School News

Arbutus, Saplings and Cedar Nature Classes at Channel Ridge 

Important Dates Looking Ahead: 

Wednesday October 16     Ms Hingston's Class to Pool, Mouat's Park and SNNAP (students must be at Fernwood by 8:20 or earlier 
                                           for the Bus 4 departure at 8:24 am)

Friday October 18              Friday School Day

Monday October 21           Book Fair Week at Fernwood - in the Library all week - Monday is browsing (not buying)
                                           Federal Election Voting -  in the Gym
                                           No Whole School Meeting This Week

Tuesday October 22           PHOTO DAY for all students (proofs will be sent home)
                                            Book Fair

Wednesday October 23       PAC Fun Lunch
                                             Book Fair

Thursday October 24           Book Fair (last day to buy)
                                             Kindergarten Vision and Hearing Screening with VIHA at Fernwood - letters were sent home 

Monday October 28            ArtSpring "School Performance Play" afternoon (Ms Pyper, Ms Keltika, Ms Bain & Ms Jones)

Wednesday October 30      CBC Choir Performance Recording (Fernwood Choir at SSE for the recording)

Thursday October 31          Halloween Parade a.m. 

Thursday November 28        Early Dismissal noon

Saturday November 30       Deadline for the District Configuration Review "Thought Exchange"

Thursday December 12       Holiday Music Concert  6:00 pm

Book Fair Viewing Monday - Book Fair Monday to Thursday Next Week

posted Oct 18, 2019, 3:31 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 18, 2019, 3:44 PM ]

We have our annual Scholastic Book Fair coming to Fernwood library next week. There was a volunteer signup that went out from the PAC last week. Please sign up to help where you can! This year all volunteers are given a $5 off coupon for their help at the fair!  If you did not get the email you can send an email to to let us know when you can help. 

Everyone has the opportunity to have their name entered into a draw! We have $20 coupons to give away as prizes to three lucky students. Your child will have the opportunity to view the books this Monday and send home a list of what they may like to read. Teachers have communicated that a "Wish List" going home does not necessarily mean they will be bought. Buying days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball is the newest addition to this series. Please note that although it is advertised in this year’s book fair flyer, it is not actually released until November 5th and will be an order only purchase at our fair this year.

Last year we had the most successful rewards fair we have ever had, so let’s try to top it this year! We are lucky this year to gain an added 10% in rewards for planning and hosting our fair in October!

Hope to see many of you and your children at the fair next week!


Alisha Renaud

Scholastic Chairperson


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school. The entire community is invited to participate by purchasing children’s books. Did you know that for every $10 you spend at the Book Fair, up to $6 in product goes directly back to our school? Your support of this event results in books going directly into your child's classroom through Teacher wishlists and also to our library and school. As a result of last year's Book Fair over 200 books were given to the school from Teachers wish lists and the Library wish list. Your participation in the Book Fair makes a difference! 

Monday OCTOBER 21ST: The children may come through the library with their Teacher to look at the books and create a wish list. The wish list does go home for parents to review, however  we will explain to students that creating a wish list does not mean that the books will necessarily be purchased.

Tuesday, OCTOBER 22ND, Wednesday, OCTOBER 23RD & Thursday, OCTOBER 24TH: If you would like to purchase any of the wishlist books, please come in person or send payment with your child. Please talk to your child about the responsibilities that come with carrying cash to school. 


Parents are encouraged to stop in anytime and browse through the book selection –    THE BOOK FAIR ACCEPTS CASH, CREDIT CARD OR CHEQUE TO SCHOLASTIC (NOT THE SCHOOL OR PAC).


Photo Day is Tuesday Oct 22

posted Oct 18, 2019, 3:11 PM by Leah Ashford

Lifetouch Photography will be here Tuesday October 22nd. For the morning only and possibly past the lunch hour if necessary. 

All students have their photo taken in the Fall session for database purposes. 

Proofs will go home once they arrive here at Fernwood and you can decide if you would like to order on your own through Lifetouch. They will provide instructions. 

There will be a retake day in November is you are unable to be at this session. 

Save Your Pumpkin This Year for the Lions "Game of Throws" Pumpkin Toss Nov 2nd!

posted Oct 18, 2019, 2:59 PM by Leah Ashford

See the attached poster for this fun event put on by the Salt Spring Lions! 

RRRR Gift Exchange (Reduce, Recycle, Reuse...Regift) This Fall at Fernwood

posted Oct 18, 2019, 2:49 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 18, 2019, 2:57 PM ]

The RRRR Gift Exchange is a much-cherished tradition at Fernwood School. Each December, students have the opportunity to choose a personalized, secondhand gifts for each of their family members and have those gifts wrapped, all for free. This sweet event is eco-friendly and brings together many values promoted at the school. It is also requires great volunteers to plan and setup the temporary shop! Natasha Kong and Elizabeth FitzZaland have volunteered to lead the coordination this year, and are excited to get started. They are looking for a few other parents to help with the coordination so that the load is a bit lighter and the planning is more fun. Please contact Natasha at or 250-537-7253 

Collection Bins will be out starting the week of November 4th so please gather items and hang on until then...thank you! (note no clothing, ladies scarves and gloves etc would be fine; in particular need every year are items for Dad, and teens in addition to all the toys and household items collected)

Learn the Elements of Improv with the GISS Award Winning Improv Team

posted Oct 18, 2019, 2:47 PM by Leah Ashford

This Saturday at the Library! Poster with information attached. 

