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Welcome Back Message

posted Aug 30, 2015, 11:54 AM by Kelda Logan
Hello everyone!

I hope you have had a lovely summer and are just as excited about the new 2015-2016 school year as we are at Fernwood.  Just a few notes to help you with start up and transitioning back to school.

1.  First Day:  The first day is an early dismissal day.  School runs from 8:25 - 10:00 only. There will be coffee, tea, and snacks for parents who would like to wait, and meet and greet with each other on this first day.  Buses run on this first day, but for new students, we recommend waiting a day or two before having your child take the bus just so they can settle in.  Other notes:
  • Please have your child go to your child's PREVIOUS teacher on the first day UNLESS your child is in the new nature based, multiage classes.  
  • If you are new to the school this year, we will have a list in the office of where your child should go on this first day.  
  • LAST YEAR'S Kindergarten students will be with Ms Tina Taylor-Rain in the ELF room.  
  • NEW K STUDENTS will be in the Kindergarten room with Ms Curtis. 
  • The K-3 class students should go to their new classrooms on this first day. 
2.  Class Placements: On the afternoon of the first day, our staff meets together to review and decide upon class placements for the children in the school.  Your child will not be placed in his or her new class until the SECOND day of school at the earliest.  On the morning of the second day, which is a full day of school, please bring your child back to the same room as the first day.  Later in the day, they will be moving to their new classes.

3.  School supplies: the supply lists have been posted on the and also have been placed at the local businesses that sell supplies in town.  I have attached them here as well.  You do not need to bring school supplies on the first day of school and you do not need to label individual supplies - they are pooled and shared in the classroom.

4.  Kindergarten Gradual entry:  The first weeks of Kindergarten is a special time for families - full of excitement, hope and worries too!  (I know - I'm a Kindergarten mom this year myself!).  To facilitate a smooth transition for your Kindergarten child, please read the attached Kindergarten Gradual Entry schedule; there will be more information from Ms Curtis on the first day.  If you are part of the multiage K - 3 classes and feel that your child needs a gradual entry, please speak to your child's teacher directly; this gradual entry schedule does not apply to K students in the multiage classes.  

5.  Exciting times ahead:  Our staff is thrilled to be part of Kids for Creeks (adopting Duck Creek), expanding our garden program to provide local food for all children in the school on occasion, developing the Foundations for Learning program, the One to One reading program, and much more.  Please contact your child's teacher as well as the school PAC (Parent Advisory Council) to find out how you can be a partner in your child's education.

6.  Keeping in touch: Keeping communication clear between the school and home is important to us.  Please make sure that your email, home address, and other information is up to date - let Leah in the office know of any changes.  Once school starts, expect an email every THURSDAY with a link to our school news. You can visit the webpage for updates and the school calendar at any time  You can also "like" our Fernwood Elementary Page on Facebook for updates there as well.  Let us know how we can further help you keep in touch.

Inquiries:  The office is open this coming week from 8:30 - 3:30 so please feel free to call or email if you have questions 250-537-9332 or

Finally, if your plans have changed over the summer unexpectedly, please let us know so that we can better plan and organize.

I wish you a lovely "last week" before school and hope that you enjoy the labour day long weekend.  We can't wait to see you September 8th!


Kelda Logan