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20 10, 2016

Help Ancona Grow

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

Dear Friends,

Thank you to those of you who joined us for Ancona Day! We were thrilled to celebrate our wonderful community with over 200 Ancona families and friends.

Today, we ask you to support Ancona’s Annual Fund.

Your contributions make Ancona the remarkable place that it is. Your support allows our students to receive an outstanding progressive education in a school whose commitment to diversity and social justice matches the values you have for your family. Your gifts allow us to hire and retain dedicated, compassionate teachers who nurture and inspire our students in a warm, caring environment.

We are very grateful that our parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, former families, friends and neighbors support the Annual Fund every year. Over 300 donors make gifts to Ancona every year.

So, what does the Annual Fund do? Annual Fund gifts are directed to wherever the opportunity is greatest, allowing Ancona to pursue exciting options for learning, to provide financial aid for families who need it, and to give the school the ability to respond to unanticipated needs and challenges. The Annual Fund keeps class sizes low, allows our music, art, library and Spanish programs to thrive, preserves awesome traditions like camps, and protects our commitment to economic diversity.

Last year we broke a record for parent participation with 66% of parents supporting the Annual Fund. And for the first time, we beat the national average for schools our size.

Already this year, 75 of our 194 families have given to the Annual Fund. If 53 more families give, we will match last year’s strong performance. If 80 more families give, we would be able to boast 80% parent participation in the Annual Fund.  When we do that, you’ll hear shouts of joy from me and our teachers from blocks away (not to mention that would put us in the upper echelon of all independent schools and would be an extremely powerful recruitment tool)!

If you are able, we respectfully ask that you consider making a tax-deductible gift of $500 or more to the Annual Fund. If that is not possible for your family, please consider making a gift to the Annual Fund at a level that is comfortable to you. As you can see, participation is key! Click here to give now.

Thank you sincerely,

Ari Frede

Head of School

13 10, 2016

Ancona Launches New Curriculum Guide!

By | October 13th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Our new curriculum guide gives current and prospective community members an opportunity to look at what we teach, and how we teach, at each of our different grade levels. The curriculum guide provides an aerial view of learning at Ancona in all of our disciplines—providing a clear picture of how teaching and learning is constructed at our school. This guide is intended to be a living document that will evolve with the ever-changing needs of our students. Our commitment to responsive education rooted in the whole child is one of our greatest strengths as a school. Our guide provides an elucidated view of how content and pedagogy intersect to ensure Ancona students are equipped to transform the world around them.

At Ancona, we believe children are innately curious and creative learners, and that the teacher’s role is to help transform the energy they bring to school into a force that can move the world. Because our goal is to empower children to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable world, we keep these values at the heart of everything we do while assuring that children develop the understandings, competencies, and strategies they need to thrive as life-long learners and agents of change.

We maintain that all disciplines of study contribute significantly to the intellectual, emotional and physical well-being of children: engaging in scientific inquiry, developing an aesthetic sensibility, mathematizing the world, being literate in every sense of the word, and leading a healthy lifestyle are all equally important. We also hold that these disciplines are best developed through integrated, contextualized and experiential learning experiences. Through these approaches to learning students become aware of the big ideas that run through the various subject areas and become able to approach real-world problems both critically and collaboratively.

Click here to explore our online Curriculum Guide >>

4 10, 2016

Ancona Day 2016

By | October 4th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

October 16,  2016 12 – 3 pm

Come one, come all to our third annual Ancona Day celebration. Students, faculty, administrators, supporters and friends of Ancona are invited to an afternoon of food and fellowship! Barbecue will be provided by Chucks Southern Comfort Cafe, with fun fall activities for all ages. The OLS, including the Farm, will be open.

Ancona Day is free of charge but to help us plan for food, please register for the event.

To volunteer for the event click here. 

Register for Ancona Day 2016

We will do our best, but we cannot guarantee accommodations for all dietary needs and restrictions.