District Configuration Meeting at Fernwood November 7th & Invitation for Thought Exchange

posted Oct 10, 2019, 3:54 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 4:13 PM ]

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the Spring, your SD64 Board of Education, embarked on a full review of its program offerings, transportation services, and facilities. The Board of Education is seeking  input from parents, students, staff and the general public to help determine a  configuration model that will best serve the students in our  District.  

Some examples of what configuration means are outlined in the attached letter from your District Parent Advisory Council. It can include what grades are offered at a school, what programs run (French, MySeec, etc), where buses and water taxis operate and more. Please take this opportunity to let them know what works and what doesn't work for your child.  

One of these opportunities will be here at Fernwood School on the evening of Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm.  Please mark this on your calendar!  If you cannot attend one of the in person consultation meetings, your ideas can also be shared here at the district website:

We look forward to hearing from you about these important questions,


Kelda Logan


Fernwood Elementary School  (email sent October 9th)


INVITATION FOR THOUGHT EXCHANGE:  (this will also be sent by separate email to families and staff)

Dear staff, students, families, and community members:


School District 64 needs your insights, creativity and thoughtfulness!


As you may know, SD64  has embarked on a full review of its program offerings, transportation services, and facilities. The Board of Education is seeking your input to help determine an optimal and sustainable configuration model that will best serve the students in the Gulf Islands School District.




School District 64 invites you share your thoughts and ideas about the ways this district can organize learning and resources to best serve students. Through Thoughtexchange, you will have the opportunity to read the thoughts of other participants and assign 1-5 stars to show how important each idea is to you. You will also have a chance to discover the top thoughts in the conversation. This process is interactive and ongoing and closes on November 30, 2019. We encourage you to create an account with Thoughtexchange and to return often to share your thoughts, view and rate the thoughts of others, and discover what's most important to your group. 


To create an account, please visit and click JOIN. To participate in this Thoughtexchange, you will need to enter this following exchange number: 522-043-214


Alternately, you can download the Thoughtexchange app or  participate directly by visiting:


For more information about district configuration and the consultation process, please visit the district website at:


Please contact the School Board Office or your school trustee if you have any questions.


We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your participation.


The Board of Education, School District 64 (Gulf Islands)

Health Authority Sponsored Workshop for SD64 'Parenting with Heart'

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:49 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 2:49 PM ]

All SD64 parents and guardians are welcome to attend workshop with refreshments/snacks provided the evening of Tuesday, February 4th in the Fernwood School Library. 

Topics included: Finding Hopem Thinking and Resilience, Tapping Kids' Resilience, Separate Realities, Navigating Moods and Keeping Your Bearings for the Long Haul.

This workshop is free and is sponsored by a VIHA Community Wellness Grant. 

For more information please open the attached flyer and to register for the 1.5 hr session please contact Sarah Hook-Nilsson 'Connecting Generations' at

Family Wellness Free Swim - see attached poster

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:41 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 2:42 PM ]

There will be a Family Wellness Free Swim at Rainbow Road Aquatic Centre Saturday, October 19 12:30 - 3:00 pm.
This is supported by Parks and Recreation and "Find Your Balance"

Two Special Edition StoryWalks - please see attached Poster

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:39 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 2:43 PM ]

October 11 Frank's Facebook Fiasco
October 18 Chicken Clicking

From Salt Spring Library, through Mouat Park, to Rainbow Road Pool. 

Sponsored by the Salt Spring Public Library and the BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program "Find Your Balance"

Walk and Wheel and Fernwood October 8th

posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:26 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 10, 2019, 3:51 PM ]

Walk and Bike to School was on Tuesday, October 8th! 

As part of our participation in “Walk & Wheel to School Week”, a campaign hosted by the CRD,  Island Health and CRD Traffic Safety Commission, students were encouraged to bike or walk safely all or part of the way to school.

Island Pathways and Cycling Salt Spring hosted a Walk and Wheel celebration at Fernwood between 7:45AM and 8:25AM outside the school. Students who rode their bike or walked to school that day were treated to snacks and prizes, and had the opportunity to ride their bike several times during the school day (thank you to our EAs!)

Cycling Salt Spring organized two ‘Meet Up Spots’. One at the trailhead at Whims Road and North End Road and also from Fernwood Cafe. 

Thank you very much to Sean Mulligan and his team from Outspokin' Bike Shop who were very much involved with organizing this event, spoke about it at our whole school meeting, and offered free bike tune ups! 

Thank you to the "Helmets for Life program" that will help kids obtain new helmets at a reduced cost.

Thank you to event organizers Elizabeth FitzZaland (Maeve and Marin's mom),  and Jenny Redpath, Public Health Nurse from our Salt Spring Island Health Unit, along with the many volunteers who came to run the morning program.  Elizabeth would also like to acknowledge Christopher Roy, Natasha Kong, Katie Watt and Sarah Hanna all stepped up last minute to help.   A post on the Salt Spring Exchange is available here: 

We hope you have an active and healthy weekend! 

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