FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - TUESDAY JANUARY 22nd, 2017 (UPDATED 1/23)
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
days with green dots have events
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click an event for more details^^ (if there are any!)
THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
NEW DATES RELEASED!
This edition of the Flash includes all of the updated dates for events from last week. See the headlines in red.
YES, WE WILL MAKE UP THE SNOW DAYS!
DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will make up two of its inclement weather days on Friday, February 16 and Friday, March 9. A survey will be presented for options on making up the other two days. Read more here.
FERNBANK BLOOD DRIVE IS TODAY
& THERE'S A CRITICAL SHORTAGE!
Our blood drive is TODAY, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, after school in the cafeteria from 2:30-7:30 pm.
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.
Busy holiday schedules, winter weather and illness have led to a winter blood donation shortage that could affect patient care. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in. Patients are counting on us to help meet their needs. Every donation and every effort counts.
The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Eligible blood and platelet donors of all types are urgently needed now. Donors with type O negative and B negative – in particular – are critically needed right now and are encouraged to give a Power Red donation, if available.
Go to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code "fes"
Donors can save time by using RapidPass to begin their health history.
For more information, visit: redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
SLIME DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 2ND & VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
All students will get to make their very own slime!
We love that slime day doubles as an opportunity for students to participate in a hands-on STEM experiment! Did you know that making slime is actually a polymer experiment?? How cool is that?
With 860+ students, this could get crazy without your help!!
We will need help bagging glue in preparation for the event on Wednesday January 31st at 9am, and help the day of. Slime Day will take the place of PE's "Fun Friday". PE time is planning time for our teachers, so we need as many volunteers as possible to pull this off successfully! Sign up here to help fill glue or to help with the event.
Remember, Elmer's will be sending a representative from their marketing team to take pictures and help document this fun event! Join us!
MATH NIGHT WILL BE THURSDAY, FEB. 1ST
Bring your kids to Math Night on Thursday, February 1st at 6pm in the Fernbank cafeteria.
It's a fun night where kids rotate through different stations of math games & activities. Every student gets a goody bag and will be entered into a raffle for FREE STUFF at Mathnasium of Decatur:
a FREE initial assessment (a total of eight being given away)
a FREE month of membership (a total of four being given away)
National PTA partnered with Mathnasium Corporation to develop this exciting program. Our local Mathnasium branch (Mathnasium of Decatur) is a big supporter of Fernbank and has selected our school to host their first Math Night in DeKalb County. Come to school Thursday evening for fun & games! Snacks provided.
Since this event was rescheduled from last week, please let us know how many kids you'll be bringing by clicking here.
If your kids can participate without your assistance and you are able to help during the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
PROSPECTIVE PARENT MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY, FEB. 1ST
We will be holding a prospective parent meeting next Thursday February 1st from 9am-10:30am. Because many school choice candidate parents will be present, we are expecting a large number of attendees. If you are very familiar with Fernbank and are comfortable giving a tour (and answering questions), we could use your help!! Please email email@example.com.
Our students and teachers had all the fun during our fall fundraising drive...
Parents - now it's YOUR turn for some fun!
Saturday February 24th at 6:30
Each year, we hold an auction in the late winter/spring to raise money for the Fernbank Foundations budgeted commitments. This fall's Fund the Fern drive made huge strides towards our goal, but we have a lot more to raise!
The annual auction is a BLAST. It's an adults-only event where parents and staff dress up, socialize and enjoy a delicious spread of food, drinks, a live band and find lots of fabulous items to bid on!
4 Ways You Can Participate in this Year’s Auction Efforts:
1. Donate something for the auction:
2. Contribute Money to the Special Auction Item for your Child's Grade
This is in lieu of class baskets.
You will be receiving information about this from your room parents.
3. Volunteer your time
Right now our committee is working hard to get business donations but we could really use more help. If you have some time, please email us and let us know!
4. Participate in the Online Auction and Attend the Event!
Mark your calendar and book a sitter today...
you won't want to miss this awesome event!
