Now that summer is a distant memory it is time to reflect on what lies ahead for our students this Autumn.
As children go back to school and leaves begin to fall, autumn presents many opportunities to prevent safety hazards in and around your home and keep your family safe.
Halloween is a fun-filled time for children, but there are many dangers associated with the holiday unrelated to ghouls, goblins and witches. Parents need to take the necessary precautions to make sure their children remain safe while still having fun by selecting a safe costume and providing children with important instructions before trick-or-treating. Motorists also need to stay especially alert due to the high number of child pedestrians out in communities.
Autumn is the start of flu season, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. Learn more on flu prevention from flu.gov and download this fact sheet debunking common myths about the flu vaccine.
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday of November, as clocks are set back one hour nationwide (except in Hawaii and most of Arizona). This year, it will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2:00 a.m.
While Daylight Saving Time is meant to extend daylight hours and conserve energy, it also serves as a great reminder to check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced yearly, and there should be smoke detectors on every floor of your home (including the basement) and outside bedrooms or sleeping areas.
PANTHER PRIDE IS ALIVE AND WELL!!
At Joseph Ferderbar Elementary Schools, we've developed new and exciting ways to integrate and enliven our curriculum so that students will have the best educational opportunities possible. We want all students to learn to the best of their ability. Lessons are presented in ways that will invite students to discover, to be curious about their world, and to communicate what they learn with each other and their teacher. One way to encourage such a learning environment is to build our teaching and learning around the visual, literary, and performing arts. With that our mind our fourth and fifth grade students will take part in this year’s school production of, The Aristocats. Under the direction of our general music teacher, Ms. Ashley Patrick, students will perform for their families and classmates this November. Please come out to support this group of talented students.
Our fourth and fifth grade chorus rehearsals have begun during recess. Students were scheduled this year so as not to miss time out of the core instructional day. The students look forward to performing this December along with the Band and Orchestra.
Each academic year brings new excitement and challenges. Many of our students are taking part on our morning tutoring program to help enhance and supplement their learning. Thank you to those parents who bring their children to school extra early on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
More exciting things to come this Fall.
· Book Fair-October 13th-17th. Come on Wednesday evening Oct. 15th for Family Night.
· Annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31st with a performance by the Poquessing Middle School Band.
· Veteran’s Day celebration and display to support our troops.
· Elf Fund Dinner on November 13th to raise money for needy families in our community.
· American Education Week visitation on November 19th and 20th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
· Parent Teacher Conferences on November 24th and 25th.
Make sure that we always have your up-to-date contact information and you will always be kept abreast of the latest happenings at Ferderbar.
For the latest Ferderbar updates and important classroom information be sure to visit our School Webpage. Information can also be found on the H&S Facebook page.
Important Items you will find on the Ferderbar Website:
Ferderbar Elementary places a premium on student safety. Security initiatives currently in place include:
· A collaborative partnership between the school and the local Lower Southampton Police Department
and first responders.
· Security cameras covering the building-inside and out
· Door monitoring system
· Electronic “key cards” used for access control
· Video access control at the main entrance doors.
· Emergency procedures, handbooks and evacuation maps in each classroom.
· Fire and burglar alarm systems monitored 24-7.
Monthly Crisis Emergency Response Team meetings-our building safety committee which plans monthly drills including lock down, fire, and shelter in place drills.
The following are the drills that Ferderbar staff and students practice:
Shelter in Place: A Shelter in Place Drill is called to practice getting all of the students and staff into one centralized location inside the school. This way everyone is safe, accounted for and information can quickly and easily be passed to staff and students. We may Shelter in Place during severe weather.
Code Blue: A Code Blue Drill is called to practice getting all students and staff into the closest lockable room. This way everyone is safe locked inside a classroom. A Code Blue may be called if there is a human threat inside or outside of the school building.
Evacuation Drill: An Evacuation Drill is practiced to get all students and staff out of the building and to a centralized location. This way everyone is safe, accounted for and information can quickly and easily be passed to staff and students. We may evacuate for a fire.
Additionally, children will only be released to adults listed on the emergency information form. Talk with your child about listening and following directions at all times especially during an emergency. Report any safety concerns you may have to the principal. In event of an actual emergency parents arriving at the school may interfere with police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. Your help in allowing these professionals to effectively do their jobs is appreciated. In the event of an evacuation or early dismissal, we will do our best to notify you through the district and school website.
Thank you for your help as we work together to keep our children safe.