We Day 2019


Kindergarten Info Night for both English and French Programs - New Date - Tuesday October 29th


Fern Fun Flicks Halloween Movie - Friday October 25th

Save the Date for the first Fern Fun Flick of the year, our Halloween movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Friday October 25, 2019. It's a Halloween movie! It's a Christmas movie! It's a great time!

Brought to you by the Fern Ave. P.S. Arts Collective.

Also, we'll have pizza, a bake sale, and popcorn. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to support this year's Grade 8 Graduation!  We'll put out a call for baked goods and volunteers closer to the date. 

Special shout out to the parents of our Senior students: We're hoping to see lots of Grade 7's and 8's helping out, so if you have one of those in your house, please get them to mark this in their calendar.

See you October 25!

School Council Exec, Arts Collective, Grad Committee


Fern's Ave School Council's Spookies fundraiser is on! Get great cookies from locally owned New Moon Kitchen, support your child's school, and hand out something delicious for trick or treat (provided they last that long.....).

Order now at for delivery to school on Friday, October 25!

School Council Exec

That Time We Raised $25k in Two Weeks...

Congratulations Fern community!

Together, you have contributed close to $25k to our Playground Fund in the last two weeks. We now have close to $185k to put towards our Playground!

We are waiting to finalize the details of another large contribution, and will advise our final total as soon as we can.

On behalf of all of us on School Council, thank you so much! Whether you donated funds, or donated time into one of our fundraisers, we are incredibly grateful for your contribution.

To be truthful, we have poured our blood, sweat and tears into the Playground Revitalization. It has been many hours of work. Sometimes it seemed like the light at the end of the tunnel was dim, but it is gratifying to see the generous response from our school community.

If this note reminds you that you wanted to donate to the Playground Revitalization but haven't yet, don’t worry, we are still accepting your donations!

We have given the TDSB our estimated number, but we can still accept donations …

Message from School Council -- Join us Thursday, 8:15-8:45 am for a Walk-In!

Dear Fern Ave PS Parents and Caregivers,

Join your school community this Thursday October 10 from 8:15-8:45 AMas part of a province wide Walk-In to show your support for an accessible, equitable, properly funded public education system in Ontario.

What's a Walk-In?

Instead of walking out to show support for public education, a Walk-In is a gathering of the school community to show support for public education. Fern Ave PS will be one of hundreds of schools across Ontario participating in this action. We participated in our first Walk-In last June, and hundreds of parents and kids participated.

When and Where?

The Fern Ave PS community will gather in front of the school (Fern Ave side) at 8:15 a.m., then walk to Roncesvalles and back along Wright Ave to the schoolyard to gather until 8:45 a.m.


Your involvement is more important than ever to support the education sector workers who are trying to get funding for schools reinstated and reverse changes to curriculum and deliver…

Family Tech Talk - October 16

Fortnite. TikTok. lnstagram. Selfies. Screentime.

The internet is such a big part of our kids' lives. How do we help them use it in safe and positive ways?

Join us for an important Family Tech Talk
Date: Wednesday, October 16 Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Place: Fern Auditorium
Cost: Free

Flyer can be found here.

Ward 7 Parent Concern Protocol

Hello Parents, Community Members and Friends,

I am sharing the attached Ward 7 Parent Concern Protocol with you. When reaching out to your School, Principal and Superintendent, this is the process we follow (Steps 1 to 4).

To see active links please download PDF version

As always, I want to hear from you and I can be reached by sending an email to or tweet @RobinPilkey

For more updates, please join the TDSB Ward 7 Council Facebook or sign up for my Newsletter.

Thank you,
Robin Pilkey

Turkey Lunch this Thursday!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The cafeteria will be serving a TURKEY LUNCH this Thursday, October 9th.

If your child is not part of the hot lunch program but wishes to buy a lunch that day, please have them bring along $6.00.
Thank you.

Terry Fox Run: October 10th!

Fern Avenue Public School is proud to be participating in the Terry Fox School Run on Thursday, October 10 at 1:00PM.

