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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Concussion Policy Community Consultation

We are pleased to launch community consultations for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Draft Concussion Policy on
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Lawrence Park Collegiate, 125 Chatsworth Drive 
Dr. Paul Comper, clinical neuropsychologist and research scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Dr. Michael Hutchison, Associate Professor and Director of the Concussion Program at the University of Toronto will be presenting the latest in concussion research. TDSB students will speak about their personal experiences and the Ontario Brain Injury Association will speak to services that they have available to enhance the lives of those living with the effects of acquired brain injury.

We encourage teachers, administrators, students and community members to arrive early to explore the interactive information carousel for resources from Toronto Public Health, community sports organizations and Parachute Canada and provide us with feedback on the TDSB Draft Concussion Policy.

Additional Community Consultation Evenings include:

Monday, December 1, 2014 — 1 Civic Centre Court — 6:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 —York Mills CI — 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — Lester B Pearson CI — 6:00pm-8:00pm

Please share the attached flyer with your school, parent and community groups.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BBOYIZM—The Evolution Of Street Dancing

Dinner and Dance Performance

Thursday, November 27th
5:30-7:30 P.M.
Fern Auditorium

Admission: $5.00

B-boying, born in the early 1970s, is a dance form that now has a significant international following and reputation. In addition to its roots in funk music and African American culture (contemporary black history), the dynamic acrobatic aspects of B-boying (Breaking) make it one of the most unique dances in the world.

This show takes the audience from the ’70s through the ’80s and into the ’90s with dramatic costume and music changes, building up to the dance form as it is practised today. Yvon Soglo (B-boy Crazy Smooth) brings together some of the best street dancers in Canada to present an interactive show that will amaze young audiences and adults alike, while educating them on the evolution of the dance.

Avoid the frantic rush and buy your kids and yourself dinner before the show! We'll be serving Pizza, Empanadas, Churros, Fruit Cups, and Vegetable Cups at reasonable prices.

Dinner served at 5:30. Show begins at 6:30.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Just Kids Safety Club

This photograph from April 25, 1928 shows a city policeman escorting children across Roncesvalles Avenue from the northeast corner of Fern.

Today, this is the location of the Hot Oven Bakery, but back then it was home to a grocery store owned by William Forster, who lived in the attached residence at 190 Fern Avenue.

The Just Kids Safety Club was established in the spring of 1928 based on a King Features Syndicate comic strip The Globe was running at the time called “Just Kids.” In exchange for a pledge to “always look up and down before crossing the street,” some 300,000 children in Ontario alone received a membership button featuring one of the characters from the strip.

Source: City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2014-2015 Year Books

Friday, November 28th will be the last day to place your order for a yearbook. Please see Ms. Carter or Ms. Chakungal by that date. Any orders placed after this date will be hard to fill.
Thank you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fern November Newsletter

Please click here for the Fern November newsletter.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Free The Children Newsletter

Click here to view the latest Free The Children newsletter.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Share your thoughts on the Fern lunch program

As we announced earlier, Maggie, Ferncliff Daycare’s long-time employee and cook, will be retiring at the end of December. Beginning in January 2015, TDSB Nutrition Services will take over Fern’s kitchen to cook for the lunch program in-house. Certified and trained TDSB staff will prepare lunches and kindersnacks in Fern’s kitchen for all program participants.

To help the Food Committee plan for this new arrangement, we’d like to hear from Fern families, both those participating in the lunch program and those not. We have posted a short survey at and would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to share your thoughts to help support the transition to the new model. Click here to take the survey. The survey deadline is Friday, November 28.

Thank you.
Fern Food Committee