School News

Have a wonderful summer...

Looking Ahead Dates: 

Thursday, June 18-Grade 5 "Graduation Ceremony" (afternoon)
Tuesday, June 23-"Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation" for New September 2020 Ks (morning) 9:00-11:00 am
-Indigenous Day Celebration
-Deadline for parents to provide feedback on Next Year Placement to Ms Logan 
Wednesday, June 24 -Indigenous Day Celebration (continued from Tues) 
Thursday, June 25 Last Day of School   - note this a full day of school at Fernwood (9:00-3:00)
Aug 24-Sept 3 School Office Open
Monday, Sept 7  Labour Day 
Tuesday, Sept 8   First Day Back to School 

Ms Logan's WEEKLY WHOLE SCHOOL MEETING YouTube Videos (March 30-June 25th)


Monday, June 8th:

Monday, May 25th:

Tuesday, May 19th:

Monday, May 11th:

Monday, May 4th:

Bus Schedules for Bus #5 and Bus #4: 

Please see the District Transportation homepage:

Thank you very much to our drivers Rowan (#4) and Julianna (#5) and Glen too who did our Bus 5 pm run for part of June. We would like to say goodbye and a special thank you to Julianna who has been driving Fernwood's Bus 5 students for over 5 years! We will miss you but know that the kids will welcome you on the Fulford run. Barb will be our driver for Fernwood on Bus 5 next year. Welcome Barb! 

Year Ahead Message from Principal Logan

posted Jun 26, 2020, 4:26 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 4:28 PM ]

Hello Fernwood!

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to send out a brief message about the year ahead and make sure you had the school supply lists.

We do not yet know exactly what school will look like in September.  If the COVID-19 numbers continue to remain low, then we can expect to enter phase 2, which would mean full time in school learning for elementary aged students.  We will continue with our extra cleaning in the building, frequent hand washing, good respiratory hygiene, and will refrain from sharing supplies regardless of which phase we are in.  The Ministry of Education will be announcing details about the school year on or around August 22nd, so please stay tuned for more information from the school district at that time.

We have some staffing news.  We would like to welcome back Meghan Kerr from her maternity leave and also welcome Bridget Lee, who will now be a permanent member of our staff.  We are so happy to have both of you return to Fernwood for the 2020-2021 school year!   We are also pleased to welcome back Andria Scanlan, Allison Dutcher, and Caroline Topham as EAs.

It is always hard to say goodbye to our temporary staff members: Nicola Byron, Sharon Lee, Sara Jessing, Katie Keltika, Joan Verhaeghe and Cathryn Pyper.  Thanks to you all, and hopefully they will find their way back to us next year, once the final staffing is in place.  

All of us at Fernwood wish you all a very happy summer and look forward to seeing you in the Fall.  We will be in communication with you about the first week some time in August or early September.  You can always keep in touch be email, and on the website
Fernwood Elementary School is located on the North end of Salt Spring Island. We have 195 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Our school offers many opportunities for young children to explore their interests. In addition to dedicated classroom teachers and support staff, we offer a beautiful learning garden and greenhouse program, sports ...

Kelda Logan


Fernwood Elementary School


Letter from Minister Fleming and Andrea Sinclair of BCCPAC & Ministry of Education News Release

posted Jun 26, 2020, 3:49 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 3:53 PM ]

Please see the attached joint letter from Minister Fleming and Andrea Sinclair, President of BCCPAC, as well as a Ministry of Education News Release.  
Both attachments are also posted on the school district website.

Garden News

posted Jun 26, 2020, 3:35 PM by Leah Ashford

Thank you Grade 5 students, Maya and Summer for "summer clean up" this week and Mr. McPhee too for mowing the lawn and so much other upkeep. It looks beautiful. The garden is being prepared for fertilizer and maintenance over the summer in preparation for the Fall. 

Celebrating National Indigenous History Month - School District 64

posted Jun 26, 2020, 3:21 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 3:29 PM ]

Over the past week, students in the District including attending students at Fernwood, Celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st) with Cheryl Ruff teaching traditional dancing and Quentin Harris sharing his Pow Wow drum. Here are two links. One is a full video of the celebration and the other is a link to photos on the District's webpage. 


posted Jun 26, 2020, 2:58 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 3:03 PM ]

The weather cooperated June 18th for our leaving ceremony for our Grade 5s. It was a perfect set up outside with chairs, decorations and flowers to mark this most momentous of events! Each student was acknowledged with a certificate and a copy of "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss (thank you to your PAC!). Fond memories were shared by the students and by Ms Logan and their Teacher (Mr. McPhee, Ms Bain and Ms Verhaeghe). We said thank you and goodbye to the families who are leaving Fernwood School (have no other siblings coming up). We also did the Firebird Drum Ceremony where the grade 5s passed on the drum to the grade 4s. Students and their parent were treated to a fruitsicle and also a donation from Harlan's Fine Chocolates! Thank you to our District Maintenance and Grounds staff for making the school and grounds beautiful, to Laura Morgan for cleaning inbetween groups for these students she adores; Leah for the decorations and flowers; and to Andrew McPhee and Mylene Dammel-Sherrin for helping set up the audio and filming of this event that we will make available soon. 

We are sad to see them leave but wish them all the best for next year as they move on to Grade 6! 

Bubble Fun with Mrs. Parker's and Mrs. Pyper's Class

posted Jun 26, 2020, 11:13 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 3:30 PM ]

Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation Event at Fernwood!

posted Jun 26, 2020, 10:24 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 10:27 AM ]

We were so excited to host a Welcome to Kindergarten orientation event at Fernwood Elementary! Parents and new kindies arrived in staggered time slots to begin their tour and journey through first meeting Ms Logan, then the Learning Services Team including Thyra Driver and Olive Mann from Speech and Language services, Early Learning Coordinator, Janet Hoag. 

Mundy, from StrongStart and Janet took families on a guided "I Spy" tour to meet the Teachers (Ms Malindi Curtis for the Regular Kindergarten Class and Ms Klare Yakabuski for the Nature Kindergarten Class) for a chalk activity and "Take Home Package" (information, Ready Set Learn Booklet, a toy and more). Here are some photos of the event. 

Salt Spring Arts Council: Summer Art Camps

posted Jun 26, 2020, 10:13 AM by Leah Ashford

Salt Spring Arts Council is offering Summer Art Camps for youth Ages 8-10 and 11-14 along with many other offerings. Check it out at:

District Instructional Calendar 2020-2021

posted Jun 22, 2020, 3:26 PM by Leah Ashford

Optional Opportunity to Provide Feedback for Next Year September 2020

posted Jun 18, 2020, 4:11 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 18, 2020, 4:14 PM ]

Parents were emailed this week to offer an opportunity to provide feedback. Please find attached letter from Ms Logan and example of the questions to answer to provide feedback on your child for consideration in Next Year's configuration of classrooms.  The deadline for this input please is Tuesday, June 23rd. You can email the information to Ms Logan at or print and return the form. 

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