December 8, 2023 Forest Ridge Forerunner

Fri, 12/08/2023 - 1:40pm
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Important Dates
December   11     Nothing Bundt Cakes orders due.  Note:  This is a hard deadline.  No late orders can be accepted.

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  14    PTA Cookie Cart & Hot Chocolate

December  20    6:00 Beginning Orchestra Winter Concert at Hammond HS
December  20    7:00 Advanced Orchestra Winter Concert at Hammond HS
December  23-
anuary 1           Winter Break - Schools and offices closed
January        9     Club & Candid photos taken for the yearbook    
January      11     7:00 PTA meeting


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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,

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who came out on Tuesday night, for making our school's paint night a resounding success. Your enthusiastic participation and creative energy transformed the event into a vibrant celebration of art and community spirit. Thank you to Ms. Allen and Ms. Owens for contributing their time and talent making this night an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. We also thank all the staff and parents who volunteered to help change water, check in participants, set-up/clean-up, and more.

Congratulations to all our exceptional students who were recognized at the Council of Elders on Monday night for their outstanding academic achievements! Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence have truly paid off. We are immensely proud of each of you and your well-deserved accomplishments. Keep shining bright!

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 need YOU to help us raise money for our staff and students! There are just 2 days left to sell these yummy bundtlet cakes and all orders are due by Monday, December 11th!

Mrs. Lannon and Ms. Pazornik are super excited to see who the top 2 students are in sales so they can be the Principal and AP for the day! This fun-filled day will include a lunch of the student's choice, a lanyard and name badge with photo, doing "official" observations of various teachers and giving them positive feedback, giving out Eagle Bucks to students, helping out with various Principal and AP duties, and more!

Here are the details:

  • Use THIS SALES FORM to sell to co-workers, friends and family.

  • Have them give you cash or write you a check for their purchases. (Make sure to check your math!)

  • All orders are due to the front office no later than December 11th.

  • When you turn in your order, it should include the order form and a check or money order made payable to Forest Ridge ES for the grand total that you collected from your sales.

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.

The Council of Elders (TCOE) Winter Basketball Camp (December 26-29)
Check out the flyer here.

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 

For more information, please visit:

December Resource Newsletter
Check out the flyer here.

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

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.

Cookie Cart & Hot Chocolate Bar – December 14th
Help PTA sponsor a holiday cookie cart and hot chocolate bar on Thursday, December 14th, as we countdown to winter break!  Click here to sign up

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

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!

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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