There are several notices and other items going home on Monday, November 3rd (Tuesday, November 4th for Kindergarten) that we want to give you a heads up on. Please make sure you check your child’s backpack for the following: Continue reading
This week we will be donating all of the items in our lost and found to charity. That includes a lot of really nice jackets, sweaters, etc. Please consider putting your child’s name on their jacket or sweater. Names can be written on the tag with a permanent marker. If there is a name on the item, we can make sure it gets back to the owner. Even if you don’t want to put your child’s full name on their clothing for security purposes, putting just their initials on the clothing is helpful. It is very common for students to take their jackets or sweaters off at lunch and then leave them on the playground. If staff don’t have a way of identifying who the owner is, the item goes in our lost and found. At the end of every quarter, items left in lost and found are donated to Lilies of the Field. Lilies of the Field provides free clothing to Fern Ridge residents.
We want to apologize to parents who received phone calls stating that their elementary students needed to attend Thursday school at the Elmira High School. There was a glitch in the automated phone system that the high school uses to remind parents and the call went out to all parents, instead of just the few it should have. We hope it didn’t cause too much confusion and will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Thanks for understanding!
The 2014-15 Oregon Battle of the Books is about to begin. Participants will form teams of four and read 16 books from well known and well respected authors including Judy Blune, Gordon Korman, Kate DiCamillo, and Roland Smith. They will then participate in “Battles” where they must answers about the content of each book. Continue reading
Great News! Parents can now access their child’s lunch account online through a program called My School Bucks. This is an online payment service that allows parents to pay for school meals online using a credit or debit card. Parents can sign up to access meal account balances, schedule automatic payments, and even create low-balance alerts. There is a fixed $1.95 fee per transaction. There is even a mobile app available that parents can put on their tablet or smart phone. Parents will need to know their child’s student ID number. This is the number your child uses to access their lunch account at school. For more information, go to the Food Services page at http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/food-services/
Reading is one of the most important skills children need to develop in order to be successful adults. Parents can make a huge difference by helping their children build their reading skills at home. VES is sponsoring an informational parent night focusing on reading October 15th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM featuring simple yet effective strategies that parents can use at home. Continue reading
We have decided to once again allow students to dress up in their Halloween costumes this year. Halloween itself is a teacher workday, so students are invited to wear their costumes on Thursday, October 30th. The following guidelines must be followed: Continue reading
The Tooth Taxi is returning to VES the week of November 17th through November 21st. The Tooth Taxi is a mobile dental van sponsored by The Dental Foundation of Oregon. The Tooth Taxi is staffed by dental professionals and offers a range of dental services including cleanings, fillings, extractions, and oral health education for free. Last year, The Tooth Taxi provided $46,000 worth of dental care to our students at no cost to families. Continue reading
Our third through fifth grade students have been practicing their math skills using the website called IXL in the computer lab. IXL is a comprehensive math review sit with hundreds of practice questions in hundreds of skills- all aligned to state standards. Your child can access the website from hope to allow them to practice at home and allow parents to review their child’s progress. Continue reading
Don’t forget that this Friday is our Jog-A-Thon. Our Jog-A-Thon is one of two fundraisers we have each year to help our parent group, PALS, raise the money to pay for field trips, playground equipment, music instruction, assemblies, Cotton Candy and the obstacle course at Field Day, Outdoor School, and many more things for the classrooms and our school. In order to have a successful Jog-A-Thon, we need your help. Continue reading