December 1, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Thu, 11/16/2023 - 1:42pm
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Important Dates

December    5    FRES Paint Night - view the flyer
December    6    Tampico Grill  Restaurant Night.  View the flyer
December  12    Chipotle Restaurant Night.  View the flyer: English   Spanish
December  13    3-hour Early Dismissal for Students - schools close 3 hours early (12:55)
December  20    6:00 Beginning Orchestra Winter Concert at Hammond HS
December  20    7:00 Advanced Orchestra Winter Concert at Hammond HS
December 23-
January 1           Winter Break - Schools and offices closed

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View the HCPSS Calendar in Spanish
View the HCPSS Calendar in Korean
View the HCPSS Calendar in Chinese

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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 our Administrators...

Forest Ridge Family and Friends,

It has been a busy week back from Thanksgiving Break and everyone has worked hard to get back into their routines. Tomorrow our students who participate in Girls on the Run will have their first 5K race! We wish all our students the best of luck and hope that each step brings them closer to success and achievement, as they showcase determination and resilience on the track. Run strong, and may the finish line be the start of a sense of accomplishment and pride!

Next week marks the celebration of Inclusive Schools Week, a significant observance that highlights the importance of fostering inclusive and supportive educational environments. It aims to raise awareness about the significance of inclusive education and the positive impact it has on students of all abilities and backgrounds. Inclusive Schools Week promotes the idea that every student, regardless of their differences, deserves an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive within the school community. It encourages schools to reflect on their practices, policies, and programs, ensuring that they actively embrace diversity and create an atmosphere where every individual feels valued and included. Inclusive Schools Week serves as a reminder of the power of education to unite, inspire, and empower all learners!

As always, our doors are open and we are here to serve the FRES community.

~ Mrs. Lannon & Ms. Pazornik

Forest Ridge News...

Nothing Bundt Cakes School Fundraiser
We are super excited about our school fundraiser (see informational flier sent home HERE) to raise money for materials of instruction and staff support! Can't find your order form? No problem, you can download a form HERE. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Lannon at and she can help you.

Mrs. Lannon and Ms. Pazornik are super excited to see who the TOP TWO FUNDRAISERS are! They will get to have a fun day as acting principal and acting assistant principal, which will include a lunch of their choice, a name badge and lanyard, and will shadow them throughout the day - even getting to do some teacher "observations" and give out Eddie Bucks to deserving students.

Dental Clinic Information (English and Spanish)
FRES will be hosting the Smiles Dental program at our school on Thursday January 4th, 2024 and Friday January 5th, 2024. Permission slips will be coming home with students soon.  We are asking that parents review the form and if interested, complete the permission slip in its entirety and return to school or sign up online at . Forms or online registration is due no later than Monday, December 11th, 2023.

Información de la clínica dental:
FRES organizará el programa Smiles Dental en nuestra escuela el jueves 4 de enero de 2024 y el viernes 5 de enero de 2024. Los formularios de permiso se enviarán a casa pronto con los estudiantes. Les pedimos a los padres que revisen el formulario y, si están interesados, completen la hoja de permiso en su totalidad y regresen a la escuela o se registren en línea en . Los formularios o la inscripción en línea deben entregarse a más tardar el lunes 11 de diciembre de 2023.

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

Thank you all for supporting our amazing teaching staff with delicious soup, salad, and desserts.  Our PTA could not support the FRES staff without all your help.

There is not a PTA monthly meeting this month.  However, we encourage our committees to meet during this time.

Family Paint Night – December 5th
Reminder that the FRES Family Paint Night will be led by our very own FRES Art Teachers in the cafeteria on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm.  This year we will be painting a polar bear on an 8x8 canvas - a nice wintry gift or decoration! All supplies will be provided, but we encourage you to wear an old shirt that you don’t mind getting paint on.  All proceeds go to support the FRES Art Department. Seats are limited due to the nature of the event; tickets and a waitlist signup can be found on

Tampico Grill Restaurant Day – December 6th
This All-Day Fundraiser is to benefit the 4th grade field trip.  Please share with your neighbors and friends.  Click here to see flyer.

Chipotle Restaurant Night – December 12th
Everyone’s favorite restaurant Night is back.  Come out and support FRES PTA at this restaurant night from 4pm-8pm at the Chipotle in Maple Lawn.  Click here to see flyer in English.  Here's the flyer in Spanish.

WatchD.O.G.S Sign up
Here is the calendar of remaining dates available.  Please sign up to volunteer today!

Papa John's Cards - Fundraiser
Papa John's cards are back to help support the 4th grade field trip.  Valid at 150 locations around the DC, MD, VA area.  Each card is $15.  This allows UNLIMITED use of a buy 1 get 1 free on regular menu pizzas.  Cards can be purchased via contacting Pratima Lele at

Want to stay up to date on PTA information?  Follow us on facebook at Forest Ridge Elementary PTA (FRES) or visit our website at for more information.

In the Community...

Expungement Clinic
Check out this flyer for information on the Game Changers Expungement Clinic and Community Resource Fair on December 9.

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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