FERNDALE EARLY EDUCATION CENTER
105 PACKARD AVENUE
GLEN BURNIE, MD 21061
Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year! Ferndale Early Education Center focuses on our
partnership of educating and developing the whole child. We will provide a welcoming
environment with developmentally appropriate experiences that stimulate learning, build
a solid foundation, and prepare each student for success.
Your support and participation are highly valued and necessary in your child’s education.
Please join us at PTA meetings, volunteering at home for special projects, volunteering at
school, and/or signing up during the membership drive. There are many ways to get
involved with your child’s education!
The following highlights some updates or changes to our school: First, students will enter
DATES TO REMEMBER: the building at 9:00 a.m. for free breakfast in their classrooms. The instructional day
September 5 begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:40 p.m. Please make sure your child (children) is here
School Closed – Labor Day
by 9:15 a.m. or they will be considered tardy. Second, there are several new staff
September 6 members. Please help me welcome: Danielle Garrison, Kindergarten Teacher, Mary
PTA Fall Fundraiser Packets Sent
Home (Joe Corbi)
Dobish, part time School Counselor, Elyse Donnelly, Title 1 Teaching Assistant, Jennifer
Kochanski, part time Music Teacher, Stephanie Mazzoli, part time Art Teacher, Diana
September 14 Rivera, Bi-Lingual Outreach Facilitator, Nannette Simmons, part time ESOL Teacher, and
2 Hour Early Dismissal– No School
for P.M. ECI Students - Sal Maggio, Pupil Personnel Worker. Finally, parents and guests, please remember to
(Professional Development for park on the right side of Packard Avenue and/or in the parking lot for all school business.
Teachers) The left side of the street is reserved for neighborhood parking. Thank you for respecting
September 15 their right to park in front of their homes.
Back to School Night –
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 15th. Our Back to School Night will
September 19 be held from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This evening event will be a chance for students and
Chick-fil-A Night – 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 parents to hear about many of the new and exciting initiatives that will be happening at
p.m. Ferndale this year! More information will be sent home soon.
September 21 As always, we look forward to working with all the families and students this year.
PTA Fall Fundraiser (Joe Corbi)
Money and Order Forms Due
Remember, my door is always open. If you have any questions or concerns, please do
not hesitate to call. Together we will make a difference with your child.
Individual Fall Picture Day Sincerely,
School Closed – Rosh Hashanah
September 30 Principal
Federal Impact Aid Survey Forms Sent
Ferndale Early Education Center offers an early learning environment in order to
create a strong academic, social, and emotional foundation. Through
partnerships with students, families and the community, Ferndale Early
Education Center empowers students to be successful individuals in today’s
School Hours Arrival/Dismissal
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Office Hours For arrival and dismissal, please remember to
9:15 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Student Hours park on the right side of Packard Avenue or in the
9:00 a.m. - Students may begin entering the building parking lot. When using the parking lot, please
9:15 a.m. - Instruction begins
park in the lined parking spaces. We need to
3:40 p.m. - Dismissal
keep the crosswalks clear for students, parents,
and staff who are walking through the parking lot.
Thank you for being patient during these times. It
ensures the safety of all. Please remember that
our school is located in a neighborhood.
Cafeteria Updates for 2011-2012 Therefore, parking is limited. Please be courteous
and respectful of the neighbors. For instance,
Prices have increased for the new school year. please do not park in front of their driveways, or if
The new prices are: something falls out of your car when you open the
door, please pick it up. Also, when parking on the
Lunch $2.60 street, please pull as closely to the curb as
Reduced Lunch $ .40 possible. It makes it safer for the buses to travel
Milk - ½ pint $ .55 down the street. Thank you so much for keeping
us all safe.
Emergency Forms Fire Lanes
Emergency Forms and other important documents Fire lanes and bus loops are not to be utilized by staff,
were distributed at Parent/Teacher Conferences. visitors, or spectators. Any vehicle parked in a fire lane
MUST be moved to an authorized parking space. This
Please return these forms to school A.S.A.P. Make includes if you are bringing your student in because they are
sure the forms are complete with up-to-date phone late or if you are picking your student up for early dismissal.
numbers and emergency contacts. This is vitally
important for the office, health room and the staff in Reminder
case of an emergency.
1. Packard Avenue is a one-way street going
down the hill from Hollins Ferry Road. Please
Important Visitor Information
make a right turn when coming out of the
For the safety and security of our students and staff, we parking lot.
ask that all visitors, for whatever reason, show a photo ID
and sign-in to the main office. You will then receive a 2. In the event the parking lot is full, parents
badge before leaving the office.
need to park on Packard Avenue, Hollins
We also ask that if you would like to visit your child’s Ferry Road, Broadview Blvd. or Ferndale
classroom that an appointment is made first. Road when picking up their children.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with
The Anne Arundel County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national orientation or
familial status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Questions regarding
nondiscrimination should be directed to Leslie N. Stanton, Specialist in Human Relations, Anne Arundel County Public
Schools, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401; telephone (410)222-5318.
