ULTIMATE FRISBEE practices will take place every Monday and Wednesday mornings beginning at 8 AM, students with parental consent can walk on their own or with a friend to Sorauren Park.

Otherwise Coach Miya and Coach Morales will meet the students in the main foyer at the school and walk over with them.

Please note the practice initially scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th has been CANCELLED.

GRADE 7 Badminton Tournament Cancelled!

Due to weather the rescheduled Grade 7 badminton tournament for this AM has been cancelled.

Bag2school Update

A huge thank-you to those of you who donated textiles to the Bag2school fundraiser for Fern's Eco Team.

Collectively the Fern community gathered 2,080 pounds (1.04 tons) of clothing that Bag2school will recycle or sell locally or overseas where affordable clothing is scarce. 0% of donated times will go to the landfill! The Eco Team now has a couple hundred dollars to put towards local initiatives in the school or community.

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting textile donations at the school but please consider donating to charitable organizations in the area.

We also want to let you know that the week of April 16-20 is Eco Week at Fern:

Monday: Bring in a recyclable item that we will use to decorate our Eco Tree in the foyer!
Tuesday: Bring a litterless lunch and $10 reusable water bottles are available for purchase
Wednesday: Walk to school day
Thursday: Dress your Eco best (earth toned colours, or as a wildlife creature or plant) and $10 reusable water bottles are avai…

Mindful Parenting Events

Mindful Parenting sessions are being organized by the TDSB Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee.

Click on the links below for more information.

The dates are as follows:
May 2nd at Satec Porter and
May 17th at Rosedale Heights School for the Arts

Eco Team Earth Week Activities April 16-20

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd.

The Eco Team has planned Earth Week activities, that will take place Monday, April 16th-Friday April 20th.

Monday, April 16th--Community Tree
-Use recycled materials to draw and cut out leaves. Write Eco messages on the leaves (e.g., tips to conserve energy, ways to reuse household items, how to reduce waste etc). Draw a tree and attach your Eco leaves to the branches. There will also be a larger tree on the Eco bulletin board where students can post their Eco leaf messages.

Tuesday, April 17th--Litterless Lunch Day
-Many students are already doing their part by participating in the boomerang lunches and snacks.
-The Eco Team will be selling stainless steel Fern Ave water bottles, $10 each, during lunch and afternoon recess.

Wednesday, April 18th--Walk to School Day
-Leave the car at home. Scooter, walk, or bike to school.

Thursday, April 19th---Dress your Eco Best
-Dress up as a tree, bird, squirrel, flower or whatever to show that you care about th…

Ward 7 Minutes, March 6, 2018

Hello all

Please click on links for the following:

Minutes from our meeting of March 6,2018

Flyer for the presentation of the movie ‘Screenagers’ that Trustee Gough, Trustee Glover and I are hosting on May 17. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Report from our rep to the Special Education Advisory Committee on some of the work that advisory committee is undertaking.

Our next meeting is on April 17 at Humberside CI. The main presentation will be on the Long Term Program and Accommodation plan for Ward 7. As well, we will be discussing the proposed TDSB Multi Year Strategic Plan.

As always, questions/comments/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards, Robin

Multi-Year Strategic Plan Consultation

The Toronto District School Board is working on a Multi-Year Strategic Plan and wants to hear from you!

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan will act as a high level statement of intent for the TDSB for the next three or more school years, set direction and identify system goals to support its 246,000 students and 583 schools.

We value input from parents/guardians, families, students and staff and invite you to provide feedback on the draft Multi-Year Strategic Plan documents.

To learn more and provide input online, please visit:

Fern Swim Team

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the Fern Avenue PS swim team!

Yesterday at the City Finals, they won a total of 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Additionally, the Grade 5 boys and Grade 7 girls won 2nd place and brought home the City banners.

Great work Team!!!

Senior Boys Softball

Senior Boys Softball practices will take place Monday and Wednesdays after school.

Thank you.

Summer School at Queen Victoria PS

Summer School will be offered at Queen Victoria PS from July 4th – July 27th

Highlighted are the required documents: promo flyer, snack program and registration forms.

The program will accommodate students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Please note: It is for students of all levels, not just level 2 and below.

In addition to literacy and numeracy learning, this year’s summer school program also features a variety of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to engage students. Students taking part in the summer school program are encouraged to think critically about addressing real-world problems using STEM.

All forms need to be handed back to Office Administrator Vera Ciric by Friday, April 13th with a report card attached.

Track and Field at Fern: 2018

Track and Field at Fern Ave. P.S. 2018

Hard to believe, but spring is around the corner, and at Fern P.S. we are setting up our outdoors athletics and sports program, with track and field once again becoming a focal point. Our students will be practising various track and field events during their gym classes, while division practises outside school hours are also starting next week. Our first track and field meet will be on May 10th this year for both seniors and juniors.

