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K-5 Reading Night Recap

Ferndale Upper & Lower Elementary Schools hosted a K-5 Reading Night in celebration of Reading Month! Families were able to engage in fourteen stations focused on literacy, including Wall Boggle, Bookmark Making, Read to a Dog (with special guest Kiddo!) and many more! Families were also provided at-home resources featuring the five pillars of literacy instruction. Special thank you to our partners the Ferndale PTARoom2Breathe with Kesha Reed, and the Ferndale Library for supporting stations as well!

 

Music & Movement Combine for Colorful Fun at FLower

This week was “Parachute Week” at Ferndale Lower! Kindergarten through second grade Music and P.E. classes combined together to do cross-curricular and cross-grade level activities with the parachute. There was so much laughter, fun, and learning! There was folk dancing, popcorn balls, mountain climbing, tents and more that incorporated essential skills of working together. Music and gym classes promote social emotional learning in a natural and organic way. It was so much fun!

 

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Elementary Students Present History & Art to Board of Education

Lower Elementary students were invited to the Board of Education meeting on Monday to teach our district stewards about history and culture with some beautiful art projects. The student work was wonderful, and the whole room enjoyed their presentations. Great work, little learners!

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PJ Party Concert & Gallery

Ferndale Lower put on their first concert in FOUR years on Thursday this week. The night was split into two concerts with 7 total first grade classes performing "Pajama Party." Music Teacher Meagan Grammatico and Art Teacher Ashley Balogh have collaborated every year where students create artwork that goes along with the theme of the concert and it is displayed in the gym!

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Kindergarten Discovers the Paintings of Miss Alma Thomas

Kindergartners at Ferndale Lower Elementary learned about expressionist painter Alma Woodsey Thomas. In addition to a talented artist, Alma Thomas was gifted teacher and dedicated community advocate for arts and culture. Alma was proudly unmarried her entire life, committing her life's ambition to the development of herself and her community with outstanding results. She was the first woman in the US to earn a BFA in Fine Arts and the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney. Read more about Alma and her many landmark accomplishments. in our full article.
 

View a Google Slides Gallery of Alma Thomas expressionist paintings that inspired the project


 

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