Fern Drive Elementary School

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1400 W Fern Dr,   Fullerton, CA 92833
Phone: 714-447-7710
Attendance Message Line: (714) 447-2813
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Message from Dr. B - This Week at Fern Drive

Hello Falcon Families!

We have had an incredible first week of school! The whole staff loved seeing the happy faces of the students returning back from summer! We  missed you!!!  

It has certainly been a very busy week.  In addition to relationship building, team building and Universal Screening for all students, on the first day of school, we held our PBIS Rotations - all students learned the expectations and behavioral procedures for all areas of the school.

On Friday, we had our first Spirit Assembly and focused on the character trait of the month, respect. Each month, we teach character traits and actions associated with each trait.  At the end of each month, students are recognized that exemplified this trait.  At our spirit assembly, these Falcons receive a special certificate as well as a Fern Drive Character Trait  t-shirt.

We also held our Anti-Bullying Rally where each Falcon took the Anti-Bullying oath. Our weekly Spirit Assembly is part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.  Last school year, we won the PBIS Silver Award from the California State PBIS Coalition for our school’s program.  Pretty impressive!!

 What is PBIS, exactly?  PBIS is the way Fern Drive encourages good/positive behavior.  The focus is prevention, not punishment.  On Monday, all of our students were taught, using positive language, how to behave in all areas of our school.  As you walk the campus of Fern Drive, you will see signs that state our three personal standards – Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe.  Each classroom has a matrix (attached to this email) that explains behavior for all areas of the campus. Please go over it with your Falcon.  For example:  When a student is in line they can show respectful behavior by quietly waiting for their teacher.  Another example is when a student is walking in line, they walk on the outside of the yellow lines painted across the campus.   (Doing so will prevent them from being hit with a door.)

Proactive PBIS strategies for all students that are used across Fern Drive include:

School wide plan 

Class wide rewards

DOJO, Remind, SeeSaw, Gotcha’s, etc.

Extra recess (FFR)

Universal screening

Positive notes home

Character traits 

Engaging students

Green Day Assemblies - Friday

Give choices

Flexible seating 

Relationship building activities

Class points

Calming techniques

Gotcha Store

Logical and natural consequences

Thank you for following all safety procedures in our parking lot and for observing our 8:00 opening of the campus for students.  Our supervisors arrive at 8:00 and for this reason, we keep campus closed.

We look forward to a year of learning with your Falcon.  Please don't hesitate to contact your Falcon's teacher with questions about the classroom.  For general questions, contact the office at 714-447-7710.

You can always contact me directly at julie_brandon@myfsd.org.


~Dr. Brandon, Principal


Upcoming Events:

Aug. 24 - PTA Pancake Breakfast  8-10am

Aug. 28 -  PTA Meeting 4:30  Back To School Night - 5:30 - 7:00 

Sept. 2 - No School, Labor Day

Sept. 19th - Family Arts Night 6 - 7:30

Sept. 20th - DELAC @ Richman School

Sept 24 - 27   Conference  Week - Minimum  Day M, T, Th, Fri

Sept. 25th - No School - Conference Week

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