Ferndale Upper Elementary School

Ferndale Upper Elementary 24220 Rosewood Oak Park, MI 48237 Phone 248-547-0880

Grades 3-5 & Montessori (K-2)

About FUEL

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.

Montessori is a multi-age educational model for self-guided learners

Bell Schedule

  • 8:38am to 3:38pm (M,T, Th, F)
  • 8:38 to 2:38pm (W)


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Upcoming FUEL Events

  • 8 Feb
    • Early Release Wednesday (excluding ½ days or non-student days)
      Date: Feb 8
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
    • All District: Early Release Wednesday
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FHS Building Wide, FMS Building Wide, FUEL Building Wide, Lower El Bui
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper 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)
    • FUEL: Early Dismissal Wednesday
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 2:38 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Building Wide
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
    • FUEL: UHS Boys Basketball Practice
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Gym
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
    • FUEL: FHS Softball 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      FUEL: FHS Softball
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Gym
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar


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FUEL Focuses on Recognizing Black Excellence

In recognition of Black History Month, Ferndale Upper Elementary has updated their "Focus Walls" with some illustrations and plaques recognizing icons of black culture. Their theme this year is "We Believe in Excellence: Portraits of Black Excellence & Joy". The display is anchored in FUEL's main hallway and includes hands, a heart, our theme, and digital portraits with descriptions created by Jen Beaudoin. Featured Black figures include Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; Social Media Educator & Influencer Alexis Nikole; and several other athletes, artists, astronauts and immunologists.


Mrs. Beaudoin is a FUEL Language Arts Teaching Assistant, a Ferndale parent, and a local artist. You can view more of Jen's printing and fiber arts through her Needle & Knife Studio Etsy or at her instagram page: NeedleAndKnifeStudio




4th Grade PALs Come Together to Share the Love

Yesterday our 4th grade PALs met for the first time.  PALs discussed ways to be a supportive and inclusive friend.  They also spread love by decorating student's lockers for Valentine's day! The PALs social skills and afterschool program focuses on planning inclusive activities with students at school and on finding ways to make our city, community, and world a better place for everyone!




Black History Month Resources

February is Black History Month, but we support Black History education and our Black community everyday. Please visit our resource page at FerndaleSchools.org/BHM to find some great ways to show your support and educate yourself. Special activities are going on in our schools this month to honor the legacy of a beautiful culture that has blossomed out of such tragic beginnings.

It's important to remember that Black History month is more than just a highlight reel of Black accomplishments and Black tragedies. As President Obama said in 2016, "We know that this should be more than just a commemoration of particular events. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future."


School of Choice Enrollment Windows Announced

On Monday, January 23rd, the Board of Education approved the following School of Choice Enrollment windows:

April 1st–April 30th—Oakland County School of Choice

  • K: 20 students
  • 3rd: 10 students
  • 6th: 15 students
  • 7th: 15 students
  • 8th: 15 students
  • FHS 9th: unlimited
  • FHS 10th: unlimited

March 10th–September 1st—Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County School of Choice

  • UHS 9th-12th: unlimited

Early applications cannot be accepted and will need to be resubmitted during the open enrollment period, in compliance with Michigan State Law.



  • 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

Our Staff

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 became the FUEL principal when it opened in Fall 2016 and has worked with the incredible FUEL staff to live into both our School Charter and our FUEL vision of focusing on the whole child - where we help to fuel student engagement, empowerment, and joy in their individual learning by focusing on the power of relationships.

Mrs. Jeffrey can be reached by contacting the school office at 248-547-0880 or via email at katharine.jeffrey@ferndaleschools.org.


Katie Jeffrey


Marcie Dupuis
Kelly Jacobs