Ferndale Lower Elementary

Ferndale Lower Elementary 2610 PinecrestFerndale, MI 48220 Phone 248-548-1950

Grades K-2

Ferndale Lower and Upper Elementary Schools have received the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award from Michigan ASCD.As a primary school, Ferndale Lower Elementary is designed with the young learner in mind. Teachers use curriculum and learning techniques based on brain-research that enhance visual learning and include music and movement while taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of each child. Additionally, the program's reputation for excellence is based on a philosophy that fosters independence, promotes self-directed learning, and provides instruction in a project-based environment. Students attending Ferndale Lower Elementary School transition to Ferndale Upper Elementary School for grades 3-5

Bell Schedule

  • 8:28am to 3:28pm (M,T, Th,F)
  • 8:28am to 2:28pm (W)

2nd Graders, take a virtual building tour »

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Back to School Story

Our Lower Elementary team has made a helpful book for our early learners, to help explain what is going on. Look through this PDF at your next story time!

PDF DocumentBack to School Story

Google DocSchool Supply List

Ferndale Lower Newsletters

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  • 19 Jan
    • FLower: FLEL - Early Release at 2:28PM
      Date: Jan 19
      Time: 8:28 AM to 2:28 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 21 Jan
    • FLower: FLEL - Half Day - Dismissal at 11:43AM
      Date: Jan 21
      Time: 8:28 AM to 11:43 AM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 24 Jan
    • FLower: FLEL - Kindness Challenge Week
      Date: Jan 24
      Time: 8:28 AM to 3:28 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 26 Jan
    • FLower: FLEL - Early Release at 2:28PM
      Date: Jan 26
      Time: 8:28 AM to 2:28 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 27 Jan
    • FLower: Girls Group with Riley King
      Date: Jan 27
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Art Room
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
      This will be in the art room
  • 2 Feb
    • FLower: FLEL - Early Release at 2:28PM
      Date: Feb 2
      Time: 8:28 AM to 2:28 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar

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Kindergarten Open House February 16th. Register today!

Lower will be hosting a virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00 pm. Building Tours will be available in April.

Register Here 

Learn more at FerndaleSchools.org/openhouse

Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels

TIME CHANGE: Curbside Meal Pick-Up

Curbside Food Service times will be changed to 8:30-9:30 am, beginning Monday, January 17, 2022. 5 days of meals will still be provided for students currently enrolled in Ferndale Schools virtual learning.

Please see the cubside meal pick-up flyer for details.

Meet our Newest Curriculum & SACC Leader

Please join us in welcoming Tiwanya Robinson to our Ferndale Family. Tiwanya joins the district as a Curriculum Coordinator & SACC Coordinator. She brings over 20 years of experience in education to her new role with Ferndale Schools. She has served in a variety of capacities in education, including Instructional Coach, District-wide School Improvement Coach, and Climate & Culture Supervisor. Even with these amazing experiences, she is most proud of the years she spent teaching and earning a National Board certification for teaching. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Child Development/Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Education from Wayne State University in Reading.

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Students at Ferndale Lower Elementary School learn more than academics. We prepare our students for success inside and outside of the classroom and into the future. Guided by our district-wide Character Education initiative, we are helping our students SOAR. View our Matrix!


  • Award-winning National School of Character
  • Awarded Michigan Expert Super Green School for incorporating sustainability into everyday practices for 5 consecutive years
  • Programs designed specifically for primary students
  • Strong intervention programs to support diverse learning needs
  • Parental involvement support and engagement programs
  • School Family atmosphere for the whole family

This program is designed for students who: 

  • Are eligible to attend kindergarten, having turned five on or before September 1st of the school year; 
  • Are developmentally young; 
  • Will benefit from classroom instruction designed with more frequent movement, reduced length of instructional periods, increased use of manipulative and motor activities, and a focus on social and emotional development;
  • The Ferndale Schools kindergarten curriculum serves as the basis for the First 5s program with instruction provided in all core content areas. Pre-reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are emphasized as are mathematics skills.

Learn more about First Fives!

Our Staff

Lower Elementary Principal: Diana Keefe

Diana Keefe has been principal of Ferndale's Lower Elementary program since 2014. Ms. Keefe is committed to developing relationships and connecting with staff, students, parents, and the surrounding community. A high priority of hers is to forge a strong partnership with the Ferndale early childhood community, including outreach to home childcare providers, private & public preschools, and anyone involved in early childhood. She invites any parents of young children or childcare providers to contact her and set up a visit. If you are interested in meeting with Diana Keefe, please call (248) 586-8800 or email her at Diana.Keefe@ferndaleschools.org.