January 15, 2018
Dear Fernwood Families:
I am writing to inform you that we anticipate our incoming Fernwood Elementary kindergarten students will again attend Frank Love Elementary in the 2018-19 school year. They will receive a full-day kindergarten experience, and will be provided transportation to and from their neighborhood bus stops. Morning and afternoon childcare, through Northshore YMCA, will also be available on the Fernwood campus as it is for students in first through fifth grade.
District staff has again worked this year to identify solutions that would allow kindergartners to be taught on-site at Fernwood, but the growth in this part of the district still makes it impossible. We are several classrooms short of the number needed to accommodate all students within our Fernwood boundary.
Frank Love Elementary, which is five miles southwest of Fernwood, is prepared to welcome your students next year. Frank Love staff have nurtured our youngest students from a number of neighboring Northshore schools in recent years, and have the capacity and experienced staff to continue to meet that need.
In the 2017-18 school year we were able to accommodate two classes of kindergarten students whose siblings also attended Fernwood. We are not certain if we will be able to provide a similar opportunity to our families this year. We will continue to monitor registration information and analyze space availability in the coming months to make a final determination. We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor growth in this region.
We recognize that moving kindergarten students to a neighboring facility impacts families. We believe this decision, in the short term, will help us meet our commitment to create a more reasonably sized school, and help us maintain the quality academic programing you have come to expect from Northshore. More long-term plans are also being finalized for the creation of several more elementary classrooms – an addition to the Canyon Creek/Skyview Middle School Campus, and a new K-5 elementary school near Maltby – if voters approve our bond and levy requests on February 13th.
CC: Kate Bradshaw, Fernwood Elementary
Katie French, Frank Love Elementary