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Friday, April 24, 2015

Work flexible hours from home and get to know the Fern community!

If you are detail-oriented, good at multi-tasking and looking for a part-time job, the Student Nutrition Program Co-ordinator may be an ideal opportunity for you. The Fern Food Committee Co-ordinator will manage the hot lunch and kindersnack programs, including processing monthly orders, record-keeping and handling all communications and financial issues. Pay is $15 an hour, 40 hours per month. For full details, please read the job posting. The deadline is Monday, May 4.


Fern Food Committee

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Information night on Restorative Practices

Please click here for information on an upcoming workshop on Wednesday April 29th: "Change the Conversation: Helping Kids to Thrive with Restorative Practice".

Island School Reminder

Grade 5 and 6 Parent(s):

Just some reminders about the Island School trip:

- When your child is packing, please remember to refer to the packing list sent home with the permission form package.
- Please check the weather to give yourself an idea of what to pack with your child.
- Your child has to be able to carry all items sent.
- If your child's school departure date is Wednesday, please remember to send a litterless and allergen safe lunch for Wednesday.

If you have any questions, please ask your child's classroom teacher.

Roz Geridis
Fern PS

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Guest Speaker at Fern—Wednesday, May 6th

The Fern Parent Council has arranged for Jennifer Kolari to come to Fern Wednesday May 6th at 7:00 P.M. in the Auditorium.

Jennifer is an engaging speaker who can really talk about issues that are of interest to parents. She is the author of Connected Parenting: How To Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting.

Her entertaining workshops and insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humour, make her a highly sought after speaker with schools, corporations and agencies throughout North America. Jennifer has been helping children, teens and families get connected for over twenty years and she lives in Toronto with her husband and their three children.

This is an event for our entire community and we will be sending an invitation to all the schools in our neighbourhood. Spread the word!

Please click here for more information on this free event.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Recycling is Friday April 17 after Morning Announcements

Due to the Junior Track and Field Day tomorrow morning, recycling will take place after the morning announcements as opposed to after recess.

Thank you,

The Recycling Team

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians of grade 7 and 8 students,

We have received reports of possible Fern Avenue students breaking in to the abandoned building in Sorauren Park during the lunch hour, playing on the roof and throwing things from it onto the ground. This is clearly a safety risk, and possibly illegal. I have made an announcement today indicating this behaviour clearly contravenes our school expectations of conduct.

The park is used as a gathering place by students from several neighbouring schools. In order to prevent any mishap, I am asking you to speak to your child about your own expectations of their safety and their decisions regarding this unsupervised time period.

I have further contacted the community response Unit at 11 Division to alert them of this situation and requested that they increase their street presence in the area, particularly over the lunch period.

Thank you.

Mr. Moy

Alexander Moy
Fern Avenue Public School

School Council Meeting Date Change

Please note that the School Council April 21 meeting has been moved to April 29.

Earth Week Activities April 20 to 24, 2015

Dear Parents,

Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd. As an Eco Team, we have planned some easy, fun, daily activities to bring to light our role in helping our environment and making a positive impact. We hope that all of you will join in and encourage your children to participate in these Earth Week activities! Mme Furley will have the list of the activities posted on the Eco bulletin board located across the office in the primary hallway. We will also have daily Eco announcements to remind teachers and students about the activities.

Monday, Apr. 20 - Friday, April 24 – Cleaning the Schoolyard and Sorauren Park. All classes have signed up for a time to clean up our school’s area in the front, the primary and junior/senior yards, Fern Avenue and Wright Avenue, or Sorauren Park. Let’s keep our school grounds clean and beautiful! We will provide the bags and gloves for each class.

Tuesday, Apr. 21st – Bike/Walk/Scooter to School Day. Please use public transit OR bike, walk or scooter to school today. If you can get to and from school without a car today, then that would be fantastic! If you must drive, please consider carpooling for today.

Wednesday, Apr. 22nd – EARTH DAY! Please take some chalk and write a message or draw a picture that represents the importance of having a clean world and what it means to you. Students can do this at recess. We will provide the chalk. Lights out for the day (if you can, have your classroom lights off all day) and reduce the amount of paper and technology used today.

Thursday, Apr. 23rd – Boomerang Lunch/Litterless Lunch Day. Please bring a litterless or boomerang lunch to school today. A boomerang lunch means you take all garbage and compost home with you. A litterless lunch means exactly that, no litter! We also encourage litterless snacks or a reduction of snacks with a lot of packaging. Teachers, please be a role model and do the same!

Friday, Apr. 24th – Dress Your Eco Best! Dress up as a tree, bird, squirrel, or whatever to show that you care about the environment! Or show your spirit by wearing earthy colours/tones, such as green, brown, beige or yellow!

Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Mme Tse or Mme Mably.

Introducing Mindfulness Sessions at Fern

Introductory mindfulness sessions will be offered to junior students as a new TDSB initiative. This program will focus on teaching techniques for breathing, listening, and reflection, with the goal of increasing focus and concentration, decreasing stress, and improving overall well-being. Some topics covered in these sessions include: basic meditation, directing attention, relaxation, controlling reactions, and practicing kindness.

Dates:  April 30th, May 7th, May 14th, May 22nd,
May 29th, June 8th, June 15th, & June 22nd (Days 5s)
(other days may become available depending on student interest)
When:  12:15 - 12:45
Where:  Fern Auditorium

Please return permission forms to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, April 22nd.

Important Graduation News

Grade 8 Graduation is fast approaching!  Your Grade 8 Graduation Committee, comprised of many hardworking Grade 7 & 8 students and parent volunteers, has been hard at work planning this year’s festivities.


Monday, June 22 @ 4:30-5:30pm

Graduation takes place on Monday, June 22 at Parkdale Collegiate Institute. (209 Jameson Avenue) graduate only Reception, Dinner & Dance at Lula Lounge follows the ceremony. The event at Lula Lounge is chaperoned by teachers. For the safety and security of the graduates, the doors will be monitored by security. Students are dismissed from Lula Lounge to a parent or guardian. If your child is to be picked up by another parent/guardian, please send a note to Vera’s attention, indicating who that person will be.
(dinner and dance 6:00-10:30pm)


Graduation is an exciting time of change for your student. Many students have experienced through their siblings friends, the fun and energy that accompanies Grad. Others are not sure what to expect. First and foremost, this is an opportunity to recognize their successes and to celebrate one last time as a group, many of whom have been together since Kindergarten!

Due by April 30

Please have your Grad return their permission form and $40 fee to the office, no later than Thursday, April 30. Financial assistance is available. Please contact Vera in the office.

Thursday, May 7 (during recesses and lunch)

The Grads will be hosting a Bake Sale to raise funds for their Grad reception at Lula Lounge. Please donate nut free, baked goods for this event. Cookies, cupcakes and squares are popular, do not require cutting and fit easily in small hands J Baked goods in a serving dish labeled with your name, can be left in the office on the morning of the event.

The Bake Sale will be open to all students. If your Grad has younger siblings, please send them with funds so that they can participate and enjoy the goodies!


If you have a skill that you think might be useful either before or after the event, i.e. set-up/clean up, access to staging props, please contact a committee member.

We look forward to hosting a fabulous event for your graduates. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our committee chair, Karen Mondok at karenmondok@hotmail.com or Vera Ciric in the school office.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grade 8 Graduation BAKE SALE

The Grade 8 Grad Committee is hosting a BAKE SALE Fundraiser on
Thursday, May7, 2015. 
The students will be able to purchase baked goods during morning and afternoon recess and at lunch.
We care also asking all the wonderful and talented bakers to please donate any peanut free baked goods to support this great fundraiser supporting our grade 8 graduates.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Vera in the main office at 416-39309130.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Earth Day Movie Night!

The Fern Arts Collective Presents.................

Wednesday April 22,
5:30pm Outdoor Chip truck in the parking lot, yummy baked treats and popcorn!!!
6:30pm Show time
Tickets only $5 in the office

Come join us for our double feature showing of THE GRUFFALO & BORN TO BE WILD. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, THE GRUFFALO is a quaint and lovely animated film in the style of the much loved children’s classic book by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Alex Scheffler. (26 min). The main feature will be BORN TO BE WILD….a beautiful film about extraordinary people who rescue and raise orphaned animals from around the world. A hit with children of all ages, with inspiring role models, cute animals, love, dedication and the amazing bonds shared between humans and animals. (40 min)

Spread the word and celebrate Earth Day with french fries, popcorn, great movies and good friends!!!

Are you looking for a flexible, part-time job next school year?

The Fern Food Committee is looking for an energetic, computer-literate Student Nutrition Program Co-ordinator to manage the hot lunch and kinder snack programs. Responsibilities include processing monthly orders, record-keeping and handling all communications and financial issues. This is not a TDSB board position. Pay is $15 an hour, 40 hours per month. For full details, please read the job posting.


Fern Food Committee

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Fling 2015—Save the Date!

Book your babysitter, now!
Saturday, May 23rd at 7:30PM
You do not want to miss out on this Fantastic evening—a super-fun party raising funds to enrich our children’s school experience!

For 2015, we are lining up exciting Silent Auction baskets and including more experiences. One of these fabulous baskets—a golf game for two plus cart—would sure make a great Father’s Day gift!

Hope to see you at the Fling!!!

Thank you,

The Spring Fling Team of
The Fern School Council