April Panther Pride

April Panther Pride
April 2024


We create and maintain a safe and consistent learning community by establishing positive behavioral supports and a culture where all students achieve social, emotional and academic success.

In this issue:

  • Principal’s Message

  • Dates to Remember

  • Counselor Corner

  • In the Know

  • District Information

  • PTSA Information



Dear Fernwood Families,


At the end of the week we will be wrapping up our third quarter and heading into Spring Break. We hope everyone enjoys the week away! May your family take part in some rejuvenation whether sticking nearby or traveling afar. 


As March comes to an end, I would like to take time to reflect on the wonderful enrichment opportunities that have been made possible by our dedicated PTSA, community of volunteers, families and staff. During the month of March, in partnership with our PTSA, Fernwood participated for a second year in a school-wide fundraiser which centered on acts of kindness. You can read more about the success of this fundraiser and how we are still working to meet our goal of raising funds within the PTSA section of this newsletter. So far, our students have completed over 750 random acts of kindness! It is exciting to be able to provide our students the opportunity to fundraise in a manner that aligns to our school-wide pillar of kindness. 


We have also been able to provide after school enrichment classes to Fernwood students as a result of our PTSA chairs and volunteers. Some of the classes students have been participating in include learning about coding, art, drama, learning to play chess, and STEM classes. These opportunities enrich students’ education through new learning while also building friendships and community with each other.


And lastly, in partnership with Fernwood PTSA, we just held our Fernwood PTSA Science Fair where over 50 students from first to fifth grade planned, conducted, and presented their own science experiment and learning. Northshore School District, School Board Director Jackie McGourty attended as a judge and encouraged our students in their scientific pursuits. It truly was amazing to see and hear the variety of topics our students chose to explore and learn more about. Just some of the examples of topics represented include the building of holograms, exploring light refraction, developing homemade water filters, and exploring the density of natural pigments. Students were able to articulate their findings within the scientific method, and answer questions regarding their experiments. We are already looking forward to next year’s Science Fair!


I want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Fernwood PTSA  and the ongoing partnership we have with our Fernwood families and community for enabling these wonderful enrichment programs and opportunities to exist for our students. We thank you for your support and dedication to our learning community.


With appreciation,

Cassie Morton, Principal









 5th Grade Parent Camp Meeting




End of the 3rd Quarter


4/8 - 4/12

Spring Break - No School



Fernwood Choir to Sing at Everett's Aqua Sox Game


   Track and Field Practice Begins




Track and Field Practice



4/22 - 5/24

5th Graders Go To Camp

Camp Cedar Springs  


Track and Field Practice




Student Council Sports Day




Track and Field Practice




Track and Field Meet - Location TBD











PTSA Mulit-Cultural Night




Parent Input Form Due Today



PTSA Staff Appreciation Week



Track and Field Practice




   Track and Field Meet 

Skyview Middle School



Track and Field Practice




Track and Field Meet 

Leota Middle School



Listening Session

Library and Zoom



PTSA General Meeting

Library and Zoom



Track and Field Practice




Track and Field FINALS

Northcreek High School



Student Council - Dress Like a Fernwood Teacher



Regular School Day - Snow Make-Up Day




NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Observed





For the month of April we will continue the Lunch Bunch program for Kindergartners and will continue through mid-May. Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for students to eat in the counselor’s classroom, play games, and make new friends from other classes. Each student will be invited to spend time in the counselor’s space, create connections with others, and have fun. (The program is optional to students.)


Following Spring Break, Fernwood school counselors will be leading small groups for those students who would benefit from additional support in their social-emotional. Spring groups will run for six weeks between April 15th - May 24th for the spring 2024 session. Group topics will include Kelso’s Choices instruction for kindergartners only, Worry-Wise for grades 1-5, and Resilient Problem Solvers for grades 1-5. Your school counselors will reach out to families of those students referred for this Tier 2 support. Students who participate benefit from the additional instruction and from learning with and from their peers during the experience. 


Lastly, with the annual standardized testing Smarter Balanced Assessment happening in May for grades 3-5, you may be wondering about what you can do to support your child if your child struggles with test anxiety. We have all been there, tests and performance expectations can make us all nervous, but when we already struggle with impairments such as ADHD or anxiety, test anxiety can be a real barrier to performing our best. We would like to share with you a resource from the Child Mind Institute on Tips for Beating Test Anxiety, if you are looking for ideas on how to help your child during standardized testing season. Please reach out if you have any questions.


