Spring Safety Message - Exercise Caution Near Waterways

Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.

Spring is quickly approaching, and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures generally also bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.

With warmer temperatures over the past few weeks, we have already experienced significant snow and ice melt in our watercourses throughout the Greater Toronto Area. However, the river and stream banks remain slippery and may be unstable and the extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water. Also, with the frozen ground conditions and intense rainfall that may accompany Spring conditions, the flows in TRCA watercourses will be faster and higher than usual.

Please keep family me…

Summer Leadership Academy at Karen Kain School of the Arts

Karen Kain School of the Arts (KKSA) is proud to host our summer leadership academy. The interest in this program continues to grow, and this year we will operate out of John English JMS map. This is a free half-day program for students who have completed grade 4 - 8. Registration information is posted on our website –

Click here for additional information.

Click here for the registration form.

Tickets Now On Sale for ALONE IN ROUND CORNERS

Tickets are now on sale for this year‘s musical at Fern...ALONE IN ROUND CORNERS!

 This sequel to last year‘s hit, features live rock performances by, and stars, are amazingly talented senior students!

 Round corners, Ontario, it’s a small town with a big secret… A 100 acre forest where fears come to life. But when a tragedy orphans a young girl who runs away, a magic forest threatens to do much much worse!

 ALONE IN ROUND CORNERS  runs on March 27 and 28th at 6 PM, with a special matinee performance March 26 at 1 PM. Tickets are available for $10 in advance from Fern Avenue cash online, and a limited number of seats will be available at the box office. 

Come on out and enjoy the finale of the Round Corners trilogy!
You may now purchase your tickets with School Cash On Line, please visit htpps:// and follow the step by step registration.

Please call Vera if you have any further questions.

Thursday April 5: Fern Dance Party!

Fern Ave Events Presents: FERN DANCE PARTY

This year’s Fern Dance Party is a community event to raise school spirit and to get the kids out of their seats for a bit of fun!

Students will be dancing in shifts throughout the day with the help of our professional dancers and an amazing video and light show!

To help offset the cost to run this event, please consider sending your student to school with a loonie or a toonie. Teachers will be collecting the funds.

Fern Graduation: June 25, 2018, LULA LOUNGE

Dear Grad Parents and Guardians:

This letter is to update you on the plans for this special day and to request your financial support for the planned events.

Graduation day is Monday, June 25, 2018. There are two separate events planned for this day:

· The graduation ceremony will take place at Parkdale Collegiate Institute (209 Jameson Avenue) from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. In addition to watching the grads receive their diplomas; this event will feature a photo montage of the students at various events throughout the year. Parents, siblings and other family members are invited to attend this event. Before the ceremony, a group photo of the grad class will be taken. Each grad will be provided with a copy of the group photo free of charge.

· Following the ceremony, the grads are invited to a reception at the Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West) from 6:30 – 10:00pm. The reception includes a dinner and dancing. This event is for the grads only, but will be supervised by Fern staff.

The Fern Pare…

Primary Movie Fundraiser - Thursday March 8

On Thursday March 8 at 1PM Me to We 2 is hosting a movie for the Primary Grades to raise funds to help support Sauti Moja’s Maasai Land Rights Initiative for the Maasai in Northern Tanzania.

Tanzania’s rich and diverse land is increasingly being set aside due to an ever-growing tourism industry. This is proving difficult for the Maasai, who depend on this land for grazing, their lifestock, and their traditional way of life. Sauti Moja’s initiative aims to educate, mobilize, and empower the Maasai residents of Longido District so that their needs are met in the face of these challenges.

For more information, please visit:

We are asking for a suggested donation of $5 per child for the movie and popcorn. Donations can be made directly at: Alternatively, donations can be submitted directly to your child’s teacher. A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $10 or greater (cheques should be made payable to WE Charity).

Thank you in…

Spring Chess at Fern!

