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Principal's Message

April 4, 2014

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 friends and family. Please take time for the 3 R’s - Rest, Relax, and Read! I know I will definitely spend some time doing just that! I know this update is lengthy but PLEASE take time to read this important information.

When we return from break we will have 10 weeks remaining of school. Shortly after returning from break we will begin the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Field Test for grades 3-6. This is the new assessment that takes the place of the STAR. The Field Test is a practice run of the assessment system that helps ensure that test questions are accurate and fair for all students. It also gives teachers and schools a chance to gauge their readiness in advance of the first operational assessment in spring 2015. Although this year we will not receive results, this is a great opportunity for students to know what is expected when they take the assessment next year. 

If you have not done so already, please go to to access the Smarter Balanced Testing Module that Andersen Elementary will administer in May.

  • After you click the link, just hit "Sign In" from the webpage to enter as a "GUEST" of the system.
  • On the next page select the grade level you would like to access the elementary school portion of the exam.  (From now on, California will only test students in 3rd-6th grade in Math & English.)
  • On the next page, there are 6 options of tests to take --- 3 in English and 3 in Math.  The suggestion is to take the "Training Test" to experience what Common Core Computer-Based Testing will "feel like."  (For a deeper experience of the rigor, depth, and breadth of these new assessments, please explore the Practice Tests and Performance Tasks.)
  • The next pages will ask you a series of accommodation and set-up questions.  Most users will default to the pre-slugged settings.
  • Lastly, the system will ask you to double-check your sound and verify your settings.  Click "Begin Test Now" and explore!

As you take these practice tests, please consider the following... Unlike the exams of yesteryear, this Common Core test focuses on assessing a student's SKILL and DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (as opposed to just content mastery). If it feels "different," that's because it is.  And our students will be more prepared for college and career success as a result of this shift in learning.

Safety: As a reminder PLEASE check in at the office at ALL times when you will be on campus.  This is a standard and mandatory practice at Andersen for our children’s safety. Additionally, please drive observantly and carefully around the school and in the parking lot area.  Thank you in advance for adhering to these safety policies and your support in our “Triangle of Success.”

Below are dates to mark on your calendar:

  • April 7-11 Spring Break
  • April 14 Return from Spring Break
  • April 16 Kindergarten Orientation 2:30pm MPR
  • April 22 Class Act Family Night 7pm MPR
  • April 28-May 1 Book Fair
  • April 30 Safety Drill
  • May 1 DEANS Golf Event Hyatt Regency @ 4pm  Reception/Raffle 5:30-7:30
  • May 6-May 22 Smart Balanced Assessment Grades 3-6

Please check the Andersen PTA regularly for updates and information -

Most Sincerely,

Dr. Bray

March 28, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Our “Triangle of Success” was most evident this week as we prepared for and welcomed our California State Distinguished School Visitation Team on Thursday, March 27. Special ...more

Principal's Message - 3/21/14

Dear Andersen Families,

It has been a magnificent week of learning at Andersen! Your children continue to work hard making each day of learning rewarding. This week each of our 2nd grade classrooms ...more

March 14, 2014

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

February 28, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Happy Friday! This week has been full of great learning opportunities. A few highlights were the 5th graders field trip to Dana Point Harbor’s Ocean Institute to study maritime ...more

February 14, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Exciting News! Andersen was notified this week that we will have a State Distinguished School visitation on March 27, 2014. A visitation is the second ...more

February 7, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

It has been a wonderful week of learning at Andersen! The students enjoyed learning about the magnificent art of Claude Monet during Art Masters and created their own work of ...more

January 31, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

The Andersen Dolphins enjoyed a beautiful cloudy day for the 4th Annual Jog-A-Bunga! The students and staff enjoyed the many parents, grandparents, and former alumni that came ...more

January 24, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

We kicked off our Class Act music program this week with an assembly for K-6 grade featuring our professional musician, violinist, Dana Freeman. Following the assembly our ...more

January 10, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Welcome back! The Andersen students came back rested and ready to learn after our winter break. Every classroom I visited this week were engaged in writing projects that were ...more

December 20, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

What an amazing week of joy, happiness and learning we have had at Andersen. The Winter Music Program was spectacular! Our kids were outstanding in their performance and warmed ...more

December 13, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

Next week will be our final week of instruction for 2013. Your children have grown so much academically since the beginning of the school year. One of the benefits of being ...more

December 6, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

This time of year is busy for everyone, especially our Andersen Scholars. Your children amaze me every day with their abilities and knowledge. Much of their academic ...more

November 22, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

This week has been full of activity as our children enrich their knowledge through a variety of learning experiences. I especially enjoyed listening to the 5 th graders in Mrs. ...more

November 15, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

What a very busy week of learning and fun we have had at Anderson. Although this was a four day week your children definitely received five plus days of learning! I have just ...more

November 8, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

This week there was evidence of Andersen’s “Triangle of Success” all over the campus as parents and teachers met to discuss student progress. This process is critical as we ...more

October 31, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

The Andersen Dolphins experienced a great learning week full of many activities. Our 4th grade students went on a field trip to the Orange County Museum of Art. Art Masters ...more

October 11, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

We have had a very busy week of learning at Andersen. Students have been reading, writing, and problem solving in grades K-6. There is an enormous amount of energy in our ...more

October 4, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS ENTIRE UPDATE OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION! It has been a great week of learning and fun at Andersen. This week we welcomed Bob Shea, author of Unicor ...more

September 27, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

This week at Andersen students attended the “Power of One” anti-bullying assembly. Students learned about the various roles of a bully, target, and bystander and what they can ...more

September 20, 2013

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. Thank you for being a part in our “Triangl ...more

September 13, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

It has been a wonderful full week of learning on the Andersen campus. Your children are brilliant scholars that exhibit great character traits! Many students received Pride ...more

September 6, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

We are off to a magnificent start at Andersen! It was wonderful to see so many families at our first flag deck. For many of the families it was their very first flag deck. ...more

August 12, 2013

Dear Andersen Families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family. July was a treasured time off to spend with my family. My husband and I greatly enjoyed priceless moments with ...more