Medcalf Minutes

February 8th - 12th

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

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.

*Spring Party*

Our Spring Party will take place Thursday, February 11th at 2:00 pm. Our room parents could really use your help in getting set for all the fun! If you can make it, we'd love to have 3-4 parents in to help from 1:45pm - 2:00pm then join the festivities from 2:00pm - 2:55pm.

As part of the celebration, students will decorate gift bags and can pass out Valentines, if they choose to bring them. Valentines are optional. However, if your child chooses to bring Valentines they must bring one for every child in the class. We have 19 students. Students need only write who the Valentines are from. However, if they choose to label each one, here is the class list:

Noah D.


Aspen lauren
Noah M.

Market Day

I happy to announce the new date for the Market Day. Thank you to families for all of your help in preparing our students for this great event. It is a wonderful way for our students to see economics in action! Our Market Day will take place on Monday, February 8th at 1:15. Most have students have brought their final products but please remind them, if they haven't already, to bring them on Monday. Students will then use their profits from Market Day to bid on items on Auction Day. Auction Day will be on Tuesday, February 9th. Thank you all for your Auction Day donations!

A Note from Mrs. Medcalf

I look forward to seeing all of you at conferences on Tuesday, February 16th and Thursday, February 18th. If you have not registered for a time yet, please visit to schedule an conference time. If the dates for conferences do not work for you, please let me know so we can make arrangements to meet at a different time.

A Note from Mrs. Billquist

Readers visualize or create mental images while reading based on what the author writes. Visualizing helps students gain a better understanding of the text and helps them recall information for longer periods of time. As you read with your child, ask him or her what images they have created. They could draw a picture of what they visualized. Talk about what images you created and what you used to help you create those images (author's words, 5 senses, prior knowledge).

A Note from Ms. Johnson and Unity Council

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!!

A Note from Mrs. von Nagy


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

Upcoming Events

Feb. 8th- Market Day
Feb. 9th- Auction Day

Feb. 11- PTO- 6:30 in the Library (rescheduled from Feb. 2nd)

Feb. 11- Spring Parties- 2:00- 3:00
Feb. 12- No School
Feb. 15- No School
Feb. 16- Conferences- 3:20- 7:40
Feb. 18- Conferences 3:20-7:40


Monday (Day 6) - Art
Tuesday (Day 7) - Music

Wednesday (Day 8) - PE

Thursday (Day 9) - Media (Library Checkout Day)

Friday - No School

A Peek at our Week

Reading – This week students will answer the question, "What can fossils tell us about the past?" Students will use the strategy of visualizing, or creating mental pictures as you read. Readers will also practice the skill of drawing conclusions, or connecting the story details to help understand the text. These details could include things characters say or do in a story. Vocabulary: fossils, clues, remains, prove, evidence, skeletons, uncovering, buried, fierce, location.

At Home – Activities to Do Together:
Vocabulary - Create a story with your child. Say a sentence about fossils or fossil hunting. Then ask your child to add another sentence. Include a Target Vocabulary word in each sentence. Continue adding sentences until the story is complete!
Draw Fossils - Ask your child to name some favorite animals. Then look online or in a reference book for pictures of those animals’ skeletons. Encourage your child to draw one of the skeletons, and point out that this is what the animal’s fossils would look like. Express Yourself! - Ask your child to write a short paragraph explaining why he or she thinks it is important to study fossils.

Writing – Writing Focus: Opinion Writing - Writers will express their opinion about a topic. We will discuss that good opinion writers include a topic sentence, strong reasons to support their opinion, convincing details, and a concluding statement.

At Home - Check out these websites for opinion paragraph samples.
Can you convince me?
Advertising Activity

Math – Mathematicians will practice their strategies of drawing arrays, repeated addition, skip counting, and drawing pictures to solve multiplication, division, and finding missing factors this week.

At Home – Visit these sites for practice with arrays and multiplication/division:

Multiplication with Arrays
Multiplication Practice Scroll down to “Multiply It” or “Multiplication Rods” to review arrays.
Division Facts
Cool Math Multiplication and Division

Social Studies – Thank you to families for your
donations to Auction Day ! We will review the concepts of our unit next week as we wrap up our final project, Market Day!

At Home – Check out these websites to find out more:
Managing Money
Needs vs. Wants

Spelling – This week students will continue their study of words with the -ear, -air, and -are spelling patterns due to the short week last week and this week.

At Home – It is important that students practice sorting their words at home to understand the relationships of their words. Students can practice sorting activities at home as well as play games at to have more practice with their words.

Thank you Families!