School News

Ms Kucille's Grade 3/4 Class: SSI Stewards in Training Field Trip to
 Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park (Xwaaq'um) and "Mindful Smelling" (using our sense of smell to be more aware of our environment)

Important Dates Looking Ahead: 

Fri Oct 12 Friday school day (due to the holiday Monday) 
-PAC Hot Lunch Day
-SSI Fire Prevention Day: Visits from SS Fire & Fire Drill at 1:40 pm
Mon Oct 15 -Whole School Meeting 8:45-9:05 (Mrs. Burgess' Class & Ms Michaux's Class presentations) 
-Ms Bain's Cedar Nature Class: SSI Conservancy Stewards in Training Field Trip to Burgoyne Bay (Xwaaq'um) Bus Departs at 9:00 am 
Tue Oct 16 -Music with Ms Walker (also Choir 11:30-12:00)
-Bus Safety Talks at Fernwood Today for all classes 
Thurs Oct 18 Field Day for Arbutus and Cedar nature classes: Tsawout 
Tues Oct 23 -Photo Day for all students (if you are absent it will be done on November 19)
-Music with Ms Walker (also Choir 11:30-12:00)
Wed Oct 24 PAC Hot Lunch  
Thurs Oct 25 Field Day for Arbutus and Cedar nature classes: Tsawout
Wed Nov 7 PAC Hot Lunch 
Thurs Nov 8 Fernwood School Remembrance Day Ceremony 
Mon Nov 12 School Closed (Remembrance Day) 
Tue Nov 14 Ms Kucille and Ms Bain'ss Classes to Ganges: field trip
Wed Nov 15 Ms Michaux's Class to Ganges: field trip
Fri Nov 16 Friday School Day (note this is an early dismissal day at 11:30 am) 
Wed Nov 21PAC Hot Lunch 

SS Fire Prevention Talks

posted Oct 12, 2018, 4:57 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 5:10 PM ]

It is Fire Prevention Week. 
We had classroom visits today from Salt Spring Firefighters and also from Sparky, the Dalmation fire safety dog! Thank you to the SSI Firefighters for coming to school for the Fire Prevention Talks today and also being here for our Fire Drill. 
Some topics covered were: Making a Home Fire Escape Plan, Planning for Two Ways Out and more.
Included in the bag is also a entry form to win an iPad (bring it in to your teacher by the deadline stated on the form.

There will be a Salt Spring Fire and Rescue Open House Saturday, October 13th at the Ganges Fire Hall. 
Open house activities: Vehicle Rescue Demonstration with the "Jaws of Life" at noon, Fire Extinguisher Training, Fire Hose Practice for Kids, Car-Seat Safety, Visit with Sparky and Fire Prevention Information. 
Sparky "Dabbing" 

"Wheely Weekends"

posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:46 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 5:51 PM ]

Thank you for understanding our request HEELYS shoes stay at home where families can supervise the safety of their children.

"Meet Hali"

posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:09 PM by Leah Ashford

This is Hali, our school dog. Hali has been a wonderful staff member at schools for 3 years and brings a calm and cuddles we often need.  Please continue to obtain pre-approval from your Teacher for any other pet visits to the school. 

Tues Oct 23 is Photo Day

posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:00 PM by Leah Ashford

Flyers were provided to us by Lifetouch and were sent home with students. 
The flyer informs parents that photo day is Tuesday, October 23rd.
The school has asked for a "See Before You Buy" program. 
This means that each child will receive a proof package that will be sent home once we receive it (this usually takes two weeks to arrive at the school). You will be able to review your child's photo before ordering. Ordering can be done both online and by paper order form. 

Do you drop your child off in the morning?

posted Oct 12, 2018, 10:53 AM by Leah Ashford

Safe Arrival:
We are in need of volunteers in the morning for approximately 20 minutes for the Safe Arrival Program. This is a very important program we have at Fernwood Elementary has been run by parent volunteers for over 10 years. If a child is not at school, but is supposed to be, the child's parents are phoned to assure they are safe. In order for this program to run effectively, parents are first asked if they would like to be called for this program and if they do they must call into the Fernwood Elementary School's "safe arrival phone line" at 250-537-5386 which is the voicemail line that parent volunteers will be listening too each morning. (It's also important to check in to the office if your child is late so that you do not get a phone call.) If you are able to volunteer please let Leah or the Parent Advisory Council know.   ( or 537-9332) 

Bus Safety Talks Tuesday, October 16th

posted Oct 12, 2018, 10:40 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

Andrea and Barb, two of the School District 64 Bus Drivers, will be here at Fernwood on Tuesday next week to hold  “Bus Safety” talks and a tour of a bus for all students at Fernwood School.  Students  will learn the proper procedure for crossing the street safely to and from the school bus and also how good behaviour on a school bus impacts positively on everyone's safety.   

Please also see the attached "All About School Buses" pamphlet from our SD64 Bus Transportation Services including a note highlighting information in regard to Kindergarten and Grade 1 Bus Riders: 
"Kindergarten and Grade 1 students require a parent/guardian or older sibling to be at the school bus drop-off location to ensure safe arrival at home, otherwise the student will be transported back to School District Plant Services until safe pickup can be arranged."

Baking Needed for the Hungry Kids Program

posted Oct 12, 2018, 10:13 AM by Leah Ashford

The Hungry Kids Program is looking for volunteers to bake healthy muffins. Leanna (Stella’s Mom) will be coordinating the program. Volunteers can either bake a dozen healthy muffins (or more!) on their own time or participate in organized baking blitzes! Please contact Leanna at 537-8999 or

Community Art Class & Library Programs

posted Oct 12, 2018, 9:09 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 11:19 AM ]

Attached poster for: "Nature Art for kids with Lisa Lipsett"

FRIDAYS Oct 19 – Nov 23, 6 weeksMornings 10- 12 or afternoons 1-3. $195Nature Art for Kids offers fresh nature-inspired art ideas for 7-12 year olds who love to make art.Email:   or phone: 250 537 9785 for more info.

Paint with Nature classes for Adults starting next week.


So much is going on at the Library this Fall!....

Nikki McCarvill, Librarian from the SS Public Library was here at Fernwood School yesterday to let students know about Children and Youth Programs along with Early Years Programs at the Library this Fall: Story Time; StoryWalk; MotherGoose; Books for Babies; Family Movie Matinees; Youth Book Club; All Ages Friday Games Night; Author Presentations and more.  Children were given flyers to take home. Nikki can be reached at 537-4666 ext 225 or

Water Walk Update!

posted Oct 4, 2018, 2:48 PM by Leah Ashford

In the spirit of thanksgiving I wanted to share Ms Robin Andison's photos of the completed and operating wells in villages in India (you can see the name of the village and Fernwood School on the village wells in these beautiful photos!) as a result of our Fernwood Water Walk last May. Four wells were provided. We will put up the plaques in the hall when they come in. For those families who are new, every May, Fernwood School children, staff and families walk to St Mary Lake to provide water to villages in India (SOPAR).  Thank you Ms Andison and to everyone who participated so these villages could have clean water. 

Photo Release Form

posted Oct 4, 2018, 2:28 PM by Leah Ashford

Please find attached a Photo Release Form for School District 64 for Fernwood. Sign and return the form ONLY if you DO NOT WANT your child's photo used by the school district. If you need a paper copy, the office can provide a copy. 

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