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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Join Us Next Week For...



Please join us for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) inspired fun for the entire family!

Enjoy hands on activities & demonstrations:

Flight - Potential Energy - Propulsion - Math - Art - Light

Fern Tech Club - MakerKids - Student projects - Facepainting

Dress as your favorite Sci-Fi character, Scientist or Superhero.

Raffle to win a $100 gift certificate for MakerKids!

Thursday May the 4th
6pm to 8pm

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fern's latest original musical is almost here!

"Lost in Round Corners" is the sequel to last year's hit show!

A visitor from the past is redirected to the technological wonders of modern-day, small town Ontario, and helps save a local girl from a relentless bully. Featuring live music, and some special guests, "Lost in Round Corners" is a mystical comedy for all ages.

Come see the show May 10, 11, and 12 @ 7:00.
Tickets are available at the office for $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.

Last call for the Bike Rodeo!

Last call for primary students interested in the Bike Rodeo. Permissions forms due no later than Friday April 28/17.

Fern Avenue Public School has been offered a Bike Rodeo for primary students only on Wednesday May 10, 2017. CultureLink Community will be delivering this program in partnership with TDSB and EcoSchools.

In order to participate in this event, your child must bring their own bike, helmet and lock to school on Wednesday May 10, 2017.

The program can only accommodate 120 students in total and will be offered to the first 120 primary students who return their completed forms.

In the case of rain, the Bike Rodeo event will be cancelled.

If your child would like to participate, please fill out the permission form and return to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Thank you,
The Eco Team

Monday, April 24, 2017

Enhancing Equity Task Force Ward Forum - May 1, 2017

The TDSB’s Enhancing Equity Task Force is focused on improving the learning and well-being of each and every student by understanding and mitigating – or removing – the barriers of social and economic inequity.

This collaborative effort between the TDSB and the communities it works with is an opportunity to bring people together, learn from each other and explore what’s working, what isn’t and how to improve it. The Task Force seeks to understand and respond to new insights, challenges and opportunities that will impact the entire Board.

One way we’re doing that is by hosting ward forums that bring together school communities to talk about school-specific strategies that will improve equity for all. These sessions will explore equity, consider what work has already happened in the school to improve equity, and help address the question: what’s keeping us from doing more?

Join the conversation. Share your voice. Click here for more information about this event and to register.

For further information on the Enhancing Equity Task Force, please go to: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/HowtoGetInvolved/EnhancingEquityTaskForce.aspx

School Cash Online Has Arrived At Fern

April 24, 2017
Dear Parent/Guardian,
The Toronto District School Board has launched School Cash Online, an easy to use, safe and convenient way for parents/guardians to pay for their children’s school fees, including agendas, yearbooks and class trips.  School Cash Online will be available to our school starting the week of May 1, 2017.
All school fees applicable to your child will be posted on School Cash Online.  Once you register, you can choose to purchase the items or activities using a debit or credit card.  You will be able to see when the school has a new item posted online for purchase and you will also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school event required payment. 
Registration will open the week of May 1, 2017. To register for School Cash Online, please visit https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps.  For more information on the registration process, please see the handout attached to the letter sent home with your child.  Once registered, you will receive an email notification when items become available online.
If you have questions about the registration process or using School Cash Online, please select the “get Help” option on the top of the School Cash Online web page.  You can also contact the School Cash Online Parent Help Desk at 1-866-961-1803 and parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com . The Parent Help Desk is available to assist parents/guardians with the registration process, password recovery, accessing your account or payment issues.
Sincerely,
J. Eric Szonyi

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fern Bike Rodeo - Wednesday May 10

Fern Avenue Public School has been offered a Bike Rodeo for primary students only on Wednesday May 10, 2017. CultureLink Community will be delivering this program in partnership with TDSB and EcoSchools.

In order to participate in this event, your child must bring their own bike, helmet and lock to school on Wednesday May 10, 2017.

The program can only accommodate 120 students in total and will be offered to the first 120 primary students who return their completed forms.

In the case of rain, the Bike Rodeo event will be cancelled.

