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August 2014

Dear Families of Fern Elementary School,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!  My name is Debbie Mabry and I am the new principal at Fern.  I’m thrilled to have been invited to join this creative, diverse and energetic learning community and I look forward to working side by side with students, teachers and parents.

I have had the pleasure of meeting recently with the wonderful Fern teaching staff.  They are an impressive team and I am honored to work with such dedicated professionals.  As a staff, we will be focused on providing Fern students with an exceptional educational experience in a safe, nurturing environment.

This year we will continue the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These Standards establish clear guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do from kindergarten through 5th grade.  We will be integrating new cross-curricular units so that all students can grow and learn and become successful citizens within the school community and in our world.

School will begin in a few weeks and I ask all of our families to help me with my transition to Fern in three small ways:

1) Please introduce yourself.  I believe in establishing a partnership with parents to facilitate student success.   

2) Show your appreciation to our wonderful staff whenever possible; they are deeply invested in creating the best school for all students.

3) Join the Fern PTA.  Your membership is critical and you would enjoy sharing your time and talent.  We have events and program planned this year that can only work if everyone pitches in.  Make a family commitment to support and enrich our students and community.

I believe that our Falcons will continue to soar as we have a supportive community, outstanding curricular programs and beautiful facilities.  With your support, I am confident that Fern will be at the forefront of 21st century learning.

Gear up for a fantastic school year! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in the near future.  I have an open door policy, please feel free to stop by the office or send me an email at dmabry@tusd.org to say hello and share your thoughts.

Warm regards,

Debbie Mabry
Principal

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Family Welcome Enrollment Center Minimize

Please note the following information, as our enrollment procedures have changed.  All new student enrollments will be processed at Torrance Unified School District’s (TUSD's) Family Welcome Enrollment Center, located at 2336 Plaza del Amo, directly across from the main District Office.  For more information please call 310-972-6280 or visit our the TUSD website at www.tusd.org.  We hope you have a nice summer and see you on September 4, 2014 for the first day of school.

 

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Emergency Kits Minimize

   Emergency Kits Are Mandatory
Last day to purchase a kit is
 

**Friday, September 19th**

Every Child at Fern Elementary needs to be prepared for any emergency. We do not accept homemade kits. All kits must be purchased through the PTA due to space constraints with larger class sizes. Previously purchased kits are acceptable, they just need to be updated with the following items: family picture, change of clothes, and any medications with written instructions. Return completed kit to the student’s classroom teacher.   

Purchase an Emergency Kit from the PTA for only $10.00  

A kit purchased through the PTA will last for 5 years. The kit includes the following:
  • 6 pouches of water*
  • 1 –Mayday Food Rations Bar*
  • 1 – 12 hour light stick
  • 1 – Emergency Blanket 52”x 84”

*The perishable items in this kit are guaranteed by the manufacturer to last 5 years. You can use the same kit for 5 years after purchase and then replace perishable items (water, bar and light stick) by purchasing upgrade kit. IF you purchased your child’s prior to 2009, the perishable items may be expired. Upgrade Kits are $5 and will be good for 5 years.    

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To purchase an Emergency Kit please fill out this form and return it to the teacher. For an upgrade kit only, fill out this form and return it to the teacher.  If paying by check, please make checks payable to FERN PTA

Or you can purchase online.  For a full emergency kit click here or an upgrade kit click here.  (Please remember to enter the Student's Name, Room # & Teacher each kit when checking out.) 

********** The first K-2 classroom that reaches 100% will receive a full Treasure Jar and the classroom that reaches 100% first from any grade earns a class party!   **********

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Fern's Weekly Communicator

 

 

We believe that communication among school staff, parents, and students is the key to success. Fern communicates to parents weekly by emailing weekly information packets. The information packet contains the Principal's Newsletter, school activities, Fundraisers, and external activities. It is important that you sign up to receive the weekly communicator. 
 
Each Wednesday, you will receive:
· An e-mail notification with a direct link to the weekly bulletin posted on the website.
· Important updates and schedule changes/reminders, when necessary.
· Highlights of communications that require timely attention.
 
You will NOT automatically be enrolled in the communication program. If this is your first year at Fern, and/or if you are not currently receiving Fern's Weekly Communicator, you can enroll here. If you are already enrolled from a previous year, there is no need to re-enroll.  At any time you can also elect to receive additional notifications specific to PTA events by updating your communicator account by clicking on the Update your profile link located at the bottom of every communicator email you receive. 
  
Sign up now  to receive your student weekly packets via e-mail.
 
Volunteer information: 
This online registration will also allow you to sign up to receive e-mail communication regarding volunteer information for various school functions throughout the year (current TB Test and Megan's Law clearance are required).  You can add or remove yourself from any event notification at any time by clicking on the Update your profile link located at the bottom of every communicator email you receive. Please take a moment to update your volunteer groups for the 2014-15 school year. If you are happy with the events you signed up for last year, there is no need to make changes.
 
If you have questions, please send an e-mail to fernfalcons@gmail.com. Please include your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level.
 
Sincerely,
Fern PTA
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TB Testing Minimize

Parents/Guardians at Fern Elementary

Sometimes a need arises for a parent or guardian to come to the Fern campus. Sometimes students leave homework, lunch or sweaters at home. At other times a student may need to leave early for a doctor’s appointment or other reason. TUSD (Torrance Unified School District) requires all visitors to first check in at the front office.

