Anderson Weekly News 9/23/19

The Sky's the Limit!

Dates To Remember


  • Thu-Fir Sept. 26-27, Fill the Rocket Coin Collection for D303 Kick-A-Thon!
  • Fri. Sept. 27th Movie Night! 6:30-8:00 PM.
  • Mon. Sept 30th 5:00-8:00 PM Dine Out Night Fundraiser at Elgin Portillo's


  • Wed. Oct. 2nd "Walk" to School Day (See below)
  • Thu. Oct. 3rd Butterbraid Order Pick Up. 3-5PM
  • Thu. Oct. 3rd PTO Meeting 6-7PM (LRC)
  • Thu. Oct. 3rd First Day of After School Clubs. (Info coming soon)
  • Fri. Oct. 4th Kick A Thon (St. Charles East High School)
  • Thu. Oct. 17th Picture Re-Take Day.
  • Fri. Oct. 18th BEARS Mini Monsters Camp in PE class for 2nd - 5th Grade

Kick-A-Thon 2019 - Fill the Rocket! Every Coin Makes a Difference!

Each year the D303 Community joins together to "Kick" Cancer. We at Anderson know how important it is to support individuals and families who are affected by cancer. The Kick-A-Thon raises funds for some amazing and very helpful organizations that help our local community members. Click here to see their website with tons of info about the Kick-A-Thon.

Sooo.... Let's fill the Rocket! This Thursday and Friday (9/26-27), we are asking that every student bring in at least one coin to help fill the rocket in the front Lobby of the school. Check your couch cushions, car seats, and especially grandpa's junk drawer. Every coin matters and it gives students a tangible way to join together and help others. That is what Anderson Foxes do best. :)

Every Coin Makes a Difference! So does paper money as well. :)

Kick-A-Thon is a joint effort by St. Charles North and East High Schools to raise money to help fight cancer. To date, over $1M has been raised!!

Walk to School Day! (or Bike)

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

At Anderson we have a few different ways kids can participate in this fun and healthy event.

1. Kids can still ride the bus or get dropped off at school just like a normal day. We will have a short "track" set up for them to walk around our playground area before entering the school. We will have staff supervising and music playing!

2. Kids can walk/bike to school only if there is a safe passage. We do not want kids riding bikes or walking on streets that are not designed for foot traffic. We always encourage parents to walk along with them.

Chicago Bears Mini Monsters Camp

On Friday, October 18, 2nd-5th grade students will get the opportunity to participate in a non-contact football drill camp hosted by the Chicago Bears! This is such an exciting event for our students! The main goals of this camp are to reinforce awareness of healthy eating, physical activity, and proper hydration. There will also be a former Chicago Bears player present to work with the students and give a motivational speech.

Since the NFL is celebrating the 100th season this year, every 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and the 5th-grade student will be getting a FREE t-shirt made especially for this event. Please fill out this quick survey to supply the Bears with a t-shirt size for your child.

Thank you,

Mrs. Spelic

*If you have more than 1 child in grades 2-5, please fill out a survey for each child. Thank you!*

If you haven't filled out the form for each of your children, click here!

Maddies Mitten March

Our Community helping Our Community!

Come choose winter gear for your family for the winter months. Options include winter coats, snow pants, hats, and mittens. Clothes are a combination of new and gently used items, and are provided free through donations.

Please contact Tricia Sabathne, Child and Family Educator at Fox Ridge Early Childhood Center, with any questions. 331.228.5727 or

Where: Anderson Elementary School

When: Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 4-6pm

Click Here to find out more details and information.

D303 Parent Letter regarding Lice.

Just as a friendly reminder. Here is the D303 Health Departments annual letter regarding lice.

We follow all D303 policies and procedures to prevent, inform, and support any student who may have lice.

Citizen Advisory Committee (We need a few Parents from Anderson)

The St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 School Board believes that strong partnerships with all stakeholders ensure that students have access to rigorous curriculum, innovative learning experiences, and opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth.

As part of our strategic commitment to engage our families and the community, the District 303 School Board has established a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to help promote ongoing two-way conversations. We are seeking stakeholders who can provide information, feedback, support, and guidance to the School Board.

Your participation is vital to the success of this committee. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer on the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), please complete this application and submit by September 30, 2019.

La Junta Educativa del Distrito Escolar de la Unidad Comunitaria 303 de St. Charles cree que sólidas asociaciones con todas las partes interesadas asegura que los estudiantes tengan acceso a un currículo riguroso, experiencias de aprendizaje innovadoras, y oportunidades de desarrollo académico, social y emocional.

Como parte de nuestro compromiso estratégico de involucrar a las familias y a la comunidad, la Junta Educativa del Distrito 303 ha establecido un Comité Asesor Ciudadano (CAC, por sus siglas en inglés) para ayudar a promover las conversaciones bidireccionales en curso. Buscamos grupos de interés que puedan proporcionarles a la Junta Educativa información, comentarios, apoyo y guía.

