Due to Irma, school will be extended by 20 minutes beginning 10/2
We will also have school on Election Day 11/7 (originally this day was scheduled off)
FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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THIS WEEK'S HEADLINES
EXTENDING THE SCHOOL DAY BY 20 MINUTES
To make up instructional time lost due to Irma, Dr. Green, Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools, announced Friday that we will be extending our school day by 20 minutes beginning October 2nd.
We haven't worked out all of the details yet - about how this will impact our daily schedule, dismissal timing, after school activities, etc - but I will let you know as soon as we do!
SEPTEMBER SPIRIT NIGHT: THIS WEDNESDAY!!
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!
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.
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.
GET READY TO WALK TO SCHOOL!
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!
REFLECTIONS: WITHIN REACH
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!
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!
NEWS FROM THE FERNBANK LIBRARY
It has been a busy 2 months in our library---over the next few weeks we will finally be sharing information and news about the 2017-18 Fernbank Library program.
New this year--- Class library visits this year are mostly part of the Specials Rotation.
preK visits weekly when we are not in a testing session.
Kindergarten-3rd visits for lesson and checkout every 7 days during Specials
4th and 5th visit weekly for checkout
The Library is not able to offer independent student checkout this year.
The Library has been able to check out books since mid-August, thanks to having "Book Mobile" carts visiting classes during Specials time while the library was used for testing. That means that a lot of students have been reading our books, hurrah!
As this session of testing winds down and we put away the Bookmobile carts and get back into the Library again, we have finally started sending weekly Overdue notices home in courier. Please look out for these and help your child keep up with their library books.
Books are overdue after 2 weeks.
We do not charge fines, but ask for family to pay replacement cost for lost books.
Unless a student has overdue book(s), the following limits are followed:
preK checks out books but keeps them in classroom
K may check out 1 at time
1st has been checking out 1 at a time, but will soon go to 2 at a time
2nd may check out 2 at a time.
3rd, 4th, 5th may check out 3 at a time
PLEASE SAVE YOUR PLASTICS FOR US!
The kids go GREEN + recycling club needs your PLASTIC for an upcoming project.
Please save your plastic tops (which are hard to recycle) and bring them in and drop off in the box at the entrance of school.
Also, please save your WASHED plastics (salad containers, takeout containers, coffee cup lids, bags, cutlery etc). Many of these are single-use items that usually end up in the trash-- sitting in landfills and polluting our oceans and land. We will have a collection box for these plastics next to the tops box.
Thank you and BE GREEN Fernbank!!
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!
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