From The Library: Another Story Book Sales

Our school book fair, put on by Another Story, was a great success. 
Over the course of it's 3 day run from Wed., Feb. 14th - Fri., Feb. 16th we generated $3898 in sales.  Of that amount, our school receives 20% of the sale to purchase new books.  Thanks to all parents, students, teachers and members of our community who came out to browse and buy books.
If you didn't have the chance to come and visit us while we were set up in the library, you can still go to the actual store at 315  Roncesvalles Ave., tell them you're a Fern parent and proceeds of the sale will benefit our school (until the end of this week).

STEM Night - March 1st 5:30 - 7:30 pm

It's coming up fast and soon the whole school (JK-8) will be busy working on their classroom challenges like cardboard boat races in the pool, making robots out of toothbrushes, exploring how light works, building mechanical hands, engineering bridges out of spaghetti, creating marble runs and so much more!

On March 1st 5:30 -7:30pm come see what the kids were up to.

Check out the STEM night map to find out where class challenges are located.

There will be loads of hands-on activities for the whole family to participate in as well. Come make a paper circuit card that lights up, launch marshmallows with a catapult, race bristle bots, experience VR, and make a hovercraft out of CDs and paper plates. (Maps will be available on the night as well).

We also have some special guests coming to support STEM @ Fern.

We still need many volunteers to make this happen, please sign up here.

*We are also in need of more 2L Pop Bottles with the screw cap (washed)

Questions? fernstemcommittee@g…

Folk Dance Opening up to Grade 2 Students

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Folk Dance has now opened up for students in Grade 2. Times/Dates remain the same (Mondays 3:30-4:30pm in the auditorium). Any interested students should meet in the main foyer after school Monday.

We will also be putting out an announcement on Monday to remind students.

Thanks in advance,
Tara Jamieson
French Immersion Kindergarten
Fern Avenue Jr. + Sr. Public School

Lost and Found Items

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Students' lost and found items have really piled up these past weeks - and it's time to clear them out!

Please do make the time to come inside the school and have a look on the table, clothing rack and in the bins. At the conclusion of the February 16th PA Day (and parent-teacher interviews), all clothing items will be cleared out and donated. Lunch containers will be disposed of.

Thank you.

Reminder - Collection for STEM night/day this Friday!

Boxes will be set up by the Eco team/students this Friday February 9th in the main lobby to collect recycled materials for the upcoming STEM night/day. Help your children turn your old CD's into hover crafts and your toothbrushes into robots!

If you have any of the following items please drop them off at the school this Friday February 9th.

- Paper Tubes
- Paper and plastic plates
- 2L pop bottles with screw cap (washed0
- Used CD's
- Bubble wrap
- Staws
- Elastic Bands
- String
- Toothbrushes (washed)

Thank you!

Reminder - STEM Night Volunteers Needed!

A reminder that STEM day and night {Science, Technology, Engineering, Math} is coming up fast - Wednesday February 28th for the grade 7 & 8 students and Thursday March 1 for students from kindergarten to grade 6.

We still need several volunteers to assist, including preparation of materials for this amazing event, parents to run activities during the day and evening, and people to set up and clean up. The total number of volunteers needed to make this happen is almost 200!!! We did it last year [very successfully] and we can do it again :)

Please take a look at the giant list and see where you can fit yourself in. Any amount of time you can assist is greatly appreciated. Presently, we have no volunteers for Friday February 9 and we need 23 of them.

Thank you to all the amazing Fern parents, who provide assistance to make these amazing events happen!!!

We Need Your Help!

STEM day & night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is coming up fast - Wednesday, February 28th for the grade 7 & 8 students and Thursday, March 1st for the kindergarten to grade 6 students.

We need several volunteers to assist, including: preparation of materials for this amazing event, parents to run activities during the day and evening, and people to set up and clean up. The total number of volunteers needed to make this happen is almost 200! We did it last year (very successfully) and we can do it again.

Please take a look at the giant list and see where you can fit yourself in. Any amount of time you can assist is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all the amazing Fern parents, who provide assistance to make these amazing events happen!

Grade 8 Graduation Photo Re-Takes: MARCH 2/18

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Grade 8 Graduation Photo RE TAKES will  be taken on Friday, March 2, 2018.

All students who were absent on the original photo day will have an opportunity to have their photo taken as well as an opportunity to purchase a composite.

Should you wish your child to purchase a group composite please send $30 cash or cheque (made payable to Edge Imaging) and have the student hand it in to Vera in the main office.

Thank you.

Fern STEM Night - Save the Date - Thursday March 1st

Please join us on Thursday, March 1st @ 5:30 - 7:30pm for some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) inspired fun for the whole family!

