The Mill Messenger

Anderson Mill Elementary Weekly Parent Newsletter

Book Fair is Here!

The Scholastic Book Fair is back at AMES March 19-30. Every child will have a chance to visit the book fair, but we would love for parents and/or grandparents to come and visit the book fair with your children.

June 4th

June 4th will be a make-up day for the days we missed for snow/ice. Please note:

May 31 - Full day for students

June 1 - Half day for students (dismiss at 11:00)

June 4 - Half day for students (dismiss at 11:00)

*All Honors Day Program Dates Remain the Same

Spring Break Activities

Looking for things to do over spring break? Whether you are traveling or staying at home, make it a point to spend some quality time with your children. If you aren't intentional about this, the days will slip by with TV watching and video gaming. Here are a few suggestions to incorporate into your plans for the week.

  • Choose a book(s) to read with your child. (Picture books or a chapter book that you read together)
  • Visit the public library
  • Go hiking for an hour or two at a local park
  • Play Frisbee or badminton in the back yard
  • Go roller skating or bowling for the afternoon
  • Play catch with a football or baseball
  • Go bike riding
  • Bake cookies together
  • Play cards or board games

Click here for more suggestions of great things to do over spring break in Spartanburg.

PTO Post

We cannot believe how this school year has flown by! We hope to see you at our next PTO meeting which is April 15th at 1:30.

Age Appropriate Chores

Many parents have asked me over the years about whether or not they should require their children to have chores at home. Yes! Yes! Yes! When assigned properly, chores help children understand their responsibility to contribute to their family. Teaching children responsibility at home helps them to transfer these skills into their school habits and community service. I have added a list of age appropriate chores for children. Keep in mind that children have different needs and some chores may not be appropriate for all children. In addition, it is not intended to suggest that your child should be doing every chore on the list. I hope this provides some guidance for you, as you work to help your child take on responsibilities in the home.

The Reading Connection

Click on the link below for this month's Reading Connection Parent Newsletter.

Yearbook Deadline

Friday, March 30th is the last day to order your child a copy of the 2017-2018 AMES Yearbook.

Summer Camp Opportunity at Hope Remains Youth Ranch

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

We would like to invite all parents/guardians who have volunteered this year to join us for a muffin and fruit breakfast on April 14th at 8:30. This is just one small way we can thank you for giving of your time to support our school.

Please RSVP (864-576-6539) so we can plan for the proper number of guests.

Related Arts This Week

March 19-23

Computer Lab

Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth


Kindergarten, Second, Fourth

This Week at the Mill:

Monday, March 19

  • Book Fair Begins
  • GNC (K-2) 2:30-3:45
  • Youth Art Exhibition - Chapman Cultural Center 5:00

Tuesday, March 20

  • Early Bird Gym for 4th Grade
  • Hope Remains (Garrett, Durham, Kemper
  • 4K & 5K Field trip to the Chapman Cultural Center 10:00
  • Girls on the Run 2:30-3:45
  • Pet Pal Club 2:30-3:30
  • Report Cards go home

Wednesday, March 21

Thursday, March 22

  • Early Bird Gym for 4th Grade
  • 1st Grade Program & Art Exhibit 8:15 (Dress Rehearsal), 1:30, 6:30
  • Girls on the Run 2:30-3:45

Friday, March 23

  • Spirit Day - Wear your AMES Shirt of AMES Colors

Important Dates for Your Calendar

  • March 26 - Good News Club 3-5; Art Club
  • March 27 - Early Bird Gym 4th Grade
  • March 29 - Autism Awareness Day; Early Bird Gym 4th Grade; Terrific Kid Breakfast; 5th Grade Fairforest Middle School Visit
  • March 30 - Last Day to Purchase a Yearbook
  • April 2-6 - Spring Break
  • April 9 - School Improvement Council
  • April 10 - Early Bird Gym 4th Grade; Hope Remains
  • April 11 - 2nd Grade INVIEW testing; 5th Grade Horizons Field Trip to RD Anderson
  • April 12 - 2nd Grade INVIEW testing; Early Bird Gym 4th Grade; 5th Grade & 5K Cap and Gown Pictures; Student Council Meeting; PTO Meeting; Steel Drum Club
  • April 13 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • April 16 - Art Club
  • April 17 - Early Bird Gym 5th Grade
  • April 18 - 5th Grade to Barrier Island
  • April 19 - 5th Grade to Barrier Island; Steel Drum Club
  • April 20 - 5th Grade to Barrier Island
  • April 23 - D6 Games - Track and Field
  • April 24 - Early Bird Gym 5th Grade
  • April 25 - Administrative Assistants' Day; School Board Appreciation Luncheon
  • April 26 - Early Bird Gym 5th Grade; 5th Grade Dawkins Middle School Visit; Steel Drum Club
  • April 27 - Interim Reports
  • April 30 - 3rd Grade Watershed Program; 5th Grade Program (Band/Strings/Music) 9:15 (Rehearsal); 12:35, 6:30 (Musical and Art Exhibit); Art Club
  • May 1 - EBG 5th Grade; SC Ready ELA Day 1
  • May 2 - SC Ready ELA Day 2
  • May 3 - SC Ready Math; EBG 5th Grade
  • May 7-12 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 10 - PTO Meeting 1:30
  • May 15 - SC PASS science 4th Grade; Social Studies 5th Grade
  • May 17- Reading and Math Parties
  • May 18 - PTO Fun Day
  • May 24 - 4K Program 9:00; 5K Graduation 11:00
  • May 25 - 1st Grade Honors Day 11:00; 2nd Grade Honors Day 1:00
  • May 28 - Memorial Day
  • May 29 - 3rd Grade Honors Day 9:00; 4th Grade Honors Day 1:00
  • May 30 - 5th Grade Graduation 10:30
  • May 31 - Full Day for Students - Last Day for After School Program
  • June 1 - 1/2 Day for Students (11:00 Dismissal)
  • June 4 - 1/2 Day for Students (11:00 Dismissal)