School News


Important Dates Looking Ahead: 

Fri Apr 19 Good Friday 
Mon Apr 22Easter Monday - no school 
Earth Day
Tue Apr 23  No whole school meeting this week due to the Holiday Monday
Jr Choir at Lunch with Ms Walker
Wed Apr 24 Field Trip: Ms Michaux and Ms Erika's Classes to Butterfly Gardens in Saanich
Gr 4/5 Class Fundraiser Bottle Drive 
Thurs Apr 25 Cedar and Arbutus Classes to Xwaaq'um 
Fri Apr 26 Friday School Day 
PAC Afterschool Movie Fundraiser - Cancelled
Wed May 8 The Great WATER WALK 
Thurs May 16 Field Trip: Mrs. Burgess' and Ms Curtis' Classes to Butterly Gardens in Saanich 
Mon May 20 Victoria Day 
Tue May 21Ready, Set, Learn (event StrongStart) 
Wed May 22 District Track Meet (Grade 4s and 5s at Portlock for the day) 
Fri May 24Friday School Day
Fernwood FUN FAIR afterschool  
Thurs May 30Spring Concert 6 pm (students in classrooms by 5:40 pm)
Thurs June 13 Ms Michaux's & Ms Klare's Class Field Trip to: Raptor Centre 
Thurs June 27  Last Day of School - Dismissal at 11:30 am

The Great Water Walk Kick Off!

posted Apr 18, 2019, 4:13 PM by Leah Ashford

Robin Andison was at Fernwood School today to visit classrooms (some classes will be visited in the classroom next week as well) as part of the Water Water "kick off". 
Details will come home including an explanation of what the Water Walk is along with a pledge form and envelope.

Wednesday, May 8th, is our Fernwood Water Walk! Students at Fernwood Elementary will be raising money for SOPAR, an organization that helps to build wells in villages in India. For more information about SOPAR, visit - Please consider donating to this worthy cause!

On the day of the Great Water Walk, students will experience what many children experience every day - a long walk to get fresh water for the family, carrying heavy containers of water. Our students will walk to St Mary's Lake and back (with age appropriate amounts of water to carry). 

Parents are welcome to join in the walk! 

Presentation from BC RPGP on Screen-Use

posted Apr 18, 2019, 3:46 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 3:47 PM ]

David Nickoli, Prevention Provider with BC Responsible Gambling (BC RPGP), presented three interactive workshops to students in Grade 3,4 and 5 classrooms this week. The workshops focused on screen-use and video-gaming. The key concepts addressed included: recommended screen-time maximums; safer places to use screens; and fun alternatives to screen-use.  BC RPGP provides free workshops to students, parents, and educators across BC around the topics of gaming, gambling and video-gaming. David also held a lunch hour session for Teachers and staff. 

Easter Egg Making for Easter

posted Apr 18, 2019, 3:21 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 3:54 PM ]

A pysanka is an egg decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, "to write" or "to in scribe", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.
This photo shows Ms K's students decorating their eggs with Ms Parker using the beeswax. Below is a photo of psankas showing where the beeswax is removed (shows white). When they are finished, we will put up a photo of their own eggs. 

Grade 4 Parents - Learning Survey Reminder

posted Apr 18, 2019, 2:14 PM by Leah Ashford

If you have a grade 4 child registered at Fernwood, we ask for your help in filling out a quick survey.  

Each year, the Ministry of Education asks grade 4 students and parents of grade 4 students questions related to their satisfaction with their child's education.  The surveys are anonymous, don't take long, and provide us with feedback that can be used in the school system to make improvements.

If you click on the link below and go to the PARENT DIRECT ACCESS section on the bottom right hand side of the screen, you will not need a code to log in.  You do need to select the district from the drop down menu - Gulf Islands 64 and school Fernwood.

Thanks in advance for giving the Ministry of Education your feedback! April 30th is the last day to submit the survey. 

Bottle Drive: Grade 4/5 Class Fundraiser

posted Apr 18, 2019, 2:10 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 3:50 PM ]

Here is an opportunity to donate your bottles and cans to help fundraise for the Grade 4/5 Camping Trip to Camp Thunderbird. 

You can bring your bottles to school on Wednesday, April 24th. Bins will be set up near the parking lot fence for your convenience. 

Bottles can also be dropped off at the local Return-It Centre quoting account #193.

Thank you in advance and we hope we can help you with your recycling! 

Cooking and Nutrition Program in Ms Kucille's Class

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:41 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 2:29 PM ]

Every Tuesday afternoon, students in Ms. Kucilles grade 3/4 class have eagerly been cooking up more than wholesome meals as they are building confidence, team-working skills and pride. So far, they have chopped up colourful Friendship Fruitsalad and Blackbean and Corn Salsa served alongside Cheese Quesadillas which they carefully grilled over “Survival Stoves.”  Upcoming cooking lessons include local Field trips to Country Grocer and the Twig and Buoy Restaurant.  This program is made possible due to class parents kindly donating Country Grocer receipts, a generous $100 gift card from Country Grocer and amazing parent volunteers.

Knitting Club- Message from Catherine and Monika

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:38 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 1:40 PM ]

Catherine and Monika would like to thank all the students who enjoyed Knitting Club over the rainy day lunches.  Here is photo of some knitting. Catherine says maybe she will come back next year and knit with you all! 

Connecting With Our Community

posted Apr 18, 2019, 1:35 PM by Leah Ashford

On Tuesday, Mrs. Burgess' Grade 1/2 Class,  in partnership with the Assisted Living Coordinator at Greenwoods visited with the residents to spend some time with them and sing for them. Mrs. Burgess also took them to the Farmer's Institute. 

Thank you to Parent Basketball Coaches

posted Apr 18, 2019, 11:31 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 1:31 PM ]

Thank you to Toby Horbas (Cooper's Dad) and Martin Mongard (Finn's Dad) for their time and enthusiasm coaching the Grade 4/5 Boys Basketball team this year! 

Welcome to Two Student Teachers!

posted Apr 18, 2019, 11:16 AM by Leah Ashford

We would like to welcome Dhana Andison and Zoe Pickle to Fernwood Elementary School while they are both on their teaching practicums!  Dhana will be in Ms Curtis' Kindergarten class and Zoe will be in Ms Bain's Nature class.  

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