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22 03, 2016

Register for the Diversity Symposium

By | March 22nd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 2.52.09 PMAncona’s 4th annual Diversity Symposium will be Saturday, May 14, 2016. This year, we will explore the concept of privilege within the context of parenting and teaching. Our workshops will challenge misconceptions, provide interpretations and offer practical context for participants surrounding social inequalities in schools, teaching materials and amongst students.

After a welcome coffee reception, the day will include a keynote, breakout sessions and lunch followed by a film screening of the White People, the groundbreaking documentary on race, followed by Q & A.

Learn more about our presenters, workshops and registration >

Download flier >

22 03, 2016

Record, Talk, Send

By | March 22nd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

honorDon’t get left out of the gala video tribute! If your child is or was a student of one of these amazing Ancona educators listed above, we want to hear from you! Send us a short video tribute by March 25 to *protected email*.

22 03, 2016

Tuition Assistance Update

By | March 22nd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

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Please submit your finalized tax forms in order to receive notification of your final award.

Tuition payments begin in May. In order to receive and accept final awards, we will need official tax information.

Please contact us by email at gro.l1490779242oohcs1490779242anocn1490779242a@not1490779242gnire1490779242p1490779242 or gro.l1490779242oohcs1490779242anocn1490779242a@sev1490779242argk1490779242 if you foresee issues completing the required taxes by April 1.

 

17 03, 2016

Parent Conferences l Spring Break l No School Days

By | March 17th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

IMPORTANT DATES

Wednesday, March 23  – 7th/8th Parent Conferences / School in session for grades P3-6th
Thursday, March 24 – Parent Conferences / No School *
Friday, March 25 – Spring Break Begins**/ School Resumes Monday, April 4

*Please note that school is still in session for the All Year Montessori families.

ANCOAN EXTRAANCONA EXTRA
Click the icon to the left to register your child(ren) for AnconaExtra activities. Please direct questions to Amy McFadden, Director of Auxiliary Programs at  773.924.2356 ext. 244.

SPRING BREAK
Spring break is from Friday, March 25 to Friday, April 1. School Resumes Monday, April 4.

*AYM is in session.

**The Ancona School will remain open during break to serve AYM families.

17 03, 2016

Purchase Your Tribute Ad for Ancona’s La Mariposa Gala 2016

By | March 17th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Show your support for Ancona by purchasing a full-color display ad in the gala program book! The program book is a lasting record of the evening’s honorees, participants and events. 

Direct a personal tribute to Ancona, or salute a staff member, a member of our faculty, or a volunteer, etc. You may place a tribute to Ancona in memory of a loved one who supported our mission. Business ads are also a great way to showcase your services or get your favorite vendors seen by our community!

We’re happy to help you create a memorable and customized ad! All ads must be placed by Wednesday, March 23, 2016. 

Tribute Ad Form: Personal >

Tribute Ad Form: Business >

See our sample ads below: 
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3 03, 2016

Inquiry Based Learning at Ancona

By | March 3rd, 2016|Curriculum Connection|0 Comments

When parents hear that Ancona students have a lot of choice, I wonder what they think of. One seventh grader explained to me what she liked about her artwork of Arabic calligraphy on marbleized paper. She said it was beautiful because of what it symbolized, and she loved both the making of it and what she’d learned to appreciate about the language and the ink’s flow. Two third graders working on correcting a math problem gradually came to terms about how they could reconcile their ideas for a solution. The teacher led the entire class in a discussion about the multiple strategies for solving the problems, and through this dialogue, the students adopted new strategies for next time. Do parents think of these?

Low levels of student choice exist everywhere. Kids are exposed early on to forced choices (“do you want to eat your carrots before your bath or after?”). Then they graduate to preference-based choices (“which color do you want?”). Eventually, we grown-ups afford them the luxury of choices in their learning in extremely limited ways (“choose a president to write a report about.”).

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But at Ancona, choice is genuine, legitimate, and linked to learning opportunities. Consider the third and fourth grade class studying writing. After comparing their characters’ internal and external obstacles, they sat down for some focused writing time to apply what they were learning to their developing stories. In an earlier class, one student I was observing had retreated into a cliche sports story requiring little thought. But this time he concentrated harder, pressing the pencil more deliberately, taking time with difficult strokes. I let him concentrate; he was exhibiting determination and care for ideas he was coaxing out. I asked him to tell me about the story, and his eyes lit up as he explained what choices he was making. His eyes brightened with pride, and he held my gaze until he was sure he was done telling me all about it. The only way for the conversation to continue was for them to take a stab at creating the next step in their original pieces. Genuine choice means that progress depends on making the choice.