CALLING DHMS PROSPECTIVE PARENTS!!
We encourage all 5th grade parents who are considering sending their children to Druid Hills Middle School to attend one of the parent tours:
Parent tours of Druid Hills Middle School will be held:
JANUARY 25, 2018 @ 9:30AM and FEBRUARY 8, 2018 @ 9:30AM (Please only select one date.)
Please call Ms. Cloud @ 678-874-7632 to reserve a seat.
Representatives from the middle school will also be attending our general PTA meeting on Feb. 28th at 6pm, in conjunction with the band concert.
More details are forthcoming!
CONGRATS TO THE SAGAMORE HILLS MATH TOURNAMENT WINNERS!
The tournament held this last Saturday was a big success!!
Everyone worked so hard and made a great showing. All of our fifth-graders, plus 2 fourth-graders, made up our two award-winning Cipher teams. Team 2 placed in first, and team 1 placed third overall.
In the individual awards:
Caroline Huang got 1st overall for 3rd grade, Claire Zheng got 2nd overall for 3rd grade; Oliver Francois Watkins got 1st overall for 4th grade;
Alex Hart got 1st overall for 5th grade.
Other top 10 finishers were Ethan Zhou, Caleb Gurbaxani, Alex Coleman and Kota Onohara.
Beautiful work everybody!
FREE SIX FLAGS TICKETS FOR READING!
Interested in your student earning a free summer ticket to 6 Flags Over Georgia in honor of reading 6 hours? In the January 10th courier, teachers sent a letter (and required Reading Log form) about the 2018 Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program for Fernbank Elementary. (Letter/forms are also available in English and Spanish in the Library).
Students who want to participate in this program use the Reading Log form to record 6 hours of reading accomplished between January 1 and February 23. If you TURN THE READING LOG IN TO TEACHER by February 23 (properly signed by parent, etc.), your student will receive one ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park for a summer visit. Tickets will be sent home in courier as soon as we get them in May.
VALENTINE'S BAGS & SUPPLY DRIVE FOR THE MEN OF CENTRAL NIGHT SHELTER
The student council and PTA are teaming up this year to provide the men of Central Night Shelter with some much needed supplies, and a special reusable Valentine's Day drawstring backpack. The PTA purchased 100 bags that need to be filled - we are asking that students please send in the following so we can make sure we have plenty of supplies!
PK/K = Body Wash and Deodorant
1st = Men's sized Flip Flops and Lip Balm
2nd = Packages of Disposable Razors and Wipes
3rd = Small packs of Tissues and Men's sized WHITE Socks
4th = Men's sized Gloves, Men's sized WHITE Socks, Cough Drops/Hard Candy
5th = Non-perishable snacks and Men's sized Flip Flops
All donations will be due Friday, Feb 2nd. Student council will meet on February 8 to create Valentine's cards and fill the backpacks with the supplies. If your child would like to make a card (or more!), please encourage them to do so and send them in too!
BECOME FERNBANK AMBASSADOR FOR NEW FAMILIES!
Remember when you were a new parent at Fernbank or had a rising Pre-K/Kindergartner and really needed someone to email or ask a question? Here's your chance to pay it forward and become a Fernbank Ambassador Family. We want to welcome our new Fernbank families and connect them to our wonderful Fernbank community. If you are interested in becoming a Fernbank Ambassador Family please contact Beth Collums at firstname.lastname@example.org
GA SCHOOL CLIMATE PARENT SURVEY
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 email@example.com!)
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
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. Also, on December 20, 2017 parents are welcomed to take the parent survey at Fernbank Elementary School. 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.
REMEMBER TO TURN IN YOUR BOX TOPS!!
February 1st is the last day to turn in your box tops! Box Tops must be collected by Feb. 1st so please get those in soon!
We are collecting them in the special Box Top receptacle just inside the drop-off doors near the office.
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cindy Spalding and Beth Collums at