Fernan STEM Academy Weekly Update

Week of 10/24-10/28

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Upcoming Events

10/26-2nd/3rd Graders STEAM Club begins

10/27-Spooky STEM Night, 5:30-7

10/28-PJ DAY!

10/29-PTA Trunk or Treat, 10-12

11/6-Daylight Savings Time Ends (fall back)

11/10-3rd Grade Veterans Day Program, 6 pm (5:45 for particpants)

11/11-Veterans Day: No School

11/17-Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-7:30

11/18-Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8:30-3:00

11/21-11/25 -Thanksgiving Break-No School

11/24-Thanksgiving Day

Arrival, Dismissal and Lunch Schedule

Link to Cd'A School District Family Calendar

Link to Cd'A Lunch Menu

Do you drive your child/ren to school?

Safety is number one! If your child needs to be escorted to the gate, please park in the parking lot to the left, and use the crosswalk to walk with your child.

If you are using the car line, please pull up as far as safely possible in the car line, and your child can exit the vehicle and walk towards the gate. We would like to keep the cars moving and our students and families safe. Thank you!

Enter your vehicle in PTA's annual Trunk or Treat!

Looking for pictures of Veterans or service members for our slideshow

We are looking of pictures of Veterans in your family or service members to share in our slideshow and celebrate your commitment to our country.

Please email your child's teacher with the photo with who is pictured, what branch, and years served.

Fernan STEM Academy Halloween 2022 Information

This year, we will not be wearing costumes during the school day for Halloween. However, we do have a couple of fun opportunities to show off those creative costumes. We will be hosting a Spooky STEM Night on Thursday, October 27th, from 5:30-7:00 PM. This is a FREE event! You may bring your families and come in costumes if you wish. It will be a fun night of events! We hope you are able to join us. October 28 is PJ Day! In addition, you may bring your families for Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29th, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. This is a fundraiser to support our fabulous PTA. Dress up, sign up for a spot and enter your vehicle into the contest, or just come visit us for treats. The cost is $5 per child, $10 if you'd like to enter your car into Trunk or Treat. Hope to see you there! Stay tuned to communications from your teachers regarding other fall fun and activities!

Spooky STEM NIght, 10/27, from 5:30-7:00

Click on the button to view the Spooky STEM Night flier!

FIrst graders and fractions!

Celebrating our summer reading challenge with a Hollywood VIP Party!

Learning about Fire Safety

We are looking for donations for Fernan's 'Maker Space'.

If you notice any of these items around your home, we are looking for the following:

Popsicle Sticks

Regular straws

Tape of all kinds

TP Rolls (w/o the tp)

Foam balls

Smaller wood pieces

Construction paper (any color)

Hot glue sticks

Thank you! Please send items with your child.

More on Fernan seeking STEM certification! The last step-Improve!

STEM: Science, technology, engineering, and math, uses the engineering design process to guide students through project based learning.

The last step is to improve. Students take a look at their structure or device and determine what is not working and they go through the process of improving as a separate step. They can modify and adapt again and again.

Student Advisory Group

Congratulations to Archer Harris for being chosen as a member of the Student Advisory Group (SAG). He has several responsibilities in this role, including representing student views, discussing relative school issues, and communicating Board activities.

Weekly STEM Activity: Candy Corn Experiment

The dissolving candy corn experiment is an amazing STEM project that is easy to set up with only simple supplies needed.Is a great visual science experiment which you can also add some math in too


  • Candy Corn (look for the gumdrop like pumpkins too!)
  • Peeps (ghosts and pumpkins)
  • Various liquids – water, vinegar, oil, seltzer, cornstarch
  • Toothpicks
  • Clear cups
  • Timer


STEP 1. Measure and fill clear cups with each of the liquids you are using. You have to use 5 liquids: cold water, hot water, oil, vinegar, and seltzer as our potential solvents.

STEP 2. Place the candy in each of the cups and start the timer. Observe what happens to the candy in each liquid.

You can make two rounds. In the first round, use peep candy {both pumpkins and ghosts}. In the second round, you can use candy corn.

It’s perfect to use two different candies because they have two very different dissolving times which raises some interesting questions.

Within minutes our dissolving candy science experiment will be well underway with the candy corn!

It’s interesting how the waxy layer on the surface of the candy corn pulls away from the candy first.

Which liquid dissolves candy corn the fastest? Make your predictions and test your theories! This is a much quicker dissolving candy experiment if you need results right away!


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Fernan STEM Academy


Vision Statement: Our Fernan Falcons empower one another to be problem solvers who ask, imagine, plan, create, and grow.

Mission Statement: We build the future by inspiring, engaging, and empowering students to become critical thinking problem solvers who work collaboratively to improve the world around them.