Edge Imaging Grad Photo Tips

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Just another reminder :

Don't forget! Our photo day is Friday February 2nd. Our photography partner, Edge Imaging, provides a wide selection of products to capture your child's true personality in this important milestone. Your child will be bringing home a flyer containing all of the photo day details. In the meantime, please visit for answers to frequently asked questions.
Some tips to be best prepared for Grad photos:

Please have your child come to school with a white dress shirt. A black or dark tie for boys is encouraged. The photographer will have extra white dress shirts and ties available ‎for student that did not bring one. If you child will be wearing makeup, nail polish or jewelry, keeping it light and neutral ensures a traditional portrait. 
Thank you.

Grade 8 Graduation Photos: Friday, February 2/18

Photographers will be at Fern Avenue PS on Friday, February 2, 2018 to take the photos of our 
2017-2018 Graduation Class.

On this day the grade 8 students will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of photo products and a class composite.

The composite is a printed keepsake featuring portraits and names of all the students int he Class of 2018! A great way to capture this moment in time.

If you wish to purchase a composite please return the envelope on Friday, February 2nd and hand to the photographer with $30.00. Please enclose the exact amount, photographers cannot make change.
Make cheques payable to Edge Imaging.  You can also order online by following the instructions on the order form and please use school code:  FER.

TIPS for a great photo session:  Dress your best!  Have your child wear a white collared dress shirt and necktie if you wish and remember to SMILE!!!!

Please feel free to contact Vera in the main office if you have any further questions.

Me to We Update

Please find the Me to We September to December update here.

Fern House League and Sports Teams Winter 2018 Practice Schedule

Please find the Fern Sports and House League January/February practice schedule here.

Public Family Swim at Fern!

Zodiac Swim School is excited to offer the Fern Family community a free recreational swim at the Fern pool guarded and run by Zodiac Swim School.

There are two Sunday dates:
January 28 and February 25 from 1:00 -2:15 p.m.

The Admittance Policy and criteria for Deep End Testing is attached.

All guards are certified and trained and will welcome the guests, ask them to sign in, review the admittance policy and run deep end testing where necessary and guard the pool.

We are very excited for Zodiac to give back to the Fern community and start the Recreational Swim experience this month.

Ellen Howard
Zodiac Swim School

Fern's Folk Dance Club

All students in grades 3-6 are invited to join the Fern Folk Dance Club!

Practices will take place every Monday in the 1st floor gym/auditorium from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Should space still be available once all students have joined, we may open up the club to students in Grade 2.

Students will learn 15 cultural dances from around the world. Practices will begin with a review of any previously learned dances, followed by learning a new dance.

The Folk Fest Jamboree will take place on May 15 at East York Collegiate Institute from 6-8 PM. (Rain date May 17) and students will take a bus from Parkdale Public School.

More details regarding logistics and transportation will follow closer to the date of the event.

"AMA" Ask Me Anything - Joint Ward Forum February 5th

Click here for details regarding a Joint Ward Forum taking place on February 5th at Bloor Collegiate Institute from 7:00-9:00pm.

Grade 7 Extended French Program for Grade 6 Students Only

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Grade 7 Extended French programs are intensive French programs developed for students who do not speak French at home. They are designed to provide more experience in the French language than offered in the Core French program but less than total immersion. The Extended program includes French and additional subjects taught in the French language.

Students enrolling in the Extended French program are expected to have successfully completed the Grade 6 Core French program.

After Grade 8, students continue the Extended French program at designated secondary schools.
Students who successful complete the secondary program will receive a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in Extended French.

To find the Extended French school for your area, please visit the following website and enter the name of your English school in the designated search window:

How Do you Apply?
· Locate your designated Extended French …

SAVE THE DATE: Fern Grade 8 Graduation

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Our Fern Grade 8 Graduation is going to be held on Monday, June 25, 2018.

More details to follow soon.

Grade 8 Montreal Trip: Parent Information Evening Reminder

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 8 students, 

A reminder that our Montreal Information night is tonight at  7 p.m. in the auditorium. 
For parents who are unable to make it tonight we will be sending all paperwork on Friday . There will be an additional assembly for the students next Monday during school. 

Bogdan Nikolajevic

Grade 8 Graduation Parent Committee 2018

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 if you are interested in being part of this wonderful group. Based on parent feed back we will then determine o…

JK Registration at Fern Begins February 12, 2018

Registration for JK Kindergarten will take place at Fern Avenue Public School during the week of February 12 and any time after.

Admission Eligibility Requirements
As you are aware, if a child will be four by December 31, 2018, he or she can start Junior Kindergarten in September 2018. If a child will be five by December 31, 2018, he or she can start Senior Kindergarten in September 2018.  

*NEW* Please Note: the age at which a child is eligible to attend and/or must attend school depends on whether their date of birth falls on/before or after the first day of school (September 4, 2018). Birth Date: September 5- December 31 Age 4 (born 2014) Junior Kindergarten Junior Kindergarten Age 5 (born 2013) Senior Kindergarten Options: Junior Kindergarten (delaying senior kindergarten until the next school year) OR Senior Kindergarten Age 6 (born 2012) Grade 1 (attendance is mandatory) Options: Senior Kindergarten(delaying Grade 1 until the next school year) or Grade 1


Fuel your Child’s Mind and Body with Fern’s Hot Lunch Program

Happy New Year!

Ready to settle back into the school routine? School, homework, hockey, gymnastics, music lesson...

Let us take care of one meal for you with a healthy, nutritious - and delicious - hot lunch every day. The Fern Food Committee is pleased to announce a few more exciting menu additions that are being implemented this month, such as Chili Mac n’ Cheese, Western Frittata, and Brown Lentil Shepherd’s pie.

Simply sign up for Fern’s hot-lunch program for lunches starting in February. To save even more time, sign up for the rest of the year right now!

Click here to download the order form and here for the menu. The deadline for your order is Thursday, January 18th to begin lunch on Thursday, February 1st. No extensions will be given.

If you’d like to learn more about Fern’s lunch program, click here or contact

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Click here for the latest newsletter from Trustee Robin Pilkey.

Chess Club

Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Our Senior Chess club (Grade 7/8) has been running since November. Starting a bit later, Grade 4 to 6 students can join our Junior Chess Club in January.   
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 months.
In addition to our Wednesday lunch Chess club for Senior and Junior students, we have organized for the Chess Institute to come in and teach Primary and Junior students ( Grade 1 to 6) chess during Tuesday lunch. A flyer with more information about the Chess Institute option has been distributed to each class.
Bogdan Nikolajevic

Grade 8 Montreal Trip: Parent Information Evening

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 8 students,
Our Montreal Trip information session for parent and students is on Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m in the Fern auditorium. The presentation will be organised by the tour company Brighspark. Information about the trip will also be distributed on paper and handed out to students on Friday, January 12th.  For questions about the trip or for further information please e-mail me
Bogdan Nikolajevic

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