Elementary Connections Group

The Elementary Connections Group, formerly the Parent Advisory Committee, is devoted to bringing nature, families, educators, and the community together to create unique and memorable experiences that nurture our children's minds. The group is focused on building a stronger school community through experiences like elementary camps and family mentorships.


Mentors/District Ambassadors

The Family Mentorship Program offers new-to-the-district families an opportunity to connect with an established FPS family, to help them feel welcome and supported. If this sounds like it would be a valuable program for you and your family, please register below.

Google Forms Register to Get Connected »


Volunteering & Outreach

The Elementary Connections Group is expanding to include more school/classroom volunteering and outreach. As this is new to the group, we are looking for anyone interested in taking on the following roles:

  • Lower Elementary Classroom Volunteer Liaison
  • Upper Elementary Classroom Volunteer Liaison
  • Elder-Outreach Liaison

Below are basic summaries of the roles, but these can be molded to what is needed. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to Adrianne Quinn at adrianne.quinn@gmail.com.

Lower & Upper Elementary Classroom Volunteer Liaison - NEEDED:

An individual for each school to work with the Parent Liaison, teachers and Principal. The Classroom Volunteer Liaison would determine what teachers need/want volunteers, if they have a Classroom Coordinator, encourage the use of family members for classroom volunteers, help to pinpoint best-practices for recruiting and communicating, etc. The Liaison would help to promote classroom volunteers and would assist in finding Classroom Coordinators, as needed. Check in with Classroom Coordinators to gather information, such as what's working, what isn't, interest, availability, etc. Report to the Elementary Connections Group board findings and insight.

Elder-Outreach Liaison - NEEDED:

An individual to lead elder-outreach via direct mail invitation. The goal is to encourage inter-generational learning and to incorporate elders from the community into Classroom Volunteering. Generally speaking, the elder community does not utilize online sign-ups, etc. As such, scheduling elder volunteers would require direct contact with both the elders and the school administration. 


Camp

Ferndale Elementary and the Elementary Connections Group organizes and plans camps for each grade every school year. The camps are an opportunity for all students in Ferndale Elementary to participate in special activities in an outdoor setting. The First Fives, Kindergarten and 1st graders enjoy a one day outdoor camp. The 2nd and 3rd graders have two days of camp. The 4th grade camp is two days with one overnight stay, and the 5th grade camp is three days and 2 nights. 

Camp projects, trips, and activities are theme‐based, structured around the Common Core Curriculum, and strongly supported by our teachers and administrators. This year’s theme will be “My World”. Parents work with teachers to plan and facilitate these programs. Camp is not a field trip.  Camp is so much more!  Families come together to plan, coordinate, teach, and implement this wonderful outdoor learning experience for all our children.

In order to run Camp efficiently, 1 parent volunteer is needed for approximately every 3 students participating in Camp.  Camp is entirely Parent planned and run. Our wonderful teachers are there to approve parents’ Camp vision, review/approve lesson plans and oversee student behavior on the day-of, but otherwise, this day is basically for the teachers’ enjoyment and the parents to manage. Please see the individual camp tabs below for what volunteer positions are needed.

First Fives/Kindergarten/1st Grade Camp

A combined one day camp for First Fives, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students with parent designed and led centers around the "My World" theme. We are still looking for a Camp Coordinator and will eventually need Center Developers/Leaders. If you are interested or want more information, please contact Adrianne Quinn at adrianne.quinn@gmail.com.

Location

TBD (Local)

Date

Thursday, May 21st 

Cost

$10

Camp Coordinator

TBD

Volunteers Needed

We are ALL volunteers with a common goal:

  1. to actively participate in our children’s outdoor education Camp in conjunction with teacher overview and
  2. to create a fun and engaging camp with the purpose of supporting classroom curriculum/learning.  K/1 Camps are combined to encourage mentoring both students and parents.

The annual theme is curriculum-based and strongly supported by our teachers and administrators. There are many ways to create a wonderful learning environment with these topics and there are many resources available at the school and beyond.  Volunteers are encouraged to utilize all current resources as well as develop their own new twists! We work with the budget afforded us through Elementary Connection Group fundraising only. Donations are allowed & encouraged.

*Accommodations are made for special needs students and, of course, our wonderful grandparent volunteers!  You must let your Camp Coordinator know in advance of any special accommodations that need to be made.  

