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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Timelines for French Immersion and Extended French Programs

Please click here for information outlining French programs and application deadlines.

Photo Retakes - November 4

For those interested families, photo retakes will take place on November 4th beginning at 9:00am.

Please return proofs to the school with a note to indicate that retakes are requested.

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Junior Boys Book Club

Junior Boys Book Club
The teachers would love to have more members join them.
They have lots of exciting things planned this year!
Cookies are served at every meeting.
They meet every other Monday at lunch (remind your child to listen to announcements).
The next boys book club meeting will be on Monday, October 26.

The book they are starting with is The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade.

Every boy interested should find a copy through the public library, from a book store or from a friend.
They can start reading up to the end of chapter 20 by the next meeting.

If any of the boys have questions they should speak to Ms. Douglas or Mrs. Heller.

Reminder - Backpacks for Malawi Deadline is Friday

Just a reminder that Friday October 9th is the deadline to drop off backpacks for Malawi!

Fern Ave P.S is proud to be working with Canadian Musician Feist to deliver backpacks to children and teens with HIV/AIDS in Malawi. A collection bin has been placed outside of the office and we would love for you to drop off your gently used and new backpacks. The backpacks can be large or small, new or used - the bags will be used by students with HIV/AIDS to carry books and medicine to school and it is important that they are all unique so that kids are not singled out for carrying "medicine bags".

Our goal is to collect 100 backpacks and so far we only have around 40 so please drop off a backpack if you can.

For more information you can contact Kim Morrison at kimmymorrison39@yahoo.com

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Parent Council Meeting October 7th - Reminder

Wednesday, October 7th
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Fern Auditorium

Childcare will be available in Room 105 on the main floor.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Fuel your child’s mind and body with Fern’s hot lunch program

Phew! Has your family finally settled into a routine? School, homework, hockey, gymnastics, music lessons….Let us take care of one meal for you with a heathy, nutritious - and delicious - hot lunch every day.

The Fern Food Committee has been receiving positive reviews from the lunch program participants, after some menu changes took effect this Fall. Items such as vegetarian pizza, chicken cacciatore, and crispy panko-breaded sole have been popular.

Simply sign up for Fern’s hot-lunch program for lunches starting in November. To save even more time, sign up for the rest of the year right now!

Click here to download the order form and here for the menu. Hard copies are also available on the bulletin board outside of room 103. The deadline for your order is Thursday, October 15th to begin lunch on Monday, November 2nd.

If you’d like to learn more about Fern’s lunch program, click here or contact fernlunchprogram@gmail.com.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Parent Council Meeting Change in Location

Please note due to permit issues the Parent Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm has been re located  back to the AUDITORIUM and not the STAFFROOM as initially posted.

Child care will be available in  ROOM 105 on the main floor.

We apologize for any confusion and look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Join our NEW mailing list

Last year, the federal government enacted Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) which prohibits the sending of commercial e-mail to people who have not consented to receive it.

Unfortunately, their definition of “commercial” is broad enough so that it could be interpreted to include any messages from the school that promote, advertise or offer for sale anything including: school pictures, yearbooks, uniforms, food programs, event tickets or entry fees, fundraising events or items, or similar events or offers to sell goods and services.

Last year we continued using our old mailing list, but excluded such messages from our regular e-mail newsletters.

This year, we have decided to build a new, compliant mailing list from scratch, and the TDSB has determined that this requires a signed E-mail Consent Form from every individual who wishes to receive e-mail from the school.

These forms were sent home today with your children, but you can also download a copy from here. If you wish to receive the full weekly newsletter by e-mail, make sure to tick I consent to receive commercial e-mails. If not, you can still read everything on the Fern Notice Board, which is not bound by CASL.

If you joined our mailing list on or before September 29, 2015, you still need to fill out an E-mail Consent Form. We will be discontinuing the old mailing list in the near future.

We will only ever use your e-mail address to send out messages related to Fern Avenue Public School and the surrounding community. We never sell or lend our mailing list to third-parties.

Roy Schulze
Communications Committee

Parent Council Meeting Relocated to Staffroom

Please note the Parent Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm has been re located to the STAFF ROOM and not the auditorium as initially posted.

Child care will be available in the library. (room 212).

Thank you.

Student Verification Forms

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Student verification forms were sent home for you to review the current information we have on file for students.  Please return the verification forms at your earliest convenience with any corrections or additions to your personal information.  Kindly highlight or add any corrections with a coloured pen. This is very important for our records and for emergency situations. 

We also ask that any outstanding forms initially sent home with the "Welcome Back Package" be returned as soon as possible to your child's teacher.

We appreciate your support and cooperation with the paperwork and office at this time.

Thank you.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dental Screening at Fern

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Toronto Public Health provides dental programs to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.
The Dental Screening Team will be at Fern from Wednesday, October 21 to Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
To idenify children with oral health problems, a screening program is offered to students in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Health requirements for mandatory health programs.  The screening is an assessment by a dental hygienist using sterilized instruments.  The dental hygienist will access the need for topical nuoride, scaling, sealant and any other obvious dental needs.

As a follow up to the screening, only parents whose children are identified as requiring dental services will be notified.  A note to that effect will be sent home with your child/ren for your information and action.  You may also receive a phone call from T.P.H. dental staff to assist you in accessing care.

Please be advised that this screening does not replace the dental examination done by a licensed dentist.

If you do not wish your child/ren to be screened, please inform the school or contact http://www.toronto.ca/health/dental/children_youth.htm for more information.

Thank you.

TTC Proof-Of-Age Cards

Dear Parents/Guardians,

All children aged 12 and under are eligible to ride the TTC for free.  The TTC Child Proof-of-Age card is available for children who may be tall for their age, or appear to be older than 12 years old.
Children can carry the card to prove that they are not required to pay fare.
Please ask your child to see Vera in the office if this applies to them.
Thank you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Backpacks for Malawi

Fern Ave P.S is proud to be working with Canadian Musician Feist to deliver backpacks to children and teens with HIV/AIDS in Malawi. A collection bin has been placed outside of the office and we would love for you to drop off your gently used and new backpacks. The deadline for donations is Friday, October the 9th.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Morrison at kimmymorrison39@yahoo.com

Read on for the letter from Leslie Feist explaining the project:

September Newsletter

Please click here for the September newsletter.