School News

"Chillin' at the Sandbar at Fernwood Beach"

(photo by Linda Lee)

"Cedar and Arbutus Students on Their Way to a Secret Spot"

(photo by Erika Verlinden)


 Important Dates Looking Ahead: 

Mon May 21  -Victoria Day Statutory Holiday: School Closed
Tue May 22
Wed May 23 
-Note: no whole school meeting today
-Quentin Harris at Fernwood today
-Choir with Ms Walker at lunch
Wed May 23 -Grade 4/5 Track Meet at Portlock bus departs 8:45 am from Fernwood and returns to Fernwood after 2:00 pm
Thurs May 24 -Fernwood "Great Water Walk" 
-Cedar and Arbutus Classes to Xwaaqu'um (departing at 10:45 after Water Walk)
-Ukulele club aftershcool 
Fri May 25-Friday School Day
-PAC Hot Lunch
-Fernwood FUN FAIR afterschool 
Mon May 28 -Concert Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) 
-ELF StrongStart - StoryWalk - join us 8:30 - 11:30 am
Tues May 29 -Concert Rehearsal (8:4509:45) 
Thurs May 31 -Concert Rehearsal 8:45-9:45)
-Cedar and Arbutus Classes to Xwaaqu'um 
-"Leif the Magician" 2:05-3:05 (all welcome - gym)
-Spring Concert evening  6:00 pm in the GYM
Mon June 4 -Leave for Horne Lake Camping Trip (Hingston/McPhee classes)
-Ms Holmes & Ms Michaux's Class Field trip: Duncan to Pacific Raptors
-"Science World" Presentation 
-PAC  Meeting 
Tues June 6 -Smile Band Performance
-PAC Hot Lunch 
Thurs June 7-ALL LIBRARY BOOKS BACK TO LIBRARY PLEASE
-Ms Curtis' Class Field Trip Conservancy Stewards in Training (Duck Creek Park)
Mon June 11-Saltspring Middle School Band Performance (all welcome) 2:00 pm Gym 
-Ms Holmes' Class Field Trip Conservancy Stewards in Training (Duck Creek Park)
Tue June 12 -Jump Rope for Heart (afternoon) 
Thurs June 14-Aboriginal Education Celebration (Grade 4s and 5s) - info coming 
-Ms Michaux's Class Field Trip Conservancy Stewards in Training (Duck Creek Park)
Wed June 20-PAC Hot Lunch 
Mon June 25 PAC Games Day 
Wed June 27 -Grade 5 Strawberry Tea
-Report Cards Home 
Thurs June 28 -Last Day of School
-Early Dismissal time: 11:30 am  


Great Water Walk Update

posted May 17, 2018, 1:58 PM by Leah Ashford

It’s just one week until our Great Water Walk on Thursday, May 24th. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will be participating in a fundraising walk to St. Mary Lake and back. As in past years, we are walking to raise money to provide village wells in Andhra Pradesh, India.  


Students should bring their capped plastic or metal containers on or before next Thursday. We recommend that children carry an amount of water that is equal to their grade level (eg: Gr. 2 students carry 2 litres, Gr. 4 students carry 4 litres, etc.) Please make sure that your child has a backpack on that day as well.  We would like to see all containers placed in backpacks for the walk as this will be the safest and easiest way to carry back “the load”.


We will be walking even if the weather is a bit damp, so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately, with suitable footwear for the trip.


Pledge money can be brought in to your child’s classroom teacher any time over the next two weeks. We would appreciate it if all donations are submitted by Thursday, May 31st, if possible, but late donations will be accepted up until Thursday, June 7th


The positive energy and commitment of our students has been wonderful to see, and we’re all looking forward to another GREAT “Water Walk”!

Thank-you so much for your continued support!

Grade 4/5 Track and Field Day: Wednesday

posted May 17, 2018, 1:43 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 17, 2018, 1:56 PM ]


Grade 4's and 5's will be at the district Track & Field event Wednesday, May 23rd.   Please remember to be at school on time (the bus will be leaving right away).  The bus will also transport students back up to Fernwood School departing Portlock at 2:00 pm.

Bring proper running shoes, wear layers of clothes as it may get cool or warm throughout the day, bring your own water, and extra food.  It's also advised to wear hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses if you are sensitive to heat and bright sunshine!  Looking forward to seeing all of our students trying their best out there and showing what amazing students we have at Fernwood Elementary School!

Parents...we will try to post a tentative schedule of events closer to the day so you can come out and cheer! 

Grade 5 Bridging Day

posted May 17, 2018, 1:18 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 17, 2018, 1:29 PM ]

Our grade 5s going on to SIMS next year had a fun transition day Tuesday. After meeting in the gym and being introduced to Grade 6 ambassadors, students went on a school tour and participated in fun activities to introduce them to the French Immersion program, woodworking, dance, circus, cooking and more. 


