Ferndale Upper Elementary

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Upper Elementary

When our Second Graders transition to the Ferndale Upper Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade) they benefit from a more focused curriculum that challenges everyone to ask questions, seek answers, and develop leadership skills. Parental involvement is a key component of this program, fostering a partnership between school and home. Parents regularly volunteer inside the classroom, for school events or provide enriching support for their child at home with home-school projects.

Ferndale Upper Elementary is also the new home to Ferndale Lower Elementary Montessori.

Ferndale Upper Elementary Library

Points of Pride include:


  • Elementary band, orchestra and choir lay the foundation for "One of the Best Communities for Music Education" award
  • Award-winning Green School
  • Outdoor Education experiences
  • All-School play/talent show
  • Food drives and service learning projects
  • Active parent, volunteer and tutoring programs



FUEL is a certified Michigan Green School 



Welcome Letter link below

Click to read a letter from Mrs. Jeffrey welcoming students to Ferndale Upper Elementary.


Principal: Katie JeffreyMrs. Jeffrey

Katie Jeffrey is a graduate of Ferndale High School and Michigan State University and has been a Ferndale Public Schools educator since 2005. After working as a teacher and administrator at University High School for eleven years, Mrs. Jeffrey is excited for a new journey and the opportunity to build a new school family at Ferndale Upper Elementary School (FUEL).

"Our goal is to help FUEL our young learners' minds and hearts through inquiry-based instruction and a culture of kindness." Mrs. Jeffrey can be reached by contacting the school office at 248-547-0880 or via email at katharine.jeffrey@ferndaleschools.org.



Overnight Form PDF Document

Welcome Back Letter

Upper Elementary Letter PDF Document

School Supply Lists

Third Grade


  • Pencil/Tool Box (labeled with name-Sharpie marker works best)
    • About size: 8"x5"x2" 
    • Place the following tools inside (labeled with name) pencil sharpener
      • pencil sharpener
      • Pencils
      • Crayons
      • Pencil Top Erasers
      • Glue Sticks
      • Colored Pencils
      • Markers
      • Scissors
      • Blue or Black Pen
      • Highlighter
  • 1" 3-ring binder (1, labeled with name)
  • Composition Notebooks (3, labeled with name)
  • Ear Buds (labeled with name)
  • Backpack
  • 1 Composition Notebook for Spanish (labeled with name)
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or velcro - no slip-ons)

Community items

  • Post-It Notes
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Hand Soap

Fourth Grade

Personal Items

Please label.

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • 5 Notebooks (different colors)
    • 2 Spiral
    • 3 Composition
  • 4 Pocket Folders (colors to match notebooks)
  • Colored Pencils
  • 1" 3-ring hard cover binder (1)
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • Box of Pencils
  • Personal Pencil Sharpener
  • Pack of Pens - Blue/Black & Red)
  • Highlighters

Wish List

(non-essentials/community items)

  • Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Post-it Notes (4 packs)
  • Dry-Erase Markers (1 pack)
  • Personal Headphones or Ear Buds

Fifth Grade

Personal Items

Please label.

  • Composition Notebooks (4)
  • 1" binder (1)
  • Dry-Erase Markers (1 box)
  • Graph Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Glue or Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Box or Pouch
  • Pocket Folders with Inside Clasp - duo-tang 4 (2 folders)
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • Glue gun glue sticks, low temp/skinny (Watson)
  • Personal Pencil Sharpener (2)
  • Post-It Notes (4 pack)
  • Headphones or Ear Buds (in bag)

Wish List


  • Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Disinfecting Wipes


All supplies are for the class community, except gym shoes. Please do not label community supplies with your child’s name.

  • 2 individual pencil sharpeners with lid
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • 2 large glue sticks
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 2 boxes Ticonderoga #2 pencils, sharpened*
  • 2 boxes Crayola colored pencils
  • 1 box of markers
  • 3 black speckled composition notebooks
  • 2 containers disinfectant wipes
  • 1 3-inch white binder with pockets (New students only)
  • 1 package of 100 clear sheet protectors
  • 1 package of white cardstock
  • gym shoes (can double as indoor shoes)

Because students are often working on the floor, it is STRONGLY suggested that students have 1 pair of indoor shoes and 1 pair of outdoor shoes!

* We often run out of items marked with an asterisk! Please consider donating more than the number given if able.

These donations are appreciated:

  • gallon sized ziplock bags
  • sandwhich sized ziplock bags
  • Extra: speckled composition notebooks and 3” white binders

ASD self-contained


  • reusable water bottle
  • Ziploc Bags (any brand)
    • gallon
    • sandwich
    • snack size
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • Play Doh (any color, any brand)
  • shaving Cream
  • 1 pack of dry erase markers
  • 1 package white cardstock
  • 1 pack of paper cups
  • (regular)
  • 1 pack of napkins OR 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 pack of paper plates

These donations also appreciated:

  • ketchup
  • snack size popping corn, or pre-popped corn in bag
  • wet wipes
  • hand liquid soap
  • liquid dish soap
  • *free* grocery store plastic bags