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    Jan. 28 - Parent Council Meeting via ZOOM 6:30-8:30pm (Ms. McGovern will send link) Feb. 09  - Report cards go home  Feb. 12  - PA Day/ Parent-Teacher Interviews Feb. 15  - Family Day, no school Feb. 25  - School Council Meeting via ZOOM 6:30-8:30pm Mar. 15 - 19  - March Break Apr. 02  - Good Friday Apr. 05  - Easter Monday May 24  - Victoria Day holiday Jun. 24  - Grade 8 Graduation Day Jun. 29  - Last day of School

Online Expectations and Etiquette

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It has been wonderful seeing how our students have adapted so well to remote learning this school year. We kindly request that parents discuss with their children the proper use of the "chat feature".  Thank you for your support with this and thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we all work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Ward 7 Forum January 19th, 2021

Trustee Pilkey will be hosting a Ward 7 Forum on January 19th, 2021 from 7-9 pm . The topic for the evening will be " Equity".  Please join this forum and find out more about TDSB equity initiatives and how to support our school. Please click here for the flyer with registration information. 

TDSB Middle Immersion (Grade 4 Entry) deadline January 29th , 2021

Applications to the Middle Immersion Program for September 2021 are being accepted for students who are currently in Grade 3 in English Tracks. Please visit the TDSB website for further information about the online application process. The application deadline is January 29th, 2021 .  Please note: this program will replace the Junior Extended French Program as the Grade 4 entry program in TDSB starting in 2021-2022 school year.  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Middle-French-Immersion  

Financial Support for Families Extended until February 8th

The Ontario Government has made financial support available for families during this temporary remote learning period through the Support for Learners Program.  Starting on January 11th, 2021 this Support for Learners Program has been extended until February 8th, 2021 https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners . 

Reminder - Student Mental Health and Well-Being

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It is important that we continue to consider and prioritize the mental health and well-being of our entire school community, inclusive of our students, families and staff.  At Fern , we care about the range of emotions and questions students of all ages may be experiencing in this uncertain time of COVID-19 pandemic and school closures. Both school-based staff and TDSB Professional Support Services share responsibilities for supporting students well-being. While at home there are a variety of resources for students and families on the TDSB website:  Mental Health and Well-Being Resources.    

Remote Learning Extended School Closure to February 10th

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As you are aware from recent TDSB and Ontario Government communications, as part of the new measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province, the government has said that all schools in Toronto including Fern PS will remain closed to students and staff until February 10th, 2021.   During this extended closure, Remote Learning will continue. Students will continue to follow our regular school schedule and their regular class timetable.  As we know, these continue to be unprecedented and challenging times- the staff at Fern PS would like to remind all our students and families that we are here for you, and our focus continues to be on the learning, mental health and well-being of all within our school community.

News From the Principal's Office

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Hello Fern Families: On behalf of the staff of Fern P.S. we would like to thank our students and parents/guardians/families for your ongoing support as we continue to work together to ensure success in Remote Learning. This week we moved forward with Week 2 of Remote Learning. With this, we see how hard students, staff and families are continuing to work to adjust to constantly changing times and new norms.  THANK YOU to our students for your resiliency and adaptability in pivoting to remote learning : You are amazing!  THANK YOU to all our Fern staff for your efforts, time and energy in supporting our students and their families: You are Incredible!  THANK YOU to all our parents/guardians for your support, patience and smiles as you juggle supporting your children at home and your own work: You are wonderful!  THANK YOU to Ms. McGovern and all the staff and student leaders who are the voices of our morning announcements! You rock!  We remind our Fern school community to stay s

Art in Action Virtual Programming

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Art in Action has some frost-free inspiration for you to spark your creativity this chilly winter. Stay cozy and warm inside with Art in Action and receive the supplies to create 4 unique paintings - one to do each week. Each lesson includes a live class with a teacher. To register or learn more please click here . Create your own handmade cards for someone special this Valentine’s Day. Everyone needs a little bit of love right now and you can learn how to create beautiful cards with your own artistic magic to send or give to loved ones! Join Art in Action on two Friday nights on January 29 & February 5 at 7 pm .  Follow along with our step-by-step process, ask questions, interact and spark your creativity. Register today!

