Halloween Reminders

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Halloween is a special time for many children.  To ensure the safety and well-being of all our students, the following guidelines will be in place:

  • Students may not come to school in the morning with make-up or colored hair.
  • No hair colorings, sprays or make-up supplies are to be brought to school.
  • Students should not wear costumes that represent alcohol, drugs, violence or gore (no fake blood).
  • No weapons such as knives, swords, guns/squirt guns, chains or any other type of weapon may be brought to school.
  • No costume props are permitted.

Students in kindergarten-2nd grade will participate in the Halloween parade.  Kindergarten students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school.  Students in grades 1-6 who bring costumes to school will be allowed to change into their costume in the afternoon.  Please follow these guidelines so that Halloween is an enjoyable experience for all.

AM Kindergarten:
Students will parade outside following announcements (approximately 8:50 am).  Students will travel outside through the K doors and back in the front of the building.  All spectators are asked to remain outside for the duration of the parade; staying on the sidewalk and blacktop.  The parade will be cancelled if it is raining.

PM Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade:
We will have an outdoor parade that will begin at approximately 1:30.  Students will travel outside through the primary side of the school building and back in the front of the building.  All spectators are asked to remain outside for the duration of the parade; staying on the sidewalk and blacktop.  The parade will be cancelled if it is raining.

Classroom Parties:
Parties will begin at 2:00 and conclude at 2:45.  PTA room representatives have been asked to volunteer their time for the party.  Room representatives will be working with classroom teachers to provide edible treats for the students.  Please adhere to the guidelines for treats, as home baked goods and other edibles will be returned home with your child.  All volunteers must sign in upon arrival and receive a visitor’s sticker.

If for any reason you do not want your child to participate in the Halloween activities, please inform your child’s teacher and alternate accommodations will be made.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Colette Bell, Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Dear Fox Community,

We hope you have enjoyed meeting with your child’s teacher this week during conferences.  As a new principal it has been a goal to be in classrooms as often as possible.  I have already gotten to know so many of the students and have been amazed by the fabulous effort they are putting forth each and every day.  The students are having fun quizzing me on their names.  I am getting pretty good!  Additionally, we would like to thank our fabulous PTA Book Fair parent volunteers for making it possible to have another successful Scholastic Book Fair this past week.

Just a gentle reminder to have your students bring their lunches with them to school in the morning.  While we know occasionally a child forgets his/her lunch or has a special lunch brought, we want to get students into the habit of bringing them in the morning.  This is a very busy time in the office and when there are many lunches dropped off and have to be delivered, it becomes difficult for the secretaries to distribute lunches while keeping the office running.  We appreciate your help with this.

We are so proud of all the students who are making it to school on time.  We are off to a great start.  Our instructional day begins promptly each morning and being on time is very important.  As a reminder the tardy bell rings at 8:40.

Senate Bill 16
Here is the link to Superintendent DuRoss’ article about Senate Bill 16:

PARCC Practice Websites:
This spring, students in grades three through six will be taking the PARCC Assessment.  At Fox, we are providing purposeful learning opportunities that will prepare students to demonstrate their abilities on the PARCC Assessment.  If you are interested in finding out more about PARCC or looking for opportunities to practice, here are two websites to get you started:

Message from the PTA
Reflection projects are due 10/24/14 at 3 pm.  No late projects will be accepted.  Parents must also be a PTA member.



Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted October 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

School will dismiss at 11:40 am on Thursday, October 9, for parent-teacher conferences.    There will be no classes for Kindergarten on this day.

No school on Friday, October 10

No school on Monday, October 13

We hope to see everyone at the conferences and enjoy the long weekend!




Meet Me at the Sock Hop

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

The Anne Fox PTA invites you to celebrate homecoming.

  • When:  Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Time:   5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Anne Fox Gym
  • Cost:     $1 per person or 1 can of goods per person

Pizza, juice and snacks available for purchase.

  • Children must attend with their parents.
  • Expired food cans will not be accepted.
  • Food cans will be donated to our local food pantry.
  • Parent volunteers are needed for this event.



