Anderson Weekly News 2/24/20

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Dates To Remember


  • Tues. Feb. 25th 1st Grade and 3rd Grade Music Performance 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Fri. Feb. 28th Teacher Work Day No School
  • Fri. Feb. 28th Fiddle Fest (See below for time and location)

  • Tues. Mar. 3rd Mod Pizza Dine Out Night
  • Wed. Mar. 4th HAC opens at 8 AM
  • Thurs. Mar. 5th Last After School Club
  • Thurs. Mar. 5th PTO Meeting 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Thurs. Mar. 19th One School One Book Family Event 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Fri. Mar. 20th St. Baldricks at St. Charles East H. S.
  • Mon. Mar. 30 - Fri. Apr. 3rd Spring Break-No School


  • Mon. Apr. 6th School Resumes
  • Tues. Apr. 7th - Fri. Apr. 17th IAR (State) Testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade

One School One Book is back!

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Anderson Elementary School is about to take part in a special, communitywide shared reading event. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Almost Super by Marion Jensen – and will be asked to read it together at home over the next few weeks. I am personally asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With this program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school.

Your child will receive a copy of Almost Super following a special schoolwide assembly on Monday introducing the program and the book. Students will hear the first chapter at the assembly. Inside the front cover of the book, you will find a reading schedule so that you can keep up at home. Generally, you will be asked to read about 15 minutes each night.

In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussion. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the month, everyone will be talking about Almost Super!

This is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child's own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students but will still captivate and stimulate older children.

I know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime in the days to come about Rafter and Benny Bailey and their family of superheroes. “When a whole school reads a book, there's a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school. Please save the date for our One School, One Book Family Event on Thursday, March 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm!

Nate Jarot, Principal

End of the 2nd Trimester. (Holy Cow! the school year is 2/3rd's over!

Last Friday marked the end of our 2nd Trimester. Teachers will prepare progress reports for each student. The Report Cards will be ready for viewing electronically on Home Access Center (HAC) Wednesday, March 4th. Paper copies will NOT be sent home. As always, if you have any questions or concerns or compliments, please reach out to your child's teacher.

No School for Students on Friday.

A Teacher Work Day is planned for Friday, February 28. Teachers will review student data and achievement and prepare 2nd Trimester Report Cards. Students will not be in attendance. We look forward to our students’ return on Monday, March 2.

Free National Parks Family Pass!

If you have a child in the 4th grade, then your entire family is entitled to a free National Parks pass this school year through the “Every Kid Outdoors” program. The pass admits all of the children and adults in your vehicle. If you arrive by bike, then it admits all children under 16 and up to three adults. Unlike yearly passes, it expires at the end of the school year on August 31st, 2020.

Here's the link:

Click below to learn about and sign up for the Anderson Wild Fox Run Club! (3rd - 5th Grade Boys and Girls)

Click below to learn about how we as a school community plan to support St. Baldricks. Let's meet our goal so Mr. Jarot has to wear a Leprechaun Costume and paint his hair green at school.

The Anderson Talent Show is going to be bigger and better than ever. Click below to get all the needed info.

News From the Anderson PTO

Clipped Box Top Deadline This Thursday!

Most items have transitioned to the new digital box tops but if you have any old clipped box tops floating around your house please send them to school by this Thursday , February 27th. Don’t forgot to continue to scan your receipts in the app or email you online receipts to claim the digital box tops. So far this year we have earned $456 for our school!


Yearbooks are on sale for first time this school year! Yearbooks are $17 each. Order deadline is March 20th, 2020. You can order online at: or fill out the form that is coming home this week. Click here if you need an extra copy of the order form. Make checks payable to: Anderson PTO. Questions? Contact:

Community Events

District 303 Parent University Video Vault

Dear District 303 families,

When we asked parents to tell us what kind of programming they wanted as part of our Parent University series, many asked us to produce videos that can be watched in the comfort of their own homes and on their own schedules. In that same survey, parents requested information about how Project Lead the Way has enhanced student learning in classrooms from kindergarten through high school. As stories of underage vaping continue to permeate the news, parents are also looking for strategies they can use to begin conversations with their children about the dangers.

The District 303 Video Vault has two new videos – one about Project Lead the Way and the other one about vaping. We hope that the Project Lead the Way video gives you some questions to ask your child about the skills he or she has learned in PLTW. We also encourage you to watch the video about vaping with your children and talk to them about the health risks and dangers associated with it.

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Click here for more information.

Project Dance Leap to Kindness

Come to the Dance Party! Click here for more information.

It’s Fiddle Fest time!

All advanced elementary, middle school and high school orchestra students in D303, and their friends, can participate! We will be playing a variety of alternative styles of music. There will also be a pizza party for musicians only, raffle, and fantastic guest performers. This is a highly anticipated event and one that your musician will not want to miss!

To help you get an idea of what Fiddle Fest is like, please watch the video of 2019 Fiddle Fest's performance of the song "Bile Em' Cabbage Down".


Parents, older siblings and friends who play guitar, banjo, mandolin or a string instrument are also invited to join us!

Here are the details:
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Place: East HS Varsity Gym ( 1020 Dunham Rd. St Charles, 60174 )
Dress Rehearsal: 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Arrival time: 4:30 pm to tune!
Pizza Dinner: 6:00 pm. (For all participants and volunteers)
Festival Performance: 7:00 pm

In order to plan adequately for this event and to have a sufficient amount of food, we MUST have an accurate count of all participants. Please register online by Thursday, February 20th using this link: 2020 Fiddle Fest Registration Link