FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - TUESDAY, AUGUST 14TH
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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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Way to go, Fernbank
The morning drop-offs are really going smoothly and safely! Thank you for arriving with plenty of time to spare and dropping your children off rather than walking them to their classrooms. This is a tremendous help to us in getting the school day started on a relaxed and positive manner. A+ parents - keep it up!!
If your child forgets something, it may be dropped off in the front office and we will email the teacher to let them know. We ask that you not take anything directly to the classrooms as this can be disruptive - especially if the teacher is in the middle of instruction. We all know that things happen and items are forgotten from time to time. You may want to consider not dropping off that forgotten thing if it's not a true necessity. This can be a great lesson about responsibility to teach now, before your child forgets something really counts in the future!
I can't wait to see you at this Friday's Welcome Back Picnic, and at our Curriculum Nights next Tuesday and Wednesday. I think you'll really appreciate the new format this year. (Read more about it below!)
SCHOOL SUPPLIES - IS EVERYONE SET?
If you purchased supplies through Fernbank and think you might be missing some component of your child's supplies, please do the following:
First - confirm with your teacher that she does not have them
Second - If they are still missing, come to the school store tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday anytime between 7:30a-8:30a so we can help resolve your issues.
If you purchased our school supplies in advance, either online or at Open House, your child's agenda and sketchbook were included in the sale. If you have purchased supplies on your own, all students are required to purchase one of our sketchbooks, and 2nd-5th graders are required to buy agendas. Stop by the store tomorrow or Thursday or by the office (with cash) if you need to buy one! And for families who haven't yet gotten your supplies, here's the list!
CLUB REGISTRATION OPENED YESTERDAY!
Here's the link in case you missed it! There are two types of clubs at Fernbank - those that are run by outside vendors and those that are run by Fernbank staff or parents.
The vendor clubs each have their own registration system and payment processing. So, if you are signing up for more than one club, you will need to register for each club separately.
Fernbank staff and parent clubs are processed through our website's online store. You will pay once via the shopping cart for every Fernbank staff and parent club you are registering for.
A few clubs have already reached capacity. Each club will handle waitlisting individually. Contact the organizer of the club you'd like to be waitlisted on directly.
Got questions? Direct them to Adam Francois-Watkins at email@example.com
OUR BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC IS THIS FRIDAY!
Join us this Friday, August 17th from 6pm-8pm! We will be in the Fernbank Field & Playground ready to have some fun!
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic to enjoy an evening visiting with Fernbank friends. This is a great way to meet your child's classmates and their parents.
As a part of their service commitment, fifth graders will be helping the PTA sell pizza, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and waters. We are also hoping to have an ice cream truck come by so make sure to bring some cash!
If you are a 5th grade parent and would like to sign your child up to help, we are breaking the kid shifts into 4 half-hour slots so they have plenty of time to socialize. We also need parents (not just 5th grade parents) to help out in other ways. Please sign up to help! Thank you!
CURRICULUM NIGHTS - IN A BRAND NEW FORMAT - ARE NEXT TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY!
We got great feedback about Fernbank 101 last fall so we've decided to replace the general PTA meeting (that typically kicks off our curriculum nights) with Fernbank 101! This year you will FIRST GO TO YOUR CLASSROOMS, then join us immediately after in the cafeteria for your Fernbank 101 session.
Each of the two nights will be tailored for its audience:
Our PreK-second grade parents will learn all about the school and have lots of time for Q&A with Ms. Ray, Ms. Hodge and Ms. Willingham. You'll find out about our parent volunteer groups, fundraising, Title I, testing, and more.
Third-fifth grade parents will have a Fernbank 101 that will cover a lot of the above, but you'll also get to meet Ms. Taylor, Druid Hills Middle School's principal! We will talk about Milestones testing (which will be new for our 3rd graders), patrol, and more. Ask all your burning questions to our administrators.
We hope you will find these sessions very useful! As a reminder, parents are encouraged to leave children at home if possible during our curriculum nights.
TESTING, TESTING, 1,2,3!
At the beginning, in the middle and end of the year, students take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. This adaptive test helps chart each child's proficiency and progress in various subjects during the school year. It helps our teachers tailor their curriculum to meet the needs of each of their students.
MAP testing has begun for some children and will continue in the coming couple of weeks. If you'd like to read more, visit our testing page!
PARENTS NIGHT OUT!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH!
Book a sitter and get ready to meet, mix and mingle with other Fernbank parents!
Traditionally, our first kid-free social event at Fernbank has been in late winter or early spring at our Annual Auction. We were thinking...why not do something in the fall??
We always do a fall fundraising campaign to support the school (Fund the Fern), so we have decided to kick it off this year with a party! We will be hosting the party at Big Tex Cantina from 7-9pm on Thursday evening, September 13th. More details will be coming soon but in the meantime - get it on the calendar and get your babysitter lined up. You won't want to miss this!!
