Anderson Weekly News! 10/03/22

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Dates to Remember


  • Thu. Oct. 6th Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri. Oct. 7th Parent Teacher Conferences 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sat. Oct 22nd PTO Trunk or Treat 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed. Oct. 12th Walk/Bike to School Day. (see below)
  • Wed. Oct. 26th Early Release 2:10 PM


  • Thur. Nov. 3rd PTO Meeting 7:00PM
  • Wed. Nov 16th Report Cards Available on HAC
  • Mon. Nov 21st - Nov 27th - No School - Thanksgiving Break

How do I sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences?

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 6th (8:00 AM-8:00 PM) and October 7th (8:00 AM-12:00 PM).

If you have not selected a time using the Home Access Center (HAC) and the PIck-a-Time link, you will now need to email your child's teacher directly to arrange a time to meet. We want to make sure we connect with each and every student's parent/guardian.

Thanks! Need help, please call the School Office (331) 228-3300.

Do you want to meet with one or more of the Specials Teachers?

In addition to meeting with your child's grade level teacher, you are welcome to connect with any of our Specials teachers to discuss your child's progress in their class. You certainly do not need to do this, however, if you want to meet with any of the teachers below, simply email them and let them know. They will work with you to find a time to meet.

Mr. Dan Smith - PE

Mr. Will Navis - PE

Mrs. Breena Stombres - Music and Choir

Ms. Shelley Varga - Art

Mrs. Tanya Hernandez - Empower

Mrs. Elisabeth Mezera - Orchestra

Mrs. Marianne Rice - Band

Conference Luncheon Donations Needed!

Parent conferences are just around the corner and we are planning a soup and salad luncheon on Thursday, October 7th. Please consider making an item or bringing in a donation. We are also looking for 5 people to help with set up (starting at 10:00) and 5 people to help with clean up (starting at 12:20).Sign up to help here in the sign up genius. Thank you so much for all you do to support our staff.

Families Needed to Decorate Their Trunks!

We are looking for mummies and daddies to decorate their trunks for our Trunk or Treat Event on Saturday, October 22nd. The event is from 1:00-3:00. Trunks can be set up between 11:30-1:00. You decorate your trunk and we supply the candy for kids. Let the Halloween spirit guide you as you decorate (check out Pinterest for some great ideas) Decorations should be appropriate for elementary students (please no blood and guts). There will be a Trunk decorating contest with a chance to win some awesome prizes! Students attending the event will vote for their favorite trunk. Winners will be announced at school following the event. Click here to register your vehicle. Deadline to register is Saturday, October 15th. Questions? Contact us at:

ALL are welcome to attend the event even if you are not decorating a car. We will have music, games, and a Spooky Trail to go along with the trick or treating. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in costume. The event is free for families. Suggested donation is one bag of candy per family. Drop off your donation to the box in the office by Wednesday, October 19th. Thanks!

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International WALK TO SCHOOL DAY is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record-breaking participation – each October. On Wednesday, October 12th, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

At Anderson, we have a few different ways kids can participate in this fun and healthy event.

1. Kids can still ride the bus or get dropped off at school just like a normal day. We will have a short "track" set up for them to walk around our playground area before entering the school. We will have staff supervising and music playing!

2. Kids can walk/bike to school only if there is a safe passage. We do not want kids riding bikes or walking on streets that are not designed for foot traffic. We always encourage parents to walk along with them.

Halloween Costume Parade and Classroom Parties


On Friday, Oct. 28th, (2:00-2:20 PM) Anderson will have a Costume Parade to celebrate all things fall and fun! If your child wants to wear a costume in our parade, they are welcome to bring a simple costume to school. Their teacher will give them time before the parade begins to change into the costume. Please keep all costumes simple enough that your child can put them on themselves. (Please no violent-themed costumes. No Blood/Guts... Remember we have younger students)

Parents/guardians, Grandparents are welcome to come to view the parade. The parade route will make its way outside to the back of the school. We will have cones set up marking the route.


Each classroom will celebrate all the hard work they have done since the start of school by having a party on Friday, Oct. 28th. (Approx: 2:20-2:50 PM). Each grade level and teacher may need parents helpers to plan, host, or simply help in the classroom for the party. See info from your child's teacher regarding their plans for the class party. We highly recommend that all students take their "normal" transportation home. This keeps our dismissal process smooth and safe for all kids.


  • Also, just a reminder, that all volunteers also need to bring a current driver's license or state ID in order to comply with the D303 Security Check before they enter the building.

Who's GaGa for GaGa Ball!

You may have heard your child talk about playing Gaga ball in gym class.

Our PE teacher, Mr. Navis, submitted a grant request and was awarded a grant towards the purchase of a Gaga ball set and additional funds were provided by the PTO to cover a portion of the cost. Thank you Anderson PTO!

What is Gaga ball you may ask - Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit.

The Gaga ball pit arrived last week, and some of the gym classes have been using the Gaga ball game. Its been a big hit in gym!

Say hello to our new GaGa Ball Pit. Thanks Mr. Navis for applying for a grant through the D303 Foundation! Also thank you Anderson PTO for helping us... | By Anderson Elementary School | Facebook

Friendly Reminders from the School Office

As the start of fall officially started this week and students have been getting used to the routines of school, its a good time to give a few reminders to help the school day run smooth.

Is your child going to be absent?

If your child will not be coming to school, please leave a message on the attendance line early in the morning. To call in your child, simply call the main office and leave a message on the attendance line. The number is 331-228-3300.

Please include the reason for absence - sick, an appointment, vacation, etc. ( Please note that if your child is sick, they should be fever free and have no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school). Of course, you can always email the teacher as well, but you need to formally notify the school of any student absence.

Is your child leaving school early?

Also, if you will be picking up your child early or taking your child out for an appointment, please let our front office know as early in the day as possible by calling the main number at 331-228-3300. This can be very helpful should a pick-up time be when the child is in specials or at lunch. Kids can be indoors as well as outdoors depending on their schedule and it can take a few extra minutes to locate and get the child down to the office for an early pickup if they are not in their classroom.

Will your child have a change in transportation?

If so, please let us know as early as possible in the day if there is a change in transportation for that day. Dismissal time can be very hectic and to help ensure a smooth dismissal, getting any transportation changes for students early is very helpful. Simply call the school office and let them know.

Note: Save our school number in your contacts. Anderson School Main Number: (331) 228-3300.

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One day left to donate to help families in our community1

On Friday, October 7, Mr. Jarot will be kicking in the annual Kick-A-Thon, which raises money for the American Cancer Society and other local organizations that support families who are battling Cancer.

Beginning Tuesday, September 13th, and ending Tuesday, Oct. 4th, Anderson School will be sponsoring a “Penny Drive,” to support this important cause.

  • Students are encouraged to bring in coins (or bills) to donate at the front office.

  • Students will be able to sign a Kick-a-Thon Banner that will be displayed at the Football Game Kick-a-Thon event.

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Erin's Law

Click Here to read the full parent letter regarding the Erin's Law presentations happening at school.

For more information about Erin’s Law, please visit the links below.

Erin’s Law website

Erin’s Law video

Anderson PTO

Vote for Captain Anderson!

Don't have any plans this weekend? Come see our Captain Anderson Scarecrow that has been entered in the contest at St. Charles Scarecrow Fest. You will find us located next to the Arcada Theater and across from Smitty’s on the Corner (Route 64 and S. Riverside Drive). Help us earn a cash prize for our school by voting for our scarecrow, entry: C1. Voting takes place at the information booth in Lincoln Park and in front of the Municipal Building. All family members are eligible to vote. Thanks for helping to support our school!

McAlister’s Dine Out Fundraiser

Who wants to cook on a day off school? Dine out for Chari-TEA at McAlister’s Deli in Elgin. Join us Monday, October 10th anytime between 10:30 am - 9:00 pm. Drop your receipt in the bin and we will earn 20% back for our school. Click here for the informational flyer.

1120 S. Randall Road, Elgin

Anderson Girl Scout Troops 206 and 1963

Click Below to open and read about some fun and exciting Girl Scout Troops happening for our Anderson Foxes.

Click Here to view, print, and fill out the Cross Roads Registration Form

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Adult Learning Classes

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