The Mill Messenger

Anderson Mill Elementary Weekly Parent Newsletter

Spaghetti with Santa & Third Grade SC Christmas Program

AMES' annual Spaghetti with Santa event will be held on Tuesday, December 19th, from 5:00-6:30.

Third grade students will perform their SC Christmas Program, following Spaghetti with Santa, at 6:30.

While you're here, make sure to stop in the media center and check out third grade's art exhibition.

Come join us for spaghetti, games, pictures with Santa, silent auction baskets, and the third grade program. It will be a night of fun!

*Parents must accompany children to the event.

Polar Express Day

All Aboard.... December 20th is Polar Express Day. Students are invited to wear their pajamas to school and enjoy Polar Express themed activities. PTO will be delivering hot chocolate to the classrooms.

Class Christmas Parties will be held on Wednesday, December 20th at 1:30

No After School Program on December 21st, Early Dismissal Day

On December 21st, the school day will end at 11:00. If your child typically attends AMES' After School Program, please make arrangements for your child to be dismissed at 11:00 as there will be no After School Program held on this day.

Mark Your Calendar for Winter Break - No School

Spartanburg County School District Six's Winter Break will run from December 22nd-January 4th. Students will return to school on January 8th. We hope you all enjoy the Winter Break with your family and friends. Merry Christmas to you all!

PTO Posts

A tisket…a tasket…please help us fill Santa’s baskets!

Your donations are needed to help us create some exciting baskets for the silent auction at our upcoming Spaghetti with Santa Dinner!

Members of the PTO Board will be putting together themed baskets to be awarded to the highest bidders during the silent auction portion of Spaghetti with Santa Dinner. All proceeds will go to the PTO/student activities planned throughout the year.

Some of this year’s themes for this year’s baskets include the following:

“The Master Chef” “All About Sports”

“Dad’s Delight” “Mom’s World”

“Holiday Cheer” “Family Fun”

Each grade level will be assigned a particular theme. We will be accepting donations now through December 15th! Please check your child's Friday Folder for more details.

Spelling Bee - Date Change

In order to comply with the National Spelling Bee regulations, we will move our school spelling bee to January 9th at 9:00 (previous date was 1/11/17). Please mark your calendars.

Related Arts This Week

December 11-15

Computer Lab

Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth


Kindergarten, Second, Fourth


December 18-22

Computer Lab

Kindergarten, Second, Fourth


Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth

This Week at the Mill: December 11-15 & December 18-22

Monday, December 11

  • Benchmark Testing through the December 15th

Tuesday, December 12

  • Early Bird Gym-5th Grade
  • Hope Remains Horse Therapy (Garrett, Druham, Kemper)

Wednesday, December 13

Thursday, December 14

  • Early Bird Gym-5th Grade
  • PTO Meeting 1:30
  • Honors Chorus 2:30-3:00

Friday, December 15

  • Spirit Day - Wear your AMES t-shirt or AMES colors


Monday, December 18

  • Art Club 2:30-3:15
  • Angel Tree parents to pick up gifts

Tuesday, December 19

  • 3rd Grade Program 8:15; 12:35; 6:30
  • Spaghetti with Santa 5:00-6:00

Wednesday, December 20

  • Polar Express Day- Students are encouraged to wear school appropriate pajamas
  • 5th grade students to DHS for Christmas Concert 9:00
  • Class Holiday Parties 1:30

Thursday, December 21

  • Early Bird Gym-5th Grade
  • Sing-A-Long- 8:15 4K-2nd; 9:00 3rd-5th
  • Early Dismissal 11:00; No After School Program

December 22-January 5th


Monday, January 8th

  • Students return

Important Dates for Your Calendar

  • December 22-January 5 Winter Break
  • January 8 - Students Return; Report Cards; SIC Meeting
  • January 9 - Hope Remains; Spelling Bee
  • January 10 - Art Visions Screening
  • January 11 - PTO Meeting; Student Council Meeting; Honors Chorus
  • January 12 - Health Fair
  • January 15 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
  • January 16 - Early Bird Gym 1st Grade; Hope Remains; 3rd Grade Field Trip to State House and Museum
  • January 17 - Intruder Drill
  • January 18 - Early Bird Gym 1st Grade
  • January 19 - Fire Drill
  • January 23 - Early Bird Gym 1st Grade; Hope Remains; Geography Bee
  • January 24 - Parent Workshop - Evolution of ELA
  • January 25 - Terrific Kid Breakfast; Early Bird Gym 1st Grade; Honors Chorus
  • January 26 - Doughnut Day with Families
  • January 29 - 4th Gr. Horizons field Trip to Carolina Aviation Museum; Art Club; Honors Chorus to Sing at Wofford Game
  • January 30 - Early Bird Gym 1st Grade, 100th Day of School