School News

Continuing Signs of Spring in the Fernwood Garden

Important Dates Looking Ahead:

Mon Apr 13 -Easter Monday no school 
Fri Apr 17 -Friday School Day (due to holiday Monday) 
Thursday May 7-Fernwood WATER WALK (classes scheduled throughout day)
Monday May 18 -Victoria Day (school closed) 
Thursday May 21 -District Track and Field at Portlock for all Grade 4s and 5s 
Fri May 22 -Friday School Day (due to holiday Monday)
-Annual Fernwood FUN FAIR (parent run event afterschool) 
Thurs May 28 -Spring Concert (6 pm usually)
-Leif the Magician at Fernwood! 
Thurs June 18 -Grade 5 Strawberry Tea ("graduation ceremony" in gym followed by Strawberries and Iced Tea) during school hours in the afternoon 

Playground Closure

posted Mar 24, 2020, 12:19 PM by Kelda Logan

Dear families and community members,


In support of community efforts toward social distancing, SD64 school playgrounds are now closed. Efforts made toward continued social distancing will help minimize any potential exposure to COVID-   

19 while also helping to keep school sites safe. Please refrain from using this equipment until further notice. 

Update from Superintendent (Suspension of In Class Learning)

posted Mar 18, 2020, 12:10 PM by Kelda Logan

Please read the attached letter from School Superintendent, Scott Benwell.  More updates will be forthcoming in the days that follow.

Letter from Superintendent (COVID-19)

posted Mar 12, 2020, 4:02 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:08 PM ]

Please see attached letter from Superintendent, Scott Benwell. As stated in the letter, as we head into Spring Break, the letter helps address concerns related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and procedures to help navigate the changing situation.  (email March 12, 2020)

Final Tally for the February Reading Challenge

posted Mar 12, 2020, 3:58 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:09 PM ]

Ms Logan is so thrilled and very proud of all the readers! She announced the participants at our last Whole School Meeting and let everyone know the final tallies:
-Ms Logan read 925 pages!
-The whole school read a total of 83675 pages! 
Many students read more than Ms Logan. Wow! 
All participants received a certificate signed by Ms Logan and a treat from "Harlan's Chocolates & Gelato".
Keep reading over the break!

Monster Theatre: What We Now Know About Science

posted Mar 12, 2020, 3:17 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:08 PM ]

Here are some photos (by professional photographer John Cameron) of students enjoying the Monster Theatre production that all classes attended this past week. There were a lot of laughs while learning about the history of science. Thank you to the Salt Spring Arts Council for funding this opportunity. 

Fernwood Community Mentorship Program

posted Mar 12, 2020, 2:40 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:09 PM ]

Do you have a skill, craft or trade to share? The nature classes are reaching out to parents and community member volunteers who are keen to share their knowledge, skills, or craft with students. The Community Mentorship Program runs for 4 weeks from April 20 - May 13. During that time, mentors will lead weekly sessions, either Mondays or Wednesdays (from 2:05-3:05pm) equalling 4 sessions in total. If you are interested please check out the link above for more details or submit your proposal! Past mentoring workshops include felting, woodworking, foraging, photograph, baking, etc. Deadline for proposals is April 1st. 

Grade 4 Parent Surveys (Important for Education System to Get Feedback on How We Are Doing)

posted Mar 12, 2020, 2:27 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:10 PM ]

Grade 4 Parents...please provide information to help assess the effectiveness of educational programs and to improve program delivery. 

Each year, the Ministry of Education conducts Satisfaction Surveys of children and families of students in grades 4, 7, 10 and 12.   We greatly value your feedback and would appreciate any parents with students in grade 4, taking a quick moment to fill out the survey linked below.  The online survey is available until April 3rd. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Go to the Direct Access Parent section.  No login #s necessary. The parent survey is available in 16 languages.  

Celebrating the 100th Day of School at Fernwood

posted Mar 12, 2020, 2:16 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 2:24 PM ]

The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year. More importantly, it is a great way for Teachers and students to celebrate various achievements and in particular mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. Here are some photographs of activities today. 

Basketball Season

posted Mar 12, 2020, 1:24 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:40 PM ]

Thank you very much to Becky Acheson, Cassidy Passey, Caitlin Hart, and Lee-Ann Gordon for volunteering their time to coach the Grade 4/5 Girls Basketball Team. 
Thank you to Martin Mongard for coaching the Grade 4/5 Boys Basketball Team. 
Your time and effort and enthusiasm along with your support of teaching Basketball to the Fernwood students is so appreciated! The students were very excited to participate and thankful that you made it happen! 

Potential Job Opportunity with Gulf Islands School District!

posted Mar 12, 2020, 1:21 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 4:11 PM ]

School District 64 is currently accepting applications for the position of Sub-Casual Administrative Assistant. The ad is on the Exchange and on the district website. 
Click on this link for more information including a description of the job:

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