Come see the classroom STEM Day projects on display (JK-Grade 8) and participate in hands-on activities in the auditorium and first floor classrooms.
Pizza will be available for purchase.

More details to come but in the meantime...WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are asking the community to help us collect materials to support STEM night activities and make it an Eco friendly event.

On Friday, February 9th, boxes will be set up in the foyer for you to bring in the following:
• Paper tubes
• Paper and plastic plates
• 2L pop bottles & screw cap (washed)
• Used CD's to make hover-crafts
• Pull bottle lids (not flip) liquid soap
• Bubble wrap
• Straws
• Elastic bands
• String
• Toothbrushes (washed)

Our goal is to use as many recycled materials as possible to support our school’s designat…

Zodiac Rec Swim at Fern Update

I wanted to share with you the success of the Sunday Family swim at Fern. We had 31 swimmers join us.

Everyone seemed to be having a great time and really appreciated the opportunity to swim in their community school pool.

There has been a slight change in timing - the Rec Swim will operate from 1:15-2:30 p.m. on February 25.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Howard
Zodiac Swim School

Message from Grade 8 Students

We are a group of grade 8's and we’re doing a project in science class. Our job is to raise awareness, create a documentary and help fix a local issue! Our local issue is wasting water and we were hoping to raise money and earn donations. This will help save our water and keep it clean.

There will be a bake sale on Tuesday, February 6 during morning and afternoon recess to raise money for Toronto Water and the Ministry of the Environment.

We’ve considered the concerns of the parents and what their children will be eating at our sale. So here are our alternatives: cheese buns, zucchini loaf, banana muffins, blueberry muffins, strawberries dipped in dark chocolate ganache and fresh juice boxes. To understand a little more on what our local issue is you can visit our website:

or our twitter account:

Thank you for your support.

Another Story (Bookstore) is Coming to Fern!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Another Story (bookstore on Roncesvalles Ave.) is moving shop to Fern Avenue P.S. for the week of Monday February 12th - Friday, February 16th.

Classes will have the opportunity to preview books for sale on Monday-Wednesday of that week.

Students and parents interested in purchasing books will be able to buy books at the following times:

Wednesday from 12:00 - 4:00pm.
Thursday, Feb. 15th from 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, Feb. 16th from 8:30 - 11:30am
(PA day for reporting to parents).

If you are unable to come to the school to purchase books during the week of the Fern Book Fair, then you can also buy the books at Another Story and say that you are a Fern parent.

20% of your purchase will go towards our library fundraiser. In addition, the store has kindly agreed to extend this promotion to the following week.

Not only is this a great way to support a local bookstore, but will also benefit our school towards making new book purchases.

If you have any questions ab…

Grade 8 Montreal Trip

Dear Grade 8 parents,

Today is the deadline for Montreal sign up. At this point you should have received a package with several forms. 

If your child wants to attend can you please ensure: 

a) You created an account online with Brightspark    
b) You signed and sent the TDSB permission form to your homeroom teacher. 
c) You read and discussed the 3 strike rule with your child. 
d) You contacted the school for financial help,  if needed.  
e) You updated the medical form, if needed. 

Your prompt response is appreciated. After the deadline has passed there is no guarantee that you will be able to sign-up. We need to know our numbers by early next week. For further inquiries please e-mail at

Bogdan Nikolajevic

Fernapalooza - Volunteers needed!

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 place 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 $500k.

Please take a look at the volunteer sign up and insert yourself where ever possible. 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.

Click here:

Cheers to the Fern community,

Rhonda Bromley
Volunteer Coordinator
Fern School Council

Warm your child from the inside out with a daily Hot Lunch at Fern!

When it’s cold and icy outside, sometimes it’s hard to think of Spring and those first crocuses popping up in the garden.

Next month includes March Break, so why worry about finding that lunch bag after the holiday? Sign up now!

Please fill out, detach and submit the order form with your payment in a sealed envelope. Better yet, sign up for the rest of the year and you won’t have to worry about packing lunches that your child may or may not eat. The secure deposit box is located outside the Ferncliff Daycare office (room 103). The deadline for your order is Thursday, February 15th to begin lunch on Thursday, March 1st. No extensions will be given.

Fern Food Committee

Parenting Workshop at Humberside C.I.

On January 30th from 7:00-8:30pm, Humberside CI is hosting a Parenting Workshop on how to support your teen's successful leap into high school.

More information can be found here.

Boomerang Lunches

Click here for more information on the Eco Club's Boomerang Lunch initiative.

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 students that don't bring one. If you child will be wearing makeup, nail polish or jewelry, keeping it light and neutral ensures a traditional portrait.

Thank you.

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