Anderson Weekly News
August 1st, 2019
Welcome Back To School!
Last school year we decorated our school and had the LEGO theme, "Let's Build Together". If you remember, each student added their name to a LEGO piece and we built a solid tower to represent all of us coming together and connecting as a school. I was the new Principal, we had many new students, families, and teachers. We worked hard, focused on student growth, and had a lot of fun.
This year we will be launching off from our solid foundation and our theme is...
"The Sky's the Limit" (All things Rockets!)
Our team's effort and investment into your child's growth continues to be our mission. I can't wait for our hallways and classrooms to be filled with the energy and life that your children will bring. We never settle for the status quo and continue to add new programs, improved instructional strategies, and fun opportunities to enhance your children's learning.
Please do not ever hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
We continue to "Go Viral" on Facebook.
Back To School Supply Drop Off and Picnic!
- Kindergarten: Thursday, Aug 8th 11:00-12:00 pm.
- 1st through 5th Grade: Monday, Aug. 12th 4:00-5:30 pm.
- All Families: Back to School Picnic - Monday, Aug. 12th 4:00-6:00 pm.
We look forward to seeing each family at our Supply Drop Off / Back to School Picnic scheduled for Monday, August 12th. The Supply Drop Off for 1st through 5th Grade students will take place from 4:00-5:30 PM. You will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, drop off their supplies, and tour the school.
Please enter the school through the front doors. I need to get 426 high fives by the end of the night. :) We will have friendly staff waiting to greet you and point you to your child's new classroom. When you are done in the classroom, join all the Anderson families for a Back to School Picnic on our playground. You can bring your own picnic dinner or we will have Jersey Mikes available (for purchase). Don’t forget a blanket and/or folding chairs.
Our Anderson PTO, along with several other community organizations, will have booths set up in the gym to help you get connected with opportunities for your child and ways to volunteer.
I encourage you to follow the schedule below for supply drop off.
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Last names beginning with A – I
4:30 PM to 5:00 PM – Last names beginning with J – Q
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM – Last names beginning with R – Z
This will assist us in meeting your needs in a timely manner and should cut down on the crowds in classrooms when dropping off supplies. However, please understand you are welcome to come anytime between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM.
The building will be organized as follows during Supply Drop Off:
Provide proof of residency, if you have moved
Drop off additional registration paperwork
Drop off any medical forms for the Nurse
Drop off kindergarten physical forms, which must be on file before the first day of school in order for the students to attend
Sign up for PTO committees and activities
Visit information booths from various community organizations.(Scouts, Food Service, Sports Teams, Clubs...)
Music (Dance Party) :)
Basketball, Soccer, Frisbee, Hula-hoop, games…
Popsicles for $0.25 to support the PTO.
Transportation route information will NOT be sent home through the mail and can only be accessed online. Please note that for the first two weeks of the school year, the district will not make adjustments to the transportation routes. Our transportation department will collect suggestions about the routes and will make adjustments where necessary after the first two weeks of classes.
School Supply Lists
If you need assistance with getting the needed school supplies simply call the school office. We have multiple companies and churches who have donated backpacks and supplies for any family who may need a little help.
Who is my child's Teacher?
The D303 Home Access Center (HAC) will open up on August 5th for all Elementary Students. Log-in and see your child’s teacher.
Please make sure you are currently registered to access your child’s classroom assignment on the Home Access Center (HAC). If you previously registered, your login names and passwords have not changed, and you do not need to re-register. If you are new or have not previously registered, you must have a current and valid email address on file, with the school. If you have not provided a current and valid email address you may do so by calling the school office. (331) 228-3300.
