Anderson School News! 12/11/20

Digging "IN"to Learning!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Dec. 21 thru Fri. Jan. 1st Winter Break - No School
  • Mon. Jan. 4 - Teachers Work Day - No School for Students
  • Tues. Jan. 5 - School resumes
  • Thu. Jan. 7- PTO Zoom Meeting 7:00 pm
  • Monday Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr, Day - No School

My child finished their iReady Diagnostic. Now what?

Linked below is a very helpful video that every parent should watch. It gives you a great overview of how to see your child's score from the Winter iReady Diagnostic assessment as well as showing you the next steps for your child using the lessons specific to their learning needs. (The voice of the video is one of my favorite people in the world. Mrs. Tina King! She helps our Anderson Teachers with all things math!) Thanks Tina!

Remote Learning Parent Superstars!

Thank you parents for all you are doing at home to help your kids stay on track and engaged with their classroom teachers every day. We know that you are a vital factor in helping them log in and learn with their class on time. Below are a few reminders and tips to help your child maximize their learning each week.

Remote Learning Attendance:

If your child is ill and not able to log into their lessons with the teacher, you need to call the school office attendance line. 331-228-3300. We take accurate attendance every day and want every student to be "present" in their classes. Again, you must report their absence to the school, or they will be marked as unexcused for the day.

Quiet Organized Space:

As much as possible, help your kids find a quiet organized space for them to work. Make sure they have all the materials the teacher has sent home. (workbooks, whiteboard, markers, paper, pencils...)

Check In's and Encouragement:

As much as possible, please "check-in" with your child throughout their learning times to encourage them and see if they need anything. Just knowing that Mom or Dad, (or babysitter) will be checking in on them will help them stay more focused and accomplish all the needed academic work.

Strong Body = Strong Mind!

Of course, I love junk food just as much as any parent out there, but always consider what you are filling your kids up with each day. A healthy breakfast and plenty of water will help them learn more and stay more attentive. Another helpful tip is to get them outside. Even if it is for a few minutes to get some sunshine and fresh air. Put a warm coat and hat on and run three laps around the house. It does wonders for their energy! Better yet, join them when they run. :)

Want to thank your child's teacher so the world knows how AMAZING they are?

Even in the current pandemic, there is so much to be thankful for in District 303 and at Anderson School. One way to really show your thanks is to fill out the D303 Thankful Button below. Simply click, find Anderson School, and write a simple note, story, example, or photo explaining how much you appreciate your child's teacher.

D303Thankful button.

Morning Announcements are getting a little out of hand. :)

Follow Mr. Jarot's Anderson YouTube Channel to watch the daily morning announcements and other informational (or humorous) videos for all things Anderson School.

For Fun! For Information! Always For Learning! Go Anderson Foxes!

Help Mr. Jarot catch the Gorilla!!!!!

As you have all seen, there is a very large and sneaky gorilla living in our school. I love gorillas, but they are not allowed to live in our classrooms.

Anderson Students, please help me catch the gorilla that is running around our school. We know he is sneaky, fast, and super smart. Write down your plans step by step. Include diagrams with labels, headings, and pictures. Use Flipgrid to record a video explaining and showing me exactly how to catch this gorilla. I need your creative ideas. Thanks!

Click Here or below to give me your ideas.

Games, Podcasts and Reading: Winter Break(out) Activities

D303 Parent University!

December 14, 2020
Sessions will be organized as follows:
Breakout Edu Sessions - 3:00-3:30
How to Raise a Reader - 3:30-4:00
Podcasts for Kids, Tweens and Teens - 4:00-4:30
Winter break is coming, and it is the perfect time to explore and try something new or just have fun as a family. Join us for this 90-minute Parent University session where we will share ways to foster a love of learning through fun activities you can do as a family. We will guide you through sites and activities you can use with your child to visit faraway places, create a family podcast, find a new favorite book, and play collaborative problem-solving games. Join the Zoom meeting here.

Want to work as a Substitute Teacher in D303?

It takes more adults to operate schools safely for students during the pandemic. District 303 currently has numerous job openings in a variety of job categories. If you are looking for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment, please visit the D303 Human Resources page to apply for a position.

One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.

If you are interested and hold a:

  • Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
  • Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
  • High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.

Contact Julie Wenger ( with any questions.

Helpful Links if you need support.


If you need support or help in any way, don't ever hesitate to let your child's teacher know, call the school office, or email Mr. Jarot.

Anderson Families, We've got this! Let's Dig In together!

Mr. Jarot

If your child will be absent from a remote learning day, please email the teacher and call the school office (331)228-3300, prior to the start of the school day.

Instructional Technology Support for Families Explanation

Families can find support for all of their technology needs on our Instructional Support for Families website. This website can be found on our page D303 Technical Support Resources. See below for some of the resources:

  1. If you need IT support, technical assistance, device exchange, etc. please click on IT Direct Support.

  2. For Chromebook troubleshooting, click on Using D303’s Chromebook.

  3. For information on Seesaw, Google Classroom, and/or Schoology, click on the Learning Platforms support.

  4. For information on our video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Schoology Conferences, click on Video Conferencing Tools.

  5. For support on any of the tools the teacher may use in the classroom, click on Digital Tools for Instruction.

Please see the Instructional Delivery Models document on the District website for sample schedules and expectations of all members of the learning community. We appreciate your partnership.

From the Anderson PTO

Shop with Scrip Gift Cards

Ordering gift cards for the holidays?

Experience the right way to fundraise

Gift card fundraising is the best way to raise money for our organization. Buy gift cards from your favorite brands to earn on your daily purchases. It's never been easier to create opportunities for what matters most to you. No extra money spent. No extra time wasted.

How it works:

· Buy gift cards at face value

· Earn up to 20% on every gift card you buy

· Use gift cards at full value for your everyday purchases

Get started

Create an account on the RaiseRight app or at using our organization’s enrollment code: FC33422962229

Seamlessly check out by securely paying online with a linked bank account or credit card.

Click here for overview of the program. Click here for directions on how to use the app. Click here to learn about ThanksScriping Day Nov 19 & 20. Where you can bonuses on gift card. You can purchase both eGift cards and physical gift cards that can be mailed to you.

Smile Amazon

Doing some holiday shopping on Amazon? Don't forget you can support Anderson Elementary by going to AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know with the same products, prices and services except they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase to the school.

Anderson Spirit Wear

NEW THIS YEAR! Our spirit wear store will remain open the entire school year! Order online and it will ship directly to your home! Perfect idea for your holiday shopping!

Show your school spirit! Order your Anderson spirit wear at the link below. All orders will be placed online this year. Questions? Contact Lisa at:


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