Andersonville Elementary Newsletter

February 2016

Update from Mrs. Fletcher

It is hard to believe that our first semester has come to an end. These first five months of school have been filled with amazing learning opportunities and fun-filled family events.

When I reflect on our growth this year, I am inspired by the academic gains of our children as well as their social and emotional awareness. Our staff and students continue to embrace our motto of "Where Everybody Is Somebody". I can not wait to see what amazing things will happen in the remaining five months of this school year.

I recognize that each child in our school is developing their own story of learning. It is our responsibility to, collectively, embrace the story of each child and challenge them to exceed their own expectations. As our district continues to develop our 'System of Assessment and Reporting' we celebrate that we are working to better communicate with our families in regards to the growth of each individual child.

This week your child will bring home her or his first Learning Feedback Document (LFD). The LFD will be accompanied by an information sheet that explains the LFD. Additionally, you will get information about ParentVue.

Your feedback and support are critical in making the education of each child a true partnership between family and school. We are a community that works together to ensure the safety, academic success, and social/emotional well-being of all of our students. My door is always open and I encourage you to stop in or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to continue to make this the best year yet!

This newsletter includes the following items:

  • Carnival Celebration
  • Kindergarten Information
  • Calendar
  • Families as Partners
  • PTO Corner
  • March is Reading Month

In partnership,

Kim Fletcher

School Carnival Celebration

Thank you to the PTO and all of the parent and staff volunteers for the amazing AE Carnival! A wonderful time was had by all. Adults and children enjoyed the magician, dj, games, face painting, balloons, and snacks. It was definitely an event for the whole family and a wonderful example of what makes Andersonville so special.

Kindergarten Information for 2016-17

If your child turns five years old on or before September 1, 2016 (or as late as December 1 with a signed waiver), he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten in 2016-17.

In the Fall of 2016, Clarkston Community Schools will continue to offer two options for parents of Kindergarteners:

  • Kindergarten - Full day Kindergarten is offered at every elementary school.
  • Young Fives Kindergarten - Young Fives Kindergarten is available for students that turn five years old between June 1 and December 1, 2016. Young Fives is a full day program offered at the Early Childhood Center and Independence Elementary. Students that attend Young Fives go to their home school the following year for regular Kindergarten.

Please call for more information.

School Calendar

Please click here to view the entire list of important dates and events for this school year.

Here are important dates for February and March:


12 Valentine’s Day Parties - 2:30

15-16 NO SCHOOL/Mid-Winter Recess

17 Variety Show Auditions - 4:00-5:30

18 Variety Show Auditions - 4:00-5:30

24 Late Start Day – 9:20

March - Reading Month

9 Late Start Day – 9:20

10 Variety Show Dress Rehearsal - 4:00-6:30

15 PTO General Membership Meeting – 9:00-10:00

16 Variety Show Student Assembly - 1:45-3:15

18 Variety Show Public Performance - 6:30-9:00

22 5th Grade Concert 7:00-8:00

23 Late Start – 9:20

23 Battle of The Books 6:30


29 Eagle Night 6:30-8:00

Families as Partners

We believe in partnering with families throughout a child's educational journey. As a partnership we support the needs of the whole family. We celebrate growth and support the struggles. There are many ways you can partner with Andersonville.


Contact your child's teacher in regards to opportunities for volunteering. There are many ways to volunteer and help out both in and out of the classroom. Please make sure that you have completed the appropriate iChat paperwork.


Stay connected through the PTO. Attend meetings. Join the AE PTO facebook page.

Stay Connected

Visit our website:

Follow us on twitter @AndersonvilleStory

PTO Corner

Ever wonder where your PTO money goes? Here are a few highlights:

  • Movie license so the school can show movies during special times, legally
  • New nap mats for kindergarten
  • New first grade reading books for reading curriculum
  • Help Upgrade the Media Lab
  • Field trips, extra money for the new third grade field trip
  • Respect club rewards.
  • Festival Day
  • Teacher Grants
  • And so much more…

All these things help add a better learning experience for your child, but none of this could happen without the community willing to help out. Outside of having things for the school, when you volunteer you are able to put a face to the name your child talks about, you are also able to meet other parents at the school. And getting to know all these people helps enrich our community, which you know I am all about! So I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and please take time to volunteer! There are some great opportunities coming up!

Upcoming PTO events:

  • Variety Show Auditions: February 17 & 18
  • Variety Show Performances: March 16 (during school) & March 18 (evening)
  • Start saving Box Tops and Labels for Education

March is Reading Month

"March is Reading Month" is just a few weeks away. If you have never experienced it before, you are in for a wonderful adventure. Our PTO purchases the same book for every family to keep and enjoy. We look forward to participating with the One School, One Book Program to celebrate March is Reading Month at AE.

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, 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.