For initial access to a HAC account, on or after August 5th, please follow the included steps, after providing your current and valid email address to the school office:
Go to the district website at www.d303.org and click Parent Login near the upper-right corner. On a mobile device, open the navigation menu by clicking the menu icon in the upper-right, then scroll down and tap Parent Login
Create a username and password by clicking the Begin Using HAC icon on the right-hand side of the screen and then clicking on the To Register for HAC link
Follow the prompts to complete the initial registration and click Register – You will be prompted to use one of the following city abbreviations: St Charles, S Elgin, or W Chicago
Confirm registration and click Finish
Your password will be emailed to the registered email address you provided the school
If you receive an error message, this likely means the information on file does not match what you have entered. If this occurs, please contact the school office to make any corrections.
All active elementary HAC accounts will be accessible on Monday, August 5th. At that time, you will be able to view your child’s classroom assignment and teacher, by following the steps below:
Go to the district website at www.d303.org and click Home Access Center under the For Parents heading
Log in to the HAC by entering your registered username and password via the Begin Using HAC icon on the right-hand side of the screen
Select Registration from the menu on the left; You should then see the classroom assignment and teacher, which are labeled Homeroom and Homeroom Teacher on the right-hand side of the screen.
Curriculum Nights! Don't miss this important night.
Curriculum Night marks a great opportunity for parents to get to know what their child’s typical day looks like at Anderson. Parents get to hear from teachers regarding the curriculum, classroom routines, communication plans, as well as ask questions. Please plan on attending. Note, there are two nights scheduled based on grade level. See below.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade: Monday, August 26th, from 6:00-7:00 pm.
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade: Wednesday, August 28th, from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Much like the National School Lunch Program, breakfast will be offered to students at the following rates:
● Full Price - $1.60
● Reduced Price - $0.30
● Free Price - $0.00
If you currently qualify for free or reduced lunch you will automatically qualify to receive free or reduced breakfast as well. For more information please contact Erica Arlinsky with Organic Life. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Payment for School Lunches. It's so easy, even Mr. Jarot can do it. :)
What to expect when you use PushCoin?
- PushCoin is a mobile-friendly website. You can use a smartphone or a tablet to fund and monitor your students’ lunch accounts
- You can set up notifications so you’ll be alerted when your child makes a purchase or when the account balance is low.
- You can check your child’s transaction history
- You can deposit funds to your account and then transfer a portion of that deposit to the students in your family without incurring an additional transaction fee.
You will have multiple methods for funding student lunch accounts with PushCoin:
- Electronic Check (eCheck) (There is no transaction fee to use eCheck)
- Credit Card (There is a 2.79% plus 25 cent transaction fee to use a credit card)
- Check (Payable to St. Charles CUSD 303 and delivered to a school cafeteria cashier)
Dates To Remember
- Thu. Aug. 8th Kindergarten Supply Drop Off (Meet your teacher!)
- Mon. Aug. 12th 1st through 5th Grade Supply Drop Off 4:00 - 5:30 PM.
- Mon. Aug. 12th Back to School Picnic and Community Fair 4:00 - 5:30 PM.
- Wed. Aug. 14th First Day of School!
- Mon. Aug. 26th Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade Curriculum Night 6:00-7:00 PM.
- Wed. Aug. 28th 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Curriculum Night 6:00-7:00 PM.
- Fri. Aug. 30th Early Release for all Students 11:40 AM.
- Mon. Sept. 2nd Labor Day - No School
- Thu. Sept. 5th PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 PM. (LRC)
- Thu. Sept. 12th Family Game Night 6:00 - 7:00 PM. (Gym and Cafeteria)
- Fri. Sept. 27th Movie Night!
Why should I read these boring newsletters?
Congratulations! You made it to the end of the worlds longest school newsletter. :)Each week I will email you the Anderson Weekly News. It will contain important information about all things Anderson, including Spotlight of the Week, Dates to Remember, important PTO content, and ways to stay connected to the great things happening at our school. Please take a few minutes each week to read it, and stay informed. I hope you notice the updated formate and easier quick links. If you ever have any feedback to help us improve our communication, please let me know.
Our school calendar, facebook page, and website will always be linked on the bottom of each email for quick access.