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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fern Falcon Hockey Season 2014-2015

Dear Fern Hockey Families,
My name is Vera Ciric. Many of you know me as the “front line” in the main office at Fern.  Together with Miya Oda, the French Immersion Kindergarten teacher, and Diego Morettin, one of our grade 8 fathers; we will be heading the Senior Hockey Team for 2014-2015 season.
Our season kicks off on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015.  We are scheduled to play five games which take place in the morning at three different arenas (George Bell, North Toronto and Ted Reeve Bub).  We will be asking our families to help us carpool the children from school to the arena and back to the school after the games and (possible practices). 
Games are early in the morning beginning at 8:00 am; therefore we ask that players arrive at the arena no later than 7:15am in order to get dressed and ready to play.  We expect everyone to be ready to step onto the ice at 8:00 am.  Students must wait for a school representative (Miya, or Vera) before stepping onto the ice.  All students must have a signed permission form in order to join the Fern Falcons team.  Verbal consent is not allowed.
This season, our games are being held at different venues.  We are asking parents to help us out as volunteer drivers.  It will, unfortunately, not be feasible to have students travel by public transit.  If we do not have enough volunteer drivers to carpool our students from school to the arenas and then back to the school afterwards, we will have to forfeit our season.
Practices, unfortunately, this year will no longer take place at the Mastercard Arena. We are however, working on getting some practice time closer to home, at McCormick’s Arena.
There is a $30.00 deposit for the Fern hockey jerseys.  At the end of the season, we will ask for all jerseys to be washed and returned.  You will receive your $30.00 deposit upon return.
Members  of the team are well aware of our expectations in terms of school attendance, practices and school work. 
Wishing everyone a great hockey season!

Yours truly,

Vera and Miya

Games for the 2014-2015 Hockey Season:

January 28, 2015 8:00-9:00 am
Location:  George Bell:  Home Team Fern vs Visiting Team Essex

February 6, 2015 8:00-9:00 am
Location:  George Bell:  Home Team Fern vs Visiting Don Mills

February 18, 2015 8:00-9:00am
Location:  Ted Reeve Bub:  Home Team Queen Alexandra vs Visiting Fern

February 23, 2015 8:00-9:00am
Location: George Bell :  Home Team Fern vs Visiting Brock

March 3, 2015 8:00-9:00 am
Location: North Toronto:  Home Team Fern vs Visiting Duke of Connaught

Parents/Guardians please email Vera at vera.ciric@tdsb.on.ca  your email address so that we may correspond with you regarding reminders, notices and changes.  We find that an email tree works very well.

Police Reference Checks-Fee Increase

Dear Parents/Guardians:
Effective January 01, 2015 the fee for vulnerable sector screenings will increase to $20.00 per request for volunteers.
Please feel free to call Vera Ciric should you require any further information.
Thank you,

Friday, December 12, 2014

City View Alternative Open House January 15

Please click here for information on the City View Open House.

Interested in paying for the lunch program online?

If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. According to our recent lunch survey, a number of families would love to move from writing cheques and submitting forms to ordering electronically. Not only would this be more convenient for families, it would also decrease the number of parent volunteer hours necessary to handle the orders, cheques, data entry, etc. each month.

How can we make this transition? With your help! We are looking for someone who can research and evaluate organizations and websites that can enable the Fern community to order and pay for the lunch program online. We’d like to know what’s out there, what it costs, how it’s accessed, pros and cons of the system, etc. Then, once a system has been chosen, we’d like that person to help set it up for the Fern lunch program (which will include contact info, allergies, room number, months registered, among other fields). If you are interested and available for this short-term project please contact Soo Kim at Sookim@rogers.com.

Also, just a reminder, if you haven’t already signed up, the January lunch deadline is Monday, December 15 to start Monday, January 5. Click here to download the order form.

Food Committee

Sports News

Please click here for the latest Fern Sports news.

