To opt-in to receive HCPSS text messges, text "YES" to 67587.
November 6 End of Marking Period - Schools close 3 hours early
November 13 Parent Conferences Sign-up begins in the Parent Portal
November 16 Quarter 1 Report Cards Issued
November 23 Parent Conferences, schools close 3 hours early
November 24 Parent Conferences, schools close 3 hours early
November 25 Parent Conferences- schools closed for students
Dear FRES Community,
We did it - we all completed our first quarter of Virtual Learning! We know this has been challenging for everyone but we made it! We want to thank everyone for the support as we navigated this new road together. Due to the negative impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and transition to virtual learning, the Howard County Public School System has made some changes to 1st quarter grading that you may see reflected on your child’s report card.
Students in primary grades will earn an I (Independent) or W (With assistance) if they have engaged in synchronous instruction. Students in intermediate grades will receive A, B or C grades if they have engaged in synchronous instruction. As a result, Canvas grades may not align with quarter 1 report card grades.
These changes are in place for 1st quarter report card grades only. Asynchronous assignments complement and support synchronous learning; please support your child with task completion and with attending support sessions as needed in the second quarter.
Sign up for Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences--Begins November 13th
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on November 23rd - 25th. November 23rd and 24th are half days for students and conferences will take place in the afternoon. Many teachers will also host conferences on the evenings of the 23rd and 24th. Teachers who do not host evening conferences will offer conferences on the 25th. There is no school for students on the 25th.
This fall, you may sign up for a conference with your child's ELA teacher. The conference window opens up on Wednesday, November 13th and will be open through Thursday, November 19th. The conferences will be 15 minutes each.
To sign up for a conference, please login to HCPSS Connect and click on "Conferences" in the navigation pane. Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for more information and detailed steps to sign up for a conference.
Don't forget to check out the latest news from Mrs. Schuck, our School Counselor
Great Job, Tola!
Tola L. in Mrs. Porter's 3rd grade class has been working so hard! She is on time, participates, and tries her best every day. Woohoo, Tola!!
Media Matters and Tech Tidbits
Google Meet backgrounds FYI-Google Meet is now offering varied backgrounds and the ability to blur your background. Students are welcomed to do this, but it should not be a distraction to themselves or the class. Also, this option seems to be causing video and audio glitches on the Chromebook. We encourage you to talk about this with your student.
Profile Pictures: As a part of the technology lesson this week, students in grades 4 and 5 were shown how to change their profile pictures in Canvas and G-Suite, and the importance of using a school-appropriate image for HCPSS accounts. This picture will be displayed when their camera is off during Google Meets. Having a profile picture allows teachers and students to identify them.
If you are in need of assistance with your Chromebook after visiting Student Technology Resources and reviewing the Chromebook self-help information, complete the FRES Community: Tech Support Form for assistance from the FRES Tech Team. This form is also available on the FRES School Website.
New lessons have been posted for students in grades K and 1. Students can find these lessons on the Team page. These enrichment lessons are optional, and they are quite fun! We hope many of our young students will choose to participate. Please send any student work to Mrs. Clawson (Team 1) or Mrs. Hogan (Team K). We look forward to seeing the creative work!
Upcoming PTA Meetings: (Via Zoom): December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14
Membership Update: We are now up to 71 members! FRES families, staff, and community members can join at www.frespta.org/join Only $10 per year for an individual or $16 for a pair.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!