Back to School

It's that time again. Back to school shopping and planning is in full swing, and we know you're very busy. Keep an eye on your mail box as back to school information will be arriving soon!

I hope everyone has been enjoying a well deserved break during these summer months. As we approach the start of the 2021-2022 school year I wanted to take a moment and update you on the safety protocols and procedures that will be in place this Fall. Please note that due to the ever changing nature of this pandemic we will continue to monitor any new developments and make changes to our protocols as needed. Thank you again for your continued vigilance and flexibility.

Canvas Orientation

Canvas for Families 2021 Slideshow Google Slide

ALL Elementary Training Video

Secondary In-Person Program Training Video

Ferndale Early Childhood Center

FECC Preschool

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Ferndale Lower Elementary

Grades K-2

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Ferndale Upper Elementary

Grades 3-5 & Lower Montessori

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Additional Information

Ferndale Middle School

Grades 6-8

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Ferndale High School

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University High School

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Tri-County Educational Center

TCEC Pupils & Adults

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Ferndale Lower Elementary

Grades K-2

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Ferndale Upper Elementary

Grades 3-5 & Lower Montessori

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Ferndale Middle

Grades 6-8

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Free School Lunches for All

For the 2021-2022 school year, Ferndale Schools is participating in the Seamless Schools Option, and all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch.

Not Completing the Free/Reduced Form May Effect Eligibility for Other Assistance Programs

Families that may be eligible for free or reduced meals status are required to fill out a new application form as soon as possible to maintain eligibility for other assistance programs. Data gathered with this form influences several other federal and state funding sources, as well as many pandemic aid programs. Applications and eligibility guidelines are available online at ferndaleschools.org/freelunch or in the school office. Only one application per family is required.

Income Eligibility Table 

Online

Free/Reduced Lunch Web Form -MiSTAR  External Link
MiSTAR Application Instructions PDF Document

Print

Printable Free/Reduced Lunch Form PDF Document
Instructions for Free/Reduced Lunch Printable Form »

If you have any questions on the school lunch program please call 248-586-8668.

A La Carte Item Purchases

Middle School & High School Students may also purchase additional items, using their school account only. No cash, check or other payments will be accepted this year. If you would like to add money to your student’s account for a la cart cafe snack items or bottled beverages, you can follow these steps:

  1. Parent/Guardian log into MiStar
    MISTAR Parent Portal
  2. Click on child
  3. Go to Cafeteria section
  4. Click on Online Food Service Payments
  5. Put the amount in the amount box
  6. Click Continue
  7. Click Checkout
  8. this will send you to Paypal, and prompts will guide you through the rest of the process.

Transportation

Busing

When will bus assignment be announced?

You will receive a letter in the mail with your child's bus assignment. If you have not received a letter in the mail by Thursday, August 26th, contact our transportation department: 248-586-8890.

Please note that all students utilizing district transportation are required to wear a mask while on the bus.

Additional Information

Bell Schedules

Please note that each Wednesday Ferndale Schools has an early dismissal.  End times at each school will be one hour earlier on Wednesdays. 

  • Lower Elementary - 8:28am to 3:28pm
  • Upper Elementary - 8:38am to 3:38pm
  • Ferndale Middle School - 8am-3pm
  • Ferndale High School - 8am-3pm
  • University High School - 7:50am-2:50pm

MISTAR

MiStar is a great resource for all things in your child’s education! If you have a problem logging onto MiStar ParentConnect, please send an email to mistarhelp@ferndaleschools.org.  You can access ParentConnect at these links:

MISTAR Parent Portal MISTAR Page »

 

Food Service

For the 2021-2022 school year, Ferndale Schools is participating in the Seamless Schools Option, and all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch. 

However, Families that may be eligible for free or reduced meals status are required to fill out a new application form as soon as possible to maintain eligibility for other assistance programs. Applications and eligibility guidelines are available online at ferndaleschools.org/freelunch or in the school office. Only one application per family is required.

A La Carte Item Purchases

Middle School & High School Students may also purchase additional items, using their school account only. No cash, check or other payments will be accepted this year. If you would like to add money to your student’s account for a la cart cafe snack items or bottled beverages, you can follow these steps:

  1. Parent/Guardian log into MiStar
    MISTAR Parent Portal
  2. Click on child
  3. Go to Cafeteria section
  4. Click on Online Food Service Payments
  5. Put the amount in the amount box
  6. Click Continue
  7. Click Checkout
  8. this will send you to Paypal, and prompts will guide you through the rest of the process.

Nuts & Allergens: Safe Snack

This is a reminder that FECC, the Lower Elementary, and FUEL are all nut-, tree nut-, and sesame-restricted buildings. Please be mindful when packing school lunches and snacks that items can not contain nuts, tree nuts, or sesame. Please check packages carefully and review our Safe Snacks list. Working together, we will continue to provide a safe school experience for all our children - and we thank you in advance for supporting all of our students.

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Please remember, FUEL also has a no-cake, no-cupcakes rule for birthday celebrations. Please follow safe snack guidelines for any birthday celebrations or consider a non-food treat. Book or game donations to the classroom in honor of your child is always a great alternative to a food celebration!

Virtual Orientation

There will be a virtual orientation session next week on Thursday, 8/26 at 6:30PM.

If you have not received the log-in information in your email, please email Robyn.Camblin@ferndaleschools.org.

 

Please note this event is only for students who selected the Virtual K-8 Program.

 

Medical Authorization and Medical Release Form

If your child has a severe medical condition or allergy that could potentially require medical attention at school (i.e. a food allergy, bee sting allergy, asthma), we will need a medical authorization form and medication release form. Both of these should be submitted to the FUEL office by the first day of school, along with any accompanying medications (Epi-pens, Benedryl, etc).

PDF DocumentMedical Treatment Release Form

PDF DocumentMedication Authorization Form