Anderson School News 12/13/21

"Welcome Home"

Dates to Remember


  • Thu. Dec. 16th - 5th Grade Band Concert.
  • Fri. Dec. 17th Last Day of School Before Winter Break
  • Fri. Dec. 17th Winter Holiday Classroom Celebrations!


  • Tue. Jan. 4th School Resumes for Students!
  • Thu. Jan. 6th PTO Meeting 7-8 PM
  • Mon. Jan 17th - MLK Jr Day (No School)
  • Tue. Jan 18th - School Improvement Day - No School for Students

Empower Class! New Modules!

During the end of November and the month of December, students in Empower will be experiencing new modules! The fifth graders will get an introduction to World Languages with our FLEX module, and our K-4 students will address a need in their community with our Make a Difference Module.



Tekakwitha Woods Walk

Continuing with the very successful Tekakwitha Woods Hikes this fall, Mr. Navis and Mr. Smith are excited to take all of the Anderson students to Tekakwitha for the PE classes on Wednesday, December 15. As a reminder, Mr. Navis and Mr. Smith plan on taking the students on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (weather permitting!). This experience will show our students the incredible diversity of the plant and wildlife that can be discovered right in our community, especially through the changing of the seasons. Taking a hike through Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve will possibly even inspire the exploration of other nearby forest preserves such as Jon J. Duerr, Leroy Oakes, Johnson Mound, and Otter Creek. See below for the dates for the remainder of the school year.

The PE Department is looking for 1-2 parents, grandparents, guardians to help with each class. Volunteers will need to check-in at the main office (please wear a mask, and bring an ID to be registered into our volunteer database), and then meet with Mr. Navis, Mr. Smith and the classes at the front of the school. It is recommended that you arrive 5-10 minutes early to allow enough time to be checked in.

We now have several hikes of various lengths, ranging from just under 1 mile up to 1.5 miles, starting and ending at Anderson Elementary. The hike length is determined by the grade level, trail conditions, and how much time there is for the hike. The terrain is a mixture of pavement, grass, dirt, woods chips and at times, uneven. The hike for December will be on Wednesday, December 15. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please take a moment to use our Sign-Up Genius to pick your time! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Navis and/or Mr. Smith!

Tekakwitha Woods Walk - Volunteer Sign-Up

Future Dates for the Tekakwitha Woods Walk

  • January 19, 2022

  • February 16, 2022

  • March 16, 2022

  • April 20, 2022

  • May 18, 2022 (TBD)

D303 is looking for Substitute Nurses!

Do you have a friend, neighbor or relative who has a nursing license and is looking for work?

A D303 substitute nurse has a flexible schedule, an opportunity use their nursing skills and work in any of our 18 district school buildings.

Many former D303 substitutes have gone on to become district employees.

Please share the following contact information:

Juanita Gryfinski, Dept Chair, D303 Health Services at 331-228-3834 or

Kristen Pozna, District Substitute Coordinator at 331-228-4924 or

From the Anderson PTO

Happy Holidays from Anderson PTO

Happy Holidays! May your holiday season be all wrapped up with cheer and filled with celebration for the new year. Hope your winter break is filled with memorable time spent with family.

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Anderson Spirit Wear

School spirit wear makes the perfect holiday gift! 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: