FERNDALE WOODS E.S.
Susan Enns 170 Ferndale Drive South Phil Conway
Principal Barrie, ON L4N 8A1 Vice Principal
Safe Arrival 733-5636 Ext. 1
School website: http://fer.scdsb.on.ca
Our hearts grow tender with Christmas Cheer
childhood memories and love of Once again this
kindred, and we are better holiday season
Barrie Food Bank
collection begins throughout the year for having, in Barrie and District
spirit, become a child again at Christmas Cheer is calling on
Christmas-time. the Ferndale Woods
~Laura Ingalls Wilder community to support its
School Council Meeting campaign. In the past we
7:00 in the Library (There As we approach this festive
will be no January School
have displayed great
Council Meeting) season I want to thank the generosity. This is necessary
Ferndale Community for the to ensure that all families in
support demonstrated once again our community have a happy
Dec. 10 this school year. We boast holiday. Donations of non-
Gr. 2‘s to Huronia approximately 100 volunteers! perishable food items and new
Museum The benefits to our school and unwrapped toys will be
students are too numerous to collected at the school from
name! It was a joyful experience Monday, December 1st until
Gr. 1‘s to The Nutcracker
to chat with so many families at Tuesday, December 16th.
our recent McDonald‘s night. Please help make this holiday
(Mr. Conway did a terrific job season brighter by supporting
Dec. 15 & 16 preparing various food items and this program!
Theater Production looked great in that hair net!)
―Scrounged‖ Our staff has also been extremely Thank you!
busy providing the ‗extras‘ for
students through organizing
Gr. 5‘s to The Nutcracker
various clubs, musical and Theatre Presentation
sporting activities. Thank you ―Scrounged‖
staff. Your dedication in December 15th & 16th
Dec. 22 – Jan. 2: providing so many worthwhile Day Time Show: 11:20 am
Christmas Vacation opportunities for student Evening Show: 7:00 pm
involvement is appreciated.
I wish all staff, students and Ferndale Woods students are
Jan. 5 parents a safe and wondrous busily preparing for the
First day of school 2009!
holiday time with family and Theatre Presentation
friends! ―Scrounged‖, featuring a full
cast and the junior choir. The
Christmas Vacation choir will also perform
Gr. 8 Open House at Bear
Creek- Details to follow The last day of school will additional pieces and the
be Friday, December 19th, 2008. ―Shake-It-Up Percussion Club‖
Students return to school on will be performing.
Monday, January 5th, 2009!
School Bus Transportation Indoor/Outdoor Recess—Inclement
and School Closures Weather
Parents are responsible for Please ensure that students are
deciding if it is safe for their appropriately dressed to spend
children to leave for school up to 30 minutes outside at
during severe weather lunch time. This may require
conditions. School bus operators determine sending an extra pair of gloves
during pre-dawn hours if it is unsafe for buses or mittens and socks. All
to travel during inclement weather. As well, students are expected to go outside for
school superintendents and principals together recesses and we cannot provide additional
determine whether school closures are indoor supervision for those not wishing to go
necessary depending on local weather out. In general, a child who is too ill
conditions for each area of Simcoe County. to go out for recess should not be at school.
(School closure decisions are based on severe Students will stay indoors at recess if the
weather conditions and NOT on school bus temperature falls below –25 degrees C, and
cancellation decisions). In addition, please regardless of the wind chill factor if it is
note the following procedures relating to reported to be –28 degrees C or colder.
severe weather: There are times where the buses are cancelled
because of weather conditions, but the school
Cancellation of buses and school closures will
be announced on local radio stations and the
home page of the Board web site
www.scdsb.on.ca as well as other media
As the colder weather is
broadcasts. All Ferndale students who use
approaching, please ensure
school bus transportation are on Sinton Route
that your children come to school with proper
winter coats, mittens or gloves and hats.
There may be occasions when in-town busing
is possible even though transportation in rural We ask that you refrain from purchasing winter
areas is cancelled due to road or weather clothing with drawstrings as they pose a safety
difficulties. These details will be included in hazard. PLEASE help your child to understand
announcements sent to the media. the importance of WARM WINTER
During very cold temperatures, please take CLOTHING during the winter months. We
extra measures to ensure children are dressed want our students to remain healthy and
appropriately and please do not send children happy as we know that these are two
to the bus stop too early (to avoid having them important ingredients for successful learning!
standing in cold weather for lengthy periods).
Let it Snow!
When the buses are cancelled in the The arrival of snow is usually greeted with
morning, they will not run for the smiles for young children as it provides them
afternoon return trip. Parents are asked to with many different things to do at recess. We
make alternate arrangements for the care of remind students regularly that throwing
your children at times when the school may snowballs is dangerous and insist that they
have to be closed or if the buses are cancelled. refrain from this at Ferndale Woods at recess
Please review with your children the and on their way to and from school.
arrangements you have made for them. The decision to keep a student home on a
Unless we hear otherwise we will proceed snow day rests with the parent. Our school is
on the basis that your children know of open on snow days and we provide a full
and will follow your alternative program for students. Sometimes, that
emergency plan. For updates on school program may vary from a typical day
closings and bus cancellations, please listen to depending upon how many students are in
radio stations B101 FM or Rock 95 FM. attendance. Students are welcome and
encouraged to attend school on snow days.
