Welcome to Kindergarten!

Anderson Elementary School CUSD #303

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Our Team at Anderson is very excited to welcome you and your child to our school.


As you may know, we normally have a fun and helpful event each spring called Kindergarten Round-Up, as well as summer learning events where you and your child get to meet our team, tour the classrooms, and learn about all things Kindergarten at Anderson. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we can't have all of those events take place the same way. However, we are working on plans to help make sure your family and your child get all the information they need and have an opportunity to visit their classroom and meet our team before we start school. The dates, times, and details of that event will be shared at a later date when we have more information. Please stay tuned! Thanks for your patience as we get guidelines and direction from the State Board of Education.


I want to assure all of our families that our team will be very intentional and focused on helping make sure we do all that we can to support your child as they transition into Kindergarten. We know that a caring, supportive, and positive learning environment is more important than ever as we welcome the graduating class of 2033.


We will be ready to welcome and support your child as we join with you on their journey of growth and learning.


Sincerely Excited,

Mr. Jarot


nathan.jarot@d303.org

(331) 228-3300

Learn the "Anderson Pledge"

June 18, 2020

Who are the Anderson Kindergarten Teachers?

Meet Mrs. Peterson

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Liz Peterson and this will be my 21st year at Anderson Elementary School. I’ve taught many grades throughout my time at Anderson including; first, third and fourth. This will be my 5th year in kindergarten. I graduated from ISU and continued on to get my masters degree in educational leadership from Aurora University. I have 3 kids of my own Will (13), Ben (11), and Emma (10). They keep my husband Jeff and I very busy hustling them to all their activities. We spend a lot of time as a family, going on bike rides, runs and walks with our 2 dogs, Walter and Matilda. I am very fond of exercise, shopping and coffee . I can not wait to meet the incoming kindergartners and their families. It’s going to be a great year full of fun and learning.

Meet Mrs. Wit

My name is Becky Wit. This will be my 13th year in the classroom and my 4th year in d303 teaching kindergarten. I hold a bachelors degree from Taylor University and a Masters from Aurora University. I took a 12-year break from the classroom to be home with my 4 children. They are now ages 8 - 14, 3rd grade through freshman, in Batavia this fall. My husband Steve is also in education, teaching science and coaching basketball at Glenbard North. We have a one year old dog Roxy that has had lots of extra walks and attention during our quarantine days. I love spending time with my family, watching my kids sports and activities which fills most of my free time. I can't wait to meet your child and help them feel safe and excited to learn together.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Wit

Meet Ms. Claussen

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Katie Claussen and I am the half-day kindergarten teacher. This is my second year at Anderson as well as teaching! Last year after half-day kindergarteners went home, I spent my afternoons working in small reading groups with students in first through fifth grade. I graduated from Judson University in 2019. Before graduating I student taught at Anderson with Mrs. Peterson! I spend most of my free time reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with family. I am so excited that you will be here with us this year! We are going to have a great school year!

Helpful Information for Summer!

Summer Office Hours

We will maintain office hours Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 3:00 throughout the summer. However, there will be times of working remotely. We ask that you please call ahead - there may be conflicts with vacations or meetings. 331-228-3300

Summer Learning!

D303 has put together a wonderful website with additional learning activities. We hope your child is able to spend some time exploring these different activities throughout the summer. The link to the website can be found here. Have a wonderful summer!

Library Summer Reading Program

Dig Deeper! Summer Reading 2020

Join St. Charles Public Library this summer to read, investigate, and discover!

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SCHOOL FEES/FOOD WAIVER


SCHOOL FEES WAIVER:

The school fees waiver will ONLY be a PAPER application since there is financial documentation required for income verification. Important to note, there will be no reduced fees next year. A family can only qualify for a free waiver of fees. The application will be located on the district website in July. Questions regarding school fee waivers - Sharon Wlezien at 331-228-5417


FOOD WAIVERS:

Only one application needs to be completed for each household. Please include ALL family members that live in the household (even those not attending a school). In July, ONLINE applications will be posted on the district website. In addition, paper applications will be available at the schools and the Administration Building as in years past. Unlike the school fees, families can qualify for Reduced. Questions regarding FOOD WAIVERS - Patti Townsend 331-228-6529


A few things to note:

● Free/Reduced applications will be sent by mail during July to each household who previously qualified for the program.

● Families directly certified by the State of Illinois for the 2020-2021 school year will receive FREE FOOD and their FEES will be WAIVED.

○ If your family is qualified by the state, do NOT need to complete either application.

○ You will receive an approval letter in the mail.

Need Support, Need Help, Need Resources?

We know there are many families whose circumstances have changed during this time. We have gathered a list of resources with links for easy access. If there is something you need beyond this, let us know and we will see what we can do to support you.


Community Resources Link

Summer Food For All Families

As we move into the summer months, District 303 is extending our grab and go meal service at each of our 6 locations. As part of this communication, you will find an updated schedule of days when meals will be available for any student in the district who needs them.

From now until May 29, we will operate on the same schedule that we have used throughout the spring. However, we will not be serving meals on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Beginning on June 1, we will operate on Mondays and Thursdays only. Students will receive three meals on Mondays and two meals on Thursdays. Please refer to the list below for specific locations and times of service.


Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday and Thursday


Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main Street
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday and Thursday

Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco
10:00 - 10:45 a.m - Monday and Thursday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school.

Cumberland Green Cooperative (1798 Cumberland Green-Office Lot near court #1)
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday and Thursday
A District bus will deliver meals to the office parking lot at 1798 Cumberland.

Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday and Thursday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the park facing the road at the front entrance (Entrance nearest to Randall Road).

The Crossings, 1690 Covington
10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Monday and Thursday.
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the area near the clubhouse.

St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday and Thursday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to an area in front of the apartment complex.

As we progress through the summer, we will send families additional information and reminders about the district’s meal service program.