Attendance Policy at Ferndale Early
Board policy indicates that we must document tardies, as
well as, early dismissals for every student. Anytime a Federal Impact Aid Survey Forms
student arrives after 9:15 a.m. or is released from school
prior to 3:40 p.m., it is considered as a tardy or early On Friday, September 30, 2011, your child will bring home
dismissal. You will see this on your child’s progress report a Federal Impact Aid Survey form. Please assist us by
which indicates that your child missed time from school. This filling out the information requested on the form and return
will impact your child’s perfect attendance. If you have any it to Ferndale Early Education Center.
questions or concerns, please call 410-222-6927.
This is a multiple child form and will hold up to three
children’s names. Should you have more than three
children, please utilize a second form that you can either
Student Attire obtain from the school or download from the AACPS
website (www.aacps.org) under Students, Forms. The
Student’s school attire needs to be in accordance with
school policy which means clothing is to be chosen in a Federal Impact Aid Survey form for 2011-2012 will be
manner which is healthy, safe and inoffensive. available to download on September 30, 2011. We will
also be using our Connect-Ed Automated Telephone
Clothing may not be worn in such a manner so as to Notification System to remind you about the significance of
reveal under garments or bare skin between the upper completing and returning this survey. The school system
chest and mid-thigh. For safety, we ask that students
receives approximately $3 million in funding from the
wear tennis shoes or sandals with a back strap.
Federal government in support of our children after the
Please DO NOT have children wear flip-flops.
forms are processed. Thank you in advance for your
support and assistance. Should you have any questions
regarding this information, please contact Ms. Donna
September 2011 Barker at 410-222-5200.
Introduction to Brain Tips:
Each month we will provide a “Brain Tip” for you and
your child. These essential strategies will help with the
development of your child’s brain. For instance, new
learning makes new connections. No learning causes
Ferndale Early Education Center is equipped with a
disconnections (and boredom); therefore, strive to
video camera system. It covers selected interior and
learn something new every day. Strive to spend 15 exterior public portions of the building and grounds. It
minutes a day for outside of school learning (i.e. is NOT monitored constantly, but it is monitored
hobbies)! during emergency situations. During certain events,
when the safety or security of students may be in
question, authorized personnel from local, state, or
federal police or fire emergency units may be given
access to view images projected on the camera
system. If you have any questions about the system,
you should call the Supervisor of School Security at
From the Media Center PTA
Greetings from the Ferndale Media Center! I The PTA will be having a Fall Fundraiser from Joe
Corbi’s beginning Tuesday, September 6th. The
hope you all had a wonderful summer and are
Fundraiser money and order forms will be due
ready to begin the new school year. I am very Wednesday, September 21st. Pick-up will be held on
excited to work with your children and introduce Monday, October 24th at George T. Cromwell
Elementary School from 3:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ANY
them to the library. ECI, Pre-Kindergarten and ITEMS NOT PICKED UP WILL BE DONATED.
Kindergarten classes will all be reviewing proper Contact Stacy Heath, PTA President, at 410-760-6121
ways to behave in the media center. Classes will or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This is the PTA’s big fundraiser. The money earned
also be discussing how to care for books in the will help with field trips, cultural arts programs,
month of September. I am looking forward to a technology and much more. Please support the PTA.
wonderful school year and sharing literature with
Please consider joining the PTA. Membership is
$5.00 per person. Anyone is welcome to join. The
Sincerely, class with the highest participation will win a popcorn
party. The form is attached in the newsletter.
The PTA will be collecting Box Tops and Campbell
Soup Labels. We will have a table at Back to School
Night with more information.
Health Room News
Chick-fil-A Night will be held on Monday, September
Free FluMist Vaccine Comes to Your 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
School This October for
Our next PTA meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
October 11th at Ferndale Early Education Center.
Children are welcomed. Snack, craft and child care
More information will be available in the will be provided.
If you would like to contact us with any suggestions or
concerns, please feel free to e-mail us. Our e-mail
address is email@example.com.
The Human Relations Committee
The Human Relations Committee would like to take this opportunity to introduce the various events and programs that the
Ferndale school community participates in during the school year. As the year progresses you will be hearing all about the
Harvest for the Hungry Program
Pennies for Patients Program
School Spirit Days
If you are a parent or a community member and you are interested in being a member of our committee, please contact
Mary Dobish, Human Relations Committee Chairperson @ 410-222-6927. The commitment would include attending a
monthly meeting (the 3rd Tuesday of each month) and volunteering for various activities, as you are able. We welcome parent
and community involvement!
