FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
Did y'all have fun??
What a great time we had at Film at the Fern!
Thank you to Cathy Zedd for organizing and to all of the amazing parent volunteers who put it on. The dance party rocked and the baked goodies & hot chocolate were amazing!
And who didn't have fun picking a mystery prize from our "Try your Luck for a Buck" station? Thank you for participating and helping us raise $187 towards our Twelve Days of FUNding goal!
Word on the street is that this station will be set up at school sometime this week! Stay tuned for more details.
YOU ROCK AT FUNDING THE FERN! WE ARE 73% TO OUR GOAL OF $51,000!!
The kids are LOVING the rewards you've earned them!
Just 6 school days left til our deadline of October 31st!
Friday was Pajama Day
Today - everyone skips running in PE on NO Mile Monday
Then there's Wacky Wednesday in 2 days where kids come to school dressed as their silliest, wackiest selves! Anything goes - crazy hair, mismatched outfits, whatever!
They've earned Crazy Science Movie Day too! (details TBD)
The kids are super excited about getting school-wide SLIME DAY and the AWESOME DANCE PARTY.
KEEP THE FUN WITH FERNBANK FRIENDS GOING AT OSTERIA 832!
This week is Spirit Week! Come out and support Fernbank by dining at Osteria 832 in the Highlands. Each grade level will have a different Spirit night during the week. Or, you can go for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch any day this week through Sunday, 10/29. Don’t forget to say you’re there for Fernbank! See you there!
Monday - Pre-K and Kindergarten night
Tuesday- 1st and 2nd grade night
Wednesday - 3rd and 4th grade night
Thursday - 5th grade night
FIELD DAYS ARE THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
All students participate in a fun day of physical games and activities! Tug o War? Check! Sack races? Check! Feel free to drop in anytime during the day to hang out with your child's class as they participate.
3rd - 5th graders have field day Thursday and PreK-2nd are Friday. 5th graders will be helping lead the events on Friday.
Make sure you send your child in their class t-shirt on their Field Day!
PARENT APPRECIATION COFFEE FRIDAY!!
The Hospitality Committee is hosting a Parent Coffee on Friday morning between kid drop off and the start of FIELD DAY for the PreK-2nd grade students. Even if your kiddos are in the "upper grades" this coffee is for all parents! It's a great opportunity to connect with one another.
Please join us!!
CogAT TESTING BEGINS IN EARLY NOVEMBER
Parents - If your child your child’s MAP score qualified, he/she will take the CogAT assessment as the next step in the Gifted Eligibility Process. You will be notified this week if your child is eligible to participate.
Here is the testing schedule:
STUDENT COUNCIL SPEECHES DUE THURSDAY
Is your child running for Student Council President, Vice President, Secretary, or Junior Officer? If so, their speech is due Thursday, October 26th with their permission slip. No speeches will be accepted after Thursday.
Join us Tuesday, November 7th at 1:00 in the cafeteria to hear your child present their speech.
Did you happen to snap some great shots at Film at the Fern?? Maybe some great ones at the 1st grade field trip?
Teachers and parents, please remember to take photos at school events and send them to Malia Escobar for the yearbook. Email to email@example.com. If taken on a phone, select the largest size when sending so we can make sure they look good in print.
EMORY LAVISTA PARENT COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW!
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
Sunday, October 29th 2 – 6pm
Please join the Halloween Costume Parade! The parade will begin at 2pm in front of Saba. And will loop through the village to end near Glenn’s Trunk or Treat in the Slice and Pint parking lot!!
Open Streets is a festive community event that you should not miss!! While you are enjoying the festivities of the day and the food and live music, be sure to stop by for face painting provided by our Druid Hills Cluster!!
AFTERCARE WILL CLOSE EARLY ON HALLOWEEN
SUPPORT FERNBANK BY SEEING THE HAWKS!
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.
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 THIS FRIDAY October 27th, will win a school assembly from the Atlanta Hawks!!
TACKLING HUNGER AND FOOD WASTE
Did you know Americans waste enough food every day to fill a 90,000-seat football stadium!
At Fernbank, We are contributing to that by throwing away so much uneaten food and food packaging every day! Let’s work together to reduce our Food waste and trash!
Introducing the SNACK SHACK
During lunch, students can donate any uneaten fruit , unopened milk, and unopened packaged food to a share table in the cafeteria. Any food that was not consumed during lunch will be donated to our community snack shack. This will be open to all of the Fernbank community.
Students and staff who are hungry and need a snack can come to the table and take something healthy to class or home with them. We all need to eat healthy snacks for thinking, problem solving, and playing!
Try our Waste Free Lunch Challenge this week and build new habits for the future!!
Our green club is sponsoring a food waste challenge to reduce our waste consumption during lunch.
If your child brings lunch from home:
Replace prepackaged and single use items like granola bars, individual serving snacks and yogurts with Tupperwares, reusable containers, reusable cutlery, a cloth napkin.
Replace juice boxes with refillable water bottles.
Remind your child to bring home what they don’t eat (unless it's fruit or something that is safe to go on the Snack Shack share table) This is a great way to see what they are eating and what they aren't!
If your child gets their lunch at school:
Remind your child to place their uneaten, unopened lunch items on the share table, we will be collecting these items for the Snack Shack.
A MESSAGE FROM STEPHEN GREEN ABOUT THE MILLION FATHERS MARCH
Dear parents, families, and friends:
Greetings on behalf of the nearly 102,000 students and 16,000 employees of the DeKalb County School District (DCSD). As a father and educator, I am pleased that DCSD is participating in the Atlanta Million Fathers March on October 27, 2017.
The theme is “Real Dads Read,” and that is a message the district wholeheartedly supports. The road to both deep teaching and learning, and college and career readiness, begins with literacy at home. The sooner our students begin to read, and the more it is modeled by parents, means our young people will begin acquiring the foundation necessary for a lifetime of learning and success.
DCSD urges the fathers and men of DeKalb County to participate in the Atlanta Million Fathers March by doing the following:
Escort your student to school on Oct. 27
Participate in a Million Fathers March activity
Take your child to the library
Give a child a book
The DeKalb County School District is thankful for your continued support of literacy and achievement. Grab a book, sit down with a child, and let’s give the day to literacy and education!
R. Stephen Green Superintendent/CEO
DeKalb County School District
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
October is quickly wrapping up! Before it does, Fernbank staff will be doing something to honor Breast Cancer Awareness. Staff members are encouraged to wear PINK and JEANS on Wednesday, October 25 and again on Monday, October 30.
And Parents - There will be a canister placed in the front office that you can donate money to. We will send the money to be donated to a worthy organization, like the Susan G. Komen foundation or the American Cancer Society.
Thanks for all you do to help those close to you and on a global scale!
CALLING ALL NEW OR EXPERIENCED CHEERLEADERS AND TUMBLERS!
Glenn UMC is offering its 3rd season of cheerleading! This year we are offering the program to 2nd thru 8th graders.
There is 1 practice during the week and 1 game to showcase on Saturdays.
The season begins November 27th and runs through February 18th.
Price is $350 and includes cheer and tumbling instruction, uniform, hair bow, pom-poms and sneakers.
HURRY and register, space is limited and the deadline is November 8th. Click the link to register and for more details: www.glennrecreation.org Other questions? Please contact Lacy Henderson by text @ (404) 388-6107.
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