Upper Elementary & Lower Montessori

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

Read about our Learning Gardens »

Read about Ability Awareness »

Read about Social Emotional Learning »

Read about Music Education »

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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.



Overnight Form PDF Document

Welcome Back Letter

Upper Elementary Letter PDF Document

School Supply Lists

Third Grade


  • Pencil/Tool Box (labeled with name-Sharpie marker works best)
    • About size: 8"x5"x2" 
    • Place the following tools inside (labeled with name) pencil sharpener
      • pencil sharpener
      • Pencils
      • Crayons
      • Pencil Top Erasers
      • Glue Sticks
      • Colored Pencils
      • Markers
      • Scissors
      • Blue or Black Pen
      • Highlighter
  • 1" 3-ring binder (1, labeled with name)
  • Composition Notebooks (3, labeled with name)
  • Ear Buds (labeled with name)
  • Backpack
  • 1 Composition Notebook for Spanish (labeled with name)
  • Shoes for P.E. (tied or velcro - no slip-ons)

Community items

  • Post-It Notes
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Hand Soap

Fourth Grade

Personal Items

Please label.

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • 5 Notebooks (different colors)
    • 2 Spiral
    • 3 Composition
  • 4 Pocket Folders (colors to match notebooks)
  • Colored Pencils
  • 1" 3-ring hard cover binder (1)
  • 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.

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

Wish List


  • Markers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissue
  • Paper Towel
  • Disinfecting Wipes


All supplies are for the class community, except gym shoes. 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
  • 2 boxes Ticonderoga #2 pencils, sharpened*
  • 2 boxes Crayola colored pencils
  • 1 box of markers
  • 3 black speckled composition notebooks
  • 2 containers disinfectant wipes
  • 1 3-inch white binder with pockets (New students only)
  • 1 package of 100 clear sheet protectors
  • 1 package of white cardstock
  • gym shoes (can double as indoor shoes)

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!

* We often run out of items marked with an asterisk! Please consider donating more than the number given if able.

These donations are appreciated:

  • gallon sized ziplock bags
  • sandwhich sized ziplock bags
  • Extra: speckled composition notebooks and 3” white binders

ASD self-contained


  • reusable water bottle
  • Ziploc Bags (any brand)
    • gallon
    • sandwich
    • snack size
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • Play Doh (any color, any brand)
  • shaving Cream
  • 1 pack of dry erase markers
  • 1 package white cardstock
  • 1 pack of paper cups
  • (regular)
  • 1 pack of napkins OR 1 roll of paper towel
  • 1 pack of paper plates

These donations also appreciated:

  • ketchup
  • snack size popping corn, or pre-popped corn in bag
  • wet wipes
  • hand liquid soap
  • liquid dish soap
  • *free* grocery store plastic bags