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 




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 




Overnight Form PDF Document


School Supply Lists

Third Grade

  • Heavy-duty plastic folder that will be used as a daily communication folder (1)
  • Pencils (1 pack)
  • Crayons (1 pack)
  • Glue sticks (2)
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Folders with pockets (3)
  • Composition Notebooks (4)
  • 1 inch 3-ring binders (3) (white hard cover)
  • Pencil box
  • Eraser tops (2)
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • Post-It notes (1 pack)
  • Scissors (1)

Community items

  • Tissue
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towel

Fourth Grade

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Ruler
  • Spiral Notebook (4) (different colors)
  • Duo tang Folders (colors to match notebooks)
  • Colored pencils
  • 3-ring 1” hard cover
  • binder (1)
  • Heavy-duty folder that will be used as a home/school folder
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • Composition Notebook
  • Graph paper
  • Pack of pens (blue or black)
  • Post-it Notes (4 packs)

Wish List (nonessentials)

  • Markers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Eraser Tops
  • Erasers
  • Dry Erase Markers (1 Pack)

Fifth Grade

  • Composition Notebooks (3)
  • 1" inch binder
  • 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)
  • Flash drive on neck lanyard (labeled with student’s name)
  • Glue gun glue sticks, low temp/skinny


All supplies are for the class community, unless otherwise noted.

Please do not label community supplies with your child’s name.

  • 2 individual pencil sharpeners with lid*
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • 1 liquid glue bottle
  • 2 large glue sticks*
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 2 boxes Ticonderoga #2 pencils, sharpened*
  • 2 boxes Crayola colored pencils**
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 box of markers
  • 1 ream of copy paper
  • 3 black composition notebooks
  • 1 package pink erasers
  • 2 containers disinfectant wipes*
  • 1 3-inch white binder with pockets
  • 1 package of 100 clear sheet protectors
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 package of white cardstock
  • Snack sized baggies (1st graders only)
  • Sandwich sized baggies (2nd graders only)
  • Gallon sized baggies (3rd graders only)

Because students are often working on the floor, it is STRONGLY suggested that students have:

  • 1 pair of indoor shoes
  • 1 pair of outdoor shoes



  • backpack
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 4 pack of dry erase markers
  • 1 container Play Doh (any color, any brand)
  • 1 pack of paper cups (regular or Dixie cup size)
  • 1 pack of napkins OR 1 roll of paper towel OR one pack of snack size paper plates
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • 1 pump dispenser of hand sanitizer
  • 1 bottle of clear liquid hand soap
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • 3 ring binder (ASD program)
  • Shaving Cream

 These donations also appreciated:

  • Ziploc Bags - gallon, sandwich, snack size
  • Clorox wipes
  • Wet wipes for hands
  • Liquid dish soap