Preparing for the School Year

Preparing for the School Year

We know that preparing for the upcoming school year can be overwhelming at times, so here’s a list of required steps and helpful items to help you and your student(s) get ready for the first day!

List of 10 items.

  • Required Steps for All Students

  • SchoolPass

    SchoolPass provides an easy way for parents to communicate with the school about absences, early pick-ups, sending your child to After School, and carpools, including a list of people authorized to pick up your child.

    New parents should have received an email with an invitation to get started. When you get that message, please download and sign into the SchoolPass app.

    For more details, please see the "Getting Started" portion of Ancona's 
    SchoolPass FAQ page. Watch for an announcement regarding using SchoolPass to indicate which days your child should be sent to after school.

    As of the 2023-24 School Year, SchoolPass replaces the previous email-based system of notifying the school about upcoming absences, etc. 
  • Additional Steps for New Students/Families

    New Student Profile form 
    Fill out the New Student Profile form on My Ancona. This form is intended to collect information about siblings, grandparents, parent workplace, occupation and other demographic information such as ethnicity. Note: This form will be available within 2 weeks of signing your contract.

    Parent Directory - Privacy Settings

    You may adjust your 
    privacy settings if you'd like to fine-tune who can see certain parts of your profile when using the Parent Directory. Members of our community use the Parent Directory to send invitations to events such as birthday parties. Sticking with the default settings is highly recommended so you don't miss out!

    View/Update your Child's Info
    Directly under the "My Ancona" logo, you should see your child's name (below the "Children" heading if you have more than one enrolled at Ancona.) By navigating to the "Contact Card" you can check to ensure the information is complete and upload a picture if you haven't already done so. In the fall, you'll be able to view your child's schedule that will include a listing of teachers and their contact info.
  • Illness and Injury Guidelines

    Please review the Illness and Injury Guidelines found at this link for information about:
    • How to report absences
    • When to keep your child home from school
    • Contact information for our school nurse
  • Important Links

    My Ancona Community Group Pages are the central spot for teachers to post content important for parents at each grade level grouping. Information includes teacher bios, contact info, announcements, and information about what’s happening in the classroom, and more!
    You’ll only have access to each of your children’s grade-level groups:

    The Parent Resource Board is designed to be a portal to access information useful for Ancona parents.

    Please visit the My Ancona FAQ for more details.
  • What Communications to Expect From Ancona

    • Your child’s homeroom/advisory assignment and class roster (to be emailed mid-August).
    • Summer letter from teachers with supply list (to be emailed after class assignments are announced).
    • Weekly newsletters starting on the first Thursday of September. Recent newsletters and other communications can be found on the My Ancona News Recent Activity page. If your spam filter is blocking messages from Ancona, please add these addresses to your email contacts:
      •, and
      • your child’s teacher email address which can be found on the grade level group pages in My Ancona.
    • The 2023-24 Hopes and Expectations form sent via email in early August (and available through September), to be reviewed by your child’s teachers before the school year begins.
    • A test of Ancona’s emergency notification system, along with an accompanying email (September)
  • Calendar

    The best way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe to Ancona’s Event Calendar by clicking on the "iCal Feed" button on the calendar page.
  • Supplemental Learning Resources

    As a benefit to Ancona families, subscription sites such as World Book Encyclopedia are available to Ancona families, and can be found on the Online Student Resources page of My Ancona.
  • Car line and Hangtags

    Ancona distributes color-coded (by division) hangtags to families for use during car line. Families will be issued hangtags during parent orientation and during drop-off for the first week of school. Returning families may re-use the hangtags issued previously so long as they still reflect the correct grouping (Preprimary, Primary 1st-4th, or Middle School 5th-8th).

    Please see and follow the procedures outlined here: Ancona Car Line Parent Instructions.
  • Additional Resources

    After School

    Find out about our After School offerings and how to sign up.


    We can’t do it without your help! Find out how you can get involved on our Volunteer page.
    Family Directory
    The family directory ion My Ancona s searchable by parent name, student name, grade level, or homeroom. Each July, new students become visible in the family directory, so it’s a good idea to check to make sure everything is showing up as it should. By default only student names, grade levels, homerooms, and their parental contact info is shared with other parents. You can fine-tune what information you’d like to share about yourself and your child by adjusting your privacy settings in My Ancona.
    Faculty Directory
    The searchable faculty directory includes all faculty and staff members at Ancona.
    Get Social
    Follow the Ancona School on Facebook and Instagram!
    Online Giving
    We appreciate your support!
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      Independent Schools Association of the Central States

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      Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools

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      National Association of Independent Schools

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      American Montessori Society

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