Due to Irma, school will be extended by 20 minutes beginning TODAY 10/2
We will also have school on Election Day 11/7 (originally this day was scheduled off)
FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY OCTOBER 2, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
EXTENDING THE SCHOOL DAY BY 20 MINUTES STARTING TODAY
We are going to keep our basic daily schedule as-is and stay in the classroom, working, those 20 minutes around our reading classes as reading is the focus for our Continuous School Improvement Plan. Teachers will make this extra time meaningful and productive for our students so all of this effort to regain instructional time pays off in increased student achievement!
Instead of dismissing as we normally do at 2:20 pm, we will begin our dismissal at 2:40 pm. This means buses should arrive home approximately 20 minutes later than they currently do. Carpoolers may be picked up after the buses leave at approximately 2:50 pm. Walkers should be ready by 2:55 pm. Clubs will meet starting at 2:50 pm and their end-time will be delayed by 20 minutes. If you have questions, contact your club contact directly. After care will end per usual at 6 pm.
At this time, the longer school day will be in place until October 31st, not December 20th as was originally planned. The school board and its stakeholders are continuing to discuss making up lost instructional time. We will keep parents informed as decisions are made.
AND WE HAVE A NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL!
Please help me in welcoming Mrs. Jamesa Hodge to Fernbank. We are THRILLED to have her!
Greetings Fernbank Family!
I am so excited to join such a dynamic community of parental support and high academic achievement. My name is Jamesa Hodge and I am the new assistant principal at Fernbank Elementary. I am entering my eighth year as an educator and within my career I have had the opportunity to serve as an International Baccalaureate Coordinator, teacher-leader, faculty advisor, testing coordinator, and curriculum writer. At my previous school, I was recognized by the school as the Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 school year and served on the Superintendent Teacher Advisory Committee.
I am a native of Stone Mountain, GA and a proud product of the DeKalb County School District having graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School. I earned my B.A in Sociology from Georgia State University, my M.A.T in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University, and my Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Georgia College & State University.
I am married to Darius Hodge and have two children – Madison (8) and Darius, Jr. (4). I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to work towards excellence.
GET READY TO WALK TO SCHOOL!
THIS WEDNESDAY, October 4, is International Walk to School Day! Join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking to school. Walk to School Day is an annual event the promotes walking and bicycling for many reasons, such as physical activity, concern for the environment, and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools. Special incentives for all walkers!
ANNOUNCING FERNBANK 101 - OCTOBER 10!
Are you new to Fernbank or have you been here for a while but still have lots of questions? If so, Fernbank 101 is for you! We have an incredible school community and we want you to feel a part of it.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday October 10th from 6-7pm. We will provide special entertainment and supervision for school-age children in the gym, while parents join our session in the cafeteria. Ms. Ray, along with a panel of other school leaders, hope to provide you with the information you need to get the very most out of Fernbank. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and parent networking too!
REFLECTIONS PROJECTS ARE DUE NEXT WEEK, OCTOBER 11!
The Reflections Program is a nationally recognized student contest to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: WITHIN REACH Click here for more information about Reflections and this year's topic.
The Reflections Program guidelines and entry form went home in last week's courier. Contact Karen Mallard at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need another form or for questions.
Projects due October 11th, 2017!
Mark your calendars for 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)
Pop-corn, bake sale goodies and water will be available for $1 each.
Film at the Fern
Kudos to Ms. Martin's 5th grade class for starting the "Pennies for Puerto Rico" project! Please send in loose change (or more!) next week - their collection jug is next to the Media Center. Let's be awesome together, Fernbank and help fellow citizens at this time of need!
HELPING PUERTO RICO AFTER MARIA
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 (email@example.com) or Mandy Rollins (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help or if you have any questions.
NEWS FROM THE FERNBANK LIBRARY
Please consider volunteering to shelve books in our library! We are so grateful to currently have two wonderful volunteers--- Stacey Isbell and Jerusalem Asihel. In order to cover all 5 days of the week, we would like to add a few more parents who can come after 1:30 to shelve for at least 30 minutes. Come discover the joys of putting books back in order and the added plus of getting to discover the great books in our collection! To volunteer, contact Alicia Jacobs or Patricia Richmond in your library... email@example.com
STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICER ELECTION MEETING
Attention all 4th and 5th grade parents!
Is your child interested in running for Student Council?
If your child would like to be Student Council President, Vice President, Secretary, or Junior Officer, they must attend a short informational meeting on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria.
Your child MUST be present to run for office!
This meeting is for students only.
This meeting is not for students interested in being homeroom representatives.
DRUID HILLS SCHOOLS CLUSTER TAILGATE!
Please join us for our Annual Druid Hills Cluster Tailgate before our October 14 DHMS Football game against Renfroe!
It is a great opportunity to our 5 elementary schools together and then cheer on our Dragons. Please join us!
Sign-up to bring something or just bring your family with hungry tummies! We'll provide the coffee and there will be plenty of yummy breakfast treats....
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