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Celebration of Life for Mrs. Farquharsonhttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/56Celebration of Life for Mrs. Farquharson<p>​Friends,</p><p>The Farquharson family has shared the following details regarding arrangements. </p><p> </p><p>Celebration of Life for Ev:</p><p>Sunday Dec. 3 from 1-4 pm</p><p>Innisbrook Golf Course</p><p>211 Lockhart Rd, Barrie, ON L9J 0B4</p><p> </p><p>Ev's family welcomes the sharing of memories and funny stories. If people wish, donations can be made to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers. </p>
Annual Offence Declarationshttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/53Annual Offence Declarations<p>​As you know once Criminal Record Checks have been submitted to the Board as you are on the approved volunteer, list annual offence declarations must be signed within the year or the CRC becomes void. Please stop byt he office this month to sign your declaration (ask for Barb Hennessy). </p>
Terry Fox Runhttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/52Terry Fox Run<p><strong>Dear parent or caregiver:</strong><br> Our school is proudly taking part in the 2017 Terry Fox School Run on September 28. Let's show our school spirit by going the extra mile for Terry Fox.  Online donating is simple and you will receive your tax receipt immediately.  Simply click <a href="http://www.terryfox.ca/FerndaleWoodsESBarrieON"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://www.terryfox.ca/FerndaleWoodsESBarrieON</span></a> to make your donation and your funds will be automatically added to our school's fundraising total. </p>
Kindergarten Yardhttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/54Kindergarten Yard<p>​​Kindergarten parents and guardians are asked to say goodbye to their children at the pylon line. The kindergarten yard is a supervised area in the morning and we are striving to promote independence and facilitate social interactions between children during this time. If there is an exceptional circumstance one day that necessitates you walking into this area, kindly speak to one of the duty staff members.</p><p> </p><p>Thanks for your co-operation.</p>
Parking Lot Flow/Drop Off 2017-2018http://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/36Parking Lot Flow/Drop Off 2017-2018<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 order to facilitate a smooth beginning to the school year, here are some reminders regarding pick up and drop off. Safety is always a priority and it takes the cooperation of staff, parents and students to ensure that the parking lot is a safe place for everyone.</p><p> </p><p>Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to walk their children to school whenever possible. <em>If it is necessary to drive it is highly recommended that parents park in the parking lot at the city park by the tennis courts or park along Nicholson Drive behind the school. There is a catwalk between Nicolson Drive and the school yard and this is the fastest and least stressful way in/out of the school. Parents may legally park there and walk their children to and from the school yard. There are also streets around the perimeter of the school where parking is permitted.</em></p><p> </p><p>There are numerous buses coming to and from 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.  Pylons will be placed accordingly. Once a bus has unloaded or loaded, the pylons will be removed and traffic can flow slowly through the lanes.</p><p> </p><p>Parking Lot:</p><ul><li>Parents may drop off their children at the Kiss and Ride but may not leave their vehicles</li><li>Students are to be let out on the curb side. Please do not let them out on the driver's side and never let students out from the non-curbside lanes where traffic flows.</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; supervision begins 15 minutes before the first bell (8:55)</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>For the start of the year, parents who park in a designated parking place (not the Kiss and Ride) are welcome to walk their children around to the kindergarten yard (marked with pylons) to the supervising staff</li><li>For kindergarten students, pick-up will be at each kindergarten classroom door (parents may be on the school yard 5 minutes before the dismissal bell)</li><li>At the end of the day, parents may stay in vehicles and pick up their children at the Kiss and Ride</li><li>Please do not pull in to the curb side at the entrance to the driveway as the buses cannot turn when cars are there</li><li>Kindly avoid using cell phones in the parking lot in order to be fully alert at all times</li><li><strong>PLEASE ALWAYS DRIVE SLOWLY AND NEVER PUT YOUR CAR IN REVERSE. WAIT UNTIL YOU CAN PROCEED FORWARD</strong></li></ul><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">YMCA</span></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><span style="text-decoration:underline;">School day</span></p><p>Everyone is reminded of the new school hours. The first bell rings at 9:10 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.</p><p> </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">First Day</span></p><p>Students are invited to meet at the back of the school on the first day and staff will be there with grade signs. Students may congregate with their grade and staff will bring their students into the school when the entry bell rings.</p><p> </p><p>Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.</p><p>Joanne Merkley</p><p> </p>