Camp Coordinator: NEED 1 PERSON 

Day-of Camp Attendance Not Required, but Encouraged

  • The Camp Coordinator plans, organizes, and orchestrates the annual camps for all students. This committee will work in partnership with the classroom teachers to organize, plan details, and carry out a successful camp experience which are based on themes each year that align with the grade-level content expectations. If you are willing to oversee the grade-level camp planning committee by organizing the meetings, keeping track of deadlines, and coordinating volunteers, this job is for YOU (and a partner if you like)!  Lots of support is available from past coordinators

Center Planners

Day-of Camp Attendance Not Required

  • If you cannot attend Camp, but have a great idea for a Center and would love to develop it and then teach it to someone who can lead it on the day of Camp, this job is for you!  Sometimes a full-day at Camp is a tough commitment. You may find that once you’ve created a Center, you just have to be there to see the kids enjoy it! In which case, take the day off work and join us even if it’s just for part of the day.

Center Leader

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Develops concept for specific Center
  • Prepares Lesson Plan
  • Obtains all supplies needed, whether from Camp Closet or approved purchase by the Treasurer
  • Communicates with Camp Coordinator if need specific items to be donated
  • Sets up Center on day of Camp
  • Runs Center (with Helpers) on day of Camp
  • Cleans up Center after Camp

Center Helper

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Helps the Center Leader on the day of Camp with set-up, teaching center and clean-up

Group Leader 

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Distributes name-tags, bags/bandanas at the beginning of Camp to students in group.
  • Leads group of ~ 10 students (give or take) through cycles of Centers at Camp 
  • Your child cannot be in your Group

Group Helper

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Helps the Group Leader corral kids through the cycles of Centers on the day of Camp
  • Makes bathroom runs if students need it
  • Your child cannot be in your Group

Set-Up / Clean-Up

Part Time Attendance Required

  • If you have limited time in the morning or afternoon, consider just helping the Centers set-up or clean-up.  We may need volunteers to deliver extra tables or other supplies in the morning on the day of Camp from the school to the park, or back again in the afternoon

Photographer

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • We love seeing the happy faces of our Campers!  If you enjoy taking pictures and have the ability to share those photos via Facebook on our Ferndale Elementary Schools’ Parent Network Facebook page and providing the Overall Camp Coordinator with a digital copy for archival purposes, then we’d love to have you!  There are certain students that cannot be photographed, which our Photographer will need to be cautious of and respect.

Timekeeper

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • If you have a loud voice and/or a whistle and an accurate device to measure time, this job is for you!  Timekeeper is a great role in that you are able to wander Camp and visit all the Centers.

At-home Help

Attendance Not Required

2nd/3rd Grade Camp

Two days of camp for 2nd and 3rd grade. The 2nd and 3rd Grade Camp dates overlap on Wednesday, May 13th.  Those grades will be combined that day for "Center Day" to encourage mentorship. We are still looking for Center Developers/Leaders. If you are interested or want more information, please contact the Camp Coordinator. 

Location

TBD (Local)

Dates:

Tuesday, May 12th - 3rd Grade Camp

Wednesday, May 13th - 2nd & 3rd Grade Camp

Thursday, May 14th - 2nd Grade Camp

Cost

$25

Camp Coordinator

Adrianne Quinn

E-mail

adrianne.quinn@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed:

We are ALL volunteers with a common goal:

  1. to actively participate in our children’s outdoor education Camp in conjunction with teacher overview and
  2. to create a fun and engaging camp with the purpose of supporting classroom curriculum/learning.  2/3 Camps are combined to encourage mentoring both students and parents.

The annual theme is curriculum-based and strongly supported by our teachers and administrators. There are many ways to create a wonderful learning environment with these topics and there are many resources available at the school and beyond.  Volunteers are encouraged to utilize all current resources as well as develop their own new twists! We work with the budget afforded us through Elementary Connection Group fundraising only. Donations are allowed & encouraged.

*Accommodations are made for special needs students and, of course, our wonderful grandparent volunteers!  You must let your Camp Coordinator know in advance of any special accommodations that need to be made.  

Center Planners

Day-of Camp Attendance Not Required

  • If you cannot attend Camp, but have a great idea for a Center and would love to develop it and then teach it to someone who can lead it on the day of Camp, this job is for you!  Sometimes a full-day at Camp is a tough commitment. You may find that once you’ve created a Center, you just have to be there to see the kids enjoy it! In which case, take the day off work and join us even if it’s just for part of the day.

