Ferndale Lower Elementary News
Ferndale Lower Elementary News
Lower Elementary Newsletters
Join the City of Ferndale for a 2-day interactive virtual summit where we will be exploring the vision of our city, together. Participate in three (3) Virtual Community Summit sessions on October 26th and 27th. RSVP below (note there are separate RSVP links for each session) and be sure to share with your friends and neighbors. In case you cannot attend, these sessions will be recorded and posted online at a later date.
Plan Ferndale - Virtual Community Summit – October 26 & 27
- October 26, 2021 (6pm-8pm) - Plan Ferndale Virtual Summit - "Unpacking Development" session (RSVP on Eventbrite) (Facebook link)
- October 27, 2021 (3pm-5pm) - Plan Ferndale Virtual Summit - "Equitable Open Space" session (RSVP on Eventbrite) (Facebook link)
- October 27, 2021 (6pm-8pm) - Plan Ferndale Virtual Summit - "Climate & Resiliency" session (RSVP on Eventbrite) (Facebook link)
This year, FUEL 5th graders work together to complete STEM challenges. These challenges correlate with our weekly Journeys’ reading lessons. This week, their challenge was to use their limited time to create the fastest, most efficient skateboard; using 2 index cards, 4 life savers, 4 pennies, 2 straws, 2 crafts sticks, and a long piece of tape. Mrs. Lepp and Mr. Williamson’s classes then went in the hall to test their creations. We are so proud of their team work, engagement and creativity.
Families lined the streets of 9 Mile and Pinecrest to welcome the 2021 Eagle Pride Homecoming Parade last Friday. Students joined their classmates and teachers to carry banners down the main streets, led by the Golden Eagle Marching Band.
The Eagle Pride Tailgate once again featured free music and an inflatable slide, as well as local food trucks and games for community members. Thanks to everyone for coming out to celebrate with us. #FlyHighEagles
On Tuesday, The International Day of Peace, seven 4th and 5th graders who were from the Montessori "Sassafras Room" were invited back to help the current students paint peace poles. They were so helpful and all of the students and teaching staff loved having them back!
Ferndale Lower Elementary students recognized Constitution Day last week. Each class participated in their own way. Several classes created crafts and sang songs, while others drafted their own class constitution. There were also discussions, video, read alouds, and lessons on US symbols.
As the weather grows colder and traditional flu season approaches, please remember that it is essential that we do not send students to school if they are not feeling well. In addition to traditional signs of illness, we are asking you to watch for these symptoms of potential illness due to unique coronaviruses in circulation.
If your students are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home until 24-48 hours after the symptoms are gone:
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
- muscle or body aches
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- new loss of taste or smell
Earlier this week, we received updated guidance from MDHHS with regards to our quarantining process with regards to close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case.
In the past, we have been advised by MDHHS and Oakland County Health Department to quarantine any close contacts (within 3 feet for 15 minutes, unvaccinated) of a COVID-19 positive case for 10 days.
However, this week, MDHHS revised their guidance. We are no longer required to quarantine every close contact, provided that:
- masks were being worn by both parties
- the COVID-19 positive individual
- the individual close contact
- the close contact is asymptomatic
- the close contact agrees to be tested each day prior to entering the school building (7 days).
Close contacts who were eating lunch with masks removed will most likely not qualify for this new guidance, because masks were removed for a significant portion of the contact time (over 15 minutes.)
MDHHS is also supplying free rapid tests for us to use to conduct this testing, so it will be free of charge for all families.
While we are eager to comply with this new guidance in order to minimize the impact on students and families, it will take some time to initiate this protocol. Our plan is to create a central testing location at Ferndale High School which will offer daily rapid testing for any students deemed a close contact from 7:30 am–9:30 am each morning. We hope to begin offering this within the next week, provided we are able to secure enough tests to begin.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new process.
Ferndale Elementary parents were invited to curriculum nights at Ferndale Lower and Upper Elementary Schools this week, and secondary curriculum nights will be hosted next week. Educators, parent groups, and community organizations were available for families to learn about curriculum and discover resources.
Upland Hills Farm came to Ferndale Lower, animals and all! The truckload included goats, sheep and a cow.
Students (and teachers) enjoyed learning about the animals and petting them. They even listened to them "talking". Thanks, Elementary PTA, for sponsoring this experience both for Roomies and Zoomies.
FHS and Bloom Pediatrics will be hosting a 12+ vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 20th.
The Pfizer vaccine will be provided, and will require a second dose on June 10th. Parents must Complete This Consent Form for all students, and bring it the day of the clinic or email to email@example.com
There are 250 total vaccine doses available. Register now!
Every year, we present the annual state of the district. To celebrate some of the innovations and adaptations we have developed during building closures, we are presenting the State of the District as a series of short videos, available for asynchronous viewing.
View the 2021 State of the District Mixtapes, which can be viewed altogether or clicked through in any order.
- Preschool at FECC
- Elementary (Lower & Upper)
- Secondary (FMS, FHS, TCEC, & UHS)
- Your District, Today & Tomorrow
The links are live at FerndaleSchools.org/2021.
This week, Major Zachary Shea presented Ms. Mikolajewski with a flag from the US Army. This flag honored Ms. M’s work teaching Major Shea’s daughter, Cora, and supporting their family while he was deployed for the last 11 months.
Thank you Ms. Mikolajewski for supporting all of our Ferndale Families, and thank you, Major Shea, for your service to our country and for helping us to honor the other ways people are serving in our community!