Ferson Creek eNews

January 21, 2022

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

Each year D303 participates in the 5Essentials Survey. This survey is completed by parents, staff and students in grades 4-11. You can find information regarding the survey here , including the link to complete the survey. We strive for as much participation as possible, so if you can take a few minutes to complete the survey, it would be greatly appreciated. Our 4th and 5th grade students will complete their survey during the day with their classroom teacher.

As a reminder, next Wednesday is our Early Release. Elementary students are dismissed 2:10pm.

Have a good weekend,

Kristy McKnight

Infection Detection

Students in Ms. Gusterine's class collaborated with Mrs. Ignoffo our LRC director to combine their science knowledge with their tech skills! Students drew diagrams of the immune system and described what each part of the immune system does to keep the body healthy. Students are creating code in Scratch to program Makey Makey to report the function of the immune system organ when a button is touched on the student's diagram during LRC time. Below are some pictures of our students hard at work, as well as their awesome projects!

Tricity Family Services Workshops

Tricity Family Services is offering a variety of remote small group workshops for both boys, girls AND parents. Below you will find information regarding all that is currently available.

Facilitated in small groups via Zoom on Saturday, 2/5/22, from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Register with friends to join a group together or meet new peers.

View workshop flyers at https://www.tricityfamilyservices.org/workshops/

Compass for Girls and Compass for Boys

(4th & 5th Graders by Grade Level)

Both focus on enhancing social and emotional skills, including:

· Self-Awareness

· Managing Challenging Emotions

· Problem-Solving

· Developing Healthy Friendship Skills

· Becoming More Empathic

· Understanding Personal Power

Compass for Girls registration link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=bmC2Wd

Compass for Boys registration link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=T76xQH

True North Vision Board Workshop for Girls

(6th-8th Grade Girls)

Focuses on expanding skills, including:

· Self-Awareness of Personal Guiding Values

· Managing Challenging Emotions

· Problem-Solving with Confidence

· Developing Healthy Friendship Skills with Empathy

· Cultivating a Growth Mindset

· Understanding Personal Power of Kindness

True North Vision Board Workshop for Girls registration link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=hvTG2W

FREE Parent Presentation:

Presented via Zoom – Parents choose to attend with their camera on or off. Participants may unmute themselves or type in the chat to ask questions.

"Parenting 4th-8th Graders Through Their Stress & Worries"

For Parents

Monday, February 7, 2022, from 6:30-7:30 PM,

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrf-urqz0uG9MYULpjUMo_NFh8yxjquaq2

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Empower Update

During the month of January, students in Empower are going to be experiencing a new module! Students in Kindergarten through fifth grades are going to be delving into the areas of communication. They will be utilizing various media tools in the Show it Off module!


Registration for the Preschool Program Lottery will be open from January 12 - January 26. Names will be randomly selected on January 27, and parents will be notified by email if their child is chosen. Those who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a space becomes available. Click here to register!

Lotería del Programa Preescolar del Distrito D303

Las inscripciones para la lotería del programa preescolar del distrito se abrirán el 12 de Enero al 26 de Enero. Los nombres serán aleatoriamente seleccionados el 27 de enero, y los padres de familia serán notificados por e-mail si sus hijos están dentro del programa. Los alumnos que no sean seleccionados serán ingresados a la lista de espera, y serán notificados cuando se abra un espacio. ¡Presione aquí para inscribirse!


Winter has definitely arrived! Children will go outside to play for recess as long as it is above 0 degrees. Please help your child dress appropriately for the weather. Snow pants and boots are needed in order to play in the snow. With that, we've noticed that while students are in the snow they are sometimes unable to keep distance between them. They are busy having so much fun building forts and snowmen and they end up with their faces right next to each other. We do prompt them to keep their distance, but if you want your child to keep their mask on while playing in the snow at recess, please let them know to do so.

Extra Masks Needed

Please make sure your child has an extra mask or two in their backpack. Masks are getting lost, wet, or broken during the day and we have many children needing extras. Thank you!

Chess Club

Chess club meets on Monday, January 24th.

Shield Testing & Vaccination

It is recommended that you remove for child from Shield testing if they are fully vaccinated. In order to complete this, you need to visit the district website and click Shield Testing Registration, scroll down to the second page, click the link and uncheck your consent for Shield testing. The nurse is unable to enroll you.
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The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day. As we move into the winter months, we want to update you on the plan for how the district will manage emergency days and e-learning days.

  • If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.

  • Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.

  • If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.

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Important Dates

  • Wednesday, January 26th - Early Release, elementary dismissed at 2:10 pm
Across the Board Newsletter

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