June 4, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 10:21am


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Important Dates

June 8                      Last Day for PreK Students
June 9                      5th Grade Closing Ceremony (see below)
June 10                    3-hour Early Dismissal
                                  6:00-7:30 5th Grade End of Year Drive-Through Celebration (see below)
June 11                    3-hour Early Dismissal
                                  6:30-8:00 PTA Take Away Ice Cream Social
June 14                    3-hour Early Dismissal
June 14                    7:00 p.m. PTA Meeting (Open to all)
June 15                    Last Day of School!!!  (3-hour early dismissal)
June 15                    Last Day to Order a Yearbook (see PTA News below)


From our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,

As we wind down the school year, we have a few important items to share:

  1. As HCPSS looks to normalize operations for the Fall 2021, start and ending times for each school will return to the original, pre-COVID schedule.  Forest Ridge’s student hours will be 9:15 - 3:45.  

  2. What do I do with my Chromebook after June 15th?

  • Students leaving the school system at the end of the 2020-2021 school year MUST return their HCPSS assigned device(s) by the last day of school, which is June 15th.  

  • Families who do not wish to keep possession of HCPSS technology device(s) may return them to their school or Technology Support Center.

  • All students who will remain enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year may continue to borrow the device(s) assigned to them over the summer. 

  • Review the Chromebook Care guidelines to ensure that the devices are kept safe over the summer.

  • Chromebooks are to be used for instructional purposes only.

  • No extensions should be downloaded to the Chromebooks.

  • Technology support will NOT be available at FRES over the summer.

  1. Schedule for Week of June 7th and June 14th:

  • June 7th and 8th:  Normal hybrid schedule

    • Last day for RECC is June 8 (Preschool and Pre-K)

    • Dismissal 4:05

  • June 9th:  Normal E Day Wednesday schedule 

    • Dismissal:  12:05pm

    • Only E students come to school

  • June 10th & 11th:  Early Dismissal Schedule

    • Dismissal:  1:05pm

    • HR Teachers will share RA information

  • June 14th & 15th:  Early Dismissal Schedule

    • Dismissal:  1:05pm

    • HR Teachers will share RA information

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and we look forward to a great transition into summer break.  Thank you for your continued support!

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

Reminder:  We Still Have Quite a Few Picture Envelopes That Haven't Been Picked Up
Hello Parents of Virtual Students - If you brought your child to school for pictures on April 28 and haven't yet picked up your envelope, please come to the FRES office between 8:30 & 4:30 to pick them up.  Remember, everyone who was photographed on April 28 has an envelope to pick up, whether they ordered in advance or not. 

Grade 5 Closing Activities
1. This year our closing ceremony will be virtual. On June 9th, we will hold two Google Meet sessions. We split the ceremony into 2 different times due to the size of the grade. During these Meet sessions we will present a slideshow celebrating the students. The slideshow will be available to view after the Meet sessions on the Team 5 Canvas page. Please read over all the details below:

  • Date: June 9, 2021
    Mrs. O’Connell’s and Ms. Plunkett’s classes @ 10:00 a.m.
    Mrs. Ports’, Mr. Whiteford’s, and Ms. Yi’s classes @ 11:00 a.m.

  • Parents and Guardians can log on to the Meet with their child. Your child will need to use his/her HCPSS account to log on to the Meet; no outside emails will be permitted to join the Meet sessions.

  • Usually in-person E students are in school on Wednesdays. If your child will be in school that day and you will need assistance with joining the Meet, please contact your child’s teacher before June 4th. 

  • Codes for the Meet will be sent out the week before.

2.  5th Grade Drive-Through Celebration & Marquee Photo-Op - Evening of June 10
All 5th graders and their families are invited to drive through the FRES bus loop between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, to celebrate our wonderful students moving on to middle school! The PTA's 5th Grade Activities Committee is working with FRES Staff on plans for a drive through where students and families can see their teachers and receive a few gifts from the PTA, including 5th grade t-shirts and FRES yard signs. We’ll also have a photo op (with props) at the FRES marquee sign, so families are welcome to park in the lot and stop by the marquee to take a fun photo. Suggested timeframes: Last name A-G arrive 6 pm to 6:30pm; Last name H-N arrive 6:30pm to 7 pm; Last name O-Z arrive 7 pm to 7:30pm. If you need to arrive at a different time than suggested, no problem - this is a guide to regulate traffic flow. We hope to see all of our 5th graders to wish them all the best next year!

