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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 DECEMBER, 2008 Principally Speaking…. IMPORTANT DATES Our hearts grow tender with Christmas Cheer childhood memories and love of Once again this Dec. 1 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 Dec. 9 ~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 Dec. 12 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 Dec. 18 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 Jan. 15 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 remains open. be announced on local radio stations and the home page of the Board web site Winter Reminder 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 #472. 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: Keys/Jewellery 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 YMCA 733-3833. Fundraiser 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- 2536 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: Eco-School. TEACHERS NAME: Thanks for your help in preserving our environment.
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