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19 07, 2016

AnconaSummer Presents a World Premiere!

By |2018-12-17T11:32:44-06:00July 19th, 2016|Parent News, Summer|0 Comments Epic Tale of Scale explores the concept of relative size through theater and music. From the teeny tiny red blood cell to the expansive galaxy, students go on an epic journey exploring what it means to be big and little. Cardboard and recycled materials are repurposed into props and puppets in the culminating performance on July 22, 2016 at 3 pm in Room 104 at the Ancona School. All are invited to attend this amazing event!

Written by Jo Cattell / Original Songs by Gabe Ruiz / Directed by Jo Cattell and Henry Wishcamper

19 07, 2016

Save the Date: Time for a Farm Raising!

By |2018-12-17T11:32:44-06:00July 19th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

OLS.FarmThe fences are up and soil has been laid. Now we need your help! On Saturday, August 27 from 9 am to Noon you are invited to build, dig and plant the third phase of our Outdoor Learning Space: The Farm. Facilitated by Ancona School teachers, including Chris Weber, our new Outdoor Learning Educator, the farm raising will be a community effort. After all the hard work is done, we will spread out in the field for a picnic lunch and turn on the sprinklers for some water fun.

Invitation to follow.



8 07, 2016

Spanish Camp Carnival!

By |2016-11-18T10:38:29-06:00July 8th, 2016|Summer|0 Comments

Good Morning Journeys Parents!

We’ve had an exciting Spanish Camp with Lango Chicago at Ancona! The kids are working hard on their games for Carnival this afternoon and you’re invited to join the festivities!

You are invited to Ancona today from 2:30-4:00pm to check out the imaginative and creative games our students have created for our kid-centered Carnival. We’ll have photos and student art work on display so you’ll get to see some of the activities and fun we’ve been having.

I hope you’ll join us this afternoon tat 2:30pm to celebrate an awesome two weeks with Lango Chicago at Ancona!


1 07, 2016

4th of July with the Ancona School

By |2018-12-17T11:32:45-06:00July 1st, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

4th of July

Your entire family, pets included, are invited to march with the Ancona School in the “4th on 53rd Parade” in Hyde Park. Marchers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyde Park Bank parking lot. The parade begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a cruise around the neighborhood that ends at Nichols Park, where you can enjoy music and fun.

No need to RSVP just show show up! We will have some signs for people to carry and ask that you wear your favorite Ancona spirit wear. The route is rather long. If you have children under the age of six we suggest bringing strollers or wagons. See you on the 4th!

30 06, 2016

Subscribe to the Ancona Calendar

By |2018-12-17T11:32:46-06:00June 30th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments


Online subscription options have been updated for the Ancona School calendars. If  you have previously “imported” the Ancona calendar, it is important to subscribe instead to make sure that your calendar stays up to date. Please follow the instructions posted on our website to subscribe.

If you would like to view and print a tentative 2016-2017 calendar, click here. 

17 09, 2015

Honest Conversations October 4, 2015

By |2018-12-17T11:34:10-06:00September 17th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

Join Us for an Honest Conversation

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Please join us for the first Honest Conversations meeting in Hyde Park at the home of an Ancona family:

Sunday, Oct. 42-4PM

Children are welcome!  There will be space for them to play while the adults talk.  So that we can plan, we ask that you RSVP by Thursday, October 1 to Radiah Smith-Donald at .  Feel free (not obliged) to bring a snack for sharing.

This year, we will focus on the concept of privilege.  “Privilege” is a loaded term which initially brings to mind images of wealth and power.  However, privilege also includes the unearned (and often unconscious) advantages and opportunities we all enjoy to some extent, depending on our education, country of birth, sex, gender, race, physical appearance, physical ability, and other factors.

Q.  In what ways are we and our children privileged?
Q.  What luxuries and limitations does our privilege afford us?
Q.  In what ways are we disadvantaged or demoralized by other people’s privilege?
Q.  How and when should we talk to our kids about privilege?

These questions, along with occasional short readings and other media, will frame our conversations.