If you would like to request any additional support for your student, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are here for your student’s success! Thank you for your partnership


Best Regards, 

Jennifer Brisbine (Grades K, 2, & 4) jbrisbine@nsd.org and 425-408-4570

Sarah Cue (Grades 1, 3, & 5) scue@nsd.org and 425-408-4572


April 2024 SEL Calendar




Track and Field Registration Now Open!

We are happy to announce that our season is right around the corner. Registration is now open for students in grades 3-5. Practice will begin right after break on Monday, April 15th from 8:00-9:00 in the gym for those that have enrolled. Please see the linked flier for more details about practice and meet dates. 


The cost is $45 and scholarships are available. Please contact the office about scholarship information. You can register via TouchBase (https://schoolsales.nsd.org Opens a New Window.

T-shirt orders are due by April 14th.


Parent Input Form 

As we head into April, we continue to think about providing a strong finish to the 2023-24 school year. In addition, we begin to look to the future. You may have started to envision the 2024-25 school year for your child. At Fernwood, our goal is to ensure that all Fernwood students have an equal opportunity for a positive and strong educational experience. We recognize that balanced classrooms are a key step in achieving this goal. We are providing this parent input form for you as an opportunity to share any specific learning needs, strengths, or conditions you would like considered in the 2024-25 classroom alignment process. Our staff across the school closely collaborate to consider any information you provide as well as our knowledge of your child within the school setting to carefully determine placement. Please see the form for more specifics. All forms are due by Friday, May 3rd. 



Students in grades 3rd-5th will take part in our state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) this spring. 5th graders will also take the Washington State Science Assessment. During our testing window, it is especially important your child is present and on time to school. Please see the testing dates to mark your calendar. *Please note: there is always the possibility students may become ill, so make up opportunities will be provided.  Please do not send your student to school when they are ill.


Here is a key to better understand the acronyms on our schedule:

  • ELA - English Language Arts (reading and writing)

  • CAT - Computer Adaptive Technology (online test)

  • PT - Performance Test (providing reasoning and evidence for an answer)




Families, please click on this link to learn more about your child’s learning in PE and ways you can be involved with your child’s growth and development as they build their fine and gross motor skills.


Department of Health Regulations

Please see the updated covid or respiratory illness guidelines as shared by the Department of Health. This is applicable to students only.


Take Steps to Avoid Spreading COVID-19 or Another Respiratory Virus to Others


If you have respiratory virus symptoms that are not better explained by another cause (such as allergies) or test positive for COVID-19 or another respiratory virus, follow CDC guidance for staying home and away from others; this includes people you live with who are not sick.


You can go back to your normal activities when both of the following have been true for at least 24 hours: 

·      Your symptoms are getting better overall, and

·      You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).

·      You can tell your symptoms are improving when you start to feel better and you feel well enough to fully participate in your activities, such as learning in a classroom or completing tasks at work. A respiratory virus infection can have many types of symptoms, some of which can last beyond when someone is contagious (able to spread the virus), such as a lingering cough. Having a single symptom or a combination of symptoms is not as important as the overall sense of feeling better and the ability to resume activities.


When you go back to your normal activities, wear a mask and take added precautions over the next 5 days, such as taking steps to improve air flow and filtration, practicing good hand hygiene, cleaning regularly, physical distancing, and testing when you will be around other people indoors. You may still be contagious with a respiratory virus after returning to your normal activities, so it is important to take additional precautions.

     ·      People with COVID-19 are often contagious for 5-10 days after their illness begins.

·      People with flu may be contagious for up to 5-7 days after their illness begins.

·      People with RSV are usually contagious for 3-8 days after their illness begins.

·      Full link attached at https://doh.wa.gov/emergencies/covid-19/prevent-spreading-respiratory-viruse

Contact Nurse Pavi with any questions, pmansahia@nsd.org




April Progress Reports

Following the District’s reporting process, progress reports in April will only be provided to families, through Parent Vue, if a student is not yet at grade level in one or more areas. In addition, it may also be provided if behavior needs to be communicated. If you do not receive a progress report on Parent Vue, it means your student is performing at standard in reading, writing, and math at this time and that their strengths and/or needs around behavior have been communicated through previous conversations.


If you do receive a progress report, teachers will note specifically where students are not yet meeting grade level with an “N”. Other areas in which they are meeting grade level will be marked with a "Y". These reports also contain a section on "Behaviors that Promote Student Learning.” The teacher may elect to complete this section if a student has behavior needs. They may also leave it blank if a student is consistently demonstrating these behaviors or fill it out in a manner that conveys that consistency.


