FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY MARCH 5, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
THIS 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!**
A GREAT NIGHT HEARING FROM FORMER FERNBANKERS ABOUT DHMS!
DRUID HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL RISING 6TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE
Last Wednesday, several former Fernbank students who are currently attending Druid Hills Middle School were at Fernbank sharing their experiences about the school. Our 5th graders had the opportunity to write down questions in advance for the DHMS students to answer in the casual, round table forum. We also heard from a DHMS Assistant Principal, Ms. Henning, and 6th grade counselor, Ms. Bonner. Thank you to everyone who participated - it was a great event! I think the rising 6th graders are getting pumped for next year!
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.
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!!
THE FUN RUN IS COMING UP LATER THIS MONTH!
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!
PENNIES FOR PATIENTS BENEFITING THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
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. Please be on the lookout for flyers in your child's courier and remember these important dates:
Monday, 3/12-Friday, 3/16: Donation days and spirit wear days begin!
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
TESTING IS COMING UP NEXT MONTH!
GA MILESTONES WORKSHOP IS TUESDAY 3/13
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.
Here is the testing schedule:
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.
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!
Class photos will be taken from 8-11:30 am March 13-14. Order forms will go home in couriers week.
REFLECTIONS AWARDS PROGRAM
The Council Reflections Program Awards will be held on March 15th 2018, 5:30 PM - 7 PM
at Oak Grove Elementary School, 1857 Oak Grove RD. Atlanta, GA 30345.
Here are the winners to be recognized from the County/Council Reflections Competition:
Pre-K: Frances Shepherd, First Place/
Margaret Shepherd, Second Place.
First Grade: Arthur Wang, Third Place
Brooklyn Overbey, Second Place.
Fourth Grade: Oliver Francois-Watkins, Third Place
Lily Powell, Second Place
Third Grade: Chloe Ferguson, Third Place.
Fourth Grade: Oliver Francois-Watkins, Second Place.
First Grade: Rehan Parkar, First Place.
Third Grade: Caroline Huang, First Place.
Fourth Grade: Zoe Marshall, First Place.
Lucca Rodriguez-Pedraza, Second Place.
Fifth Grade: First Place/ Celia Herrara-Sanchez, Zahra Sammani, Third Place.
Fourth Grade: Alexis Overbey, Third Place.
Fifth Grade: Amelia Perkins, Fourth Place
Kindergarten: Lakshmi Mani, First Place / Georgia Francois-Watkins, Fourth Place .
First Grade: Jiayu Ye, Third Place.
Julia Blanchard, Fourth Place
Fifth Grade: Pia Ramirez-Weninger, First Place /
Jack Fishbein, Fourth Place.
CONGRATS TO THE FERNBANK CHESS TEAM!
15 kids from our 2nd & 3rd grade Fernbank Chess team competed in the State Qualifier this weekend. Congrats on qualifying for the State Championship. Shunji Hashimoto scored a perfect 4, leading the team to a Plus Score finish.
The Kindergarten & 1st grade team as well as the 4th &5th grade team will compete this weekend. Good luck, Fernbank!
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.
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Cindy Spalding and Beth Collums at