School News

Our Peer Reading Program! Keen older students have been trained up on reading strategies and partnered with younger peers to enjoy reading magic! They volunteer twice a week to help boost and promote reading. As always we encourage families to read as much at home and enjoy literacy together. Stay tuned for Ms Logan's Reading Challenge coming for the month of February...can you read as many pages as Ms Logan reads in the month of February? 

Important Dates Looking Ahead:

Monday Jan 27 -Whole School Meeting 8:45-9:05 (Ms Katie's Arbutus Class and Ms Pyper's Class) 
-Ms Verhaeghe's Class to Mahon Hall for Clothing Wokshop "My Clothes My World" (Bus 4 leaves Fernwood School at 8:20 you must be here before that)
Wednesday Jan 29 -Ms Hingston's Class to Mahon Hall for Clothing Wokshop "My Clothes My World" (Bus 4 leaves Fernwood School at 8:20 you must be here before that)
-PAC Fun Lunch 
-"3Ps" Day or PPP Day: Pirate Gym, Pizza Day (for those who order the PAC Fun Lunch) and Pajama Day!
Thursday Feb 4 'Parenting with Heart' Workshop (see post below to register for free) 
Monday Feb 10 PAC Meeting at 6:30 pm Harbour House ("Woodley's) 
Monday Feb 17 Statutory Holiday: Family Day (school closed - Tuesday to Friday week this week) 
Wednesday Feb 19Field Trip: Ms Klare's Sapling class, Ms Bain's Cedars and Ms Keltika's Arbutus Skating
Wednesday Feb 26 Pink Shirt Day
Thursday March 5Early Dismissal for parent/teacher or student led conferences (school dismissed at noon) 
Friday May 22 Annual Fernwood FUN FAIR (Friday School Day) 
Thursday May 28 Spring Concert 

PPP Day is Wednesday! January 29

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:55 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 9:53 PM ]

Wednesday, January 29th will be PPP Day or the 3P Day!
This is a fun day where kids can wake up and stay in their pajamas (PAJAMAS), it's a PAC hot lunch day (PIZZA and sushi for those who choose to order the PAC Fun Lunch), and PE this day will be "Pirate Day" (PIRATE) where equipment is configured in a different and fun way. 

Matt Moore at Fernwood Today!

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:52 PM by Leah Ashford

Students in Mr McPhee, Ms Verhaeghe, and Ms Bain's Grade 4/5 Classes attended an Author Visit with Matt Moore today. 
Matt presented his book "The Name of My Blanket is Hlbin Hlox" the Killer Whale that Blocks Out the Moon.
He also introduced some Nisga'a language.
Ms Parker, our Teacher Librarian, wanted to acknowledge the following students who either read or spoke the language today during the visit:
Sasha, Sophia, Cooper and Abby from Ms Verhaeghe's class
Silas, Guy, Benny, Summer and Maya from Mr McPhee's class
Maggie, Fenwick, and Topper from Ms Hingston's class

Thank You to Our Basketball Coaches!

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:41 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 4:43 PM ]

We wanted to say a big thank you to the parents who are coaching basketball...Martin Mongard (Finn's Dad) will be coaching the boys Grade 4/5 team.
Becky Acheson (Arlo's mom) and Cassidy Passey (Honey and Ginger's mom) are coaching the Girls Grade 4/5 team. 

It is so appreciated by the students! 

Boys practices are at lunch on Mondays. 
Girls practices are at lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

A Game Schedule, once determined, will be shared and permission forms sent home. 

GISS Science Students Visit Fernwood!

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:38 PM by Leah Ashford

Highschool Teacher, Stacy Mitchell, and her Grade 11/12 science class to came Fernwood School Tuesday, January 21. Stations were set up in the Library for the GISS students to present one or two concepts they have learned in anatomy and physiology. Grades K to 5 students helped to grade the students on their projects! Amazing poster presentations included the areas of: the Brain (the amygdala), blood, cells, scoliosis, the respiratory system, instestines and the digestive system, the reproductive system ,  the circulatory System and more. This was such great opportunity for our students to be part of and an awesome opportunity for the GISS students to show off their work to an eager audience! 

Mr. McPhee's Class Maker Day at GISS

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:29 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 9:04 PM ]

On Tuesday, students from Mr. McPhee's class and a class from Fulford Elementary participated in a Maker Day hosted by Rachel FitzZaland's classes at GISS. Students had to think about the furniture in their classroom and come up with something they wanted to improve. They then got to design a model of their idea using amazing kits that Rachel and her class made thanks to an Innovation and Technology Grant. The designs students made were awesome! ~ Andrew McPhee, Grade 4/5 Teacher

Kindergarten Registration Takes Place Feb 1 to Feb 29

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:24 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 4:25 PM ]

It's time to register for Kindergarten! 

If you have a child turning five (5) years on or before December 31, 2020 (born in 2015) please register by completing the registration form located at our office. You can also find it here:

Everything you need to know can be found on the webiste however if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 250-537-9332. 

Please also see the helpful poster from SD64. 

Cross Boundary Students: Application Requests are Done Annually

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:17 PM by Leah Ashford

The Board of Education (School District #64) requires cross boundary requests to be made annually by parents or guardians to the Superintendent of Schools using the Cross Boundary Application Form (reference: Policies and Procedures 530 and 700).

We will send home a form to parents next week. Please return the form to Fernwood as soon as is possible as they are date stamped once they arrive at the Board Office.    You can send it to school with your child if it helps.  The form can also be found at:

 We will assist with your responsibility to have it arrive at the Board office by their deadline of March 15th by obtaining the required signatures on your behalf and forwarding the completed form for you.  Separate forms are required for each child. Although the deadline is March 15th, please do this BEFORE March 15th as March 15th falls on a Sunday and the deadline would be March may take some time for our office here to obtain the required signatures and then forward it on for you. 

Grade 5 Parents: Saltspring Middle School Programs

posted Jan 23, 2020, 4:12 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 9:08 PM ]

If you are NOT registering for a program at SIMS (French or MYSEEC for example) you do not need to fill out any forms. Your child will be "transferred" over to SIMS from Fernwood automatically without any registration forms necessary. 

If you are interested in the French Immersion Program or the MYSEEC Program for Grade 6 please see the Salt Spring Middle School webpage at: and also the SD64 registration page at:

Helpful "transition" or "bridging" events take place before June for students to introduce students to the Middle School. More information will come about that once the dates are arranged by the Middle School. The deadline for registering for special programs such as MYSEEC or French is usually March 15th and we will forward any information we receive from the Middle School to parents as soon as we receive it.

Grad Rates Improve in the Gulf Islands

posted Jan 23, 2020, 3:54 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 4:01 PM ]

The Six-Year Completion Rate for BC residents, often referred to as the “grad rate”, increased and approached the BC average in June 2019. The percentage of Gulf Islands School District students graduating in six years from their grade 8 to 12 program jumped from 74.2% for the previous year to 82.7%, the 4th largest increase in the province. The results were confirmed by BC’s Ministry of Education in December 2019. There is more information about this news on the School District home page

Wet Weather Clothes

posted Jan 23, 2020, 3:47 PM by Leah Ashford

Please ensure your child is warm and dry throughout their day by sending him/her to school appropriately dressed for cold rainy weather if and when it arrives (it did today...and yesterday)!  Every child has room on their hooks and in their cubby for extra clothes and shoes in case they get wet.  If a student gets wet you may receive a call from them to drive to school with clothing. Please send extra pants and socks in particular. We have extra rubber boots in our store room in limited sizes. 

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