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10 12, 2015

Winter Assembly

By |2015-12-16T22:04:04-06:00December 10th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

Join us Friday, December 18 for our annually held Winter Assembly. Enjoy this festive morning of sing-a-longs and performances by our talented students. This is the last gathering of the year until we return from winter break! We hope to see our entire community.

8:35 a.m. / Ancona Gym

10 12, 2015

Garden Vision Board – Your Dreams Needed

By |2018-12-17T11:33:45-06:00December 10th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

IMG_1196The Garden Planning Committee is inviting everyone in the Ancona community to share their garden dreams on a map of the garden space in the main lobby between now and the beginning of winter break. A small team of 5th and 6th grade students worked to create an accurate representation of the dimensions of the garden space that would be in the parking strip west of the field. The space available is a generous 35 1/2 feet by 110 ft. We used the official plat of survey to obtain these dimensions and the map is at the scale of 1″ = 1 ft.

The committee will be working in January and February to create a few design proposals that would allow us to make these hopes and dreams a reality. We will present these proposals to the faculty and administration in early March so that we can “break ground” on Earth Day and begin construction of the garden this spring.

As always, your input is welcome and encouraged throughout the process, a process that will also involve student engagement in all its stages.

9 12, 2015

Collaboration Power

By |2018-12-17T11:33:46-06:00December 9th, 2015|Curriculum Connection|0 Comments

by Ari Frede, Head of School

Ancona students are better equipped for the future because they learn how to make a group really effective. After reviewing dozens of progress reports and observing classrooms to get a “slice of life” perspective of the school, I understand why students here are motivated to make important social change by working together.

MATH1Recently, I watched a 3rd grade lesson in mathematics. Students who hadn’t memorized the multiplication table (as I had in school) worked in pairs to try to solve unfamiliar multiplication problems, and then apply them to a ratio table. Students had different strategies to accomplish this. Faced with having to solve a multiplication problem, one pair of students doubled and added one more. Another used a number line. When they returned to the groups, they explained their thinking using a poster presentation. As a result of those discussions, the kids didn’t often change their strategies, but they did find the strategy that worked for them at their level of understanding, and they could see the strategies they might grow into as they developed deeper understanding. Had they been in my childhood classroom, that conversation would have been shut down so we could just move on to the correct answer.




MATH 2Why does collaboration work? Students share their own perspectives and then resolve differences together through productive argument, like 5th/6th graders. They represented different groups competing for voting rights in a simulation of the Constitutional Convention caucus. Students also learn to explain phenomena, be critics, learn from others’ strategies, and listen to each other.

What begins at the preprimary level as learning how to get each other up the dome or around the ropes course through sharing ideas and teamwork develops into the passion to help each other make change and find the “we” that is more powerful than “I.” I’ve had groups of students lobby me to make changes or host special events at the school, and they do it by banding together, and then – taking it a step further – considering the school’s perspective.

This is true grassroots organizing. We aren’t teaching kids to compete with each other for the best idea or the right answer. We don’t say that one side wins and the other must lose. We only solve difficult things with teamwork. Ancona prepares kids for the real world by showing them the strength of learning from others, of asking questions and pursuing the deeper meaning. This is one way that process is at least as important as product: A high school student who can think of several ways to solve something is better equipped than the one who knows only the way she was taught in class.

And a citizen who can engage others in collectively contributing to solutions will lead us all to better neighborhoods and better futures.

9 12, 2015

Photo Day Update

By |2015-12-09T12:13:59-06:00December 9th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

Orders placed by Monday, November 16th will be delivered to Ancona on Wednesday, December 16.

Retake and Sibling Proofs were delivered Tuesday, December 8, and were sent home with your child.

Retake and Sibling Proofs will be due by Tuesday, December 15 and orders can be placed online or the completed form can be dropped off at the main office.

Retake and Sibling Orders will be delivered by January 4, 2016

If you have any questions please contact Picture Day at or call them at 773-276-4588 and select Option 1. Contact the main office with any other inquiries.

9 12, 2015

Ancona Day Thanks

By |2018-12-17T11:33:48-06:00December 9th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

ANCONADAY THANKS_internal.fwThank you so much for coming out to Ancona Day on Sunday! Over 300 people came together for play, arts and crafts, good food, conversation and bubbles!  In addition to Ancona families, faculty, staff and trustees, we had some of our immediate neighbors and prospective parents attend. Ancona truly is a special community and we were so happy to see everyone come out and enjoy the day with us!

If you have not yet done so, please consider making a gift to the Annual Fund today. The Annual Fund is what keeps Ancona unique!

Donate today >

3 12, 2015

Winter Concert at Ancona – A Musical Masterpiece

By |2018-12-17T11:33:48-06:00December 3rd, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

performance_winter concert_webThe Ancona Community is invited to attend our annual Winter Concert, Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. Students will be performing an array of musical selections. Experience the dynamic music program in action.Please join us in supporting our young musicians!

Note to band parents:
All band and advanced band participants should be in the gym no later than 5:30 p.m with instrument and sheet music.

2 12, 2015

Showtime at Ancona – Performance and Visual Arts Showcases

By |2018-12-17T11:33:49-06:00December 2nd, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

Enjoy performances this December from our AfterSchool and Integrated Performance Arts programs. Come see Ancona students work and share their craft at one of the upcoming showcases and art installations. Bring the entire family to support our young actors and artists.

monologueMonologue Showcase (7/8th grade Integrated Performing Arts class)
Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 10 / Evening performance @6:30 p.m. / Mitchell Commons

AfterSchool Showcase
Tuesday, Dec. 15 @5:00 p.m. / Room 104 / RSVP Required
Students will perform theatrical and spoken word pieces they’ve been rehearsing, and Makers class will be demonstrating a game they’ve made from scratch. Additionally, student art will be on display along with original Lego creations. Join the fun! Please RSVP to Director of Auxiliary Programs Amy McFadden at 

by Sunday, December 13.


performance_winter concert_webWinter Concert – A Musical Masterpiece
Thursday, Dec. 17 @6:00 p.m. / Ancona Gym / 5th – 8th grade performers
Students will be performing an array of musical selections. Experience the dynamic music program in action.Please join us in supporting our young musicians! All band and advanced band participants should be in the gym no later than 5:30 p.m with instrument and sheet music.

1 12, 2015

Parent Conferences – AYM Only

By |2015-12-01T15:48:10-06:00December 1st, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

Parent Conferences will be held this Friday for the All Year Montessori program. Conferences are taking place at Ancona West and are for parents/guardians only. Please note that school is still in session for the entire school including AYM students.