Medcalf Minutes

May 9th 13th

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: Cafeteria Behavior

Be Respectful

  • Ask permission to get up

  • Follow adult directions

  • Use indoor voice level

Be Responsible

  • Clean up after yourself

  • Line up quietly

  • Place trash in the trash can

Be Safe

  • Walk in a single file line

  • Sit facing forward with feet on the floor

  • Eat your own food

Social Skill of the Week: Following Instructions

  • Look at the person.

  • Say ‘Okay.’

  • Do what you have been asked right away.

  • Check back.

A Note from Mrs. Medcalf

As we head into the final month of school, spring fever and anticipation for exciting summer plans can start to creep in and create a distraction for our students. Though our remaining time together may be short, there is much to do! We have several content units to finish and will test right into the last week of school. Please help your child stay focused and reiterate the importance of finishing strong!

Please also see the information regarding the writing and oral presentation project below in the "Peek at our Week". If your child chooses to create a power point presentation, the link to our Symbaloo page with a blank power point presentation can be found here.

A Note from Mrs. Billquist

Third graders will be having their second oral presentation soon. Below are some tips to help your child prepare.

  1. Practice the presentation a few times before the big day. If using visuals, practice with those as well.

  1. Talk, don't read. Prepare note cards, but tell about the topic that was researched. It will be easier to do this if the presentation has been practiced a few times.

  1. Take it slow. Sometimes students begin to speak really fast. When practicing, have them slow down.

  1. Talk loud enough to be heard throughout the classroom.

  1. Look at the audience.

  1. Finish strong. Have a good ending so that the audience knows when the presentation is finished.

A Note from Mrs. von Nagy

All Library Books Due By Friday, May 20th!

The last day for student checkout this year is Friday, May 13th. The last day to turn in all library materials for the year is Friday, May 20th. Be on the lookout for overdue notices, which will be sent out weekly in May. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. von Nagy at

Figurative Language Fun with Mrs. Wilson

At Anderson Grove, students are exposed to a variety of figurative language terms. Figurative language, also known as literary devices are found in daily reading as well as reading comprehension CSAs. These terms also help to make our writing more interesting! Check to see if your child knows what the term idiom means. An idiom is an expression of language that doesn’t really mean what it says. For example, “It is raining cats and dogs” really means that it is raining very hard or “she has a heart of gold” really means that she is very nice. See if you and your child can think of any other idioms? You can also find many idioms on various internet sites! J

A note from Ms. Johnson

Thank you so much to those who purchased lollipops last week. We sold out quickly on the second day! Because of all the lollipops sold this year, Unity Council is able to give the Ronald McDonald House a generous donation when we go at the end of the month. As always, thank you for your continued support of all our fundraisers and community events...we couldn't do it without you!

Upcoming Events

May 9- “Bump Up Afternoon”- 2:20 to 3:00 - Students visit next year grade level
May 13- Last day for students to check out school library books
May 20-Last day for library books to be returned
May 25- 3rd-6th grade talent show - 1:30
May 26- Last day of school- 11:40 dismissal


Monday (Day 2) - Music
Tuesday (Day 3) - Art

Wednesday (Day 4) - Guidance and Checkout Day

Thursday (Day 5) - PE

Friday (Day 6) - Art

A Peek at our Week

Reading – This week we will look at the interesting properties of magnets as children explore the question “How would your life be different without magnets?” In The Power of Magnets, students will read fun and unusual facts about magnets and their uses. Students will also read the photo essay Electromagnets and You to learn more about the special properties of electromagnets. Target Vocabulary: research, tools, familiar, gadget, invention, experiment, electric, power, prove, improve

At Home – Activities to Do Together
Vocabulary What role does technology play in your life at home? Discuss with your child how you use technology every day. Use this week’s Target Vocabulary words to help spur the conversation!
How Inventive…Not! Talk with your child about how life might be different if he or she did not have a certain invention. For example, ask your child to talk about what he or she would do if there were no telephones or light bulbs.
Magnificent Magnets Have your child describe what magnets do. Together research the various uses of magnets and/or electromagnets. Have your child write a short paragraph that tells about magnets and describes some of the problems they help solve. Be sure your child describes what a magnet does and how it solves one or more problems.

Writing – Passion Project - Students will present their projects to their classmates. Students should have a visual to aid their presentation such as artifacts or equipment to support their topic, a collage with facts and pictures, or a power point presentation. Please note when our student signed up to present:

Monday: Abram, Emma, Noah D., Caden

Tuesday: Addison, Caleb, Ewan, Ellie

Wednesday: Jayden, Paige, Taylor, Izzy

Thursday: Aspe, Chloe, Kiera, Madison

Friday: Marc, Kasidy, Noah M. Quin

At Home - Ask your child what their topic is and how they plan to share their information with the class. Many students seemed interested in creating a power point presentation such as the one they made 1st semester. Here is a link to Symbaloo with a blank power point for each student that they can edit to share their information. If this is the visual aid option your child chooses, please feel free to help them find pictures to support their topic! The link to our Symbaloo page is also available on the Anderson Grove Media homepage.

Math – Mathematicians will begin their new math unit this week, geometry and measurement. Students will discuss how 3D shapes differ from 2D shapes as well as similarities and differences between polyhedra and non-polyhedra.

At Home – Check out these sites for more information:

Social Studies – Students will continue learning about communities, the environment, and how the actions of people change our environment. We will continue to explore different types of communities, rural, suburban, and urban. We will also discuss the similarities of different communities that form a region.

At Home – Visit these sites for more information

Types of Communities activity

Types of Communities video

Spelling – This week we will look at words with double consonants. Spelling list: jelly, bottom, pillow, happen, butter, lesson, cherry, sudden, arrow, dollar, hello, rabbit, letter, button, mirror, funny, better, stubborn.

At Home – Visit our class page at Spelling City,, to review this week's spelling list.

Thank you Families! Happy Mother's Day weekend!