Anderson School News! 11/30/20

Digging "IN"to Learning!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Nov. 30 - School Resumes Remote Learning Classes all start at 8:00 AM sharp!
  • Tues. Dec 1- PTO Lou Malnati's Dine Out Fundraiser 4:00-10:00 pm
  • Wed. Dec. 2 - HAC Opens for Report Cards
  • Thu. Dec. 3 - PTO Zoom Meeting 7:00 pm
  • 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

Getting Ready for the iReady Winter Diagnostic Assessment

Below is a very helpful document that we ask every family to open and review as we prepare to take our iReady Winter Diagnostic Assessment in early December. Here are the main points.

1. Watch the video linked below.

2. Get Organized! Find a quiet space so your kids can be as distraction-free as possible.

3. Encourage and Motivate your child to simply do their best. There will be some questions that they will quickly know how to solve and some that are more difficult. That is the whole point of an adaptive assessment. It adjusts to their personalized progress as the assessment continues.

4. Support but DO NOT HELP! You wouldn't help your child say the letters on an eye exam poster, would you? It's the same thing, we want to know what they have learned, not what their parents know. :)

5. When they finish, celebrate their effort!

The diagnostic may take more than one sitting. That's ok. We want your child to do their best and take the time they need. Please do not rush them to finish. They can always complete it the following day.

Have more questions or are you curious about iReady? Check out this iReady Parent Resource Site set up by D303.

Each Grade Level will be starting their Diagnostics (Reading and Math) on a different day. Your child's teacher will be notifying you of their start date.

Helpful Links if you need support.

Much of the very important detailed schedule information for your child will come directly from their teacher. Pay close attention to those emails so your child is ready for the start of Remote Learning starting Monday, November 30th. All students need to be logged in and present to start each day. It is vital that we establish healthy routines from the very beginning. 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.

Below you will find information about expectations, schedules, and specials during remote learning.

Student, Family, and Teacher Expectations

  1. Elementary school hours will be between 8:00 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Students are expected to be available and ready to learn during those hours, whether the learning is synchronous or asynchronous

  2. As with in-person learning, students are expected to complete assigned work by the deadlines set by the teachers

  3. We ask that parents allow students to work independently or in collaboration with their teacher and classmates as much as possible

  4. Teachers will provide a weekly schedule that provides synchronous (Live) and asynchronous (a student working on their own) learning times.

Specials and Lunch

  1. Students in grades 1-5 will have a 30-minute daily special (art, music, physical education and LRC). The remote special schedule will be the same as the in-person schedule, with lessons being both synchronous and asynchronous. The special teacher will share the schedule with the students.

  2. Kindergarten students will continue to access 15-30 minutes of asynchronous specials each day.

  3. Students will have a 40-minute lunch break on the same schedule as they had during in-person learning. Student lunchtimes are based on grade level so your children may have different lunchtimes.

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

Lou Malnati's Dine Out Fundraiser

Raise a slice for a good cause. Pick up a delicious pizza at Lou Malnati's Tuesday, December 1st at the Elgin or Geneva location and earn 20% back for our school. Make sure to mention this flyer or fundraiser when ordering. Includes online and app ordering. Use code: FUNDAEPTO20.

PTO Meeting this Thursday Night via Zoom

Join us for our monthly PTO meeting! All families are welcome!

Topic: December PTO Meeting

Time: Dec 3, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 5828 2333
Passcode: 018743

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:


*Notice Time Change for Meal Distribution*

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