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Friday, May 29, 2015

Fern Fun Fair—Saturday June 13


Saturday, June 13 
10am – 3pm
Rain or shine

Lots of fun to be had by all!!

Bouncy Castles!

Great games with prizes!

Yummy food - Rowe Farms - Hot Dogs/Peameal Bacon Sandwiches!
Chip Truck - French fries and Poutine!

Stay tuned for more details or click here to volunteer.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fern Fun Fair - Volunteers Needed!

Hello Fern familes.

This year's Fern Fun Fair is being held on

Saturday June 13 from 10am – 3:00pm.
Rain or shine

This is a great day of fun for the entire neighbourhood, but many hands are needed to make that fun

Please review the volunteer chart and contact Liz Leason at liz.leason@rogers.com, if you can help out for an hour two.

Thank you!

Fern Lost and Found

As the school year draws to a close, the school’s Lost and Found box and rack have many items. They are located in the main foyer, just across from the Main Office.

Items that are not reclaimed will be disposed of in June.

Thank you.

Crazy Hat Day - Tomorrow May 29!

The Senior Student Council would like to invite all of Fern Avenue’s students to join together for a School Spirit Day tomorrow, Friday May 29th, for Crazy Hat Day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

FTC April Newsletter

Click here for the latest Free the Children Newsletter.

Blacklegged Ticks

Dear Parent/Guardians,

As recently reported in the media, Toronto Public Health has found blacklegged ticks on Algonquin Island and Morningside Park. These ticks can be infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.  The ticks have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for further identification and testing for these bacteria.  Testing can take up to several weeks,

Late last fall, Toronto Public Health found blacklegged ticks in Rouge Valley.  Finding blacklegged ticks in multiple locations in the City suggests these ticks are becoming established in Toronto.
However, the risk of Lyme disease in Toronto is low and the vast majority of ticks are not infected.

Blacklegged ticks are found in bushy or wooded areas that have tall grass or lots of leaves on the ground.  We are aware that some schools have planned end-of-year outdoor field trips.  Parents can help their children take appropriate precautions when enjoying outdoor activities in wooded and bushy areas by having them:
  • Wear light coloured clothing so ticks can be easily spotted;
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants; tuck pants into socks;
  • Use bug repellent containing DEET (please follow manufacturer's intructions);and
  • Inspect by an adult or buddy for any attached ticks.

Ticks found on the skin should be promptly removed.  Transmission of Lyme disease requires the tick to be attached for at least 24 hours. Ticks removed can be submitted to Toronto Public Heath for identification and further testing.

For more information, please visit our web site at toronto.ca/health or call 416-338-7600.


Dr, David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health

Monday, May 18, 2015

April's Newsletter

This month, we answer the call of the North, profile eco fashions and dance presentations along with the usual goings-on in a busy month of school.  

Click Here and Read On!

Save the Date - Fern Fun Fair June 13!

Saturday June 13 / Rain or Shine/ 10:00am – 3:00pm

  • Come out for a great day of family fun
  • Many hands make the day the success that it is
Please read more below or click here to view the the schedule and volunteer for an hour or two

Thank you!
Liz Leason
Fun Fair Organizer

Reminder - Spring Fling is Around the Corner!

Spring Fling – Saturday May 23, 2015

A fun evening for Fern Parents – Silent and Live Auction / great dancing and lots of laughs

*** New this year – Oyster Bar ***

7:30 – High Park Curling Club – 100 Indian Road

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Grade 8 Grad Candy Fundraiser

Candy Sale!

The Grade 8 grad committee is hosting a candy fundraiser on:
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Join us in the Primary/Junior yard during morning recess and at lunch.

Come and support our Grade 8 graduates!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fern Family Garden Keepers needed this summer

The Eco-club will be leading the school in a planting and nurturing Fern School’s front gardens this spring.

We are planning to refresh the existing planting of the Fern Avenue front gardens with new plants that focus on: wildlife habitat for birds and bees, a three sisters garden to celebrate food and heritage and a focus on bringing beauty and colour to the school’s front yard.

While classes will help with the planting - watch for a date later in May - we need volunteers to help us tend the gardens over the summer months. There is watering and gardening equipment available to make this easy but we need garden keepers to help us. If every volunteer family could commit to watering and tending the gardens for just one week in the summer, we can ensure efforts of our students are sustained through the hot summer.

If you are able to take on a few days or even a week (only 2-3 waterings) over the summer please let Mdm Tse or Melanie Hare know at mhds230@gmail.com or 416-516-6028.

Hoping you will join eco-school and our students as Garden Keepers and help to create an enriching school yard environment.

TDSB Consultations

The TDSB Governance Advisory Panel is carrying out consultations to improve the governance structure of the TDSB. This is the questionnaire that they are seeking input on.

You can provide responses online through this website: http://consultationsontdsb.ca

Alternatively, they are holding in-person consultations.

There will be one held tonight, May 13th at 7 P.M. in the Parkdale Library.

Sorry for the short notice.

A message from Robin Pilkey

I will be a guest speaker at our MPP Cheri Dinovo’s town hall next Wednesday, May 20th at 7 P.M.

Everyone’s invited to attend, though there may be a focus on Ward 13 issues, as the education town hall held earlier this year was held in Ward 14 at the Parkdale library.

Looking for Grade 7 Volunteers

Hello Grade 7 Parents,
The Grade 8 Graduation is fast approaching.  The ceremony and celebration will take place on Monday June 22 @ 4pm at Parkdale Collegiate Institute.
As a Grade 7 parent, I am a member of the Grade 8 Parent Grad Committee.  This has been a longstanding tradition at Fern.  My role is to organize both parent and student volunteers on the day of the ceremony, so the grade 8 parents can enjoy the day with their “graduate” and family.
This year, I am looking for:
-          1 or 2 parents (3:30 – 5:00pm)
o   To assist me in bringing coolers, water and ice to Parkdale Collegiate Institute before the ceremony which starts at 4 pm.
o   To drive student volunteers to PCI
o   To assist with supervision and clean up
-          5 – 6 students (3:30 – 5:00pm & 5:30 – 6:30)
o   At PCI to assist with distributing programs, handing out water (it gets very hot in the auditorium), and tidying up after the ceremony
o   At my home (1 – 2 students) who would be interested in stuffing envelopes.  We will be taking a Grad photo before the ceremony and then immediately processing the photo.  We need some student volunteers to assemble the photos into cardboard frames and put them into envelopes.  They will be then be distributed to the Graduates as they leave the celebration part of the evening later that evening.
If you and/or your grade 7 child are interested in helping out on June 22, please send me a message via email at j.tracy@sympatico.ca.
Thanks so much,
Brigeen Tracy (mother of Monica in Grade 7)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Only 13 More Sleeps!

Spring Fling – Saturday May 23 – 7:30pm

Tickets are for sale in the school office for only $20.

Tickets are also on sale through Liz Leason - please contact at: liz.leason@rogers.com

This is an evening of FUN, laughs and a chance to meet other Fern Parents!

Please support this evening of good times and help raise much needed funds for the 2015-2016 school year. Funds raised enhance our children’s learning experience - Scientist in the school, Art Performances and Sports programs to name a few.

Upcoming Parent Council Meeting May 27


The next Parent Council Meeting is:

Wednesday May 27 – 6:30pm in the Auditorium

Hope to see you there.

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart - May 15

Please click here for information on the upcoming Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart.

Fern Track and Field

Please click here for Track and Field team information and here for the upcoming Track schedule.