September 24, 2021 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 8:48am
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Important Dates
September 24 - PTA Movie Night (outdoor) in the bus loop.  Bring a blanket or chair.
September 29 & 30 - MCAP Math Testing for 4th & 5th Grade Students (see below)

From Our Administrators...

Dear FRES Community,​​

We hope everyone has had a wonderful week and we are all looking forward to a beautiful, cool weekend.  We look forward to seeing many of our families at our School of Excellence Celebration this evening.  The event will take place in the bus loop and will begin at 6:30PM.  Hope to see you there! 

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Early Fall MCAP Testing for Grades 4 and 5

  • September 29th and 30th

    • Fall MCAP Math Testing for 4th Graders, 9:30 am

    • Fall MCAP Math Testing for 5th Graders, 1:45 pm

For more information about the MCAP assessments, please refer to the following documents in English and Spanish. 

Mr. Conroy and Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

GT News
Fall Seminars are here! Science Fair, Green Team, or Unheard Perspectives...what will you choose?

Please use THIS LINK  to read about our Fall Seminar offerings and to sign up. Seminar information must be viewed using your student's user name and password.

Spring Seminar sign up will be available during second semester. We can't wait to see your children in seminars!

A Message from ORCHESTRA (English and Spanish)

Orchestra classes with instruments begin the week of September 27th. All registered students have received folders, schedules and parents have received "Welcome to Orchestra" emails. If you have registered your child but have not received anything, please email Mrs. De Orio ( ASAP.
Forgot to register your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader for orchestra? You can register online at or email Mrs. De Orio at

Un mensaje de ORQUESTA
Las clases de orquesta con instrumentos comienzan la semana del 27 de septiembre. Todos los estudiantes registrados han recibido carpetas, horarios y los padres han recibido correos electrónicos de "Bienvenidos a Orchestra". Si ha registrado a su hijo pero no ha recibido nada, envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. De Orio ( lo antes posible.

¿Se olvidó de inscribir a su alumno de 3º, 4º o 5º grado en la orquesta? Puede registrarse en línea en o enviar un correo electrónico a la Sra. De Orio a

From the Health Room

  • Covid-19 Self Screenings:  All parents/guardians are to perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. Students are not to come to school if they are experiencing any symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 or other communicable disease.  Here's a fun emoji illness chart that can help.
  • Dental Clinic Information (English and Spanish)
    FRES will be hosting the Smiles Dental program at our school on Monday, November 1st, 2021, and permission slips will be coming home with students soon.  We are asking that parents review the form and if interested, complete the permission slip in its entirety and return to school or sign up online at  no later than Monday October 4th, 2021.

    Forest Ridge Elementary contara con el programa Sonrisas Dentales (Smiles Dental) en nuestra escuela el dia  lunes 1 de noviembre de 2021, y pronto estaran recibiendo las boletas de permiso que llegaran a su casa por medio de los estudiantes.  Pedimos que los padres de familia  revisen el paquete y, si están interesados, por favor completen la hoja de permiso en su totalidad y regresenla a la escuela. Tambien pueden registrarse en linea en el siguiente enlace:  a más tardar el lunes 4 de octubre de 2021. 

SuperSquads Cheerleading is Back!
Who:  Students in Grades 2-5
Where: Forest Ridge Elementary School
When:  Mondays, starting on 9/27
Cost:  $168.00
To register, please visit
View the flyer here

Are You Interested in Joining Cub Scouts?
Check out the flyer here.

Family File
Thank you to everyone who has updated their student’s 2021-2022 emergency information using the Family File.  Currently we have 70% of our students completed. This needs to be done each year, even if nothing has changed. The following video walks you through the process of completing the Family File. 

You can access the Family File by logging in to the HCPSS Connect at Once you have logged into the HCPSS Connect, select the Family File tab on the left-hand side, and then select the blue underlined "Family File" towards the center of your screen. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide, update, or confirm the following information:

  • Student Information
  • Parent/guardian Contact Information
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Medical Information
  • Media Release (photo approval)
  • Data Confidentiality
  • PTA/PTSA Directory
  • Unscheduled Early Closing Procedures

Please note, if the section you are looking at is not allowing you to move forward, then there is a question/checkbox on that page that may still need to be addressed. Please make sure to read the prompts at the top of each tab, and click to expand each section. To access our quick help guides, CLICK HERE.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page.  Your user name is your email address.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: A change of address may not be made through the Family File. If you have recently moved, please contact Mrs. Jackson at, Ms. Traini at, or Ms. Williams at for further assistance.

From the PTA...

Here's the link to news from the FRES PTA.

In the Community...

Savage Fire Department Open House
Saturday, October 2, 12-4 p.m.  View the flyer here.


  1. Homecoming kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast in the Hammond HS Cafeteria from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM 
    Tickets will be sold at the door. $8 Adults (Age 13 and up), $4 Kids (7-12), Children age 6 and under are free. 
  2. The Hammond Homecoming Parade will take place at 10:00 am.
    Parade participants will gather at Amherst House in the King's Contrivance Village Center at 9:30 and march through portions of the Dickinson neighborhood ending up in the Hammond HS parking lot at 11:00. This Boosters-sponsored event seeks to include the broader Hammond community including not only Hammond High School teams and clubs, but groups from our feeder schools and their communities as well. If you sponsor a team or group that would like to participate, please send your group name, contact person and their email, and anticipated number of participants to
  3. Cheer on the Hammond High Bears at the football game at 12 noon in the Hammond HS stadium.
    The first 100 spectators will receive a gift from your Hammond High School boosters

Bring your family and friends and join in this annual, autumn tradition!  GO BEARS!

Clothing Giveaway for All Family Members
Saturday, October 16 1:00-3:00
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723
View the flyer here.

Food Giveaway
October 25
Salvation Army
3267 Pine Orchard Lane
Ellicott City, MD 
View the flyer here in Spanish and English.

New HCPSS Community News and Programs Site: 
In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at

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