Upper Elementary News
We have an extra fun e-blast to lead into the long weekend. This issue includes Middle School honors, robotics leaders, poets on the street (literally), and a live sheep!
This eblast features a Spring Break recap, including a big Winterguard win and a trip to Panama and Costa Rica. We also ha stories about healthy cooking, ecology, community leadership, a student PSA, and more!
The City of Ferndale declared April 16th, 2019 as “Education and Sharing” day! Education and Sharing Day will honor the legacy of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rabbi Schneerson believed in the potential of all persons and sought to empower young people through education, character development, and civic pride.
Rabbi Herschel Finman stopped by to visit Ferndale Schools Superintendent Dania Bazzi and share the good news about the proclamation.
Continue Reading for the full proclamation.
Winterguard heads to SVSU for competition, Eagles of the Year are honored, a student athlete signs to Albion, and guest readers wrap-up reading month. Plus news on robotics, bel canto choir, high school engineers, and SECOND GRADE DOCTORS?
Robotics rolls forward, winterguard wins again, a musician plays masterfully, a Ferndale fireman reads to friends, and more. Happy Friday!
Outstanding students made the news this week in orchestra, marketing, and robotics. A principal was taped to the wall...for a good cause. And so much more.
Ferndale Upper Elementary participated in their annual Lymphoma and Leukemia campaign again this year. In 2017-2018, FUEL students and families raised $5,200. This year, they beat their goal and raised $5,800 during the month of February! This money will help the families of children with blood cancer by providing them transportation, treatment, and counseling. The FUEL students had so much fun raising money for LLS. They participated in various spirit days and even collected money by duct taping their principal, Katie Jeffrey, to the wall during lunch.
Thank you to Bigalora in Royal Oak for hosting a fundraiser night to support this amazing cause. FUEL is so grateful for all of the wonderful Ferndale Families for supporting their children in raising funds. This is always such a special event for the FUEL students to learn more about compassion and generosity.
FUEL was awarded the Evergreen title, the highest award for participating in the Green School program. It is our eleventh year in the countywide program. At our building we participate in many activities that help make our world a better place such as recycling many different items, creating gardens for learning and growing fruit/vegetables, and educating ourselves and our families about energy.
Our Green Team, which consists of third and fourth graders: Cal, Tommy, Julia, and Corrina help to run many of the daily operations. We will be attending the annual award ceremony this year, which will be held at the Detroit Zoo for the first time. At the ceremony we will learn about the many ways the zoo helps to keep the environment "Green" as well.
Champions abound in this eblast: from academics at FMS and basketball players at FHS to Winterguardians and a wrestler with plenty of musicians and ecologists in between. Students get hands-on experience in the trades, tutoring opportunities, and an invitation to meet a family of the strangest sort.
PAL stands for Positively Awesome Leaders. PALs are students at FUEL who join students from Mrs. Williams's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) program in shared activities. Our PALs program was developed in order to help students build connections with one another despite their differences. PALs focus on ways to include everyone! During the PALs after-school program students learn strategies for success when sharing in activities in circuits, the classroom, and on community outings. This school year our PALs program has grown. Last year 16 general education students participated. This year the program has over 40 participants! Pictured are students from Mr. Grzesik's class and Mrs. Williams's class as they work on an Art project and grow as friends.
Students from ASD program: Jude Hansen, Alex Simmons, Jordyn Bulloch, Jaedyn Bulloch, Brandi Ivey
PALs from Mr. Grzesik's class: Chloe Boura, LaMonica Bowen, Emma Butler, Vivian McKee
News piled up higher than the snowbanks during winter break. We've got exciting events, athletic updates, a trip to Spain, an Amazon computer science course, and so much more. Read about it all in the e-blast!
Wondering about the why, what, when and who of winter weather days? Wanna know which Winterguard won? Wishing we would walk you through where we are at with our Strategic Plan? And which football winners we'll be watching walk onto college fields in the fall? We've got your answers within this week's e-blast.