The Chess Institute of Canada is bringing its popular and rewarding after-school Chess Club back to Fern Public School this spring.

All levels of chess players are welcome - beginners will be gifted with the universal language of chess knowledge, and advanced players will be challenged and raised to new levels.

All players will have a lot of fun and will benefit from the experience of chess club in profound and meaningful ways.

While learning or expanding their chess knowledge, students also gain important values and life skills such as goal setting, creative analysis, resiliency, respect for others, responsibility for decisions, taking risks, dealing with unexpected and disappointing outcomes, reflecting critically, realizing there are choices in every situation, etc.

Our instructors are all skilled chess players, experienced teachers and engaging personalities who will appeal to and elevate your child's natural abilities through this ancient mental martial art.

Chess Club wil…

Fern Friends Registration is this Thursday at 7am !

A friendly reminder that registration is this Thursday, March 8th at 7am, if you didn't sign up for the Spring term in the winter.

Come get ready for the soccer season with Swahili Soccer Club, Tuesdays Gr. 1-2 and Wednesdays Gr. 3-6.

Join the Art Garden for creative fun and learning. Tuesdays Gr. 2-3 and Wednesdays Gr. 4-6.

Full information can be found here.


Alone in Round Corners is Coming

Dear Parents,

“Alone in Round Corners” is almost upon us! We are collecting props, practicing songs, and trying a bit of magic!

Please note that the 1 pm performance has had to be moved one day sooner to Monday, March 26.

The evening performances on Tuesday March 27 & Wednesday March 28 @ 6:00pm have not changed.

We will be selling tickets shortly through the service Fern Avenue Cash Online for $10.00 each. This is recommended due to the high demand for seats for the shows. Please follow instructions on how to register.

Tickets will also be available at the door, as well as t-shirts and hoodies commemorating the show.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support, and see you soon!

Mr. Brooks

In Search Of A Curtain

We are looking for a 8'x 8' black (non see-through) curtain for the school musical.

If you have anything like this at home and you would like to lend or donate it to the school, please let Vera know in the office.

Thank you on behalf of the Cast.

Final Immunization Clinic For Grade 7 & 8 Students

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The final immunization clinic for grade 7 students at Fern Avenue PS will be held on
Thursday, May 10, 2018.

The following vaccines will be given:

Second dose of hepatitis B and human papillomavirus to Grade 7 studentsToronto Public Health nurse will also immunize Grade 7 and 8 students who missed their hepatitis B, meningococcal, and human papillomavirus vaaines at earlier scheduled clinics
Thank you for your ongoing support to keep all students healthy. Should you have any further questions please contact Vera in the main office.

Fern's Second "5 a 7" Video Dance Party

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In celebration of la semaine de la Francophonie, please join us on Thursday March 22nd for Fern's second "5 à 7", a two-hour video dance party!

This is a free event and opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an evening of French-language music and dancing with the Fern community. Thank you in advance for your RSVP on the evite so we can plan accordingly!

There will be an appetizer/dessert potluck, which you may sign up for on the evite. There will also be slices of pizza for sale to help fundraise for Grade 8 graduation events.

Don't forget to add your favourite French-language song so we can add it to the playlist!

Mme Kertesz, Mme. Couture and School Council

Cash On Line Registration Process

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Just a reminder that Fern Avenue PS is now a school that is Cash On Line for all field trips, some fundraisers and special events.

We do encourage this safe and convenient way for parents and guardians to pay for their children's school fees. Please refer to the school cash online step by step process for registering and paying.

Once you register, Vera the Office Administrator, will be able to attach your child(ren) to the cash on line website giving you access to pay and give you email confirmation of payment.

Please feel free to contact Vera should you have any further questions or contacts.

Thank you.

School Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 6th

Fern's next School Council meeting is on Tuesday, March 6th (next week) from 6:30-8:30 in the Staff Room.

