School News

Concert Tonight!  Students in Class by 5:40; Concert Begins on Time at 6:00pm SHARP!!

Important Dates Looking Ahead: 
 Thurs Dec 14Concert Rehearsal 8:25 am
Music Concert 6:00 pm  (PAC Holiday Raffle Sale and Bake Sale) - kids in classrooms by 5:40 pm in "special occasion attire" if possible
Dec 18-21Holiday Gift Exchange Week for the Kids (recycle, regift, resuse...)  - donate items & giftwrap anytime - gifts for Dads needed
Mon Dec 18 -Whole School Meeting 8:45 am 
-Return PAC Raffle Tickets 
 Tues Dec 20PAC Raffle Draw Announced - see the PAC Fernwood facebook pages for list of prizes
 Thurs Dec 21-Last Day before the Break (Regular school day - dismissal at the normal 3:20 pm)
-PAC Pizza Lunch for the one class that wins most tickets sold - your Teacher will notify your child
Mon Jan 8First Day back to School
Wed Jan 10PAC Meeting - 6pm at Penny's Pantry
Wed Jan 17    PAC Hot Lunch - Hot Dog Day

Concert Acknowledgements

posted by Leah Ashford

We would like to extend special "thank yous" to: 

Fernwood Music Teacher: Whitney Walker

Event Set-up: Our District 64 “Plant Services” team!

Set Up, Sound & Lighting: Andrew McPhee (Firefly Technical Productions Ltd for the lighting equipment)

 Fernwood PAC and Class PAC Reps:  Thank you for organizing and running the raffle, the bake Sale and decorating! Chair, Alisha Renaud & Vice-Chair, Samantha Chamberlin; Treasurer, Brett Webb; PAC Secretary, Christie Roome and many parent volunteers.

 To all the Fernwood students, staff, Teachers and parents for their volunteer time, baking, raffle donations, participation and practice to make this concert the best one ever!

 Support from our local merchants: OutSpokin’ Bike Shop, Laura Klein BodyWork Massage, West of the Moon, Mouat’s, Upper Ganges Liquor Store, Golden Island Restaurant, Fritz Movie Theatre, Oystercatcher, Nest Hot Yoga, Twig & Buoy, Salt Spring Wellness Centre, Country Grocer, Thrifty Foods, Culture Aveda Salon & Day Spa, Slegg Lumber, Full Effect Lashes, Derek Burgess Woodworking, Salt Spring Island Garbage, and so many more not yet listed as they are still coming in - so thank you! 

Water Walk: 825 people in 4 Villages have Clean Water

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:59 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 3:36 PM ]

Thanks to all of the students and families who carried water in support of the SOPAR Fernwood School Great Water Walk this past May. We wanted to let you know that Robin Andison has delivered the 4 plaques that we will display in the hall in the New Year. Each plaque shows the name of the village along with a photo of the well that now provides clean water! 

Thanks to PAC members!

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:35 PM by Kelda Logan   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

A huge thank you to our special PAC members who have done so much to prepare for the concert tonight:
  • PAC class reps who helped organize the raffle baskets.
  • Decorations by Christie Roome, Perry Ruehlen, Kate Hammond, Alisha Renaud, Sam Chamberlin, Jenny Havelaar, Heather Kazakoff, and Erin Lee.
  • Thanks to our PAC executive for the work on the raffle, bake sale, and 50/50 fundraiser - Alisha Renaud, Sam Chamberlain, Christie Roome, and Brett Webb.
  • Cali Chang who is running the Bake Sale tonight and Elene Lanteigne who donated so many baked goods!
  • Everyone who has contributed but is not mentioned here - there are many of you!
Please thank these wonderful parents when you see them.  The school looks amazing for tonight!

Cedars and Arbutus Field Trip (Wed)

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:30 PM by Kelda Logan   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 2:36 PM ]

The Cedars and Arbutus Classes are going skating on Wednesday.  A reminder to parents:

Drop off at Vesuvius Ferry - 8:00 am
Pick up at Vesuvius Ferry - 2:55 pm

Students will need gloves, a helmet, and extra snacks. 

A Salt Spring Christmas (Family Event December 24th)

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:17 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 9:18 AM ]

Please see the attached poster for "A Salt Spring Christmas" being put on by the Community Gospel Chapel. 

It will run December 24th from 3-4pm with fun for the whole family.
There will be:
Lots of goodies, and Hot chocolate.
A fun Christmas photo booth 
Christmas Carols.
Christmas Stories from historical figures.
And even a visit from Santa!

For more info people can call 250-537-2622.  Or email

BC Forest Discovery Centre Field Trip

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:07 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 9:11 AM ]

Ms Curtis' and Ms Michaux's students attended the BC Forest Discovery Centre's learning program December 4th. Students experienced the evolution of the Christmas tree from candles to modern LED lights, and from homemade ornaments to the brightly coloured glass balls we enjoy today.  Students had fun exploring the different species of Christmas trees and went on a special Christmas Express train ride. The museum's locomotive collection represents how our towns were connected and how our province's natural resources are accessed. 

Salt Spring Arts Council Bursaries

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:05 AM by Leah Ashford

The Salt Spring Arts Council would like to make schools aware that they offer a limited number of bursaries for upcoming In House creative workshops for youth.

Here is a link Contact: Jane MacKenzie
Salt Spring Arts Council
Workshops on the Rock Co-ordinator

2018 Kindergarten Entry Speech & Language Opportunity

posted Dec 5, 2017, 2:48 PM by Leah Ashford

Our speech and language team on SSI, Colleen and Olive, would like to offer the opportunity to meet, play some games, and discuss speech/language development. This is open to parents and their children who will be entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2018; however, please do not hesitate to make an appointment if you have questions or concerns about your younger child's speech/language development. This will be offered through our Strong Start Centres on the following days: 

SSEMonday, December 11th
         Thursday, December 14th 
Contact: Chelsa 250-537-9928

FulfordTuesday, December 12th 
Contact: Tania 250-653-9223

FernwoodWednesday, December 13th (8:30-11:30)
                   Thursday, December 14th (1:00-3:00)
Contact: Leah 250-537-9332 

Report Cards Home December 13th

posted Dec 5, 2017, 1:45 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 1:49 PM ]

Student -Led Conferences have been chosen this term by Ms Lee, Ms Bain, Ms Hingston and Mr McPhee.  You will receive a short "report card" that documents the learning in the conference.   Many of our other teachers will choose student led conferences for the second term of the year.

report card has been chosen this term by Ms Curtis, Ms Burgess, Ms Michaux, Ms Erika, Ms Holmes, and Ms Meghan.

Hot Lunch: Pizza&Sushi Wed Dec 13

posted Dec 5, 2017, 1:32 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 2:19 PM ]

The PAC would like parents to know that it is not too late to go in and order for the upcoming Hot Lunch on Wednesday, December 13th.  Orders are printed a couple of days before so do this in the next few days if you plan to. 

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