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Inclement Weather

The following is the rationale and the considerations behind the decision on whether or not to delay or close school due to inclement weather. We know these decisions impact families throughout the District who may need to find alternative care for their children. The over-riding consideration in making these decisions is the safety of our students, staff and others in the community. Beyond that, the process becomes more complicated.

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Jay Rodighiero

Principal's Welcome Message

Jay Rodighiero, Principal

Welcome to Ferndale Elementary School. My name is Jay Rodighiero and I am the new principal for the 2023-2024 school year.

Ferndale houses the 4th and 5th graders from the Milton-Freewater community. We welcome all students and will strive to ensure every student grows academically, physically, and socially. Our staff is committed to ensuring positive relationships are built and students are comfortable enough to love school and challenged enough to grow as learners and independent thinkers.

As with all schools, K-12 parents play a vital role in the growth of their children. Attendance at school is vital, so we ask parents to ensure students are at school, on time and miss no more than five days of school during the school year. Let’s Strive for 5. Another vital component to a child’s growth, is the reinforcement of academic work and school procedures. We ask that parents review contents of the Parent-Student Handbook and Thursday folders with their children and have positive conversations about those items. Open ended questions are a great way to discover what your child is learning on a daily basis.

I look forward to an outstanding year with your children. Together, with parents as partners, we can grow AWESOME Pioneers and celebrate their successes.

Jay Rodighiero




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