FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - TUESDAY JANUARY 9TH, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
Saturday February 24th at 6:30
Get ready for some fun, Fernbank parents...
the auction is coming up!
During our fall Fund the Fern drive, you helped us raise more than $57,000. Amazing! But, in order for Fernbank Foundation to honor its budgeted commitments, we need to raise a lot more money. Each year we hold an auction in the late winter/spring to help us to do that.
The annual auction is FUN. 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!
Mark your calendar and book a sitter today...
you won't want to miss this awesome event!
REMEMBER SLIME DAY??
We are super excited to announce that we will soon be honoring the final Fund the Fern incentive for students...Schoolwide Slime Day is happening this month!
With so much going on in November and December, we thought January would be the perfect time for this super fun activity. It is scheduled for Friday January 19th!
FERNBANK REFLECTIONS WINNERS!
1st Place – Rehan Parkar
1st Place – Caroline Huang
1st Place – Zoe Marshall
2nd Place – Lucca Rodriguez - Pedraza
1st Place – Celia Herrera-Sanchez
3rd Place – Zahra Samnani
3rd Place – Alexis Overbey
4th Place – Amelia Perkins
3rd Place – Chloe Ferguson
2nd Place – Oliver Francios-Watkins
WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK
1st Place – Frances Shepherd
2nd Place – Margaret Shepherd
3rd Place – Arthur Wang
3rd Place – Oliver Francois-Watkins
2nd Place – Lily Powell
2nd Place – Lakshmi Uma Mani
4th Place – Georgia Francois-Watkins
3rd Place – Jiayu Ye
4th Place – Julia Blanchard
1st Place – Pia Ramirez-Weninger
4th Place – Jack Fishbein
Congratulations to these Reflection Program winners from the district level competition!
The First and Second Place entries were forwarded to the State competition.
Great work, Fernbank!
Do you have good photos of Field Day, a musical, the schoolwide dance party or another recent event at school?
We need them ASAP to be included in the yearbook!
Email them or send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org. If taken on a phone, select the largest size when sending so we can make sure they look good in print.
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:www.jostens.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
WANT TO GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED ABOUT MATH??
Then join us for Mathnasium Math Night at Fernbank at 6pm on Thursday, January 18th!
During Math Night, there will be ten math game/activity stations that will run concurrently with one another. Each student will receive a "Passport" that is marked at the completion of each station. We will provide goody bags for each student who completes each of the 10 stations! We aim to generate lots of enthusiasm about math while having fun with both kids and parents.
Let us know how many kids are coming so we can bring enough snacks and goody bags!
We will need a few parent volunteers to lend a hand. Please email email@example.com if you're available to help.
SAGAMORE HILLS MATH TOURNAMENT
The tournament will be held on Saturday, January 20, and is open to all 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-graders. To participate, you must register directly with Sagamore Hills, but we will also have a couple of (fun!) orientation/practice sessions beforehand with the Fernbank students.
If you've registered your child for the tournament, please contact Beth Urban Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in these practice sessions and so we know who's participating as we plan for the team event.
SCIENCE FAIR IS COMING UP
The Science Fair is open to all 4th and 5th grade students. It is required for all Discovery Program students (students who have tested and been accepted into the gifted program) but all students may participate.
Permission slips and project proposals are due this Thursday January 11th, projects are due Wednesday February 14th, and family science fair night is on Thursday February 15th from 6p-8p!
You may find all the information you need using these links:
5TH GRADE BAND PRACTICE
After school rehearsals for the 5th grade band concert begin tomorrow. We will rehearse every Monday and Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 pm until the day of the concert, on Wednesday February 28th at 6 pm.
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 email@example.com
GIRLS ON THE RUN
Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls and teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
If you are interested in your 3rd-5th grade daughter being a part of this program, please register at the link below:
Spring Program Registration: December 15 - January 17. You can register any time during this period. Registration will close on January 17 at 11:59 pm.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Caroline Spillers, counselor, at 678-874-9318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FERNBANK'S ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
JOIN THE GO GREEN CLUB AT FERNBANK!
Our club educates and empowers our kids and community to be more aware of their impact on the environment and to develop earth friendly habits. We meet the first Tuesday of the month from 2:30-3:30. We have a few more spots!!
Please SIGN UP or invite friends who would like to register!
Please check out our blog to see all the cool things we are doing
and share with your friends/teachers/community!!
Remember to follow our December checklist!
What are some healthy green habits you and your family already do?
What other green habits would you like to incorporate at school, work, and home?
COLLABORATIVE Repurposed Art
Go GREEN collected so many plastic bottles and created an art piece!
A whale filled up with plastic bottles to represent the devastating effects of plastic consumption (especially single-use plastics) to our oceans and marine life. How can we reduce our plastic consumption? Where does plastic go when we "throw it away"?
If you around school this week, check out our plastic whale on display in the hallway by the gym!
Email us with comments/ideas/collaborations.
We would love to hear from you!
Mark Tuesday January 23rd for Fernbank's 16th annual Red Cross Blood Drive! There are so many reasons to donate blood:
It feels great to donate!
You get free juice and delicious cookies.
It's something you can spare – most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
You will be someone's hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
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. 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.
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cindy Spalding and Beth Collums at