Fernwood Family Newsletter #31, 04/12/22
~Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, April 11-13, Classic Slice Fernwood Family Days
~Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30pm, Fernwood Fund Meeting, Email chairperson Ben Stocks for link, firstname.lastname@example.org
~Wednesday, April 13th, 6pm, PTO Meeting, https://meet.google.com/hbj-aghm-bgn?pli=1
~Friday, April 15th and Monday, April 18th, No School
~Thursday, April 21st, 5:30-7pm, Open House (Sign Genius available in this newsletter)
~Monday, April 25th, 5:30pm, SEC Meeting, https://meet.google.com/hja-gigx-ifn
~Wednesday, May 4th, Walk, Roll, Bike to School Day
Spring Open House
Our Spring Open House will be held in person on Thursday, April 21st from 5:30-7pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity for guardians to visit their student’s classroom. For this Open House, we are asking that students present to their parents some Montessori work.
This could be something they are proud of that they completed. It could be science experiments, research projects, or Montessori material work with some in-depth research.
Please pick one 15 minute slot per family to visit your student’s classroom on the sign up genius links below. Only 6 appointments are available for each time slot. Families and students will be asked to leave the classroom after their 15 minute time slot to allow time for the next group of families to see their student’s work.
Primary (K3-K5): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DAAAA2DA1FB6-spring
Lower Elementary (1st-3rd): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DAAAA2DA1FB6-spring1
Upper Elementary(4th-6th): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DAAAA2DA1FB6-spring2
Adolescents (7th-8th): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DAAAA2DA1FB6-spring3
Gym, Art, Music: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DAAAA2DA1FB6-spring4
Lost and Found Items
Lost and found items will be set up outside of room 16 (near the office) during the open house. Please stop by to see if any of the items belong to your students. There will also be books that have been withdrawn from our library for families to take home outside of room 16. All remaining items will be donated following the open house.
Attention all Lower Elementary Families! Fernwood Original Songs
Back in February the lower elementary classes began creating their own songs. We used a program called Sountrap to make the music and recorded students’ voices. Students voted on which instruments, sounds, and tracks they wanted to add to their song and others volunteered to write and sing their own lyrics. We discussed form and how the songs should develop. We used a digital audio interface to connect a microphone to the computer to record student voices. We also discussed the mood our songs and songs from other classes evokes. The way the songs were created is similar to how pop music is made. Students got first hand experience for what it might be like working as a musician, composer, and producer in a music studio. The process was really fun and it was amazing to see so many students challenge themselves and sing. It can be scary to sing in front of others and hearing your own voice.
We hope you enjoy the songs!
Thanks, Mr. Miller
Classic Slice Fernwood Family Days: Today is the day!
Looking for a delicious meal, a way to support Fernwood PTO and a local family owned business? Good News, April 11, 12, and 13th will be our first ever Classic Slice Fernwood Family Days. Order any time during these days and 20% of the profits will be donated to Fernwood. Thank you to Marisa Lange, owner and Fernwood parent for this generous fundraiser. Classic Slice Fundraiser Flyer
Camp Fernwood Summer Interest Survey: Final Week
Camp Fernwood would like to know the level of interest in our camp program for the summer in order to determine the appropriate level of staffing. Camp Fernwood will be open from Monday, June 20th through Wednesday, August 17th. Camp hours for the summer are 7am-5pm. Camp Fernwood will be closed on July 4th and 5th. Please note that this form is only indicating interest in camp, it does not enroll your student in Camp Fernwood nor guarantee a spot. Camp Fernwood Survey
MPS Summer Academy
MPS will be hosting Summer Academy (summer school) from June 27th through July 27th from 8am-12pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Fernwood will not be a summer school site this summer. (Fernwood will have a camp program this summer. Information will be coming soon!) Lloyd Barbee Montessori will be hosting a Montessori Summer Academy. Many other schools will be hosting a Summer Academy focused on traditional learning. Fernwood students are welcome to attend any MPS Summer Academy. Please click on the link to check out locations, learn more details, and enroll. MPS Summer Academy
MPS Lifts Mask Mandate
Beginning April 18, 2022, masks will no longer be required for students and staff in MPS schools and buildings. The wearing of masks will be optional at all MPS locations.
The decision was made on March 24, 2022, during the regular monthly meeting of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. Discussion included analysis of current trends of COVID-19 and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Milwaukee Health Department. The April 18 date was selected to avoid any possible surges in COVID-19 following various dates for spring break across the state. Read more about optional masks in MPS.
Summer Music Classes through Milwaukee Rec
Milwaukee Recreation is offering Summer music classes on Saturday mornings for students ages 7-17. The classes will be offered at Hamilton High School and include woodwinds, brass, drums, strings, guitar, ukulele, piano/keyboard, contemporary singing and an elementary chorus. Registration begins on April 25th. Please visit mkerec.net or click on the flyer for more information. Music Class Flyer
Teen Poetry Contest
Do you have a way with words?
Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to submit a poem online between April 1 and April 30. Prizes will be awarded to the top two poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18.
Submit one (1) poem online at mpl.org/poetrycontest from April 1-30, 2022.
Poems can be uploaded as a file or copy and pasted in the text box of the submission form. Winners will be announced on mpl.org by the middle of May.
Girls Fastpitch Softball
Attention Girls currently in 6,7,8 grades! We have a fast pitch softball opportunity for you. No experience necessary. It is a fun developmental league. Games in June and July in Shorewood. Wed and Fri. evenings. We have lots of Bayview 6th graders involved if you need carpools. ￼￼We can also accommodate vacations.
Email: email@example.com for registration link. Play ball!
Camp Anokijig is a week long camp held in Plymouth, WI. If you have a student who is interested in attending, there may be scholarships available. Please click in the link to check out the flyer and website for more information. Camp Anokiijig