Sept. 18, 2020 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 1:57pm

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, September 23:  Pre-K - 2 Back to School Night  6:30 - 8:00

Thursday, September 24:  Grades 3 - 5  Back to School Night 6:30 - 8:00

Monday, September 28: Schools and Offices Closed

Wednesday, September 30: GT Information Night 5:00

Community Message

Dear FRES Community,

We all survived our first full week of Virtual Learning! It was a great week and both our staff and students (and parents) worked incredibly hard.  Administrators were able to get into all classes and check in with the staff and students.  

We also wanted to thank all our families who attended our first Virtual Wellness Night.  A special thank you to the PTA for sponsoring  this evening.  The parent session was recorded and we hope to make it available shortly.  We would like to thank our community presenters:

  • Denise Giuliano, NAMI

  • Joseline Castanos, NAMI

  • Tasha Walls, Center for Children

  • Pamela Blackwall, National Family Resiliency Center

  • Carolyn Wohnsigl, National Family Resiliency Center

  • Satyam, Renaissance Yoga

  • Lisa Rhodes, Howard County Office of Children and Families

We would also like to thank the staff who helped with the student activities:

  • Amanda Williams

  • Sam Cassard

  • Heather Tordella

  • L’oreal Edmondson

  • Melissa Azzarello

  • Trish DeOrio

  • Michelle Robinson

Finally, a huge thank you to Alyssa Schuck, Ivye Pazornik, and the PTA for all the behind the scenes work to make this event happen.

News from the Gifted and Talented (GT) Department

GT Orientation
Want to find out more about the GT program at Forest Ridge? There will be a google meet on September 30th at 5:00 p.m. Check out the FRES calendar for the link to get into that meeting. Hope to see you there!

Fall GT Seminar Offerings
FRES GT fall seminar opportunities are becoming available soon!  Please take a look at the choices offered on the google form and then make your grade appropriate choices. Please note that you will need to be logged into your child’s HCPSS account to access the google form.  Questions?  Please email or

Primary Talent Development Goes Virtual!
Primary Talent Development ( PTD) provides activities for kindergarten and first grade students to help develop their creative and analytical thinking skills.

While we remain virtual, there will be one lesson per month with the first quarter being asynchronous. Look for this month's lesson link in your Monday morning announcement. You can also find the link on your homeroom teacher's ELA page.

Please note that PTD lessons are optional. If interested, check out the first lesson on Monday, September 21st.

Family File 

Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the Family File tab on the left and then clicking on Family File.

Spanish Directions:

Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:

  •  Student Information

  •  Parent/Guardian Contact

  •  Emergency Contacts

  •  Medical Information

  •  Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

  •  Photo Approval

  •  Data Confidentiality

  •  PTA/PTSA Directory 

From the Media Center

Are you looking for additional learning resources? Well, the state of Maryland has created a list of free learning resources from ebooks to math to even learning a language. To learn more and for a complete list of the resources, view the attached flyer

Do you need help with technology or resources?

The Student Technology Resources Canvas page includes guides, resources, and videos for HCPSS student technology. Below are some direct links for commonly used resources: 

If you experience issues after reviewing these resources, please complete FRES Tech Help Form and one of our staff members will reach out to you as soon as possible. If you cannot access the online form, please call 410-880-5950 to leave a message. A staff member will attempt to resolve this issue, and if unsuccessful, will provide directions for exchanging the broken device for a working one at the school system's Online Technology Center. 


Forest Ridge Elementary has a new email address dedicated to reporting your student’s absences. If your child will miss class for any reason, please use to inform us.

This mailbox will be monitored by front office staff so please include the following information:

  1. Your child’s first and last name

  2. Grade

  3. Homeroom teacher

  4. The dates your child is absent

  5. The reason for the absence (if it is an illness, please list the symptoms so we can inform the health room) 

Lunch Service  

Forest Ridge will be serving lunch during the designated lunch time in the schedule.  It will be served at the front of the building.  If you need to access other schools for lunch service, here is the link.  

Support for Families in Need

The Maryland Department of Human Services is the state’s human service provider. The agency provides a wide range of services that are administered by local departments of social services in each of the 24 local jurisdictions across the state. These services assist low-income individuals and families in their communities. See below flyer and share.