17 09, 2015

Ancona Parent Connection’s First Meeting

By |2018-12-17T11:34:10-06:00September 17th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

 The Ancona Parent Connection (APC) will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, October 1 at 6:30pm at Ancona.  All parents are invited to attend!

 About APC:

The Ancona Parent Connection (APC) is a gathering place for parents with the aim of strengthening and supporting the Ancona School community.  While Room Parents at Ancona act as a liaison between parents and classrooms to communication information and recruit volunteers for school-led activities, the APC focuses on parent-run initiatives to support families, engage the community, and enhance the Ancona experience.

APC activities may include:

    *Parent events – e.g., book clubs, theatre nights, panel discussions
    *Community-wide events – e.g., Ancona Fun Run, movie nights, spirit wear
    *Information exchange – educational events, resource fairs, online forum
    *Whatever we (the parents) want!
All Ancona parents are welcome and may participate as much or as little as fits with their availability and interest.  Please email to join the organizing committee or if you have any questions or suggestions.
17 09, 2015

The Strategic Plan: 2015

By |2018-12-17T11:34:11-06:00September 17th, 2015|Curriculum Connection, Parent News|0 Comments

Come to the Town Meeting on October 6, 2015! Ancona is embarking on a thrilling and fast-paced strategic plan to get us where we want to go in only three years. In very short time, we determined what we need most and can accomplish by listening to you and each other.

    • Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: Dozens of interviews with parents, staff, and students
    • May 2015: Faculty survey and parent survey
    • May 2015: Town meeting
    • June 2015: Board retreat
    • July – Aug 2015: Strategic Plan Task Force (SPTF)
    • October 6, 2015: Town meeting 

With great motivation, and unfaltering dedication to what we had discovered, the board and SPTF have captured a daunting variety of goals – 43 of them! These goals fit into seven broad categories:

  1. Education Program
  2. Fiscal Strength
  3. Economic Diversity, Tuition and Financial Aid
  4. Enrollment and Retention
  5. Facilities
  6. Communications
  7. Community Building

When we began leading this process, we imagined that emerging with three goals would be commendable and realizable. But as we saw the fine details of each of these goals, we agreed that they all needed to be done and – unexpectedly – could be done. Avoiding a more common strategic plan that would take 5 years to arrive at and 10 years to complete (and be outdated right away), we sought goals that met these criteria:

  1. Low-hanging fruit: Goals should be realizable in 3 years or less, and cost nothing or very little
  2. High leverage: Goals should have a large effect for enrollment, retention, and reach a broad audience of many constituents

The board dedicated its entire retreat, six  hours, to articulating these goals. Next, twelve volunteers of the SPTF – parents, board members, staff, faculty, and the Head – spent nine hours (plus homework!) to refine this list and respond to the needs parents and faculty helped us identify in the school year. You may see your own thoughts reflected in these goals, and when you do, I hope you’ll jump up with me to lend your shoulder to the wheel.

Ancona has two town meetings a year. At the next one, people from throughout Ancona’s community will come to hear each of these brave volunteers explain our process, the goals, and our next steps. Please come! A plan sits on a shelf; but a people carry the world forward.

When we make progress toward these goals, we will have a stronger, better Ancona, a more creative Ancona, an even better place for kids to learn, an even better place for parents to claim, and a school that is geared for the future with momentum, change, and brilliance.

20 08, 2015

Technology Open House

By |2018-12-17T11:34:16-06:00August 20th, 2015|Parent News|0 Comments

IMG_1674Our 3rd annual Technology Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. Facilitated by Ancona’s Technology Director Jon Stoper, this event is held in Mitchell Commons and connects parents to how Ancona integrates technology into the classroom and how to get the most use of MyClassrooms (your child’s classroom page).

Learn about:
– My Classrooms – Accessing your child’s homework, units of study and more.
– Events Calendar – How to read and safely subscribe to our events feed.
– Family Directory – How to contact members of our learning community.
– Registrar – Details about how to update your emergency contacts and vital information.
– Technology in the Classroom

See you there!