Parent Information


Ferndale Schools has implemented Remind, a new tool that will enable easier and more comprehensive communication between families, teachers and the school district. The Remind site and app will allow you to interact with your student’s teachers while ensuring that the district communicates with you in the ways that you prefer.

After setting up your Remind account, you can choose to receive messages via:

email, text, automated phone calls

Parents are automatically added to Ferndale’s Remind, with your students’ names and buildings attached to your profile. This ensures that parents receive messages related to all students in your household. All you have to do is log onto the Remind website and create your account using the email address Ferndale has on file for you, or Get the Remind App.

Please note that your contact information is loaded into Remind based on what we have on file in the MISTAR system for you. If you need to change your phone or email address, log in to the MISTAR Parent Portal and click My Information in the upper right corner of the screen to review and update your information. Updates in MISTAR will take up to 24 hours to reflect in Remind.

Learn more about Remind and Get Help

Links & Resources

2018 Resource Guide - Oakland Schools — This comprehensive resource guide contains a directory of support programs and agencies available to all ages and all needs.

» Free & Reduced Lunch Program

Universal Student Library Card Application

Additional Links

Parenting Resources from CASEL: The Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning

Ashoka Parenting Changemakers: Offers resources and ideas for acting as a parenting change-maker with a focus on building four skills in family life: empathy, teamwork, new leadership, and change-making. The process helps parents problem-solve for themselves and leads families and communities in addressing the issues that are most pressing to them.

Common Sense Media: Reviews movies, apps, video games, and other media available to children. Each movie, for example, lists a parent-level age rating, along with a kid’s perspective of the appropriate age level. In addition, it gives a summary along with positive messages and violence or scariness rankings. A mobile app makes it simple to review any media children may encounter.

Confident Parents, Confident Kids: The only site for parents that focuses explicitly on actively promoting kids’ social, emotional, and ethical development. Articles and resources focus on simple, practical ways to model, coach, and create opportunities to develop social and emotional skills in the context of family life.

Healthy Children: Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site provides information on children’s developmental ages and stages, healthy living practices, safety and prevention, and dealing with health concerns at home.

Info About Kids: Produced through a collaboration of the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth, and Families, the site is committed to publishing resources with a solid research base. It has sections on body, mind, emotions, and relationships.

52 Essential Conversations: Designed for ages 5 to adult, the cards cover six categories (self-awareness; relationship skills; self-management; social awareness; responsible decision-making; and diversity, equity, and inclusion) and ask questions such as What is fairness? or What is luck? They can be used in a multitude of ways — as conversation prompts during dinner or daily errands, or in place of playing cards in a game of Go Fish.

NBC Parent Toolkit: Provides developmental markers at each age/stage, with guidance for parents on how to support each aspect of development. Resources include the areas of academic, health and wellness, and social and emotional development. A supplemental application can prompt a parent on a child’s specific milestones along with tips for support.

Stop Bullying :Focused on helping parents, educators, and community members stop bullying. There are also resources and articles targeting kids and teens.

Youth Service America :Supports youth as significant contributors to communities through learning, leadership, and service. The group organizes large-scale campaigns, makes grants, offers numerous resources, and gives awards to support its mission.