FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY OCTOBER 17, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
HAVE YOUR SEEN OUR NEW DONOR WALL?? GET A LEAF BY FUNDING THE FERN!
We wanted a special way to recognize our family donors who help Fernbank do the amazing things it does outside of the school's budget.
Donors who give or pledge $250 or more will get a leaf with their family's name added to the wall. Those who give or pledge by October 31st will also receive the following:
Learn Level ($250-$499) - Your name listed on donor page in yearbook, special donor level car magnet
Grow Level ($500-$999) - Learn level plus invitation for 2 to this fall's private cocktail reception with Principal Ray
Soar Level ($1000+) - Grow Level plus 2 tickets to auction and lunch with Principal Ray
Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated! For all donations over $50, donors will receive a Fernbank Foundation donor sticker plus name listed on donor page in yearbook.
Later today we will be sending out information about our exciting new SCHOOL-WIDE contest to get everyone excited about Funding the Fern! As we get closer and closer to our fall fundraising goal, THE ENTIRE SCHOOL will win more and more! Stay Tuned!
THIS WEEK IS BUS SAFETY WEEK
All this week, Fernbank will be celebrating “National School Bus Safety Week” a program created by the National Association of Pupil Transportation, to educate students on school bus safety and the benefits of taking the bus. This year we are partnering with Georgia Commute Schools, a program of Georgia Commute Options, designed to encourage students to ride the school bus, carpool and take transit to help reduce traffic around schools and improve our air!
Did you know that riding a bus to school is the safest way for children to get to and from school? It’s safer than walking or riding a bike and even 13 times safer than riding in the family car, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Having your child take the bus a couple of days a week, or just for the morning or afternoon ride, can make a difference in air quality. Support our school bus safety program and you’ll not only help create a healthier environment for our students, but you’ll help reduce traffic congestion and increase safety in school zones. Plus, the ride to school is more fun with a buddy on the school bus!
Through education and fun activities, we hope to improve school bus safety on and off the bus, around our schools, and in our neighborhoods, but we need your help! Please work with your child to review the school bus safety tips.
BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION
This week is Bus Driver Appreciation Week. This is a great time for all parents to show our appreciation for the wonderful care our hard working bus drivers provide when taking our children to and from Fernbank! The school is also organizing a lunch for all bus drivers on Friday Oct 20th.
Please think about a way your family can express your thanks and appreciation to your bus driver this week!
It's finally here! This Saturday!!
Film at the Fern is at 6pm Saturday, October 21st!!
Bring your blanket, picnic and lawn chairs to Fernbank and enjoy a DJ led dance party then a moonlit showing of How to Train Your Dragon on a huge 25ft screen! The fun starts at 6pm and the movie will begin at dark.
Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
(3 and under are free)
Popcorn, bake sale goodies and water will be available for $1 each.
Purchase your tickets now online or download this order form and return it to your child's teacher with a check.
Calling all bakers!
We need goodies to sell at the show! If you would like to bake something (or buy something!) for us to sell, we would really appreciate it. Contact Suni Diez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mandy Rollins (email@example.com) if you can help or if you have any questions.
WE WILL MISS YOU MS. ISOM-CARTER
Sadly, one of our awesome third grade teachers will be leaving Fernbank this week. Later this month, Ms.Isom-Carter and her baby daughter will be moving to Lithuania to join with her husband who is currently working there. She's very sad to be leaving our Fernbank family but she's so excited to have their family reunited and living together. Please wish Ms. Isom all the best if you see her this week!
EMORY LAVISTA PARENT COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, October 24th
9:00am - 10:30am with refreshments and mingling 8:30am-9am
Oak Grove Elementary
Topic: How You Can Help Your School Innovate and Excel with Creative Solutions:
Hear from school leaders, parents, School Council members about ways schools are leverage local and state funding, community partnerships and parent involvement to help their students and schools excel! Parents and Community Leaders often ask: How can I made a difference at my local school? Join us for an informative and engaging ELPC session to discuss the various ways parents, school leaders and community members are coming together to help schools identify innovative solutions to address their unique school's needs and achieve student and community success. Some examples we hope to share include the Value of using Title 1 funding to fill school specific gaps, School Councils collaborating to solve shared needs, and community and parental involvement best practices.
Has your school implemented an innovative solution that you'd like to share? Let us know about it so we can help you share successes across the district. Send your school's best practices to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to identify the best way to share. Also share on our Facebook page.
OPEN STREETS EMORY VILLAGE
The fifth annual Open Streets Emory Village will be Sunday, October 29, from 2 to 6 PM. Mark your calendars now for this family friendly fun-filled afternoon in the streets of Emory Village! There will be fun activities in the street, talented local performers, a puppet factory, our popular dog costume contest, and a Halloween parade.
Open Streets Emory Village is an annual family- and pedestrian-friendly event presented in collaboration with DeKalb County by the all-volunteer Emory Village Alliance— a partnership of businesses, neighbors and Emory University, whose mission is to continue to improve the vitality and accessibility of Emory Village as a work, play and dine destination.
Join the Open Streets Emory Village Planning Team to make this year’s Open Streets even better than last year. The Emory Village Alliance Board is recruiting volunteers to serve on the Planning Committee, co-chaired by Nathan Hartman and Becky Evans. There are openings in the following positions: Publicity and Communications, Activities, Halloween Parade, Volunteer Coordinator, and EVA Business Coordinator. All volunteers will be mentored and supported. We welcome your fresh ideas and energy!
If you’re interested in volunteering, contact us at OpenStreets@EmoryVillage.org.
AFTERCARE WILL CLOSE EARLY ON HALLOWEEN
Due to the increase in traffic on Halloween, After Care will CLOSE EARLY at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 10/31/17.
Please make plans now to pick your child up NO LATER THAN 5 PM on Tuesday, October 31st.
Late fees will apply for any child picked up after 5 PM.
SUPPORT FERNBANK BY SEEING THE HAWKS!
Do you love basketball? Do you love the Atlanta Hawks? Here is a fun way to support Fernbank! If you buy tickets to any of the Hawks games via this website, Fernbank gets money back! (must enter school name and student’s name at checkout to receive credit)
And!! Whichever school sells the most tickets between now and October 27th, will win a school assembly from the Atlanta Hawks!!
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