School News

 Important Dates Looking Ahead: 

August 27-30 Office Open Monday to Thursday (8:30 - 3:30)
Tue Sept 4 -School in Session 8:25-10:00 am
-Buses running (Bus 4 and 5 are the Fernwood Buses.  The schedule is at

Wed Sept 5Regular school hours: 8:25 - 3:20 (except for Kindergarten gradual entry students) 
Thurs Sept 6 Regular school hours: 8:25-3:20 (except for Kindergarten gradual entry students) 
Fri Sept 7 Regular school hours: 8:25-3:20 (except for Kindergarten gradual entry students) 
-Opening Assembly followed by the Fernwood Terry Fox Run! 


    School Bell:  8:25 am (students check in at the office if they are late - for safety reasons)

    Morning Recess: 9:50-10:05 am

    Long Lunch Recess: 11:30-12:15 pm (outside; lunch is eaten at 12:15 in the classroom)

    Afternoon Recess: 1:50-2:05 pm

    End of Day Bell: 3:20 pm   

Help Your Child Read This Summer...

posted Jul 7, 2018, 4:45 PM by Leah Ashford

Please see attached Summer Reading Letter on how you can help your child read over the Summer. 

District Information & Buses

posted Jul 5, 2018, 2:45 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 2:45 PM ]

The Gulf Islands School District webpage is

On this page you can find bus schedules, school information (recess and lunch times), the District Calendar, staff emails and more. 

If you would like your child to ride the bus, please look up the schedules for Bus #4 and Bus #5 and during the first week of school, drivers are very supportive and will pick up students along the way at the stops that appear on the schedule. If you continue to ride the bus, you need to tell us (information such as parent/guardian name, contact number, chosen stop) are collected during the first couple of weeks of school. 
It is recommended that during the first week of school Kindergarten students NOT ride the bus. This is due to the gradual entry schedule (the bus is not here to take them home at the half day mark for example) and also having to register them to ride. Kindergarten students and Grade 1 students, are not permitted to get off at a bus stop at the end of the day without being met by a parent/guardian or with an older sibling. 

School Supply Lists for Next Year

posted Jul 5, 2018, 2:28 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 2:31 PM ]

Please see attached supply lists for next year. 
Please do NOT go to the trouble to bring school supplies to school unless it is apparent to you which class your child will be in. 
Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 5 would be fine to along with if you know which of the 3 nature classes (Cedar, Arbutus, Saplings) your child is in. However, grades 3 and 4 may not be configured until after the first week of September and your Teacher will let you know. 

Strawberry Tea

posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:59 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:03 PM ]

We had a "strawberry tea" to celebrate our grade 5s and the accomplishments they have made while at Fernwood.  While it's hard to say goodbye to this lovely group of great leaders, we know they are ready for Middle School.  Thanks to Ms Hingston, Mr. McPhee, and Ms Logan for running this ceremony. Thank you to parents Helen Buck, Melissa Nibley, Erica Innes and Jemaica Campsall for organizing and "beautifying" the tea, strawberry and whipping cream extravaganza! 

We are also very excited for upcoming Grade 4s who will be our next year "Firebirds"! 


posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:18 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 2:41 PM ]

FUN DAY was such a great success! Thank you to the PAC and Teacher organizers and to the parent volunteers. 
(photo credits to Patricia Skidmore and Erika Verlinden)

So awesome! Water Walk

posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:10 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 2:14 PM ]

Ms Andison wanted to pass along this wonderful photo and news of grade 3 student, Ella Scaia, who brought $334 to school yesterday - raised on her own (and with some help from her younger sister Ava)!  Ella made her own poster and collected pledges for the Water Walk. Part of her pledge involved providing her own homemade "Harlow's Homemade" products - a true budding "entrepreneur philanthropist"! Thank you Ella! 

Heritage Day Celebration July 8th at the Farmer's Institute

posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:04 PM by Leah Ashford

Please join the fun-filled celebration at the annual Heritage Celebration Day coming up Sunday, July 8th at the Farmer's Institute from 11am to 3 pm.

Invitation attached...
-antique equipment operating
-antique firetruck
-live music
-burgers BBQ
-Women's Institute PIES!!!!!

Camp Colossal and Summer Programs PARC

posted Jun 28, 2018, 1:57 PM by Leah Ashford

Camp Colossal and Summer programs are starting soon. Attached are a couple of their posters and for info about Camp Colossal the contact is:  The PARC office 262 Rainbow Road   250-537-1402
There is also squash camp, splash camp, H20 Adventure camp, junior lifeguard camp, kid's table, galiano overnight camps...

Kids Art Camp with Lisa Lipsett

posted Jun 28, 2018, 1:49 PM by Leah Ashford

See attached ..."fresh inspiration for kids who love to make art"...

Youth Film Fest

posted Jun 28, 2018, 1:46 PM by Leah Ashford

Accepting submissions until July 18!
 See the attached (would not save my rotating!)
This is the first ever Salt Spring Island Youth Film Festival!
Have fun making films in these categories...Best SSI, Best VI, Best Horror, Best Soundtrack, Best Performance, 14-20 years old and 5-14 years old!

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