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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)

Upcoming FUEL Events

  • 26 Sep
    • FUEL: YMCA SportPort @ FUEL
      Date: Sep 26
      Time: 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Gym
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
  • 28 Sep
  • 29 Sep
    • FLower and FUEL: Motor City Chargers (ROT)
      Date: Sep 29
      Time: 5:05 PM to 6:55 PM
      Location: Ferndale Upper El (Kennedy) - FUEL Gym
      Calendar: Ferndale Upper Elementary Calendar
      Basketball!

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Household Information Survey

If your school family has not filled out the Household Information Survey in MISTAR, please do so.

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Ferndale Schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2022-2023, which provides a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE each day to all Ferndale Schools students. 

In place of the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application we still need your household to fill out and sign the Household Information Report. This report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.  So while each student will receive free meals regardless, it is vital to our other programs that all families fill out this form to ensure we do not see a drop in our supplemental funding.

These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:
• Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
• Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
• Professional Learning for staff
• Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
• Technology

We are asking that you please complete and submit this form as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the report submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached report, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds.

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Board Appoints Mary Fulmer to Fill Trustee Vacancy

Last night the Ferndale Schools Board of Education appointed Mary Fulmer to fill the vacancy on the Board that was created by the resignation of Anna Ibrahim late last month.

Ferndale Schools Board of Education President Sandra Dukhie said, "We had a tremendous pool of candidates for the open Trustee position, and this was a difficult decision for the Board. Mary’s years of volunteerism in the district, her familiarity and dedication to the District’s Strategic Plan as an evolving and working document, and her knowledge and expertise in education and measurable growth data will be instrumental in furthering our District vision and mission. We thank all of the candidates for their commitment to the students of Ferndale Public Schools, and we welcome Mary as our new School Board Trustee!”

"I want to thank the members of the Board of Education for selecting me to serve our community. I also want to thank the other candidates who stepped forward for their commitment and dedication to the FPS.

A capable, competent public school system that provides a high-quality education to all the students in its care is a valued community asset. I have tremendous respect for the work being done by the educators, administrators and support staff of FPS.

Early in my professional career, I worked as a teacher in an adult literacy program in Baltimore, Maryland. Unlike my own positive experiences in K-12 education, my students represented those that the educational system had not served well for any number of reasons, often with far-reaching consequences for those individuals. In the ten years that I have been engaged with the FPS I have been impressed with the district’s commitment to strive for equity and inclusion, efforts that seek to eliminate the reality of some people being left behind by the system like my students in Baltimore were.

This is a challenging time for public education in our country. In these times, and as FPS strives to continue to meet the needs of its students, I am humbled by the opportunity to support our community and serve on the Board of Education," said Mary Fulmer, newly appointed Board of Education Trustee.

Mary Fulmer will serve the remainder of Anna Ibrahim's four year term which will expire in December of 2024.

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FIRST Lego League Gearing Up

The LEGO League Robotics season at Upper Elementary is starting soon for 3rd-5th graders! We are amped up to see what our junior technicians build together this year.

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together.

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Blessings in a Backpack Seeks New Leader

After a long and generous tenure, Lindsay Gonska is retiring from her volunteer position as Lead Coordinator /Chair of the Blessing in a Backpack program after this new school year. The volunteer position is open to all community members.If you are interested or for more information, please email Lindsay at lindsay.gonska@ferndaleschools.org.

One in six kids struggles with food access for the 65 hours they are not at school each week. To ensure the kids in our community have full bellies over the weekend, Blessings in a Backpack sends home weekend meals and extra food on long weekends and breaks. The program is offered nationwide, but we have a local chapter that services students in Ferndale Public Schools. It costs $100 to feed a child for the entire school year during these out-of-school hours. 

To learn more about the program at Blessings in a Backpack.org

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  • 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.

Principal

Katie Jeffrey

Secretaries

Marcie Dupuis
Kelly Jacobs