“We Are Giving” Sponsored by Fern’s FTC

FTC will be selling hand-made items in support of our local and global initiatives

Locally we support Light Patrol
we will be selling hand-made lumieres, necklaces, potpourri, bath salts, and cookies
these will help to support Toronto’s homeless and street-involved youth

Globally we support FTC’s initiatives in Kenya
We will be selling Rafiki Friend Chains for $10
Selling Rafikis helps a mama in Kenya earn and living and send her children to school

Dec 16th-Kindergarten Concert-1:15-2:00
Dec 17th-Primary Concert-5:45-6:45
Dec 18th-Lunch in the Front Hall-12:00-12:45

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Concert 2014

Fern Avenue Public School proudly presents

Sparkles in the Snow
Holiday Concert 2014

Students from Grades 1 to 3
The Kestrels Singing Group

Wednesday, December 17th at 6:30pm

Come celebrate with us!!

Parents and Guardians, please bring your child to the school by 6:00pm!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Annual Fern Food Drive: Dec. 15-19, Jan. 5-9

Once again, the Fern Community is having a food drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank. This food drive offers an opportunity for students to both discuss the need of food banks and to take action to make a positive difference during this holiday and new year season.

Unfortunately, the use of food banks is on the rise again in the GTA. The reasons for Food Bank use can vary widely from person to person and from family to family. The fact that people who use food banks use 75% of their money on housing leaves them with less than $6 per day for all other expenses. This can create a cycle of constant poverty. The need for Food Banks can also stem from other issues such as lost income, disability, being a new immigrant or becoming a single parent.

Donations of non-perishable foods, such as canned goods, pasta, dried grains (ie. rice, beans, lentils) and baby food will be collected before and after the Winter Break each morning by the Grade 3 students of Room 207. Please do not donate peanut/nut products (ie. peanut butter) to help keep all students with allergies safe at Fern. Thank you very much for sharing on behalf of the many in our community who need and use Food Banks.

Free the Children December Newsletter

Please click here for the latest newsletter from Free the Children.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fern Avenue Blood Drive at Humberside School: December 3rd

A Huge Thank you to the participants who supported the blood drive on December 3rd -Janet S./ Joanne S. / Moira M. / Tracey C. / Melanie H. / Theresa L. / Liz L /Ms. Flengeris and Mr. Moy.

A very Special THANK YOU to the brave participants who donated for the FIRST time.

Be sure to look for the Blood Drive to be held at Fern Avenue School – Spring 2015!

Thank you
Liz Leason
Parent Council Chair

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Community Connections Fair



Saturday, April 25th, 2015 from 10:00am-2:30pm

Central Etobicoke High School, 10 Denfied Street. Etobicoke

This event will support students in the TDSB with Special Education needs and their families/guardians understand how to access available Community Services/Resources.

Kindergarten Winter Concert Update

Dear Kindergarten families,

Please note that our Kindergarten concert will now begin at

    1:45pm, on Tuesday, December 16th. 

We expect to begin at 1:45pm, so we encourage families to arrive on-time to avoid missing part of the concert. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will dismiss the children from the auditorium, to their families. Families are then welcome to head downstairs to the cafeteria for a light snack. Any children who do not have an adult present will stay and head to the cafeteria with their classroom teacher.

We ask families to consider contributing a small snack to share with others. Great food options are: cheese, crackers, a light treat, fruit/veggies that do not need to be washed or cut. Please make sure your snack is peanut- and tree nut-free. If you would like your container returned, please label with your child’s name and their room number. The snack program will provide some refreshments. If your food item does not need to be refrigerated, you may send it to school in the morning with your child and we will store it until the concert. If you bring it with you, we suggest you arrive a few minutes early and head down to the cafeteria and leave it on the tables set aside for our treats.

Your child’s classroom door will remain open for you to go pick up their belongings after the celebration.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 416-393-9130.


The Kindergarten Team at Fern

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ease back into the school routine without any post-holiday stress - December 15th deadline

The whirlwind of the holiday break may sweep you up and before you know it, school begins and you need to find the lunch box and thermos again! Why not alleviate your stress, energy and time and sign your child(ren) up for January’s lunch program? Better yet, sign up for the rest of the year and you won’t have to worry about uneaten lunches coming back home.

As we mentioned earlier, Maggie, Ferncliff Daycare’s long-time employee and cook, has announced her retirement as of December 31, 2014. Maggie has been providing yummy and healthy meals for both the daycare children and Fern’s lunch program participants for many years. The Food Committee would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to 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?