WTCS - Application Deadline Date is January 29th, 2021

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Western Technical Commercial School program applications are closing at the end of this month! If you are a Grade 8 student interested in applying to Design Studio, Robotics, Leadership, or Culinary Arts, please be reminded that applications are due by January 29th, 2021 .  WTCS Open House Information https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/wtcs/western-2020-virtual-open-house   WTCS Application Process https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/wtcs/western-2020-virtual-open-house/open-house-application-process Optional Attendance Form ( click here )  Design Studio (Cyber Arts) - "Specialized Program" (all applicants applying to Design Studio are required to fill out an Optional Attendance Form )   Robotics Engineering - "Regular Program"   Leadership (Non-Profit) - "Regular Program"  Culinary Arts (Hospitality and Tourism) - "Regular Program"

Delta Alternative Virtual Open House - January 27th at 7:00pm

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The date for Delta Alternative Virtual Open House is Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 PM.   Please click here for the flyer with more information.

News from the Principal's Office

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Hello Fern Families:    ...The Ontario Government announced that elementary schools will remain closed to in-person learning for 2 more weeks. As a result, Fern PS will remain closed and students will continue to participate in remote learning until Friday, January 22nd, 2021 . The government is deferring the return to in-person learning to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the face of record high daily case counts and rising community rates. Fern students are expected to return to in-person learning on Monday, January 25th, 2021 .  We understand this is not the news families had hoped for, but recognize the need to take steps as directed by medical experts and health officials in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please be assured that at Fern we remain committed to providing the best possible education for all our students, while ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff.  The mental health and well-being of students continues to be important during the

Open House and Applications for Spectrum Alternative School

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Grade 6 families, Spectrum Alternative school was established in 1978 and has a tradition of providing an excellent academic program with an emphasis on project work that integrates language arts, visual arts, drama and technology. Spectrum students develop strengths in time management, personal responsibility and creative collaboration. Spectrum offers a small-school environment with students in Grades 7 and 8.  Click here for the application form, and more information can be found here: https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/spectrum/Admissions-Applications

Update: City View Virtual Open House – January 28th at 7pm

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We would like to invite current grade six students to our Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 28th, 7PM.   City View is a small, social justice and arts based school for grade seven and eight, located in the west end of Toronto.  This is a short one minute teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPsp9PqXBeg   You can find the Zoom Link for our Open House here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/OpenHouses   Or Join on January 28th at 7PM using this Zoom Meeting link for our Open House here: https://tdsb-ca.zoom.us/j/94568030085?pwd=VkNHSzJXS2JyQlFBeTJ0bmM0N1Yzdz09    This is their website: https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/cityview

High Park Alternative School Open House - January 13

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High Park Alternative School's Open House will take place virtually on January 13 at 6:30pm . Please click here for the flyer and log in details.

News from the Principal's Office: Remote Learning

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Hello Fern Families. We hope that you are all staying safe and enjoying a restful break! As communicated on December 21st, 2020, the Ministry of Education has mandated that in conjunction with the province wide shut down, all schools in the province will be closed to students from January 4th - 8th , 2021 . Buses will not be running during this time. Students and staff will be engaged in remote learning from home during the closure. Currently Fern P.S. is scheduled to re-open for face-to-face learning on January 11th, 2021 .  The following information is being provided to our Fern families to outline basic expectations during the r emote learning period of January 4th - 8th , 2021: Virtual School:  For our students enrolled in Virtual learning, online instruction will resume on January 4th according to previously established schedules.  Kindergarten to Grade 8 In-Person School:   Families can expect that their child's teacher will connect with their students using their onli

Character Recognition at Fern PS

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This school year we have continued with our focus on character at Fern P.S.  Each month our staff and students focus on a character trait, culminating with a class presentation and recognition of students who have exemplified the trait. We hope to resume our monthly assemblies to recognize our students virtually in the new year and hope that some of our student leaders will take on the responsibility of preparing and presenting at our Virtual assemblies.  For December our focus is on Kindness and Caring.

