School News

Miniature Daffodils Blooming in the School Garden!

Important Dates Looking Ahead: 
Thurs March 15
Spring Fling Family Dance 6pm - 9:00pm
Tickets for sale at the door: $12 for the family; concession food - come and have some fun! 

March 16 -
April 3

-Spring Break and Easter Break
Mon April 2 Easter Monday (school Closed)
Happy Easter from Ms Curtis' Bunnies!
Tue April 3 First day back from Spring Break (Tuesday to Friday school week) 
(note no whole school meeting today)
 Fri April 6Friday School Day 
Mon April 9 Field Trip: Ms Michaux & Ms Curtis to Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (Sidney)
Wed April 11-PAC Hot Lunch
-Parents of Grade 5 Students: Bridging Night at the Middle School 
Wed April 25-School Photo Day: Class Photo, Portraits & Whole School 
Wed April 25-PAC Hot Lunch
Fri April 27 -Professional Development Day for Staff

Report Cards

posted Mar 15, 2018, 12:19 PM by Leah Ashford

Report cards (student led conference document) are coming home today from school with your child for all students who have completed the conference so far. 

Pacific Raptors Field Trip

posted Mar 15, 2018, 12:18 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

Mrs. Burgess' class and Ms Lee's classes went on a field trip to The Raptors visitor centre in Duncan today for their educational program.  Introducing them to raptors with a guided tour and a flying demonstration is an exciting step to learning about protecting and respecting the environment and planetary ecosystems.

Knitting Club

posted Mar 14, 2018, 1:15 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 2:09 PM ]

Check out these amazing knitting efforts completed by students in Knitting Club...there were so are just a few:
knitting will resume after the Spring Break on Wednesdays in April with Catherine and Monica...

Thank You to the Basketball Coaches

posted Mar 14, 2018, 1:11 PM by Leah Ashford

Thank you very much to Sarah Hornsey, Frank Normile and Denis Lange for volunteering their time to coach the Boys Basketball Team. 
Thank you to Jane Lizotte for her sole effort with the Girls team! 
Your time and effort and enthusiasm is so appreciated! 

100th Day of School Celebrations

posted Mar 14, 2018, 1:06 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 10:43 AM ]

The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year. More importantly, it is a great way for Teachers and students to celebrate various achievements and in particular mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. Here are some photographs of math activities and class photos showing off their "100th Day Hats" and tower in Ms Michaux's class and animal fun in Mrs. Burgess's class. 

One Woman Circus Performance

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:20 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 3:21 PM ]

Children's Educator, Sand Northrup ("One Woman Circus") delivered a morning workshop to Grade 4&5 students and then she and the students performed a fun and engaging afternoon performance to the whole school! We all loved it. Sand teaches circus arts in public schools and is also Director of the Therapeutic Clown program at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Centre for Children.   (Thank you to ArtStarts for sponsoring this event)

Library Grant

posted Mar 8, 2018, 3:06 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 3:44 PM ]

Richard Magnusson, our Library Teacher, would like to communicate great news that the Library has received a grant from the Times Colonist Raise a Reader Program.  $800 of aboriginal content books have been purchased for the school today. 
The Times Colonist Raise-a-Reader program is a year-round initiative that raises funds for family literacy programs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. 

"Media Smarts" for Families of Young Children - this Tuesday, March 13th at Fernwood School

posted Mar 8, 2018, 11:11 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 2:59 PM ]

 "Media Smarts" for Families of Young Children - this Tuesday, March 13th at Fernwood School!
See attached poster. 
You do not to register for this unless you need childcare which will be provided! You are welcome to simply just show up.
Email Kathryn Akehurst at to register only if you need childcare.

Middle School "Bridging Night"

posted Mar 7, 2018, 11:38 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 1:41 PM ]

(transition events are scheduled for students on other dates: Principal Keiko Taylor & Vice-Principal, Jude Shugar, will be visiting Fernwood and then Grade 5 students will visit SIMS as well). 

Bridging Night for Parents
April 11 6-8pm
at SIMS 

Transition event for all Grade 5 parents!

We would like to take this opportunity to let our new parents know about
our great school and create a ‘bridge’ between elementary and middle
schools. At our event you will have the opportunity to:
-get an overview of SIMS 
-meet the administrators
-tour the school get information about programs
-have questions answered
-meet the teachers 
-Late French Immersion
-meet other new parents 
-find out about Exploratories
-learn all about Band
-find out about Circus

Arts Council Workshops

posted Mar 7, 2018, 11:16 AM by Leah Ashford

See attached poster for class offerings: Painting "Me & My Pet" with Tracy Harrison; David Hockney Portraits with Tracy Harrison; and Music Workshop "Rhythm & Play" with Marta McKeever.  Register at:

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