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Principal's Message

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. http://andersenpta.com  

Sincerely,

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 Code.org. 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

November 21, 2014

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. I was able to attend several ...more

November 7, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

What a great way to end the week with our first Principal No Tardy Activity! We had 235 students without a tardy for the month of October, and yes I survived playing “Sharks ...more

November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Fall conferences are scheduled for the week of November 17, 2014. Conference week is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to meet to discuss student ...more

October 31, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

The Andersen Dolphins experienced a great learning week full of many activities. As I journeyed in and out of classrooms this week I was delighted by the engaged learners in ...more

October 24, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

We have just completed our 8th week of school and our Andersen Scholars are demonstrating tremendous academic progress and growth. Today I was able to visit every classroom ...more

October 17, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

It has been a very busy week of learning at Andersen. Students have been reading, writing and problem solving in grades K-6. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to ...more

October 10, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

What a wonderful week of learning at Andersen! Your children continue to work hard making each day of learning rewarding. With the Common Core State Standards learning has ...more

September 26, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

We have just completed our 4th week of school and our Andersen Scholars are demonstrating tremendous academic progress and growth. Today I was able to visit every classroom ...more

September 19, 2014

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 “Triangle ...more

September 12, 2014

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! Our PTA Fall Fundraiser has ...more

September 5, 2014

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 29, 2014

August 29, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year! The Andersen staff is excited and ready to welcome students back on Tuesday, September 2, at 8:00 a.m. Please remember to check School Loop for your child’s class placement on Saturday, August 30. Enjoy the holiday weekend and we will see you all on the first day of school.

Below are dates to mark on your calendar:

  • September 5 First Flag Deck 8am
  • September 11—Patriot Day—Wear Red, White & Blue
  • September 16 Fall Pictures
  • September 18 Back to School Night 6pm

Respectfully yours,

Dr. Bray

June 13, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

The end of the school year is upon us, however, the learning is continuing at high speed at Andersen! Students are actively engaged in a variety of fun learning activities. I ...more

June 6, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

It was great to see so many of you at Open House Thursday night. The students were so proud to show you their projects, writing and art. You were able to see a glimpse of ...more

May 30, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

It was a short but rewarding week at Andersen. We held our annual Jump Rope for Heart event which the students greatly enjoyed all well raising money to support the American ...more

May 23, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

The Andersen students are working extraordinarily hard on many projects that will be showcased during Open House. This is my favorite time of year as I journey through ...more

May 20, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

This week at Andersen we began our Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Field Test for grades 3-6. The students were focused and did a great job using the technology ...more

April 25, 2014

Dear Andersen Families,

This week we had a wonderful Class Act Family Night with our musician, Dana Freeman. The music of George Gershwin was played by a group of very gifted musicians from the ...more

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 - ...more

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