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29 04, 2016

Memories of Larry: Video Tribute to Larry Ware

By | April 29th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

If you were unable to attend the assembly to honor the life of Larry Ware, we are pleased to share this video recorded and edited by friend of Ancona Joshua Hamlett.

21 04, 2016

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

By | April 21st, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

harelik.fwThe Barbara Harelik Award is presented annually to an individual who is truly a champion of Ancona. Our community is invited to nominate someone they think deserves this honorable service award!

This year, we will honor the recipient at Ancona’s Town Meeting. Here’s to all the dedicated volunteers who make every day at Ancona special. Learn more about the Barbara Harelik Award here.

Please Nominate an Exceptional Volunteer!

21 04, 2016

Spring Book Fair – Next Week

By | April 21st, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

IMG_7303Summer reading just got easier! Titles will take over the Umeh Foyer for our annual spring Book Fair. This event will offer old favorites and introduce your child(ren) to new releases just in time for summer vacation! All proceeds benefit Ancona’s Library.

Sales will be conducted before and after school and during lunch breaks. Book Fair runs from Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29.

21 04, 2016

New Beginnings and Openings

By | April 21st, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Due to a relocation, Lizet Sibaja, 1st and 2nd grade Assistant Teacher, will not be returning to Room 110 next year. We will miss Lizet Lizet_Sibaja_110and wish her and her family all the best in their new home.

Please be sure to visit and share our careers page with your network. Ancona is hiring for the following positions. We love referrals!

  • Marketing Manager
  • Outdoor Learning Specialist
  • Assistant Teacher, 1st/2nd Grade
21 04, 2016

Earth Day Assembly – Tomorrow

By | April 21st, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

earthPlease join us tomorrow, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. for Ancona’s Earth Day Assembly. The entire community will gather in the gym for sing-a-longs, poetic presentations, solar panel updates and more. More information about what the students are doing in and around the school can be found on your child’s My Classrooms page.

21 04, 2016

Ancona Town Meeting: May 10, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

By | April 21st, 2016|Parent News, Public News|0 Comments

In accordance with Ancona’s bylaws, we are hosting a Town Meeting for all members of our community, including students, parents, alumnus, staff, teachers, neighbors, and trustees. True to Ancona’s commitment to process, the Town Meeting’s structure will cultivate conversations and reiterate the trajectory for the future of our school.


21 04, 2016

A Remarkable Night for a Remarkable School

By | April 21st, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Gala thank you tile 2016

Thank you so much for your help in making our April 16 La Mariposa Gala a huge success. Together we raised over $110,000 for the Ancona School. This is by far one of the most successful fundraising gala’s in our school’s history. Your outpouring of support, enthusiasm, and donations will help maintain our high bar of education excellence. On behalf of our educators, our staff, our volunteers, and our students, thank you for all you do for Ancona!

Please continue to post your pictures of our big night using our designated hashtags below:


If you were unable to attend and still want to support Ancona, please contact Angie Martinez at 773.924.2356 ext.223.

20 04, 2016

Welcome Back to Middle School: Liz Iverson Returns!

By | April 20th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Dear Ancona Community:

As you already know, Bill Singerman, our amazing Language Arts and Social Studies teacher of grades 7/8, is leaving at the end of thisLiz_Iverson_208 school year. Filling his shoes is a great challenge. Bill brings tremendous creativity and interdisciplinary study to student learning experiences. We need someone like him who is progressive, inventive, collaborative, and always looking for ways to improve the classroom.

When Liz Iverson first came to Ancona, she was teaching middle school. She gracefully moved to teaching grades 3/4 when our numbers shifted, and has done amazing things there. Opportunities for educators to shift are very rare at our small school, which is why I am confident that Liz moving back to her middle school roots to the 7/8 position that Bill is vacating is going to be a tremendous boon for Ancona’s students. She is exactly the kind of outstanding teacher that typifies Ancona.

Please join me in congratulating Liz on accepting her new challenge. With Liz moving to this position, it also means that we are looking for an excellent teacher for grades 3/4. I will update you as we make progress on this. I welcome your thoughts on the matter. We will aggressively recruit high quality candidates of color in order to live up to our mission and culture, and best serve the needs of our students. Without a doubt, there are fantastic teachers out there who long for a school like Ancona where they can grow further.

Yours sincerely,


19 04, 2016

Aviator Fiona Farrahi Takes Flight

By | April 19th, 2016|Parent News, Public News|0 Comments

Dear Aviators:

Fiona Farrahi and I started on the same day in July six years ago, and we will be leaving on the Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 8.20.27 AMsame day in July this year. That makes us coeval (with an a!). It is only fitting that I should be the one to sing her praises as we prepare to send her off.

Yes, it is sad but true: Fiona has her ticket in hand and will soon be packing her bags, but before I tell you her destination, I want to reflect on all the great things Fiona has done for Ancona over the past six years.

We have to go back to our pre-Aviator days to start this tale, back to Fiona’s key role in rolling out the school’s award-winning rebranding (her hand was in the butterfly idea). Fiona was instrumental in making sure our image aligned with our mission, and that it enhanced our 50th anniversary celebration. Then she took that brand and painted the town red (and yellow). Besides utilizing traditional print media, Fiona expanded Ancona’s reach in the market by exponentially leveraging digital media and even created Ancona’s first social media program and public social profile. We are the Aviators today because Fiona coordinated a poll of our students to choose a mascot for the school. True to the spirit of Ancona, she put the controls in their hands, and watched them take off. (more…)

12 04, 2016

Celebrating the Life of Larry Ware

By | April 12th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Larry quote.fwPlease join our entire community for an assembly honoring the life and service of our dear friend Larry Ware. The assembly will take place in the Ancona gym this Friday, April 15 at 8:30 a.m.