Panda Express in Laurel on Route 1.  It runs ALL DAY on Wednesday, November 13 from 11am to 9:30pm!  Show the printed or
digital flyer when you order so we can get back some of the proceeds.  Be sure to mark it on your calendar!

Community News...

Howard County families can get free coats, gloves, hats and scarves on:


Daycare Provider in Our District:

Christine's Family Daycare

Savage Ukes
This Saturday, November 2, the Howard County Library - Savage Branch will have a ukulele play along from 2 - 2:45 PM. The play along is open to everyone ages 8 and up and beginners are always welcome! Bring your ukulele and come join us for some family fun! If you would like more information about the ukulele play along, please contact the Savage Library or David Petro ( View the flyer here: Savage Ukes Nov 2019.jpg 

From the Hammond ES PTA
Please join us Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30pm for a viewing of SCREENAGERS for our school community. We will be showing the film FREE at Hammond Middle School in the gymnasium (8100 Aladdin Drive, Laurel, MD, 20723). Adults and students 10 years and older are invited to attend. This is NOT a drop off event. All students must be accompanied by an adult and we ask that younger students be left at home.

While the film is free for ADULTS and for children 10 and older, we do ask that potential attendees RSVP in advance at the following link:

Reservoir High School Presents, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime."  Learn more

Emerson Food Truck Fridays - November 2019