FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY MARCH 12, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
A HUGE THANK YOU FROM THE FERNBANK FOUNDATION!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's auction!
You helped us raise $75,000 for our Fernbank Foundation!
PENNIES FOR PATIENTS STARTS TODAY
Fernbank is participating in Pennies for Patients this year! This program benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (a non-profit health organization) and the money we collect will go towards funding research for therapies that save the lives of blood cancer patients. Donation Days begin today and last all week!
Monday: Disney Dollar Day! Wear your favorite Disney shirt or Disney accessories
Tuesday: Crazy Quarter Day! Wear crazy hat or socks and bring in a quarter
Wednesday: Dazzling Dime Day! Wear fancy/shiny/sequined clothes and bring in a dime
Thursday: Neon Nickel Day! Wear bright or neon clothing and bring in a nickel
Friday: Lucky Penny Day! Wear green and bring in a penny
CLASS PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN STARTING TOMORROW
Class photos will be taken from 8-11:30 am tomorrow and Wednesday, March 13-14. Thank you in advance to those volunteers who will be helping out!
GEORGIA MILESTONES WORKSHOP IS TOMORROW, TUESDAY 3/13!!
Attention parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders!
Join us for another fabulous Title I workshop - this time it's for GA Milestones! We will hold the event on Tuesday, March 13th from 5-7 pm in the Fernbank cafeteria. Learn more about the Georgia Milestones testing, and how to prepare your child to conquer it! If you plan to attend the event, please return the form from your child's courier back to his/her homeroom teacher.
PEACE FOR PI THIS WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday is Pi Day because the date is March 14 th or 3.14!
Pi is often written using the Greek symbol π
Pi is the distance all the way around a circle divided by all the way across it—it looks a lot like a peace sign already!
Pi is always equal to 3.14159265358979323846... (the digits go on forever without repeating!) no matter how big or small a circle is the ratio between the circumference (around) and the diameter (straight across.)
This year we want to celebrate Pi Day as Peace for Pi Day at Fernbank Elementary School. This is an opportunity to learn more about Pi and Peace so we hope you will do that on Pi Day!
We hope that our students and staff will all wear their Peace signs and symbols and join with us as we celebrate Peace for Pi!!!
DHMS RISING 6TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE - THIS THURSDAY!
THURSDAY MARCH 15TH AT 6:00 PM - DHMS Cafeteria
Parents and students: Please come to Druid Hills Middle School! See the school, meet the 6th grade teachers & Connections (specials) teachers, and get an overview of the courses offered!
Also - Mark your calendars! Camp Dragon will be held June 21 this year. 8am-1:30pm rising 6th graders come walk the halls, meet some teachers, learn how to open your lockers and make new friends. Parents will also have an opportunity to meet with Ms. Taylor, and have any questions answered.
REMEMBER KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP IS FRIDAY, 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!
HAVE YOUR REGISTERED FOR THE FUN RUN??
Join us for Fernbank's Annual Fun Run! Compete against your classmates for a chance to be one of the top 3 runners and enjoy a donut afterwards!
This fun event is scheduled for Saturday morning, March 24th.
Plan to arrive between 7:30-7:45 am to check in. Races will begin at 8am sharp.
NEW THIS YEAR:
Participants will be assigned bibs so registration in advance is requested.
Please plan to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 am to check in, pick up your t-shirt and get bibs pinned on.
If there is enough interest, we will have an adult exhibition race after all the students have finished!
We will hold an outdoor work day directly after the races are complete. Please plan to stay and help beautify Fernbank if you are able to!
WHAT ABOUT THIS OUTDOOR WORK DAY AFTER THE FUN RUN?
Yes - you read that right! Straight after the Fun Run, the School Garden and Landscaping Committees will be holding their Spring Service Day! Join us from 9:30-11:30 am to help spread pine straw, weed garden beds, mulch the school garden and paint the outdoor classroom picnic tables.
You don't have to have any gardening or landscaping experience, we'd love to see any and all families who would like to help us keep our grounds looking great!
