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Weekly Eblast - May 22nd, 2020

Exciting news & stories from inside your schools and across the community.

From the Superintendent

Dear Ferndale Family,

This year has been a strange and challenging one for our school family, and now summer is right around the corner. We have provided some summer programming opportunities below.

For seniors, we are sending home check-out and graduation information today.

For the community, we are announcing a series of Facebook Live events to celebrate our seniors. A full schedule and details can be found at FerndaleSchools.org/grad. We encourage everyone to show up and offer your supportive comments and emojis to our graduates to make this unique situation extra special for everyone. Thanks for your ongoing support.

In Education,

Dania H. Bazzi, PhD 
Superintendent, Ferndale Schools

News Stories
Free Fresh Food Boxes at Kulick Center - check flyer for dates

Free fresh food for families in need will be available at the Gerry Kulick Community Center, thanks to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Distribution is from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

See the flyer for pick-up procedure, full details and additional dates.

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Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavery

Today, we celebrate Juneteenth. Juneteenth​ is a festival held annually on​ June 19th​ ​to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas.

Why Texas, you may ask? Throughout the Civil War, ​Texas was not as closely monitored as other battle states​.​ For this reason, many slave owners went to Texas in order to keep those they’d enslaved as long as possible. After the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect (Jan. 1, 1863), people enslaved in war-torn states often escaped behind Union lines or fought on its behalf, ultimately winning the war (April 9, 1865). However, approximately 250,000 enslaved people in Texas had no idea that their freedom had been secured.

On​ June 19, 1865,​ Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended over two months earlier, and everyone had been freed. In the 1870s, ​a group of those recently freed pooled $800 together through local churches to purchase ten acres of land and create Emancipation Park to host future Juneteenth celebrations in modern-day Houston. ​In 1980 ​“Emancipation Day in Texas” became a legal state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth. State offices, however, do not completely close, as it is considered a "partial staffing holiday." Elsewhere, the holiday is also referred to as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Black Independence Day. Many continue to celebrate Juneteenth. Throughout the nation people host cookouts, parades, and other gatherings to commemorate.

In 2019, ​Opal Lee of Fort Worth, TX began walking across the nation at the age of 92 to bring awareness to her campaign for Juneteenth to be a ​National Day of Observance​. "Now​, ​46 states have it as a state holiday​ and there's no reason for it not to be a national holiday," she said. Opal kicked off her movement in Detroit in July 2019, specifically to gain the attention of the 20 presidential candidates in town for the CNN Democratic national debate. She, her family and friends, as well as Detroiters, walked from Hart Plaza along the Riverwalk through downtown to the historic Second Baptist Church (she walked to Washington DC as well). There is currently a proposal in the United States Senate to declare Juneteenth a widely observed holiday. For more information on Opal Lee's journey, check out ​opalswalk2dc.com

Get more background on Juneteenth and the history leading up the annual celebration from The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Read more about Juneteenth

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Summer Learning Challenge

Summer is here, and the summer slide poses an especially large challenge after 3 months of distance learning. To keep students intellectually engaged and learning throughout the summer, our educators have organized the IXL Summer Challenge. Students only need to login to IXL using their Clever accounts and start practice their skills online. Reward will be given for reaching the learning hour milestones below.

K-5 Reward Levels

  • 250 minutes
  • 500 minutes
  • 1000 minutes

6-12 Reward Levels

  • 500 minutes
  • 750 minutes
  • 1000 minutes

Contact your teacher for ideas on which Subjects and Standards to focus on. Have fun and enjoy your summer!

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UHS Graduate Self-Published Book - Available for Purchase

UHS student Jada Charley has completed and self-published her first book! We are so proud of her ambitious accomplishment, and look forward to more great things in the future.

The book is available on her website for direct purchase on Thursday, June 18th.

From the author:

"Jada Charley went through a lot her teenage years. Those situations helped shape the person she is today. Although her journey is nowhere near complete, this book is just the beginning. This short book is filled with advice, letters from the author to the people in her life and herself."

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2020 Summer Reading Program & Events with Ferndale Public Library

The Ferndale Public Library is continuing their summer reading initiative this year. Each child is challenged to read (or be read to) for at least 5 hours between June and August.

Prizes will be awarded for progress tracked in the Summer Reading Tracker.

Register Here

You'll also find a handful of challenges designed to get you and your children out of the house and away from screens this summer. Each time you complete one of these challenge, you'll earn a "Magic Bean" that will will enter you into our prize raffle at the end of the program.

For the safety of the community, the library will not have in-person programs this summer. They are currently in the processing of adapting existing weekly programs and previously scheduled special summer events to online formats, so please check out and register for events here:

View details, event times & more

The Ferndale Public Library Youth program also has a Facebook page.

Visit the Facebook page

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Calendar
FHS Graduation Live

6/6/2020

1:00 PM

(Pre-Show at 12:30 PM)

FPS Facebook Page

UHS Graduation Live

6/6/2020

3:00 PM

(Pre-Show at 2:30 PM)

FPS Facebook Page

TCEC Graduation Live

6/13/2020

1:00 PM

(Pre-Show at 12:30 PM)

FPS Facebook Page

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