School News

Solar System Art in Ms Jones' Grade 2 Class
"Solar System" by Hudson
"Saturn and the Sun" by Cameron
"Two Suns" by Isla

Looking Ahead Dates: 

Thursday, September 24 Early Dismissal Day (school is out at noon) for "Tell Me About Your Child" Parent/Teacher appointments 
Tuesday, September 29 Fire Drill 
Wednesday, September 30 Orange Shirt Day ("Read-In")
Tuesday, October 6 Fernwood School Terry Fox Run 
Monday, October 12 Thanksgiving Day 
Friday, October 16 Friday School Day (due to Monday holiday) 
Wednesday, October 21School Photo Day (Individual Portrait - not the class photo) 
Fernwood School Restart Plan

School Supply Lists 
School Fee $30 
Payment options are cash, or cheque to "Fernwood Elementary School", or etransfer to Leah Ashford at 


Ms Logan's YouTube: Whole School Meeting for September

posted by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

For families who are new to Fernwood Elementary School, Whole School Meetings have been an important way for us all to come together as a community every Monday morning. Last Spring Ms Logan continued the tradition by making these Whole School Meetings available in the form of YouTube videos and here is one for the month of September. Please take a moment to view the video with your child - Ms Logan discusses Fernwood Elementary School's  "3 Rs", talks about making friends, recognizes September Birthdays and sings our Fernwood song! Students also receive a birthday pencil while at school.   

Fernwood Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Welcome Letter

posted by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

Please see your PAC's "Welcome Letter" attached. 

Reminder: Early Dismissal Day Thursday NOON

posted Sep 23, 2020, 3:44 PM by Leah Ashford

Thursday, September 24th is an Early Dismissal Day (school is out at noon) when you will have an opportunity to meet with your son/daughter's teacher one on one for  "Tell Me About Your Child" meetings in the afternoon. Teachers will have been in touch about scheduling the Tell Me About Your Child meetings. These meetings are a way for a parent to communicate to the teacher their child's strengths and areas for growth for their child this year. 

School is dismissed at noon. Please pick up your child at their classroom outside door at noon. There is no supervision beyond 12:20 pm. 

Wear Your Orange Shirt - Wednesday, September 30th

posted Sep 23, 2020, 1:35 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 1:38 PM ]

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, B.C.,Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' Story of having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

Embracing First Peoples' principles of learning and culture is one of our guiding values at Fernwood School. We strive to incorporate these into our daily and weekly routines to enhance the learning of all students, and especially our students of indigenous ancestry. 

We are asking that students and staff members wear an orange shirt on Wednesday, September 30th. We will be having a "read-in" at school that day where Teachers and students will share time together reading a storybook from our library Aboriginal Education titles.

For more information and to view the video "Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation", please see:

Letter to Fernwood School from Terry Fox's Sister, Kirsten - Terry Fox Run October 6

posted Sep 23, 2020, 1:28 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated ]

Last year we received a letter from Terry Fox's sister, Kirsten Fox, to thank the Fernwood Elementary School community for our donation of $348.25. Kirsten carries on Terry Fox's mission as School Coordinator for B.C. 

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and Fernwood Elementary is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes.  I have already had one student come to the office counter and ask me if she could please hand me her loonie coin "for Terry Fox" so our fundraising has "officially" begun!  Please join us and support this cause by donating at the online site that has been set up: or by bringing in small donation of a loonie or a toonie on the day of our run scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th (in learning groups during the day)

Thank You to the Lions Club of Salt Spring Island

posted Sep 23, 2020, 1:03 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 1:10 PM ]

Thank you to the Lions Club of Salt Spring Island for their generous $500 donation to Fernwood Elementary School to help supply our cupboards for our "food for hungry kids" program.

Thank You to Country Grocer!

posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:57 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 12:59 PM ]

We wanted to give a very big "thank you" to Country Grocer! They have generously donated to the Fernwood PAC to fund our Breakfast Program so we can continue to have nutritious fresh food in our cupboards if there is ever a need. "Grab and Go" style paper bags will be made weekly containing for example a fresh piece of fruit, a muffin, and a protein. 

Bus Transportation Interruptions - Saltspring (email to parents Sept 22)

posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:51 PM by Leah Ashford

Dear Parents and Families,


We recognize that the sudden cancellation of routes on Saltspring Island has a significant impact to families during an already complicated time.  We want to assure parents that we are working closely with our employee groups, local CUPE representation and relevant regulatory agencies.


Some drivers have expressed concern that there are not any physical barriers installed on the school buses. The district has committed to purchasing physical barriers when an approved barrier is developed. The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) agency has to approve a barrier before it can be installed on a commercial vehicle. There is currently not a CVSE approved physical barrier for school buses.


A link to the current bus route schedules has been added to front page of the SD64 website  and it will be updated when any changes are made or are anticipated. Impacted parents will be contacted by their Principal, by phone or email, when a change has occurred.





Jesse Guy

Secretary Treasurer, CPA, CA
School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands)

Daily Health Check (email to parents Sept 22)

posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:48 PM by Leah Ashford

Dear Fernwood Families, 

The attached Health Check was recently updated by the Ministry of Health/BC Centre of Disease Control. Of note, runny nose and sore throat was taken off the list due to the "low probability they would be a sign of COVID-19 infection on their own". 

If a symptom such as a sore throat or runny nose is accompanied by one or more on the Daily Health Check, it is recommended that you consult your healthcare provider or call 811.

It is also recommended to seek a health assessment if there is a fever, either with or without other symptoms.

Please see the attached Updated information. 

Bus Update - Starting Wednesday, September 23rd Bus 4 Temporarily Unavailable

posted Sep 22, 2020, 11:37 AM by Leah Ashford

We have received notification that Bus 4 (along with Bus 5) is temporarily unavailable starting Wednesday, September 23rd onward. 
The District Website has been updated:

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