If your child would like to participate, please fill out the permission form and return to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Thank you,
The Eco Team

Travelling Exhibition: Anne Frank - a History for Today

It is‎ with tremendous pride that we are pleased to announce that the TDSB will host, for the month of May, (Jewish Heritage Month), "Anne Frank - A History For Today" from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The exhibit will be housed at John Polanyi CI, 640 Lawrence Avenue West (library). John Polanyi CI is conveniently located across from the Eglinton West Subway Station or take the 52 Lawrence Ave. bus and exit at Varna Drive West side stop.

This Exhibit has 37 panels and tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust. It makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary. Each of the panels displays information about the most important developments of the time such as the rise of National Socialism.

Thanks to a partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada in 2015, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands by the Canadian army, this Exhibit is fully bilingual and has additional panels on our Canadian contribution to the Second World War. We will also have additional artifacts usually reserved for museum viewing only.

For more information, the poster can be found here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Another chance to try the lunch program for 1 day only!

On Friday April 28th, there will be a special drop-in lunch to sample our Beef or Cheese Ravioli, Caesar Kale Salad, and apples for only $5.00 cash.

After that, we hope that you can’t resist signing up for the hot lunch program. Just think about the time, stress and money you can save! Full details and an order form can be found at fernavenuepublicschool.blogspot.ca. Students interested in signing up for the Drop-In Lunch can see Vera in the office.

Thanks for supporting healthy food, healthy school and a healthy community.
Fern Food Committee
fernlunchprogram@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Earth Week at Fern

The ECO Team has planned some events for Earth Week, April 18th to April 21st.

Please join us in keeping Fern green and encouraging everyone to help out.

Tuesday, Apr. 18th – Boomerang Lunch/Litterless Lunch Day.

All students should be bringing a Boomerang lunch to school if they stay for lunch. Please bring a litterless or boomerang lunch to school today. A boomerang lunch means you take all garbage and compost home with you. A litterless lunch means exactly that, no litter! We also encourage litterless snacks or a reduction of snacks with a lot of packaging. Teachers, please be a role model and do the same! Eco Team members will be in the lunchroom and awarding prizes to students they see participating.

Wednesday, Apr. 19th-ECO Art

The Eco team will cut eco paper into squares and distribute them to classes (one per student). Given how well the student council activity went, with older grades paired with younger grades, we figured we would try this again.
Work with another class, or on your own (we leave this up to you), to decorate each square of paper with an Eco message. You can mount them on a piece of construction paper and hang them in your classrooms. If there are any classes who may need assistance to mount their pieces of art, please let us know, we will be happy to help.

Thursday, Apr. 20th–Bike/Walk/Scooter to School Day.
Please use public transit OR bike, walk or scooter to school today. If you can get to and from school without a car today, then that would be fantastic! If you must drive, please consider carpooling for today. The Eco Team will on the lookout for students and teachers who do any of the above, you may win a prize for your efforts.

Friday, Apr. 21st – EARTH DAY! Dress Your Eco Best!
Dress up as a tree, bird, squirrel, flower or whatever to show that you care about the environment! Or show your spirit by wearing earthy colours/tones, such as green, brown, beige or yellow!

Cleaning the Schoolyard and Sorauren Park.
All classes are encouraged to sign up for a time to clean up our school’s area in the front, the primary and junior/senior yards, or Sorauren Park. Let’s keep our school grounds clean and beautiful! The sign-up sheet will be placed on Vera’s desk for teachers to sign up their classes. The Eco Team will provide gloves and plastic bags.

Thank you for your support,

The Eco Team

Friday, April 7, 2017

Soccer Is Starting....

Junior (Gr 4-6) And Senior Girls ( Gr 7-8) Soccer is starting. Students need to pick up the forms from Mr. Nikolajevic in room 311. Tryouts for juniors begin Monday, for seniors Wednesday. 
For further inquiries or if you would like to help with coaching please e-mail bogdan.nikolajevic@tdsb.on.ca

regards,
Bogdan Nikolajevic