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15 12, 2016

2017-2018 Preprimary Program Changes

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Dear Ancona Community,

Expect to see some changes to the Preprimary program in the 2017-2018 school year. These changes were made to offer more options to more families. We know that the wide variety of family needs means that Ancona must create programming that is both flexible and abundant throughout the school year.

The major change is that all Preprimary classrooms will only offer Half Day and School Day and parents will have the option to select before or after school care a-la-carte. The All Year and Full Day programs will no longer be offered.

2017-2018 Preprimary Program Schedule

Before School7:15 a.m. - 8:05 a.m
Half Day Ends12:00 p.m.
School Day Ends3:00 p.m.
After School Ends5:45 p.m.
Ancona ExtraConference days, some holidays and breaks (TBD)
  • We’re expanding our Preprimary offerings for Before Care, After Care, and Ancona Extra! All three Preprimary classrooms will follow the regular school calendar.
  • We will continue offering the Half Day Montessori option for P3s and P4s.  Half Day Montessori will run 8:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Before School will continue to run 7:15 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. Parents who register can drop off their children any time until 7:45 a.m.
  • A Preprimary After School program will run from 3:00 – 5:45 p.m. Snack will be provided by Ancona. Pick-up can occur any time between 3:00 and 5:45 p.m. Parents can sign-up for five days a week or just the days they need!
  • Our faculty and staff will work hard to create smooth transitions between the regular school day and the Before/After School programs.
  • On some of the days when school is not in session, we will offer AnconaExtra for preprimary students. These days are flexibly programmed with a variety of fun activities, but are separate from our Montessori program. You can register for as few or as many as fits your schedule.
    • Although we haven’t finalized the dates for next school year, we hope to offer AnconaExtra for part of winter break and spring break, parent-teacher conference days, Indigenous People’s Day, and President’s Day.
  • In addition, we will continue to offer a Preprimary summer program. More details to come soon!
  • For families with children in Grades 1-8 the existing auxiliary options will remain the same, with the addition of more AnconaExtra days.

If you have any questions, please contact Head of School Ari Frede  or Assistant Head of School Nancy Nassr 

8 12, 2016

Curriculum Connection: Activism and Project Based Learning

By |2018-12-17T11:32:35-06:00December 8th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

PSAs, Ofrendas, and Editorials

Written by Ryann and Thomas, Ancona Students

This year in 7th and 8th grade, we have been working on activism within editorials, PSAs (public service announcements) projects using Imovie , and ofrendas. Some of the projects for the ofrendas (offerings or alters), PSAs, and editorials covered animal cruelty, the environment, war, refugees, racism, sexism, and rights.

With the PSAs, we all took on environmental problems, and researched how to fix them. Some of us got inspiration from the trips that we have taken. We went to Wolf Lake, a forest preserve near Indiana. Then the weekend after that we left for Camp Chingachgook, a camp in the middle of a forest and on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. We saw a lot of clean water, healthy trees, and beautiful nature. We don’t see that much in Chicago.

And with the editorials, we all chose subjects that mattered to us, and wrote about them, after we spent a month studying them. We discussed a lot of controversial issues, and after making a long list of them we choose our topics. So the two project were very similar. Editorials are basically when you have a two-sided problem and you write about what side you’re on. It’s your opinion backed up with facts.

We also made ofrendas, and some were about pressing issues in our society. Ofrendas come from Mexican history, for Day of the Dead, where people give offerings on a 3 leveled structure, each standing for heaven, earth, and the underworld. The four elements are represented on it. (Earth, air, fire, water). Usually, the offerings have something to do with a loved one that you have lost, or something that has a big meaning to you. Most of the ofrendas we made were about a single subject, or rights. So all of these projects walked hand in hand in our first quarter of school.

In the end we had a lot of fun working on these projects. We all got fired up on topics we grew to care a lot about. We added a lot of information, describing the details, why we chose the topics, and what we could do.

Click below to watch Kelsey and Sophia’s PSA on Littering:

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