Media Matters and Tech Tidbits

  • Summer reading at the Howard County public library is back! The program offers reading events, activities and has weekly challenges for every grade level. Prizes will be given to students who complete the program. Also, FRES students who complete the program will be recognized in the Forerunner and will get a special surprise treat in the fall. To sign-up, visit http://hclibrary.org/summer/
  • Summer Slugger Program with Howard County Library:  Help stop summer slide and satisfy young baseball fans! The Orioles have partnered with Everfi to offer Summer Slugger, a free game-based learning program with online math and reading challenges designed for students entering 4th and 5th grades. Learn how to sign up for this fun and engaging program.  https://howardcounty.librarycalendar.com/events/summer-slugger-online-5
  • Wondering how to care for your Chromebook over summer break? Check out this helpful page. https://www.hcpss.org/devices/chromebook-care/
From the Health Room
The Howard County Health Department Immunization Program will be holding vaccination clinics during the month of June for children and adolescents who need to get current on their immunization schedule.  See the flyer here.
Joni Dorsey RN/School health services
Forest Ridge health room

K-5 2021-22 New Student Registration and PreK Registration Open Now
Registration is online.  Visit www.hcpss.org/enroll for information and to register.  Note:  If your child is currently enrolled at FRES and will continue to attend next year, you do not need to re-register.  Your child will automatically be "rolled over" into the new school year.

Families are encouraged to visit the Grade K Family and Community Resources page for more information about the kindergarten instructional program and ways families can support their children at home.

The Prekindergarten Family and Community Resources page also contains resources for families and providers for children currently in their prekindergarten year.

Hammond High School Boosters Summer Sports Camps
Hammond Boosters is proud to once again offer summer sports camps to rising 4th-9th graders.  Campers will be coached by HS coaches, grouped by age/ability, have drill periods, competitions, and get better!  Each camp is $125 and each participant receives an Under Armour Hammond High School t-shirt.  Please see the attached flier for details and contact information.  

From the PTA...

FRES Ice Cream Fly By: The PTA will be passing out a cup of ice cream or Italian Ice to FRES students on Friday, June 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. along with a little surprise to help get your summer started. A special guest Eagle will be "flying by" to say hi! Frozen treats brought to you in part by a donation from Weis Markets. Register here to help us know how many treats we need. 
Fifth Grade Activities: All fifth graders and their families are invited to drive through the bus loop at FRES between 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, to celebrate our wonderful students moving on to middle school. 
School of Excellence Survey DEADLINE EXTENDED to June 12: FRES is continuing the process towards becoming a National PTA School of Excellence and your help is needed. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Surveys are due by June 12. Here is a letter with some background information on the process. http://tiny.cc/FRESsurvey2 
Yearbook ordering is fixed! The deadline to order yearbooks is June 15! The cost is $19.50 plus shipping, taxes and fees. Yearbooks will be shipped to your home address, not the school.   
How to order:
2) Select "Second Chance Order Form" at the bottom of of the home screen
3) The access key for the yearbook is QGPYBPCC
4) Enter your student's name and your contact information. If you want to order a book for more than one child, you'll see a "(order another)" next to your child's name at the top of the page. Chick that link to order another.
5) Proceed to the cart and checkout as you normally would. Note, your full mailing address may not show up on the billing screen, but should be visible on your receipt. 
Expect to receive your yearbook in about four to six weeks.
Variety Show: The Variety Show will now be held during the last PTA meeting of the year on June 14. 
Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers and leaders for ALL committees for next year. Please check out the list and comment with your name and email address so we can contact you with more information. 
NEW Spirit Wear Promotion for June: New Spirit Wear Promotion for June. Free shipping on orders $50+ with code SUMMER21-FS  https://1stplace.sale/44343

Save the Date:

  • Last PTA Meeting of the school year: June 14 at 7 p.m. (Open to all)

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. 

Please email Korin Sharp at president@frespta.org if you have any questions on this week’s update. Thanks and have a great weekend

Korin Sharp

Forest Ridge Elementary PTA

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