FERNBANK'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH
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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
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A Quick Reminder
A reminder: Our afternoons are busy! Please contact us before 12:30 if you need to change the way your child is going home or staying after school. Last minute changes are hard for our teachers and we want to make sure that every child reaches their destination safely.
Likewise, if you need to check your child out early for an appointment, please do so before 1:30 p.m. Thank you for understanding the challenge we face in the front office and respecting these times!
We are so excited to be hosting our very first parent social next Thursday Sept 13, at Big Tex in downtown Decatur from 7-9pm!
This event was created just for you, as an opportunity for you to get to know one another and feel a part of this awesome Fernbank community.
We know weeknights can be tough, but we promise it will be worth the effort! Take a break from the kids and enjoy a tasty Mexican dinner and have a couple of fun drinks - both are included in the price of your ticket!
Don't delay - get your tickets today!!!
DIG IN THE DIRT WITH US! GARDEN CLUB WORK DAY SATURDAY, SEPT. 8!
Fernbank Garden Club will be working in our garden every second Saturday this fall. Our next work day will be Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9-11 am. Come dig in the dirt with us to keep those veggies healthy and abundant! No special gardening experience or tools necessary.
Meet us at the Fernbank Garden, located behind the right side of the school. Questions? Contact Diana Shoemaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy Wallace at email@example.com Sign up to volunteer here.
QUESTIONS ABOUT CREATIVITY TEST RESULTS?
Parents of students who were administered the Torrance Test of Creativity in the spring, the results are finally here! Please look for an envelope in your child’s courier on Thursday. This test was administered last Spring to students in grades K-5 as the next step in the Gifted Eligibility Process. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Thibodeaux or Mrs. Willingham at 678-874-9302 to make an appointment to discuss the results.
T-SHIRTS & MORE -- NOW FOR SALE!
Love the kid-style green jersey and wish it were available in an adult size? Well, now it is! We are now selling these fun Fernbank shirts in kid's, women's, and men's sizes! We also have our adult style forest green shirts available for purchase as well. We will be selling these shirts for a limited-time only, and will be placing one bulk order with our vendor in a couple of weeks. Don't miss this chance to get yours!
But wait! There's more!
Yearbooks! (including yearbook ads for 5th graders - deadline for ads is Sept 15th!!)
5th grade parents - we also now have your child's dues and cost for the 5th grade trip to Driftwood available online.
Haven't bought your PTA membership this year? Please do this ASAP - our goal is for every parent and teacher to become a member!
SAY CHEEEESE! PICTURE DAY IS SEPT. 12 AND 13
Individual picture days are Wed. Sept. 12 and Thurs. Sept. 13. Your child’s teacher will let you know which day. This is a fundraiser for our PTA, so don’t forget to order a few extra photos for Grandma when the order forms are sent home. We will need some help! We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help our photographer keep things moving smoothly and efficiently. Have a look at our sign up, and see where you might be able to lend a hand! Thanks!
5th GRADE YEARBOOK ADS
Parents of 5th graders: Placing an ad in the yearbook is a great way to congratulate your child and show how much they have grown during their years at Fernbank! Ad reservations are due by Sept. 15 and ad artwork is due October 15. Download the flyer here and give to your child's teacher. Or do it here at our online store.
FERNBANK IS A HEALTHY SCHOOL - DON'T FORGET!
Just a reminder Fernbank is a healthy school! Please refrain from sending in sweets for birthdays, celebrations, and classroom snacks. Attached is a list of some healthy snacks!
TESTING, TESTING, 1,2,3!
At the beginning, in the middle and end of the year, students take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. This adaptive test helps chart each child's proficiency and progress in various subjects during the school year. It helps our teachers tailor their curriculum to meet the needs of each of their students.
MAP testing has begun for some children and will continue in the coming couple of weeks. If you'd like to read more, visit our testing page!
TITLE I PARENT SURVEY
Our school is a Title I school, and as the parent/guardian of a child attending a Title I school you are an important part of the Title I team. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parent and family engagement program and activities in our school. The focus of all Title I programs is to help eligible students meet the same high academic achievement standards expected of all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and background. The following survey is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parent and family engagement activities and events at our school.
A SUPER-FUN EVENT (FOR KIDS!) FOR A SUPER-GREAT CAUSE
Looking for one last summer hurrah? Consider Paddle for Press ON!
Paddle for Press ON (formally Paddle For Patrick - same fun, different name!) is a party in and out of the pool for kids ages K-7th grade. It will be held on September 22 from 1-3:30 PM at Druid Hills Golf Club. Details HERE.
Press ON's mission is to identify feasible and ground-breaking alternative therapies for childhood cancers and to invest monies raised in a manner that supports the science and infrastructure needed to cure childhood cancer within our lifetime.
WE KEEP ALL OUR EVENTS ON A GOOGLE CALENDAR - FOLLOW US ON YOURS!
Here are a few details (just revised) to help you add our google calendar to yours:
Using your desktop (not mobile phone), pull up your google calendar page in your browser. Where it says “Add a friend’s calendar”, type in "firstname.lastname@example.org" and hit enter. You should now see our content on your calendar too. (You can toggle this off or on.) Once you've added it on your desktop, you should be able to add it your phone's calendar app.
You can always find our calendar on our website too at fernbankelementary.com/calendar. Now volunteer sign ups are embedded inside each event's description!
STAYING IN THE KNOW WITH EVERYTHING FERNBANK
There are lots of ways that we stay in touch at Fernbank. You should be receiving Fernbank emails by now, and we encourage you to join our parent discussion group on Facebook. Here's a link to read more about how to join the group, along with how to subscribe to text alerts, and more.
If you've accidentally been dropped or haven't yet been added to our email list, email us at email@example.com and we will get you on there!
For any questions related to PTA programs/events or to provide feedback, please email our co-presidents Hillary Kilfeather and Emily Samai at