FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
FERNBANK DADS! SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL BY PLAYING PICK UP BASKETBALL!
Calling all Fernbank dads and neighbors! Relive your glory days or just have fun playing a laid back pick up ball game. The Fernbank Men's Basketball League is here!
Begins September 24th and ends before Thanksgiving
Games are Sundays at 7pm and 8pm at the Fernbank Gym
Open to All and All skill levels welcome
$125 registration fee - All proceeds support Fernbank Elementary!
Fill out this survey if you're interested or email a neighbor the link to join in!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Ms. Ray and Ms. Willingham
with Lola and Stori Beall, donors
of Fernbank's new Buddy Bench.
INTRODUCING FERNBANK'S BUDDY BENCH!
Paul and Denise Beall and daughters Lola and Stori, Fernbank graduates, wanted to do something very special for our school - and particularly for children who sometimes feel left out on the playground. This wonderful family purchased a Buddy Bench for Fernbank, which now sits on the side of our playground.
For a kid with no one to play with, there may be no lonelier place than the school playground. And kids with an established group of friends may not think to seek out those who feel excluded. A buddy bench is a safe place for a child who's feeling lonely to sit. This is a signal to the other kids to ask him or her to play. Once a child is asked off the bench to come play, the hope is that they’ll have the confidence to go play with their new friends again the next day.
Please ask your children to take notice of this special bench and to keep an eye out for any kids using it. Or if your child is feeling lonely, please encourage them to sit on the bench. Teachers have been talking about the bench in class to reinforce what a great opportunity it is for all children.
START YOUR REFLECTIONS PROJECT NOW!
A NEW CHAPTER FOR MS. POINDEXTER
Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to April Poindexter, an awesome Instructional Support Specialist and prior 3rd grade teacher. April has been an invaluable administrator and leader at Fernbank for several years. Ms. Poindexter will be an Educational Consultant for Primrose Schools.
We are excited for you April! Best of Luck!
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
The Reflections Program guidelines and entry form will be in the courier.
Click here for more information.
Projects due October 11th, 2017!
RESERVATIONS FOR FIFTH GRADE YEARBOOK ADS ARE DUE THIS WEEK!
Reservations with payment were due on Friday, September 15, but considering the storm and days out of school, we can extend the deadline to Friday, September 22. Order forms went home in the courier in mid August. The forms were emailed to the 5th grade room parents in early September. For more information, contact Malia Escobar at email@example.com.
All artwork, photos and ad text are due October 15th.
Full page for $200.00
1/2 page for $100.00
1/4 page for $50.00
Order your yearbook now online for $43 directly at Jostens. The price goes up throughout the year, so don't delay.
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
IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance at school is a key factor to any student's success. Please be diligent concerning DeKalb County School System's attendance policies:
School starts promptly at 7:40 am. All students should be in their classrooms by that time, settled and ready for the school day. Students arriving after 7:40 am must be accompanied by a parent/guardian into the school and parent must sign the student in. They will be considered tardy. Four or more tardies will constitute an absence. Ten tardies and/or 6 absences will initiate a recognition and response from the Principal and possibly the Social Service department of DeKalb County Schools.
School dismisses at 2:30 pm. The end of the day is critical to students - instruction is in place until 2:30 pm and teachers assign and remind students of homework, assignments, upcoming events, tasks, etc. as well. Please avoid, if at all possible, appointments off campus during school hours. If you must check your child out of school before the end of the school day, please do so no later than 2:00 pm. to avoid potential disruption and confusion to dismissal procedures.
Thank you for your attention and adherence to school policies regarding attendance. We want every child to be successful!
HOW YOU CAN HELP SCHOOLS AFTER HARVEY & IRMA
If you would like to help a support school that has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma, the following organizations are accepting financial donations to help teachers replace their classroom materials and supplies:
Thank you to our PTA's Community Outreach program for researching ways to help schools in need!
FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE
Join us Saturday, September 23rd for Paddle for Patrick, the Press-On Fund's annual pool party event! It's for kids in Kindergarten through 7th grade who love having fun in and out of the water - we'll have a DJ, a kayak race, water slide, face painting and lots of deck games.
The Press-On Fund raises money to fund research for less-toxic, more effective childhood cancer treatments.
ON THE SCENE WITH DR GREEN IS BACK!
The Superintendent of our DeKalb County School District, Dr. R. Stephen Green, will be holding 5 "On the Scene with Dr. Green" meetings this school year. The first will be at Cedar Grove High School this Thursday September 21st.
These meetings rotate location and are open to everyone who has an interest in DeKalb County Schools. Dr. Green provides an opportunity to answer your questions. Meetings start promptly at 7pm!
Download this flyer for all dates and locations.
RECYCLING AT FERNBANK!
A huge thanks to the Go Green Club/Recycling Committee, headed by Karen Javits & Justine Rubin. Fernbank is now RECYCLING through Dekalb Recycling. No more loading private vehicles full of cardboard and paper to be recycled. Go Green Club labeled all trashcans as Landfill and all Recycle Bins for each Fernbank room. Teachers, custodians, 5th Grade Patrollers will help with daily recycling duties. Please encourage your child to do his/her part to Go Green!
SEPTEMBER SPIRIT NIGHT: WEDNESDAY 9/27
Looking for a fun way to support the school? Come hang out and eat with your fellow Fernbankers at this month's Spirit Night in Emory Village!
Join friends Wednesday, September 27th anytime from 5-9pm for dinner at Lucky's and then for dessert at Ali's Cookies. Both restaurants will donate a percentage of the sales from the evening to Fernbank!
DRUID HILLS COMMUNITY PICNIC
The Druid Hills community and the Olmstead Linear Parks invite Fernbank families to join your friends and neighbors for a casual, community picnic in the park!
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 4:00- 7:00 PM
Where: Dellwood Park, as part of the Linear Parks in Druid Hills, across from SPARK - 1775 Ponce de Leon Avenue
What: Picnic and family games with neighbors
Food: Bring your own picnic & blankets or, food is also for sale from food trucks (Yumbi and one more) and Ice cream trucks
Sponsored by: Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA) and Olmstead Linear Parks Association (OLPA)
Restrooms: portable ones provided
Click here for more information and to register to attend.
TICKET SALES NOW OPEN FOR FILM AT THE FERN!
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.
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