"AMA" Ask Me Anything - Joint Ward Forum February 5th

Click here for details regarding a Joint Ward Forum taking place on February 5th at Bloor Collegiate Institute from 7:00-9:00pm.

Grade 7 Extended French Program for Grade 6 Students Only

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Grade 7 Extended French programs are intensive French programs developed for students who do not speak French at home.  They are designed to provide more experience in the French language than offered in the Core French program but less than total immersion.  The Extended program includes French and additional subjects taught in the French language.

Students enrolling in the Extended French program are expected to have successfully completed the Grade 6 Core French program. 
After Grade 8, students continue the Extended French program at designated secondary schools.
Students who successful complete the secondary program will receive a Certificate of Bilingual Studies in Extended French.

To find the Extended French school for your area, please visit the following website and enter the name of your English school in the designated search window: How Do you Apply? Locate your designated Extended French schoo…

SAVE THE DATE: Fern Grade 8 Graduation

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Our Fern Grade 8 Graduation is going to be held on Monday, June 25, 2018.

More details to follow soon.

Grade 8 Montreal Trip: Parent Information Evening Reminder

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 8 students, 

A reminder that our Montreal Information night is tonight at  7 p.m. in the auditorium. 
For parents who are unable to make it tonight we will be sending all paperwork on Friday . There will be an additional assembly for the students next Monday during school. 

Bogdan Nikolajevic

Grade 8 Graduation Parent Committee 2018

Dear Parent/Guardians of Grade 8 Students,

It is already time to start thinking of the Grade 8 Graduation, having said that I would like to invite all interested grade 8 parents to come together and form a graduation committee.

The Graduation Committee is comprised of grade 8 parents who meet as a group and carry out certain responsibilities such as, decorating, set-up, invitations, photographs, program and most importantly fundraising. Each of these specific committees meets on a regular basis to plan its portion of the Graduation celebration, with meetings occurring to keep everyone informed and involved in the decision-making.

The Senior Student Council will also have the opportunity to form a Student Graduation Committee and meet with Vera Ciric to discuss fundraising opportunities and input, making their graduation an unforgettable day and evening.

Please email Vera at if you are interested in being part of this wonderful group. Based on parent feed back we will then determine o…

JK Registration at Fern Begins February 12, 2018

Registration for JK Kindergarten will take place at Fern Avenue Public School during the week of February 12 and any time after.

Admission Eligibility Requirements
As you are aware, if a child will be four by December 31, 2018, he or she can start Junior Kindergarten in September 2018. If a child will be five by December 31, 2018, he or she can start Senior Kindergarten in September 2018.  

*NEW* Please Note: the age at which a child is eligible to attend and/or must attend school depends on whether their date of birth falls on/before or after the first day of school (September 4, 2018). Birth Date: September 5- December 31 Age 4 (born 2014) Junior Kindergarten Junior Kindergarten Age 5 (born 2013) Senior Kindergarten Options: Junior Kindergarten (delaying senior kindergarten until the next school year) OR Senior Kindergarten Age 6 (born 2012) Grade 1 (attendance is mandatory) Options: Senior Kindergarten(delaying Grade 1 until the next school year) or Grade 1


Fuel your Child’s Mind and Body with Fern’s Hot Lunch Program

Happy New Year!

Ready to settle back into the school routine? School, homework, hockey, gymnastics, music lesson...

Let us take care of one meal for you with a healthy, nutritious - and delicious - hot lunch every day. The Fern Food Committee is pleased to announce a few more exciting menu additions that are being implemented this month, such as Chili Mac n’ Cheese, Western Frittata, and Brown Lentil Shepherd’s pie.

Simply sign up for Fern’s hot-lunch program for lunches starting in February. 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. The deadline for your order is Thursday, January 18th to begin lunch on Thursday, February 1st. No extensions will be given.

If you’d like to learn more about Fern’s lunch program, click here or contact

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Click here for the latest newsletter from Trustee Robin Pilkey.

Chess Club

Dear Parents and Guardians, 
Our Senior Chess club (Grade 7/8) has been running since November. Starting a bit later, Grade 4 to 6 students can join our Junior Chess Club in January.   
We will meet Wednesdays in room 311 during lunch, from 11:40 to 12:35.   Students are allowed to bring their own lunch or lunch from the cafeteria. The club will run for about 4 months.
In addition to our Wednesday lunch Chess club for Senior and Junior students, we have organized for the Chess Institute to come in and teach Primary and Junior students ( Grade 1 to 6) chess during Tuesday lunch. A flyer with more information about the Chess Institute option has been distributed to each class.
Bogdan Nikolajevic

Grade 8 Montreal Trip: Parent Information Evening

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 8 students,
Our Montreal Trip information session for parent and students is on Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m in the Fern auditorium. The presentation will be organised by the tour company Brighspark. Information about the trip will also be distributed on paper and handed out to students on Friday, January 12th.  For questions about the trip or for further information please e-mail me
Bogdan Nikolajevic

SAVE THE DATE: Grade Graduation Photos 2018

Save The Date:

The Grade 8 Graduation Photos are scheduled for Friday, February 2, 2018 beginning at 9:00AM.

