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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Free The Children is hosting a Movie Day for Primary Students

Fern’s Free The Children is hosting a Movie Day on Tuesday December 20th at 1pm for all primary students

We are raising funds to help Free The Children Build a School. By improving access to schools, and providing additional resources like teacher training and supplies, Free The Children’s Education initiatives brings long-term sustainable education opportunities to communities who need it most.

We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per child for the movie, popcorn and a drink. A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $10 or greater.

Forms will be coming home shortly. Please submit all donations to your child’s teacher. Thank you in advance for your support.

Fern's FTC

Holiday Thanks

We had a successful day with Santa at Willem and Jools Flowers on Roncesvalles this past weekend. Fern Ave Events raised over $700.00 for Fern P.S! A big thanks for hosting our little event goes out to Joanne Winklear at Willem and Jools, and all of the organizers/helpers: Allison Macrae, Jill Macnaughton, Trish Bentley, Jackie Dale and two Fern students, Kether Cape and Ella Morais, who did a fabulous job calling out to each passerby to come sip cider, munch on cookies and make a donation.

We also extend our gratitude to talented parents such as Kathryn Maxfield for her artistic contribution and the intrepid, talented photographer Lindsay Barrowcliffe, who captured each special moment with Santa. As well, delicious cookies were generously donated by Eden Hertzog of New Moon Cookies and an amazing "Cloudlight" was raffled courtesy of Jenna Lam at Early Bird and Worm. And, of course, we couldn't have done it without our dancing, jolly Santa: Monte Burris.

Here's to supporting local business and building a tighter community for Fern P.S!

Hat Day this Friday for United Way!

This Friday staff and students can wear any hat they want in support of the TDSB United Way Campaign. We are asking for a donation of a loonie or a toonie to support the campaign. Here are some facts from last year about how United Way helps in the Toronto and York Region:

In 2015-16 the United Way supported the following:

·209 programs and services that supported children and youth at every stage of their development.
·46,000 counselling/mentoring sessions that put youth on the path to a promising future.
·Over $17.1M that is invested in child and youth programming across Toronto and York Region.
·Over 45,000 children and their families got a good start in life together by participating in programs that encouraged children’s healthy physical and social development, and helped get them ready for school.
·Over 28,000 one-on-one counselling sessions that put youth on the path to a promising future.
·Over 60,000 youth got the support they needed to finish school, find jobs and look forward to an economically secure future.

Grade 8 Montreal Trip Information Evening

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 8 Students, 

Our Montreal Information night with Brightspark Travel will be on Thursday, December 15th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the school auditorium. 
We are planning a 3 day excursion from June 21st to June 23, 2017. You can expect an information letter and excursion form to be handed out by the end of this week.

Bogdan Nikolajevic 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Fun Week at Fern

Winter Fun Week:  Monday, December 19th to Friday, December 23rd.

Monday, December 19th:  Door Decorating Contest

Tuesday, December 20th:  Wear Your Ugly Christmas/Holiday Sweater

Wednesday, December 21st:  Seniors at the Review watching Home Alone
                                                Santa Hat Day  (or just wear your hat)

Thursday, December 22nd:  BAKE SALE

Friday, December 23rd:  Spirit Day:  PAJAMA DAY

Karen Kain School Of The Arts


Admission & Application Information
There is still time to apply to Karen Kain
School of the Arts!

FOR: All interested parents/guardians of students entering Grade 6 in September 2017.
Is your Grade 5 son or daughter excited by the Arts? Is he/she looking for a Middle School experience in an enriched Arts environment?
Visit and bookmark http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/home.aspx to learn more about Karen Kain School of the Arts curriculum and the application process!
To find out more about admissions please visit:
To complete the online application to Karen Kain School of the Arts please visit: https://sprs.tdsb.on.ca/public/welcome.aspx

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ease back into the school routine without any post-holiday stress!

The whirlwind of the holiday break may sweep you up and before you know it, school begins and you need to find the lunch box and thermos again!

Why not alleviate your stress, energy and time and sign your child(ren) up for January’s lunch program?

Better yet, sign up for the rest of the year and you won’t have to worry about uneaten lunches coming back home. The menu features everything from chicken curry, teriyaki noodles, to soup, kale salad, fish tacos and other delicious (and nutritious, but you don’t need to tell your kids that) lunches.

Ready to sign up? Please fill out, detach and submit the form with your payment in a sealed envelope. The wall-mounted secure deposit box is conveniently located on the main floor between rooms room 103 and 104.

The deadline for your order is Friday, December 16th to begin lunch on Monday, January 9. No extensions will be given.

Have a peaceful and restful holiday!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Neighbourhood Get-together & Meet Santa

Neighbourhood Get-together MEET SANTA brought to you by Fern Ave Events:

When: Saturday, December 3rd from 2-5 pm

Where: Willem & Jools (125 Roncesvalles Ave)

What: Meet Santa and take a picture with him. Hang out with people in the community while eating homemade cookies and warming up with fresh steaming cider. Beautiful Willem & Jules trees for sale and chances to win local product from Early Bird & Worm. Come one, come all!

Friday, November 25, 2016

QSP Fundraiser - Thank you!

Thank you to everyone for supporting our school!

We raised $2167 for our children at Fern. You can order all year long and earn more money for our school by going to http://www.QSP.ca and entering our online ID: 4713723.

There are lots of ideas for great holiday gifts! (Please click here for more information)

Orders for FERN ONLINE STORE have been EXTENDED!

Our Fern Avenue ONLINE STORE will remain open for three more days....your last chance to buy the Fern Hoodie and surprise someone with a special gift has been extended.

Shop and order online here, store closes on Monday, November 28, 2016.

We will be back again in March.

Thank you everyone for your on going support!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


At the November 6th Annual OSCA conference, our Itinerant Guidance Counsellor, Ricardo Rodriguez, received the Marion Axford Award for Outstanding Contributions to Elementary Guidance in Ontario.

The OSCA, (Ontario School Counsellor Association), confers this award. Mr. Rodriguez was nominated with 8 letters of support from Teachers, Principals, Parents and Students.

We are proud of our Itinerant Guidance Counsellors and the great work they do for our students in preparing for secondary school.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Concerts Happening At Fern!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Winter is coming and so is the Fern Winter Concert.

The Junior students as well as the Senior Band and Strings students will be showcasing their talents on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 beginning at 6:30 PM. All students involved in the concert are asked to please be at Fern at 6:00 PM.

The Kindergarten Concert will take place on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 2:15 to 3:15 PM.

Spring hopefully won't be too far behind and we would love to welcome it with our Spring Concert. The concert will take place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 beginning at 6:30 PM.  Our PRIMARY students who are taking part are asked to please meet at Fern at 6:00 PM.

Thank you!