The Harrahill Herald

Mrs. Harrahill's News for Nov. 16th-20th, 2015

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's Grove's "Be Known"

Anderson Grove is Known for Being a. . .





Notes from the Editor

  • Homework: There will be math homework coming home this Tuesday. It'll be due back to school on Thursday.

  • Absences/Vacations: It's crazy that we're already halfway through November and nearing the upcoming holidays! I'd like to remind parents that the end of November and all of December are times of assessing students' understandings of our 2nd quarter units. If you plan on taking your child out of school for any reason, please contact me prior so that I can properly prepare your child for missed content. Thank you for your continued support! :)

Health & Wellness by Mrs. Raab, School Nurse

Health Screening will take place Thursday, November 19th for students in grade 3. The students will have their height and weight checked; their vision tested and a quick dental exam. If your child wears glasses or contact lenses, please make sure they are wearing them or bring them for the vision exam part of the screening. If any difficulties are detected, the child will be rescreened at a later date, and the parents will be notified by a letter from the school nurse. All students are required to be screened, unless written documentation is submitted to the school nurse, stating that a similar screening has been done within the last 6 months.

Unity Council Sponsors Thanksgiving Meals

As Thanksgiving approaches, we think of the many families who will go without a warm Thanksgiving meal. Anderson Grove and Unity Council would like to offer support to some of those families in our community. If you would like to participate, please send the appropriate item(s) to class with your child between Monday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Miss Johnson and Unity Council will package up the meals to be delivered. Thank you so much for your generous donation!

Kindergarten- Macaroni and Cheese

1st Grade- Stuffing Mix

2nd Grade- Instant Potato packs

3rd Grade- Canned Vegetables

4th Grade- Jars of Turkey Gravy

5th Grade- Cans of Cranberry Sauce

6th Grade- Cans of soup/crackers

"Share a Bear" Drive

The AG Community Quail Club is collecting stuffed animals for local fire departments to use for children involved in tragedies, such as fires or car accidents. Community Quail students will collect new stuffed animals or clean and gently used stuffed animals from November 16th through November 27th every day before school. Thanks for your support!
-Mr. Meyer and the Community Quails

Local Listings

Nov. 20 - PTO Game Night @ 6:30 p.m. in the school gym
Nov. 24 - AG Shirt/ Hoodie orders are due
Nov. 25 - NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)
Nov. 26 - NO SCHOOL (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Nov. 27 - NO SCHOOL
Dec. 7 - Field Trip to The Rose Theater (bring sack lunch)

Specials Schedule

Monday (Day 1) - Music & Library Checkout
Tuesday (Day 2) - P.E.
Wednesday (Day 3) - Guidance
Thursday (Day 4) - Art
Friday (Day 5) - P.E.

Current Events

**Note: It's an exciting time in 3rd grade! This year, our students are part of a group helping to pilot new reading, writing, and spelling programs. In writing, we're piloting the newest version of Lucy Calkins materials. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.**


In School: Readers will be reviewing what they've learned about comprehension strategies throughout 2nd quarter, with a focus on visualizing (how we picture what we've read based on the words the author used).

At Home: When reading with your child, take time to stop and ask him/her what words the author used to help picture what he/she just read. This should include specific details that can be individual words OR phrases. Don't forget that the author lets us into characters' minds to hear thoughts, too! Want to incorporate the arts? Before (or after) having this discussion with your child, have him/her draw a picture that represents what was just read. Have him/her share why he/she drew what he/she did (words and phrases from the text).


In School: Information writers will plan out the sequence and structure of each of their nonfiction chapters this week. They'll also begin researching more information on their topics using books from the library and online sources.

At Home: Help your child collect important facts that will allow him/her to elaborate on each subtopic within his/her book. Monitor your child's research while online using sources from the school library page, under "3rd Grade Resources." Appropriate sources should be any of the animal-based links.
AG Library Page


In School: Spellers will study spelling patterns with the a+r-influenced vowel sounds. (-ar, -air, and -are)

At Home: When your child practices spelling, have a contest to see who can find the most words using our patterns that are not on our list. This will help students when we assess at the end of the week. (Half of our words on the test are from the sort, the other half use the patterns in unfamiliar words to check understanding of the patterns.)


In School: Mathematicians will practice addition and subtraction strategies on the number line and 1,000 chart using 2- and 3-digit numbers in story problems. Vocab: distance & difference.

At Home: Work with your child at home to practice these strategies on the number line. You can do so when your child is working on his/her math homework this week. Don't forget to have your child check out these games to practice addition and subtraction online!
Adding two 3-digit numbers
Adding two 3-digit numbers (story problems)
Subtracting two 3-digit numbers (story problems)
Drag 'N Drop Math

Social Studies

In School: Third graders will continue to learn about citizenship. They'll study what important citizens have done to take action for equal rights in our country. Vocab: citizen, deed, amendment, volunteer, convention, suffrage, civil rights, delegate, cause, union, strike, motto.

At Home: Have a conversation with your child about rights that your family has. Talk about why those rights are important. Discuss other rights that Americans have and any American hero that took action for the cause (i.e. Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Thurgood Marshall, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ceasar Chávez, etc.)

School-Wide Expectations Focus of the Week: Arrival

Be Safe
  • Walk around building and in hallways

  • Stay on the designated walking areas

  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self

Be Respectful
  • Greet others appropriately

Be Responsible
  • Arrive on time

  • Have necessary supplies

  • Go directly to walking club or classroom