VOLUNTEERING AT FERNBANK - WE NEED YOU!
Thank you, thank you for filling out your parent volunteer surveys. This information has been so useful in getting people connected with volunteer opportunities that best suit their interests, talents and schedules. We have started connecting with some of you about opportunities and we will be reaching out to many more in the coming weeks. Remember, we are asking each family to contribute at least 5 hours of their time to helping out at Fernbank - this is a great way to get started!
Congratulations to Maria Franca Sibau! You won the free week of aftercare for filling out your parent survey during our contest!
FERNBANK SCHOOL COUNCIL (PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL) ELECTIONS!
Do you closely follow what DeKalb County Schools and DeKalb School Board District 2 are up to? Do you want to get more engaged in shaping Fernbank's future within our district? A position on our council might be for you!
"Principal Advisory Councils are coalitions of parents, guardians, and teachers that serve their school communities at 112 DCSD schools. Councils act as a link between the school and the community, encouraging engagement with stakeholders, increasing transparency, monitoring progress, and participating in the selection of a school’s principal."
We have two parent positions to fill this year and we are looking for candidates who are interested in being engaged in school district level policies and being a strong advocate for our kids. The two primary focuses of the council over the next year will likely be determining the future permanent student population of our school and developing a cluster alliance with other schools in the Druid Hills Cluster.
The election process has traditionally been run by each school, with elections each spring. This year, all elections will be handled by DeKalb County Schools. Those interested in joining a 2018-2019 Principal Advisory Council can declare their candidacy now until August 31. Applicants are required to complete a candidate declaration form, which can be found at www.dekalbschoolsga.org/school-councils. Feel free to reach out to any current council members if you have questions.
The voting window for 2018-2019 elections will be open September 18 at 8:00 a.m. until September 25 at 5:00 p.m. Electronic ballots will be sent to the email address on file in Infinite Campus for parents/guardians. (If you do not currently receive emails from DeKalb County Schools, please see Robynn Nelson-Floyd, our registrar, in the front office.)
TITLE I PARENT SURVEY
Our school is a Title I school, and as the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parent and family engagement program and activities in our school. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parent and family engagement activities and events at our school.
CUB SCOUTS NEWS!
Calling all boys and girls interested in Cub Scouts!
August 18 – 2018 Cub Scout Orientation & Registration – All boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome. Cub Scout Pack 6 is the local cub scout Pack for Fernbank Elementary School chartered at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Come join us on Aug 18, 2018 from 3pm to 5pmto learn all about cub scouts while enjoying Laser Tag, Bounce Houses and our Pack 6 Ice Cream social. Join us for a year of camping, crafts, rocketry, hiking, Pinewood Derby Racing, den and pack meetings, and much more. For more information about Pack 6, please visit us at www.Pack6atl.org.
September 14-16 – Cub Scout Pack 6 Fall Family Campout – Join us for a weekend of camping, great food, hiking, enjoying the great outdoors and plenty scout adventures as we camp in North Georgia at one of the beautiful Scout Reservations. For more information, please visit us at www.Pack6atl.org.
A SUPER-FUN EVENT (FOR KIDS!) FOR A SUPER-GREAT CAUSE
Looking for one last summer hurrah? Consider Paddle for Press ON!
Paddle for Press ON (formally Paddle For Patrick - same fun, different name!) is a party in and out of the pool for kids ages K-7th grade. It will be held on September 22 from 1-3:30 PM at Druid Hills Golf Club. Details HERE.
Press ON's mission is to identify feasible and ground-breaking alternative therapies for childhood cancers and to invest monies raised in a manner that supports the science and infrastructure needed to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime.
WE KEEP ALL OUR EVENTS ON A GOOGLE CALENDAR - FOLLOW US ON YOURS!
Here are a few details (just revised) to help you add our google calendar to yours:
Using your desktop (not mobile phone), pull up your google calendar page in your browser. Where it says “Add a friend’s calendar”, type in "firstname.lastname@example.org" and hit enter. You should now see our content on your calendar too. (You can toggle this off or on.) Once you've added it on your desktop, you should be able to add it your phone's calendar app.
You can always find our calendar on our website too at fernbankelementary.com/calendar. Now volunteer sign ups are embedded inside each event's description!
STAYING IN THE KNOW WITH EVERYTHING FERNBANK
There are lots of ways that we stay in touch at Fernbank. You should be receiving Fernbank emails by now, and we encourage you to join our parent discussion group on Facebook. Here's a link to read more about how to join the group, along with how to subscribe to text alerts, and more.
If you've accidentally been dropped or haven't yet been added to our email list, email us at email@example.com and we will get you on there!
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Hillary Kilfeather and Emily Samai at