Join Us for a StoryWalk

posted May 17, 2018, 1:14 PM by Leah Ashford

Join the ELF program (StrongStart) for another StoryWalk.
Monday, May 28th
8:30-11:30 am
We will share a special snack as well as other fun activities. This is Ready,Set Learn event funded by the Ministry of Education. 
(check the news next week for the book title) 

Thank you to our One-to-One Volunteers

posted May 17, 2018, 12:51 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 17, 2018, 12:56 PM ]

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you One-to-One volunteers from the community who volunteered their time every week to read with children at Fernwood School. ONE to ONE provides children with an opportunity to practice their reading in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make mistakes, and learn at their own pace.  



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About Salt Spring Literacy's One to One program:

The first ONE to ONE Reading program began in Vancouver in 1989 and has expanded to operate through local literacy societies in over twenty communities throughout British Columbia.  It is offered in all four local elementary schools. Each student selected for the program spends approximately 30 minutes two to four times a week with volunteer tutors.

Each ONE to ONE tutor volunteers one hour per week to the program during one or both of the twelve week sessions. The program runs in Fall and the Spring. The Salt Spring Literacy Society provides all the tutors with materials, training and on going support.

A majority of the tutors return each school year but there is always a need for more tutors. It is a great opportunity for anyone who loves to listen to children read.  Here is a comment from one of this year’s tutors. Contact Louise at lshelly@saltspringliteracy.org for more information.

“It has been a great pleasure to be a part of the One to One reading program.  I've spent my career as a classroom teacher and I know how difficult it is to provide the kind of individualized attention these children are getting through this program.  Whether the students are struggling or gifted readers, I have worked with both in the program, they all benefit enormously from the one on one attention they receive. It is rewarding to witness their progress whether it be improved expression and fluency or an enhanced ability to discuss a story. I truly enjoy their fresh perspective and their eagerness to participate.”

Scarves, mitts...

posted May 17, 2018, 12:45 PM by Leah Ashford

Scarves, mitts, winter boots are done! Hooray!
Please remind your child to take home winter season clothing and shoes. 
Thank you!
Please check the lost and found too as it all goes to good will in a few weeks. 

Fernwood Fun Fair and Hot Lunch

posted May 17, 2018, 10:30 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 17, 2018, 10:31 AM ]

Hey All!

FUN FAIR

The most anticipated event of the year is next week! We need many, many volunteers and we are relying on you to help make the fun fair memorable for all our kids. The link for the sign up is below. We can't do this without you. 


HOT LUNCH

Hot Dog Day is next Friday. Please ensure you have your lunch orders in by this Saturday.


Thank you

Sam & Alisha
PAC Co-Chairs

Salt Spring Youth Film Festival

posted May 16, 2018, 3:01 PM by Leah Ashford

Please see the attached poster (listing entry categories) and message from Stage Fright Productions...

THE SALT SPRING ISLAND YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUDLY PRESENTED BY STAGE FRIGHT PRODUCTIONS. WE ARE A SMALL FILM STUDIO BASED ON SALT SPRING ISLAND THAT DEVELOPS AND PRODUCES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS. OUR FILM FESTIVAL CHALLENGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR OWN UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW & TO CONNECT THEM WITH FILMS THAT THEIR PEERS ARE CREATING ALL OVER THE WORLD. OUR FILM FEST IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS TO JOIN TOGETHER AND GET INSPIRED TO GO OUT AND PICK UP A CAMERA AND MAKE SOMETHING COOL! WE ARE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE PARTNERING WITH REEL YOUTH TO BRING.... 

the Reel Youth Film Festival to Salt Spring Island! We will be screening their touring festival which is an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth. Chosen by a youth jury from over 1,500 submissions and 100 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a zombie musical, an ode to ageing from Taiwan, a Russian animation on how-to-fit-in, or an over-zealous house painter drama from Denmark, laughing and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival.

KREATIVE KIDS SUMMER ART CAMPS

posted May 16, 2018, 2:52 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 16, 2018, 2:53 PM ]

KREATIVE KIDS SUMMER ART CAMPS are here again. This will be our 6th year of offering a well rounded art experience for ages 6 and up. JULY 9 TO 13 and AUGUST 6 TO 10 at ArtSpring. Hours are from 10 am to 4 pm everyday. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided; bring your own lunch. $200 for the week with reduced rates for siblings or registration in both camps. For more information and to register please contact kreativekids7@gmail.com or call Johanna at 250) 653-9383. Please do not contact ArtSpring.


Workshops on the Rock - Art Camps this summer

posted May 16, 2018, 2:49 PM by Leah Ashford

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