The Harrahill Herald

Mrs. Harrahill's News for February 8th-12th, 2016

Anderson Grove's Purpose & 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

Anderson Grove's "Be Known"

Anderson Grove is Known for Being a. . .





School-Wide Social Skill: Following Instructions

1. Look at the person.
2. Say "Okay."
3. Do what you have been asked right away.
4. Check back with the person that gave the direction.

School-Wide Expectations Focus of the Week: Cafeteria

Be Safe

  • Ask permission to get up

  • Use indoor voice level

  • Follow adult directions

Be Respectful

  • Ask permission to get up

  • Use indoor voice level

  • Follow adult directions

Be Responsible
  • Clean up after yourself

  • Place trash in the trash can

  • Line up quietly

Notes from the Editor

  • Homework: Students will bring home a math assignment as homework this week. It is due back to school on Thursday.

  • Spelling: Due to the snow days last week, students will continue working with their sort from last week. They will take their test on Tuesday and receive new words in Friday Folders on Thursday.

  • Market Day: This has been rescheduled for Monday, February 8th. See separate email from Sunday for more information.

  • Auction Day: This will be held on Wednesday, February 8th. Thank you to the families that have sent in donations for students to "buy" this week! We appreciate all of your support!

  • Valentine's Day Containers: Students should have their (cereal) box or (gift) bag neatly decorated with their name easily visible. They can bring this to school as soon as it's ready any time this week. Containers are due by Thursday. Class lists for Valentines will come home on Monday afternoon in Friday Folders.

Read All About It! - Mrs. Von Nagy, Librarian


Come check out this spring’s “Feeling Groovy” Scholastic Book Fair during the week of conferences in the Media Center! Be prepared to have a groovy good time and enjoy some great new books! Keep your eye out for Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Book Fair Hours:

Tuesday, February 16th: 3:30-7:30

Wednesday, February 17th: 3:10-4:00

Thursday, February 18th: 3:30-7:30

Friday, February 19th: 3:10-4:00

Can’t make the fair this time around? Check out our online book fair from February 6th to February 19th at

Community Connection - Miss Johnson, Unity Council Sponsor

It's Sucker Time!

Unity Council will be selling suckers during conferences, both Tuesday (2/16) and Thursday (2/18) evenings. Each sucker cost $1.00 and there are some brand new flavors this year! A portion of the money collected will go to a local charity! Please consider supporting this fun service project!!

Local Listings

Feb. 8 - Market Day!
Feb. 10 - Auction Day!
Feb. 11 - Spring Party @ 2:00-3:00
Feb. 11 - PTO- Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in the library (date changed from Feb. 2)
Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL
Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)
Feb. 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 3:20-7:40 p.m. Be sure to check your scheduled time online.
Feb. 18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 3:20-7:40 p.m. Be sure to check your scheduled time online.
Feb. 26 - Family Fun Night @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the gym

Specials Schedule

Monday - (Day 6) - Media & Library Checkout
Tuesday (Day 7) - P.E.
Wednesday (Day 8) - Music
Thursday (Day 9) - Art
Friday - NO SCHOOL

Current Events

**Note: Our students are part of a group helping to pilot new reading, writing, and spelling programs. We will be using a comprehensive reading, writing, and spelling program called JOURNEYS from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.**


In School: Readers will complete their practice comprehension assessment this week to show what they know about how to understand the texts they read.

At Home: While reading fiction with your child, ask him/her questions to check understanding. When he/she gives you an answer, tell him/her to "support it with evidence from the text." This is an important skill when it comes to demonstrating comprehension of texts. At Conferences next week, I'll hand out bookmarks to parents that have question starters for each domain of fiction and nonfiction texts.


In School: Writers will be introduced to explanatory essays this week. (This is a type of writing that explains about a topic.) For grammar, they will focus on an understanding of pronoun-verb agreement within sentences.


In School: Due to the snow days last week, spellers will continue to work with words using vowel + r patterns (-are, -air, ear, and ear). They will take their test on Tuesday.

At Home:
When your child practices this week's words, make sure he/she is saying each word aloud. Make sure you child practices the spelling strategy of trying different patterns to make the same sound in order to figure out the correct spelling of the word. (We do this in class. It's most commonly done with vowel patterns within words.) Watch out! The -ear pattern makes two different sounds! ("ear" and "air" sounds)


In School: Due to the snow days, mathematicians will finish wrapping up what they've learned about measurement, polygons, and congruent shapes.

At Home: If your child didn't check these sites out last week, encourage them to do so this week as a good review for our assessment.
Shape Concentration This matches the images of polygons with their names.
Reflective Symmetry This looks at the symmetry of letters in the alphabet.
Symmetry Game Decide where the line of symmetry is for shapes.
Similar and Congruent Game Decide whether or not two shapes are similar and congruent... or not.
Shape Games Play a bunch of different games that focuses on all of the above mentioned skills!

Social Studies

In School: Entrepreneurs will wrap up learning about how people make choices to spend and earn money through their first-hand experience at Market Day and Auction Day. They will review vocabulary and concepts from this unit towards the end of the week and assess next week.

At Home: Students may need to bring home textbooks and our vocabulary review packet to review concepts. Discuss terms with your child and provide real-life examples when needed to connect ideas.


In School: Students will learn how to write lowercase letter b and letter v this week. These are two more of the "tow truck" letters we've been learning about.

At Home: The student becomes the teacher... Ask your child to teach you how to write this week's letters. Make sure that he/she draws the bottom and mid lines first, then teach you the step-by-step procedures to accurately write letter b and v. Practice in front of your child and have him/her "correct" your letters when necessary.