FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - MONDAY, AUGUST 20TH
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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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Meet our Wonderful Teachers!
It was great to see so many of our parents at both of the Fernbank 101 sessions last week. We were happy to welcome Ms. Jacqueline Taylor, Principal at Druid Hills Middle School, and our teachers and administrators did an awesome job answering questions as well.
Our school year has gotten off to a great start. I am so proud of everyone for getting here on time (7:30!) Our carpool line is safe, well managed, and running smoothly. Keep up the good work, Fernbank!
CURRICULUM NIGHTS - IN A BRAND NEW FORMAT - ARE TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY!
We got great feedback about Fernbank 101 last fall so we've decided to change the general PTA meeting (that typically kicks off our curriculum nights) with Fernbank 101! This year you will FIRST GO TO YOUR CLASSROOMS at 6 p.m., then join us immediately after in the cafeteria for your Fernbank 101 session at 6:45 p.m.
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.
CLUB REGISTRATION CLOSED BUT A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!
Club registration has closed but a few clubs, such as Walking Running, Chess, and Golf, have spots remaining. Here's the link in case you missed it! Most clubs will begin the week of August 27. Each club will handle wait listing individually. Contact the organizer of the club directly if you'd like to be put on the wait list.
As a reminder, 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.
Got questions? Direct them to Adam Francois-Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
SPIRIT NIGHT AT LUCKY'S AUGUST 29
Looking for a fun way to support the school? Come out and enjoy a Spirit Night Wednesday, August 29th from 5-9pm at Lucky's in Emory Village! Lucky’s will donate a percentage of the sales from the evening to Fernbank! Be sure to say you’re with Fernbank while dining. See you there!
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.
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Mark Your Calendars!
The Druid Hill Civic Association and OLPA presents "Picnic in the Park." Join us for a fun day of food, games and music! Sunday, September 23 from 4pm - 7pm at Dellwood Park, 1775 Ponce De Leon Avenue. FREE Ice Cream Treats and Food Tastings. GAMES for all ages! Tour the Cator Woolford Gardens @ Frazer Center @ 3:30 pm.
CUB SCOUTS NEWS!
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 "email@example.com" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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