Ferson Creek eNews

August 6, 2021

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

This is the last eNews of the summer! We are so excited to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday. The start of the year is always filled with mixed emotions, but having students in our classrooms brings back the energy to Ferson. We are thrilled to see them all again!

As we prepare for your students to arrive on Wednesday, it would be very helpful if you could fill out this form regarding your child's dismissal plans. This will help teachers know your child's typical dismissal routine. If there is a change to the dismissal plans, temporarily or permanently, please be sure to notify your child's teacher and the front office.

Please read below for specific arrival/dismissal procedures, Supply Drop-Off details, information on our new Empower special, and more.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Kristy McKnight

Arrival Procedures

Our arrival procedures will mirror those of last year. As a reminder, all students must wear a mask while on the bus, as well as when they enter the building. You will find the arrival specifics here. Please take a few minutes to review these procedures prior to Wednesday. Included is a map showing room locations to assist in locating your child's classroom. This map can also be viewed here.

We will follow our typical arrival procedures on the first day of school. Parents will be permitted to walk their children up to their classroom doors.

Dismissal Procedures

Our dismissal procedures will also be similar to last year. Please familiarize yourself with these procedures prior to Wednesday. All details can be found here.

Please remember that it is typical for buses to be running late for the first couple weeks of school as we settle in. We appreciate your patience as we work through our new routines.

Lunch & Snack Information

All grade levels will have lunch at school this year! While eating, students will be seated 6 feet apart. Our cafeteria tables will seat three students and some students will be seated at their own individual table. Because of the number of students in each grade level, we will have some students eating in the gym at individual tables.

All K-5 students are eligible for free lunch and breakfast again this year. You can find the daily lunch menu here. If students order a breakfast, they will receive it at the end of the day to take home for the following morning. If students order a juice or a water, their PushCoin account will be charged. Breakfasts and lunches will not be available over the weekends.

All students will have a snack during the day. When possible, snack will take place outside. We ask for your help in sending something healthy, as well as quick and easy for your child to eat. Additionally, please only send water with your child to have in the classroom. I always suggest a water bottle with a straw/flip top as opposed to a screw on lid. A classroom is a busy place and we love to knock over water bottles!

Save the Date - Welcome Event & Supply Drop-Off

All students are invited to drop off school supplies and to meet classroom teachers on Monday, August 9, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. As a reminder, all students must wear a mask to enter the building.

I encourage you to follow this schedule:

  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Last names beginning with A– I

  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Last names beginning with J – Q

  • 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Last names beginning with R – Z

If your designated time does not work for you, please know that you are welcome to come anytime between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

Only students are permitted in the school during this event. However, we encourage parents to head out to the back blacktop to sign up with our PTO, check out spirit wear, and explore additional opportunities.

New Special - Empower

As you may remember, when it was determined we were extending the elementary school day, there was also a "Think Tank" that helped develop the goals and competencies for our new special, Empower. As you viewed your child's schedules, you may have noticed this course listed. Because it is new, we wanted to provide some information on this course that we know students are going to LOVE!

Empower is our new special that K-5 students will experience twice a week. Each experience will focus on building the competencies through play, where students will work in partners, small groups and large groups. Teachers will explicitly focus on the SEL standards and competencies through real world, hands-on learning. Teachers and students will model and role play to solidify their understanding and ability to utilize the competencies such as problem solving, communication, teamwork and conflict resolution. The experiences will involve students using these skills to design, build, imagine, wonder, collaborate and connect. Student choice and reflection are highlighted in these experiences. The experiences are flexible, allowing the teacher to respond to the students needs and interests based on the individuals in their class. The experiences will look different based on the grade level and the interests of the students in a particular group. There are 8 modules in the program, but differ based on the grade level:

  • Make it to the End!--Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions
  • Get Out and Play! --Game Play and Design
  • Make it Move! --Coding and Robotics
  • Show it Off! --Drama, Video Production, and Media Tools
  • Light it Up! --Circuits and Electricity
  • Get on Board! --Skill Development Through Game Play
  • Build It! --Creative Construction
  • Make a Difference! --Problem-Based Learning to Help Your School or Community (or entrepreneur experience)

Additionally, here is a parent site to provide insight on each module.

Early Release Days

Early Release Days will be on Wednesdays this year, approximately once per month. The Early Release Days for Elementary School are:

September 1

September 29

October 27

December 1

January 26

February 23

March 23

April 27

On these days, elementary schools dismiss at 2:10 pm.

Incoming Kindergarten Families

Please view this letter from our transportation department regarding bussing for kindergartners. This letter includes a link to the Buster the Bus safety presentation that you can enjoy with your child.

Additionally, here is a letter from our Health Office regarding our 1st Day Exclusion criteria. If you have questions, or need to talk through specifics, please reach out to the Ferson Creek Nurses, Donna Holloway and Wendy Landers.

D303 Podcast on iReady

Here is a link to our Voices of D303 Podcast on iReady that you may find helpful!

Notification of Transportation Routes

Transportation route information for elementary school students is now available online. Parents may log in to the VersaTrans e-Link via the included site - http://district.d303.org/bus-route-info-e-link using their Home Access Center (HAC) login credentials. When logging in, please do not check the Authenticate using Network Credentials box.
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Important Dates

  • Monday, August 9

    • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – K-5 Welcome Event & Supply Drop-Off

  • Wednesday, August 11 – First Day of School: 8:00 am -3:00 pm

  • Tuesday, August 24– Curriculum Night (grade levels are TBD)

  • Tuesday, August 31st – Curriculum Night (grade levels are TBD)

  • Friday, September 3rd - Institute Day -No School For Students

  • Monday, September 6th – Labor Day – No School

  • Wednesday, September 15 – Fall Picture Day

Across the Board Newsletter

Interested in finding out details from the school board meeting? View the Across the Board newsletter!