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Dear FRES Community,
Well, December is here and has brought the cold weather with it! We hope everyone is staying warm. Just a few reminders this week:
Elementary Student Workload During Virtual Instruction
Families, particularly of primary students, have expressed concerns about the virtual elementary workload including the complexity of asynchronous lessons, the number of content areas taught, and the number of weekly asynchronous assignments. In order to support elementary students with successfully navigating during virtual instruction, the following adjustments have been made:
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik
Inclement Weather Policy for 2020-21 School Year
As the weather gets colder, we begin to think about how inclement weather will be handled this year. Please take a look here to get familiar with this school year's inclement weather procedures.
From the Health Room
Check out this flyer about pediatric eye exams with one year of follow-up for uninsured or under-insured children.
Media Matters and Tech Tidbits
Howard County public schools will be closed for winter break from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. There will be no meal service during this time. To ensure children have access to essential nutrition during the holiday period, families may pick up additional meals in advance of the break.
The following adjustments will be made to meal services:
Meals are provided at no cost to any HCPSS student or any child under age 18. More information about 2020-2021 meal services is provided online.
Reflections Arts Competition: We had four students enter the contest in art (Sahiba B., Uma G., Amina H., and Amara H.) and two in literature (Amelia B., Emory H.) All six students will be moving forward to compete at the state level. Congratulations!
Wellness Kits: If your child hasn't received one yet, it is still possible to arrange a time to pick one up at the school. Please send an email to Ms. Schuck to coordinate a time.
Upcoming PTA Meetings: (Via Zoom) Mon. December 14, Tues. January 12 (Rescheduled date) February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and have the passcode frespta.
Monday, Dec. 14 - Ledo Pizza in Fulton - Information is in this flyer. When placing your carryout orders, please mention the Forest Ridge Spirit Night. This will run from 4-8 p.m.
Jan. 6 - Noodles and Co. Laurel
Feb. 3 - Chipotle Maple Lawn
PTA Request: We are looking for a donation of a newspaper vending type box that we could use at FRES for picking up/dropping off items. If you have any ideas, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback: Please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions either by email or via our suggestion box. Suggestions are anonymous, so if you would like a reply, please include your email address.
Have a wonderful weekend and for those celebrating, I wish you joy, light, and happiness this Hanukkah!
Direct Food Support for Howard County Families
Coordinated by the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS), the goal of the Holiday Food Support Project is to increase food access and awareness of resources and services during this holiday season for families experiencing food insecurity and financial hardship. The program will provide $100 in direct food support (one per family - duplicate registrations will be cancelled). Registration is required; choose ONE of the following four Howard County locations for pickup between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.:
• Elkridge 50+ Center: 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge 21075
• North Laurel 50+ Center: 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel 20723
• Howard Crossing Apartment Homes: 8732 Town and Country Boulevard, Ellicott City 21043
• Long Reach Village Center: 8775 Cloud Leap Court, Columbia 21045
Community News and Programs
Be sure to check out the Howard County Community News and Programs page here!
Reservoir High School Young Activists Toy Drive
This group of young people at RHS is dedicated to doing good works in the community. Check out the flyer here.