FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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Good Morning Fernbank! The weather is turning chilly and will be especially cold in the mornings tomorrow and Wednesday, so please bundle your children up and make sure to label all coats and jackets!
Looking ahead, we have our indoor/outdoor workday this Saturday, November 16, with projects for all ages. I can’t wait to see our school on Monday! (See below for more information on how to volunteer.) I am also looking forward to our annual International Friends Dinner coming up on December 6. This is a great chance eat some wonderful food from all over the world, enjoy good music, and to see how many countries are represented here at Fernbank. I hope to see you there!
JOIN US FOR SCHOOL WORKDAY THIS SATURDAY
We need YOU! Join us for our first ever INDOOR/OUTDOOR workday to beautify our school - Saturday, November 16th from 9am-Noon. We have painting, assembling, organizing and general TLC projects for you (and the family). Sign up here, and if you are tied up on Saturday morning and would like to provide supplies instead, we welcome that too! Email Anna DeVries with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REFLECTIONS PROGRAM RECEPTION NOV. 19
Fernbank Elementary is hosting a Recognition Reception for Reflections Program participants and their parents. First through Third Place Winners receive ribbons and every participant receives a certificate. All First and Second Place winning entries have moved forward to the Council/County judging, and the remaining projects will be returned at the reception.
Where: Fernbank School Cafeteria
When: November 19th at 9 AM
What: Coffee, Juice, Bagels and Grapes
Thank you for participating in the Reflections Program!
SAVE THE DATE - INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS DINNER
We are hosting our annual International Friends Dinner on Friday, December 6 from 6:00-8:00 in the cafeteria! Please join us as we celebrate the amazing cultures that make Fernbank a true gem in DeKalb County. It is a fun event that features multicultural entertainment, henna artists and most importantly, yummy meals to try from around the world! Please sign up here to bring an appetizer, entree, dessert, or beverage.
TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK
Remember the classmates and teachers, Field Day, the musicals, clubs and so many fun events in the 2019/2020 Fernbank Yearbook. Did you know that Fernbank’s yearbook is all color pages with a hard cover? The yearbook is not mainly featuring 5th graders. Each class has a page of portraits, and each grade has a page of candids. We place the order based on purchases, and when they are gone, we cannot order more.
Now $45. The price increases after November 22.
School: enter Fernbank, click on Fernbank Elementary School that pops up
Click on 2020 Yearbook
Click on Order Now
Please note that the yearbook was for sale on the Super Bill at Open House. Please check your receipt if you don’t remember if you ordered then or contact email@example.com to inquire.
Submit Photos for Yearbook
The yearbook committee always needs photo submissions of school events, field trips, interesting classroom activities or just kids looking cute at school. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, Field Day photos! Please indicate what grade(s) the students are in.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH ONLINE SURVEY
The DeKalb Board of Education is in the process of conducting a Superintendent Search for the purposes of hiring the District’s next Superintendent. Share your input by completing this online survey.
GIFT CARDS FOR CENTRAL NIGHT SHELTER
Each year in memory of Katie Bashor, our former PE paraprofessional that passed away almost 4 years ago, the Fernbank Community comes together to collect $5.00 McDonalds gift cards. These cards will be given to the men at the Central Night shelter that Coach Bashor and her husband served as directors for many years. Katie always said that the best gift to give these men was a gift card to McDonald’s as it would allow them to buy a cup of coffee and sit inside a warm place on a cold winter day. The PE Coaches will be collecting cards or money. Coach Sutton has volunteered to pick up cards with any money brought in. Thanks for your help in continuing this tradition to honor Coach Bashor. We’d like to collect all cards by December 4th.
SCHOOL PHOTOS ORDERS ENDING NOV. 15
Final day for ordering school photos is November 15. Please send order forms in to your child's teacher or the front office.
SUSTAINABILITY FIELD TRIP NEWS
Last week, the Go Green Club and Sustainability Committee members visited @compostnowga to see what happens to our school’s compost. We learned about the process of nutrient recycling (ie composting ) and observed the differences in each stage of this process (which takes about 8-10 months!).
The food waste (and compostable waste) that we have saved from landfills (so far 32,000 lbs!!!!!) is being “recycled” into nutrient rich soil that we use in our thriving school garden.
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