Visitors must sign in and out.

 

Additionally, some parents or family members may want to help in a child’s classroom, go on field trips with the children or help with a PTA event on campus like the Fun Run. In order to be on campus during the school day, parents or family members must complete a volunteer application and have a current negative TB test on file. The application can be found in the front office at school or on our website (http://fern.tusd.org/). After you turn these in, TUSD will run a background check and approve you for on campus activities. The front office will be notified when you are cleared. Please make sure to check in with the school office first when you arrive on campus to volunteer.

 

TB information

In order to assist in your efforts to volunteer at school, Accesa Health has once again agreed to provide a 25% discount to Fern parents for TB tests. The  discount lowers the total cost to you from $40 to just $30. Accesa Health has also generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds back to our PTA to directly benefit students at Fern Elementary. If you you don’t have a current TB test and want to participate in activities at Fern please visit Accesa Health and mention Fern Elementary to get your discounted rate.

 

Accesa Health is a leading walk-in medical and injection center serving Torrance, the South Bay and Los Angeles. They boast wait times of 15 minutes or less. Their goal is to set the standard for access to quality. 

 

Accesa  Walk-in Medical Care

21730 South Vermont Avenue, Suite 131  Torrance CA 90502

Phone: (310 ) 606-3877 // www.accesahealth.com

 

Other options for TB Testing:

·      You may be able to get a test from your regular health care provider. Please contact them to find out if they have TB tests available.

·      If you do not have a regular health care provider, contact the Health Consumer Center of Los Angeles at 1-800-896-3203, or visit www.ladhs.org and click on "Search for Clinics" on the right.

·      Government sponsored TB tests are also available on certain days & times at the Torrance Public Health Center located at 711 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502
(310) 354-2300  
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/

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How to Calm Start-of-School Jitters Minimize

How to Calm Start-of-School Jitters
California State PTA offers guidance for parents and students as they head back to school 
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SACRAMENTO - The back-to-school season is an exciting time, but it can also cause anxiety for some children - and parents too! Preparing in advance can help your child feel more confident and have a more positive school experience. California State PTA offers guidance for parents and students for helping to calm jitters during the start of school.

  • Re-assure your child. Anxieties and concerns are normal. Many children will experience these feelings at the start of the school year. Encourage your child to talk openly with you and with teachers about concerns or worries they may have.
  • Point out the positives. Starting a new school year can be fun. Your child will see old friends and/or meet new ones. The first week of school offers a chance to learn about new things and pursue interests. Reinforce with your child the power of learning.
  • Prepare ahead. Have your child pick out the clothes he or she plans on wearing to school the next day. This will save time and stress in the morning. Encourage everyone in the house to go to bed early and get up 15 to 30 minutes earlier so they're not rushing around in the morning. Allow enough time for a good breakfast, and make arrangements for your child's lunch. During the first week of school, find out if any additional materials are requested (pencils, folders, etc.) Remember: your school, local nonprofit groups and PTAs often can help with providing school supplies. 
  • Encourage safe traveling to and from school. Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk or bike to school, or ride with on the bus. Briefly review the basics of safe walking and biking. If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with him) to school and pick him up on the first day.
  • Plan for special needs. If your child requires medication, treatment or has special needs, talk to the school administrative staff, then talk to your child about how those needs will be handled at school (what time to go to the office for medication or what foods in the cafeteria to avoid, etc.).
  • Prepare for emergency situations. What should your child do if you are late picking her up, or if no one is at the house when she arrives home? What should your child do if he feels picked on while at recess? Talking in advance with your child and having a plan will help minimize panic and stress.

For more back-to-school tips for parents and information on the importance of family engagement, visit www.capta.org. PTA connects families and schools, and helps kids and parents feel welcomed at school throughout the year.

California State PTA will be featuring the #FirstDayofSchoolSmiles on Facebook and Instagram this week, and throughout the back-to-school season. To get the latest information, get connected with California State PTA online.

About California State PTA

California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's largest and highest profile volunteer association working to connect families and schools, and improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: www.capta.org

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"Teamwork: Many hands make light work"
PTA President: Heidi Dimaya

Fern Avenue-Greenwood PTA
1314 Fern Ave
Torrance, CA 90503

Torrance Council of PTAs

Thirty-Third District PTA

California State PTA 

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School Schedule Minimize

Schedule for the day

Kindergarten 8:50am - 1:50pm

1st, 2nd, & 3rd 8:50am - 3:03pm

4th and 5th 8:50am - 3:12pm

 

Wednesday-PLC Schedule

Kindergarten @ 1:50 p.m.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd @ 2:17 p.m.

4th and 5th @ 2:28 p.m.

 

Early Dismissal Schedule

(Minimum Days)

Kindergarten @ 1:50 p.m.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd @ 2:03 p.m.

4th and 5th @ 2:12 p.m.

 

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PTA Reflections Contest Minimize

 

2014-2015 PTA Reflections Contest
"The world would be a better place if..."
 
 
Entries Due to your child's teacher: Tuesday, October 14th

For more information or to download and print the forms click here.

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