May 12, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 05/11/2023 - 4:52pm
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Important Dates
May 16                       McDonald’s Restaurant Fundraiser. View the flyer.
May 18                       1st Grade Field Trip
May 18                       Kindergarten In-school Field Trip
May 18                       6:30-7:45 FRES S.T.E.A.M. Fair
May 19                         Professional Work Day - Schools closed for students
May 22                       Yearbook Order Deadline
May 23                       FRES Field Day.  Volunteers needed...see below
May 24                       PTA Connected: Ready, Tech, Go!  Make Your Summer! English flyer  Spanish flyer
May 25                       Rain Date - FRES Field Day
May 29                       Memorial Day - Schools and Offices Closed
May 31                       3rd Grade Field Trip
May 31                       Music Concerts at Hammond High School - Orchestra 6:00, Chorus 6:45, Band 7:30
June 1                        5th Grade Visits PVMS
June 2                        5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearing
June 6                        4th Grade Field Trip
June 7                           Schools close 3 hours early (12:45) for Professional Work Day
June 9                        10:00 Kindergarten End of Year Show
June 9                        2:00 5th Grade Closing (2 tickets issued per student)
June 12                         Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)
June 13                         Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)

June 13                      7:00 PTA Meeting - Dive Bar, Savage Mill
June 14                         Last Day of School!  Schools close 3 hours early (12:45)

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Forest Ridge News...

From the PE Teachers - Field Day is Coming!
Field Day is coming on May 23!  We would greatly appreciate your help. We need many volunteers to make this event a success.  Please click this link to sign up.

Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) - Spring Assessment for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders
The Maryland State Department of Education is conducting a spring student assessment as one of several strategies to identify how students are performing academically. The results will help educators better understand student needs.  These results never stand alone in assessing student growth, and will be used in combination with other assessments and class work to gauge overall student performance.

MCAP is the overarching term used for all state assessments. MSDE will administer assessments in the Spring for English Language Arts/Literacy & Mathematics. Here are the dates for FRES Students:

4th Grade MCAP Dates:

  • Math 5/15, 5/16, 5/17  (9:30 -11:30)

It is important that students arrive at school on time each testing day.  If possible please avoid scheduling vacations or appointments on testing days.  If a student misses a day of testing they will have an opportunity to make it up.  

Please contact Ms. Pazornik ( ) with any questions about the MCAP assessment.  To learn more about Spring Assessments and MCAP please visit HCPSS Testing FAQ located on the HCPSS website.

FRES Evening of Excellence
Forest Ridge will be holding an evening of excellence to celebrate all of our amazing learning here at school.  Please join us on Thursday, May 18th 6:30-7:45 pm, at our FRES S.T.E.A.M. Night, which will include the PTA sponsored S.T.E.M. Fair and student work across all grade levels.  We hope to see you there!

Help for FRES Families in Need
We are starting a community support group at school, called Feathers for Families! Here are ways you can help ALL YEAR ‘ROUND:

  • Donate non-perishable food and toiletries (boxed and labeled “Feathers for Families”)
  • Donate clothing or shoes (bagged or boxed, labeled “Feathers for Families”)
  • Donate small toy/game/fun items for kids
  • Donate monetary amounts (listed above)

From the PTA...Get More PTA Info at the PTA Website

PTA Spring Carnival & Auction – Thank you!
A huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers who assisted at our Spring Carnival on Saturday. We couldn't have done it without your generous gift of your time and energy. Thank you for spending your Saturday giving our kids a day of smiles, laughter, and fun.

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the businesses and individuals who generously donated to our silent auction. The funds raised will support PTA programs for our teachers, students, and families.

Restaurant Night Fundraiser – McDonalds – May 16th
Come out to the Laurel/Fort Meade location of McDonalds from 5pm – 8pm and support the FRES PTA.  20% of all orders will be donated back to FRES.  Also, there might be some guest employees working this evening!

STEAM Fair – May 18th
FRES PTA needs your help with directing traffic and overseeing the Science Fair.  Please sign up to help the staff during this event. We need just a few extra hands to help during this event.  Click here to volunteer.

Time to order your yearbook! Deadline to order - May 22nd
It's time to order yearbooks. You can order them online through May 22nd. The deadline will not be extended, so order now.

Price - They cost $23.32 ($22 plus $1.32 in state tax). An ordering fee is charged at checkout. There is no shipping charge because the books will be delivered to the school and distributed to students. 

We'd also like to announce the winners of the cover contest. The front cover winner was Uma Goldberg, the back cover winner was Nathan Oluyole. Congratulations Uma and Nathan!

PTA Connected: Ready, Tech, Go! Make Your Summer! – May 24th
National PTA Marquee Launch Event Coming to FRES!
The FRES PTA has been awarded a generous grant as one of only three locations in the U.S. to host the launch of a new program!  Be sure to come to this exciting end of school year event on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm!  Everyone gets free dinner, free summer activity gift packs, and the opportunity to win raffle prizes including a week of music camp at Bach to Rock, gift cards for Roggenart Bakery and for Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, and a dozen opportunities for kids’ art and science kits!  First up: Register before May 16th to be entered to win a $50 gift card to the Dive Bar Restaurant!

FRES students attend: “Make Your Summer!” - a rotation of three activities, "Make Art; Make Inventions; and Make Stories," inspiring them to create and invent this summer. While the kids are happily busy, parents and caregivers will participate in the new “Ready, Tech, Go!” presentation & interactive discussion to gain helpful tools & resources for determining phone readiness and for managing your child’s phone safety and usage. Register today to reserve your spot:

PTA Meeting – June 13th Dive Bar
Join us for the last PTA meeting of the school year at Dive Bar in Savage at 7pm.  Childcare will not be available for this meeting.

School Supply Packs
SHOP NOW for your 2023-24 school supplies. Avoid the stores and get all your school supply shopping done online. EPI school supply packs contain all the items and brands our teachers require. Not only is this convenient for you, but it is a fundraiser to help our school. Order now with our School ID of  FOR153    (3 letters/3 numbers)

Additional information will be sent home in the coming weeks!

In the Community...

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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