September 21, 2012 - Ferndale Public Schools

September 21, 2012 - Ferndale Public Schools

F e r n d a l e

S c h o o l S


September 21, 2012

Ferndale Alumni Invited to

the Homecoming Parade

Next week is Homecoming and the

FHS homecoming committee invites all

alumni to march in the Ferndale High

School Homecoming Parade on Friday,

Sept. 28. Step off time is 6 pm at Geary

Park. Come out and show your Eagle

Pride! Wear your spirit wear.


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Anti-bullying program instills

respect, kindness, compassion

Students of Ferndale Middle School

and Coolidge Intermediate School

experienced the moving and

inspirational anti-bullying message behind

Rachel’s Challenge today, followed by an

adult presentation in the evening.

Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit

organization that exists to equip and

inspire individuals to replace acts of

violence, bullying, and negativity with

acts of respect, kindness, and compassion.

Rachel’s Challenge was inspired by the life

and writings of Rachel Scott, a 17-year-old

student who was the first person killed at

Columbine High School in 1999.

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Students from FMS and Coolidge were asked to

role play and learn strategies to deal with bullying

and difficult situations. They were also asked to list

behaviors in their school that they would like to stop. Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


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Beer Tent successfully raised funds for FEF

Attendees of the 2012 DIY Street Fair in Ferndale were

entertained, fed and asked to grab a beer and leave a tip!

The Ferndale Education Foundation sponsored a beer tent

at the downtown event last weekend to raise funds for the


The beer tent raised more than $1,100 and was staffed by

FEF volunteers.

The Ferndale Education Foundation is a dedicated group

of volunteers who devote time and talent to ensuring the

finest academic environment for all of Ferndale’s students.

The FEF makes possible a wide range of unique learning

opportunities for students in all Ferndale Public Schools. It does so through teacher

mini-grants, visiting authors programs, and summer and after-school tutoring. Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


Rachel’s Challenge inspires

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The basic tenets of the Rachel’s Challenge were

taught at Friday’s presentation.

Students at Coolidge and FMS were encouraged

to accept Rachel’s Challenge by choosing to take

the following actions:

• New Student Project: Taking new students

around and introducing them to school life,

culture, surroundings and people.

• Targeted Letter Project: Students HANDwrite a letter to express

“I have this theory that if one

person can go out of their way to

show compassion, then it will start

a chain reaction of the same.

People will never know how far a

little kindness can go.”

—Rachel Scott

appreciation. An example was given of a successful letter writing campaign

to thank bus drivers for their service.

• Social Media Project: The objective here is to make someone’s day in a

public online forum. An example given was writing positive comments on

someone’s Facebook page.

• Create an Atmosphere of Kindness Project: An example of this is to put

positive messages throughout the school to remind people of Rachel’s


• Chain Links Project is a project that is used to highlight and celebrate acts

of kindness.

Students were given examples of how to behave appropriately and had group

activities and individual sharing time with an open mic. The student body will be

asked to sign a large banner next week, accepting Rachel’s Challenge.

Since its inception, more than 17-million people have heard Rachel’s story in such

presentations. More information can be found at

Ferndale Youth Assistance and The David Michael Smith Foundation sponsored

the program.

LEFT: FMS Principal Dawn Warren and Coolidge Principal Eric Bruner with Friday’s presenter. Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


Above: Coolidge Intermediate students took part in Constitution

Day activities last week, which included gathering in their atrium to

form a red-white-blue human flag. —Photo courtesy of Anthony Titus

Left: Students in Kathleen Hayden’s 2 nd Grade Class at Roosevelt

were surprised with free backpacks and school supplies last week!

And Ms. Hayden was given a goodie bag with a gift card, supplies

and treats. The supplies were from a charity called OKE (Operation:

Kid Equip) Financial. OKE was formed via the Affinity Group Credit

Union to launch a virtual branch. The charity provides teachers and

students with books and equipment.

—Photo courtesy of Kathleen Hayden Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


Ferndale Schools PTAs were at last weekend’s DIY Street Fair

operating the dunk tank and the popcorn and cotton candy booths.

All proceeds went to the PTA. The Ferndale Elementary and Kennedy

PTAs ran the dunk tank on Saturday, and the Middle/High School

PTSA ran the tank on Sunday. Teachers, staff members and parents

volunteered to be dunked, providing a lot of fun for everyone.

Left: JFK Principal Derek Adams took his turn in the tank.

—Photo Courtesy of Amy Butters Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


Girls Swim Update

9-20-12 at Avondale:

Final score: Ferndale 74, Avondale 101

Event winners:

Maya Keener in the 500 freestyle and

200 individual medley

Megan Campbell in the 200 freestyle

Lily Arnett in the 100 backstroke

Girls Volleyball Update

The Ferndale varsity volleyball team

defeated Pontiac this week in 4 sets

(25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-13).

