December 22, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 1:56pm
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Important Dates
December  23-January 1  Winter Break - Schools and offices closed
January       2     Staff and students return
January       9     Club & Candid photos taken for the yearbook    
January     11     7:00 PTA meeting
January     15     Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Schools and Offices Closed
January     17     Professional Work & Wellness Day - schools dismiss 3 hours early (12:55)
January     17     PTA Chuck E. Cheese fundraiser
January     22     Professional Work Day - Schools closed for students

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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...

Dear FRES community,

Congratulations to all the talented students who showcased their musical prowess in this week's winter orchestra concert! Your dedication and hard work were truly evident, creating a memorable and enchanting performance for everyone in attendance. A special note of gratitude extends to our exceptional orchestra teacher, Mrs. DeOrio for her unwavering commitment to our students. She works hard fostering a love of music and inspiring these remarkable performances. Her passion has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on our students, and we appreciate her tireless efforts in making the concert a resounding success.

As winter break unfolds, we extend heartfelt wishes for a season of safety, good health, and abundant joy. Our appreciation for this wonderful community knows no bounds, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in 2024. Here's to a rejuvenating break and a bright future ahead!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Lannon and Ms. Pazornik 

Forest Ridge News...

Registration for BSAP Saturday Math Academy
The HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program Saturday Math Academy Spring Session is approaching! 

This year, the BSAP Saturday Math Academy will offer an in-person enrichment program for Howard County Public School System students in all levels of math for grades 3-12 based on course availability. Registration will take place online Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9:00 a.m.- until capacity is reached. Class space is limited. Families can register by accessing the HCPSS Connect Website 

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December Resource Newsletter
Check out the flyer here.

Howard Co. Rec & Parks January After School Activities at FRES
View the flyer here.

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

Papa John's Cards – Fundraiser ends January 5th!
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 emailing These make great stocking stuffers!

PTA Meeting – January 11th
Join us for our 1st meeting of 2024!  7pm in the library.  We have lots of fun events coming up and would love your help in planning them!

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser – January 17th
Save the Date for this fun event at Chuck E. Cheese Laurel!

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

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...

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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