February 25, 2022 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 02/25/2022 - 1:13pm
  • To opt-in to HCPSS Text messages, text "YES" to 67587 from the device on which you would like to receive messages.
  • Be sure to click on the "Calendar" link at the top of our website for important dates throughout the school year.
  • View the breakfast and lunch menus here.  Please keep in mind that items on the menus are subject to availability.

Important Dates
February 26    10:00-2:00  Howard County Child Care Fair at North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.  View the flyer here.
March 7             Kindergarten Registration Opens for 2022--2023 School Year (registration is online)
March 15          Chick-fil-A Day (proceeds benefit FRES positive behavior program - flyer to come)
March 18          Class Picture Day (details to come)

April 19             Pre-K registration begins (children must be 4 by 9/1/22, families must qualify)

View the HCPSS Calendar in English
View the HCPSS Calendar in Spanish
View the HCPSS Calendar in Korean
View the HCPSS Calendar in Chinese

Forest Ridge News...

***Want to receive HCPSS text messages regarding weather-related closing info, late bus info, etc.?  You must opt-in.  Text "YES" to 67587 from the device on which you would like to receive messages.***

Important - Students are being dropped off too early...students should not be dropped off before 8:55 a.m.  Thanks for your help!

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year Begins on Monday, March 7
HCPSS kindergarten registration will be held March 7-11.  If you live in the FRES district and have a child who is or will be 5 by September 1, 2022, please register them during this week. Our staffing for next year depends on our number of expected kindergarten students.  Check out this link for more information.

From the PE Teachers - Kids Heart Challenge
Our Forest Ridge family is fundraising for the American Heart Association in order to help kids with sick hearts!  Our students can win lots of cool prizes along the way and will get to celebrate our donations in PE class at the end of March.  The last day to donate is March 25th, so click this link to get your student registered and let's make a difference!

Learning Together Program
The Forest Ridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) Pre-Kindergarten programs are preparing for classes for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.  These classes include children with and without disabilities.  The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills.   Parents of children who will be 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).  Applications are now being accepted and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st.  

If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at earlyinterventionservcies@hcpss.org or at 410-313-7017.

HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, or in person).   If you have any additional questions, please contact Tricia Walls at tricia_wallls@hcpss.org or 410-880-5950.

HCPSS Summer Programs
2022 Summer Programs Preview: The 2022 Summer Programs Preview, which contains descriptions of HCPSS’ four summer programs and enrollment information, is available to view here.

Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Institutes for Talent Development
The Gifted and Talented (GT) Summer Institutes for Talent Development offers additional advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year for students entering grades 1-8. Rigorous instruction focusing on talent development is offered in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, technology and fine arts.  No testing nor prior GT coursework is required for enrollment in these enrichment offerings.  Students may attend for Session 1, Session 2, or both sessions. While the program is half-day, before and after care is available on site via Howard County Recreation and Parks.

For more information, please visit the HCPSS Summer Programs page.

G/T Course Listing
G/T Course Matrix
Contact: GTSummer@hcpss.org or 410-313-6671.

Nominate an Outstanding Educator!
Nominations for 2022's Educator Recognition are due by March 4. Please see the link below for full details: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2022/01/g-t-advisory-seeks-nominations-for-educator-recognition/

Howard County Child Care Fair
Howard County's Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) will host its annual Child Care Fair on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel.  View the flyer here.

From the Health Room

Howard County Health Department: Covid facts & testing locations:  http://www.howardcountymd.gov/health/covid-19

In the Community...

Greater Laurel United Soccer Club registration is open for the spring season.  The season begins March 15.  View the flyer in English and Spanish here.

Kids on Campus Summer Registration Open
Brochures are available on the table in the vestibule at FRES, or visit the website here.

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 community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org.

Receive HC DrugFree's Free Newsletter: To receive HC DrugFree's free electronic newsletter packed with information for parents and opportunities for students, go to https://hcdrugfree.org/enews-signup/