Anderson Weekly News! 4/4/22

Welcome Home!

Dates to Remember


  • Mon Apr. 4th: School Resumes
  • April 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 - IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)
  • Thur. April 7th Monthly PTO Meeting via Zoom 7-8 pm
  • Thur. Apr. 14th Village Tavern South Elgin Dine Out Fundraiser 11 am- 9 pm
  • Fri. Apr. 15th - No School (School Improvement Day)
  • Tue. Apr. 19th: Walburgers St. Charles Dine Out Fundraiser 11am-7pm
  • Wed. Apr. 27th Early Release Day 2:10 Dismissal


  • Mon. May 2nd, 5th Grade Band Concert 6:40 PM Thompson Middle School
  • Tue. May 3rd, Beginning Orchestra Concert 5:30 PM North High School
  • Tue. May 3rd, Advanced Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM North High School
  • Thu. May 5th PTO Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Wed. May 11th, Incoming Parent Wredling Middle School 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Fri. May 13th, Fifth Grade Band at Cougars Game 5:30 PM.
  • Wed. May 18th 5th Grade Choir Concert 6:00 PM
  • Wed. May 25th LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
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Join Orchestra in 2022-2023! Incoming 3rd-5th Grade

All students entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade next school year get to participate in Anderson’s Orchestra! In orchestra students make friends, learn how to play an instrument, create awesome music, and so much more!

Students choose to play either the violin, viola, cello or string bass.

To learn more about the orchestra program, and how to enroll your child, visit our website:

D303 Elementary Orchestra

You can also attend one of our D303 Orchestra Town Hall Meetings. During the meetings, we will answer your questions about the orchestra program. Attending this virtual meeting is very helpful for first-time orchestra families.

D303 Orchestra Town Hall Meetings (Please attend just one)

Date: Wednesday, 5/4 Time: 7:00pm

Date: Thursday 5/5 Time: 7:00pm

Zoom Link: Will be shared closer to the meeting dates.

Any questions? Please contact the orchestra teacher Elisabeth Mezera at

Class Placements for Next Year

In planning for the upcoming school year, parents are invited to provide information that will assist us in the class placement process. Since every learner is unique, our goal is to pair each learner with an environment that maximizes his or her potential. Therefore, balancing classrooms based on gender, special needs or talents, learning styles, and personalities are all factored as we compile class lists. As you can imagine, this is a complex process and a very important one.

We welcome any information that you would like to provide about your student in order to assist us in making the best possible placement. Click here to read the full letter and provide feedback to Mr. Jarot.

Do you have a preschool age child at home?

If you are looking into preschool for your child (ages 3-5), please click HERE for more information about our district preschool program at Fox Ridge.

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Please click HERE regarding a letter about this year’s state assessments. Anderson will administer IAR on April 6th, April 7th, April 8th, April 12th, April 13th, and April 14th.

Third, fourth and fifth graders will take three English language arts and three math tests. We only take one test per day. Our teachers build a positive testing environment focused on encouragement and every student doing their best. We encourage students to eat breakfast and get a good night’s sleep so they are at their best for their tests. When each grade level finishes their tests we go outside and celebrate by throwing water balloons at their teacher or principal. :)

Breakfast at School Update:

As we have returned from Spring Break, breakfast will be served to students in the morning when they arrive at school. We will no longer be sending a breakfast home with students at the end of the day for the following morning. During the pandemic, the USDA offered a waiver that allowed school districts to offer alternative methods for serving breakfast, including taking it home at the end of the day. During a recent monitoring visit, the Illinois State Board of Education informed us that the waiver has now expired, and we are required to return to a traditional model for serving breakfast in the morning.

Breakfast will still be free to all students for the remainder of this school year. Students do not need to order breakfast ahead of time. We encourage students to arrive at school by 7:45 am if they will be eating breakfast on that day. Students will have the opportunity to pick up breakfast on their way to their classroom if they choose. Again, If you want your child to get breakfast at school and you drop them off every morning, please arrive at 7:45 for them to have time to pick up breakfast and eat it in their classroom.

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Reminder about Lice

An important message from your school health office

Every year cases of head lice are found in our community. Anytime children come together, the cases of identified head lice rise. In an effort to assist parents and guardians increase their awareness regarding head lice prevention, detection, and treatment, we encourage you to reference the Health Services portion of the D303 Website for information regarding the control and management of head lice in our schools.

Anyone can get head lice. Head lice are primarily transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. Lice can also be transmitted from sharing hats, brushes, and other personal items. Transmission in the school setting is rare according to the CDC. More commonly, children get head lice from siblings, playmates, and from sharing pillows at pajama parties. Although transmission in schools is rare, identification is often made in the school setting. It is important for parents to know that head lice are a problem in many communities and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status. Most importantly, parents are integral in the prevention and detection of head lice in their children. To prevent the spread of this communicable condition, please check your child (ren) regularly for evidence of lice. If you should discover a case of head lice, please notify your child’s health office as well as their outside activity directors. You may also consider alerting the parents of your child’s recent playmates, as this is the best way to protect the community from an outbreak.

The district approach to lice management in the school settings is outlined for you on the website previously mentioned. This approach is based on scientific and medical evidence that supports the education process. With regard to preventative treatment, parents are encouraged to seek guidance from their health care provider prior to using any treatment options. Since mass school screenings do not reduce the incidence of head lice in our settings, such screenings are not conducted in our schools. Research clearly indicates that a "no lice" "no-nit" policy for schools hinders academic attendance and performance while doing little to change the incidence of lice in a school setting. It is important to keep in mind that the life cycle of a louse is 3 to 4 weeks, therefore, by the time live lice are identified in a student, they have had an infestation for many days and they have been in a variety of settings in the community during this timeframe. If a cluster of cases is identified in one classroom, the health office will send a letter home to parents to notify them of these findings.

Like so many health matters, prevention is key. Teach your child to avoid head-to-head contact with friends and to avoid the sharing of personal items such as hairbrushes and hats. Those messages are reinforced in school as well. The nurses in the health office maintain strict confidentiality on all student concerns, and therefore, we are not at liberty to share personal student information on this matter. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to prevent the spread of lice among children.

D303 Health Services

From the Anderson PTO

Monthly PTO Meeting

We are going VIRTUAL this month! Join us for our monthly PTO meeting from the comfort of your home! Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 2052 3557

Passcode: 560135

Anderson Spirit Wear

Show your school spirit! Order your Anderson spirit wear at the link below. All orders will be placed online again this year. The store will be open throughout the school year. Items will ship directly to your home. Questions? Contact Lisa at:


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D303 Parent University

Dear District 303 Families,

The Illinois Youth Survey is designed to gather information from students around the state about a variety of health and social indicators such as substance abuse, bullying, violence, and social-emotional well-being.

District 303 is partnering with the Ecker Center to provide parents with information about trends in substance abuse in Kane County youth, and ways that you can talk to your children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

The Ecker Center has been a trusted behavioral health organization committed to providing care in the community since 1955. They offer an array of comprehensive services for youth, adolescents, and adults.

Please join us on April 13 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Use this link to register.