Per this year's new normal, in advance of our meeting we are soliciting questions that you would like answered or discussed at the meeting. We have a large parent body with a wide range of concerns and we want to make sure that Council meetings are an effective use of your time.

Submit your questions via this link:

Please make sure you submit prior to 10pm on Sunday, March 4th to give us time to prepare fact-based answers.

Our draft agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
1. Student Council Update
2. Administration Update
3. Playground Fundraisers
4. Committee Updates + Committee Q&A
5. Discussion of Submitted Questions
6. Budget Update

Thank you!
Fern School Council

Fern Friends Program Looking for Teachers!

The Fern Friends Program is looking to expand our ever popular after school program and we are looking for TEACHERS starting this Spring Session March 27th - May 30th for 10 weeks OR the September Fall session.

Programs start at 3:25- 4:45 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and possible lunch time opportunities.

Junior Guitar Teacher * Little Jammers is no longer offered at lunch at Fern
Drama Club Teacher
Ukulele Teacher

We are looking for parents OR local artisans with experience teaching younger grades to design and run fun and engaging classes for our kids. Fern Friends is a collaborative organization giving you the opportunity to design your own program and we take care of the administration. This is a paid position. Please contact for more details.

Please forward to anyone who might be interested and/or if you have an idea for a class and a desire to teach some amazing kids. We are always looking for new way to help our kids grow.

Spring Session Registration starts …

Terry Fox Foundation

The Terry Fox Foundation has sent Fern a letter regarding our fundraising efforts this year.

Many thanks to those who contributed.

Attendance & Safe Arrival

Dear Parents/Guardians,
In the hustle and bustle of things we sometimes forget to call the office and report our children absent.
Sometimes the teacher has the information but unfortunately the office is not notified of the absence. If we do not know ahead of time or the morning of the absence, an attendance is not generated and therefore you receive the cybervoice robo advising of the students absence.
In order to prevent the unnecessary calls I ask that you please notify the "safe arrival" telephone line and or send me a note in advance of holidays, appointments etc.
Please feel free to contact me if you should have any further questions or concerns.
Thank you,

Grade 8 Graduation Photo Retakes: March 2nd

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Just a reminder for any grade 8 students who missed the Grad Photos, the retakes will take place this Friday, March 2nd beginning at 9am.

Should you wish for your child to purchase a Grad Composite, kindly send $30.00 in the envelope provided earlier.

This is only for the purchase of the group composite, the individual photographs and poses are extra and can also be purchased online.

Please feel free to contact Vera in the main office should you have any further questions.

Thank you.

5...4...3...2...1... STEM Night!

Countdown begins for STEM Night on March 1 5:30 to 7:30!

Come check out the Balloon Towers, Friction Lab, Cartesian Divers, Light Theatre, Bristlebots, Marble Runs, Articulated Hands, Egg Splats, Spaghetti Bridges, Cardboard Boats, Hovercrafts, Homemade Harmonicas, Paper Circuit Spacecraft, Marshmallow Catapults...

Oh and don't miss the Arts Collective Sharpie Art and the Science Club's Marshmallow Catapults. Eat pizza. Volunteer. :) Lots to do for everyone!

Hope to see you there!

(Ok, one last plea,... looking for empty 2L bottles with the caps on! Please drop them off in the front hall. Thank you!)

Media Release Forms for Kindergarten Families: RE: STEM Night

Dear Kindergarten families,

The following information is for families who have already consented and signed the Media Release forms.

The Kindergarten STEM morning is Thursday, March 1st. Photos and video will be taken of children participating in various STEM activities. The photos/video taken are intended for the evening slideshow, shown only at Fern Avenue. These images will not be made available to the public.

Families who have not consented to the Media Release, but wish for their child to participate in this media activity, will receive a separate consent form, specific to this event.

Thank you.

Fern Spring 2018 Gym Schedule

This schedule outlines gym usage for sports teams and house leagues for the months of February (end), March and April.

Thanks to all helping with teams and athletics!

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