October 14 MAP Math Testing: Grades 2-5 (Details below)
October 16 Schools close 3 hours early - Details below
November 3 Schools and Offices closed
November 6 Schools close 3 hours early - Details below
November 16 Quarter 1 Report Cards Issued
November 24-25 Parent Teacher Conferences (Details will be sent)
Over the past few weeks, it has come to our attention that some students are struggling with the appropriate use of technology during Google Meets. There have been several instances of students using a Google Meet feature to make outside calls during instructional times as well as students recording Google Meet sessions. Both of these instances are against HCPSS policy and will result in consequences for students.
Students who are disruptive during Google Meet sessions will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the HCPSS Student Code of Conduct. These expectations have been put in place to ensure that our virtual classroom is a positive, safe, and productive learning environment.
It is important that all students adhere to the following expectations during virtual live sessions throughout the school day.
Always be respectful and courteous to other students and teachers during Google Meets.
Google Meet tools must be used appropriately. Tools like chat and video allow us to interact with each other during class time. Only tools specified for use should be utilized as outlined in the HCPSS Policy, as well as our school expectations.
Students must use their HCPSS email account to log in to a Google Meet session. This should be the only account used.
Login information must not be shared. Sharing login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality, and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons.
Distributed chromebooks are the property of HCPSS. Browser add ons should not be downloaded to computers unless directed by staff.
At the end of all Google Meet sessions, students should click the icon to leave the meeting and close the tab in order to exit the session completely.
Video recording of any Google Meet is prohibited.
Even though our current instruction is through a virtual learning platform, it is expected that all students follow school and HCPSS expectations in regards to responsible use of technology. For more information, please view Policy 8080: HCPSS Responsible Use of Technology, Digital Tools, and Social Media.
Thank you for your support,
Scott Conroy, Principal
Canvas Calendar Update
Students can now view up to 20 calendars within Canvas! There are a variety of views of the calendar (month, week, and agenda). We encourage students and families to explore the best setting for them. Learn more about the Canvas Calendar.
In addition to the FRES Virtual Wellness Night we hosted, The PTA Wellness Committee, volunteer staff and I have worked hard to provide EVERY STUDENT a Wellness Kit. The kit includes lots of tools to help you deal with hard emotions you may be feeling at this time of virtual learning. It's packed full of great resources for parents too!
Some items include:
A stress ball
Positive affirmation bookmarks
A FRES Friendship bracelet and more!
One important strategy to remember: TAKE A BREAK
Come take a break by visiting FRES during the breakfast (8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) or lunch (10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) pick up next week! If you don't pick up breakfast or lunch already, this is a great time to take a break from learning, get out of the house and grab a meal (this also supports our Food and Nutrition services)! I will be there to hand out your FREE Wellness Kit and would love to see you!
Please come by to wave from afar! Don't forget your mask!
Thinking of you,
Your Counselor, Ms. Schuck
MAP Testing Information
Dear 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Forest Ridge Families,
On Wednesday, October 14, students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will take the math portion of the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. The MAP assessment is an online tool that will help teachers gauge where your child is starting the year academically. The assessment is designed to adjust the difficulty of the questions based on student response. It may appear that the test is too hard or easy for your student however as they progress, the test questions will be geared more towards their level. The MAP assessment does not affect your child’s grade. It is normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. To learn more about the MAP assessment, please visit: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/common-questions-families/
Please note that we are offering two time slots for your child to log into the Google Meet to take this assessment. Your child only needs to attend one time slot and you can choose whatever is most convenient for your schedule. Students should work through the assessment independently. Students who require accommodations during the assessment will be contacted by a teacher prior to testing.
If your child is unable to attend, makeup testing will be offered during asynchronous learning times.
In addition, we are not asking for parents to choose a time ahead of time, but rather to just ensure that your child is present at one of the blocks of time on the testing day.
Please reach out to Ivye Pazornik at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410-880-5950 if you have any questions regarding the administration of the MAP assessment. Teachers will share Google Meet information and your student’s testing group as we get closer to the Oct 14th date.
Ivye Pazornik, Assistant Principal
Student Testing Coordinator
Media Matters and Tech Tidbits
HC Library System’s HiTech Virtual STEAM Carnival is virtual this year! This fun and hands-on event, for students in grades K-12, features five tracks of engaging and interactive activities, each with a different focus. Register for one track, then pick up your carnival-in-a-bag and get started! Activities can be completed individually and in conjunction with virtual classes. Register at http://hclibrary.org/new-a-main/hitech/hitech-carnival/
Congratulations to Lily Edmondson and Elle Hanfman for completing the Summer Reading Program. Way to go! If your student completed the summer reading program, please complete the SUMMER READING Survey.
Are you experiencing technology problems with your Chromebook or an app? Follow these steps:
Visit hcpss.me and scroll down to the self-help buttons at the very bottom. Find your topic, and follow the suggestions. There is a wealth of information here!
If you don’t have success after following the direction from those links, complete the FRES Community: Tech Support Form for assistance from the FRES Tech Team. This form is also available on the FRES School Website.
Take a break- Make sure your student is taking an at least 5 minute break between virtual class sessions. This is a great time for them to use the restroom, do an exercise or get a quick outdoor breath of fresh air.
Schedule Adjustments for Scheduled Early Dismissal Days
The HCPSS 2020-2021 calendar includes four scheduled 3-hour early dismissal days:
Free Food Distribution on Saturdays in October
See the attached flyer regarding free food distribution on Saturdays in October at Ducketts Lane Elementary School.
Council of Elders
The mission of the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County is two-fold:
Save the Date!
The Council of Elders and the Howard County Public School System have partnered to sponsor the following 2020–21 parent workshop series, at 9–10:30 a.m.on the following dates:
October 17- Effective Home and School Communication
December 5 - Social Media, Peer Pressure, and Human Trafficking
January 30 - Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
March 13 - Suicide Prevention and Substance Abuse
Sessions will be held virtually, and additional details regarding each session are forthcoming.
From the PTA President, Korin Sharp
Reminder: There is a PTA meeting on Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m. on Zoom http://tiny.cc/fresptaoctmtg Mtg ID 983 0999 7211 Passcode frespta You do not have to be a member to attend. Hope to see you there!
Volunteer Need: We are in need of 1 or 2 parents to help Ms. Schuck pass out Wellness Kits in front of the school each day next week during breakfast and lunch pick up. Can you help sign up for a 1 hour shift? We will wear masks and practice social distancing. Sign up at http://tiny.cc/freswellness
Halloween Event: Save the date! We will be having a drive-through Halloween event on Friday, October 30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Want to help out? Join our planning Band group https://band.us/n/afa449mb53mdR
Planning Survey: If you haven't yet completed our 5 question survey to find out what types of events, topics, and activities would be most helpful to FRES families, please take a moment to do so. Responses are due next Friday.
Future General PTA Meetings (Via Zoom): October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14
Membership Update: We are now up to 54 members! This is a great start. FRES families, staff, and community members can join at www.frespta.org/join
After School Activities: All of last year's after school enrichment providers now have virtual offerings. Please check out their classes if you are looking for fun kids' activities.
Communication: There will be several ways to receive communications including school communications, www.frespta.org, the FRES PTA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FRESPTA/, and Twitter @frespta. Last year, there was a group formed for discussion and support. That can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2135313649893726/ 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.