Supporting Maryland's Families in Need - English 
Supporting Maryland's Families in Need - Spanish

Google Meet Safety Measures

  • Adhere to HCPSS Policy 8080 Responsible Use Technology and Social Media and other relevant HCPSS policies.

  • Follow the school’s values - Focus, Respect, Effort, and Safety

  • Students will only be permitted into a Google Meet session with an HCPSS email account.  All students can be identified through their HCPSS email account.

  • Inappropriate/offensive/threatening comments, misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive participants (invited or uninvited) during Google Meet sessions will not be tolerated.

  • Sharing login information violates the confidentiality rights of other students and places them at risk of having to witness disruptive behaviors from students who are not members of the class or school community. 

  • Students who are disruptive and/or “trespass” Google Meet sessions will be immediately reported to administration and will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the HCPSS Code of Conduct.  Consequences may result in temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which will also result in a student's inability to participate in Google Meet sessions; arrangement for receiving instruction and assignments will be established by administration communicated and arranged with parents.

Additional information can be found in the  Safety Measures During the Google Meet Session on 20-21 HCPSS Virtual Teaching and Learning Page

Virtual Cheerleading!

After school cheerleading (virtual while schools are closed) starts soon for the Fall Semester!  Contact or 410-796-2244 to join!

News from the Gifted and Talented (GT) Department

Daycare Provider in our Community

Jigna Bhatt(Just Like Mom Daycare)

Loving and caring Just like mom
Licensed day care in Stone Lake community
Care available for toddler
No virtual learning pod
301-776-8624 Home
301-377-4317 Cell
Lic# 16-0504

PTA News...

From the PTA President, Korin Sharp

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Virtual Wellness Night! Hopefully everyone learned something useful and the students had fun. We will have the recording up shortly for those who missed it. This event was hosted by our PTA Wellness Committee and funded by a grant from TikTok through the National PTA. Please stay tuned for more info on wellness kit distribution, prize winners, and future committee events. 

Thank you also to those who attended our first PTA meeting. Meeting materials can be found here. 

Website: The new FRES PTA website has a translation feature.  See attached screenshot.  Please ask if there is a need for a language that is not listed.

Committees: We are still looking for co-chairs and members for most of the PTA committees. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time each month. We especially need help on the Membership and Fundraising committees. No experience necessary. More info can be found here. 

Membership: We are now primarily using MemberHub for processing memberships and donations. Please visit to join. Membership dues are $10 for one membership or $16 for two members in the same household, plus a small processing fee.  Of these membership dues, $2.25 goes to the National PTA and $2.00 goes to the Maryland PTA. In addition to their resources and support, we also get access to some fun discounts

Upcoming Events:

SPECIAL MEETING Announcement - 7-7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, September 25th to vote on the budget. All members from the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years are eligible to vote. Meeting will be socially distant and held on Chaton Rd. It is important to have a quorum. Maryland PTA does not permit voting via virtual meeting.  

Future General PTA Meetings: October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14

Communication: There will be several ways to receive communications including school communications,, the FRES PTA Facebook page,, and Twitter @frespta. Last year, there was a group formed for discussion and support. That can be found at and is for current FRES families. New this year, we will also be utilizing Band groups. These can be accessed via web or mobile app. Join via the following links: 

All FRES Families

HS Class of 2035

HS Class of 2034

HS Class of 2033

HS Class of 2032

HS Class of 2031

HS Class of 2030

HS Class of 2029

HS Class of 2028

Grocery Rewards: NEW Weis now has a rewards program.


1.    REGISTER  *Your school’s barcode only needs to be scanned one time to register. 

2.    SCAN your Weis Club Card each time you shop on participating products.

3.    EARN cash for your school based upon your qualifying purchases.

We are also participating in Amazon Smile, Harris Teeter (requires annual renewal), BoxTops, and Coke Rewards. Please visit for more information on these programs that provide financial support to FRES based on purchases you already make. 

Questions and Suggestions: Please email with any questions, feedback, or suggestions or contact me directly at

Have a great weekend!

Korin Sharp, FRES PTA President