Center Leader

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Develops concept for specific Center
  • Prepares Lesson Plan
  • Obtains all supplies needed, whether from Camp Closet or approved purchase by the Treasurer
  • Communicates with Camp Coordinator if need specific items to be donated
  • Sets up Center on day of Camp
  • Runs Center (with Helpers) on day of Camp
  • Cleans up Center after Camp

Center Helper

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Helps the Center Leader on the day of Camp with set-up, teaching center and clean-up

Group Leader 

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Distributes name-tags, bags/bandanas at the beginning of Camp to students in group.
  • Leads group of ~ 10 students (give or take) through cycles of Centers at Camp 
  • Your child cannot be in your Group

Group Helper

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • Helps the Group Leader corral kids through the cycles of Centers on the day of Camp
  • Makes bathroom runs if students need it
  • Your child cannot be in your Group

Set-Up / Clean-Up

Part Time Attendance Required

  • If you have limited time in the morning or afternoon, consider just helping the Centers set-up or clean-up.  We may need volunteers to deliver extra tables or other supplies in the morning on the day of Camp from the school to the park, or back again in the afternoon

Photographer

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • We love seeing the happy faces of our Campers!  If you enjoy taking pictures and have the ability to share those photos via Facebook on our Ferndale Elementary Schools’ Parent Network Facebook page and providing the Overall Camp Coordinator with a digital copy for archival purposes, then we’d love to have you!  There are certain students that cannot be photographed, which our Photographer will need to be cautious of and respect.

Timekeeper

Full Day-of Camp Attendance Required

  • If you have a loud voice and/or a whistle and an accurate device to measure time, this job is for you!  Timekeeper is a great role in that you are able to wander Camp and visit all the Centers.

At-home Help

Attendance Not Required

4th Grade Camp

The 4th grade camp is the first year of overnight camp. It is two days and one night of camp.  This camp experience needs male & female chaperones for the day and night portion of the camp. A camp information folder will be coming home with students in January and will include necessary forms and more detailed information.

Location

Camp Tamarack

Dates

Thursday, April 30th - Friday, May 1st 

Cost

$100

Camp Coordinator

TBD

Volunteers Needed:

Camp would not be a success without parents who volunteer as chaperones.  This is the time that we ask for as many who are willing and able to volunteer to enhance your child’s camp experience.  We have many positions that need to be filled and it is imperative that all parents generously volunteer. Please remember that camp can’t take place without your support! 

Camp fees cover overnight lodging, meals, snacks, staff & activities.  As a parent volunteer, your lodging will be free of charge and include all meals & snacks.  Parents can also participate in activities throughout camp, although there a few activities that are reserved just for the children.  

At camp your child will participate in activities conducted by Camp staff with the support of parent volunteers.  Volunteers are needed for all activities, for free time, and overnight supervision.   

We have separate boy and girl cabins at camp, and multiple of each. For every cabin, we will need a parent supervision.  This means that we will need at least 4 moms and 4 dads to spend the night at camp. Parents spending the night must be at camp by 8:00 p.m. and able to stay with their cabin group until breakfast at 9:00 a.m. the next morning.  The facility has showers and volunteering parents will have meals provided for them as well.

Volunteer Commitment Forms and other paperwork will be added at a later date, and will also be sent home. Positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Once all assignments have been made, you will receive a copy of the schedule and will be expected to attend at the times you have agreed to serve.  

As you will see, camp is a very fun, exciting, and educational experience for both parents and children alike.  Please partner with us and donate your time generously to make this year’s 4th grade camp a success.

5th Grade Camp

The 5th grade camp is the culmination of a student's elementary camp experiences. It is the longest camp experience; three days and two nights of camp. This camp experience needs male & female chaperones for the day and night portion of the camp. A camp information folder will be coming home with students in January and will include necessary forms and more detailed information.

Location:

Camp Cavell

Dates:

Tuesday, June 2 - Thursday, June 4

Cost:

$120

Camp Coordinator:

Christine Martin & Tanita Parks

Volunteers Needed:

Camp would not be a success without parents who volunteer as chaperones.  This is the time that we ask for as many who are willing and able to volunteer to enhance your child’s camp experience.  We have many positions that need to be filled and it is imperative that all parents generously volunteer. Please remember that camp can’t take place without your support! 

