School News



Important Dates Looking Ahead: 

Thurs Dec 13 -Concert Rehearsal 8:45-9:45 am
-Drop Off Baking for the Concert anytime today (or bring to school before the Concert)
-Annual Fernwood Concert 6:00-7:00 pm ; PAC Raffle Draw! (lucky winners will be going home with their prizes tonight) and Bake Sale (children in their classroom by 5:40 pm)
-Report Cards going home today
Mon Dec 17-Whole School Meeting 8:45-9:05 (class presentations from Ms Hingston and Mr. McPhee's classes)
-Quentin Harris at Fernwood for the day 
Wed Dec 19 -PAC Hot Lunch Day  (cancelled until the new year)
-Knitting Club at Lunch with Catherine and Monika
Thurs Dec 20-Last Day of School before Winter Break (regular day 8:25 - 3:20 pm)
Mon Jan 7 -First Day back from Winter Break 
Mon Jan 21-No School (note that this is a Tuesday to Friday week in the school District due to the Highschool provincial exam schedule)

Concert Tonight and "Thank You"

posted by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

Our Winter Choir Concert is Tonight!  Not only are we very thankful to music Teacher, Whitney Walker and all the students for practicing so hard, we would also like to thank your Fernwood PAC who are holding the Annual Bake Sale (thank you so much to parents for baking!) and Raffle and for all the volunteers who have spent the time and effort decorating the school so festively (special mention to Heather Kazakoff)!  
Gym doors open at 5:40 pm. 
Students are to be in their classroom at 5:40 pm. 
Concert starts at 6:00 p.m. 
Arrive early to find parking; seating is on a first come, first served basis - all the chairs in the district have been ordered for delivery and set up.  While you are in the school Thursday evening please take the opportunity to check out the lost and found along with all the amazing artwork that lines our hallways! 

We also thank: 

Event Set-up: Our District 64 “Plant Services” team 

Set Up, Sound & Lighting: Andrew McPhee & Erika Verlinden

Fernwood PAC Executive (Samantha Chamberlin &Alisha Renaud, and Erin Lee) along with the Class PAC Reps 

All the Fernwood students, staff, Teachers and parents for their volunteer time, baking, raffle donations, participation and choir practice to make this concert the best one ever!

The PAC would like to thank local merchants & families for their support in the raffle: Country Grocer, Pharmasave, Uptown Liquor Store, Mouat's Home Hardware, Uptown Pizza, ArtSpring, The Fritz, Harlan's, SS Cheese, West of the Moon, SS Inn, SS Books, Thrive, Wheat Kids Clothing - The Bouchard Family, Full Effect Lashes -The Popp Family, Silver Pendant -The Howell Family, T-Fal Fryer-The Roome Family, Laura Klein Massage & Body Work and to all the parents for their wonderful donations.

Free Unlimited Childcare at Thrive Out of School Care

posted by Leah Ashford

Thrive out of school care is offering free unlimited  child care for the month of December as a gift to all parents of Salt Spring Island.
Registration required at www.thrivekidscanada.ca

Also...you are invited on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) at 3:00 pm to   "A Salt Spring Christmas" at the Community Gospel Church on Vesuvius Road for a fun retelling of the Christmas story with carols, goodies and a family photo booth. 



Notification to Parents about Pokemon Cards

posted by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

Please have a discussion with your child if they have a passion for Pokemon Cards! Pokemon cards (or any other trading cards including Magic cards) are to be left at home where fair trading of cards can be ensured. 

In the past we have run a once a week, lunch hour "Card Club", with adult supervision, for students who are very keen. It has not yet been decided if this will take place, however, if running the "card club" is something that interests you as a parent, please call the school. 

