School News

Jack Pettit working on his acrylic on canvas moonrise painting in art class. 

Important Dates Looking Ahead: 


Mon June 17 Whole School Meeting 8:45-9:05 (class presentations)
Mr McPhee and Ms Hingston's classes: Science Fair  2:05 - 3:00 pm
Tue June 18 Ms Hingston's Class to GISS (Math) and Rainbow Pool 
Music with Ms Walker 
Ms Kucille and Ms Lee's classes to Flying Squirrel in Victoria
Wed June 19 PAC Hot Lunch 
Ms Bain's Class Camping to Galiano overnight until the 20th
Mon June 24 National Indigenous Day  - special events in honour of NID at Fernwood  
Tues June 25 Ms Lee and Ms Kucille's classes to Rainbow Pool and Ganges 
Wed June 26 Grade 5 "Graduation" &  Strawberry Tea at school (approx 2:05 pm - 3:20 pm) Invitations went home with Grade 5 students the week of May 27)
Thurs June 27 Last Day of School - Dismissal at 11:30 am   (Bus 5 leaves at 11:35; Bus 4 at noon) Report Cards Home
Year End Assembly 11:00 am in the Gym - everyone welcome! 
Fri June 28 Administrative Day for Staff
August 26-30 Office Open 
Tue Sept 3 First Day back to school - 8:25-10:00 am only  



Book Presentation to Public Library by Grade 4 & 5 Students

posted Jun 16, 2019, 3:26 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 16, 2019, 3:34 PM ]

The students of Mr. McPhee and Ms. Hingston’s classes presented their book that they were involved in writing this spring guided by author/ photographer Ann Donahue as part of the Artist in the Classroom program. The students created  a book entitled Reef Creatures Continued and this is a photo of them when they donated it to the Salt Spring Public Library on Saturday, June 8th, during the World Oceans Day event for children. Ms Hingston's classroom has a copy, Mr. McPhee has a copy and also one is in our Fernwood Library. A big thank you to staff involved in the project: Teacher Librarian, Janice Parker; Teachers Melissa Hingston, Andrew McPhee, and Linda Lee; and Education Assistants, Mylene Dammel-Sherrin and Rhea Miller. Pictured in the photo are Benny, Phoenix and Micha. 





Great Water Walk 2019

posted Jun 16, 2019, 3:22 PM by Leah Ashford


Two wells have been built so far. Approximately 300 people right now have clean water thanks to everyone's effort fundraising ($3095.00). Ms Andison announced at our Whole School Meeting last Monday that a third well will be built and that our partial funds (almost half) for a fourth will be assured by combining our fundraising efforts with other donations SOPAR receives. Thank you again! 

Library Letters Coming Home

posted Jun 15, 2019, 7:16 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 15, 2019, 7:32 PM ]

As promised by Ms Parker, Teacher Librarian, the class who returned their books back first was awarded fudgicles! Congratulations to Mrs. Burgess' class for their responsiveness and care toward the Library! 

We received heaps of books last week!  40 letters were prepared to be sent home this past Thursday. If you have received on, books are signed out for your child and need to come back.  The letter lists the book title to make it easier for families to know what to look for. The letter also lists the replacement cost.  

Please return books.




The last day of school...

posted Jun 13, 2019, 4:19 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 4:21 PM ]

The last day of school is Thursday, July 27th. 
School is dismissed at 11:30 am
Buses will run as follows:
Bus 5 will depart at 11:35 am
Bus 4 closer to noon after it finishes its Middle School run. 
Report cards will go home on this day. 

Everyone is invited to our year end assembly at 11:00 am where we will recognize summer birthdays and do some acknowledgements. We hope you can make it! 

Grade 5 Strawberry Graduation and Tea

posted Jun 13, 2019, 4:16 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 15, 2019, 7:07 PM ]

Grade 5 parents, please see the attached invitation that was sent home (on pink paper) at the end of May. The Tea will be Wednesday, June 26th from 2:05 pm until about 3:30 pm. 
The "tea" portion of the event includes strawberries, whipped cream and iced tea. Thank you to Grade 4 parent volunteers, Rhea Miller and Kiran Dhingra, who have stepped up to help with the tea so that Grade 5 parents can enjoy this special time! More hands make light work and parents were emailed so please mention if you would like to help at anytime during that day. 

Makana Youth Choir Concert

posted Jun 13, 2019, 4:08 PM by Leah Ashford

Come check out the Makana Youth Choir by attending their Concert "Lovely Day" June 17th at ArtSpring. The singers will perform a range of music incorporating sign language as well.  

Workshops on the Rock Summer Art Camps

posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:54 PM by Leah Ashford

Summer Art Camps "Wild at Art" and "Follow Your Art" !  
See attached poster. 

Return All Library Books

posted Jun 6, 2019, 2:09 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 3:30 PM ]

Circulation has ended for our Library in order for inventory to take place. 

If you do not return your library books, they will be marked as "LOST" after next week (this is the way the system works) and you may be billed.

Please return books as soon as possible so not to delay the inventory process. 

This is so much appreciated so this task can be done before the Inventory capability is turned off in the Library system. 

Ms Parker will awarding the classroom that gets back first (completely) with a draw for fudgicles! 

Reef Creatures Continued...by the Grade 4/5 students of Fernwood Elementary

posted Jun 6, 2019, 1:46 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 16, 2019, 3:27 PM ]

World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day,  June 8, people around our blue planet will celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all! 
A small group of Ocean lovers on Salt Spring are joining in with an afternoon of fun ocean themed activities for children 6-12 years old at the Salt Spring Public Library. The event will offer book readings, videos, slide shows, games, crafts and even dancing!
The  FREE event will be held in the Program room at the public library on  SATURDAY JUNE 8, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Space is limited so pre-registration at the library is advised!

Ann Donahue, Catherine Griffiths, Sarah Grindler


The students of Mr. McPhee and Ms. Hingston’ classes have been involved in a book writing project this spring guided by author/ photographer Ann Donahue as part of the Artist in the Classroom program. The students created  a book entitled Reef Creatures Continued and a copy of their book will be donated to the Salt Spring Public Library on Saturday June 8 during the World Oceans Day event for children. We hope that many of the students involved in the project will be in attendance.  Ms Hingston's classroom has a copy, Mr. McPhee has a copy and also one is in our Fernwood Library. A big thank you to staff involved in the project: Janice Parker, Melissa Hingston, Andrew McPhee, Linda Lee, Mylene Dammel-Sherrin and Rhea Miller. 

Tick Awareness

posted Jun 6, 2019, 1:42 PM by Leah Ashford


Our School District 64 Health and Safety Supervisor thought it might be a good time to send out information on tick awareness, prevention and treatment to everyone. Please see the link for information.


https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/animals-and-crops/plant-health/insects-and-plant-diseases/home-garden/ticks#otherticks


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