The Harrahill Herald

News for Oct. 3rd-7th, 2016

Anderson Grove 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.


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

AG's "Be Known"

Anderson Grove is Known for Being a. . .





School-Wide Expectations: Hallway

Be Respectful

  • Voices off.

  • Walk up the stairs and down the ramp.

Be Responsible

  • Go directly to your destination.

Be Safe

  • Walk in a single-file line.

  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
  • Face forward.

School-Wide Social Skill: Making An Apology

  1. Look at the person.
  2. Use a serious, sincere voice.
  3. Say "I'm sorry for..." or "I want to apologize for..."
  4. Explain how you plan to do better in the future.
  5. Say "Thanks for listening."

Local Listings

Sept. 30 - Movie Night sponsored by PTO @ 7:00 p.m. in the gym
Oct. 3 - School Pictures
Oct. 4 - Conferences @ 3:20-7:40
Oct. 6 - Conferences @ 3:20-7:40
Oct. 7 - NO SCHOOL
Oct. 10 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)
Oct. 13 - Skate City Night
Oct. 28 - Fall Party @ 2:00 p.m.

Specials Schedule

Monday (Day 2) - P.E.
Tuesday (Day 3) - Guidance & Library Checkout
Wednesday (Day 4) - Art
Thursday (Day 5) - Music
Friday - NO SCHOOL

Notes from Mrs. Harrahill, Editor

  • Picture Day: Students will take their school picture on Monday morning. Make sure you place your order online or send your order (with money) that day!

  • Homework: There will not be a homework assignment.

  • Spelling: Due to the short week, students will not have a spelling list.

  • Friends & Family Board: We're still missing quite a few students' photos for our board. We'd love to have it full before parents visit for conferences in October!

  • Conferences: It's hard to believe, but they're next week! I'm looking forward to seeing you and sharing how your child is doing so far in third grade. Since this is a conference about your child's education, student attendance is expected. See you next week!

News from the Learning Center

Tips for improving behavior…

Acknowledge your child’s feelings with empathy. Be understanding when they are nervous because they are trying something for the first time, frustrated because a writing assignment is difficult for them, disappointed because they didn’t get invited to a birthday party, or embarrassed because other students laughed at them. Avoid saying things like “Stop making a big deal about it,” “You’ll get over it,” or “Why are you having such a hard time with this; it’s easy.” Instead, make empathetic statements like, “I understand that this assignment is frustrating for you” or “I understand that you are nervous, that’s common when trying something new.” Also, let them know that you are there to help in any way you can.

Music Notes

It's a real joy teaching your child in music class! So far, we've been learning about rhythms, singing various pitches, playing on the barred instruments, and learning a movement dance called "Galopede." One of our 3rd grade music goals is to read music pitches on staff, both in solfeg and also the treble clef note names. We will have several interactive lessons throughout the school-year to accomplish this goal.

Mark your calendars: The 2nd and 3rd grade music program will occur on Thursday, February 16th at 7pm.

Please "like" us and check us out on Facebook at: I update this site every couple weeks.

Musically yours, Mr. Becker

Notes from Ms. Tarry, Speech-Language Pathologist

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Ms. Olivia Tarry and I am the new Speech-Language Pathologist at Anderson Grove Elementary. I am excited to be here and get to know all of the amazing students/families at our school. Even though your student may not have speech/language needs, I will be in many classrooms throughout the year assisting all students with their learning. I love to help students understand figurative language (ex. idioms, similes, analogies) in reading and writing and become better writers overall. Please feel free to contact me at the school if you ever have any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting all of you throughout the year at AG!

PTO News

October is International Walk to School Month and Anderson Grove is celebrating this global event by participating in International Walk to School Day USA! Grab your walking shoes on Wednesday October 5th 2016 and join in with thousands of students and families across America and walk to school! Save on gas, get exercise, and help traffic congestion near the school, and at the same time, enjoy nature, your neighborhood, and quality time with your child! What a terrific way to start the day! Families that live too far, work, or can’t walk with their child that day may use Quail Circle as a drop off point for your kids to walk to school with a parent volunteer. There will be Parent Volunteers at several locations to walk with the kids. Last year we had over 90% of the children at Anderson Grove participate in the Walk to School event.

Current Events


In Class: Readers will apply their understanding of cause and effect within texts. They'll also work to understand how authors and illustrators create the mood, or feeling, of texts. Students will practice strong fluency skills by using appropriate intonation while reading.

At Home: When reading with your child at home, model appropriate intonation, or the rising and falling of your voice. Your voice naturally rises when asking a question or when something exciting happens. It goes down when there is a statement or command being made. Good readers also use intonation within sentences. They know when it's appropriate because it sounds natural and they think about what's happening to add meaning when reading aloud.


In Class: Writers will finish revising, editing, and publishing their narrative writing about a moment in their lives that was "life-changing" or memorable.

At Home: Look for the following features of great personal narrative writing in your child's piece when you come to conferences next week!
  • sequence of events in order
  • include interesting details and vivid words
  • use dialogue between characters
  • have a strong beginning and ending
  • connect ideas in a logical way


In Class: Mathematicians will work with their subtraction facts to find the difference between to numbers. This is also referred to as the "distance" between two numbers. They'll represent their thinking using an equation with a missing value. (This will look like solving for the value of a letter or another symbol.) We'll connect the facts and strategies learned to solve addition with facts and strategies used to subtract.

At Home: Check out the following websites with your child!

Splash Math - See games in "Addition" and "Subtraction" (2- and 3-digit). Students should show their work using a number line on paper to reinforce our strategies.

Island Chase Subtraction - Subtraction fact fluency game

Tic Tac Toe Subtraction - Solve 3-digit subtraction problems to win squares on the board and win the game!

Number Eaters - Subtraction fact fluency with certain differences


In Class: Scientists will continue learning about the life cycle of a plant. They learned what a plant needs to start growing from a dormant seed (water and sunlight), and they'll develop a stronger understanding that plants may not need soil as long as they get nutrients. This will lead to growing bush bean plants hydroponically and tracking their growth over the next several weeks. Vocab: dormant, seed coat, swollen, embryo, cotyledon, germination, organism, growth, seed, seedling, roots, stem, leaves, nutrients, hyrdroponics.

At Home: Look for an OPTIONAL green "Home/School Connection" and "Math Extension - Problem of the Week" worksheet coming home in Friday Folders next Friday. It has two activities that you can do with your child to connect what we've learned in class to real life (outside of the classroom). These do not need to be returned to school. This is one way to support your child's science understandings.