Live Virtual Concert - Tuesday, Dec. 15th at 9:30 am

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Fern has a great history of Winter concerts that we will miss this year.  As visitors to the school and field trips are not possible during this time, we are happy to stream a live concert from Casa Loma on Tuesday Dec. 15th at 9:30am for the whole school to participate. Christian Overton is a well established jazz trombone player, arranger and composer in Toronto. It will be an educational seasonal concert geared to students where they will be talking about aspects of music and instruments as well as information and images about historical Casa Loma.  The performances are geared to all grades from JK to grade 8 with activities and questions regarding the performance and about Casa Loma. This 90 minute performance will feature the Casa Loma Orchestra, a 12 piece orchestra consisting of strings, brass, and wind instruments, featuring some of Toronto's best musicians playing festive selections from the Nutcracker, A Christmas Festival, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and many more

Fern Toy Drive

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We completed our successful Toy Drive to support the Parkdale Food Bank and Community Centre. On Friday, our amazing Grade 8 students from Ms. Cameron's class and Mme Kertesz's class paraded down to Roncy United Church to deliver all the toys.  Thank you to all of our Fern community for your generosity! Your kindness will make many children happy this holiday season!

Fern Spirit Week | December 14-18

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Fern Student Parliament

Ms. McGovern and the senior staff will be planning a Student Parliament for the new year. Please encourage your child to get involved!

Fern Toy Drive for the Parkdale Community Centre

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Thank you to all our Fern Families who have donated new and unwrapped toys for our Toy Drive that supports the Parkdale Community Centre. Please drop off this coming week in the front foyer bins. On Friday, December 11th at 2pm our wonderful grade 8 students will deliver the toys to the United Church down the street for their distribution to the Parkdale Community Centre.  Thank you, your generosity and giving spirit is evident!

Update Contact Information

If there have been any changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office.  Up-to-date information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case of COVID-19, contact tracing needs to occur.  If you have not been receiving emails from the school or TDSB, please check first with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.

Switching between In-Person and Virtual School/ Change in Learning Environment Deadline

To request a change from Virtual to In-Person School or vice-versa, please contact Principal Sardella directly by January 29th 2021 for the Feb 16th 2021 start date ( day after Family Day Holiday). Thank you.

Lost and Found

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Our lost and found will be sorted and displayed in the front foyer. Parents will have an opportunity to stop in before or after school the last week of school December 14-18, from 8:30 am - 9:15 am and from 3:45 pm-4:30 pm when students are not in the building.

Promoting Wellbeing - Dealing with Holiday Stress

While the holiday season can be a fun and happy time of year, it can also be a stressful time for families. With all the preparations, it can easily become overwhelming. Some families may also find this time of year difficult due to change, loss of uncertainty about the future. Knowing how to minimize stress can be helpful this holiday season, to make it more enjoyable.  Tips to help deal with Holiday Stress:   Remember to pace yourself. Set realistic goals about what you can achieve. We all have ideas of what would make the "perfect" holiday season but remember-change can be good. Every holiday will inevitably be different so remember to be flexible.  When you are feeling stressed, take the time to sit back and evaluate why you are feeling this way. Be aware that holidays can be stressful for the whole family- including children.  Try to find a balance, remember the importance of healthy eating, staying active and getting enough sleep.  Make time to relax, laugh,

Spirit Week - December 14th to Dec 18th

Monday, Dec. 14th - Merry Monday Morning - wear your Favourite PJ or PJ's  Tuesday, Dec. 15th - Candy Cane Day - wear Red and White  Wednesday, Dec. 16th - Favourite Winter Sports Jersey Day  Thursday, Dec. 17th - Inside Out Day  Friday , Dec. 18th - Festive Friday - wear your Favourite Festive Sweaters, Socks, Hats and /or Accessories

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