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Franco Ontarian Day- Wear Green and White on Friday Sept. 23 Ontarian Day- Wear Green and White on Friday Sept. 23<p>​</p><span>Franco-Ontarian</span> Day is a day to  “officially recognize the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.”<div class="entry-content"><p style="color:#222222;">This contribution goes back more than 400 years! The French were the first to explore and establish settlements in Ontario. </p><p style="color:#222222;">You may wonder why September 25 was chosen. Well, it was on that day in the year 1975 that the Franco-Ontarian flag was raised for the first time! </p><p style="color:#222222;">Show your spirit Falcons!</p></div>
Parkling Lot Flow 2016-2017 Lot Flow 2016-2017<p>​</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Traffic Flow at Ferndale Woods Elementary School</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>As you know, Ferndale Woods has grown in enrollment and we now have four full buses and several special needs transportation vehicles. In order to facilitate a smooth beginning to the school year and to maintain safety throughout the year, it is important to highlight information related to drop off and pick up of students.</p><p> </p><p>Numerous buses come in and out of our school.  In order to ensure student safety, the Board's policy is that once a bus is on school property, vehicles will not be allowed to pass until the bus has loaded or unloaded.  </p><p> </p><p>Parents are encouraged to walk their children to school whenever possible. If it is necessary to drive it is highly recommended that parents park in the parking lot at the city park or park along Nicholson Drive behind the school. Parents may legally park there and walk their children to and from the school yard.</p><p> </p><p>Parking Lot:</p><ul><li>Parents may drop off their children at the Kiss and Ride but may not park there</li><li>Once buses are in, cars will not be able to get out of the Kiss and Ride or parking lot until the buses have unloaded/loaded</li><li>Kindergarten children may be dropped at the Kiss and Ride to a blue vest teacher who will walk them around to the supervised kindergarten area</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>For the start of the year, parents are welcome to walk their children around to the kindergarten yard (marked with pylons) to the supervising staff. If coming by vehicle, they must do so after parking in legal parking space.</li><li>For kindergarten students, pick-up will be at designated doors at the back of the kindergarten area of the school </li><li>At the end of the day, parents may pick up their children at the Kiss and Ride but they will not be able to leave the parking lot until buses have left</li></ul><p> </p><p>The entrance through the YMCA daycare gate is closed to Ferndale families.  According to the Day Nursery Act, anyone entering the childcare property must first sign in at the YMCA office.  The YMCA's program has grown and in order to maintain the safety and security of the small children in their care their playground area will remain closed to outside visitors.</p><p> </p><p>Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe. </p>
School Yard From 8:30-3:05 Yard From 8:30-3:05<p>​Please be reminded that the school yard is closed to people other than students and staff from 8:30-3:05. Adults interacting with our students are approved through our volunteer program. Thanks for your help, in the interest of child safety and confidentiality. Parents may take their children to their lineups and are welcome to wait in the rock area to the north of the school (by the Kiss and Ride), if they wish.</p>
Information for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students for parents/guardians of Junior Kindergarten students<p> </p><p>Do you have a little one starting school for the first time this fall? We know that is it an exciting time for both students and parents. Here is some information about Kindergarten in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and what you can expect and how to plan for the first day of school:</p><div><ul><li>Senior Kindergarten students begin school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.<br></li><li>Junior Kindergarten students begin school on Thursday, September 8, 2016.<br></li><li>Note that <a href="">Ernest Cumberland ES</a> is on a modified calendar. The first day of school for Ernest Cumberland JK students is Wed. Aug. 24.<br></li><li>On the first day, proceed to the Kindergarten yard or entrance to meet your educators and find out what class your child will be in.<br></li><li>Please <a href="">pack the following items in your child’s backpack</a> to be left at school:<br></li><ul><li>Indoor running shoes (Velcro or elastic laces)</li><li>A large Ziploc bag with extra clothes (one pair of pants, one shirt, two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks)</li><li>​Please ensure everything is labelled</li></ul><li>Pack a lunch and snacks in reusable, labelled containers, including a bottle for water. For healthy lunch ideas, check out <a href="">EatRight Ontario</a>.<br></li></ul></div><p>If your child will ride the school bus, the <a href="">Bus Tag</a> program provides each Kindergarten student with a coloured tag that identifies the child’s name, route number, bus colour and stop location. All students with a bus tag must be met at their stop by a parent/guardian. To practice riding the bus and learn about bus safety, attend a <a href="">First Rider</a> session provided by the <a href="">Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium</a>. ​</p><p>If your child is turning four years old before Dec. 31, 2016 and you have not yet registered them for Kindergarten, you can do so by calling 705-734-6363 x11750 or emailing <a href=""></a> to schedule an appointment to register in person at the SCDSB’s Education Centre (1170 Hwy. 26 in Midhurst) until August 26 while school offices are closed. Starting August 29, please contact your <a href="">home school</a> to register as school offices will re-open that week.</p><p>If you have any further questions about your child’s first day, please <a href="">contact your school​</a> the week of August 29.</p><p>​</p>
No Pets Please Pets Please<p>​Please be reminded that pets are not allowed on school property. Thanks for your co-operation.</p>
Please Be SCENTsitive Be SCENTsitive<p>​In order to provide an inclusive and safe environment for all students and staff at Ferndale Woods, please avoid using scented body and hair products. Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring that everyone at Ferndale can learn and teach in a healthy and comfortable environment.<br></p>



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