Camp fees cover overnight lodging, meals, snacks, staff & activities.  As a parent volunteer, your lodging will be free of charge and include all meals & snacks.  Parents can also participate in activities throughout camp, although there a few activities that are reserved just for the children.  

At camp your child will participate in activities conducted by Camp staff with the support of parent volunteers.  Volunteers are needed for all activities, for free time, and overnight supervision.   

We have separate boy and girl cabins at camp, and multiple of each. For every cabin, we will need a parent supervision.  This means that we will need at least 8 moms and 8 dads to spend the night each night at camp. Parents spending the night must be at camp by 8:00 p.m. and able to stay with their cabin group until breakfast at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  The facility has showers and volunteering parents will have meals provided for them as well. We strongly encourage parents to stay only one night at camp to give other parents the opportunity to participate.  Overnight volunteering is a popular choice.

Volunteer Commitment Forms and other paperwork will be added at a later date, and will also be sent home. Positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Once all assignments have been made, you will receive a copy of the schedule and will be expected to attend at the times you have agreed to serve.  

As you will see, camp is a very fun, exciting, and educational experience for both parents and children alike.  Please partner with us and donate your time generously to make this year’s 5th grade camp a success.


Fundraisers

Elementary Connections Group plans and organizes group and individual fundraisers throughout the year. Group fundraisers help to support overall camp costs, such as t-shirts, camp fees, etc. The individual fundraisers help families raise money for their children's camp costs. Below are the individual fundraisers we have planned for this year:

  • Fall - Butter Braided Bread (COMPLETE)
  • Winter - Coffee (COMPLETE)
  • Winter - Detroit Piston's Game (IN PROGRESS)
  • Spring - Flowers
  • Early Summer - Butterfly Larvae

 

Current Fundraiser - Detroit Pistons Game:Detroit Pistons

 

The Detroit Piston's Fundraiser is NEW this year to the Elementary Connections Group! The fundraiser will help families raise money to pay for their individual camp costs. Each ticket is sold for $25, and $5 from every ticket sold goes towards students' camp costs. See the Detroit Pistons Fundraiser Tab below for more information!

Paper copies of the order forms and flyers will go home in December. Order forms and payments are due back on 1/21/2020. Tickets will be sent electronically for orders made online and delivered to the students at school for those made by the paper order form. 

If there are any questions, please reach out to:

 

Butter Braided Bread Fundraiser - COMPLETE

The Butter Braid Bread is one of the fundraisers that the Elementary Connections Group holds in the fall to help families raise money to pay for their individual camp costs. Bread is sold for $14 per loaf, and each student earns $6 for their camp costs.

In the Fall of 2019, students raised $1566 for Camp Scholarships and almost 100 students had fully paid for their camp costs! Thank you for all of the support of Camp!

Norwood St Coffee Fundraiser - COMPLETE

The Norwood St Coffee Roasters Fundraiser was new to the Elementary Connections Group in the Winter of 2019. It helps families raise money to pay for their individual camp costs. Bags of whole bean or ground coffee are sold for $14 per bag, and each bag sold earns $5 for a student's camp costs.

In the Winter of 2020 students raised ??? funds for camp!

Detroit Pistons Game Fundraiser - IN PROGRESS

Detroit PistonsThe Detroit Pistons Game is a NEW fundraiser this year for the Elementary Connections Group. It will help families raise money to pay for their individual camp costs. Each ticket is sold for $25, and $5 from every ticket sold goes towards students' camp costs. Below is more information about the game.

 

  • Pistons vs. Nuggets
  • Sunday, February 2nd at 12:30PM
  • Ticket Cost: $25, $5 from every ticket sold goes towards students' camp costs

Flyers and order forms will be coming home the beginning of December. Paper copies of the order forms and flyers will go home in December. Order forms and payments are due back on 1/21/2020. Orders must be sent electronically for orders made online and delivered to the students at school for those made by the paper order form. If there are any questions, please reach out to:

Ticket Information - Charnae Ward at (313) 771-7480 or CWard@pistons.com

Camp Costs - Sarah Elturk at ferndale.elementaryconnections@gmail.com

 

Flower Fundraiser - COMING THIS SPRING

Check back early this spring for more information!

Butterfly Larvae Fundraiser - COMING EARLY THIS SUMMER

Check back end of spring for more information!