April 19 Pre-K registration begins (children must be 4 by 9/1/22; families must qualify)
April 22 Deadline for submitting yearbook cover art (see below under "PTA News")
April 27 3-Hour Early Dismissal Day. FRES dismisses at 12:45.
April 30 Deadline for submitting 5th grade baby pictures and dedications for the yearbook (see below under "PTA News")
May 2 Staff Work Day - No School for Students
May 3-9 FRES Book Fair!
May 9 5:00-7:00 p.m. FRES Ice Cream Social and Book Fair Shopping Evening. View the flyer here.
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Ramadan Alternative Lunch/Recess Activity
In an effort to be supportive to those who observe Ramadan, we want to make families aware that the school can provide an alternate location during your child's lunch/recess. Parents of students who are fasting may request that their child visit the media center during their lunch/recess and engage in reading a book or other quiet activity. Please send an email to your child’s homeroom teacher if you would like to request that your child visit the media center during the lunch/recess time. Thank you for your help.
From Our PE Teachers
We are very excited to begin planning for Field Day on Wednesday, June 1st, with a rain date of June 9th. This is an all-day event for students, but due to safety, families are not permitted to come and watch as spectators. However, we are looking for volunteers to help run some of the stations and make the day as fun as possible for the students. The volunteers will need to arrive around 9:45 a.m. to get ready for their first rotations at 10 a.m. The rotations will finish at 2:00 p.m., and volunteers will get an hour break for lunch or time with their children in between.
To allow adequate time to plan this event, we are asking volunteers to please complete all necessary steps as outlined below by April 18th. If we do not have enough volunteers, we will need to make alternative arrangements.
Please use this LINK to sign up to volunteer for Field Day. All visitors must check in at the front office upon arrival. You will need your driver's license to check-in.
Complete This By April 18th To Volunteer for Field Day:
From the Media Center
BOOK FAIR IS COMING BACK!!!
We are so excited that book fair will be back at FRES from May 3-May 9! That means we need YOUR HELP. We look forward to seeing everyone again. Please make sure you fill out the required volunteer paperwork (link is on the sign up genius to get to the paperwork needed).
MCAP Assessment for Grades 3-5
In the coming weeks, students in grades 3 - 5 will be participating in the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP). MCAP provides information to educators and parents on students' progress towards proficiency on the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards. Below are the dates for each grade:
ELA: May 16, 17, 19, 20 @ 10:15 - 11:30
Math: May, 23, 24, 25, 26 @ 10:15 - 11:30
ELA: May 4, 5, 6, 9 @ 9:15 - 10:30
Math: May 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 9:15 - 10:30
ELA: May 4, 5, 6, 9 @ 1:45 - 3:00
Math: May 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 11:15 - 12:30
Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year is Open and On-Going
If you live in the FRES district and have a child who is or will be 5 by September 1, 2022, please register your child for kindergarten. Our staffing for next year depends on our number of expected kindergarten students. Check out this link for more information.
CALLING ALL MALE ROLE MODELS! Come volunteer at school...JOIN WATCH D.O.G.S.!!!
Complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools
Sign and turn in certificate
Complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Training about reporting any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to Howard County Department of Social Services
Sign and turn in certificate
You may read before hand and bring the signed certificate, or do it when you arrive!
Learning Together Program
The Forest Ridge Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) Pre-Kindergarten programs are preparing for classes for the 2022-2023 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.
We will find out how many classes we will have next year by June 10th. Families will be notified by June 15th as to whether there is room at Forest Ridge or if their child may need to attend a neighboring school.
From the Health Room
What do I need to show as proof of a negative COVID test result?
Effective April 5, 2022, if a student or staff member exhibits COVID-like symptoms, the parent/guardian or staff may submit any of the following to show proof of a negative test and return to the building:
A negative rapid test result will not require a confirmatory PCR test if the student or staff member has not been identified as a close contact or part of a cohort outbreak.
Fifth graders, we need your help with the yearbook! Every year the fifth graders are invited to design the cover of the yearbook, and participate in the baby photo gallery & dedications sections.
1. Baby Picture Gallery: Stroll down memory lane!
Each year 5th grade students are invited to participate in a Baby Picture Gallery! If you would like to submit a baby picture (kindergarden or younger) of your 5th grader, please email photos to email@example.com. Please format your submission so that it shows your child's face clearly in a 1 inch by 1 inch square. Your submission must include the student's name. This section is voluntary and absolutely free. Submissions are due by April 30, 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HC Drug Free Events
HC Drug Free is holding two events on April 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Village Center: "Hidden in Plain Sight" and Medication and Sharps Collection. View the flyer here.
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