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Fern's Pub Night - Friday November 24, 8pm

Fern parents and people of the community: Fern School Council is focused on a massive new fundraising effort this year and we want to tell you about it!

The Playground Committee have been working tirelessly to make the dream of a beautiful, multi-faceted playground at Fern a reality. This incredible new school yard will not only benefit our kids at the school, but also enhance and revitalize the surrounding community.

Traditional fundraising efforts at Fern have been put on hold this year so that we can focus solely on this massive goal.

We are doing this ONE YEAR and one year only, and we believe that together we can make it happen.

Bliss Edwards and Dave Martin (co-chairs of the Playground Committee) are leading all of efforts to not only secure funding, grants, TDSB involvement, architecture plans but also to RAISE ALL OF THIS MONEY (500K). They are planning events to raise money AND awareness about playground plans, what you can do to help and how we can make this happen toget…

Change for Children

Monday, November 20th is Universal Children's Day.

The Kindergarten classes will be dancing, in the auditorium, to raise money (loonies and toonies) for the anti-bullying charity Kill It With Kindness. We are calling the event Change for Children. While it will only be the Kindergarten classes who will be dancing, we will gladly accept any other donations from the school community.

On that day, Mrs. Heller will gladly accept donations, while she is on yard duty, in the primary yard, from 8:45-9:00am.

Please contribute to this important cause and help to empower children to make a positive change in the lives of others.


The Kindergarten Team

Follow Up Immunization Clinic: November 21, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Unfortunately, Toronto Public Health could not complete all classes during the immunization clinic held on November 13th.
Public Health will return on Tuesday, November 21st in the morning to continue with the missed classes/students.
Please feel free to contact the main office should you have any further questions.

Parenting Teens for High School

Parents/guardians of children in Grades 6, 7 and 8 - Join us for a workshop on Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Fern Auditorium.

The session on tips for how to better understand your child and help them successfully transition to High School is presented by Dr. Victoria Creighton from Pine River Institute.

Please RSVP via the link in the poster.

Microwave Wanted

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Do you have a little or big microwave lying around the house or cottage that you would like to donate to our school?

We would be happy to provide a good home for it here in our office.
Please contact Vera Ciric at: 416-393-9130.

Primary Winter Concert - Save the Date!

The Primary Winter Concert will be on Thursday December 14th at 6:00 pm.

Teachers will be on hand in their classes with their students before and after the performance. Runners will let the classes know when to come down to perform.

Classes performing music:
Reg 1/2, Reg 2/3, FI 1, FI 1/2, FI 1/2, FI 3

Classes performing drama/dance:
FI 2 and FI 2/3

Kestrels will also perform.

Fern's Pub Night - Volunteers Needed

We need a bunch of awesome people to make Fern's first ever PUB NIGHT a reality!

This event is the first in a series of events in which we (the Fern Student Council) will succeed in raising 500k in order to revitalize Fern's entire playground.

We need ticket sellers, decorators, people to clean up, letter writers, and so many more. All of this is happening in a very short period of time - PUB NIGHT is happening on Friday November 24 starting at 8pm (but we also need volunteers ASAP)!

If you are interested in volunteering for this amazing and exciting event please click the link.

Thank you!

Who To Contact Sheet

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Attached with your child's report card you will find a "Who To Contact" sheet with questions or concerns about issues in the classroom, your school or the TDSB.

Please note the calendar listed with PA Days and Holidays unfortunately is incorrect, listed on the upper half of the sheet are dates for last year, 2016.
Should you have any questions re: PA Days and or Holidays kindly refer to the TDSB calendar on the TDSB website.

Thank you.

Fern Fun Flicks - Wednesday Nov. 29th

The Fern Arts Collective invites you to join us for The Emoji Movie! Come to the bustling city of ‘Textopolis’ and see what all your favourite emoji’s are up to. All Fern kids, adults and community welcome.

Wednesday Nov. 29th
Doors open at 6pm
- movie starts at 6:30pm
$5 - includes a bag of popcorn!

Buy your tickets in the office or at the door.
Pizza and treats will be for sale.

Questions or Concerns About Your Classroom, School or TDSB?

Please see this flyer for information on who to contact when you have questions or concerns about issues in your classroom, your school or the TDSB.

Improving Wellness at Fern P.S!

Thank you to the Fern parent body for all of your input, Alison Macrae co-chair, and artist extraordinaire Kathryn Maxfield!

Thank You Peter's No Frills

Thank you to Peter's No Frills on Landsdowne/Dundas for once again donating 30 pumpkins to our school.

