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NEWS
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November Update

Welcome to November! The arrival of November means that winter is surely on its’ way!!

It is hard to believe that we have already been in school for 2 months.

Following please find a few updates for November.

November Screening Booklet:
On Friday the New November Screening Booklet was sent home from school with your child. I have also attached the Screening Tool so that parents will have a copy at home in case their child’s booklet was forgotten at school.

The Screening process is part of the many new routines that are in place because of Covid restrictions.

To assist with the screening process in morning we ask that parents do the following:
• Complete the Screening tool at home
• Have their children arrive in the school yard with their Screening Booklet in hand, open to the correct page for the day, and in a clear plastic folder or zip loc bag, etc.…

Now that the cold weather is here, we will want to screen as quickly as possible and get inside (especially on the cold days!). With the students and the staff wearing gloves and mittens it can be difficult to look through the back packs for the booklet, turn the pages, etc.… As well, things get dropped, and with the Screening Tool in a plastic folder/bag it will stay dry in the wet and snowy weather.

Uniforms:
Now that November is here, the boys should no longer be wearing the grey shorts to school as part of the Dress Uniform; grey pants should be worn. Girls should switch over to wearing tights. It is cold outside and we want to ensure that the students stay as healthy and as warm as possible. On Gym Uniform days, students should wear the sweatpants. (The students may wish to wear the shorts underneath.)

Now that it is colder, please remember to send an FHS uniform sweater or sweatshirt with your child (as opposed to a “regular” sweater).
Please note – the Fern Hill Hawks hoodie, sold a few years ago, is not part of the FHS uniform.

Winter outdoor clothing:
It is colder now – please remember to send mittens and hats for your children. Many children are now also wearing boots and snow pants.

Dates to note:
Friday, November 6 & Monday, November 9 P D Days – school closed [no school for students]
Friday, November 27 School closed [no school for students] Parent-teacher Interviews

Tuesday, November 10th – we will kick-off the Snowsuit Fund Campaign.
Details will follow on this. This year we will only be able to collect cash donations.

Report Cards:
Report Cards will be sent home on Wednesday, November 25th.

Re-registration for the 2021-2022 school year:
Re-registration forms for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent out in early December.

Immunization Updates:
Parents should send any Immunization updates for their children directly to Ottawa Public Health.
We are required to have the immunization information for all Preschool children onsite. If you have not yet done so, please send in a copy of your Preschool child’s immunization information.
The City of Ottawa, Public Health has a list of all necessary child immunizations and when they should be received. These immunizations should be given by your child’s doctor, or they can be given at any clinic. Please phone Ottawa Public Health for details – (613) 580-6744.

Grade 7 & 8 Immunization Info:
Students at the Grade 7 & 8 level are required to receive specific additional immunizations. While these are often done at the schools, Fern Hill School is not large enough for Ottawa Public Health to arrange for immunizations. Parents of students in Grades 7 & 8 should contact Ottawa Public Health and make arrangements for the required immunizations to be given – (613) 580-6744.
Your child’s doctor may also be able to give these immunizations. Please speak with him/her for details.

Information for Grade 8 Parents – Transition to Grade 9:
Students graduating from Grade 8 will need to apply to high schools for the Grade 9 program. Fern Hill School is happy to assist parents with this. We will be able to guide you with applications for Grade 9 at other private schools. Parents who are interested in having their children transition to the Public (OCDSB) or Catholic (OCSB)school system will need to contact the appropriate school board. The Public system OCBSB will operate specialty high schools, as well as high schools that will be within your district.
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) (613) 721-1820 communication@ocdsb.ca
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) (613) 224-4455 info@ocsb.ca

We will be happy to discuss the different options with you. Please speak with your child’s teacher or the school principal for information.

Best wishes for a wonderful November!!