Anderson Angle

Volume VIII Issue 7

A Message From Mr. Hewitt

Hello Anderson Families,

As promised in last month's Angle, I'd like to take a moment to update you regarding our new staff and some changes happening at Anderson Elementary. We have five second-grade teachers moving into our building over the summer. The teachers are Mr. Ryan Kirkpatrick, Miss Lydia Chronos, Ms. Blair Williams (new hire), Mrs. Abigail Thoman (new hire), and awaiting one more new hire. Ms. Morgan Block (new hire and BF alum) will be added as part of our Special Education team. We will be sharing Ms. Anna Ryder-Mason, our new K-2 School Counselor, with Morris Elementary. Mrs. Owen will be switching from a current third-grade teacher to being our full-time building substitute teacher. Mr. Kula, who is currently a fifth-grade teacher, will remain at Anderson teaching fourth grade. The rest of the fifth-grade team will be moving to the Intermediate School.

Kudos to all of you for making our Parent/Teachers Conferences so successful! We had 95% of conferences attended. Thank you for making this event a priority. We always appreciate the time and dedication you put forth when attending any function at Anderson.

Looking ahead, we see the end of the school year quickly approaching. We've got plenty to keep us busy as this year starts to unwind and 2022-23 is right around the corner! You can continue to trust our staff to keep students engaged and learning until the very end!

As always, the staff and I are available to discuss questions or concerns you have about your child's education. Thank you for being a partner in education!


Mel Hewitt, Principal

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Twitter: @AndersonBFCSD, #AndersonJays


APRIL Calendar

12th - 3rd Grade Concert

15th - No School - Professional Development Day

MAY 27th - Last Day of School - 1:00pm Dismissal

REMINDER: 2:00 Dismissal Every Monday

Communication Survey - March 2022

Please take a moment to help us reflect on and improve building and district communication.

What's for Lunch?

Breakfast and Lunch Menus


The USDA has approved FREE Breakfast and Lunch for ALL students through 05/27/22. Your students enrolled in the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District will not be charged for any regular school meals starting August 23, 2021.

Learn more:

We highly encourage Parent/Guardians to please fill out the Iowa Eligibility Meal Application to apply for free and reduced status at so when we return to meal charging you will still receive the appropriate meal benefits. You may also pick up an application at any school office.

Community Flyers

Click here to find information on the PTO Spring Apparel Order, Youth Fishing League, Swim Club, Various Camps, Little League Softball & Baseball Registration, Speech Clinic, Soccer Registration, and more!

Busy 3rd Graders

We had a lot going on in third grade during the month of March. First off, we celebrated with a parade in front of our elementary building for the Girl’s Basketball team attending state. Students learned about the importance of supporting our community. We made signs and dressed up in blue for the day. It was an exciting time for everyone!

Next, the kids were definitely getting ready for Spring Break. This time of the school year, the kids and teachers get a well-deserved break to relax and recharge so we can finish the school year strong. We have so much learning and growing left to do in the classroom, so a little rest was needed by all.

After returning from break we learned about our upcoming ISASP test. We will take these during the first week of April. We will spend some time during our morning meetings and discuss the Growth MindSet and the importance of thinking in a positive manner. We will also be practicing our reading and math tests to prepare for the upcoming assessment. Students will need plenty of rest and a healthy breakfast for the weeks to come.

Our music concert and field trip to the Capitol will be coming up in April. The dates have been set and information has been out. The students have a very busy next couple of months of school left. We will be working hard in the classroom but also having some fun. We are back and recharged for the last months of school. Thank you for all you are doing at home!!

4th Grade - Information Writing Presentations

The 4th graders have been working on writing informational papers since the beginning of January. Some of the topics they covered include specific locations, sports, historical events, animals, and famous people. Each student got the opportunity to choose which topic they wanted to become an expert on.

They started researching by finding a variety of sources on their topic, such as books, websites, and audiobooks. As they read each source, they had to identify the most important information for each of their subtopics to include in their writing. We discussed how to cite their sources and paraphrase the information so it wouldn’t be considered copyrighting.

After editing and revising their information, they typed up their information into a speech. With that finalized information, they created a Powerpoint to present to their class. The students did a fantastic job making their presentations interesting. The students enjoyed cheering each other on after each presentation.

5th Grade - Sending 'Warm' Thoughts

With the calendar finally moving to the early spring months, we are looking forward to warmer weather ahead. Many signs we see are migrating birds returning, trees starting to bud, perennial plants starting to emerge from the ground, garden magazines arriving in the mail, and the indoor gardening season in full swing.

With spring weather right around the corner, we will be starting the Anderson Garden Club very soon. However, we all know how predictable Iowa weather is. Eight years ago we had measurable snow on May 1st, but it was gone within two days. Students in 3rd-5th grade will have the opportunity to participate in a garden club. This is a fabulous opportunity for students to get involved in a wonderful organization and enjoy being outdoors.

The garden provides a positive learning environment for students to learn how to make a beneficial impact on their environment along with how to be lifelong stewards of the land. As you pass by the garden during the growing season, stop and look at the growth taking place.

Be on the lookout for announcements and more information regarding the garden club around mid to late April. Reminder, it is open to students currently in 3rd-5th grade. Meeting dates and times will be decided and relayed to students so they know when to attend. Students should be prepared to work hard, get dirty, and have a positive attitude as they grow and tend to the garden.


Please take a minute to check with your child about their supplies at school. Many students have run out of needed materials to be successful during their school day. These are essential to finish out the year on a positive note.

Lessons in the Library

We have been very busy in the library. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the students better.

