Medcalf Minutes

January 11th - 15th

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

Integrity

Continuous Improvement

3 Be’s – Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

Be Known...

Anderson Grove is Known for Being a . . .

Collaborative

Dedicated

Positive

Community

Expectation of the Week: Restrooms

Be Respectful

  • Flush the toilet

  • Stay in your stall

  • Wait your turn


Be Responsible

  • Wipe off counter and put towels in trash

  • Hands to yourself

  • Remember your purpose and leave no trace


Be Safe

  • Wash hands with soap and water

A Note from Mrs. Medcalf

Just a reminder that unless the wind chill is below zero or there is precipitation, AG students go outside for recess. Please help your child remember to wear hats, gloves and warm coats for outdoor activities. Students are welcome to bring snow boots and snow gear to change into so they can go out in the snow. If a student does not have snow boots and gear to change into, and there is snow covering the grass, they will be instructed to stay on the blacktop area.

A Note from Mrs. Billquist

A Note From Mrs. Billquist

I am a Learning Center teacher here at Anderson Grove and spend some time in Mrs. Medcalf's classroom. This semester I will be adding some notes to her newsletter about reading, writing, and math. I've enjoyed seeing how much the class has learned since the beginning of the school year. I look forward to sharing ways to help or challenge your child at home so that they can continue being successful.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18- No School- Staff Development
Jan. 22- Movie Night- 6:30 to 8:30- in gym (Students will vote on movie selection at a later date)
Jan. 28- Skate Night at Skate City- 5:00-7:00

Specials

Monday (Day 7) - Music

Tuesday (Day 8) - PE

Wednesday (Day 9) - Media

Thursday (Day 10) - Music

Friday (Day 1) - PE

A Peek at our Week

Reading – Readers will focus on our weekly comprehension skill: Compare and contrast—tell how details and ideas are alike or different as well as a weekly comprehension strategy: Analyze/ evaluate—think about what you read, and form an opinion about it Vocabulary: peak, examined, fondly, steep, rugged, pausing, mist, pleaded


At Home – Share different examples of writing with your students such as magazine articles, letters to the editor in the newspaper, or fiction stories. Ask your student to identify the author’s purpose and look for evidence from the text to support their conclusion. Citing evidence from a text will be an important skill for third graders!



Writing – Writing Focus: Informative . Informative paragraphs often include labels, facts, details, definitions, and examples to help inform the reader.


At Home - Check out these websites for informational paragraph samples, comprehension questions, and quizzes.
http://theteacherscafe.com/category/key-ideas-details-info-online-games-int/

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Math – Mathematicians will work more in depth at counting multiples. We will spend a little time each day practicing this skill and marking our multiples on hundreds charts. This will be the foundation to multiplication facts!


At Home – Give your child two factors and ask them to solve by drawing out the number of groups and the number of items in each group. You may also visit these sites for more practice!
http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/carls-cookie-capers



Social Studies – Students have learned a bit about production, abundance, and scarcity. We will continue our study of working in our community by discussing producers and consumers, as well as the goods and services they buy and sell. Our class will create our own mini-society during this unit where students will get the opportunity to see this producer/consumer exchange in action.


At Home – Check out these web sites to find out more:
http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/money/managing/article2.html
http://www.brainpopjr.com/socialstudies/economics/needsandwants/search/



Spelling – This week students will study contractions, a word made by combining two other words. The contractions we are studying this week are 'd, n't, 's, 're.


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 http://www.spellingcity.com/BeckyMedcalf/ to have more practice with their words.


Thank you Families!