Principal's Message

Dear Anthony Elementary School Parents and Community,
As principal of Anthony Elementary School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-2021 School Year! We have missed all of our Anthony Pioneers! Our priority and focus remain the same even as we start the new school year with new learning models and new safety measures. The pandemic has left us all wondering about a new normal, including what school will look like this fall. Rest assured, Anthony staff have worked closely with our district office to consider every aspect of bringing students back safely. We have included not just academic, but social-emotional and physical safety needs for each student and staff member.
Over the fall semester, we will be creating some special virtual family engagement events in order to welcome you and your student, while keeping safety a priority. We will send out information through email, auto-dialer phone calls, Class Dojo app, Facebook and our school website. If you changed your phone number, address, or email please communicate that by calling the school as soon as possible at 913-684-1500. Also, if you don’t have a valid email address, I encourage you to consider opening one. Email communication is an easy way to keep in touch with your child’s teacher.
The year begins with a few changes to our staff. Please welcome the following staff members to Anthony Elementary: Kristy Sloan-Assistant Principal, Sarah Wagner-Kindergarten Teacher, Alana Renshaw-Kindergarten Teacher, Jamie Waldron-Second Grade Teacher, Sara Vanbaale-Third Grade Teacher, Susan Miles-Fourth Grade Teacher, Erin Cerney-ECSE PreK Teacher, Lauren Pierce-STEM Teacher, Megan Rust-Library Aide, Michaela LeBar-Title 1 Aide, and Terry Johnson-Cafeteria Manager. Besides new staff members, the following teachers have changed grade levels: Maggie Wells-First Grade Teacher and Leslie Hladky-First Grade Teacher. Many of our new staff members are joining us from Lawson Elementary School while others are new to our district. Please give them all a warm Anthony welcome!
Additionally, I want to encourage you to become active in our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO is a wonderful way for you to share ideas and support our school mission. Our PTO will continue to hold monthly meetings, via Zoom, starting in September. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to September.
Another way to get involved is by participating in our School Site Council. These monthly meetings will also be held via Zoom. The School Site Council is a great way to discuss issues, programs and help our leadership team make decisions. If you are interested in joining our school site council, please email me at These meetings will start in September.
It is extremely important that we have updated emergency contact information for each student. Please make sure to call our front office at 913-684-1500 if you have updated information or need assistance enrolling.
Please see the attached chart for information on which school days you child will be attending at the start of school.
Please look for more information regarding the first day of school in a later communication.
Scott Kessler
Anthony Elementary School

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