Fern Communicator

Fern PTA

Be involved with your child’s Fern experience!

“The Communicator” is Fern Elementary’s weekly e-newsletter.  By signing up, you will have the latest news on events at the school.  You will also have the ability to sign up to support the many activities/programs such as field trips, art programs, and teacher/student recognition programs that are offered by the PTA.

Click Here to sign up or update your current profile.

Ways You Can Be Involved At Fern

Job Descriptions

Help most needed for following 5 events:

Fall Festival: Help welcome the Fern family back to school at this fun filled festival in October.  Helpers needed to run booths/activities as well as with set-up and tear down. Come work for a shift and then meet up with your friends from Fern.  It’s a great opportunity for parents who can’t volunteer during school hours! [Time frame- Sept/Oct for event planning/promotion, end of October for event day]

Fern Fun Run: Our annual spring fundraiser will be held in February! Come out and cheer the kids on! Jobs include -- set up, water table, attaching lap cards, counting laps, and clean up.  Last year we raised over $14,000! [Time frame- Jan for event planning/promotion, Feb- event day]

Yearbook: Do you love to take pictures of your child at school? Help create a page in the yearbook for your child’s class, or join the yearbook team by taking pictures at one of our many events. You can become even more involved and help create the yearbook!  Our yearbook coordinator is leaving at the end of this year!  This will be the last year of the Fern Yearbook unless a new coordinator volunteers for next year.  [Time frame- year round]

Beautification/Clean-up: Help clean up our school and make it a beautiful place for our children to learn! We tackle some of those bigger jobs that just don’t seem to get done. Help keep our school beautiful and safe! [Time frame- year round for individual projects, participate in just one or all]

Bike Rodeo: This is a district wide bike safety event where students get tested on agility and bike safety. Set up and monitor tests for the students. [Time frame- March/April]

Blue Ribbon Week: Blue Ribbon week is our tribute to the heroes of our community. Help teach the children about our valuable public safety workers and military through different activities. [Time frame- May]

Honorary Service Award: PTA honors the people who volunteer in our community.  Help organize the nomination and selection process for this award. [Time frame- Jan/Feb]

Hospitality:  If you love to entertain then this is for you!  Buy/make and organize refreshments at some of our many events, such as back to school night. [Time frame- year round, participate for just one or all events]

Red Ribbon Week: Held October 20-24, Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to drug awareness. Help with activities that promote drug awareness to our students. [Time frame- Oct]

Reflections art contest: Help organize the PTA art contest! Create flyers, gather student projects, gather judges, announce winners and distribute prizes. Most can be done from your home with the exception of the judging. Keep the arts alive in our school! [Time frame- Sept - Nov 2015]

Scholarship – Select one high school student for a Fern Elementary Scholarship [Time frame – Feb]

Staff appreciation: Show the staff at Fern how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to our children at this event held in February for a whole week. We need volunteers to bring potluck style dishes, decorate the staff lounge, and gather goodies for the staff. [Time frame- February]

Student Spirit Wear: Help kids get in the school spirit. The store offers school spirit items and school supplies. The store is open after school every day for the first full week of school and for some special events. [Time frame- 2:50-3:30p from Sept 8-12 and some events such as back to school night]

Talent Show:  The teachers run the talent show, but they need your help!  Help create sets, work backstage, and organize the program. The talent show is shown during the school day and then one time in the evening. If you love seeing our students on stage, this is for you! [Time frame- Apr/May]

Important:  All volunteers must be cleared through the office.  Applications can be printed or stop by the front office.

Not sure?  Send an email to fernptavolunteer@gmail.com and let us know what you are interested in.

We believe that communication among school staff, parents, and students is the key to success. Fern communicates to parents weekly by emailing weekly information packets. The information packet contains the Principal's Newsletter, school activities, Fundraisers, and external activities. It is important that you sign up to receive the weekly communicator.

Each Sunday, you will receive:

· An e-mail notification with a direct link to the weekly bulletin posted on the website.
· Important updates and schedule changes/reminders, when necessary.
· Highlights of communications that require timely attention.

You will NOT automatically be enrolled in the communication program. If this is your first year at Fern, and/or if you are not currently receiving Fern's Weekly Communicator, you can enroll here. If you are already enrolled from a previous year, there is no need to re-enroll. At any time you can also elect to receive additional notifications specific to PTA events by updating your communicator account by clicking on the Update your profile link located at the bottom of every communicator email you receive.

Sign up now to receive your student weekly packets via e-mail.

Volunteer information:

This online registration will also allow you to sign up to receive e-mail communication regarding volunteer information for various school functions throughout the year (current TB Test and Megan's Law clearance are required). You can add or remove yourself from any event notification at any time by clicking on the Update your profile link located at the bottom of every communicator email you receive. Please take a moment to update your volunteer groups for the previous school year. If you are happy with the events you signed up for last year, there is no need to make changes.

If you have questions, please send an e-mail to fernptavolunteer@gmail.com. Please include your child(ren)'s name(s) and grade level.

Fern PTA