School Newsletter

Monday, November 16th to Friday, November 27th
Thank you to everyone who is supporting this year's Scholastic Book Fair!   Your support will mean a large portion of the sales in form of a 50% commission will go toward fulfilling school wishlists for individual classrooms and the Fernwood School Library as well. It's an online fair this year. Here is the webpage for Fernwood Elementary School: 


Looking Ahead Dates:

Friday, November 27 Fernwood Book Fair - last day -
Tuesday, December 1 Earthquake Drill  
Thursday, December 3 Early Dismissal Day - school ends at noon - Bus 5 departs 12:10; Bus 4 approx 12:30
Wednesday, December 16 Public Consultation Meeting Regarding Reconfiguration and Closure of Saltspring Middle School - More information and zoom link here:
Thursday, December 17Last Day before Winter Break 
Monday, January 4th First Day back from Winter Break 
Fernwood School Restart Plan

Daily Health Check before attending school...

It's Time to Dress for Cold Weather

posted Nov 26, 2020, 1:12 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Nov 26, 2020, 1:13 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). 

All Library Books to be Returned the Last Two Weeks of School

posted Nov 26, 2020, 11:02 AM by Leah Ashford

To prevent books from travelling to other homes or getting lost over the holiday season, all student books are to be returned on the last two weeks of school. Look in your child's planner or backpack to see if there is a notice about overdue books. Alternately, you may email me, Janice, at to check in about books being returned.

Have a lovely holiday season and be well. ~ Ms Parker, Teacher Librarian

Veggie Inspired Art!

posted Nov 26, 2020, 10:52 AM by Leah Ashford

After taking home their Veggie Bag from the fundraiser, Kaya was inspired to create! 

"Leeks" by Kaya in Ms Bain's Class

Reminder: Thursday, December 3rd School is Out at NOON

posted Nov 26, 2020, 10:40 AM by Leah Ashford

Thursday, December 3rd is an Early Dismissal Day at Fernwood Elementary (school is out at noon). If you would like an opportunity to discuss your child's learning with their Teacher, please contact your Teacher to find out how to set this up.

School is dismissed at noon. Please pick up your child at noon unless they are registered to ride Bus 5 which will depart Fernwood School at 12:10 pm. Bus 4 will depart approximately 12:30 pm. 
There is no supervision beyond 12:20 pm. 

Practicing Emergency Preparedness

posted Nov 26, 2020, 10:27 AM by Leah Ashford

On Tuesday, December 1st we plan to practice our own version of an earthquake drill -  "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in a safe environment as part of our efforts to practice emergency preparedness here at School. We have had two Fire Drills this year as well. 

Public Meeting: Consultation on Notice of Motion re: Saltspring Middle School

posted Nov 24, 2020, 11:53 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Nov 26, 2020, 10:29 AM ]

The meeting is Wednesday, December 16th. Please see attached letter dated November 24th, 2020. 

Letter from Superintendent to the Education Community: Reconfiguration

posted Nov 19, 2020, 4:19 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Nov 23, 2020, 2:39 PM ]

Familiarize Yourself with Inclement Weather Info, Main Roads Only Bus Info & CRD Public Alert Notification

posted Nov 19, 2020, 3:57 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Nov 19, 2020, 3:58 PM ]

Please take a minute to refresh yourself with what happens, how you will be notified and where you can find out information if it snows and you decide to send your child to school. If you have any questions, please ask and also provide any updates to your email address if it has changed.  If your child is a bus rider, please look at the Main Roads Schedule that the buses may be doing if the "main roads only" schedule comes into effect for that day. If it comes into effect, we would email to let you know. The schedule can be found here:  THE MAIN ROADS SCHEDULES FOR THE TWO FERNWOOD BUSES #4 AND #5 ARE LIMITED FOR SAFETY REASONS HOWEVER DRIVERS PICK UP ALL ALONG THE WAY (NOT AT CERTAIN STOPS). 

There are different procedures depending on the weather. For example... if buses run normally, we will not notify by email. If buses run on the main roads only schedule, or they do not run at all or if we hear that buses are running differently once students have arrived at school we will send email notification. Other ways to find out are: the district webpage or the Fernwood school news page. If possible, we may also go further by posting on facebook and will change the voicemail message on the school phone. 

Fernwood School Plan in Case of Snow or Inclement Weather 

Sometimes, it is safest to have your child stay home if you know you won’t be able to pick them up due to the possibility of snow or poor road conditions.  Your local area conditions should be taken into consideration as decisions are made centrally where road and snow conditions may be different than yours.  Please sign up to receive CRD Emergency Notifications to help you make good decisions for your area: 

If the District school buses are not running or are operating on “Main Roads Only,” it is decision made for the safety of your child by Transportation Services.  In the early morning before sending your child out to wait at their stop you will receive notification through email, the school news website, the district website  or Facebook. The school phone 250-537-9932 voicemail message will also be changed.   

“Buses running on Main Roads Only Schedule” 

Schools are open as normal. 

Please see the “main roads only” bus schedule on the district website.

“Buses not running, but schools open” 

Most students will likely not attend, but school is open. 

Staff are expected to attempt to come to work.  If impossible or unsafe, staff report to the school nearest to them that they can reach safely, and call dispatch to notify. 

“Schools Closed” 

In extreme cases, schools can be closed due to snow. 

Staff and students are not expected to come to school. 


Sometimes students come to school, and the weather changes, forcing buses to leave early and schools to close early

We will notify parents through email, the website, updated school voicemail, Facebook and we will attempt to call all families we have not heard from.   

Please note that: 

  • It is very IMPORTANT that parents have updated their contact information in the office 

  • It is very important that names of alternate contacts have been given to the office 

  • If we can’t contact a parent or alternate, the student will remain at school until we hear from parents  - Please understand that staff, for safety reasons, may also be needing to leave the school.

  • If parents arrive at school to pick up their children, they are required to let their teacher know 

  • If a student is going to be picked up by an adult other than a parent, the adult picking up must be on the release form– otherwise, we cannot allow that student to leave the school 

  • Please understand that staff, for safety reasons, may also be needing to leave the school as well so if you notice snow outside, please call to inquire - we don't mind! 

Artist in the Classroom - Laura Kiel

posted Nov 19, 2020, 3:33 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Nov 19, 2020, 3:49 PM ]

Laura Kiel is teaching students in Ms Curtis's, Ms Michaux, Ms Jones and Ms Pyper's classes. Laura makes hand-built ceramics, often large scale bowls and vases. She has worked restoring antique textiles and as a break baker. her academic art knowledge includes the New York State College of Ceramics, the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Washington. 

The purpose of the  "Artist in the Classroom" program, sponsored by the SSI Arts Council, is to give the arts a stronger presence in the everyday lives of students by bringing the artists of Salt Spring Island to class to share their skills and to create an awareness of arts in our community. 

Country Grocer Save-A-Tape Bins: A PAC box and a Learning Services One As well as Classrooms here!

posted Nov 19, 2020, 3:00 PM by Leah Ashford

We would like to give a huge thanks and acknowledgement to Salt Spring Country Grocer. 
We tallied up the total funds that they have donated through their Save-a-Tape Program so far this School Year between September and November and it amounted to over $1074.00 
These funds have gone directly back to the classrooms whose parents have collected on their behalf. Country Grocer has made it possible for Teachers to buy such items as high interest leveled readers, arts and crafts, and learning support services materials! 
Thank you! 

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