• Frequently Asked Questions about Federbar Elementary
    What are the school hours?
    School hours are 9:10 am to 3:35 pm
    Our doors open at 8:50 am and the bell rings at 9:10am, at which time the doors will close.  Any child arriving after 9:10am must be signed in at the office by a parent or guardian.
    How can I contact my child's teacher?
         You can call the school office at (215) 809-6370 or 6371 from 8:00-4:00 p.m. and leave your name, number and a brief message with one of our secretaries. We also have a voice mail system. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate individual within 24 hours.
    My child is sick and I want to pick up their homework.
         You can leave a request for homework when you call your child out sick from school.   Please call the office by 10:00 a.m. to ensure plenty of time for the teacher's to gather homework.  Homework will be ready to pick up at 3:30 in the school office. The office closes at 4:00 p.m.
    In case of inclement weather, where can I find out about school closing information?
         Please check Neshaminy's web site for updates concerning early dismissal or closed schools. You can also get updates on Neshaminy TV, Verizon channel 43 or Comcast channel 28 in the Feasterville/Trevose area.    Please avoid calling the school directly.
    What time is breakfast served in the cafeteria?
         A brown bagged breakfast is served from 8:50-9:10 a.m. in the cafeteria each morning. The children will receive their breakfast and go to their classroom to consume the meal. The cost of breafast is $1.35. Students may access the money they have in their lunch accounts by using their pin. Children who receive free or reduced lunches will have the same privileges at breakfast. Good nutrition, like a good night's sleep is essential for learning. 
    My child has a food allergy, who should I talk to about this?
         If your child has a food allergy, it is important to contact Mrs. Manila, our school nurse as well as your child's teacher. The nurse will advise you of further steps that you will need to take if necessary. Your child's class will be informed of the food allergy.
    What if I want to pick my child up rather than take the bus home?
    If you are going to pick your child up from school, please send a note with your child in the morning.  If you forgot to send a note, please contact the office early in the day so that your teacher can prepare your child. The office staff can better meet your child's need if they have enough time to relay the information to the appropriate staff members. Also, if your child is going home with another child, a note is required from both parents to assure that all parents involved are aware that a child is going home with their own child. This must be approved by the Principal. 
    Classes get ready for dismissal procedures at approximately 3:25 p.m.
    Who do I call if I have a problem or concern with the bus?
    If you have questions or concerns regarding bus schedules, a child that did not get off the bus, etc., you may call the School District Transportation Office at 215-809-6260 or 6264 between the hours of 8:00-4:00 p.m. on weekdays only. Questions and requests will be processed on a "priority" basis-with concerns regarding student safety receiving immediate attention.
    How can I find out about the school's results on the most recent PSSA's?
    Our results will be posted shortly on the website. Feel free to visit the NCLB Report Card:
    How can I find out more information about Ferderbar Elementary (demographics,enrollment data, test scores,etc.)?
    Do children go outside to play in the colder weather?
    Outdoor recess will continue throughout the winter months. Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, hats, gloves, warm jacket, etc. A general rule of thumb that we use in determining if it is too cold for the students to go outside is to check the wind-chill factor for each day. If the combination of temperature and wind-chill falls below 20 degrees, then students will remain indoors for recess.
    How can I best help my child with homework?
    Set a deadline each evening for the homework to be completed.
    Give only as much help as is appropriate for your child's age.
    If your child is struggling with a subject, consider getting help through a tutor or learning center.
    Motivate reluctant learners-consider using a reward/take-away system.
    Projects...your child should be doing the work and you should be helping with the resources.  Explain to your child that if a parent does most of the work, it is considered cheating.