Bell Time Changes for 2017-2018http://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/50Bell Time Changes for 2017-2018<p>Dear Ferndale Families:</p><p>Each year the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) review the transportation services provided to SCDSB students. In order to ensure the safe, efficient and cost-effective delivery of transportation services, bus routes and school start and end times are reviewed on an annual basis.</p><p><strong>As a result of this review, Ferndale Woods E.S. start and end times will be changing. Beginning in September 2017, our first bell will ring at 9:10 a.m.  and school will dismiss at 3:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>Our school day schedule will be updated to reflect this change. We will provide further information on the full school day schedule for 2017-18 when it is available.</p><p>These changes have been made in accordance with SCDSB Policy 2410, Transportation of Students. </p><p>If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school.</p><p> </p>
Poinsettia Sales and MacMillan Fundraiserhttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/55Poinsettia Sales and MacMillan Fundraiser<p>​Please visit school cash online to support our poinsettia sales and MacMillan fundraiser. We appreicate your support! Both of these products also make wonderful gifts!</p>
School councilhttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/51School council<p>​Parents/guardians of a student enrolled at Ferndale Woods may run as a parent representative. If you are interested in a position, please fill in a nomination form. These forms are available iin the office and should be received by September 15, 2017.</p>
SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology optionshttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/74SCDSB partners with Dell and Staples to provide affordable technology options<p>​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) is excited to announce two partnerships for the 2017-18 school year. The SCDSB has worked with Dell Canada and Staples to provide affordable options for families considering a technology purchase. Both programs are approved by the SCDSB.<br><br>Information about both programs, including product details and how to order, is available below. If you have questions about the programs, please contact either a Dell Education Advisor or your nearest Staples store, as appropriate.<br><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SimcoeCountyDSB-Dell%20BYOD_June2017.pdf">Dell Canada BYOD program letter</a><br><a href="http://scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/SchoolToolsBYOD_SimcoeLetter_EN.pdf">Staples BYOD program letter</a><br> <br></p>
Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Frameworkhttp://fer.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/72Ministry of Education seeks online engagement regarding implementation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework<div>​​The Ontario Ministry of Education is working with researchers to gather feedback and input to inform the development of the Third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  <br><br>Students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and school boards are invited to participate in an online survey and/or online focus groups to capture successes and help to identify promising practices and opportunities to provide further support to enhance the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students.   <br><br>Third Progress Report - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36">English survey</a></div><div>Troisième Rapport D’Étape - <a href="https://sondages.outsidesoft.com/Engine/Default.aspx?surveyID=6A64A645-0C53-4CFF-9495-6E1A5E830F36&idlang=FR">French survey​</a>  <br><br></div><div>It is important to note that:</div><div><ul><li>​​​Participation in this survey is voluntary.  </li><li>This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.   </li><li>Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.</li></ul></div><div>All stakeholders are invited to participate in the online focus groups. To participate, RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. Please note that while we will make efforts to accommodate everyone spaces are limited to 10-12 people per session on a first come, first served basis.  <br><br></div><div><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Students</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Parents/Guardians</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Indigenous Organizations & Partners</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, May 23 </p><p style="text-align:center;">8-9pm EST (English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 1</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Friday, June 2</p><p style="text-align:center;">2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Wednesday, June 21</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Thursday, June 8    2-3pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(English)</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 19   7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;"> (French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Monday, June 26</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 20</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)</p></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p style="text-align:center;">Tuesday, June 27</p><p style="text-align:center;">7-8 pm EST</p><p style="text-align:center;">(French)​</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div><div><br></div><div>The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).<br><br><br></div><div><br></div>