Each class was able to enjoy decorating a pumpkin as part of their Halloween celebrations this year. Thank you No Frills for supporting our community!

Holiday Photos At Fern


Junior and Senior Chess Club

Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Our Senior Chess club (Grade 7/8) is starting this week.  Next week interested Grade 4 to 6 students can join our Junior Chess Club
We will meet Wednesdays in room 311 during lunch, from 11:40 to 12:35.   Students are allowed to bring their own lunch or lunch from the cafeteria. 
The club will run for about 4-5 months. Please e-mail Mr. Nikolajevic at  if you are able to volunteer or provide resources, and help us teach Chess to our students. You can come on a regular basis, or help us just for one/few sessions. We have students who are learning the rules, and also some advanced Grade 7/8 students in need of a few Grandmasters to show them some new tricks. 
Gens Una Sumus,  Bogdan Nikolajevic

Progress Reports November 14

Reminder that Progress Reports/Kindergarten Communications of Learning go home on November 14.

The PD day on November 17 is for Reporting to Parents.

Ward 7 Meeting Minutes

Here are the latest Ward 7 minutes.

Feel free to join the continually updated Ward 7 Facebook group, and the trustee Facebook page

Thank you,
Trustee Robin Pilkey

School Council Meeting this Wednesday 6:30

Below is the agenda for our Council meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Staff Room (food and babysitting will be available):

1. Administration Update
2. Committee Updates + Committee Q&A
3. Discussion of Submitted Questions
4. Review of Wellness Activity Outcomes
5. TDSB Public Nurse + Discussion of Need for Specialized Session(s) at Fern
6. 2017/18 Budget Finalization

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

New Telephone System to Fern

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Fern Avenue Public School will be transitioning to a new telephone system called VoIP on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

The telephone system is brand new to our office staff and at this time we ask for your patience as we adjust to the new system and possible glitches.
Thank you everyone!


Me to WE New Members Meeting

November 8th at noon in Room 211

Fern’s Me to WE club will be hosting an open meeting for all those students in Grades 5 To 8 interested in joining the club.  Interested students will be asked to fill in a form, and new members will be selected lottery style.  

Me to WE is the world’s largest organization of youth empowerment with over 2 million members world wide.  Our club will be raising both awareness and funds to help improve the lives of deserving young people both globally (Kenya) and locally (Canada’s Indigenous) 

For more information, go towe.organd check it out!

Fern’s Me to WE Club

Math Night - Tell Us What You Thought

Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, grade 8's and everyone that came out to support our first ever Math Night at Fern.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback to help us improve STEM events at Fern. Please take a few mins to answers some quick questions:

Math = Fun!

Class Pumpkins

Congratulations to all the classes that carved and decorated all these amazing pumpkins!

Fern Sports 2017-2018

Interested in what interschool and house league sports Fern offers? Click here for the schedule and supervising teachers.

Free TDSB parent conference - Nov 25th, 2017

This year the Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto partnered with the TDSB Parent Involvement Advisory Committee to organize the conference “Nurturing Family Engagement”. It will take place on Saturday, November 25 and features keynote speaker Dr. Stuart Shanker.

This conference is free of charge and registration includes light breakfast, lunch, childminding, translation services, transportation, workshops, and information marketplace. The workshops, targeted for parents, cover a wide array of topics for navigating the school system, including special education, secondary pathways, and advocating for your child’s needs.

For more info or to register, please visit:

Click here for more information.

Winter Coat Drive for Parkdale

We will be collecting clean, used coats so that we can spread warmth to our community. We will also collect mittens, hats and gloves. No boots please! Drop off box in front of the school office. Thanks!

School Musical : Alone In Round Corners

Auditions for musicians interested in being a part of “Alone In Round Corners” will be held Tuesday and Friday this week at 1145 in Rm 007. All instruments and musicians are welcome from Gr. 6-8. 
Callbacks for the “Alone in Round Corners” cast will be held Wednesday at 1145 sharp. Successful candidates’ names are posted on a list outside the music room. Copies of the script are available in Rm 007. 

Your Questions Please!

Our next School Council meeting is at 6:30pm on Wednesday Nov 8 in the Staff room (note that this is a new date). In advance of the meeting we are soliciting questions that you would like answered or discussed at the meeting. We have a large parent body with a wide range of concerns and we want to make sure that Council meetings are an effective use of your time.
Submit your questions via this link:

Please make sure you submit prior to 10pm on Thursday, Nov 2 to give us time to compile, distribute and prepare fact-based answers.

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