Astronaut News

Andersen Elementary - September 2019

From The Desk of Mrs. Kinghorn

Greetings Andersen Families!

August has flown by and it was great seeing so many of you during our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences. This time is set aside to ensure teachers get the opportunity to meet with each family to discuss how our learners are growing in and out of the classroom. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child’s teacher to schedule a brief 15-20 minute time to meet. These conferences are invaluable and ensure we are working together to help our learners succeed.

August was a busy month and I am happy to see our astronauts off and running and looking to the future. I have enjoyed visiting classrooms, talking to students about what they are learning and having them explain to me how to solve problems or share their writing.

One of the best ways to find out what your child is learning is to make it part of your afternoon or nightly routine to go through the day.

If we simply ask, “What did you learn today?” many times we hear, “I don’t know.” Take it to a different level by asking your child, “What are two great things that happened today,” or “What was the best part of math/reading/writing/science?” Set daily goals with your child by asking, “What is one thing you want to work on tomorrow?” or “What is a wish you have for tomorrow?” This gives you valuable insight to how your child’s day was and a conversation starter for the next morning and afternoon.

Thank you to all the parents that were able to join us for our first Parent University. Our goal this year is 100% family engagement. Engagement can look many different ways. This can involve volunteering in the classroom, workroom or PTO events or attending the various night events we will offer throughout the year. We strongly believe that learning not only happens here at school, but also continues with your support at home. We want to work with our families to provide the best learning experience for your child.

Please feel free to offer feedback, suggestions and ideas on ways we can improve on family engagement.

Thank you for a great first month of school. We look forward to an engaging September full of fun and learning. Thank you for choosing Andersen Elementary and your continued support.


Kristin Kinghorn

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We know students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. Students begin class at 8:10 a.m. each day. In order for our students to be successful in the classroom students must report to school on time each and every day. It is difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent or tardy. Please work hard to ensure all students are at school and on time!

For the 7 days we were in school for July, Andersen Elementary had over 180 tardies and over 170 absences.

For the month of August, Andersen Elementary had OVER 600 tardies and over 575 absences.

Hopefully, September will be a better month!!!

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Parents we are off to a great start to the 2019-2020 school year.

On September 11, we will be celebrating the first responders in our community and that are a part of the Andersen Family.

We are excited to honor our first responders with a school wide assembly. Vehicles will be on campus that morning for students to explore and take pictures. Please do not be alarmed if you see them on campus. We would like to honor all our Andersen First Responders. If you or someone you know is a first responder we hope they can attend our celebration. Please RSVP by email to . A light breakfast for all first responders will be provided. We look forward to thanking you for your service.


Families who are participating on the free or reduced lunch meal program:

The carryover status from the previous school year expires by the beginning of this month.

If a lunch application was not submitted, you will be moved to a full price breakfast and lunch.

Families who have not submitted an application by now, but wish to participate in the free and reduced lunch program, can still submit an application.

See what's for lunch here.


  • Dear families, please update Emergency Contacts and Health Condition's on Infinite Campus.

  • Make sure your student EATS HEALTHY BREAKFAST every morning prior to school and BRINGS WATER to school.

  • Reminder: All Health Forms and Health Protocol is available on the district website for your convenience.

What is Happening in Our Classrooms


This year 's Read-a-Thon is focusing on the mind and body! Andersen Astronauts will celebrate their reading and fundraising accomplishments with a "Day of Awesomeness!". Andersen PTO would love to see 100% participation, as this is our largest fundraiser of the year!

If you have any questions, please contact


REGISTER and bring back your "Golden Ticket":


Read every night or ask someone to read to you. Track your reading minutes every night and bring your reading log to school to share with your teacher.


The class in each grade with the highest reading participation will win a class party.

The student in each class who reads the most minutes will win a book light!

Leader In Me - Ways to Support Leader in Me at Home By Dr. John and Jane Covey

Readers are Leaders!

Every year we join in this month-long celebration designed to encourage reading as a fun activity for the whole family. Reading, and understanding what you read, is a skill that everyone needs to be successful. The best way to improve understanding is to read a lot. There is nothing like a challenging book to lift you up or take you to another world. Developing a love of reading will be an asset to your child in all areas of school and give him/her a jumpstart to a lifetime of reading.

Below is a list of books that your child will enjoy while also reinforcing the 7 Habits at home. Additional suggestions can be found at The Leader in Me Online.

Lower Elementary (K-3) Read the book together. As your child questions about how the characters used the habits

Upper Elementary (4-6) Your child read the book to you. Ask questions about how the child uses the habits.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Click, Clack, Cows that Moo by Doreen Cronin

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

Let’s Be Enemies be Janice May Udry

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

Habit 6: Synergize

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up by Normal Bridwell

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson


We are looking for parents and community members who would like to participate in Andersen Elementary’s Site Council.

The membership of the site council/parent leadership team is made up of 4 staff members, 3+ parents, and a community member. Because we will be using a shared leadership model, members of the site council may be asked to assume leadership in an area of school operations that is of interest. The focus for the 2019-20 school year will be on Community Involvement, Site based Improvements, and Campus Safety.

Meetings will be kept to 60 minutes in length.

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Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we are working with new picture company this year.

For those who have sent in orders after picture day (or students did not give orders to photographer as they were getting pictures taken): your pictures will be 2-3 weeks late.

For those who want to order pictures:

1. Find your Portait ID and Access Code, which is unique to each student, on your proofs or order sheet.

2. Go to

Feel free to call us or email Neja at with any questions.

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