Please join our school community and continue Terry’s legacy. Donate at:

The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation with 79 cents of every dollar going directly to cancer research. Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer!

It’s Spookies Time Again!

We’re partnering with our good friend and fellow Fern Parent, Eden at New Moon Kitchen, for our annual Spookies cookies Halloween fundraiser! Raise funds for your school, buy from a locally owned business, and feel good about giving away great treats at Halloween!

Spookies chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, vegan, dairy free, and egg free. Spookies are available in either spelt flour, or gluten-free.

New Moon will be taking orders from Fern parents from Monday, October 7 to Monday, October 21. New Moon will deliver to the school on Friday October 25, and we will distribute the order to your child’s class.

New Moon will donate $4 from every bag sold to Fern Ave. School Council.

To order your Spookies click here

Let’s get Spooky.

School Council Exec

Grade 8 Montreal Trip Information Night

Parents of Grade 8 Students,

We are excited to go to Montreal again in June for our Grade 8 grad trip. Explorica Travel, who organize the tour, is offering an information evening for families. Please join us in the auditorium on Wednesday, November 6th from 7-8 pm.

Cross Country Team

On Friday, Fern had approximately 175 students from grades one to eight participate in the TDSB Conference Cross Country meet at Ashbridges Bay.

Congratulations to all of our students for their efforts and more importantly for participating in an inclusive, spirit-building extracurricular school activity. We would like to extend our special thanks to our amazing teacher coaches!

High School Information Nights

To help make an informed decision when choosing a high school, TDSB schools host information nights for parents and grade 8 students each year between October and January.

Learn everything you need to know about incredible variety of school programs and courses. The dates and times for all High School Information Nights are available online at

Lunchroom Supervisors Needed

A reminder that if you are interested in temporary or permanent lunchroom supervisor positions at Fern, please contact Mme Sardella directly.

You need to be available to work Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm and you must have a vulnerable sector approved police check (form can be picked up in the office). Thank you!

Beyond 8: High School Transition Information Night - October 23, 2019

Click here for information on the upcoming High School Transition Information Night on October 23, 2019.

Missing - Bowls and Cutlery from the Fern Cafeteria

Bowls and cutlery have been going missing from the Fern cafeteria. If your children brings home cutlery by accident or if bowls or cutlery are left in the classroom or daycare spaces, please returned them to the kitchen. Thanks for helping to make Fern an eco school!

Join School Council October 10 to Show You Care About Public Education!

On October 10, 2019 at 8:15am,parents, students and the staff of Fern PS are invited to gather in front of the school to demonstrate our support of an accessible, equitable, and top quality public education system in Ontario. At 8:30 we will walk to Roncesvalles and join the Garden Ave PS team.

This event will take place regardless of what happens with the CUPE job action.

We will continue around the block and end in the north school yard before the bell.

Over 300 public schools across Ontario will be participating in the Walk-In demonstration. Stand up and be counted.

Grand-parents, neighbours, friends, and family pets are welcome. Wear red for Ed(ucation), and bring your signs and noisemakers.

We are hoping to have coffee too! Keep an eye on the blog for further information.

School Council Exec

Attention Primary Cross Country Running Team!

Tomorrow we are going to the Cross Country Running race at Ashbridges Bay.

If you are driving your student to the race, please check in at the school first and we will let you know where we are meeting at the park.

Grade one families please check in at 8:15. Grade 2 and 3s should be at school by 8:30. Please meet in the auditorium.

We are asking all runners to wear a Fern t-shirt. If you do not have one, we will try to loan you one, but at the least please try to wear a green t-shirt.

All runners need snacks and a lunch if they are staying at the park after their race. All runners need a water bottle. We recommend bringing a book or small games to keep occupied. The temperature tomorrow is in the low teens so please dress in layers.

We are proud of all our runners and the hard work they have put in training for tomorrow. A special thank you to Ms Centeno and Mme Laura for helping at the practices. A VERY special thank you to Mme Miya for dealing with the endless paperw…

Welcome to Mr. Reid's Guidance Corner!

Hello, parents and guardians of Grade 8 students. Welcome to Mr Reid’s Guidance Corner!

This site will be used to communicate information regarding transitions from Grade 8 to Grade 9. It will be updated regularly. If you have any questions after looking through the information, please feel free to email me.

Jerome Reid

Picture Day Is Coming!

Picture Day is Coming to Fern Avenue PS on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Sibling Picture Day is the following day Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

What to Expect:
1. Students are photographed on Picture Day
2. Images sent home with your child
3. Review pictures and purchase

Bring your smiles!

Football Tryouts in Gym This Morning!

Football tryouts will be held in the school gym this morning due to inclement weather.
Thank you, Madame Kertesz

Calling all Parents | Caregivers of Grade Sevens and Eights!

Feeling a little disconnected from your child's school? Now that you don't do drop-off or pick-up, are you out of the loop?

Whether your child grew up at Fern or just arrived in grade 7, chances are you’re not hanging around the playground chatting. Some of you have already put in years of school council involvement at Fern or elsewhere, and maybe you have children in more than one school now so you’re less likely to be involved. We get it. However, we still want you know what’s going on, and there are particular ways that we need the help of the parents/caregivers of those on the third floor.

The first step is to help us communicate with you more easily.

One of the ways we communicate with you is through School Council Class Lists (not the same as the teacher's class list). School Council creates an email distribution list of parents in each class, and a parent/caregiver from each class volunteers to be the School Council Class Rep. This Rep will manage the class li…

Grade 7's Returning From Camp Olympia

Dear Parents/Guardians, The grade 7 students are expected to return from Camp Olympia today between 3:30 and 4:00pm. Please meet your child on Wright Avenue. If time changes please refer to blog for further updates. Thank you, Vera

2019-2020 Secondary School Information Evening Dates

Click here for an updated list organized by Learning Centre for the 2019-20 Secondary School Information Nights.

The majority of Grade 8 students will be interested in LC4 found on page 4.

Grade 8: Secondary School Information

Hello, parents and guardians of Grade 8 students.

The 2019-2020 Secondary School information evenings have been posted to the TDSB public site.

As well, Information Evenings for Elementary Alternative and Specialized Schools have been posted.

There is an updated list organized by Learning Centre for you to reference in a separate post. The majority of Grade 8 students will be interested in LC4 found on page 4.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mr. Reid

Welcome To Our New Guidance Counsellor Mr. Reid

Hello, parents and guardians of Grade 8 students!

My name is Mr Reid, I am the acting Guidance Counsellor for 8 TDSB schools and will be supporting Ms Biggs-Martin while she is on leave.

I am an active father of two girls aged 9 and 11. It is because of my children that I decided to change my profession in 2015 and become a Second Career Teacher. In my previous career, I was a CRA Tax Auditor for 24 years and spent 1 year as a Toronto Police Constable Candidate.

My main career is with the TDSB as a Guidance and Co-operative Education Teacher. My other employment is with Humber College as a part-time Professor where I teach 1st-year college courses that help students define their educational and career goals and determine the steps needed to reach those goals. I am a lifelong learner and have earned multiple degrees. I am currently in the final year of completing a Master of Education degree and purs…

Camp Olympia - Day 1


Terry Fox Run: October 10th

On Thursday, October 10th, the entire school will gather in the yard at 1 pm to kick off our Terry Fox Run.

After a brief assembly, Grades 4-8 will head to Sorauren Park for their run, while the younger grades will use the school's track.

We need at least 10 volunteers for Sorauren Park, and 5 for the school yard.

Please contact if you can help from 1-2 pm.

Of course, we also need to raise funds. We are asking for online donations again, to support vital cancer research and to honour Terry Fox's courage and perseverance. Please go to the link below to donate. then check the large poster in the front hall to see how we're doing!

Many thanks for your support!

Grade 7 Camp Olympia!


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