New Kindergarteners! You are invited Tuesday and Wednesday...

posted May 16, 2019, 11:17 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 16, 2019, 1:37 PM ]

Dear Parents of New Kindergarten students to Fernwood Elementary School,  Please see a message below from Principal, Shannon Johnston about two "Ready, Set, Learn" opportunities and also a message from our District Speech Pathologist about an opportunity for an early screening before the school year begins in September...

Welcome to Fernwood School~ the big school with the small school feel! 

We are very excited that you and your child will be joining us in the Fall! 

I'm writing today to share a few exciting events coming up soon.... 

 In partnership with the Strong Start Program, we would like to invite you and your children to the following "Ready, Set, Learn Events" at the school during the month of May. You are welcome to attend either, or both! 


Kindergarten Open House & Tour

Tuesday, May 21

12:50-1:50 pm

Meet in the StrongStart Room at Fernwood Elementary for a tour of the school by our Grade 5 Fernwood Firebirds who will lead you on a fun scavenger hunt of locations including visiting our 3 kindergarten classrooms in action and saying “hello” to the current Kindie Teachers.

Snacks to follow in the Strong Start Room



Story Walk™

(During regular ELF hours 8:30am -11:30am) 

Wednesday, May 22

Story Walk starts at 10:30 am until 11:30 am

Meet us rain or shine starting in the StrongStart Room at Fernwood Elementary for a Story Walk™

Feel free to spend the whole morning with us or just join us for the story walk. Siblings welcome! 


This Ready Set Learn School District 64 event for preschoolers and their families will help familiarize children and parents with our school grounds and  enjoy reading while they stroll along a trail of laminated pages along an outdoor path.

Snack in the Garden to Follow

We so look forward to seeing you! 


Shannon Johnston, Principal

Please see the following message from our District Speech and Language Pathologist:

Our district speech/language team will be offering preschool screenings for incoming kindergarten students as follows. Should you have speech and language concerns about a younger child, please note that Island Health will be providing screenings at Salt Spring Elementary on May 29th from 10:30 to 2:00.  We encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible and if there are any times with Island Health still available after May 17th screenings will also be available for incoming kindergarten students. If you are unable to attend any of these dates, please feel free to email Colleen at to arrange an alternate time.

Please call Leah in the office to let her know what time will work for you to come to Fernwood Elementary: 250-537-9332 or

Fernwood:       May 22nd 8:30-10:00

                        May 29th  9:00-12:00

                        June 13th 12:00-3:00

You can also go to SSE and Fulford: 

SSE:    May 29th 10:30-2:00 (Island Health)

                        June 11th 9:00-12:00


Fulford:     June 6th 11:00-1:00



Colleen Belliveau, M.A., RSLP

Registered Speech-Language Pathologist