FEEC Counselor’s Corner
Dealing with Separation Anxiety
It is normal for children at this age to deal with issues related to separation anxiety, especially if this is their first experience out
of the home and/or in a school setting. Does your child have a difficult time leaving you? If so, try talking about the separation
ahead of time and give your child details about what he/she will be doing while you are apart. Explain to them the fun things
they will be doing while they are in school and tell them when you will see them after school. It may help if you give them
something to look forward to when their school day is complete. For example, “At school you will make new friends, learn new
things, and play on the playground. You will see me when I pick you up at the bus stop when your school day is over. After I
pick you up we can go home and play your favorite game together”.
Reading stories about going to school is a great way to help with separation anxiety as well. There are many stories that
address starting school for the first time. Try reading The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn to your child, a story about how a
raccoon overcomes his anxiety related to starting school. Other titles include: Berenstain Bears Go To School by Jan
Berenstain, The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing, Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathman, and Will I Have a Friend?
by Miriam Cohen.
It is also helpful to stick to a routine by getting your child to school on-time so that he/she has enough time to eat breakfast and
prepare for the school day. Remember, each child has the option of eating a free breakfast at school in the morning. If
walking or car-riding please drop off your child between 9:00 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. as school begins promptly at 9:15
AACPS Parent Info Book
(Handbook for Parents about the Programs & Services of
Anne Arundel County Public Schools)
This year the Parent Info Book will be available on the AACPS home page. We do,
however, have a limited number of copies in the school office. If you do not have
access to a computer or would like a printed copy instead, please contact the office.
READ FOR THE GOLD
Ferndale’s Reading Incentive Program
Information Coming Home Soon
Pre-K Unit One Theme: Welcome New Friends: How can we be good friends?
Kindergarten Unit One Theme: Families: Who is a part of your family?
September’s Stupendous Reading Strategy:
Point out the link between letters and sounds. For example, “Jane, the word jump begins with the
same sound as your name, Jane.” What other words begin with that sound?
Fun Alphabet Books to practice letter sound connection:
Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
The Ocean Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Frank Mazzola, Jr.
The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood
CONNECT-ED PHONE MESSAGE SYSTEM
INCREASES HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
Since 2007, Anne Arundel County Public Schools has utilized an automated telephone notification
system called Connect-ED to increase communication between schools, the school system, and
parents. In the 2010-2011 school year, Connect-ED was used to send more than 17,000 messages to
parents about important school and school system information, including student absences and
closings due to inclement weather. The vast majority of those messages (more than 14,000 last year)
are about student absences.
Guidelines have been put in place to ensure parents are not overwhelmed with calls. The school
system’s Public Information Office will send out school delays and closings as well as some
emergency messages (typically sent when parents are at work) when warranted. Individual schools
will most often send out “community outreach” messages to inform parents about upcoming special
events. Messages will be delivered by e-mail when parents provide e-mail addresses to their child’s
One note about calls concerning weather-related closings and delayed openings: Such calls must be
sent out early in the morning in order to reach the students who will be at bus stops earliest. Typically,
such calls will be sent out at about 5:40 a.m. If you do not wish for these calls to go to your home
phone (and would prefer for them to go to a cell phone, for instance), simply contact our school and
ask that the primary number designation be changed. However, please be aware that this changes the
primary number designation for all calls.
Connect-ED numbers are pulled from the student database, which contains phone numbers
and e-mail addresses for all students. It is critical that you keep our school updated with the
correct phone numbers and e-mail addresses so that we can configure Connect-ED to reach
you quickly when needed. Connect-ED will call up to two numbers and send up to two e-mails for
community outreach messages, and can call up to six numbers and send up to two e-mails for
emergency messages. Attendance notification messages will be sent to the student’s primary phone
number, which is usually – but does not have to be – the home number, and to up to two e-mail
The student emergency card has been configured to allow spaces for all of these phone numbers and
e-mail addresses. When you fill it out, please make sure to write the numbers clearly so they can be
properly entered in our database. Changes in any numbers, whether they are the primary contact
number or some backup number, should be reported to the school as soon as possible.
One other note: If you have more than one child in the same school, don’t worry. Connect-ED only
sends one call per number so you won’t receive multiple calls with the same message. The exception
to this is attendance notification messages, which will be delivered for every child who is absent.
Because Connect-ED is a part of Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ initiative to provide as much
information to parents as possible and because the phone numbers are drawn from the same
database schools must use to contact parents or guardians in an emergency, parents cannot opt out
of the system. However, parents can direct the calls to a number of their choosing.
If you have questions about Connect-ED, please call our school office or the Anne Arundel County
Public Schools Public Information Office at 410-222-5312.