Whether your child receives a progress report or not, we know teachers are working tirelessly in the classroom to provide effective feedback to all students. This feedback supports student self-efficacy so that each child is aware of their strengths, needs, and steps to take to make progress towards those needs.


Northshore preschool programs are now enrolling children, ages 3-5. The preschool years are among the most critical in a child's life that influence learning. The Northshore School District is committed to providing the support that our youngest learners need to prepare them to succeed in school, cultivate friendships, and create a sense of community and belonging. The district proudly offers a variety of inclusive general education learning environments.  

Available preschool programs include both FREE and tuition-based options.

FREE Programs: Head Start and Ready Start

Eligibility is determined by the child’s age, family income, and opportunity gaps. These programs are located at Sorenson Early Childhood CenterWoodmoor Elementary, and Arrowhead Elementary Spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis for eligible families. Families are encouraged to complete an application as soon as possible. The information on the application is confidential and used only to determine a child’s eligibility for the programs. The District does not require, check, or report on immigration or DSHS status. View the applications for income-eligible free preschool.


Tuition Programming

The Ready Start programs are located at Sorenson Early Childhood Center and Woodmoor Elementary. Spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Families are encouraged to complete an application as soon as possible. View the application for tuition-based programs.

To learn more about any of our district preschool programs, visit the Northshore Early Childhood District website

Families who have questions can call (425) 408-5517. 

Please be sure to check the PTSA'S website for all the up to date information and calendar


PTSA Meeting

There is no April PTSA Meeting. The next meeting is May 14th from 7:00-8:00pm.





MONDAY, April 1st is the LAST DAY to order your Fernwood Elementary School 2023-2024 yearbook!

The online store will close at midnight on 4/2. Order now at www.BuyTheYearbook.com.

Questions? Email fernwoodyearbook@gmail.com.


Today is the LAST DAY of our BIG fundraiser for the 2023-24 school year!  We wanted to thank all of the families who have registered, donated, and supported their students with their Acts of Kindness. 


All registrations, donations, and Acts of Kindness make a huge difference in support of keeping Fernwood programs that are supported by the PTSA going.  In consideration of the upcoming NSD budget cuts, we want to continue to support our teachers, staff, and programs, but we cannot do that without your help!  If the remaining students registered and received a $20 donation, we would be able to close the gap to our goal of $25,000!  Please consider registering your student today, and help us keep Fernwood PTSA programs and support strong!  Every donation goes directly to supporting our students and staff at Fernwood.


We already have so many wins to celebrate in this fundraiser:


- Students have completed over 750 Acts of Kindness!

- ONE class has raised over $1,000 to win a Beach/Hawaii Themed Day!

- FIVE classes have completed over 50 Acts of Kindness to win Pajama Days!


REGISTER HERE: my.raisecraze.com/AQP4YHW   

VIEW LEADERBOARD: https://my.raisecraze.com/leaderboard/for/AQP4YHW/




It's PTSA Awards time!  Here's your chance to nominate an amazing Fernwood community volunteer for the Golden Acorn, or an outstanding teacher or staff member for Outstanding Educator award.  Nominate as many volunteers or educators as you'd like using the google forms below. All forms are due by April 30th.


A Golden Acorn Award is a prestigious award presented by a local PTSA to a school or community volunteer in recognition of his or her dedication and service to children and youth. 


An Educator of the Year Award is given to an individual for their service and advocacy on behalf of children.  Recipients of these awards further the vision and mission of the Fernwood PTSA.  All nominees must be Fernwood staff members.


Nomination Form: Educator of the Year (2023-24)

Nomination Form: Golden Acorn (2023-24)

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Coming Soon: 

On the week of May 6th to May 10th, we will be celebrating our annual teacher and staff appreciation week! We would love for you to join us in showing how much we value their hard work, dedication, and commitment. This year's theme is "Thanks for Giving Us the Passport to Success" as our teachers and staff are the Best in the World! The PTSA will need your help as the teachers travel the world throughout the week. We will need help providing in flight snacks, treats from around the world, and breakfast items for the appreciation week. Look for sign-ups and an Amazon wish list to make this week possible for our Fernwood Teachers and Staff to be coming out soon! If you have questions, please reach out to fernwoodpanthers@gmail.com.


PTSA Spring After School Enrichment Classes

There are still limited spots available in Mental Maths (Mondays) and Mighty Coders (Tuesdays). Please find registration details from PTSA's after school enrichment class page. It is first come first serve and registration will be closed when it hits maximum capacity.