October 8, 2021
Principal's Message 10.29.21
Wow, what an exciting week we have had. From Trunk-or-Treat last Friday night to a Halloween parade and classroom parties--students are ready for Halloween weekend! We are grateful for your flexibility as we adjusted our parade plans mid-week to ensure an outdoor experience and keep our families able to attend. A big thank you goes to our PTO and Homeroom parents for planning Trunk or Treat and our parties!
Now that we are moving out of October, we are planning ahead for Fall Conferences. On Monday, November 1 we will share the link for families to register for a parent-teacher conference. Families will have the option to attend in-person or via Zoom or phone call. More information to come on Monday!
As a reminder, we have school for students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week. There is NO school for students on Tuesday (11/2) for Election Day, and Thursday (11/4) for Diwali.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend.
Save the Date for Fall Conferences
Fall conferences are a great opportunity to meet with your child's teacher to discuss their progress, strengths, and areas of need to keep moving forward. At FHE we are proud of our home-school partnership and look forward to meeting with you soon.
The PTCFast link to sign up for a conference will be shared on Monday, November 1. Within that link families will need to note if they would prefer an in-person, Zoom, or phone call conference.
Fall Conference Schedule
November 22: 1/2 Day for students; Conferences 1-4pm
November 23: 1/2 day for students; Conferences 1-4pm and 5-8pm
November 24: NO School for students; Conferences 8-11am
Pictures Sent Home TODAY/MONDAY - Retakes on 11/9
Barksdale photos have arrived! Students who had photos pre-ordered will have their photos in their backpack either this weekend or on Monday. If students did not order, they received a proof of the photo with information to order a package if desired.
If your child was absent or wants to do picture retakes, Barksdale will be at Fern Hill on November 9. Please view the order information below if you wish to place an online order.
Please note: Students must return the entire package to the photographer to participate in picture retakes.
Activity Fee for Grades 3-5 Extracurricular Activities
To support the costs of district extracurricular programs, an Activity Fee is applied to extra-curricular programs supervised by a contracted coach, advisor, or director. This $25 yearly fee allows a student to participate in one or multiple funded activities, and the maximum amount a family may pay per year is $250.
Once your child is rostered to participate in a funded sport/activity, please pay the activity fee by using the online payment method, PaySchools Central. Other payment information is located on our Activity Fee website.
From the Nurse's Office...
COVID Health & Safety Reminders
- Please be sure your child has a clean mask each day, this goes for both bus and car riders. Students should keep a spare mask in their backpack.
- Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well. Keep students home if they are complaining of a sore throat, stomach ache, nausea, diarrhea or muscle pain.
- Continue to do your daily home screening each morning with your students.
PTO News & Information
Thank you so much to all the families that came out to Panera Bread on Oct.13th. We raised about $299 for our school. Way to go! Thank you for your support!
Please join the PTO in spreading holiday cheer by helping to fill holiday food baskets. We will be collecting food and gift card donations from Nov. 1st until Nov. 15. Please check the attached flyer for grade specific items and gift card donation information so we can give these baskets a variety of items. Thank you in advance for your support.
Dining Night Out:
Our next dining night out is coming up on Tuesday, November 9th between 4pm and 8pm at Chipotle 101 Turner Lane in West Chester. When you make a purchase, bring in the flyer, show a digital copy, or tell the cashier you are there to support Fern Hill Elementary and 33% of proceeds will go to our school. You can also order online at chipotle.com and enter code JTDKG3Q in the promo field before checkout to have your sales count towards the fundraiser. Anyone can help support our school so share this with friends and family and enjoy a great meal.
Stay connected with the PTO!
PTO Website: https://fernhillpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fernhillelementarypto
Visitors and Volunteers
With updated visitor and volunteer guidance, we are excited to begin welcoming more volunteers and visitors into our school while adhering to health and safety protocols. Upon your visit to Fern Hill, please be prepared to show Mrs. Hunt and/or Mrs. Zoretic in our main office the following:
1. Photo IDAll visitors and volunteers must show photo ID. Our front office will scan your driver's license into our Visitor Management System for future visits.
2. Proof of Vaccination - OPTIONAL
Visitors and volunteers will be asked to show proof of vaccination as the main office will document shared vaccination status in the event that contact tracing needs to be conducted. Proof of Vaccination is NOT required to volunteer in the school. Parents are welcome to decline sharing their status. For those comfortable, the main office will request to see the vaccination card as proof of status.
As a reminder, volunteers must have clearances on file. Please scroll to the bottom of the weekly newsletter for live links to complete your clearances. Thank you.
Parent and Visitor Clearances
**Redistricted families with up-to-date clearances on file have had their clearances transferred to the family's new school.
These checks will be required once every five years for volunteers who may have some unsupervised contact with students.
1 & 2 are required for all applicable volunteers:
1. Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (fees waived)
2. ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services) (fees waived)
In addition to 1 & 2, one of the following is required for applicable volunteers:
3a. If a resident for the past 10 years, a signed disclaimer affirming no charges in other states that would prohibit selection as a volunteer;
3b. If not a resident for the past 10 years AND the volunteer has received certification at any time since residency established, the volunteer must provide a copy of the certification received since residency established;
3c. If neither 3a or 3b apply, FBI Criminal Background Check required (fingerprint check) for federal criminal history records (fee charged). Our service code is 1KG6XN.