Parents of Upcoming Kindergarteners Invited to Attend HCPSS Road to Kindergarten Workshop

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Do you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2017? The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) invites parents to attend an upcoming kindergarten workshop. At this workshop you will learn: Expectations for school readiness (and receive a Ready for Kindergarten toolkit). Details about the kindergarten program. Information about HCPSS kindergarten registration. Ways that families and children …

Ensure Your Voice is Heard about the School Start Time Proposal

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if you haven’t already heard, the Board of Education (BOE) is proposing to change the start times of the schools in our county. In a nutshell, there are four proposed models, besides the current one being used. Each one proposes that elementary school and high school switch start times. Please check out the following link to make yourself more informed of …

The Howard County Council Makes First Change—Comprehensive APFO Changes Still Pending

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The Howard County Council has passed the first Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) changes effective Jan.14, 2017. This is separate from the comprehensive APFO updates under consideration. The modifications allow additional housing allocations in downtown Columbia when the West Columbia school district averages over 100 percent capacity. In addition, the council removed language that would have disallowed modifications to the APFO rules for …

Hey FRES 5th Graders!! It’s Time to Design Your 2016-2017 Yearbook Covers!!

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The PTA FRES 2016-2017 Yearbook Cover Contest is underway!! It’s a FRES tradition to have the front and back yearbook covers designed by our 5th grade students. All cover submissions (both front & back) are due by Monday, Jan. 23rd! Front Cover Instructions: The front cover must be completed on plain white 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper.  Using colors …

Time is Running Out for After School Program Talking Heads. Registration is Open Until Tuesday Jan. 10!

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The FRES PTA is pleased to offer a new winter after school class for students in grades 3-5. Talking Heads is a fun improv class that will help your students increase confidence and become better public speakers. There’s only a few days left to sign up! Registration ends midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 10.  Don’t wait! Register today! Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 17 …