Leading the Eagles were:

Karly Wilson with 4 kils, 3 blocks, 5


Taylor Hall with 5 blocks, 3 aces;

Sophie Michalak with 3 blocks;

Kayla Hughes with 10 assists

The Eagles begin their league play

Thursday at home against West


Hello All,

Thanks to you, the first ever Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Play Free USTA

Play Day event at Ferndale High School was a huge success. Twenty five new

players were introduced to the Play Day format of informal competition and the

QuickStart Tennis format. Players were able to play short format matches on

nine 36’ courts and one 60’ court with the help of many volunteers and parents.

Thank you to Ferndale High School Tennis Coach Michael Mitchell and

Athletic Director Shaun Butler for spreading the word about the event,

allowing for use of the courts and for having the whole men’s tennis team there

to help out with court monitoring.

Thank you to volunteers Neil Devries and Andrew Lowe who helped warm up

players and hit with those waiting for matches and helped with all the clean up,

you guys are awesome!

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and players! I hope you had a great

time and were able to get some valuable information on 10 and Under Tennis and

how the USTA can help you start tennis programs at your child or grandchild’s

school, after school and in your community.

There is a lot of interest in forming a Ferndale Community Tennis Association

that would maintain an adult tennis night at the high school courts. There was

also talk of starting a project that would add lights to some of the courts for

evening play. Our next step is to schedule another meeting of those interested

for the Ferndale Community Tennis Association. I would like to speak to

everyone about the benefits of forming such an association and registering with

the USTA. I am proposing a meeting for Thursday, Sept. 27th at the high school

courts at 6pm. Please reply with any other date and time suggestions.

Thank you,

George Lowe | Michigan Tennis Service Representative

USTA/Midwest Section |

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Handling the

Fusses & Fits of


Workshop Series

@ Roosevelt Primary School

Open to all families in the Ferndale School Community

Free Parenting Series & Free Babysitting

September 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

October 8, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

October 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

November 12, 6:00 - 8:00

November 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

No matter if your child is 2 years old or 8 years old - this workshop is for you! If you

have 1 child or 5 children – this workshop is for you! Have you ever heard yourself

say, “There’s Got to Be A Better Way” when dealing with your child? We all have and

now there is research that shows us what we can do to help our children as they

learn social and emotional development skills. Did you know our social & emotional

skills are developed by the age of 8? There is NO better time than now to learn how

to become an even better, more eff ective parent, friend, and companion. Take the

time out of your busy schedule and be part of this incredible parenting series. I

guarantee you will walk away with a smile on your face, knowledge in your mind

and good feelings in your heart!

This workshop is for all families. If you have a child who is doing well, a child who is

shy, a child who is constantly testing you, a child who has diffi culty paying attention,

a child who exceeds in everything – No matter the child, no matter the family – this

will provide you with more knowledge to be the best you can be!

Please call 248-586-8800 to sign up today! Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


September 25, 2012


Fight the flu @

Kick off this flu season with our

improved online registration

system to get your flu shots fast.

Oakland County Health

Department Clinics

Pontiac and Southfield

Monday, 12pm - 8pm

Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Outreach Clinics

Walled Lake Community Center

October 9th, 3pm - 7pm

November 2nd, 9am - 1pm

Troy Civic Center

October 16th, 10am - 1pm

Farmington Hills Costick Center

October 23rd, 9am - 1pm Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools

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Saturday, October 20

11am - 3pm

John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Sponsored by the JFK PTA

Come spend an afternoon with your Ferndale Schools family!

Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.

Wristband and ticket sales at the front door and cafeteria.

Games Inflatables Climbing Wall Bake Sale

Boo-tique Crafts Haunted Hallway

Food/Beverages 50/50 Raffle

To volunteer, contact Polly Peltier at or Tracey Iverson at

what's happening

Saturday, September 224

• FHS Marching Band Competition @ Novi HS

Monday, September 24 4

• FHS Spirit Week begins (all week)

• School Improvement Monday

• Family Workshop Series: Conscious Discipline, Roosevelt, 6-8 p.m.

• Board of Education Meeting, Harding, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25 4

• JFK Picture Day

• Yom Kippur @ Sundown

• Roosevelt’s Learning Fair for Families, 6-8 p.m.

• Elementary Orchestra Parent Meeting, JFK, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26 4

• Yom Kippur

• Grant Head Start Policy Committee Meeting, 10-11:30 a.m.

• Board Program/Technology Committee, Harding, 12 p.m.

• FE-PTA Elementary Skate Night, 6:15-8:15 p.m.

Thursday, September 27

• Grant Family Committee Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

• UHS College Night, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Elementary Orchestra Meeting, Coolidge, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 28

• FHS Homecoming

• P arent Night Out, Kulick Center, Ferndale Parks & Rec, 7 p.m.

Click for our online calendar!

You can also download it to your own

Google Calendar, then transfer your dates

to Outlook, etc. Like the Ferndale Schools on Follow us on Twitter! @FerndaleSchools


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