In fifth grade, we spent several weeks hearing stories about food inventions. We read a story about the chocolate chip cookie called How the Cookie Crumbled by Gilbert Ford. We also read a story of the invention of the doughnut called The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller. The students made up their own food inventions and presented them to the class. They were very creative!

In fourth grade, we read a few stories from the series by Andrea Beaty. We read Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Ada Twist, Scientist. We discussed elements of a story such as character traits, making predictions, and comprehension.

In third grade, we read a fun series by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr. The books we read were, When Pencil Met Eraser and When Pencil Met the Markers. They are fun stories that talk about inclusion and friendship. The students even helped to make my bulletin board using friendship trait words!

PE Happenings!

This year needs to slow down! I can’t believe we’ve already had spring break and April is coming. Students just finished up our bowling unit. We have plans for tumbling and a game called Steal the Jewels. Hopefully the weather starts to turn in our favor and we can get outside. I know all the students are ready to do the mile run! Once we get outside, we will do a unit with soccer and one also with track/field. That’s all for now. Have a great spring.

Nutrition News from Nurse Jacy

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national education program designed to give parents and communities a way to help children learn to eat nutritious foods. As parents, you can do a lot to help your children learn healthy eating habits and maintain a healthy weight. Involving them in meal preparation and cooking can motivate them to try new foods – and is a good way to spend time together as a family.

What is a “healthy” eating plan?

A healthy eating plan is one that:

· Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.

· Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.

· Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium/salt, and added sugars.

· Stays within your calorie needs.

Focus on Healthy Food Choices - Choose the GO, SLOW, and WHOA foods:

GO FOODS – are the lowest in fats and added sugar. They are nutrient dense with a better source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients important to health. Examples of GO foods are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, egg whites, or egg substitute.

SLOW FOODS - are higher in fat, added sugar, and calories. SLOW foods include vegetables with added fat, white refined bread flour, low- fat mayonnaise, 2% low fat milk products, peanut butter, pizza, baked chips, and mac and cheese. Have slow foods sometimes.

WHOA FOODS – are the highest in fat and sugar. They are calorie dense foods and low in vitamins, minerals, and other needed nutrients. Have WHOA foods once in a while, and when you do have them, have small portions. Examples of WHOA foods are whole-milk products, fried foods, bakery sweets, candy, soda, chips, sugary cereals, and creamy salad dressings.

Eat Right, Bite by Bite

Good nutrition doesn't have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative healthful effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.

Hungry for more? Visit the WE CAN! Web site at

Visit the Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Eating web site at

Recipes to create as a family:

Bon Appetite!

Special Olympic Coin Drive

The Anderson Elementary students will be participating in a Special Olympic coin drive for one week, April 25th-29th. The Polk County Sheriff’s office supports Special Olympics Iowa. SRO Deputy Schnur along with the Community Relations Division is teaming up with the BFCSD to participate in this coin drive.

We are asking students to bring in any loose change to school the last week of April. There will be bins in the office where the coins will be collected. Each grade level will participate and the grade level with the most change at the end of that week with win a prize (to be determined).

This would be a great opportunity to talk with your kids about our character pillar of CARING. Caring means being kind, being compassionate, expressing gratitude, helping people in need, and being charitable. These traits will all support this wonderful cause!

Being Bondurant’s BEST…at a SCHOOL ASSEMBLY

What does it mean to be Bondurant’s BEST at Anderson Elementary?

To help students be their best, we have identified seven areas within the school to help define expected behaviors for students. These areas are in the classroom, bathroom, hallway, lunchroom, playground, school bus, and at school assemblies.

The poster shows the expectations we have for students on how to behave at a school assembly. Students can show how they are Kind and Respectful by giving attention to the presenter, showing appreciation, and using appropriate language and voice volume levels. Students can show Excellent Effort by showing school pride and cheering for their school and classmates. Students can demonstrate how they Stay Safe by keeping their hands and feet to themselves, reporting concerns to an adult, and using designated pathways when walking. Students can Take Responsibility by cleaning up after themselves and following the requests of the presenter or event leader.

School assemblies are an excellent resource for students. Assemblies provide an exciting way to build school spirit, develop core values, and build self-confidence. Assemblies also allow for students to learn social discipline and practice how to behave and interact in a very large group setting.

We hope that all of our school-wide assemblies are beneficial, fun, and engaging for every student at Anderson Elementary!

Submitted by Mr. Kevin VanderLinden

Who Should You Contact?

Many of our families have utilized our electronic form to submit COVID-related questions and comments throughout the pandemic. Because of its success, we've created a new form to electronically submit GENERAL comments, questions, and concerns. This is in an effort to increase opportunities for two-way communication with district stakeholders. The link is referenced in this communication guide and can be found anytime in the footer of our website. Visit:

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BackPack Program

Once again, we are excited to partner with the Food Bank of Iowa to provide nutritious weekend snacks to low-income families with elementary-aged students. If you are in need or know of a family who may benefit from this program, please call Sam Kluesner at 515-967-6361 or email her at For more information regarding The BackPack Program, please click here.

Watch D.O.G.S. Program

The Bondurant-Farrar WatchDOGs program is a parent involvement program that invites parent-figures into the school to help increase security and reduce bullying. Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are encouraged to spend a half- or full-day at their child’s school. During that day, you’ll have the opportunity to be in your child’s classroom, eat lunch with him or her, help in other classrooms, monitor hallways, and/or assist teachers and administrators with every-day projects – all of which enhance the overall education experience of our children. To find out more, or to sign-up to be a WatchDOG, email

It is the policy of the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator; Chad Carlson, Director of Administrative Services, 300 Garfield St SW, Bondurant, IA 50035, 515-967-7819,; or Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, (312) 730-1560,