Anderson Weekly News 9/30/19

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Dates To Remember


  • Wed. Oct. 2nd "Walk" to School Day (See below)
  • Thu. Oct. 3rd Butterbraid Order Pick Up. 3-5PM
  • Thu. Oct. 3rd PTO Meeting 6-7PM (LRC)
  • Thu. Oct. 3rd First Day of After School Clubs. 3:00-4:10 PM
  • Fri. Oct. 4th Kick A Thon (St. Charles East High School)
  • Fri-Sat. Oct. 10-11th: St. Charles Scarecrow Festival - See the Anderson Rocket
  • Fri. Oct. 11th - Early Release for Elementary Students. 11:40 AM Dismissal
  • Mon. Oct. 14th - Columbus Day No School.
  • Thu. Oct. 17th Picture Re-Take Day.
  • Fri. Oct. 18th BEARS Mini Monsters Camp in PE class for 2nd - 5th Grade
  • Fri. Oct. 25th PTO Spooktacular 5:30-8:00
  • Tue. Oct. 29th 5th Grade Orchestra Concert 6:30-7:30 PM at Wredling Middle School


  • Fri. Nov. 1st - End of First Trimester
  • Mon. Nov. 4th Monday Math Madness Family Event Thompson Middle School 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Thu. Nov. 7th PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30 PM Anderson LCR
  • Wed. Nov. 13th Early Release Elementary Students 11:40 AM
  • Fri. Nov. 15th. PTO Bingo Night! 6:30-8:00 PM

Kick-A-Thon 2019 - Fill the Rocket! Every Coin Makes a Difference!

Each year the D303 Community joins together to "Kick" Cancer. We at Anderson know how important it is to support individuals and families who are affected by cancer. The Kick-A-Thon raises funds for some amazing and very helpful organizations that help our local community members. Click here to see their website with tons of info about the Kick-A-Thon.

Sooo.... Let's fill the Rocket! We are asking that every student bring in at least one coin to help fill the rocket in the front Lobby of the school. Check your couch cushions, car seats, and especially grandpa's junk drawer. Every coin matters and it gives students a tangible way to join together and help others. That is what Anderson Foxes do best. :)

Every Coin Makes a Difference! So does paper money as well. :) Coins can be collected until Tuesday morning. (10/1/19)

Kick-A-Thon is a joint effort by St. Charles North and East High Schools to raise money to help fight cancer. To date, over $1M has been raised!!

Walk to School Day! (or Bike) is this Wednesday!

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. Today, 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.

Maddies Mitten March is this Wednesday!

Our Community helping Our Community!

Come choose winter gear for your family for the winter months. Options include winter coats, snow pants, hats, and mittens. Clothes are a combination of new and gently used items, and are provided free through donations.

Please contact Tricia Sabathne, Child and Family Educator at Fox Ridge Early Childhood Center, with any questions. 331.228.5727 or

Where: Anderson Elementary School

When: Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 4-6pm

Click Here to find out more details and information.

Chicago Bears Mini Monsters Camp

On Friday, October 18, 2nd-5th grade students will get the opportunity to participate in a non-contact football drill camp hosted by the Chicago Bears! This is such an exciting event for our students! The main goals of this camp are to reinforce awareness of healthy eating, physical activity, and proper hydration. There will also be a former Chicago Bears player present to work with the students and give a motivational speech.

Since the NFL is celebrating the 100th season this year, every 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and the 5th-grade student will be getting a FREE t-shirt made especially for this event. Please fill out this quick survey to supply the Bears with a t-shirt size for your child.

Thank you,

Mrs. Spelic

*If you have more than 1 child in grades 2-5, please fill out a survey for each child. Thank you!*

If you haven't filled out the form for each of your children, click here!

Erin's Law

This year, D303 will continue implementing Erin’s Law into our curriculum. Please click here for a letter regarding Erin’s law from your Principal

Citizen Advisory Committee (Today is the last day to apply!)

The St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 School Board believes that strong partnerships with all stakeholders ensure that students have access to rigorous curriculum, innovative learning experiences, and opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth.

As part of our strategic commitment to engage our families and the community, the District 303 School Board has established a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to help promote ongoing two-way conversations. We are seeking stakeholders who can provide information, feedback, support, and guidance to the School Board.

Your participation is vital to the success of this committee. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer on the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), please complete this application and submit by September 30, 2019.

News From the Anderson PTO

Monthly PTO Meeting

Join at our next PTO meeting, Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 in the Anderson LRC. Topics to be discussed include: Spooktacular, Dine out Nights, and more. As an added incentive anyone that attends our October PTO meeting will be entered into a raffle to win a reserved parking space for our Spooktacular event.

Butter Braid Update

Thank you Anderson teachers, parents and students for supporting our fundraiser!

We sold a total of 433 Butter Braids, earning our school $2, 424.80!

Please pick up your order at Anderson on Thursday, October 3rd from 3-5 pm.

Butter Braids are delivered frozen and can only sit out for a short window of time so if you are unable to pick up your order on October 3rd please contact us at to arrange an alternate pick up time.

Community Events

D303 Parent University

Dear District 303 families,

Parent University programming in St. Charles District 303 continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our families.

During the 2018-2019 school year, District 303 created a Parent University committee made up of parents with children at all grade levels, teachers, school administrators, and district administrators. This dedicated group of individuals reviewed previous programming content, attendance, and delivery models. They created a parent survey used in the spring of 2019 to assist us in gauging the needs of our families. Based on those two resources, the programming you will find for the 2019-2020 school year offers programs you can access by coming to the District as well as from the comfort of your own home.

Our first program is showing of the documentary LIKE, from the producers of the movie ANGST, which we showed last year. Many parents have asked us to bring them programming that addresses our society’s addiction to social media, and the impact it is having on our children. Please join us, and bring your children, on September 23 at the Norris Recreation Center to view this powerful movie. Sign up here to RSVP.

As a follow-up to LIKE, we are bringing in national digital citizenship speaker Josh Ochs in October. He will be spending time in both middle and high schools talking with students about their digital footprint. During his time with parents on October 30, Josh will show parents how to protect their children on 40+ apps. All District 303 parents will have access to Josh’s own Parent University resources for the next year. Spanish translators will be available for this program.

What is Project Lead the Way and how is it part of the District 303 curriculum? In November, when it’s starting to get cold outside, make some popcorn and relax at home while watching this video we have created about PLTW from kindergarten through high school.

Last year, District 303 hosted a book study with Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race, Ph.D. Because of the success, and requests for more book studies, we are offering a book study group using The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Siegel. Join us for three sessions in February and March during both morning and evening times.

In March, the District is working in partnership with Wake Up Call to bring you a three-part drug and alcohol prevention presentation, including a life size teen bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. Spanish translators will be available for this program.

To read more about these programs and to register to attend, please visit the Parent University page on the District website.


Join the Northern Illinois University community for this FREE EVENT of STEM Fest at the NIU Convention Center on Saturday October 19th. There will be presenters, activities, demonstrations, and games all related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Click on the link to learn more!