October 6, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 10/05/2023 - 1:08pm
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Important Dates
October      2-9  FRES Spiritwear Sale - View the flyer
October        9    Staff Development Day - no school for students
October      12    11:30-12:30 Parent Meet Up at Roggenart Bakery
October      12    Hispanic Heritage Night.  View the flyer

October      13    Hearing & Vision Re-Screening
October      16    Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser end
October      18    Maiwand Kabob Restaurant DAY - View the flyer
October      20    Staff Work Day - no school for students
October      28    Fall Fest
October      31    End of 1st marking period - schools close 3 hours early
November    2    PTA Meeting 7pm
November    2    Picture re-take day.  View the flyer

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From our Administrators...

Forest Ridge Family and Friends,

It was the first full week of school that we have had in a while, but as always our staff and students had a great week filled with learning and fun. Today was Crazy Hat Day and it was so great seeing everyone participating and having fun. Staff took lots of pictures for the yearbook!

Just a friendly reminder that schools are closed for students on Monday, October 9th so our staff can participate in a professional development day. We hope our students have a great 3 day weekend!

Our 5th grade students are in need of empty 2L soda bottles for a science lesson next week. If you are able to send any in, please send them in on Tuesday with your student. Thanks in advance!

As always, we are here to help you. Please feel free to reach out at any time.

~ Mrs. Lannon & Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

Spiritwear Sale - October 2-9 - View the flyer

Hispanic Heritage Night
Join us on October 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m., for a evening of celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month.  We will have samples of food, games, music, pinatas, and coloring tables!  View the flyer in English & Spanish.  We hope to see you there!

CAPA Tech Girls
TechGirls is a distinctive youth enrichment program under CAPA-HC AST, aiming at promoting gender and social equity in STEM, ensuring equal access to academic opportunities beyond classrooms, as well as enhancing the social and emotional health of young girls. It offers after-school STEM workshops and enrichment opportunities with social and emotional development elements to 4th and 5th-grade girls.  View the flyer and permission form.

Good News Club
Your child is invited to the Good News Club, a FREE, exciting, fun-filled, weekly after-school club that meets in schools across America. Good News Clubs emphasize respect for authority, moral values and character development based on Biblical principles.  Link for more information about the organization: https://www.cefonline.com/ministries/goodnewsclub/

Time: Every Tuesday from 4:00-5:30pm
Room: 102B, Art Room (next to the Music Room) at FRES

Contact: Savannah Elkins 410-979-1062 or sgdoehne@hotmail.com

Please use below link or the attached QR code to register your child:


School Spirit Days for 23/24
We are excited to share our school spirit days calendar for the 23/24 school year! We hope this helps families plan ahead. There may be spirit days that pop up here and there based on activities that are going on in the building, but this calendar is what we will be following. You may want to print it out, put the dates on your personal calendar, hang it on the fridge - whatever works for you to remember these fun days!

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

Parent Meetup – October 12th
Are you a FRES parent with a flexible daytime schedule and would like to meet other FRES parents?  Mark your calendars for a casual hang-out at Roggenart Bakery in Savage Mill on Thursday, October 12th between 11:30 am – 12:30pm! We'll have a table reserved with a FRES sign so we can find each other.

Joe Corbi’s Sales Order Today!
Joe Corbi’s fundraiser is currently ongoing. A packet came home with your child with instructions to participate.  Money raised will be used to fund assemblies, field trips, and our community events but the children also have the opportunity to earn rewards for their saleswork!

Pickup for delivery will be on Saturday, November 18th in the afternoon.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Maiwand Kabob (Maple Lawn) – Restaurant Fundraiser, October 18th ALL DAY
No Cook Wednesday!!  Visit Maiwand Kabob in Maple Lawn from 11am – 9:00pm and mention FRES.  This ensures FRES receives a percentage of your bill.  Click here to see flyer.

Fall Fest – Saturday, October 28th
Our Fall Fest committee is in the process of planning the spooky hallway, and fall festival activities.

Do you have decorations we can borrow for the spooky hallway?  Do you LOVE Halloween and want to help plan this event?

Want to feed the Candy Monster?  We are in need of nut-free candy donations or other treats/toys for the candy trail. 

Excited for the Pie Walk?  We will need donations for pies. Please sign up here: https://frespta.ptboard.com/sgnvw?group=&signup=umjFZ498SK6mdsOLeXjJy3N___52Nq_8L3___nT_fJjn

Please email  president@frespta.org with any questions.

PTA Monthly Meeting - November 2 at 7pm
Save the date for this monthly meeting in the media center.

In the Community...

Fall for All at Howard Community College
Howard Community College is having a FREE, community-wide Fall for All event on Friday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  With HCPSS schools being closed, we thought this would be a great benefit to the community, especially those with small children, or those looking for fun, fall activities.  From corn mazes, to bounce houses, to pumpkin bowling, this event has been structured with community members of all ages in mind and will be a great end to the week.  Food will be available for purchase through food trucks!  Come in your Halloween costume, or as you are!  For more information, please visit: www.howardcc.edu/fallforall

Moderate Income Housing Program
The moderate income housing unit (MIHU) homeownership program is currently open for enrollment until 10/31/23.  Information, eligibility, and applications for the   homeownership possibility can be found online here:  https://www.howardcountymd.gov/DHCD-MIHU-Open-Enrollment

October Resource Navigator Newsletter
Take a moment to read this great newsletter. It has a number of resources in it, including one for coats/winter wear and some food resources for families.

Coat Drive
The PTA Council is co-sponsoring a coat drive with The HCPSS Pupil Personnel Services now until October 16, 2023.  Please consider donating new or gently used clean coats and winter wear (scarves, gloves, hats) to help those less fortunate stay warm this winter.  They can be dropped off at North Laurel Multiservice Center, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (address on attached flyer).

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.

HC Drug Free Events
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