Monthly Archives: October 2015

15 10, 2015

Curriculum Night

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Please join us for an insightful all school Curriculum Night. Get answers to all your questions about the components of an Ancona education. Talk with faculty and current parents about the Ancona curriculum at each level, in multiple subjects, and our philosophy and approach.

Teachers will host tables that showcase genuine student work. We will even have opportunities for you to try your hand at the same learning experience as your children, and see the breadth and depth of the curriculum that makes Ancona so great. We want all our families to understand the depth of Ancona learning experiences, and this event gives you personal time with our teaching experts.

When: Wednesday November 11, 2015
Where: Ancona School
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

This event is for current Ancona parents only and requires no registration. Because so many rooms are required for this event, we will not be able to accomodate childcare. See you there!

15 10, 2015

Ancona Day 2015 – New Date

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Please note that Ancona Day has been moved to a date to be determined. Our annual celebration will take place on the grounds of  the new Outdoor Learning Space! Thank you for your patience and please stay tuned for more updates.

14 10, 2015

High School Admissions Program (HSAP) News

By |2018-12-17T11:34:02-06:00October 14th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

HSAP.fwAncona’s High School Admissions Program (HSAP) features a myriad opportunities for parents and students to learn about their school choices and how to successfully navigate the Chicago high school admissions process.

Next week, Middle School Dean of Students Christina Kuszewski Rouches has planned an exclusive opportunity to learn about our partner independent high schools and meet with members of their admissions team. Please join us Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons for our Independent High School Meet and Greet. Families of students in the 5th grade or higher or encouraged to attend.

Meet members from the following school’s Admission offices:

Please contact the main office for more information.


12 10, 2015

2015 Photo Day

By |2018-12-17T11:34:03-06:00October 12th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

photo day.fwAncona students share their smiles for class and individual photos on Friday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Please note that both sibling photos and retake day are scheduled for Tuesday, November 17.  Contact the Ancona main office for more information.

12 10, 2015

Vision and Hearing Screenings at Ancona

By |2018-12-17T11:34:04-06:00October 12th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

eye test

Complimentary state mandated vision and hearing screenings take place on the following day(s):

  • Tuesday, October 13th
  • Tuesday, October 27th (Re-Screening)
Results will be provided to families within a week of the screenings. Please contact the main office at 773.924.2356 for more information.


8 10, 2015

From the Admissions Office

By |2018-12-17T11:34:05-06:00October 8th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

open house.webfwAdmissions at Ancona is bustling with excitement. The 15-16 school year welcomed 48 new confident risk takers to our global learning community. In fact, at least one new student entered each grade level–an Ancona first!

Thanks to our parent ambassadors, Ancona’s reputation continues to grow. Nearly 50% of our new families learned about our school through an existing or former Ancona parent.

Open Houses began last week and will continue through November. Our research shows that prospective families note their parent tour as one of the top factors that influenced their decision to enroll at Ancona. We invite you to share your Ancona story with a prospective parent by volunteering for an upcoming admissions event today!

8 10, 2015

Ancona Exclusive Parent Education Event

By |2018-12-17T11:34:05-06:00October 8th, 2015|Parent News, Public News|0 Comments

Tips to Help Your Student Succeed: Introduction to Executive Function Skills with Marydee Sklar

Marydee-Sklar-300x266The Ancona School
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for an enlightening evening with educator, author and national speaker, Marydee Sklar. She is looking forward to sharing how the brain is behind a student’s struggles with time management and organization. Learn how her simple tips can help you to set up success for your student and your entire family.

Educators, parents, community members and students in seventh grade or higher are welcome to attend this free education event.

2 10, 2015

10/2/15 OLS Update From Ari

By |2018-12-17T11:34:07-06:00October 2nd, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

Dear Ancona Community,

The Outdoor Learning Space is so close to being complete you can almost see it. I wrote that it would be completed by the end of the month, and indeed we are very close to that. Weather and construction delays have interfered only a little, so what you see outside is tremendous progress. Scroll back in time on our Facebook page and you will see:
Foundations and 27 (!) pier footings poured for the ropes course, slide, dome and sand & water area

  • The amphitheater fully formed over 5 complicated pours
  • Gravel backfill over the entire ropes course area
  • New curbs and sidewalks formed
  • 2 swingsets installed at north end of playground (near preprimary) and south end (in nature area)
  • Nature area’s sand arena, with water table, almost complete (waiting to install water fixture)
  • New fencing currently being installed
  • New trees currently being planted

The field will be completed very soon, too; probably in the next week or so. New bioswales will prevent mud puddles on the field, and we’ll see some additional soil put on top before planting sod. The sod will take 3 weeks to root before kids can play on it, but the gravel track will be ready as soon as it’s down. Our contractor has been largely ahead of schedule and in very good communication with us throughout this process.

Of course, the thing that everyone is waiting for — the thing that will make it look complete — is the ropes course. This custom-made, beautifully designed signature of the playground has been delayed, but is definitely almost here. As I posted on Facebook, the giant apparatus had to be carefully assembled for fit and testing, have tabs welded on in order to attach the ropes, and now it is being disassembled so it can be sent out for painting. The playground fabricator estimates we will see it fully assembled on our playground on October 21, followed immediately by the installation of the resilient surface to cover the gravel and base.

Consequently, we are postponing Ancona Day until the playground is ready, date TBD. Come what may, we will celebrate Ancona’s spectacular new playground together!

As you can read in this letter  from the fabricator’s president, our unique design requires meticulous construction. Richard has told us that despite our anxiousness to see the final product, he will not compromise safety and quality.

Our contingency plans are working. Teachers have been graceful under pressure, maintaining recess and outdoor time under these stressful conditions. A few days ago we had our first fire drill, walking quite easily and safely around the construction. The school ticks on, and kids keep playing. They will play all the more happily when this project is completed, and I have been excited to show them the progress.

Today a teacher told me how glad he was that Ancona students have been learning from the construction process. He even said he preferred it, educationally, to having the kids arrive with the site completed entirely over the summer. While I expect many of us have other feelings that balance out that appreciation, his point is not lost on me. It is one of the things that I look forward to at Ancona every day: Mining every moment for its full learning potential.