More details to follow in the new year.

Sparkles in the Snow Holiday Concert

You Are Cordially Invited to Fern Avenue Public School’s Sparkles in the Snow! Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:00pm
Featuring Performances from students in Grade 1-3 Fern’s Senior Band The Kestrels Singing Group
Click here for the flyer!
Parents and Guardians please note:  Students must be at the school in costume/ appropriate attire by 5:30

Junior Extended French Program 2018-2019

Parents/Guardians of Children in Grade Three,

Applications to the Junior Extended French program are made the year your child is in Grade 3 for entry in September in Grade 4. It is entirely an online process. All communication will be sent via the email address you provide.

Please visit the application site

You will need your child's date of birth and OEN. The OEN is a 9-digit number found on any report card from the TDSB.
For non-TDSB students, please select the "Non-TDSB Student" option and follow the steps to generate an identification number. You must them return to the PARS site and follow the application procedure with this number,
Please select Junior Extended French from the drop-down menu and complete the application process.
On-time applicants must be offered a placement online via the email address you have provided. You MUST take action to accept this placement by the deadline requested when you are offered a placement.

Offers of pla…

Holiday Photos Have Arrived

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Holiday Photos have arrived, please feel free to contact Vera in the office if you have any questions regarding the photos.  Please note some of you have ordered multiple copies, they have not arrived and are on the way.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Bike Boxes for STEM day

The grade 8's will be participating in a boat race for STEM day 2018. Bicycle boxes make for the best boats and it starts the kids off all with the same box.

We've spoken with the head mechanics at the stores listed below and they are happy to donate bike boxes. Recycling is Thursday nights so ideally pick up would occur either Wednesday evenings or Thursday during the day (before 5).

We are in need of volunteers with a vehicle to help with weekly pick ups. Boxes will need to be collapsed, staples removed and stored in the boiler room off the cafeteria at school.

If you are able to help, please reach out to the Fern STEM Committee at:

Thank you!

Brockton Bikes (was Bikes on Wheels) 1612 Dundas St W
Sweet Pete's 1204 Bloor St W
Bike Depot 1222 Bloor St W

Fern Water Bottles Online Now on CashOnline

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Are you looking for a great gift for your child, family members or friends? Do you care about the environment? Do you want to show off your school pride and spirit? Do you want to encourage your child to drink more water instead of juice or pop at school? Do you want to reduce the use of plastic water bottles?

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, Fern’s Eco Team is your answer!

The Fern Eco Team will be selling Fern water bottles this winter. We will be on hand at the Primary Holiday Concert on the evening of Thursday, December 14th, as well as the Kindergarten Concert on Friday, December 15th, where you can purchase the Fern water bottles. We will also be selling the water bottles the week of December 18th for all students to purchase. You can also purchase water bottles online on the school cash online website. The deadline is Thursday, December 21. You or your child can pick up your order from Vera in the office. Here is the link: ht…

Fern Friends - Soccer Spots still Available

Keep your kids active this winter and sign them up for soccer!

There are still spots available for the after school Swahili Soccer Club. 
Enjoy soccer skills and games for grades 2-5 with professional soccer coach & Fern dad, Malam Mbarak.
3:30-4:45pm Tuesdays or Wednesdays

More information can be found here.

Last Chance to Purchase Your Spirit Wear

Last chance to purchase your Fern spirit wear.
 You can purchase your items online in 3 easy steps. Click here to check out the great merchandise and place your order.  The online store is open until December 10th.  Please order your size carefully, there are no exchanges. 

Item pick up with Vera in the office will be on December 20, 2017.

Me to We Rafiki Friend Chains for Sale December 14 & 15

Me to We will be selling Rafiki Friend Chains at lunch on December 14 and 15 and the during the Holiday Concert on December 14.  Each of these handmaid chains is lovingly beaded by the Maasai Mamas of Kenya.  The chains can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet or hair tie.   Each chain purchased gives a life-changing gift to a child or family in WE Charity's partner communities, from school supplies to health care to alternative income opportunities.  We have 100 Rafiki Friend Chains for sale at $10 each.

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