GRADE 7 & 8 Field Trip to the Movies on Monday is CANCELLED

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 Due to an issue with the theatre, the grade 7 and 8 field trip to see Rising Above has been postponed to a later date.
If the date is not convenient for the classes, the money will be refunded in full. 
Sorry for any inconvenience, please let you child know that they don't need to be at school early on Monday.  Classes will continue as usual.
Thank you.

Call for Cardboard Tubes!

Happy New Year!

Please bring in your leftover holiday wrap cardboard tubes in support of STEM Night Tuesday, March 26th.

There will be a collection box set up outside the office all next week January 21-25th.

Thanks for your support!

The Fern Stem and Eco Committees

JK Registration-Request For Student Immunization Records

New this year, parents will report their child's immunization information online.
To promote this new process, Toronto Public Health has created a resource for parents to send electronically to parents.

When providing immunization information, parents will:

1.  Report online
2.  If unable to report online, mail Public Health a copy at Toronto Public Health-Immunization 235 Danforth Avenue, 2nd floor.  Toronto, ON M4K 1N2.  Print the child's name and birthdate on the record.  They accept and translate foreign immunization records.
3.  If requesting an exemption, call Public Health  at 416-392-1250

Thank you,
Vera Ciric

Volunteers Needed for Book Fair February 14-15

Requesting parent volunteers for the upcoming Book Fair!

If you are interested, please contact Madame Jamieson at

Calling All Parents of Grade 7 & 8s

Calling all parents of Grade 7 & 8's.

Grade 7 and 8 is a tricky time in the life of our kids. They're big, but they're still so little. They want independence, but still need a lot of back-up. And puberty... ugh.

In addition to all of the strangeness of being 12, every grade 7 at Fern shows up on the first day of school to a new environment: Howard and Garden kids to a new school, Fern kids to classrooms half full of new kids. It's a high stress situation for many children, regardless of where they spent their Primary and Junior years. Then just like that, in Grade 8 they have their eyes on graduation and high-school.

The reality is that most parents of grade 7's and 8's are not hanging around the playground at drop-off. Our kids don't need or want us to come to the yard, so, especially if you are new to Fern, the opportunities to meet other grade 7 & 8 parents are limited.

School Council would like to better address the needs of grades …

Humberside Collegiate (HCI) Open House For Parents

For Parents/Guardians of Students in the Extended and Immersion French Programs and those students in the English Program for whom Humberside is their Home School, there will be a parent Information Session/Open House on Tuesday, January 22nd at 6:00PM.

Humberside Collegiate: Open House For Students January 22

Students in the French Extended and Immersion Programs and those students in the English Program for whom Humberside is their Home School will go to the HCI Open House on January 22.

A Permission Form will be going home Monday and Tuesday with all the details. Please sign it and have your child return it to their Home Room teacher.

Thanks. Mr. Rodriguez

Fern’s Communications Committee needs help!

The Communications Committee is seeking a new chair. We are responsible for maintaining this notice board, sending out weekly email newsletters and generally supporting the School Council initiatives. If you ever find yourself thinking of ways to improve communications within the school community, here is an opportunity to act on it!

This role is ideal for someone who is detail-oriented and comfortable using (or learning to use) web technology. The time commitment is about two to three hours per month, and is flexible in terms of timing/location. You do not need to be at the school, but you do need to have good computer access. Please email the committee via if you are interested.

Michelle Stewart, Chair, Communications Committee (parent volunteer)

Grade 8 Montreal Trip

Dear Parents and Guardians of Gr. 8 students,

A letter went home today informing you about our Montreal trip at the end of the year.

We will have an information session on January 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.

If you did not receive the letter from your child please pick up an additional copy at the office.

Bogdan Nikolajevic


Happy New Year Fern families!

There is a lot going on at Fern these days. Construction, painting the stairwells, hiring a swim instructor... Plus we have a very full calendar of School Council events between now and June including Pub Night (date to be confirmed -- hopefully late January), our first ever Gala Dinner fundraiser event March 1, STEM Day and Night March 25 and 26, Spring Fling May 25, Fun Fair June 8, along with Fern Fun Flicks events, an Earth Day Celebration, and parent education workshops. We'd also love to get more parent engagement on issues like finding ways to get the Grade 7 and 8's more engaged with the school community, outreach to our feeder schools, Howard and Garden, and outreach from our destination high-schools, Parkdale and Humberside.

