Ferson Creek eNews

October 9, 2020

From the Principal...Kristy McKnight

Thank you so much for participating in conferences over the past two days. I know that teachers were so happy to connect with you and share how your children are learning, growing, and having fun in school this year!

A special thanks to PTO and all families for providing the staff with snacks, drinks, and a delicious Smitty's dinner on Thursday night! We so appreciate your generosity!

Below you will find information regarding our PTO Fund the Foxes campaign. As we are not holding our typical fundraising events, such as Boo Bash, our Fund the Foxes campaign will be the major source of funds to support the students and staff at Ferson Creek this school year.

Thank you so much for your continued support and partnership in your child's education.

Enjoy your long weekend!

Kristy McKnight

Lift Your Voice Community Project

There is a great opportunity for all musicians happening this weekend! The Lift Your Voice movement is encouraging any and all musicians to play "together" this Saturday, October 10th. Stand outside on your porch or driveway and share music with your community!

Here is a little about the project:

Covid-19 has forced us to adopt a lifestyle of physical distancing, but we are still a community! Let's create a piece of performance art that showcases our connection to each other in spite of physical separation...and let's dedicate our music to all of our friends and neighbors! On October 10th, at 6:30 pm go outside your home - front yard, backyard, balcony, porch, open window - and perform the piece continuously for as long as you want. You do NOT need to match tempo or rhythm with anyone else you might hear doing this! You may hear other performers in your area, or you may only hear yourself. But know that, for these few minutes, you are a part of an enormous performance, and the whole is greater than any one person could possibly perceive. Check out the full story here: https://liftyourvoice2020.weebly.com/

The project is recommending the tune "''tis a Gift to be Simple," an old song which reminds us to be thankful for where we are and what we have together. The melody has been used countless times in movies and larger works of music like Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring

You can download the music here: https://liftyourvoice2020.weebly.com/music.html

If you'd like to participate, don't forget to snap a photo and share it with the tag #Liftupyourvoice

Head Room Parents

This year, room parents will look differently than in previous years. We are looking for room parents for both in-person and remote teachers. These people will act as liaisons between the teacher and parents. Because of our current COVID climate, we will be unable to have parent volunteers in the building. However, these volunteers would work closely with the classroom teacher to support the needs of the classroom. This could look like coordinating activities and/or organizing supplies. The Sign-Up Genius will go live at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 10th to sign up to be a Head Room parent. Please remember that even if you are not a head room parent, there will still be ways to support the classroom. We appreciate your support and flexibility as we continue to navigate the different aspects of our school year.

PTO- Fund the Foxes!

Fund the Foxes, Ferson's main PTO fundraiser, is currently going on. All money goes directly to our students and staff funding the following:

  • Field Trips
  • Assemblies
  • Fun Playground Supplies
  • Educational Resources for the Classroom
  • PTO Events such as Boo Bash and Science Night
  • And Much Much More!

Our goal for this year is $7,000, which is what we were able to spend on new fiction & non-fiction books for each classroom last year!

Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • Writing a check made out to the Ferson Creek PTO
  • Making a Cash Donation
  • Donating online via PayPal
  • Donating via PushCoin (available the week of 10/12)

We also welcome non-profit contributions through corporate matching programs, so please consider asking your employer to support our students and staff too. Our Tax Exemption number for the Ferson Creek Elementary School PTO is E9959-7241-05

Any donation amount is welcome, every little bit helps further enhance the curricular and extracurricular educational experiences of our children.

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Directory Spot is READY!

The Ferson Creek PTO is excited to announce that our school directory, DirectorySpot, is ready for you to use! Families and staff who are in the directory are now able to access it from a free app (iPhone or Android) or from the web. (Please add mail@directoryspot.net as an email contact.)

DirectorySpot: www.directoryspot.net

iPhone: http://goo.gl/5U2Tzq

Android: http://goo.gl/iBK9lY

It is not too late! We can always add families or edit current information. Please provide your family's permission and information here: https://tinyurl.com/FersonDirectory20-21

Even if you were in the directory in the past, families must grant permission and share their information each year, in order to be included in the directory. Whether your child(ren) is in-person or remote, we would love to have your family included!

From the DirectorySpot website, the data and users in the directory can be updated at any time throughout the year. You can always edit the information you choose to share or even opt in/out at any time.

Questions about DirectorySpot? Email FersonCreekPTO@gmail.com .

Kindergarten Lunches Available for Take Home Meals

Kindergarten students can now order take home meals.

District 303 is now offering the opportunity for kindergarten students to order a meal that can be taken home after school. Students will choose items from a menu that will be ordered by their classroom teacher. The meals will be brought to the classroom 15 minutes prior to dismissal. Meals that students select are free of charge as part of the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that has been extended through December 31, 2020.

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  • Monday, October 11th - Columbus Day - No school for students
  • Tuesday, November 3rd - Election Day - No school for students
  • Monday, November 9th -Remote Planning Day - No school for students
  • Friday, November 13th -End of Trimester 1
Across the Board Newsletter

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