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October 2, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

It was wonderful to see so many families at Flag Deck today.  It is always a very special time when our fabulous kindergarteners perform.   Special congratulations to our Andersen Angel recipient this month Nancy Gadol!  We are thankful for Mrs. Gadol’s dedication to helping our Andersen students and staff.    

We have had another excellent week of student learning at Andersen.  While visiting classrooms this week one of the many things I observed were students discussing, writing and thinking deeply about a variety of subjects.  All students are writing daily and having tremendous success guided by our highly skilled teachers in our new Being a Writer program. 

Thank you to the many parents who attended the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) informational meeting last week for grades 3-6.  We are preparing to begin BYOD in grades 3-6 and will be sending home information regarding next steps.  Thank you again for your support as we take this exciting journey into BYOD.     

Every year volunteers will need to attend one of the Mandatory Volunteer Orientations.  If you have missed attending the previous orientations there will be two opportunities next week,  Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 8:00am in the MPR and 5:45pm in the library.

SAFETY:  Please continue to drive safely in the school zone and be alert to bicyclists and walkers.  Always use the crosswalk for safety please.  Thank you in advance for adhering to our school safety procedures and policies and for your support in our “Triangle of Success.”

Below are dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Oct. 6              Volunteer Orientation with Dr. Bray @ 8:00am in the MPR & 5:45pm in the Library
  • Oct. 5-9           Fall Book Fair
  • Oct. 6              Family Night-Book Fair-Dr. Bray reads 6:00pm
  • Oct. 8              Walk to School Day
  • Oct. 12            School Site Council Meeting 2:45 Room 9
  • Oct. 18            Pumpkin Patch


Dr. Bray

September 29, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with several of our Andersen families. We are so fortunate to have your support ...more

September 18, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

The Andersen Scholars are off to a great start building their knowledge in a variety of subjects. It was wonderful to be out in classrooms this week to see the brilliance of ...more

September 11, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,
We are off to a magnificent start at Andersen! Thank you all for your patience as we navigate new procedures and construction. It was fabulous to see so many families at our ...more

September 2, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

On behalf of the Andersen Elementary School staff, welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope your family had a relaxing summer and you were able to spend quality time together.

This will be an outstanding year for Andersen Elementary! Our school community remains committed to our mission of offering a rigorous instructional program, which is both academically challenging and rewarding for ALL students. Through the professional learning community model, Andersen Elementary is dedicated to maintaining a school culture that is focused on learning, collaboration, and results. In order for Andersen Elementary to achieve our mission, we work in a collaborative process we call our “Triangle of Success,” which includes school staff, parent community, and students.

The Andersen Staff will continue to focus on the school-wide theme of the four “R’s”: Respect, Responsible, Ready, and Recycle. With that theme in mind Andersen is committed to being responsible with our resources by going paperless. In an effort to keep effective communication between home and school please register and read the information sent through our School Loop web system: as well as the “Weekly Happenings” message from the principal. In addition, our PTA and DEANS websites are great resources of information. New this year - Andersen Elementary has a Twitter account; our handle is @andersenelemsc1. Please follow us on Twitter! 

Again, welcome back and thank you for your continued support, time, and commitment to making Andersen the magnificent school that it is! I look forward to seeing each of you on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 8:00 a.m.  ALL STUDENTS WILL BE LINING UP ON THE BLACKTOP. Parents will say their goodbyes and take their Facebook photos at the blacktop area. For safety purposes parents and visitors will not be permitted in the classrooms. Thank you for your support and enjoy the last few days of your summer!


Dr. Shannon Bray

May 29, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Exciting things are happening at Andersen.  Students are preparing to showcase their learning at our Open House next week Thursday.  This is always a wonderful night to see all of the rich learning your children have received this school year.  You will be greatly impressed to see all of the Independent Study projects, written reports, and works of art.  Much of what you will see is made possible by the use of our Chromebooks. Students are getting extremely proficient with the use of Google Docs in many of their projects.  I look forward to seeing you all Open House night!

