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Friday, October 31, 2014

Hot Lunch Program News

Hot Lunch Program News

We’d like to let you know about some changes with the Fern Hot Lunch and Kindersnack Programs. Maggie, Ferncliff Daycare’s long-time employee and cook, has announced her retirement as of December 31, 2014. Maggie has been providing delicious and healthy meals for both the daycare children and Fern’s lunch program participants for many years. The food committee would like to thank Maggie for preparing food that students love to eat and for all her energy and hard work in helping us run a successful lunch program.

So, what happens in January 2015? The Fern Hot Lunch and Kindersnack Programs have been very successful and have grown substantially over the past four years. Rest assured, the program will continue and your child(ren) will be served a hot lunch the first day back to school. Beginning January 5, certified and trained Toronto District School Board nutrition staff will prepare lunches and kindersnacks in Fern’s kitchen for all participants. For full details, please read the attached Q&A factsheet.

Also, to help the food committee plan for this new arrangement, we’d like some feedback from the Fern community. In the next few weeks we will be posting a short survey about the lunch program. We would appreciate it if you could please take a few minutes to share your thoughts as we prepare for this transition.


Fern Food Committee

October Newsletter

Happy Halloween! Click here to review the monthly newsletter.


Just a reminder:

Photo Re-takes will take place on Monday, November 3,2014 at 9:00 am.
Please note re takes are only for those students who did not have a photo taken on the original photo day.
Please call Vera at 416-393-9130 should you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Parade

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Halloween is happening at Fern Avenue PS Friday, October 31, for Grades JK to 5 in the afternoon, as an enjoyable occasion when we can all have some fun together.
Children may dress up, if they wish to – it is entirely voluntary. We know that there is a powerful use of the imagination when children take on a new identity through wearing a costume. Please make sure that:

  • Your child can see clearly
  • Your child can walk safely—no long costumes that they might trip on.
  • No weapons come to school, even if they are part of a costume.
  • Your child’s costume is appropriate for our very young children to see – avoid inappropriate costumes. Instead, please encourage children to choose costumes that represent their own individuality and creativity.
  • The costume does not require assistance from an adult to get on, or to wear.

You do not send any food that contains nuts or nut products to school.

This is particularly important AFTER Halloween. We have children here with life-threatening allergies and must protect their safety.

At 10:30am on Friday, October 31, we will have our annual Halloween parade. The children generally parade around the block, out to Wright Avenue around the block to Roncesvalles Avenue and back along Fern Avenue to the front doors. If the weather prevents an outdoor march, we will hold an indoor mini-march through the hallways.

We recognize that some families do not participate in Halloween festivities, for religious or other reasons. If you do not wish to have your child participate in Halloween activities at school, please let your child’s teacher know and they will arrange for alternate activities.

Thank you,

Alexander Moy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tragic Events in Ottawa

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Team Sports at Fern

Please click here for the update on Fern's Softball Teams and what's coming in October to December with Volleyball and Basketball.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fern's Free the Children - We Scare Hunger 4th Annual Food Drive

Dear Parents,

Fern's Free the Children Club is sponsoring its first event of the year, our fourth annual
food drive called We Scare Hunger.

Each student is invited to bring a canned food item to their classroom's donation box between October 23-31.

Donations will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Please help exceed our best total of 1202 pounds!

Thank you for support,
Members of Fern's Free the Children

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Arts at Fern for the 2014-15 year!

This year is shaping up to be another fantastic year for our kids at Fern. We have been booking artists for the classrooms, arranging murals and booking shows!

Our first Fern Fun Flicks movie fundraiser will be a Halloween Special on Friday Oct. 24th.

We chose HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA because it’s such a great family Halloween classic. It’s fun and not too scary!!!

Our first Artist in October, Sandra Phillips, will be working with 3 classes. Ms. Eyre’s Gr. 2s, Ms. Brennan Gr. 2/3s and Ms. Whalen’s Gr. 1/2 class. They will be working on a Balinese Halloween inspired multi-media theatre project creating shadow puppets. The students will be doing a puppetry performance in class on November 24 - parents are welcome to attend!

At the end of October, Michael McMurty, will be working with Ms. Mably/Ms. Cox's grade 5/6 and Ms. Tse/Ms. Grant's grade 6/7 classes. The Fairy Tale Project will have the students create, rehearse and preform a semi-improvised production of their own adapted from a traditional fairy tale. Michael performed a one man show for us two years ago called Cinderfella. If you were lucky enough to see it you know how lucky we are to have him sharing his skills with our students! Keep your eyes open for another show from Michael at Fern in the spring!

One of the Arts Collective goals has been to bring a one week artist workshop into EVERY class at Fern and so far, over the last four years, we have been able to do that. This is separate from the 10 teachers who signed on for the Royal Conservatories Music Championship program. Those teachers’ classes receive another two music or dance workshops. Because this is a teacher sign on program and not a class sign up we are hoping that although we were only allowed 10 classes in this program, through grade changes, all students will eventually get to experience this amazing program.

This year we will post monthly the artists we have coming in and who they will be working with along with our up-coming shows and events.
We hope to see you at our Fern Fun Flick show on the 24th and if you have any questions or ideas you would like to share please email us at :

The Fern Arts Collective
Helping our Children Grow!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Photo Re-Takes

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Photo Re-takes will take place on Monday, November 03, 2014 beginning at 9:00 am.

Remember to BRING YOUR SMILES :)

Lice Checks

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 the TDSB Nurse will be here to do lice checks for our students in grades 6 to 8.

Please call the main office if you have any further questions.

Thank you,