May 19, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 05/19/2023 - 11:03am
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Important Dates
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 3                        5th Grade Dance
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 FRES STEAM Committee
Thanks to the FRES families who attended our annual STEAM Night!  The projects and work displayed showed the great effort and dedication of both our students and staff, who all deserve huge kudos and thank you! Thanks, also, to the PTA for supporting the STEM projects displayed in the cafeteria, and to the GT team for the enrichment they provide to our students here at FRES.

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.

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

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 at:

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. 

It is almost here!
Register ASAP to attend “Ready, Tech, Go! Make Your Summer!” at FRES on Wednesday, May 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm!

The FRES PTA has been awarded a generous grant as one of only three locations in the U.S. to host the marquee launch of National PTA’s new program!  Be sure to come by reserving your spot now:

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 ($279 value!), gift cards for Roggenart Bakery and for Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, and a dozen opportunities for kids’ art and science kits!  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.

Volunteers Needed to Help with the 5th Grade Dance
5th grade parents:  Please sign up to help with the dance on Saturday, June 3rd.

Here is the link to sign up:

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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