Boys and Girls Volleyball in January

posted by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

We are going to start volleyball! The team, like last year, will be a boys and girls team and we'd like to thank Megan's mom, Jane Lizotte, for volunteering her time to run practices at lunch on Tuesdays. The lunch hour runs from 11:30 am - 12:10 pm and in order for this to happen we need one more volunteer (or more than one who want to share it) to help run the practices as it's a very popular sport at Fernwood! 

There will be games scheduled between Salt Spring Elementary and Fulford Elementary (and hopefully Pender too may visit!) and these games, once scheduled between the schools, take place also during the lunch hours. The season usually ends before Spring Break. 

Please let us know if you can help! We would like to start the practices as soon as possible in January! Thank you! 

Lice

posted by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

There have been cases of head lice reported, so please check your child’s head for lice and nits (eggs). See attached health notice that provides information that may help. 

Teach and remind your children how head lice are spread and how they can avoid coming into contact with them.

BC Forest Discovery Centre Field Trip Today

posted Dec 6, 2018, 2:05 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 2:09 PM ]

Mrs Burgess's and Ms. Curtis's students attended the BC Forest Discovery Centre's learning program today in Duncan for their O'Christmas program. Students experienced the evolution of the Christmas tree from candles to modern LED lights, and from homemade ornaments to the brightly coloured glass balls we enjoy today.  Students had fun exploring the different species of trees and went on a special Christmas Express train ride. The museum's locomotive collection represents how our towns were connected and how our province's natural resources are accessed. 



The Annual Fernwood Winter Concert Next Thursday Evening

posted Dec 6, 2018, 1:29 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 1:52 PM ]


Our Winter Choir Concert is Thursday, December 13th
Location: Fernwood Gym
5:40 pm:  Arrival time for students to their classroom
6:00 -7:00 pm:  Concert
Whitney Walker and all the students have been hard at work practicing for the upcoming Concert which we are so excited about! Rehearsals will be taking place during school hours next week leading up to the concert so they can dazzle you with their singing talent!   The PAC will also be holding the Annual Bake Sale and Raffle.  (Please also remember to arrive early to find parking; seating is on a first come, first served basis - all the chairs in the district have been ordered for delivery and set up.)  While you are in the school Thursday evening please take the opportunity to check out the lost and found along with all the amazing artwork that lines our hallways! 



It's Time to Dress for Cold Weather!

posted Dec 6, 2018, 1:07 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 2:13 PM ]

It's cold out there! Please ensure your child is warm and dry by sending him/her to school appropriately dressed for cold weather.  Every child has room on their hooks and in their cubby for extra clothes and shoes in case they get wet or need an extra layer.  If a student requires more clothing you will receive a call from them to drive to school with clothing items (mitts, toques, boots, a warm coat). 

Calling All Bakers!

posted Dec 6, 2018, 12:37 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

Cookies and treats will be available at the Annual Bake Sale before and after the Fernwood Concert next Thursday December 13th.


Baked items can be dropped off the day of the concert in the office or at the bake sale table.  If you are bringing items directly to the concert, please arrive in time for them to be put out before the concert (children are to be in class by 5:40 pm).

Please indicate if items are gluten, dairy or egg free! 


Bake Sale contact: Helen Buck  helenmbuck@hotmail.com


Can you volunteer? 6 volunteers are needed at the sale tables. 3 volunteers 30 minutes before the show (5:30 to 6:00) and 3 volunteers for 20 minutes at the end of the show 7:00-7:20 and to help clear away.


Thank you for supporting the Bake Sale! Please call the school or email Helen.

Free Unlimited Childcare for the month of December

posted Dec 6, 2018, 11:53 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 12:31 PM ]

Thrive out of school care is offering free unlimited  child care for the month of December as a gift to all parents of Salt Spring Island.
Registration required at www.thrivekidscanada.ca

Also...you are invited on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) at 3:00 pm to   "A Salt Spring Christmas" at the Community Gospel Church on Vesuvius Road for a fun retelling of the Christmas story with carols, goodies and a family photo booth. 

Both of these posters are attached. 


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