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28 09, 2017

Car Line Dismissal Process for Parents

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At the end of a work day, many of us want to quickly get to our cars and take a moment to exhale. Ancona students are the same: at the end of their school day, they want to reunite with their adults and take a moment to exhale. 

This car line process has been designed to give each student that moment. It will also improve safety, mitigate cars getting stuck in the alley, and help us be good neighbors.

Please contact Ayanna Savage at  if you have any questions about the updated car line process. 
Preprimary Families — Pick Up Time: 3:00 PM
Preprimary families will be given color coded placards to place in their car windows. You will receive this placard from your child’s teacher, and the color will indicate the classroom and teacher. It should be placed on the passenger side dashboard during pick-up. 

When you arrive at the school, please stay with your car. Your child will be brought to you by a member of the Ancona staff. You may also choose to stand just outside your car so your child will see you.
Elementary School Families (Grades 1-4) — Pick Up Time: 3:10 PM
Elementary school families will be given a color coded placard for the appropriate pick up time. You will receive this placard from your child’s teacher, and it should be placed on the passenger side dashboard. Please do not arrive earlier than the time indicated on the placards; early arrivals will be asked to return at their designated pick up time.

When you arrive at the school, please stay with your car. Your child will be brought to you by a member of the Ancona staff.
Middle School Families (Grades 5-8) — Pick Up Time: 3:20pm
All Middle School families should arrive for pick-up at 3:20 PM. Parents arriving before this time will be asked to return at their designated pick up time.
Families with Children in Multiple Grades
Please place the placard in your car for the youngest child being picked up.

5 09, 2017

Welcome Back from Interim Head of School Nancy Nassr

By |2018-12-17T11:32:14-06:00September 5th, 2017|Parent News|0 Comments

Dear Ancona Community,

Welcome back for the start of another fantastic year! I am so honored and excited to be serving as Ancona’s new Interim Head of School. I want to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit more about myself and share my enthusiasm for the amazing things to come this year.

Becoming an educator was a choice I made long before I was consciously aware of it. As an immigrant, and the child of immigrants, I was made to feel different—even invisible—by some of my own teachers. I resolved early on that I would never make anyone else feel that way, especially if I could do something about it. As I grew older, I found myself falling in love with teaching. That love, coupled with my fundamental desire to challenge injustice, made me realize that the classroom was the perfect place to ignite the minds and passions of young people.

When I was an English Literature teacher, I encouraged my students to question ideas and notions of right and wrong, and I expected them to ask instead of accept. I created a space where students were empowered to use their voices, and collectively we built powerful classroom communities that allowed every student a seat at the proverbial table. The classroom was my passion, but as I grew in my career I was challenged to accept leadership positions that helped me grow in different ways. While at first I missed working directly with students, over time I realized that instructional leadership afforded me the unique opportunity to cultivate learning in my colleagues, and build inclusive communities beyond the walls of my classroom.

Coming to Ancona has been a natural extension of the work I have done over my nearly 20 years as an educator. I have always prided myself on my commitment to progressive education and social justice; Ancona, simply put, feels like home. I believe that children are inherently curious, and that school should nurture those curiosities and provide space for exploration. Ancona is a beacon for what is possible when you believe in the power of children, and support them with an extraordinary curriculum and an outstanding faculty. It is a school filled with beautiful traditions and  wonderful people who all share a desire to do good in the world. As we embark on this journey together, I pledge to live our mission in a manner that embraces each and every child who enters our doors.

I invite you to join me in the coming days and weeks so we can get to know each other! I will be hosting four morning coffees on the following dates, culminating in a Community Meeting at the end of the month.

Coffee with the Head, Wednesday, September 6, 8:30-9:30 AM

Coffee with the Head, Thursday, September 7, 8:30-9:30 AM

Coffee with the Head, Monday, September 11,  8:30-9:30 AM

Coffee with the Head, Thursday, September 14, 8:30-9:30 AM

Community Meeting, Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM (invitation forthcoming)

It is a pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a special place, and I am thrilled about what’s to come. Here’s to a great school year!


Nancy Nassr, Interim Head of School