Ferndale Lower Elementary School

Ferndale Lower Elementary

Offering Grades K-2

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.


students in the hallway

Character Education

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 !

Points of Pride

  • 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 interevention programs to support diverse learning needs
  • Parental involvement support and engagement programs
  • School Family atmosphere for the whole family

students playing on the playground

Proudly Partnered with Playworks

First Fives

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 to 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!


Lower Elementary Principal: Diana Keefe

 Mrs. 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.

Back to School

Welcome Letters

Lower Elementary Letter PDF Document

Kindergarten Orientation Letter PDF Document

2018 School Supply Lists



  • Ticonderoga Beginners - Primary Size (with erasers)
  • Elmer’s Glue Sticks
  • 24 pack of crayola crayons
  • 10 pack of crayola markers
  • Kleenex
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Coffee filters
  • Ziplock Bags
    • Last Name A-M: Sandwich size
    • Last Name N-Z: Gallon size
  • Black Expo dry erase markers
  • Crayola watercolor paint
  • Tempura Paint
  • White Cardstock
  • Construction paper

First Grade


  • 12 Glue sticks (Elmers)
  • 24 Crayons (Crayola)
  • 24 Yellow Pencils (Ticonderoga)
  • Crayola Markers
  • 2Expo Dry Erase Markers
  • 3-prong plastic pocket folders
  • 2 pink erasers
  • 2 Composition Notebooks-black and white covers
  • 1 roll of Paper Towel
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • ‚Äč2 boxes of Tissue
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  • Sealable baggies (quart/gallon)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dixie cups
  • Cap erasers
  • Coffee filters

Wish List

  • Multi-color bright printer paper
  • Lay flat clipboard

Second Grade


  • Pencil Box (personal)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pencils (plain yellow)
  • Erasers
  • Crayola Crayons (box of 24 or smaller)
  • Markers (box of 10 or 12)
  • Expo (dry-erase) Markers - THIN
  • 2  Boxes of Tissue
  • 2 Folders -1 blue, 1 black
  • 1 Composition Notebook - wide-ruled
  • 1 Spiral Notebook - wide-ruled
  • Clorox Clean Wipes (girl)
  • Hand Sanitizer (boy)
  • Baby Wipes (girl)
  • Paper Towel (boy)
  • Ziploc Bags
    • Girls: Gallon Size
    • Boys: Sandwich Size