Ferson Creek eNews

April 23, 2021

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

In honor of Earth Day, we are working with Got Sneakers, a sneaker recycling organization. It's as easy as dropping off your old sneakers so they can be recycled, and the PTO gets a donation! Bins will be available in the front foyer to collect the shoes. See the flyer below for all the details!

It is already time to start thinking about our 2021-2022 school year! Information regarding Returning Student Online Registration is below. Registration will be open Monday and will be completed online.

At this time, parents are invited to provide information that will assist us in the class placement process. The letter found here contains specific information on how to provide that feedback. Please be sure to reach out if you have any questions. Letters are due back to Kristy McKnight by April 30th.

Staff Appreciation Week

We will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week the first full week of May, from May 3 through May 7. Throughout the week, we will be showing our gratitude for the hard work and dedication of all of our teachers, student services, teaching assistants, support staff, and administration. Education is a challenging profession during a normal year and our staff has risen above and beyond the challenges of this past crazy year. This week is our chance to say thank you to those that play such a huge role in our children’s lives.

Please consider making a contribution to help the PTO provide our Ferson staff with special treats for Staff Appreciation Week. You can make a monetary donation through PushCoin or sign up to donate gifts and snacks through the Sign-Up Genius.

Thank you for helping us support our amazing staff at Ferson Creek!

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Attention 4th Graders!

The band program is back in action!

We are so excited to offer all wind instruments to incoming 5th-Grade students for the 2021-2022 school year. Students can choose from oboe, flute, clarinet, alto sax, french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion.

There will be a Parent Info Zoom Meeting on May 13 at 6PM. Mr. Brooks will also be popping into classrooms in May to show students the instruments and answer any questions.

To learn more about the Band Program in the meantime, and find videos of all of the instruments in action, please visit this link: https://sites.google.com/d303.org/bandrecruitment2021/home

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mr. Brooks at tyler.brooks@d303.org!

Join the Orchestra!

Have you been waiting for your chance to join the orchestra at Ferson Creek? Orchestra is available to all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Over the next few weeks students will be introduced to the teachers, instruments, and current members of the orchestra program. Mark your calendar for our Virtual Information Town Hall meetings.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings and Meet n Greet for parents and teachers:

May 13 7pm & May 18 6pm (Zoom links to follow)

See the D303 Elementary Orchestra site for all information related to our orchestra program.

Celebration of Life - Jimmy Schafer

The 5th Grade Committee is working on a dedication/celebration of life for Jimmy Schafer to be held at the end of May at Ferson Creek. If you have any pictures/videos of him that you would like to share, please send them to Nina Domma (nanette.domma@d303.org) or text (773) 209-1200. More information to follow.

STC ED Foundation Silent Auction Bakset

Thank you to all who donated to our home improvement basket. A special thanks to Heather Mulcahy for putting it all together! Pictures of our basket and all the goodies included are below.

You can find the link to the auction here. The auction is currently open and is filled with many wonderful baskets!

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Virtual Author Visit at Ferson Creek!

We were excited to present our 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to see New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Tarshis ("I Survived" series) along with author Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrator Michelle Mee Nutter this week!

If any student would like to purchase SIGNED books from this event, families can either order online or complete the form below and submit to the LRC (check purchases only) by Thursday, April 29th.

Lauren Tarshis/Lloyd-Nutter Order

Attention 5th Grade Parents

You can order a Thompson T-Shirt for your child that will be delivered to Ferson Creek the week of May 20th. Orders need to be placed by May 10th! See the flyer below for details.

Remote Families - Bernie's Book Bank Pick Up

Bernie’s Book Bank has generously donated books for our students to read, enjoy, and keep. Each family will receive one bag of books for all of the children in the family to share. Remote family book bags are available for pick up in front of the building during the week. Bags are sorted into grade level boxes and are labeled with your family name. If you have multiple children at Ferson, your family's bag will be found with the grade level of your youngest child.

Please read these books over and over with your children at home. When your family has outgrown the books, pass them on for others to enjoy!

Have fun reading together!

Support Ferson Creek's Team Jimmy & Cal's Angels

Cal's Angels is having their annual Just Shave It event on Sunday, April 25th. There are options to participate in person or remotely. We have two members of the team so far! 3rd grade student, Georgie Lambert, will be shaving his head for the 3rd time while our teacher Mrs. Baratta-Cooper will be donating her hair this year! All proceeds from this event will fund clinical trial research efforts to help kids fighting cancer in our community. Our Ferson Team, Team Jimmy, is named after our Ferson student who lost his battle to cancer last year.

There are many ways to get involved, even if you don't want to shave your head!

You can purchase a t-shirt, hair extension, or hat through PushCoin. All items will be delivered to school the week of the 19th and sent home with students. Remote families can pick up their ordered items on Wednesday, April 22nd after school from 2:00-4:00 pm. All funds received from the purchase of these items will go directly to Cal's Angels. As an FYI, the hair extensions connect using a barrette, so they can be easily attached and removed at your convenience.

To shave your head or donate your hair, sign up to be a part of Team Jimmy here. You can also use that link to make a donation directly to Cal's Angels. Details for the event on April 25th can be found here.

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Summer Camp is Back at Ferson!

We are thrilled to host Camp Firefly & Club Creekside here at Ferson again this summer. Camp runs from June 7th - June 25th. Camp offerings have been updated and will be so much fun! Please see the flyers here. Registration can be completed via Pushcoin. If you have any questions, please reach out to Renee Ignoffo (sharon.ignoffo@d303.org). Registration needs to be completed by Friday, May 21st!
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  • Tuesday, April 13th - Thursday, April 29th - IAR testing for 3rd - 5th graders
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