Also, Ancona students have legitimate choices. By legitimate, I mean they have real consequences. Teachers are always reminding kids that how they treat each other changes their relationships. One young student was having a hard time learning this, and was sorrowful that his friends were avoiding him because of his dominating behavior. I talked to him for a while, but his emotions were too strong to see what was at the root of his problem. But I explained to him that I’d seen kids just like him in similar situations, and they figured out that if they courageously reached out to those same friends and asked for a chance to redeem themselves, things started to turn around. As we mature, we start to learn that legitimate choices have very real consequences. Happily, these struggles at early ages don’t plague us the same as we mature and get more practiced at linking the consequences to the earlier choices.

Almost a century ago, John Dewey, my favorite education philosopher, told his critics that experience bears along learning. This old idea that teachers ought to design learning experiences — and further, recognize what kinds of experiences their students are already learning from, down to the seats bolted to the floor — is well in practice at Ancona. Their environment demands that students make choices. Where will you go? What will you experiment with? What materials do you want? Teachers persistently follow students’ thinking to help them develop their own questions. Then, having refined their ideas, guide them to pursue answering those same questions. It’s a very short distance from learning to answer your own question to related concepts like motivation, self-governance, and ownership. But in terms of learning, Dewey explained, “the most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.” I have met more teachers familiar with this one quotation than any other in their studies and training.

At Ancona, these choices are genuine: they truly depend on the child making a choice for things to progress. And they are legitimate: they have real consequences for the child. And lastly, they are linked to real learning. Choice, ultimately, is about learning. The lesser the choice, the lesser the learning.data fair4

After this Friday’s assembly, 5th-6th grade will premiere their Social Justice Data Fair. I first visited Ancona when the last of these presentations were posted, and I could not believe my eyes. One student had chased down their own questions about disciplinary rates in Chicago Public Schools by race and ethnicity. Another was looking at juvenile detention rates in Illinois. Each poster charted its data and was accompanied by a narrative explaining what the author would like us to see in it, and what policy recommendations they would make. I didn’t get to touch material like that until college! This was the brilliant intersection of math, writing, and social justice. Just as much, though, it was the exercise of freedom of choice, entrusted to children, to guide them to greater thinking about how to make things better for people everywhere. When parents hear that Ancona students have choice, I hope they imagine democracy.

3 03, 2016

This Friday, March 4 at Ancona

By | March 3rd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

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African American Heritage Assembly
Please join us for our annual African American Assembly. This year’s assembly will highlight historical themes in the African American experience. Enjoy student performances, song and more! 

African American Heritage AssemblyMarch 4th from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

 


 

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Social Justice Data Fair
Please join our Middle School students upstairs after the African American Assembly to learn about their investigations of today’s social justice issues.​ Students have worked hard to identify injustices, research the data, look for patterns, build strong arguments, and offer their ideas for solutions.
Social Justice Data FairMarch 4th from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
3 03, 2016

Diversity Symposium- Registration is Open

By | March 3rd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 2.52.09 PMAncona’s 4th annual Diversity Symposium will be Saturday, May 14, 2016. This year, we will explore the concept of privilege within the context of parenting and teaching. Our workshops will challenge misconceptions, provide interpretations and offer practical context for participants surrounding social inequalities in schools, teaching materials and amongst students.

After a welcome coffee reception, the day will include a keynote, breakout sessions and lunch followed by a film screening of the White People, the groundbreaking documentary on race, followed by Q & A.  Learn more about our presenters, workshops and registration >

3 03, 2016

Moving On

By | March 3rd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Bill Singerman, 7th and 8th grade language arts and social studies teacher, announced that he’s moving on, back to his first love, museum education. During his decade-long career at Ancona, Bill has taken on a myriad of projects and grown the humanities curriculum into a dynamic, culturally rich program.

Bill was a recipient of the Reepmeyer award and used his grant to travel to Ireland and develop curriculum on folklore. He wrote a number of curriculum units, including one on examining the Great Depression through the work of Woody Guthrie, for which he interviewed Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie. For three years, Bill has also spearheaded the annually held Diversity Symposium.

A leader in his field, Bill exemplifies teaching excellence and will be greatly missed. His plans are to complete the school year. Stay tuned for more information about our plans to celebrate Bill’s career and next chapter.

Fred Rozenich’s last day was Monday, February 29.  Fred has been executing our facilities projects for the past 5 years. We thank him and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Because this position is critical to the school, we are swiftly approaching a replacement. 

 

2 03, 2016

Contract Deadline Reminder

By | March 2nd, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

contract deadlineEnrollment contracts for next school year were mailed in early February. All contracts are due by March 15, 2016. There will be a late fee of $375 for contracts returned after this date.

Please call or email Business Manager, Patricia Erington at ext. 229 with any questions.