Su participación es vital para el éxito de este comité. Si le interesa servir como un voluntario en el Comité Asesor Ciudadano (CAC), por favor, complete el formulario en línea y entréguelo antes del 30 de septiembre de 2019.

News From the Anderson PTO

Family Movie Night

Grab your blankets and chairs and join us for our first movie night, Friday, September 27th. Showtime is 6:30. Our feature film is Treasure Planet.Rated PG. Admission is $1 per person. This helps to cover the cost of the movie license. Snacks will be available for $1 each. Families are also welcome to bring along a picnic dinner. Click here for the information flyer that we sent home this week. Click here to sign up to help with this event.

Portillo's Dine Out Night Fundraiser

Why cook when Portillo's can do all the work for you? Help raise money for our school while enjoying a delicious beef, burger, or hot dog. Dine out nights are the easiest way for our school to make money. Simply eat at the Portillo's in Elgin on Monday, September 30th between 5 pm and 8 pm. Show them the attached flyer and boom our PTO earns 20% back on each purchase. It's that easy! Look for paper flyers to come home sometime next week.

Butter Braid Update

Thank you Anderson teachers, parents and students for supporting our fundraiser!

We sold a total of 433 Butter Braids, earning our school $2, 424.80!

Please pick up your order at Anderson on Thursday, October 3rd from 3-5 pm.

Butter Braids are delivered frozen and can only sit out for a short window of time so if you are unable to pick up your order on October 3rd please contact us at to arrange an alternate pick up time.

School Directory Coming Soon!

PTO is hard at work putting together our 2019-2020 school directory. This year it will arrive in digital format and will be sent to all families. The directory will include names, addresses, and phone numbers of all students that gave permission to print their information. This directory is provided to you as our gift. All we ask in return is you consider giving a $25 donation to the PTO from your family. Many families have already given their donations for the school year and we thank you for your support. The more families that give a donation the less fundraising we will need to do to provide our school with wonderful opportunities. This year we will be using the money we raise to help fund the new projector and screen in the gym, provide support in funding grade level field trips, purchase books for every family for one school one book, provide scholarships to students in need, and much more! You can pay your donation thru push coin by clicking on Anderson 2019-2020 PTO. We thank you for your support!

Community Events

D303 Parent University

Dear District 303 families,

Parent University programming in St. Charles District 303 continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our families.

During the 2018-2019 school year, District 303 created a Parent University committee made up of parents with children at all grade levels, teachers, school administrators, and district administrators. This dedicated group of individuals reviewed previous programming content, attendance, and delivery models. They created a parent survey used in the spring of 2019 to assist us in gauging the needs of our families. Based on those two resources, the programming you will find for the 2019-2020 school year offers programs you can access by coming to the District as well as from the comfort of your own home.

Our first program is showing of the documentary LIKE, from the producers of the movie ANGST, which we showed last year. Many parents have asked us to bring them programming that addresses our society’s addiction to social media, and the impact it is having on our children. Please join us, and bring your children, on September 23 at the Norris Recreation Center to view this powerful movie. Sign up here to RSVP.

As a follow-up to LIKE, we are bringing in national digital citizenship speaker Josh Ochs in October. He will be spending time in both middle and high schools talking with students about their digital footprint. During his time with parents on October 30, Josh will show parents how to protect their children on 40+ apps. All District 303 parents will have access to Josh’s own Parent University resources for the next year. Spanish translators will be available for this program.

What is Project Lead the Way and how is it part of the District 303 curriculum? In November, when it’s starting to get cold outside, make some popcorn and relax at home while watching this video we have created about PLTW from kindergarten through high school.

Last year, District 303 hosted a book study with Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race, Ph.D. Because of the success, and requests for more book studies, we are offering a book study group using The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel. Join us for three sessions in February and March during both morning and evening times.

In March, the District is working in partnership with Wake Up Call to bring you a three-part drug and alcohol prevention presentation, including a life size teen bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. Spanish translators will be available for this program.

To read more about these programs and to register to attend, please visit the Parent University page on the District website.

Join Scouts - Prepared, For Life

Click on the flyer attached below to learn more about joining Scouts!

Get your Volleyball On!

Check out this great opportunity for your kids to learn, improve, and have fun playing volleyball. Includes Pizza and a T-Shirt! Yes, scholarships are available! Families in need of assistance can contact me by email or phone/text: or 847-804-5065. Open the document below for more details.

Volleyball Clinic at St. Charles East High School

Check out the flyer linked below to learn about another awesome volleyball opportunity for your kids. (Boys and Girls in grades 2nd - 8th on Sept. 29th.


Join the Northern Illinois University community for this FREE EVENT of STEM Fest at the NIU Convention Center on Saturday October 19th. There will be presenters, activities, demonstrations, and games all related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Click on the link to learn more!