Letter from the Principal

Posted September 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

We are very excited about the wonderful start we have had to the 2014-2015 school year.  A new area of focus at Anne Fox Elementary School is our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) behavior system.  This program centers around recognizing positive behavior on a regular basis.  Gold “Fox Pride” tickets are handed out daily by staff members to reinforce the expectations that have been established in the school/classroom.  These tickets are put into a classroom box and teachers are having weekly Thursday drawings to reward the students demonstrating appropriate behavior.  The students have a second opportunity to win the office drawing on Friday.  It is very exciting to listen to the winners being announced over the intercom!!

You may have heard about or seen our theme for the year “Create Our Image.”  The PBIS Team chose this theme in hope that students would always think about what image they want to create for themselves through their actions, decisions and overall behavior.  It is important to create a positive image for ourselves and for Anne Fox School.

I will continue to include information on PBIS and all of its exciting components in my newsletters and Fox Tales articles.  Be sure to ask your child who the weekly winners were at school and how he or she has been working to create THEIR best image.


Colette Bell



Safety Reminder

Posted September 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Please remember the following safety tips during arrival and dismissal times:

  • The parking lot will be closed from 8:20-8:40 am and 2:50-3:10 pm.
  • Remember to only cross the street at the crosswalk where we have a crossing guard.
  • Avoid pulling into driveways and backing out, as well as 3-point turns.
  • Be respectful of our neighbors by not blocking driveways.
  • Use the sidewalk to walk around the school; please do not cut through the parking lot.
  • Refrain from using your cell phone when driving in a school zone.

Thank you in advance for helping to keep our children safe!

Welcome Back!

Posted August 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Mackh

Bell, ColetteWelcome to an exciting new year at Anne Fox School, introducing our new Principal, Mrs. Colette Bell!

Our staff has been working hard over the summer and we can’t wait to get started!

Back to School Night will be held on Monday, August 25th from 5:30 – 7:30

Come and meet your teachers, drop off your school supplies, and see your friends!  Dinner is free with the purchase of a PTA membership.

The First Day of School for grades 1-6–Tuesday, August 26th.

Summer Information

Posted June 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Peacock

Parents of children who will be new students at District 54 schools can register this summer at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive in Schaumburg.

Registration will be held July 8 through August 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays.  We will be closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Parents will need to provide a child’s original birth certificate, passport or visa; proof of residency and a few other documents.  Please see our  registration website for more information.

Parents are also required to pay a consumable materials fee of $50 at registration to cover the cost of workbooks, paper, art supplies and other items used by students.

Parents wishing to register students new to School District 54 after August 7 should go to their neighborhood school.  New student registration will resume at school buildings on August 12.

Call the District 54 summer registration office at (847) 357-5103 for information.

Our back to school picnic will be held on Monday, August 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

School supply lists for 14-15 can be found under the Family Resources tab.

School begins for grades 1-6 on August 26.  Kindergarten begins September 2.

We want to wish Mrs. Gordon good luck at her new school.  We will miss her!

Have a safe and happy summer!!

Drop and Go

Posted February 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Mackh

Due to the extreme cold, we’ll be having Drop and Go all week–the barricades will not be put up before school so that you can drop your children off right at the front door beginning at 8:25 a.m. each day.  To make sure that everyone stays safe, we ask that you follow these simple rules:

  • Pull your car as far forward as possible in the drop-off lane, then stop.
  • Children should get out of the car on the passenger side of the vehicle after it comes to a stop.
  • Staff members will be in the drop-off lane to help students.
  • Parents should not get out of the car.
  • Please do not park your car in the parking lot and walk to the front door.

Thank you for following these rules to keep all of our students safe.

Math Resources for Parents

Posted October 22nd, 2013 by Mrs. Mackh

At our conferences, many parents expressed an interest in ways they could help their children with math at home.  The District’s Math Department has provided us with some links to online resources that we’d like to share with you.

For more information on helping your child learn mathematics (with activities from pre-school to grade five), go to

For fluency practice:

For strategies and addition fluency practice:

For videos and additional examples:

Everyday Math Online:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: