Andersonville Elementary

Eagle Gazette - December 2017

Principal's Message

It is so hard to believe that it is December! We are one-third of the way through our school year. Our weather continues to change day by day. Please make sure children are dressed appropriately and have necessary items for outdoor recess. Snow has started to arrive and with that comes snow pants, snow boots, hats, and gloves. Thank you for helping us to make sure that all children can enjoy outdoor recess.

At Andersonville we honor the greatness in every child. We embrace the talents and passions of each individual and challenge them to dream big. We recognize that every child has a story that deserves to be told and that every child has a gift to share with the world. We can all make a difference and we each have the power to impact the world around us.

We are a school family that supports the needs of the whole child through partnerships with parents and community. Thank you for all that you do to support your child through their story of learning this year and beyond!


Kim Fletcher


Learning, Thinking, Leading, Growing

Our School Mission Statement

At Andersonville we are life-long learners who celebrate our uniqueness and inspire one another to find our passions.

We are loved. We are valued. We are family.

Classroom Mission Statements

In addition to the development of a schoolwide mission statement, classrooms have created their own mission statements. Here are some pictures of classroom mission statement presentations during our school-wide meetings.

A Season of Giving

Our Andersonville Eagles are embracing the importance of giving during this holiday season. Students are sharing messages of gratitude and thanks in many ways. They are giving their time to help others and are going above and beyond to share messages of kindness. Here are pictures of some of the ways students are giving this holiday season.

Children's Theatre Presentation

On December 5th, students from the CHS Drama Club came to Andersonville Elementary to put on a production for our students. The Mime Troupe also did a great job of entertaining our students. It was a lot of fun watching several former Eagles utilizing their gifts and talents.

Hour of Code Week - Dec 4th-10th

The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. With a huge groundswell of support and attention, it’s an ideal time for schools and districts to put the spotlight on computer science programs and expand opportunities.

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Holiday Sing-Along and Parties


We invite you to join us for our Holiday Sing-Along and Classroom Parties on December 21st. The Sing-Along will begin at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria. Parties will follow at 2:30 in classrooms.

While these special activities were originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 20th we have made this adjustment in order to preserve as much instructional time during that week as possible.

As a reminder, there will be no afternoon Kids Connection on this holiday party day. There will also be no afternoon Kids Connection on Friday, December 22, as it is a half day of school.

Kids Connection will still be held in the mornings on these days.

A Note From PTO

A Note from AE PTO – December 2017

Wonderful to see so many of our families together at our Family Movie Night in November. The closeness and connections in our AE community really contribute to making our school a great place for our students to learn and grow.

Please remember that you are all members of the PTO. Your voice, ideas, and opinions are important. Please join us in helping to shape this year of opportunities for our students and our school. – Jennifer Swenson, PTO President.

Upcoming PTO events:

Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser – Pick Up: Th.,Dec 14th 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Orders picked up in the Computer Lab. Online orders will be accepted through Dec. 8th.

Shop at with AE PTO ID# 340812. Proceeds will support our March is Reading Month activities.

PTO General Meeting: Tues., Jan. 16th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Join us, stay informed and involved. The meeting will take place in the Computer Lab. Childcare will be provided.

AE Family Movie Night: Fri., Jan 26th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Come and enjoy a movie with other AE families. The movie will be chosen by the students in January.

AE Variety Show Auditions: Mon. Jan. 22nd and Tues., Jan. 23rd from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. The Variety Show is a great opportunity for AE students to showcase their talents. Auditions take place in the Cafeteria. Only need to attend auditions one night.

Upcoming Opportunities to Volunteer:

  • Holiday Photo Ornament Helpers – Photo Day and Assembly – Volunteers needed on Dec. 5th (12:45 – 3:00 pm) to help with the photos and on Mon., Dec. 11th (1:30 – 3:45 pm) to assemble the photo ornaments.

  • Pizza Fundraiser – Sort and Distribute – Dec. 14th. Volunteers are needed to sort orders (11:30 – 2:30 pm) and help distribute orders (3:15 – 5:45 pm).

Sign Up Genius. Search for at for volunteer opportunities.

Book Fair - Thank you!

Thank you for supporting our November book fair. Our total sales were more than double from last year. This means we have more money to provide books for our students. These new materials should be ready for student check out in mid-January! Thank you, again, for your help in giving back to our school.

Pick Up, Drop Off, and Parking Lot Reminders


Our school start time is 8:30. The front doors open at 8:25 for students. The tardy bell rings and the doors lock at 8:40. If you arrive after 8:40, please park and come into the building to sign your child(ren) in at the office.


Doors open at 3:30 each afternoon. Please pull all the way forward on the curbside if you are waiting in your vehicle. Park in the lot if you are coming into the main lobby for pick up.


If you are dropping off your child(ren) in the parent loop, please make sure you are pulling all the way forward each time a car moves up in line, carefully dropping your child(ren) off on the curbside ONLY. Please slow down as you approach the crosswalk and stop for all families crossing by, giving them the right of way each time. The passing lane is not a drop off lane and is to be used to move forward after drop off at slow speeds.

Many families are walking and dropping their child(ren) off at these times and we need to be more mindful and aware. Safety first, for all of our families, as we get to school on time each day.

Please slow down and be safe.

Learning Feedback Documents

Your child's Learning Feedback Document will be available online at the end of January or early February. Please make sure that your ParentVue account is updated so that you can access this important document. We will not be mailing home these documents. Learning Feedback Documents will also be shared, electronically, at the end of the school year.

Cold Weather & Winter Gear Reminders

The weather has started to change and it is starting to feel like winter. Please send your children with appropriate winter gear. Weather permitting, we will be outside for recess every day! Please send your child with a winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants and snow boots.


If your student is going to be absent or late, please call our Absence Line at 248-623-5206. Please bring in a doctor's note from the absence if available. Please note, all absences at the Elementary level are excused, but each absence will still be entered as being "absent" if your student was not in class. If you have questions, please call our main office.

Emergency Contacts

Please access your ParentVue accounts and make sure all information is up-to-date. Two emergency contacts need to be listed for every student.

Transportation Changes

Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, students who wish to ride a bus other than the one they are assigned, or get off at a different stop than usual, must present a signed Alternate Stop Form to their school building office no later than 2pm that day. Please plan ahead!

Food Services

If you would like to add money to your child's account, you may do so using You can also drop money off in the office.

Download Printable Lunch Menu

Clarkston For Life

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Upcoming Events


14 Pizza (Fundraiser) Pick Up

18-20 Hearing Testing (Y 5’s, K, 2, 4,)

21 Holiday Sing-a-Long (2:00) and Parties (2:30) - NO PM KIDS CONNECTION

22 Half Day for Students - Teacher Development Day - NO PM KIDS CONNECTION

23-Jan 7 Winter Recess - No School


8 School Resumes

15 No School for Students/Teacher Professional Development

16 PTO General Membership Meeting (6:00-7:00) Computer Lab

18 Half Day - Teacher Professional Development

19 Half Day - Teacher Professional Development

Leader in Me

Please visit the Leader in Me parent website for resources and information. We look forward to increasing parent awareness and understanding of Leader in Me and the 7 habits this year.

Clarkston For Life

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Community Education Offerings

Registration for fall programs is currently open!

Fall Catalog 2017

Hayley Ladi, Community Education/Aquatics Coordinator
P: 248.623.4326, ext. 2

P: 248.623.4326, ext. 1

P: 248.623.4326, ext. 2

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Elizabeth Egan, President

Kelli Horst, Vice President

Greg Need, Treasurer

Steve Hyer, Secretary

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.