Medcalf Minutes

April 4th - April 8th

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: Playground Behavior

Be Respectful

  • Invite others to play

  • Follow adult directions

  • Take turns

Be Responsible

  • Line up when the whistle blows

  • Bring equipment into the classroom

Be Safe

  • Stay in designated play areas

  • Use equipment safely and appropriately

  • Go down the slide on your bottom

Social Skill of the Week: Appropriate Voice Tone

  • Listen to the level of voices around you.
  • Change your voice to match.
  • Watch and listen for visual or verbal cues, and adjust your voice as needed.

A note from Mrs. Medcalf


April 5th & 6th, third graders will begin their first NeSA assessment over Language Arts. The NeSA Math is scheduled for April 13th & 14th. A final day of NeSA will take place on April 28th.

Third grade is the first year that students take the NeSA and this can lead to some nervousness leading up the the assessment. Please help your child by making sure they have eaten a good breakfast each morning and have gotten plenty of sleep. Please encourage your child to do their best and really take their time reading and thinking about their responses.

Third Quarter Report Cards Going Online

The third quarter report cards will be available online for parents to access. Like secondary parents, elementary parents will soon be able to see his or her child’s report card online through a secured username and password. The username & passwords, and a link to the report card were emailed to all parents on April 1, 2016. For third quarter, a printed version of the report card will also be available.

A note from Mr. Mathews

Pasta For Pennies Fund Drive!!!

Looking for kind donations for the LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA Society Fund Drive!! The Pasta for Pennies program will start Monday, April 4, and will conclude on Friday, April 8. Students are encouraged to bring in change that jingles, but money that folds will also be accepted. Last year, Anderson Grove raised a total of $2,573.68 All proceeds from the event were donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Nebraska Chapter. The class that raises the most money for the donation drive will receive a classroom pasta party sponsored by the Olive Garden Restaurant. Let’s see if AG can beat our total amount raised last year!!

Look for collection boxes to come home in Friday Folders on April 1st!

A Note from Mrs. Billquist

Third graders use a lot of different strategies when adding. One strategy for addition is adding by place. If the problem was 349+175, they would break the numbers apart by place value, add each place value, and then find the total. It might look like this.

300+100= 400

40+70= 110


400+110+14= 524

Another strategy they might use is adding one number in parts. Using the same addition problem, it might look like this.

349+ 100=449


519+5= 524

Other strategies might include drawing pictures, using an open number line, or changing the numbers to make them easier to add. Whatever strategy your child might use, let them be the teacher and explain how to solve the problem.

Upcoming Events

April 5- Skate City Night- 5:30- 7:30
April 5 - NeSA Reading Day 1
April 6 - NeSA Reading Day 2


Monday (Day 8) - PE
Tuesday (Day 9) - Media and Library Checkout Day

Wednesday (Day 10) - Music

Thursday (Day 1) - PE

Friday (Day 2) - Music

A Peek at our Week - Update

Reading – This week we’ll ask “Why do animals migrate to other places”? In the informational text The Journey: Stories of Migration, students will learn about the migratory patterns of several different animals. We’ll also read the classic fable The Grasshopper and the Ant, about a grasshopper that sings all the time and fails—unlike the ant—to prepare for winter. Target Vocabulary: survival, migrate, plenty, frightening, accidents, solid, chilly, landscape, thunderous, dramatic.

At Home – Activities to Do Together
Vocabulary Play a game that uses this week’s Target Vocabulary words. Say a sentence that uses one of the words. Then have your child change the sentence by adding a new vocabulary word. Take turns until you have one long sentence that uses as many of the vocabulary words as you can.
Movin’ On Talk with your child about reasons people move. Ask him or her to describe what it might feel like to move to a new place.
Vacation Fun Have your child write a paragraph to describe a trip he or she has taken recently, or would like to take. Encourage your child to use details in each sentence.

Writing – Writing Focus: Narrative Writing - Writers will continue to brainstorm ideas for a second fictional narrative writing piece. The paragraph will focus on a main character and sequencing events in a way that makes sense to the reader.

At Home - Ask your child to tell a story "across their fingers" tapping one finger each of the following: Somebody (who was the main character), Wanted (what did the character want), But (what was the problem), So (how did the character solve the problem), Then (what was the resolution to the problem)

Math – Mathematicians will begin their new unit How Many Hundreds? How Many Miles? Students will reviewing adding and subtracting strategies that were learned earlier in the year. However, this time they will be working with more 2- and 3-digit problems. We will also focus on adding and subtracting money in this unit.

At Home – Review addition and subtraction here:

Science – Scientists will learn how energy is converted and transferred. We will investigate this with Slinkys, waves in water, and a tone generator.

At Home –
Check out these sites for more information about energy:

Spelling – Students will work with base words that end in -y. When a base word ends with -y, you change the -y to an -i before adding -ed or -es.

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!