If you have any questions, email Betsy Wallace at email@example.com.
HOW DID THE SCHOOL GARDEN'S KALE SMOOTHIE DAY GO?
Judging from these smiles, we'd say it went great!!
Here's a note from Betsy Wallace, head of our School Garden committee:
We had so much fun in the garden last Monday! The science classes helped pick and wash the greens, our great parent volunteers manned the blender and we served 800+ students kale and collard smoothies from our very own Fernbank School Garden.
Bananas that weren’t used were given to classrooms for an extra snack. The third graders helped bag up extra greens to put in the teachers lounge for our wonderful staff to take home.
Thank you so much to our science teacher, Ms. Spencer and our garden manager, Ms. Dasher and all the parent volunteers/fruit providers that made this such a great event!
GREAT NEWS ABOUT PRE-K!
Parents who will have 4 year olds ready for PreK this fall - Fernbank will now have 2 PreK classes!! So now, instead of 22 spots, we will have 44!
The lottery registration rules have changed a bit too. Applications for the lottery will now be accepted from March 12-16 from 8:30-12:00. Or, parents can come the day of the lottery, Tuesday, March 20th, before 12:30. The drawing will be held that afternoon at 1:15 PM. Parents do not have to be present for the drawing; they will be notified afterward.
To register for the lottery, bring in a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residence in Fernbank's school zone (Utility bill or lease/mortgage). Then you will fill out a lottery form.
BRING THE FAMILY TO DRUID HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL'S ARTS AND SCIENCE NIGHT!
Come celebrate the Fine Arts and Science Night at DHMS Thursday, March 22nd at 6pm!
Watch these awesome performances:
6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands
Recent Art work of DHMS students will be on display
Hands On Science Experiments will be set up by DHMS students
Bring the whole family for a night of enjoyment and learning!!
FERNBANK GO GREEN CLUB NEWS
We give a big thanks to Betsy Wallace, our garden chair for helping us at our March Go Green meeting last week!
Our go green students reused the plastic glue containers we saved from Slime Day and planted perennials for the pollinator garden!!
We also reused plastic water bottles from our collection box to plant mini take-home perennials. We also started a seed library which will be available for checkout in the media center in the near future! Then we went outside to the garden after the rain and ran wildly spreading wildflower seeds.
Here's an article that discusses the sustainability of perennials and their positive impact.
a big reduction in soil erosion!!!!
less (or no) fertilizer!
less water consumed!
PLASTIC FILM CHALLENGE
Thank you Fernbank for collecting and bringing in plastic film for our plastic film challenge!
Our go green students weighed all of our plastic film that was overflowing from the bins and we have collected
20 pounds of plastic film – just in the month of February!!
We are making a positive impact by helping keep this waste out of our landfills and waterways. Each month,
we will weigh and drop the plastic film off at Sprouts and the film will be recycled into something new!
Please keep collecting and dropping off your plastic film (plastic grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, clean ziploc bags)
in the collection boxes in the front of school. The plastic film challenge will continue through Earth Day in April.
Thank you for helping us build a healthier, more sustainable Fernbank!!
Karen and Justine
go green co-chairs
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CONGRATS TO THE FERNBANK CHESS TEAM!
Congrats to our Fernbank K-1 , K-3 & K-5 chess teams! ALL grades qualified to compete at the championship in 2 weeks! Go, Fernbank!
THE CLINIC COULD USE SOME PANTS!
Not surprisingly, our clinic goes though quite a few clothes in a week. Some are washed and returned but some get mixed up in clothes at home and never make it back.
Ms. Fenlon would like to ask parents to consider donating some pants (size 5 and up) that your child has outgrown. Girls and boys styles would be great! She has plenty of underwear and t-shirts...just a shortage of bottoms.
Drop them off straight to the clinic. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
FERNBANK SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
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!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT SPIRIT NIGHT
Our next Spirit Night is at City BBQ!
Join us Thursday, March 29th from 10:30am-10pm
City BBQ, 2511 Blackmon Dr, Decatur, GA 30033
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.
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cindy Spalding and Beth Collums at