FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - MONDAY, JANUARY 13
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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
Next Monday, January 20, 2020 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. No School next Monday! Consider a community service project!
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Parents, you are a vital part of the school’s instructional team. As we shift into high gear for instruction in this second semester, I want to encourage you to read to your kids, read with your kids, and/or make sure your kids are reading independently. Reading comprehension is so important to every academic subject and research shows that parents who take time to read with kids can make a huge difference.
For children to succeed in school, they need to stay well, which is a challenge for all of us during cold and flu season. This has been one of the worst flu seasons for children in many years. Please see the chart below for ways we can all stay healthy.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
BLOOD DRIVE JAN. 21
Fernbank is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. To schedule an appointment to donate, please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and use the sponsor code: fes
Be a HERO for someone in need!
INFO FROM DRUID HILLS CLUSTER ALLIANCE: DCSD BOARD MEETING TONIGHT
DeKalb County School Board Meeting - Monday, 1/13/2020, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm, Community Input Session, 7 - 9 pm Board Meeting, DCSD Board Room, 1701 Mtn. Industrial, Stone Mountain, GA - Come out to support Druid Hills' request for a new track at DHMS during the Community Input Session. Let's show our support with large numbers in the audience as we hear our very own Andy Montgomery, Bert Ackermann, Joanna Shepherd and Sherilyn Narker address the Board on the terrible and unsafe conditions at our track and how we are the only Cluster in the County with high school and middle school students and athletes who do not have access to a safe, all weather track. Our specific request is approval for emergency funding for the immediate replacement of the DHMS track. DHMS is also the host of Dekalb County Cross Country meets, so all student athletes across the County would benefit from a new DHMS track. This will be the second Board meeting in a row where we are making our case for a new track, and we will continue coming to the monthly board meetings until we get approval for a new, safe track like all of the other Clusters in Dekalb County.
At the Business meeting portion from 7 - 9 pm, the Board will be voting to approve funding to replace lead paint windows at Avondale Elementary School that are flaking both inside the classroom and outside where children play. Let's show our support for Avondale in this critical request to provide a safe environment for our students and teachers.
PAC MEETING TOMORROW, JANUARY 14
The next meeting of the Fernbank Principal Advisory Council will be January 14 at 3 p.m. See here for the meeting agenda.
REFLECTIONS PROGRAM AWARD CEREMONY
Fernbank has several students who will be receiving awards at the Reflections Council Award Ceremony on January 16, 2020 at 6:30 PM (note the time change) at Montgomery Elementary School, 3995 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319. Please RSVP to:
Click here to see a list of winners invited to attend.
FERNBANK ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR
Fernbank is hosting its yearly Science Fair on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Our 4th grade and 5th grade students received informational packets in December. Student projects are due at 8 am in cafeteria.
Science Fair Family Night is Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Students participants are required to attend. Parents are invited to attend from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Prizes are given. Projects go home following this event.
2ND GRADE STUDENTS MAP TESTING THIS WEEK
Second grade students will be taking the reading portion of the MAP test this Tuesday, Jan. 14 and the math section on Thursday, Jan. 16. Please be sure those students get enough sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast so they can do their best work.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR MEN'S SHELTER
During the month of January, Fernbank's Student Council is collecting items to donate to the Central Night Men's Shelter. Bar soap, razors, shaving cream, and white socks and shirts are among the most needed items. Bins are placed throughout the school for donated items. January 31st is the last day to donate items.
Join us in the Fernbank Cafeteria on Thursday, January 30 @ 6:00 PM for Math Night, hosted by Mathnasium of Decatur! Pizza will be served, and the night is sure to be huge fun for the whole family!
What is Math Night? At Mathnasium Math Night, you and your kids will roam from table to table in the Fernbank cafeteria to play various fun math games together, led by Mathnasium staff members and volunteers. Get your Math Night "passport" stamped at each game station to be eligible for raffle prizes at the end of the night!
Incentives for all kids who attend Math Night:
Kids who play all the games at Math Night may choose to enter into one of many separate raffles for a toy (or bundle of toys) of his/her choice! Over $500 in toys will be given away to kids who attend! All students will receive a goodie bag for attending!
Sample raffle items from last Fernbank Math Night:
Amazon Gift cards, Batman Drone, Remote Control Flying Shark, BB8 Robot, MiP coding robot, kid's baking set, Beanie Boos, math games, board games, other gift cards, and more! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
SAGAMORE HILLS MATH TOURNAMENT
Hopefully your children (3rd-5th grade) have received the registration form for the Sagamore Hills math tournament in a recent courier. The tournament will be Saturday, February 1st. If your child would like to participate, please fill out the form and send it directly to Sagamore Hills.
When you've done that, also drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be having a few practice sessions after school in January, and we'll coordinate with everyone who wants to participate. Thanks!
DHMS TOUR FOR PARENTS OF RISING 6TH GRADERS
Druid Hills Middle School will host a parent tour and information session for parents of rising 6th grade students on January 23, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Please call Ms. Beavers at 678-874-7632 to reserve a seat.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLINE HUANG! 12TH PLACE IN COUNTY SPELLING BEE
We appreciate 5th grader Caroline Huang representing Fernbank so well at the DCSD Spelling Bee this past Saturday--- she finished 12th out of 102 spellers! Caroline will serve as an alternate if one of the top 8 spellers cannot go to the Regional Spelling Bee.
Congratulations, also, to former Fernbank student Alex Hart, now in 7th grade at Druid Hills Middle--- Alex won 1st place at the DCSD Bee!
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WINTER CAMPAIGN
Did you know that the greatest risk to a child isn’t riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one. STOP means STOP! As you’ll see in this video, it’s just not a bus you’re stopping for, it’s a bus full of students.
DRUID HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AUCTION
Saturday, 2/1/2020, 6:30 - 10 pm, Miller Ward Alumni House at Emory, 815 Houston Mill Rd,Atlanta, GA 30329 - Come support our Druid Hills Cluster with a fun evening celebrating 100 years of Druid Hills schools! We still need your support with donation items and buying tickets. We are hoping to raise $100,000 this year, a new record! More information is on our Auction website.
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cassie Strawn and Adam Francois Watkins at