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Back to School Presentation Minimize

Principal Mabry's Back to School Presentation held on the first day of school.  Click here for the highlights of the new 2014-2015 school year!


Letter from the Principal Minimize

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 to say hello and share your thoughts.

Warm regards,

Debbie Mabry

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Be involved with your child’s Fern experience!

“The Communicator” is Fern Elementary’s weekly e-newsletter.  By signing up, you will have the latest news on events at the school.  You will also have the ability to sign up to support the many activities/programs such as field trips, art programs, and teacher/student recognition programs that are offered by the PTA.

Click Here to sign up or update your current profile.

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 Please include your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level.
Fern Avenue PTA
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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 ( 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 //


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 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

PTA Membership Drive Minimize


What is it? PTA is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers

Who’s in it? Over 6 million individuals, like yourself, in 23,000 local units supported by a national and state system that provides its members with information, resources and training.

What does it do? It provides a voice for children. Not all decisions affecting our children happen at the local level. The PTA addresses the needs of all children, in every school, at every level. The PTA has been the driving force in establishing school lunch programs, after-school care, immunization programs, school bus safety, and TV rating standards before they became law.

How can you help? Become a member! It’s that easy. Membership dues are just $6 per individual for the year. No other commitments are necessary. You are not required to volunteer, unless you are so inclined.

Who can join? Anyone and everyone. A member doesn’t have to attend or be involved in any specific school in order to become a member. Friends, Family, Neighbors and Students from any school are welcome.

Why? One person speaking their mind is easily silenced or ignored. Six Million voices will resonate and demand attention. This is the easiest way we can help address our children’s concerns. Make them listen! And. . .

Make It Happen!!

Simply fill out the PTA Membership Form and return it to your child’s classroom along with your membership dues of $6 per individual membership.

Or you can sign up Online NOW!  (Please remember to enter the Students Name, Room #, Teacher and the Name, Address & Email for each new member when checking out.)

Don’t delay! 100% Participation is our Goal!!! 

Kara Ryan
4th VP - Membership

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"Be PTA."
PTA President: Heidi Dimaya

Fern Avenue PTA
1314 Fern Ave
Torrance, CA 90503

Torrance Council of PTAs

Thirty-Third District PTA

California State PTA 

PTA Volunteer Sign Up Page Minimize
CLICK to view Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerSpot
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.


Click here for complete Bell Schedule

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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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