FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY MARCH 26, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
IT'S TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!
Help make this a special week for your teachers and staff by following your room parents' guidelines on what to bring in each day. Remember that the PTA is sponsoring the Taqueria del Sol luncheon this Friday! There are still some classrooms who don't have anyone lined up to watch the students while their teachers eat - can you help?
Sign up here. Times are detailed on the sign-up.
CHORAL CONCERT IS THIS THURSDAY
The 4th and 5th grade choral concert is this Thursday, March 29th. The concert will begin at 6pm - students should be in place on the risers no later than 5:55pm. See you there!
FERNBANK SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS DUE THIS FRIDAY!
DO NOT DELAY! DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR KIDS PARTICIPATE!
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!
Dates for 2018 are the following:
June 4th - 8th Ocean Adventure
June 11th - 15th Lost in Space
June 18th - 22nd Secret Garden
June 25th - 29th Imagination Station
Registration forms and a $50 deposit per child are due by March 30th.
Tuition of $125/week is due by May 4th.
RELAY FOR LIFE HAT DAY IS THIS FRIDAY
Relay for Life Hat Day is Friday, March 30th
If your child brings in a $1.00 donation they get to wear a hat of their choice!
Fernbank Elementary is participating in Relay for Life on Friday, April 27th. Please consider donating to our team to support all the research that Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society are doing to celebrate many more birthdays.
THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST IS THE LAST DAY TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!
The yearbook pages have been completed, and the book has gone to press as of the end of February. It will be delivered in May to the homeroom teachers.
Online ordering will end March 31. Orders were on the Super Bill at Open House, but afterwards they have been online through Jostens. The yearbook committee has recently sent emails to each class (teachers and room parents) confirming orders we have received for that class. Check with them if you aren’t sure you ordered.
Order your yearbook now online for $45 directly at Jostens.
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
*Remember to enter the homeroom teacher’s name, but please do not add Mr., Ms. or Mrs. because it messes up the reporting.
IT'S SPIRIT WEEK RAISING FUNDS FOR THE DHMS LIBRARY!
Have you heard? The Druid Hills Middle School Library is quickly becoming the heart of the school!
Librarian Ms. Kochel, and her team of parent volunteers, are working hard to raise funds to update and transform our 50-year old-library space to a modern learning commons.
Learn more here about our vision, and for details about this week's Library Spirit Week. All donations to our Piggybackr fundraising site will be matched up to $5,000, and there are fun dine-outs at City BBQ, and Bruster's.
Please consider contributing to the future success of DHMS!
THE FUN RUN & THE OUTDOOR SERVICE DAY
Thank you to all who participated in these awesome events!
At the Fun Run, students competed in the following groups: PreK-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th grades. The kids ran their hearts out then enjoyed a doughnut afterward. The fastest girl and boy in each category got a fun bobble head runner as a souvenir! Thank you to Rick Blanchard and Chris Hesse for organizing the event, and to the volunteers who helped out.
If you ordered and PAID for a T-shirt but didn't pick it up, email Sara Blanchard and we will get it to you!
If you ordered a T-shirt but did not submit payment online, you can purchase it and pick it up in the school store.
If you'd like a T-shirt but didn't preorder, that's okay! You can buy them from the school store directly. It's open from 7:20 - 7:40 am Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
And after the Fun Run, work around the school began!
Dave Basinger (landscape chair), Diana Shoemaker and Betsy Wallace (garden chairs) want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the awesome Fernbank families who came out for the garden/grounds service day!! Our best guess is 50-60 people helped out over the course of the morning and we were able to get so much done!
We spread 250 pine straw bales on the hills and in the landscape beds, which look tidy and beautiful.
We used In-fill dirt and large rocks to help manage the erosion issue by the playground.
We planted planters donated by Lowes for the entrances, a project the 2nd grade Girl Scout troop helped with Friday afternoon.
We planted spring-blooming shrubs by the outdoor classroom.
We filled the school garden beds with a yard of dirt, so they can now all be planted and used for science classes.
We also weeded, picked up trash, washed signs and found/threw back a whole bunch of school basketballs and soccer balls from the woods!
We’re also happy to share that Intown Nursery (a wholesale nursery Intown) donated 65 landscaping shrubs, most of which are now planted by the playground entrance. The Edgewood Lowe’s donated all the pots/planters and annuals as well as water hoses and nozzles, watering cans, bulbs, seeds and mandevilla vines (the girl scouts planted these to make a living wall on the chain link fence!). Gardenhood, a local garden center, donated a flat of herbs and veggies. Thank you to Diana, who spearheaded all of the in-kind donation efforts for our workday. It was a huge success!
THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP FERNBANK NEXT YEAR
It's that time of the school year when planning for the NEXT school year begins.
Have you thought about where you can contribute?
Remember the saying"Many hands make light work"? What if every family at Fernbank gave at least 5 hours of service per year? From executive and board positions to baking cookies, there's a place where every parent can help.
We know it can be overwhelming to think about volunteering when you're new to Fernbank or have been here a while but just don't know where you might make the biggest impact. So, we have created a special volunteer page for you! Read all about our various leadership groups and committees, then take our volunteer survey so we can best match your talents and availability with our needs.
3 hours helping with the picnic!
20 hours serving on the school council
2 hours helping at the fun run!
8 hours working on the school directory!
1 hour making
cookies for staff holiday treats
LONG PANTS NEEDED IN THE CLINIC
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 long pants.
Drop them off straight to the clinic. Thank you in advance for your consideration!
TESTING IS COMING UP THE WEEK AFTER SPRING BREAK!
The week after we return from Spring Break, we will begin testing. Here is a letter outlining what you need to know.
We will need volunteers to be hall monitors during our Milestones and MAP testing periods. The testing periods are from 7:50-11:30 am. You don't have to work the whole shift to help out.
If you can help, please sign up! Please make a note if you can only work a partial shift.
CONGRATS TO THE FERNBANK CHESS TEAM!
All 3 Fernbank teams competed in the state championship, by invitation only. The 2nd/3rd grade team tied for 2nd place. Congratulations to all of our teams!
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cindy Spalding and Beth Collums at