FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY FEB 26TH, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
THE AUCTION WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
Wow, was that fun! Thank you to everyone who joined us Saturday night and to all of the fabulous bidders who helped us raise more than $73,000! (The Fernbank Foundation will be sending out a note with more details this week.) Congratulations to Erin Haraway, Jonna Osborne and the whole auction team for a fantastic event!
For everyone that won a physical item - like a gift certificate or a a piece of student artwork - please pick up your winnings in the office conference room between 7:30-8:00 am anytime this week.
There are just a few more things left! Instead of accepting bids, these items are Buy-Now so check out what we have and act fast!
ATTENTION PARENTS INTERESTED IN DRUID HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL!!
THIS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28th at 6:00 pm, administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and students from DHMS will be at Fernbank to answer all your questions about our middle school. We will have a round table discussion with some familiar faces leading the way...former Fernbank students! Please join us to hear about all the great things your children have to look forward to when they join us at Druid Hills Middle School!
This special PTA meeting is one you won't want to miss!
5th GRADE BAND CONCERT WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE DHMS ROUND TABLE
Immediately following the Druid Hills Middle School information night, our fabulous 5th grade band will be performing for you! Students should arrive dressed in "nice casual" concert attire by 6pm.
THE KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE MUSICALS ARE THURSDAY EVENING!
Kindergartners will perform at 6:00 pm and first graders will perform at 7:00 pm in Fernbank's "cafetorium" (also known as the cafeteria). If you don't have details, make sure to check with your child's teacher about what to wear and when to get there!
BETA CLUB IS COLLECTING GENTLY USED BOOKS AND TOYS
Fernbank's Beta Club is now collecting gently used books and boys for the Ronald McDonald House and the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. We will have bins near the school's front entrance soon but for now please bring your items to Ms. Myrick's classroom upstairs in the 4th and 5th grade hallway.
The group will be collecting until March 2nd.
DR. SEUSS IS THIS FRIDAY MARCH 2ND!
Help us celebrate the birthday of this beloved author who inspired so many other authors and illustrators to create fun books for early readers.
Wednesday - Dress wacky for Dr. Seuss' Wacky Wednesday
Did you know that Wacky Wednesday was originally published in 1974 as written by "Theo Leseig" (another alias for Theodor Seuss Geisel)? The illustrator of this fun book is George Booth, who went on to become famous as a New Yorker cartoonist. One of his other favorite children's books is Possum Come A'Knockin'.
Thursday---Dress in pink and gray for the Elephant and Piggie series, by Mo Willems
These favorite books were some of the first winners of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, given to honor distinguished books for beginning readers.
For the entire list of these wonderful books for early readers, go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward/geiselawardpastwinners
---Dress in Cat And The Hat colors of red, black, & white
---Dress as YOUR favorite Dr. Seuss character!
Check out the Seussville website for ideas!
WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH IS GEORGIA'S WALK TO SCHOOL DAY!
Students from Fernbank Elementary are joining students from many other Georgia schools to celebrate the benefits of walking/biking to school. Our goal for all children at Fernbank to participate!
Walking/biking to school helps promote:
• Healthier students
• Safer streets
• Stronger communities
• A cleaner environment
Ride a bus? YOU ARE ALREADY DOING YOUR PART to help with all of the above!
Live too far away?
• Coordinate with a friend who lives closer to meet up and walk with them
• Park on a nearby street and walk the rest of the way
**NEW incentives for all participants!**
FERNBANK SUMMER CAMP DATES
Fernbank Elementary offers a fun-filled summer camp for rising Kindergartners through rising 6th grade students. It's a perfect way for new students to get introduced to the school! read more
Dates for 2018 are the following:
June 4th - 8th
June 11th - 15th
June 18th - 22nd
June 25th - 29th
Details, Pricing and Registration coming soon!
HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR YEARBOOK??
Order your yearbook now online for $45 directly at Jostens. Orders were on the Super Bill at Open House, but afterwards they have been online through Jostens. We only order the number of books that have been paid. If you don't order one, we likely won't have one to sell you!
Your child will love this wonderful hardbound keepsake. Each child is featured with an individual photo and a class photo, along with lots of special activity photos from throughout the year. (speaking of candids, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!)
Get started now: (enter Fernbank in first white field)
Enter Fernbank for Name, and select it from options that appear below
Click on 2018 Yearbook image
Next page, click on Yearbook image again
GA SCHOOL CLIMATE PARENT SURVEY
Parents & Guardians:
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate in the annual Georgia School's Parent Survey. The data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents will be able to complete the survey using their personal computers, smartphones or tablets. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Take the survey now.
Georgia Student Health Survey II
The Georgia Student Health Survey for third - fifth grade is a brief 15 minute survey. Please encourage students to take the questions seriously and answer truthfully. The results are used to guide each school's School Climate Initiatives, provide direction for health curriculum, provide goals for drug prevention education, and more.
Parents can opt their child out of this survey by completing a Passive Permission/Opt Out Form for their child's grade level. Copies of the student survey questions, and parent permission forms are available on this webpage.
Participation is voluntary; however, each school must obtain 75 percent student participation to receive a Climate Star Rating.
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP IS MARCH 16TH
Do you have an upcoming Kindergartener? If so, please bring them to our Kindergarten Roundup on Friday, March 16th from 9:30am - 11:30am. This is sure to be a great day full of surprises for you and your Future Fernbanker!
PRE-K LOTTERY WILL BE HELD MARCH 20TH
If you have a youngster who is eligible for GA Pre-K and live in the Fernbank attendance zone, you can enter your child into the Pre-K lottery on Tuesday March 20th between 8:30-1:00 p.m. The drawing will be done at 1:15 and you will know then if your child got a spot!
Bring the child’s birth certificate, social security, and a proof of residence (not a phone bill) and your photo ID.
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cindy Spalding and Beth Collums at