Medcalf Minutes

November 16th - 20th

Anderson Grove's Purpose and Direction

Purpose: The purpose of Anderson Grove Elementary is to prepare all students to achieve their greatest potential and to positively impact the future.

Direction: In collaboration with families and community, our direction is to support and prepare all students for success through high expectations and individualized learning in a safe and positive environment.

Values & Beliefs:

Family Atmosphere

Collaboration and Communication


Continuous Improvement

3 Be’s – Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

Be Known

Anderson Grove is Known for Being a . . .





Expectation of the Week: Arrivals

Be Respectful
  • Greet others appropriately

Be Responsible

  • Arrive on time
  • Have necessary supplies

  • Go directly to walking club or classroom

Be Safe

  • Walk around building and in hallways
  • Stay on the designated walking areas
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self

Notes from the Health Office

Health Screening will take place Thursday, November 19th for students in grade 3.The students will have their height and weight checked; their vision tested and a quick dental exam. If your child wears glasses or contact lenses, please make sure they are wearing them or bring them for the vision exam part of the screening. If any difficulties are detected, the child will be re-screened at a later date, and the parents will be notified by a letter from the school nurse. All students are required to be screened, unless written documentation is submitted to the school nurse, stating that a similar screening has been done within the last 6 months.

Notes from Community Quail Club with Mr. Meyer

“Share a Bear”

The AG Community Quail Club is collecting stuffed animals for local fire departments to use for children involved in tragedies, such as fires or car accidents. Community Quail students will collect new stuffed animals or clean and gently used stuffed animals from November 16th through November 27th every day before school. Thanks for your support.

Notes from Unity Council with Ms. Johnson

Unity Council Sponsors Thanksgiving Meals

As Thanksgiving approaches, we think of the many families who will go without a warm Thanksgiving meal. Anderson Grove and Unity Council would like to offer support to some of those families in our community. If you would like to participate, please send the appropriate item(s) to class with your child between Monday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Miss Johnson and Unity Council will package up the meals to be delivered.

Thank you so much for your generous donation!

Kindergarten- Macaroni and Cheese

1st Grade- Stuffing Mix

2nd Grade- Instant Potato packs

3rd Grade- Canned Vegetables

4th Grade- Jars of Turkey Gravy

5th Grade- Cans of Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade- Cans of soup/crackers

Upcoming Events

Nov. 20- PTO Game Night- 6:30 in the school gym
Nov. 24- AG Shirt/ Hoodie orders are due
Nov. 25-26-27-No School- Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Specials Schedule

Monday (Day 1) - PE

Tuesday (Day 2) - Music

Wednesday (Day 3) - Art

Thursday (Day 4) - Guidance/Library Check Out

Friday (Day 5) - PE

A Peek at our Week


In Class - Students will show what they have learned as we take our second practice reading test this week. This is valuable experience as it allows students another opportunity to apply what they have learned from their reading instruction and which skills we can continue to improve.

At Home - As your student is reading at home, ask questions about what the characters are feeling, predictions of what may happen next, why the author decided to begin or end a chapter in a certain way. How does your child know the answer to these questions? Can your child go back in the book to find evidence to support their answers? This is an important reading strategy that students will use throughout their reading lives but will also be able to apply on our spring NeSA assessment.


In Class - Writers are excited to continue drafting their information book. Our students have noticed that although the topics chosen by their classmates may vary, the writing process is very similar. We have learned a bit about structures of information books, researching information, note taking, and citing sources, This has been an engaging unit and I am thrilled to see the final products.

As part of our unit, students will have the opportunity to share their topic with a presentation to the class. Mrs. von Nagy has created a basic PowerPoint for each third grader to edit as they need to present their topic. Students can access their PowerPoint Presentations here. Students are expected to have a slide for each chapter of their topic with information about the chapter to guide their presentation to the class. The amount of information they put on each slide may vary. As this is the first experience with this presentation medium, some students may prefer to write in complete sentences, some may prefer bullet points. Whichever format your child is more comfortable with is acceptable. Students should include a minimum of 3 pictures but are encouraged to have a picture for each slide to engage their audience in the presentation (most students have 4-6 chapters).

We will have two more class periods to work on PowerPoint presentations at school. However, I know some students would like to get a head start or spend more time than that formatting their slides. Students are welcome to work on their presentations at home. Follow the link above to access their presentation at home.

At Home - To research more information on your student’s topic, try these websites: (Students may use World Book Online, PebbleGo, Google Safe Search, Sweet Search, or KidsClick!) (National Geographic for Kids) (search engine) (Ranger Rick via World Wildlife Federation) (San Diego Zoo) (Kids Planet)

In Class - Mathematicians have worked very hard on using open number lines to add and subtract 2- and 3- digit numbers and to find missing numbers in an equation. We will also look at riddles to find the distance between a number and 100.

At Home - Ask your student to find the difference between 2- and 3-digit numbers using an open number line, adding up or subtracting back. Also, continue to check out these websites with your child to practice adding and subtracting three-digit numbers.

Social Studies
In Class - Students will begin learning about early American immigrants. Students will learn about reasons why people moved to America and the challenges new immigrants faced.

At Home - Check out these websites with your child to get more background information on early immigration:


In Class - This week students will study r-controlled a sounds in words spelled with word patterns –ar, -are, and –air. This sort includes several oddballs and homophone pairs. The oddballs are pear, wear, bear, where, and heart. The homophone pairs students will see are: pear/pare, wear/where, hare/hair, fair/fare, stare/stair, and bare/bear.

At Home - It is very important that students practice sorting their words at home to understand the relationships of their words. Students can find our current sort, Sort 25, on Spelling City. They can practice a spelling test or play different games using the words from our sort. There is a part of this site that requires a paid subscription but our students will benefit just as much from the free games on the website. Please do not feel like they need to play games on the paid version! You can go directly to our class’ home page here:

Thank you Families! Have a wonderful week!