This week our 2-6th graders went to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to experience the Pacific Symphony as a culminating event to our Class Act Music Program.  We learned so much this year about the music of Leonard Bernstein.  Class Act is one of the nine most exemplary music education programs in the United States.  Thank you to our PTA and the many parent volunteers who make the Class Act Music Program possible. We are so fortunate to participate in this musical experience.  

SAFETY:  We had our monthly safety drill this week which was very successful.  The staff, students as well as parent volunteers did an exemplary job of showing they knew what to do in the case of an emergency.  Thank you in advance for adhering to our school safety procedures and policies and for your support in our “Triangle of Success.”

Below are dates to mark on your calendar:

  • May 31Andersen’s Got Talent-Newport Harbor High School 5pm

  • June 2PTA General Meeting-10:00-11:15; 11:15 6th grade sings; 11:30 luncheon

  • June 4Open House 6:00-7:30EARLY RELEASE DAY 1:10

  • June 56th Grade Performs at Flag Deck

  • June 12 Final Flag Deck of the School Year

Please check the Andersen PTA regularly for updates and information.  


Dr. Bra

May 22, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Our state testing is complete and our 3-6 grade students did a fabulous job staying focused. Parents will be receiving a report of student scores during the summer. California

May 15, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

We have just completed our 2nd week of CAASPP testing. Our students are doing a wonderful job and have a great advantage by their familiarly with technology, specifically the ...more

May 8, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

We just finished our first week of state testing using our Chromebooks. We are so thankful for the support of our DEANS with providing the resources for technology. We have two ...more

May 1, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Happy May Day! Andersen students are focused and enjoying many enriching learning activities as we enter the final few months of school. This time of year is always one of my ...more

April 24, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

We have had an excellent week of learning at Andersen. Our 2nd graders went to the Discovery Cube for a day of hands-on science activities. The 4th – 6th graders met the ...more

April 17, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Flag Deck was led today by our “Principal of the Day,” Ava Ogden and assisted by “Vice-Principals of the Day” Luke and Will Ogden. Today at Flag Deck we hosted a very special ...more

April 3, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Spring Break has arrived and the learning community at Andersen has earned a much deserved week off to rest and enjoy their family and friends. This week students in ...more

March 27, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

The Arts are alive and well at Andersen Elementary! This week we had a wonderful Class Act Family Night with our musician, Rob Slack who plays percussion. The music of Leonard ...more

March 13, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

It was wonderful to see so many parents on campus this week engaged in conversations about their child’s learning. I was fortunate to sit in on a few conferences and experience ...more

March 5, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Many of the Andersen students engaged in their learning this week using Chromebooks. We are thankful for the support provided by our DEANS. Words cannot even begin to describe ...more

February 27, 2015

Dear Andersen Families

We have had a rich experience of learning this week. Our 6th graders spent the week at The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. They enjoyed an educational program that ...more

February 13, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

You are invited to join us for a presentation on "Social Media and How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online" presented by Scott Burnett with Integrity Computer Concepts. He has been ...more

February 6, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

The Andersen Dolphins enjoyed beautiful weather for the 5th Annual Jog-A-Bunga! The students and staff appreciated the families who came to watch and cheer them on. A BIG thank ...more

January 30, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

We have just hit the half way mark in the school year. I am enthusiastic about the amount of learning that has transpired at Andersen and look forward to a tremendous second ...more

January 16, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

We have lots of positive energy flowing at Andersen. As I walk into classrooms I see the shining eyes of ambitious learners all engaged in a variety of learning activities. ...more

January 9, 2015

Dear Andersen Families,

Welcome back and Happy 2015! The Andersen students came back rested and ready to learn after our winter break. As I visited classrooms this week I observed students greatly ...more

December 12, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

This week we held our Holiday Performance to the delight of all who attended. The students sang and performed wonderfully under the direction of Miss Fairbanks and Mrs. Duffin.

December 5, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Next week is Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14) and our students will be participating by logging on to This is a fun way to introduce our students to the ...more

November 24, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

I would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Please take time to rest, relax and appreciate your family and friends. As for my family, we are veering from our ...more