Upper Elementary & Lower Montessori

Ferndale Lower and Upper Elementary Schools have received the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award from Michigan ASCD.When our Second Graders transition to the Ferndale Upper Elementary School (3rd - 5th Grade) they benefit from a more focused curriculum that challenges everyone to ask questions, seek answers, and develop leadership skills. Parental involvement is a key component of this program, fostering a partnership between school and home. Parents regularly volunteer inside the classroom, for school events or provide enriching support for their child at home with home-school projects.

Ferndale Upper Elementary is also the new home to Ferndale Lower Elementary Montessori.

Points of Pride include:


  • Elementary band, orchestra and choir lay the foundation for "One of the Best Communities for Music Education" award
  • Award-winning Green School
  • Outdoor Education experiences
  • All-School play/talent show
  • Food drives and service learning projects
  • Active parent, volunteer and tutoring programs

Dig Deeper

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Principal: Katie Jeffrey

Katie Jeffrey is a graduate of Ferndale High School and Michigan State University and has been a Ferndale Public Schools educator since 2005. After working as a teacher and administrator at University High School for eleven years, Mrs. Jeffrey is excited for a new journey and the opportunity to build a new school family at Ferndale Upper Elementary School (FUEL).

"Our goal is to help FUEL our young learners' minds and hearts through inquiry-based instruction and a culture of kindness." Mrs. Jeffrey can be reached by contacting the school office at 248-547-0880 or via email at katharine.jeffrey@ferndaleschools.org.


Upper Elementary Ala Carte Menu

Starting September 26th 2018, Food Service will be offering ala carte items for the students to purchase during lunch time at Ferndale Upper Elementary.
Here is a list of items that will be available:

  • Goldfish Cheddar Crackers $.75
  • Elf Chocolate Graham Crackers $.75
  • Honey Bunny Graham Crackers $1.00
  • White Cheddar Popcorn $1.00
  • Cheddar Sun Chips $1.00

If students have a negative balance on their account they will not be allowed to purchase an item.
Students must have money at point of service or money on their account. If a student pays for an item and change is needed, the change will be put on their account.


Third Grade

Personal Items

(should be labeled with student name)

  • Pencil/Tool Box (labeled with name-Sharpie marker works best)
    • About size: 8"x5"x2" 
  • AT HOME, place the following tools inside Pencil/Tool Box
    • pencil sharpener
    • sharpened Pencils
    • Crayons
    • Pencil Top Erasers
    • Glue Sticks
    • Scissors
    • Blue Pen
    • Highlighter
  • 2 - 1" 3-ring binders
  • 4 - 2 pocket folders with inside clasps - duotang
  • 5- Composition Notebooks
  • Ear Buds (in bag) labeled with name
  • Backpack
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or velcro - no slip-ons)

Community items

  • Post-It Notes
  • Pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Hand Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Ziplock-style bags (any brand will do)
    • gallon
    • sandwich
    • snack
  • snackware
    • paper plates
    • plasticware
    • napkins

Fourth Grade

Personal Items

Please label

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • 4 Composition Notebooks (different colors)
  • 2 Pocket Folders (colors to match notebooks)
  • Colored Pencils
  • 1 – 1" 3-ring hardcover binder
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • Box of Pencils
  • Personal Pencil Sharpener
  • Pack of Pens - (Blue/Black & Red)
  • Highlighters

Wish List

(non-essentials/community items)

  • Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Post-it Notes (4 packs)
  • Dry-Erase Markers (1 pack)
  • Personal Headphones or Ear Buds

Fifth Grade

Personal Items

Please label.

  • 4 – Composition Notebooks
  • 1 – 1" binder
  • 4 pack Dry-Erase Markers (1 box)
  • Graph Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Pens (blue or black)
  • Glue or Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Box or Pouch
  • 4 – 2-Pocket Folders with Inside Clasp (duo-tang)
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or Velcro – no slip-ons)
  • Glue gun glue sticks, low temp/skinny (Watson only)
  • 2 – Personal Pencil Sharpeners
  • 4-pack – Post-It Notes

Wish List


  • Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Headphones (in-bag)


All supplies are for the class community, except gym shoes and water bottles. Please do not label community supplies with your child’s name.

  • 2 individual pencil sharpeners with lid
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • 2 large glue sticks
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 boxes Ticonderoga #2 pencils, sharpened
  • 1 box of markers
  • 1 boxes Crayola colored pencils
  • 1 containers disinfectant wipes
  • 1 2-inch white binder with pockets (New students only)
  • 1 package of white cardstock
  • gym shoes (can double as indoor shoes)
  • scissors

Because students are often working on the floor, it is STRONGLY suggested that students have 1 pair of indoor shoes and 1 pair of outdoor shoes!

These donations are appreciated:

  • quart-sized and sandwich-sized ziplock bags
  • Extra 2” white binders
  • tracing paper
  • water color paper
  • a water bottle
  • hand sanitizer

Mrs. Williams Class

Note: Bolded items are the most needed.

  • spare sets of clothes
  • reusable water bottle
  • Ziploc Bags (any brand)
    • gallon
    • sandwich
    • snack
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • Play Doh (any color, any brand)
  • shaving cream (dollar store brand is fine)
  • 1 pack of dry erase markers
  • 1 pack of regular sized paper cups (not dixie sized)
  • 1 pack of napkins OR 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 pack of paper plates
  • liquid dish soap (dollar store brand is fine)
  • FREE grocery store plastic bags (used to send home wet clothes)

These donations also appreciated:

  • Clorox wipes
  • diaper wipes
  • hand liquid soap
  • 1 package of white cardstock