In a school this size, getting information out effectively is always a challenge. Want to know about the construction? The hiring of a swim instructor? Our Playground fundraising? What is this Gala Dinner of w…

Spectrum Open House January 30

Click here for information on the upcoming Open House at Spectrum Alternative School on January 30.

Kindergarten Registration Begins On February 6, 2109

How to Register
Kindergarten Registration will begin at Fern Avenue Public School on February 6, 2019.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child! You may choose to register in person at our Fern Office or by using our new online registration system.
Children who will be four by December 31, 2019, can start Junior Kindergarten in September 2019.
Please note:
Only parents or legal guardians can register a child for TDSB programs. In Person Registration Step 1 Call Vera Ciric the Office Administrator and book an appointment and or stop by any time after 10am and before 3:30pm.Step 2
Please make sure you have the following documents: Proof of age (birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian Citizenship card or certificate or baptismal record)Proof of address, including any two of the following current documents: lease or deed, car registration, utility bill, residential telephone bill, moving bill, property tax bill, health card, bank statement, credit card st…

Head Lice

Dear Parent/Guardians,

The head louse is an insect that lives and breeds on the head.  This is a common occurrence in school aged children,  It is spread directly by head to head contact and indirectly by contact with the child's personal belongings.  These include clothing, hair accessories and head gear.

We ask that you take the following precautions:

1.  Inspect your child's hair and scalp frequently.  The louse may be brown or grayish, with a flat, wingless body 1-2 mm in length with six legs.  The eggs may be yellow, brown. or white teardrop shaped, are glued to the hair near the scalp and are called "nits."  It is usually the eggs which are first noticed.

2.  If your child complains of an itchy scalp, you should check for lice and or nits.  Some children do not experience an itchy scalp.

3.  If you discover your child has lice or nits, please notify the office.

4.When the student returns following treatment, the student will be rechecked by the Fern Administrat…

Grade 7 Extended French Information Night at Swansea PS - January 30

Calling Grade 6 students! Information for the Swansea Extended French Information Night can be found here.

Grade 8 Yearbook Request

Grade 8 students are asked to send in a baby picture of themselves for inclusion in the yearbook. Pictures can be sent to

Parent Volunteers Needed For The Library

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We are in need of Parent Volunteers in our Library.  If you have some time, a valid Police Check and are interested in volunteering please contact us in the office and we will get you set up with our Librarian Madame Jamieson.
Thank you.

There’s Still time to Give in 2018! Help us reach our goal of $100k!

What will your donations support?

Programmes in 2018/2019:
• Arts Collective, to provide an artist in all 30 classrooms: $6000
• Scientist in the School in all 30 classrooms: $4000
• STEM Junior and Senior Clubs: $2000
• STEM Day/Night for the whole school: $2500
• Grade 8 graduation/Grade 8 trip: $2500
• Food Committee, to subsidize the Food Program: $500
• Library for Forest of Reading Program: $2600

A New Playground
We’re Halfway There! We’ve raised $100,000 but we need at least $100,000 more by October 1, 2019 to see shovels in the ground by June 2020.

What will your donations buy?
• A new natural play structure
• An outdoor “kitchen” play area
• An “OPAL” outdoor storage unit and stage area
• An outdoor classroom
• New trees
• New four-square courts
• New basketball court
• Picnic tables

For your little ones, it’s a chance for more interactions with the natural world. For your bigger ones, there’s more room to perform, and to learn. And for your biggest ones, the teenagers…

One more week of school home with the kids!

That's right. A whole week. What's that you say? You wish they would go out and play? Wouldn't it be great if they had a beautiful playground designed for just that purpose instead of the current mud pit? We took a picture, just in case you've forgotten what it looks like.

Well you can help! Donate today at School Cash Online. You will automatically receive a tax receipt for donations $25 and more.

We are grateful for any amount you can give, but please consider giving $150-215 per child if you have the means to help us reach our playground goal of $200-250k. And if you can give more than $215, any amount you give will subsidize those Fern families who cannot make this level of financial commitment.

Thank you and have a great holiday!

School Council Exec

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