Andersonville Elementary Newsletter

December 2015

Update from Mrs. Fletcher

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide families with information related to happenings at our school.

It is hard to believe that winter vacation is quickly approaching. Our students and staff have been engaged in deep learning and thinking. Throughout the year, we have continued to focus on creating a culture that values and promotes thinking.

We continue to embrace our motto "Where Everybody Is Somebody" and celebrate the uniqueness amongst all of us. We celebrate our successes and we problem solve through our challenges. Each day we build relationships grounded in trust, responsibility, and respect.

One of our major objectives this year is to share our story of learning. We continue to develop our System of Assessment and Reporting (SOAR) to provide feedback about student growth in a way that celebrates and pushes the learning journey of every child.

These newsletters are a part of our communication process with families. Please take time to review the following sections in this edition:

  • Healthy Snacks
  • Attendance Update
  • Staffing Opportunity
  • Families as Partners
  • PTO Message
  • Calendar
  • Seasons Greetings Message
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Crossland

My door is always open and I encourage you to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to continue to make this the best year yet!

In partnership,

Kim Fletcher

Healthy Snacks

To provide students with the healthiest environment we can, and to support the new 2015 Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, we are encouraging you to provide healthy food and beverage options for classroom snacks, parties, and celebrations. Children learn best when they have healthy snacks to help them grow and stay healthy. Snacking isn’t bad for kids, but what they snack on is important. The students are excited about putting what they’ve learned about healthy eating into practice.

A good guideline to follow when determining foods for healthy snacks is to choose foods and beverages that are low in sugar and fat and are minimally processed. Snacks that are especially good for kids (and adults!) are fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy as defined by the USDA’s MyPlate food group recommendations. Processed, less-healthy snack foods such as chips, sugary drinks, candy, and cake are OK to eat once in awhile, but should not be offered every day or be the primary focus of a school event. These foods usually have a lot of extra and unnecessary fat, calories, salt and sugar.

To help take the guesswork out of defining “healthy” snacks for parents, our school has developed a quick reference sheet called Healthy School Snack Ideas. We will send a copy of this home with your child so that it is something you can post in your kitchen. These ideas are also listed below. You can use these specific ideas or you have flexibility to create your own snack option using MyPlate food groups as a guide.

Whether your child eats a snack at school for a party or celebration or at home, it is a teachable moment! As parents and educators, we have the responsibility to be good role models when it comes to healthy eating. Thank you in advance for your support of our healthy school initiative.

We look forward to working with you to make our school the healthiest it can be so our students can do their best learning and achieve their highest academic potential.

Healthy School Snack Ideas

Graham crackers - Hummus - Goldfish crackers - Crackers and cheese

Fresh fruit - Veggies and dip - Popcorn - Pretzels - Trail Mix - Bagels

Muffins - Dry cereal - Yogurt Dried fruits or raisins - String cheese

Apple sauce - Rice cakes - Kale chips

Attendance Updates

As educators and parents we understand students will get sick from time to time and it’s best to keep them home. We also understand other situations arise that can keep a child from attending school on other occasions such as a doctor’s appointment that cannot be made after school hours or a family emergency. It is important to note, though, that research shows that school attendance has a significant impact on a student’s success in school. Families will be notified of excessive absences and/or tardies on a regular basis.

In addition, please note that any student that arrives after 10:30 am will be marked absent for the morning session of that day. Any student leaving before 2:00 pm will be marked absent for the afternoon session of that day. The reason for this is that they will have missed the majority of instructional time for that portion of the day.

Start/End Time Reminder:

Regular School Day: 8:30 am - 3:50 pm

Delayed Start Day: 9:20 am - 3:50 pm

Half Day: 8:30 am - 11:46 pm

Staffing Opportunity

We have an opening for a math support instructional aide. The main responsibilities of this position include working with small groups of children and improving their understanding of mathematics. This position is available five days per week for six hours per day. The rate of pay is $8.60 per hour.

Please refer to our human resources website for more information:

Families as Partners

We believe in partnering with families throughout a child's educational journey. As a partnership we support the needs of the whole family. We celebrate growth and support the struggles. There are many ways you can partner with Andersonville.


Contact your child's teacher in regards to opportunities for volunteering. There are many ways to volunteer and help out both in and out of the classroom. Please make sure that you have completed the appropriate iChat paperwork.


Stay connected through the PTO. Attend meetings. Join the AE PTO facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Join us for our Holiday Sing-A-Long on December 16th at 9:00 in the cafeteria. Classroom holiday parties will take place at 2:30 on December 17th.

PTO Message

We are coming to the end of 2015, time to reflect on the year gone by and what is ahead. As I look back I think that I never thought I would be able to be President of the PTO. I didn’t think I had it in me, not this year. I just thought I would be a great volunteer, do everything when I felt like doing it. I didn’t want to be responsible or committed to something as big as the PTO. I mean those letters are all in capital letters. We all know the stereotypes of the “PTO” parents. I still get the look when I tell my friends about it. But you know what? I like it. I have a great team that I work with. People that care about the kids and the school. They know what they are doing, so they can teach me the ropes. They are also willing to try new things and are open to new ideas. It does take up a lot of my time, I don’t make any money doing it, but when I see how much the kids enjoy the activities or the teachers appreciate the help or even the little sense of community building I can see, it makes me happy. Being “that Mom” is a good thing. I’m helping make Andersonville and my little area on the outskirts of Clarkston become something that I want to live in. And I like it. So now I ask you, what do you want your little part of Clarkston to be like? How are you going to contribute to make it happen? Don’t just talk about it. Do something.

  • Looking for a creative outlet? PTO is looking for new ideas for variety show, field day, bulletin boards! Help us inspire kids!

  • Want to know what is going on with the PTO check out the main lobby of the school for PTO meeting minutes and the latest financials. Also find us on facebook.

  • Got an idea, feel free to e-mail myself ( or any of the PTO staff.

Thank you to the great PTO team, Andersonville family, and AE staff for working towards making my little dream of Clarkston come true.

Happy Holidays!

Audrey Christensen & the PTO Board

School Calendar

Please click here to view the entire list of important dates and events for this school year.

Here are important dates for the month of December.


2 School Meeting 9:00 - Student Council

9-11 Holiday Shop

9 Late Start Day - 9:20

16 Holiday Sing Along - 9:00 - 9:30

17 Holiday Parties - 2:30

21 - Jan 3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess

Seasons Greetings from All of Us

The entire Andersonville staff wishes each of you a wonderful holiday break with your family and friends. We look forward to even more learning and leading together in 2016. School resumes on January 4, 2016.

Congratulations to Mrs. Crossland!

Arlinda Crossland, art teacher for Andersonville and Independence Elementaries, has an art show opening on December 4, at Detroit Fiber Works. Please see the attached poster for more information. Congratulations Arlinda, and thank you for allowing me to share some positive news!!
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Character Trees by AE Students During Art with Mrs. Crossland

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.