Medcalf Minutes

December 7 - 11

Our Field Trip is Monday!

Monday, December 7th, is our first field trip of the year. We will visit the Rose Theater. Please help your child pack a disposable cold lunch. It is helpful to pack a lunch in a plastic or paper sack that students can throw away after they eat. Due to the nature of this field trip, students will move from place to place within the theater and will be responsible for carrying items around if they have any belongings left over after lunch. With all the excitement, it can be easy to leave things behind! We will depart Anderson Grove at 8:30am and return about 2:00pm. Please help your child get to school on time as there will be no transportation to the theater after the bus leaves.

Anderson Grover 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: Hallways

Be Respectful
  • Voices off

  • Walk up the stairs and down the ramp

Be Responsible

  • Go directly to your destination

Be Safe

  • Single file line
  • Face forward
  • Hands, feet, and objects to self

Upcoming Events

Dec. 7- 3rd Grade field trip to Rose Theater-8:30 to 2:00
Dec. 15 - 3rd Grade field trip to Durham Museum-8:30 to 2:00
Dec. 18- Winter Parties- 2:00
Dec. 21- Jan. 4- No School- Winter Break
Jan. 5- School resumes

Specials Schedule

Monday (Day 3) - No Specials due to field trip

Tuesday (Day 4)- Guidance & Library Checkout

Wednesday (Day 5) - PE

Thursday (Day 6) - Art

Friday (Day 7) - Music

A Note from Mrs. von Nagy

Third grade is working their way through this year’s Golden Sower Nominees. In the spring our students will have the opportunity to contribute to the Golden Sower vote, which decides this year’s Golden Sower winners! To learn more about this literary award that’s unique to Nebraska, go to

A Note from Mrs. Medcalf

We have a couple of weeks until winter break but a busy few weeks they will be! We have several units to wrap up and assessments to take before the end of our second semester. If your student will miss school due to a scheduled trip, please let us know the dates as soon as you can. We may be able to work around the absences if we know ahead of time.

A Peek at our Week

Reading – Readers review author’s purpose. It is important to know the author’s purpose when selecting a book, whether it be to read for pleasure, to learn more information, or find out an author’s opinion on a certain topic. Reader’s need to decipher if an author is writing to persuade, inform, or entertain. Students will learn that the author’s purpose is as easy as P.I.E. as an acronym for remembering the three categories. We will also review plural/possessive nouns, as well as synonyms and antonyms.

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 – Writers will begin working on cause-and-effect paragraphs, learning the different parts of the paragraphs and how carefully draft a paragraph to show both cause and effect.

At Home - Check out these websites for cause-and-effect paragraph samples, comprehension questions, and quizzes.,8256,1453913-,00.html

Math – Mathematicians will review the similarities and differences of the U.S. Standard and Metric measurement systems. We will also introduce perimeter and how to measure the perimeter of 2D figures with these measuring tools.

At Home
– Ask your student to create different 2D figures with the same perimeter at home. You may also visit this sites for more practice:

Social Studies – We have enjoyed hearing the histories and special traditions of our third-grade families! We will review rules/laws, responsibilities of good citizens, and contributions of immigrants this week.

At Home – Share your family’s history. Does your child have ancestors that immigrated through Ellis or Angel Island? Check out these websites with your child to get more background information on early immigration:

Spelling – This week students will study r-controlled a sounds in words spelled with word patterns -oy and -oi.

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!