The junior track and field team (grades 4-6) will have practises on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mornings (8:00am-8:50am), starting on Tuesday April 10th, with coaches Sarantos Katsihtis and Katerina Hall, at our school’s track. Our teams will be selected from a combination of records during our track and field practice/try-outs, and gym classes. The primary purpose of track and field events in gym is to challenge each of our students trying for their personal best, and enjoying the participation in …

Request for Grade 3 and 4 Students

Hello Parents!

Fern Friends is running two new classes .....Beginner Guitar and an Actors Club!

Sign -up was a little rushed this term with March break so we have pushed the start date to next week, April 5th.

There are still a few spots left! We have a great mix of kids signed up and our new instructor, Kerry, is planning some fun lessons for this group.

There is a small group of grade 3 and 4 students signed up but we need one more to make this amazing program happen. The class will be small which is GREAT for the kids. Brian is excited about teaching this class and has lots of fun planned. He also is going to bring in his portable recording studio and plans to have on-line lessons for the students to practice at home.

Please email.. to sign up!

September Class Placement

Each year some parents make special requests to the school concerning the September placement of their child(ren). In order to clarify our practices, we wish to explain the process involved in placing students and to make parents aware of the types of requests that will be considered.

The document outlining class placements for the coming school year can be found here.

Thank you.

Lost Plate?

Wood plate left at the French dance party.
Please contact Cortleigh for pick up!

Fern Parent Council Meeting Minutes March 6th 2018

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Parent Council meeting on March 6th 2018.

Click here for minutes from this meeting and the committee updates document.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the next meeting in May.

(Fern Ave. Parent Council Secretary)

Fernapalooza - Calling all Volunteers!

Hello Everyone!

We are already in planning mode for the much anticipated FERNAPALOOZA [formally The Spring Fling]!

We need so many volunteers to make this happen. If you want to HELP there is a space for you to get involved. Remember, this fundraiser is for our much anticipated PLAYGROUND - we need all the help we can get in reaching our goal of $500,000.

Please take a look at the volunteer sign up and place yourself where ever possible. Volunteers are NEEDED IMMEDIATELY for some positions - please read the description for the position you are interested in to note the start time.

If you don't have the time to volunteer, no problem! Support the cause by coming out and having a crazy good time at the event on May 26.

Cheers to the Fern community,

Rhonda Bromley
Volunteer Coordinator
Fern School Council

Grade 7 & 8 Ultimate Frisbee Team

Grade 7 & 8 Students!
Are you interested in joining the Ultimate Frisbee Team?
If so, come out to a meeting this Thursday, March 29th @ 10:20 in room 305.

Fern Parent Council Meeting Minutes January 17th 2018

Thank you to those who attended the parent council meeting on January 17th, 2018. Click here to access the minutes on the School Council page. The March minutes should be along soon.

(Fern Ave. Parent Council Secretary)

Volunteers Needed for the Fern Dance Party

We are doing this super fun event for the kids and we need your help!

Please sign up here to volunteer at next week's Dance Party (Thursday, April 5) for the Fern kids! It's going to be an awesome day and an easy gig for parents who are available to give their time.

Thank you so much for your support. We can't do it without you!

This Wednesday - Parenting Talk: Understanding Children’s Challenging Behaviours

When: Wednesday March 28th, 7pm

Where: Howard Library

Cost: FREE

By: Paul Szego, Ph.D., C. Psych

Please join us on Wednesday night for what is sure to be an interesting and informative talk for ALL parents and caregivers.

Dr. Szego will be talking about how in order to address a child’s challenging, inappropriate, or even aggressive behaviours, we must try to understand why they exist in the first place (and it’s seldom as simple as “They’re just looking for attention!”, or “They’re just defiant!”).

In this talk, we will cover how to gain a better understanding of a child's needs and challenges, how to see a child’s behaviours from their point of view, as well as ways to create a more supportive home environment, and how to better engage with our children.

Brought to us by the Howard Home and School Mental Health Committee

It’s time for Spring cleaning! Donate your unwanted textiles to raise funds for Fern’s Eco Team.

Dear Parent / Guardian,

We are pleased to announce that your school has organized a clothing collection with Bag2School to raise funds for Fern. For each ton of textiles donated, $200 is paid to the school. Money raised will be provided to Fern’s Eco Team to support environmental initiatives in the school or community.

Click here for more details.

Senior Student Council Presents Spirit Week

The Senior Student Council during the week of March 26-29th will be building community through Spirit Week.

Monday, March 26th will be Celebrity Day (dress as your favourite celebrity)
Tuesday, March 27th will be Twin Day
Wednesday, March 28th will be Character Day
Thursday, March 29th will be Lazy/PJ Day

Let's show our Fern spirit and have some fun!

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