Lost & Found In The Office:
We have had a number of
items that have been found
and turned into the school office. Of particular
interest are house keys, glasses and especially
jewellery. We have a child's small diamond
gold ring that we have had for some time and
we are sure that someone is missing it. Please The YMCA is currently accepting registration for
feel free to drop into the office to inquire about children ages 2.5 – 10 years of age. Our YMCA
these items. offers half day, full day and before and after
school program. If you or anyone you know
requires quality child care, please contact the
QSP Magazine Subscription
Are you looking for great holiday
For the major part of the past 11 years, I have
gifts for family and friends? Did
been the supervisor of the YMCA Child Care
you forget to renew one of your
Centre of Ferndale Woods and have been lucky
favourite subscriptions? Go shopping at
enough to have had many of the Ferndale Woods
www.QSP.ca and support our school at the
students register within our YMCA. At this time, I
same time! Our school group number is 9064
would like to inform all of the families of the
and the internet site is open to take your
Ferndale Woods School that I have accepted a
orders all year long! Subscriptions can be sent
position with the County Of Simcoe as a Child
to any Canadian address and there is a great
Care Representative, effective December 1, 2008.
selection of children‘s magazines! Give the
I have appreciated all of the smiles and ―Hi
Gift of Reading—all year long! Remember: If
Sherry!‖ that I have received within the school
you have any questions about your magazine
hallways over the years.
orders, please call QSP directly at 1-800-667-
Special thanks to the school staff who have
Congratulations to our lucky QSP winners: always made me feel a part of the ―Ferndale‖
Clatyon M. - Mr. Conway to do homework for a team. I feel so comfortable here at Ferndale that
night, Kathleen H. - Mrs. Enns to do homework I often refer to it as ―home‖.
for a night, David D. - Wendy's lunch, Darren
T. - Tim Horton's lunch, Bryan C. - McDonald's I look forward to making new memories at the
lunch, Macalin G. (Mrs. Trojan) -- Free gym County Of Simcoe.
time, Ryan Z. - 5 lbs chocolate bar, Sammy D.
- Fist full of loonies, Sarah M. - Height in Sincerely,
loonies Sherry-Anne Dorion
Supervisor, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
A BIG Ferndale thank you to all of our
students, staff and parents for participating in
our successful magazine fundraiser. GOOD –BYE!
We wish Sherry Dorion all the best in her new
We would also like to thank at this time endeavours at the County Of Simcoe. The staff and
Mrs. Marnie Hermiston for her hard work students of Ferndale Woods will miss you!
and dedication in organizing this wonderful
fundraiser. Thank you Marnie! Lost and Found
Our lost and found bins are bursting with
misplaced clothing. If you are in the school
before the Christmas break, please check it
out! All clothing items will be donated at the
end of the month! Please label your child‘s
clothing so that items can be returned to them.
Volunteering at Ferndale: Parking
At Ferndale, we are fortunate to Historically, parking has been a
enjoy and benefit from a very challenge at Ferndale Woods. Our
active and supportive volunteer parking lot is just large enough to
base. In the Simcoe County accommodate the parking needs of our staff.
District School Board, new In looking for a place to park, some people
volunteers are required to submit a have been parking in places that are not
CRC (criminal reference check) prior to volunteering
appropriate (e.g., fire route, handicapped
in our schools. Volunteers who submitted a CRC last
parking spots). Below are a few things we ask
year need only complete an Offence Declaration
(available at the office) in subsequent years. At visitors to respect and abide by:
present, most of our returning volunteers have When waiting for your child in the Kiss &
completed an offence declaration. Returning Ride area, please do not leave your
volunteers who have not submitted an Annual vehicle. This slows down the movement
Offence Declaration for Volunteers on or before of cars in and out of the parking lot.
December 31, 2008 will be deleted from the Board Please have your child meet you at the
volunteer database and will be required to submit a Kiss & Ride.
new CRC in order to volunteer at Ferndale in the New When entering the parking lot from the
Year. northbound left turn, please do not block
the flow of traffic in the southbound
Indoor Shoes lanes. This creates a dangerous
Daily, we see students walking about in situation for yourself and other drivers.
stocking feet. Indoor shoes are required to The school parking lot is for staff and
keep feet dry and to prevent slips and falls. visitors (e.g., volunteers working in the
Please ensure that your child has indoor shoes school) to our school. We ask that you
each day. Thank you. do not park in and amongst other cars,
often blocking them in. This is a
School Council Update challenge particularly at the end of the
Our next School Council Meeting will take place day when people leave their cars in the
on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. All lot, blocking the exit of others who need
parents are welcome to attend. If you have an to leave, to look for their children.
agenda item you would like to see addressed, Please consider using the Kiss & Ride or
please forward the item in writing to the office walking to school with your child. It is a
a week prior to the meeting. Please include great time to find out about their day
some specifics to help direct the conversation. and enjoy the winter season.
Though our driveway is ploughed,
The upcoming council meetings for the sanded and salted in snow conditions,
remainder of the school year are: February the hill exiting our parking lot can be a
10; March 10; April 15; May 12 and June 9. challenge for some vehicles. Some
vehicles have become stuck on the hill
Litterless Lunch and have needed to back up in order to
In January we will be starting ―Litterless make it up the hill. In slippery
Lunch‖ @ Ferndale. The purpose of this is to conditions, please leave enough room
divert waste from the city‘s landfill. At the behind the car in front of you to allow
school, we only recycle plastics 1 and 2 so all them to do this.
students will take home any other plastic We greatly appreciate your support in this
containers to go in their blue boxes. As well area.
food scraps… will be taken home to go in the
green bin. We encourage students to use
reusable containers and to participate in this DECEMBER NEWSLETTER DRAW
initiative as much as possible. Ferndale is an STUDENT NAME:
Thanks for your help in preserving our