FERN AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
128 Fern Avenue Toronto, ON
NOVEMBER 27, 2008
To ensure safety in our schoolyard, students should not be riding bicycles,
skateboards or scooters in the yard. We ask our Fern community to support our
efforts in ensuring that our yard is safe at all times and refrain from bringing these
items to school. We also ask that you take responsibility of your pets if they
accompany you on school property.
As for recess times, we have been dealing with many unfortunate incidents.
Students are bringing expensive and precious items such as i-pods, cellular
phones and toys to school and are playing with them at recess time. These
items must remain at home. The loss and/or damage of these items is causing
considerable concern to students, parents, staff and administration. We
encourage all students to please use recess times as an opportunity to engage in
physical activities (such as sports and tag).
In addition, as our focus is to always maintain a safe and caring school
environment, it has become evident that some of our students are purchasing
unsafe contents from our community stores. We have been dealing with multiple
incidents of students buying and setting off STINK BOMBS and/or small
explosives like SPARK BOMBS on school property. We ask that you review with
your child(ren) the affects of making such purchases and the consequences of
using these items at school. Our staff is aware of their use and have been
advised to report any use of/or incidents with these products to the office.
A reminder that cell-phones are not permitted to be on or used in the school or
on school property during the school day (i.e., using a cell-phone during lunch
time in the school yard is not permitted.
We understand that there are concerns regarding the frequent closing of the
pool. We must close the pool when it is not up to health standards. The pool
filters and plumbing (pipes) are in need of repair and we are doing everything we
can to keep the pool open. TDSB plumbers have checked the system and cannot
give us any short term solution except intermittent closure. Please understand
that the filters and plumbing are an on-going issue and the cost to repair and
replace them is cost prohibitive. Therefore thank you for your understanding as
we continue to do our best to maintain the pool.
The season for the Fern football started with one faithful tryout. Little did they
know they would end up winning the entire City Championship. The first
tournament began at Swansea with the Falcons dominating the field. The
Falcons went 2-0 and advanced to the Conference Tournament. The Team won
two games and then advanced to the Conference Finals. The team won in a
close game and were happy to be advancing to the City Semi-Finals. The game
was close but a last minute drive gave the Falcons the lead allowing them to
advance to the City Finals. At this point, the Falcons were beginning to feel the
nerves. The whole Senior Division was invited to attend and cheer on the
football team. The Falcons led at the half by 16 and foiled a last minute come
back with an interception in the end zone. The Falcons won the first football
championship and the first championship in over 20 years for Fern. The team
also had an article featured in the Toronto Star. GOOD JOB BOYS!!!!
A Surprise Visit to Fern Avenue Public School
What a surprise! Who would have ever thought that Fern Avenue Public School
would be visited by some of the team members of the Buffalo Bills football
team. On Tuesday November 11, 2008 team members #86 Derek Fine, #77
Demetrius Bell and #27 Reggie Corner met some of our senior students and staff
over the lunch hour! With these team players, our students participated in some
training routines that the Buffalo Bills endure in preparation for their football
games. Later that evening, CFTO NEWS and CITY-TV showcased the visit on
their 6pm newscasts. How exciting! Check out the Buffalo Bills website at
www.buffalobills.com for more information.
A Day of Remembrance
Fern Avenue Public School distributed poppies to their students as a sign of
remembrance on Tuesday November 11, 2008 Remembrance Day. They asked
for a small monetary contribution to support our Canadian Veterans. Cash
donations were received and totaled $313.56. These donations were forwarded
to the Canadian Veterans on behalf of our Fern Community. Ms.Basu’s class
hosted a solemn whole-school assembly on November 11, 2008 in remembrance
of those men and women who served our country.
Scooter-Girls Fundraising Weekend
Just a friendly reminder that on Saturday November 29, 2008 & Sunday
November 30, 2008. You can get your holiday shopping done early and raise
money for Fern Avenue School by shopping at Scooter-Girl. The store is located
at Roncesvalles and Fern Avenue. A portion of all sales goes directly to Fern Ave
Public Health Visit
Toronto Public Health has re-scheduled their visit to Fern Avenue Public School.
The grade 7 and 8 students of Fern will receive their vaccination shots on
Wednesday December 3, 2008 at 1pm. For those that submitted vaccination
consent forms our grade 7 students will be vaccinated for HEP B & MEN C, and
our grade 8 girls will be vaccinated for HPV.
Extended French Information Night
Fern Avenue Public School is hosting an extended French information night on
Thursday November 27th, 2008. This is an opportunity for our feeder schools,
parents and students to hear about the programs that Fern has to offer. The
information session will commence at 6:30pm until 7:30pm. A flyer was sent out
prior to the event. We hope that you be able to attend!
Springhurst LINC English Classes
Springhurst LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) offers full-
time English instruction for adults. The program is funded by Citizenship and
Immigration Canada. Landed immigrants and accepted convention refugees are
eligible to attend. They also offer child-minding for children from 18 months to six
years of age.
Springhurst LINC is located at
160 Springhurst Avenue (King & Jameson).
If interested, please visit the
Fern Avenue School Office to pick up a
flyer and LINC business card.
Free English classes will take place every
Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Report Card Dates
If you can believe it, report cards are almost ready to be sent home for Term One
of the school year. Please mark your calendars as these will be the dates of
report card distribution for the 2008-2009 school year.
TERM ONE Monday December 1, 2008
TERM TWO Monday March 30, 2009
TERM THREE Wednesday June 25, 2009
Successful Parent-Teacher Interviews
As parent teacher interviews are upon us, we encourage you to take this
opportunity to find out about your child’s progress. Report cards will be sent
home Monday December 1, 2008. Below are some questions and tips that you
may find useful for your scheduled interview. Interpreters are available. Please
contact your child’s teacher or indicate your requirements on the parent-teacher
Great Questions to Ask:
What skills does my child need to work on?
What activities can we do at home to strengthen those skills?
Does my child complete his/her work and assignments efficiently and
Is my child facing any struggles in class not related to her/his schoolwork?
Talk to your child about school before the interview. Ask how they think they are
doing and how the teacher can help them meet their goals.
Get an idea of what the curriculum is like, the level your child is working at, and
areas where they are struggling.
Make a list of what you want to know before you go into the interview. You can
even prepare questions ahead of time if it will make you feel more at ease.
Knowing what you want to know and writing it down ensures that you don’t forget
anything, and that you get the information you need.
Be open and honest. Feel free to add your own observations around your child’s
behaviour, strengths and weaknesses.
Find out what they’re learning. Ask curriculum questions, find out what your child
has learned and what is coming up in the term ahead. Know the skills your child
will need to be successful in the term ahead (i.e. knowing how to multiply and
Ask about strengths and weaknesses and possible problems. Find out about
problems before they happen. This information will allow students to get help
before they fall behind.
Find out how often and how much homework is being assigned as it relates to
the new Homework Policy 2008. Also ask if your child is completing his/her
homework regularly, how long the work assigned should take to complete and
does the teacher check the homework regularly and provide feedback. The
answers to these questions will help you better monitor your child’s work habits.
Ask what you can do at home to help your child. Make a commitment to support
your child’s learning.
Our staff at Fern Avenue would like to work in partnership with their parents and
encourage open communication to support the learning of all of their students.
This year’s Winter Concert will take place Thursday December 18, 2008. The
format of the concert will take place outside in the primary yard. All parents,
students, teachers and staff will be engaged in the singing of holiday songs. This
community affair will take place from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. We look forward