Welcome To Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School

Mrs. Judy Brown - Principal
It gives me great pleasure, as Principal of Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School. to welcome you to the official school website. This website has been prepared in the hope that it will become for parents, students, and visitors to the site, a valuable source of school news and timely information. This website has been developed to enable everyone to become familiar with our school, its policies, and other procedures that are basic for the smooth functioning of our school, as well as to provide you with updated school news, schedules and events.
Our staff takes great pride in providing a safe and secure learning environment. Our entire staff is committed to establishing a school environment that allows our students to flourish and to grow intellectually, emtionally, and socially. Our staff of dedicated professionals have high expectations for your child and will do their best so that your child can achieve his or her personal best.
Our students are uniquely special. Their good work, creativity and stick-to-itiveness are a direct reflection of your parenting. Congratulations to you and thank you for sending us energized and wonderful students to work with each and every day.

Ferderbar’s Strategic Planning is the process of looking at all aspects of our school and planning how we wish to move the school forward. It provides the ‘big picture’ of where we are in reading and math, where we are going and how we are going to get there.


Safety at Ferderbar

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.


We ask all parents/guardians to inform us immediately if your phone number (cell, home & work), email or address changes.  We use this information through our “Global Connect” system which notifies parents of emergency closings due to bad weather or other incidents that may occur.  

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.