The Harrahill Herald

Mrs. Harrahill's News for January 11th-15th, 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 Expectations Focus of the Week: Restroom

Be Safe

  • Wash hands with soap and water

Be Respectful
  • Flush the toilet
  • Wait your turn Stay in your stall

Be Responsible

  • Wipe off counter and put towels in trash
  • Hands to yourself

  • Remember your purpose and leave no trace

Notes from the Editor

  • Homework: Students will have a math assignment this week. It is due on Thursday. They will have an informal assignment on Monday, if they choose. Students wishing to design our class flag and currency for social studies will need to complete those tasks Monday night and return them on Tuesday for voting. Any student wanting to "apply" for the job of class mayor will need to complete an application Monday night and return it on Tuesday for voting as well. (Note: Applications and designs will not be accepted after Tuesday.)

  • Report Cards: These will come home with students in Friday Folders. Please sign your child's envelope when you have seen his/her report card and send the envelope back to school no later than Wednesday, January 20th.

  • Market Day and Auction Day: Students brought home with them a white letter about our "Mini-society" for the upcoming social studies unit. Be sure to read all of the great information about it (and Market Day, on 2/3). A note about Auction Day (2/4) will come home with students next weekend in Friday Folders. After introducing these special events to students, please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Sports News from Mr. McMahon (P.E. Teacher)

Now that we are in the season for snow, you will be notified if we have an appropriate amount to sled in P.E. Students will only need to bring cold weather clothing (snowsuit/boots). Sleds and a safety lesson will be provided for students. Please keep up to date on P.E. happenings at I will be posting videos and pictures of the fun activities students participate in during their PE time.

Local Listings

Jan. 18 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)
Jan. 22 - Movie Night in the gym @ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 - 100th Day of School 3rd grade fashion show! (pending weather)
Jan. 28 - Skate Night at Skate City @ 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Feb. 2 - Market Day projects and Auction Day donations due to school
Feb. 3 - Market Day!
Feb. 4 - Auction Day!
Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL
Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)
Feb. 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 3:20-7:40 p.m.
Feb. 18 - Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 3:20-7:40 p.m.

Specials Schedule

Monday (Day 7) - P.E.
Tuesday (Day 8) - Music
Wednesday (Day 9) - Art
Thursday (Day 10) - P.E.
Friday (Day 1) - Music & Library Checkout

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 learn how to analyze/evaluate the texts they read - when you think about what you read (analyze) and form an opinion about what the text is about (evaluate). They will also practice comparing/contrasting characters, along with understanding the message of a story in legends and folktales.

At Home: While reading with your child, work on comparing and contrasting the characters in the story. Look for similarities and differences in their experiences, actions, and thoughts. This helps your child understand more about the characters' general traits and motivations.


In School: Writers will learn how to compose informative paragraphs and understand the purpose of them - to inform others about a topic. Their grammar lessons will focus on the use of subject-verb agreement to make complete sentences.

At Home: Read through a newspaper article or nonfiction text with your child. Use a highlighter (if possible) to look at an individual paragraph and identify its main parts:
  • topic sentence - what the paragraph will be about (main idea)
  • facts, details, & examples - supports the topic sentence
  • definitions - sentences or phrases that the author has included to help the reader understand new vocabulary
  • concluding statement - a wrap-up of what the paragraph was about (topic sentence rephrased)


In School: Spellers will practice for mastery their understanding of contractions (two words combined to form a shorter - or contracted - word) with the ending 'd, 's, 't, and 're. Punctuation is vital in contractions! All contractions use an apostrophe!

At Home:
As your child practices his/her spelling words this week, really emphasize the importance of the apostrophe. Does your child know what the punctuation mark is called? Does your child know why we use it when spelling those words? Can your child think of any other contractions that would fit our pattern this week?

Social Studies

In School: Students will begin their economics unit this week. We'll develop our mini-society by creating a town name, currency, vote on a mayor, and apply for town jobs. (Please see notes from the teacher about this.) Entrepreneurs will learn about how people make choices about their needs and wants, along with understanding similarities and differences among producers and consumers. Vocab: needs, wants, scarcity, abundance, opportunity cost, value, goods, services, products, producer, consumer, human resource, natural resource, capital resource, profit.

At Home: Have conversations with your child about how economics impacts your daily decisions:
  • What choices do you make at the grocery story/clothing store/etc.? Why do you make those choices?
  • What factors help you make your choices when purchasing goods or services? (Sales or regular price? Coupons? Is it a need? Is time a factor?)
  • What choices do you make for your job? Do you work with customers/clients that have needs/wants? Do you have a budget to stay within?
  • What good or service do you provide for your customers/clients?


In School: Mathematicians will be learning about measurement and using those facts to develop an understanding of perimeters of various shapes - that is, the total outside measurement of a 2-D shape, i.e. the side of a bookshelf, the door of a cabinet, etc. Vocab: inch, yard, centimeter, meter, ruler, yardstick, meterstick, measure, length, height, width, perimeter.

At Home: Be sure to see the homework section of the notes from the teacher (above). Have a ruler, yardstick, or meterstick at home? Help your child practice measuring objects around the house. Look to see if he/she can accurately measure (to the nearest whole or half inch/centimeter), keep accurate track of measurements when using a tool multiple times (i.e. ruler), and adding up all sides accurately to find the perimeter.