Fernwood Family Newsletter #34, 05/03/22
~Wednesday, May 4th, Walk, Roll, Bike to School Day
~Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30pm, Email chairperson Ben Stocks for link, firstname.lastname@example.org
~Wednesday, May 11th, 6pm, PTO Meeting, https://meet.google.com/kvb-dzar-pfp?pli=1
~Wednesday, May 18th, 6pm, PAC Meeting, South Shore Terrace (all are welcome)
~Thursday, May 19th, 6-7:30pm, Transition Night (virtual)
~No School: Friday, May 27th and Monday May 30th
~Save the Date! June 12th, 11am-3pm, Sugar Maple, Fernwood Fund Event
Fernwood Cookbooks for Sale!
Check out the first edition of the Fernwood Montessori cookbook. Books are $15 each with proceeds supporting the PTO. This book is full of recipes submitted by Fernwood families and staff, plus artwork by our Lower Elementary students. To order, send cash or check to the school office along with the order form below. Make checks out to Fernwood Montessori with “PTO cookbook” in the memo line. Orders due by Wednesday, May 4th. Order Flyer
K5-8th graders had an immersive experience with The Milwaukee Jazz Institute on April 27! It was a pleasure to see students so engaged in jazz music, especially with April being Jazz Appreciation Month. The group did a fantastic job engaging with our young learners while keeping them entertained. This event was possible with the financial support of the Fernwood Fund and the amazing work of Fernwood parent Molly Pufall-Brown. Thank you!
Arbor Day Celebration
Fernwood had a beautiful Arbor Day celebration featuring student performances about trees, a climbing demonstration, tree planting, elected officials, and a cherry picker ride by Mr. Sanchez. There were so many great moments that were made possible by collaboration and support from the entire team. The students were so engaged and had really thoughtful questions. A huge thank you to Fernwood parents Ben Brannan and Ian Brown of the Urban Forestry District for making this special event possible!
Camp Fernwood Summer Enrollment Now Available
Enrollment for Camp Fernwood Summer program is now available. Registration forms are linked here and available at the desk near the Falling Heath entrance. Please complete the entire form and submit to Erica Repinski. Camp Fernwood will be open from Tuesday June 21st through Wednesday, August 17th. Camp hours for the summer are 7am-5pm. Camp Fernwood will be closed on July 4th and 5th.
Thank you PTO!
~Today the Fernwood PTO is celebrating our wonderful staff on teacher appreciation day with yummy treats and flowers in the staff lounge. Thank you PTO for your kindness to our team! Thank you to our school community for supporting our PTO.
~”Room 252 is so grateful for our PTO’s generosity! We were able to purchase additional arts and craft supplies for the classroom as well as organizational materials to help keep our room clutter-free. Additionally, new mindfulness books and materials were bought for our classroom library. Cheerios, our beloved classroom pet, also benefited from the PTO funds! Fresh bedding keeps her happy and healthy. We appreciate our Fernwood PTO!” Ms. Natasha, lower elementary
Fernwood Family Link Program
The Fernwood Family Link program is a way for families who are new to Fernwood to connect with our current families. We know that an essential part of a successful school is a strong sense of community. Joining a school community as large as ours can feel overwhelming.
We are hoping to create family partnerships that can be a resource to help new families feel connected, answer questions, and provide support. We are looking for experienced families (who have been at Fernwood for two years or more) who want to share their knowledge to help new Fernwood families feel welcome during the 2022-22 school year.
Link Family Expectations: *Contact your new Fernwood family to introduce yourself, *Consider getting together to meet each other, *Be a positive resource for questions, advice, *Help the new family get involved.
If you are interested in connecting with a new family during our next school year or if you have any questions, please email Jenni at email@example.com.
Save the Date: Fernwood Fund Event: June 12th
The Fernwood Fund end of the year event is back! Please save the date of June 12th to celebrate our wonderful school and raise some funds. This event will be held at the Sugar Maple from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 12th. More information about tickets and the event will be available soon!
The Fernwood Fund is again accepting sponsorships for our end of year fundraiser at the Sugar Maple. Sponsorships come with tickets to the event, public acknowledgements of the support your business has provided, and most importantly our sincere thanks for the help in our mission!
If you own a business, or have the ear of someone who does, and would like to sponsor this great event then take a gander at the available levels and let us know! You can send an email to: FernwoodFundInfo@gmail.com
New this year we are offering a “Fernwood Family” sponsorship level just for our parents, grandparents, and other family members who would like to both attend the event AND help us further our fundraising cause. Spring Fundraiser Sponsorship Form
Bike, Walk or Roll to School
Bike, Walk, or Roll to school with friends and family on Wednesday, May 4th! Start your day with some exercise! If you bike, walk, or roll to school this day please stop by the booth on the East Playground or the Falling Heath entrance to sign our banner and grab a token. This event will take place from 7am-7:15am.
Transition Night: Parent Education
Join these virtual sessions on Thursday, May 19th to learn more about what to expect for your students at the next grade level. Teachers from each grade level will present information about how to help your student be successful at their new level. This night is a great time to learn about our Lower Elementary (1st-3rd) at 6pm, Upper Elementary (4th-6th) at 6:30pm, and the Adolescent program (7th-8th) at 7pm. Watch for meeting links coming soon!
Troop 20121 South Shore Park Clean Up
Fernwood Troop 20121 would like to invite other Girl Scouts and their families to join them in participating in the South Shore Park clean up on June 7th at 5:30pm. Cleaning supplies will be provided. The meeting spot is near the paved trail by the large anchor. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Fernwood guardians are invited to attend the final PAC meeting of the year which will be held on May 18th at 6pm at the South Shore Terrace. Stop by and see what the Parents’ Athletic Council is all about and how they support our sports teams.
Interim Report Cards
Interim report cards will be available for viewing through your Parent Portal account as of May 3rd. If you need the access code to create your account, please contact Ms.Cynthia Aria, our school secretary to receive your personal code. She can be reached at the school office at 414-294-1300 or at email@example.com.
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
Run Back to School
Please join the Fernwood team for the 15th annual Run Back to School 5K run/1.5 mile walk on Saturday, August 27 at Wick Playfield by MPS Central Office! Registration is now open online (please see flyer for further details). A paper flyer will be going home in folders this week. Help Fernwood earn a $1000 grant by having the most registrations in the district. For many years now, we’ve come in 2nd place and earned a $500 grant. Now is the time to win this thing! Don’t delay, register today for this fun event. Please email me if you have any questions or have issues with registering.
Fernwood RBTS Team Captain,
Lisa McLure, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis Camp Opportunity
Please check out the flyer for a great tennis camp opportunity. The camp is held at South Milwaukee High School tennis courts. It is a couple of evenings a week between July 6th and 27th. This camp is for kids ages 4 -14. The fee includes a tennis racket. In the past, lots of Fernwood students have participated in this camp. Tennis Camp
Congratulations to two students from room 250 who were winners in the MPS Wisconsin Women’s Contest. Grace Saller has won first place in the contest and Aiko Donahue-Gomez has won second place. Thank you for your hard work!
Congratulations also to Isabella Krieger-Silva, a 5th grade student from room 25. Isabella won 2nd place in the 2022 International Poetry Slam.
Parking Around Fernwood
Fernwood received a call this week from a community member who lives on Falling Health Place. He stated that his driveway is frequently blocked by people dropping off and picking up students from our school. Please remember to obey all traffic and parking laws while driving and parking around Fernwood.