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Ferndale Lower Elementary

Ferndale Lower Elementary 2610 Pinecrest Ferndale, 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)

PDF DocumentStudent Code of Conduct

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!

Popsicles with Principals!

PDF DocumentBack to School Story

Google SlideI'm Going to Kindergarten Story Slides

Google Slide Welcome to Kindergarten

Google DocSchool Supply List

 

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  • 28 Nov
    • FLower: YMCA Sport Camp 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      FLower: YMCA Sport Camp
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Gym/Cafeteria
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 29 Nov
    • FLower: Lego Club Session 2
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Media Center
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 30 Nov
    • Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
      Date: Nov 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
    • All District: Early Release Wednesday
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - FHS Building Wide, FMS Building Wide, FUEL Building Wide, Lower El B
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
      Early Release will occur every Wednesday throughout the school year beginning the first Wednesday after Labor Day through the last Wednesday in May (excluding ½ days or non-student days)

Ferndale Lower Newsletters

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  • 27 Nov
  • 28 Nov
    • FLower: YMCA Sport Camp 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      FLower: YMCA Sport Camp
      Date: Nov 28
      Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Gym/Cafeteria
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 29 Nov
    • FLower: Lego Club Session 2
      Date: Nov 29
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - Lower El Media Center
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
  • 30 Nov
    • Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
      Date: Nov 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
    • All District: Early Release Wednesday
      Date: Nov 30
      Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Lower El (Roosevelt) - FHS Building Wide, FMS Building Wide, FUEL Building Wide, Lower El B
      Calendar: Ferndale Lower Elementary Calendar
      Early Release will occur every Wednesday throughout the school year beginning the first Wednesday after Labor Day through the last Wednesday in May (excluding ½ days or non-student days)

Recent News

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Bond Proposal Delayed

After reviewing the results of the community survey and speaking with several groups of staff members, our administrative bond team has decided to postpone the bond vote from May 2023 to a later date. This brief postponement will provide our team and the Facilities Planning Committee the time needed to explore some additional concepts as well as avenues to enhance security measures in all of our schools.

While this temporary delay is frustrating, it is the right time for us all to take a step back and fully consider all of the potential bond improvements before collectively deciding on the right plan for the future of Ferndale Schools. Bond opportunities are rare and it is imperative that we ensure we are fully exploring all options before deciding as a community what to invest in. Our financial advisors have also assured us that a temporary delay in the bond vote would have a minimal impact on the potential revenue gained.

The community Town Hall meeting that was set to take place next week is also going to be moved to a later date in early 2023.

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Eat Pizza, Feed Families

It’s pizza time!

Ferndale Blessings in a Backpack is hosting their annual Little Caesars Pizza Kit fundraiser! Please help feed our students on the program by purchasing pizza kits for yourself, your family and your friends.

Pizza Purchase Link

OR you can become a seller to raise funds and get entered into the $50 raffle! To get started, click here to create your very own Seller page. You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. 

Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages. Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!  

If you have any questions, please email FPS teacher Lindsay Gonska at lindsay.gonska@ferndaleschools.org

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5th Grade Visits Kinder Classroom

On Thursday, Nov. 17th Mrs. Carp's 5th grade class visited Mrs. Tobin's Kindergarten class family. Together the classes read, “I Like Myself” and talked about their own uniqueness. The 5th graders helped the Kinders create their own self-portrait. It was a power hour of making connections, cooperating, and using creativity.

   
 

 

 
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Animals Assemble!

All K-5 elementary students had the opportunity last week to learn from the Howell Nature Center about animals and their "superpowers"!  Our guest speaker from the HNC helped us to learn fun facts about animals, conversation, and all of the many adaptations animals have to help them survive in the wild!  A special thank you to the Ferndale Elementary PTA for funding the assembly once again!

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  • 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.

Administration

Name
Position
Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum
Superintendent
Principal
Secretary

First Fives

Name
Position
Teacher

Kindergarten

Name
Position
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher
Giovanna Santangelo
Teacher
Teacher

1st Grade

Name
Position
Teacher
Nicole Mikolajewski
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher

2nd Grade

Name
Position
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher
Teacher

Art

Name
Position
Art Teacher

ESL

Name
Position
ParaProfessional

Language Arts

Name
Position
Media Specialist
Reading Intervention Specialist (K-2)
ParaProfessional
Reading Specialist
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Language Arts Teacher Assistant
Teaching and Learning Specialist

Music

Name
Position
Music Teacher
Music Teacher

Physical Education

Name
Position
Teacher
Teacher

Special Education

Name
Position
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Psychologist
Resource Room
Elizabeth O'Halloran
Speech Pathologist
Speech Pathologist
Teacher
Miranda Vanwynsberghe
Teacher
Deborah Holt-Foster
ParaProfessional
Delante Johnson
ParaProfessional
ParaProfessional
ParaProfessional
ParaProfessional
ParaProfessional

SACC

Name
Position
SACC Coordinator
SACC Leader
SACC Assistant
Carolann Stan-Scrimger
SACC Assistant
SACC Assistant
SACC Assistant

Social Worker

Name
Position
Social Worker

Student Services

Name
Position
Parent Liaison
Behavior Interventionist
Jenelle Gondek-Stankos
Mental Health Specialist
Mental Health Specialist
Communities In Schools Liason
Building Substitute
Instructional Aide