The Harrahill Herald

Mrs. Harrahill's News for May 16th-20th, 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 Social Skill: Staying on Task

  1. Look at your task or assignment.
  2. Think about the steps needed to complete the task.
  3. Focus all of your attention on the task.
  4. Stop working only when instructed.
  5. Ignore distractions and interruptions from others.

School-Wide Expectations: Playground

Be Safe

  • Stay in designated play areas

  • Go down the slide on your bottom

  • Use equipment safely and appropriately

Be Respectful

  • Invite others to play

  • Take turns

  • Follow adult directions

Be Responsible

  • Line up when the whistle blows
  • Bring equipment into the classroom

Notes from the Editor

  • Continued Expectations: Although it's nearly the end of the year, we still have quite a lot of important learning and "showing what we know" before it completely wraps up. The past couple of weeks have been a bit tricky for our class to stay on task, listen, and follow directions. It would be fantastic if parents could help reinforce classroom expectations at home this week. The more successful we are each day, the more "fun stuff" we can do the last week of school! (Students will work this week to earn a class picnic, special treat, kickball game, and special desk arrangements the last week of school.) : )

  • Homework: Students were given an assignment over the weekend to prepare for their oral presentation on Thursday. All materials are due to school by Tuesday, May 17th so students can practice their speeches in class. Please see the separate email for more information. Any other assignment(s) that come(s) home are for individual students that did not complete the assignment(s) during given class time.

  • Multiplication Practice: Students should continue to practice their multiplication facts for accuracy and automaticity (quick recall). They will receive their last set of activity sheet updates this week. These are great resources as students prepare for summer break.

  • Library Checkout: This past Friday, all of our students returned or renewed their books on time! : ) Mrs. Von Nagy was very happy with students' responsible choices for their materials. ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE FRIDAY, MAY 20TH. Any late or missing books will be subject to a fine. Mrs. Von Nagy will send reports home with students that have missing materials.

Literacy Links & Unity Council by Miss Johnson, Literacy Coach & Unity Council Sponsor

UC Lollipop Sales Update

Thank you so much to those who purchased lollipops last week. We sold out quickly on the second day! Because of all the lollipops sold this year, Unity Council is able to give a generous donation to the Ronald McDonald House when we go at the end of this month. As always, thank you so much for your continued support of all our fundraisers and community events…we couldn’t do it without you!

Thank You!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for a great 6 years at Anderson Grove. I am so thankful for the time I have spent here and will miss so many things about our school… most especially the people! The students, families, and staff have made my time at Anderson Grove the most memorable of my career and I will be forever grateful for that! Anderson Grove is such a special place and I am lucky to have been a part of it!

If you ever need anything from me I am still just an email away. Once a Quail, Always a Quail! Thank YOU for everything!

Library News by Mrs. von Nagy

All Library Books Due By Friday, May 20th!

The last day to turn in all library materials for the year is Friday, May 20th. Be on the lookout for overdue notices, which will be sent out weekly in May. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. von Nagy at

Local Listings

May 17 - Talent Show Auditions after school
May 20 - ALL library books due back
May 24 - K-2 Talent Show @ 9:45
May 25 - 3-6 Talent Show @ 1:30
May 25 - Report Cards go home in Friday Folders
May 26 - Last Day of School - Field Day and 11:40 a.m. dismissal (no lunch)

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 (no 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: Students will practice and present to the class about their plans for their summer vacations. Presentations will be on Thursday.

At Home: Students should complete their brainstorm and outline (on notebook paper from class last week). They also need to write their outline on notecards with keywords and phrases and create a visual aid (poster or artifacts) to support their speech. All materials are due to school on Tuesday.


In School: Writers will create one final fiction piece for the year showcasing their understanding of skills learned this year for the 6 Traits: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions.


In School: Mathematicians will learn about attributes of 3D solids and begin to better understand area using dimensions. Vocab: solids, 3D, dimensions, figure, geometry, surface, faces, edges, prism, pyramid, cube, cone, cylinder, sphere, hemisphere, hexagonal prism, octagonal prism, triangular prism, rectangular prism, square prism, polyhedra, nonpolyhedra.


In School: Scientists will wrap up their learning about energy and matter.

Social Studies

In School: Students will deepen and wrap up their understanding of maps, types of communities, and environments around the world. Vocab: rural, urban, suburban, continent, landform, mine, weather, climate, elevation, vegetation, ecosystem, agricultural region, industrial region, renewable resource, nonrenewable resource, conserve, erosion, recycle, reduce, reuse, adapt, modify, irrigate.


In School: Spellers will study the -augh and -ough spelling patterns. This will be our last spelling sort of the year.

Words: taught, thought, rough, laugh, bought, cough, ought, caught, fought, daughter, tough, through, enough, brought, was, draw, sought, naughty