School News



Important Dates Looking Ahead: 


August 26 - 29 Office Open 
Mon Sept 2Labour Day (no school)
Tue Sept 3First Day back to School  8:25 - 11:35 am (gradual entry schedule for Ks - see below)
Fri Sept 6 Friday School Day (Fernwood Terry Fox Run) 



Message from Shannon Johnston, Principal

posted Jul 4, 2019, 4:01 PM by Leah Ashford

Dear Fernwood Families,

 

I wanted to take this moment to wish you all a joyous summer full of; laughter and lake swims, deck chairs and good books, star gazing and sleep in's, whatever brings joy to your hearts and creates rich family memories.

 

It has been my profound pleasure to spend time with your precious children as well as many of you. Thank you. Fernwood is a special place full of special people. I am so grateful for the year spent here and will treasure it always.

 

I’m thrilled to share that our beloved Kelda (Logan) is healthy and well, and very excited to return to Fernwood as Principal next school year.  As for myself, I will be taking on new adventures focusing my time and energy in the district role of SD64 Principal of Indigenous Education. I’m hoping that it will allow me the opportunity to come visit this lovely spot that has been my home this year. Hali would love to come see the kids too! 


Ms. J (Shannon) 

 

Staffing at Fernwood for the 2019-2020 School Year

posted Jul 4, 2019, 2:30 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 6:42 PM ]

Next year will bring a few changes to Fernwood Elementary.  

Two of our Teachers, Linda Burgess and Sharon Lee, have retired.  We wish them both well and know we will see them next year on a volunteer basis (they have both 
promised to come back and be with us in some way!).  Sharon and Linda, you will be missed!  

We would like to thank Bridget Lee for taking care of Erika Verlinden's Arbutus Nature class for the last few weeks of the year and also to Donna Smith for taking care of Myriah Michaux's. We welcome to our school three new teachers, 
Amy Jones, Katie Keltika and Joan Verhaeghe.   A big Fernwood welcome to Amy, Katie and Joan! 

We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Nygaard, who is our new EA. A big Fernwood welcome to Rebecca!  Thank you very much to EAs Jill Schulze, Allison Dutcher and Rhea Miller who spent the year with us too. 

See the "STAFF" link 
above for a list of contacts. 





District Configuration Review 2019

posted Jul 4, 2019, 2:11 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 2:12 PM ]


This year, SD64 has embarked on a full review of its program offering, 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. In the coming months there will be many opportunities to share your insights and preferences and be part of the dialogue for possible change.  Please see the attached communication from the Board. If you would like to read more or share your ideas now visit https://sd64.bc.ca/district-configuration-review/

Nature Classes Supply Lists 2019-2020

posted Jul 4, 2019, 11:03 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 11:13 AM ]


If your child is in a Nature Class the following two supply lists are provided: 
1) Nature K/1 Saplings
2) Nature Cedar and Arbutus - same list for both these classes

School Supply Lists 2019-2020 Grades K-5

posted Jul 4, 2019, 10:56 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 10:58 AM ]

The following 2 supply lists are available by opening the attachments below: 

Please note in regard to the supply lists for non-nature classes that additional supplies may be requested by the Teacher once you are informed after school begins which classroom Teacher your child will have. 
1) Kindergarten to Grade 3
2) Grade 4 and 5 

Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedules

posted Jul 4, 2019, 10:51 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 10:55 AM ]


Please see the two gradual entry schedules for Kindergarten Students for the September 2019-2020 school year: 
Kindergarten Students in Malindi Curtis' Kindergarten Class
Kindergarten Students in Klare Yakabuski's Nature Saplings Class


Grade 5 Graduation Ceremony and Strawberry Tea

posted Jul 3, 2019, 3:32 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 2:45 PM ]

Wednesday, June 26th, we had a ceremony for our Grade 5s. The gym was filled with loved ones who wished them well. Melissa Hingston, Alison Bain and Andrew McPhee, along with Ms Johnston and Ms Logan welcomed parents, remembered each student with fond memories and said goodbye to the families who are leaving Fernwood School. The ceremony was followed by a fun feast of strawberries and whipping cream and iced tea. We are sad to see them leave but wish them all the best for next year as they move on to Grade 6! 


Thank you so much to the PAC  for supporting this special event for our Grade 5s! Beautiful long stemmed gerberas and roses were ordered from FoxGlove and heaps of strawberries and cream from Country Grocer. Special mention goes out to Grade 4 parent volunteers Rhea Miller, Tobias Horbas and Kiran Dhingra for helping set up the tea, slice strawberries, whip cream, decorate the room and make beautiful flower arrangements. Thank you! 

(missing from photo...Rhea Miller, "Florist Extraordinaire" :) 

National Indigenous Day

posted Jul 3, 2019, 3:24 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jul 4, 2019, 2:21 PM ]

In honour of June 21st National Indigenous Day Fernwood School had the opportunity to participate and witness traditional Pow Wow drumming and dancing led by Indigenous artists and members of the SD64 Indigenous Quentin Harris, Shannon Johnston, and Cheryl Ruff. 

10th Annual Heritage Day!

posted Jul 3, 2019, 11:36 AM by Leah Ashford

Please see the attached green poster from the Salt Spring Farmer's Heritage Foundation about Heritage Day!
It will be Sunday, July 7th 11:00 - 3:00 pm at the Farmer's Institute grounds and lots of fun for the whole family. 
Free Admission
Live music, poultry display, museum, ice cream truck, ....the Pie Ladies and more! 

District Configuration Review 2019 - Your Input is Valued

posted Jun 20, 2019, 4:57 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 5:02 PM ]


This year, SD64 has embarked on a full review of its program offering, 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. In the coming months there will be many opportunities to share your insights and preferences and be part of the dialogue for possible change.  Please see the attached communication from the Board. If you would like to read more or share your ideas now visit https://sd64.bc.ca/district-configuration-review/

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