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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Looking For Parent Volunteers for School Musical

"Lost in Round Corners," the sequel to last year's original senior musical at Fern, is looking for parent volunteers to help out with this year's production. If you have a background in theatre, on or offstage, and have a valid police check (contact Vera for details), please email Mr. Brooks at geoffrey.brooks@tdsb.on.ca

PLEASE NOTE this Friday is a PA Day rehearsals have been cancelled and will resume on Monday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lost in Round Corners Rehearsal Schedule

Click here for the most current Lost in Round Corners rehearsal schedule.

Downtown Alternative School Open House - January 26th

Click here for information on the Downtown Alternative School Open House on January 26th.

Senior School Ski Trip CANCELLED

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Due to safety concerns around transportation we are cancelling our ski trip for today. Local school bus transportation is cancelled around the Barrie area and York region and they are still expecting freezing rain and unsafe conditions on the road this morning. Students are expected to be at school today.
Further details will be provided later.

Bogdan Nikolajevic 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Senior Ski Trip Weather Advisory

Dear Parents,

We are closely following the weather situation in our region. 
At this point we are concerned about the freezing rain advisory and how it will impact our transportation to Snow Valley. Any decisions about cancellation will be made in the morning once we have a better look at the weather and know if school buses are in operation for the day. Please check the blog around 6:45 a.m. 

Bogdan Nikolajevic 

Principal's Update

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you had a restful and relaxing holiday spent with family and friends and that your child is ready to start the new year off with a renewed enthusiasm for school and learning. I wanted to write to you with a few updates:

Roofing Replacement Update - unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with our work crews over the holidays due to high winds and precipitation. Work has resumed this week and we are hoping for the weather to cooperate so that the job can be finally completed and we can return to normal operations. I have been working closely with facilities representatives to ensure that the school is set up to be as safe as possible. We have closed the Senior entry door (Exit 3) during construction to minimize fumes from the kettle from coming into the school. We also have ventilators operating on each floor with fans to circulate and clean the air inside the school, and the caretaker closes certain intake fans during the day for the same reason. Another we have taken has been to use plastic vapour barrier to tape up the windows of certain classrooms that face the kettle or will face the kettle once the staging area moves, and finally we have asked all staff and students to not open windows during the roofing work because this compromises the air inside the school. If you have any further concerns please call the office to speak to me or Ms. Guffin.

School Council Meets this Wednesday - Please join us in the staff room for our next meeting from 6:30 - 8:30. We will have some light refreshments and Trustee Pilkey is planning on attending. Childcare is available and you are all welcome.

Social Media Fitness with Chris Vollum
- Chris is a Social Media expert and has been presenting to schools and parents for a number of years. He is presenting to parents as part of our Parents Reaching Out grant and will speak in the school auditorium on Wednesday February 1 from 6:45-8:00 pm (see link here). For more information please call the school office.

Report Cards and Reporting to Parents - this is a reminder that the Report Cards will be sent home on February 14 and the Reporting to Parents also known as Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place in the afternoon/evening of Thursday February 16 and the morning of Friday February 17. Junior Kindergarten students will receive the Junior Kindergarten Summary. Please speak to your child's teacher to arrange for a conference.

Safety Reminder - This is a reminder to all parents and guardians that the school parking lot is out of bounds as there are vehicles entering and exiting at all times. Please use the designated entrances off of Fern Ave. and Wright Ave. to enter the school site. During the roofing construction we apologize that the western access to the school yard is blocked by the construction staging area and ask for your cooperation in walking around to the eastern access until that staging area has been removed. Communicating this expectation to the junior and senior students who may be walking by themselves is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Principal Szonyi

Senior School Valentines Day Dance

The Senior School Valentines Day Dance will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Social Media Fitness

Join Chris Vollum in the Fern Auditorium on February 1st for a core discussion on Social Media and our children.
Earlier that day, Chris will speak to grade 6,7 and 8 students on the same topic.

This parent presentation is part of the Parents Reaching Out grant applied for by School Council.

Date: Wednesday February 1st
Location: Fern Avenue PS Auditorium
Time: 6:45-8pm

Questions/RSVP: Fern Office on: 416.393.9130

Click here for the flyer with more information.

Sign up for February Lunches! Deadline is Monday January 16

Click here for the February order form. The winter lunch menu can be found here.

Deadline for orders is Monday January 16th.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Grade 8 Graduation Parent Committee

Dear Parent/Guardians of Grade 8 Students,

It is already time to start thinking of the Grade 8 Graduation, having said that I would like to invite all interested grade 8 parents to come together and form a graduation committee.

The Graduation Committee is comprised of grade 8 parents who meet as a group and carry out certain responsibilities such as, decorating, set-up, invitations, photographs, program and most importantly fundraising. Each of these specific committees meets on a regular basis to plan its portion of the Graduation celebration, with meetings occurring to keep everyone informed and involved in the decision-making.

The Senior Student Council will also have the opportunity to form a Student Graduation Committee and meet with Vera Ciric to discuss fundraising opportunities and input, making their graduation an unforgettable day and evening.

Please email Vera at Vera.Ciric@tdsb.on.ca if you are interested in being part of this wonderful group. Based on parent feed back we will then determine our first meeting date.

Thank you!

Grade 7&8 Ski Trip

To: Grade 7 and 8 Parents and Guardians
Our ski trip is on for next week Tuesday, January 17th.
Students are expected to be at the school for 7:20 a.m. We hope to be back by 4:30 p.m. (more precise time will be posted on the fernblog around 3:00 p.m. on the day of the trip).
Please do not park on Wright Avenue- we have 5 buses that need the space to pick-up and drop-off our students. We recommend that the students bring their own snacks, lunch, and appropriate winter wear.
Do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.

Bogdan Nikolajevic

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Resources from the Office

Click the links to learn more about Cyber Bullying, The Wheel of Well Being and The National Eating Disorder Centre.

Grade 7 Open Houses

The following two schools are hosting Open Houses for students who will be entering grade 7 next year.

Horizon Alternative School - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:20pm. Click here for more information.

City View Alternative Sr. School - Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm. Click here for more information.

Free The Children Update

The fall was a very busy time for Free The Children. Click here to find out how much food was collected for the Good Shepherd Food Bank, how much money was raised to build a school in Kenya and how exciting it was to have the Maasai Warriors visit and go to WE Day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

February is Kindergarten Registration Month

February is Kindergarten Registration Month

At the Toronto District School Board, our elementary schools offer Full-Day Kindergarten. Our educators recognize that children come to school with diverse backgrounds and rich experiences. Our Kindergarten programs will build upon these experiences and support your child to learn, grow, and succeed. At the TDSB, we believe our youngest learners benefit from engaging in a variety of rich and authentic learning, both indoors and outdoors. Our classroom programs are designed to bring The Kindergarten Program 2016 to life by providing children opportunities to learn through play, inquiry, and exploration. Throughout the two-year Kindergarten program, classroom educators support the children in developing their sense of belonging, well-being, and problem solving skills. Throughout the day, children explore literacy, mathematics, science, physical education and the arts.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31.

Visit the Kindergarten website at www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten to learn more about this program and how to prepare your child for school.
Your child's lifelong journey of learning begins at the TDSB!

Visit our school to register for Kindergarten during the week of February of 13th to 16th, 2017
or call Vera Ciric in the main office at 416-393-9130.