June 14, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner (Last Day of School Edition)

Wed, 06/14/2023 - 11:31am


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Important Dates
June 19                        Juneteenth National Independence Day - Schools and Offices Closed
June 25                      Last day to order school supply packages (deadline extended)
July 4                            Independence Day - Schools and Offices Closed
July 5-28                    FRES Summer School (at Fulton ES) - nominated students only                        

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From Ms. Pazornik...

Dear FRES Community,

Wow what a great last day!  Today we clapped out our 5th graders as they paraded around the school.   I am so proud of all the hard work from our students and staff.  Everyone has earned this well deserved summer break.   Report cards will be issued and available for viewing on June 16th at 4:00 p.m. You can view the directions on the HCPSS website if needed. 

I would like to thank our staff who are moving on to other schools or adventures. All of these staff members have made tremendous contributions to our students and community and they will be greatly missed! 

  • Scott Conroy, Principal

  • Clair Wise, Instructional Technology

  • Iris Patterson, Vocal Music

  • Tim Bayne, Math Intervention Teacher

  • Holly Flanagan, Social Worker

  • LouJean Purcelley, School Counselor

  • Maura Burke, Grade 2 Teacher

  • Tanya Sanders, Pre-K Paraeducator

I will share more about staffing and welcome our new staff in the first Forerunner of the new school year in August. We will also share any internal staff changes at that time. 

I hope that our students and their families have opportunities to connect and enjoy some less structured time this summer. I wish safe travels to those of you who are going on vacations or to visit family and friends! If you need anything over the summer, the FRES office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 

Happy Summer,

Ivye Pazornik, Assistant Principal

Forest Ridge News...

HCPSS is Serving Free Summer Meals to the Community!

Would You Like to Volunteer for Something You Can Do at Your Convenience?
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer who has been taking care of keeping our marquee sign updated for the last few years!  She and her children will be moving to a different school next year, so we are in need of a new volunteer.  You would keep the letters at home and choose important information (dates, etc.) from the Forerunner to post on the sign.  This can be done during the day, in the evening, or on the weekend.  Your children can even help!  Training will be provided.  Please email christin_traini@hcpss.org if you are interested.  Thanks!

From the Front Office - Moving/Moved?
Please help us keep our records up to date - If you are moving over the summer but staying within Howard County, please use this Address Change form and email it to rebecca_jackson@hcpss.org along with your new residency documents (deed or lease, plus utility bill). We can let you know if your child will stay at FRES or attend a school in a different district.  If you have moved or are moving out of Howard County, please use this Withdrawal Form and email it to rebecca_jackson@hcpss.org.  If you have media books, etc., that belong to HCPSS, please return them as soon as possible.

From the Media Center
If you want to catch a glimpse of your very own FRES Librarian over the summer—try stopping by the Savage Branch Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 to see Mrs. Tordella and you just might get a book recommendation or a quick read aloud!  Have a great summer!

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

School Supply Packs
The deadline for purchasing school supply packs has been extended to June 25.  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)

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

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