The Harrahill Herald

Mrs. Harrahill's News for Sept. 28th-Oct. 2nd, 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 Grove's "Be Known"

Anderson Grove is Known for Being a. . .





School-Wide Expectations: Focus of the Week


Be Respectful:

  • Greet others appropriately

Be Responsible:

  • Arrive on time
  • Have necessary supplies
  • Go directly to walking club or classroom

Be Safe:

  • Walk around building and in hallways
  • Stay on the designated walking areas
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self

From the Editor

  • Homework: Students won't have any homework this week.

  • Fall Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 13. This year parents will be scheduling their child’s conference time online. The site,, is open. Several other schools in the district have used this system, with very successful results. If you have questions or difficulty with scheduling, please call the AG office and we will try to assist.

Notes from Mrs. Von Nagy, Librarian

Have a spooky good time at this monster of a book fair!

Our fall Scholastic Book Fair will be in Anderson Grove’s library during Parent-Teacher Conferences this year. Come check out the friendly monsters that eat up everything they can read during these times and hours:

October 6th from 3:15-4:00

October 7th from 3:15-4:00

October 8th from 3:30-7:30

October 9th from 3:15-4:00

October 13th from 3:30-7:30

Local Listings

Oct. 7 - National Walk to School Day

Oct. 8 - Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 3:20-7:40
Oct. 13 - Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 3:20-7:40

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: 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. For reading and spelling, we are piloting the materials from National Geographic's Reach 4 Reading program. In writing, we'll be piloting the newest version of Lucy Calkins materials. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.**


In Class - Readers will show what they have learned about comprehending different texts in our first Comprehension Assessment. They will apply the strategies we have been studying in the areas of Within the Text (grammar, vocabulary, and story elements), Beyond the Text (their own thinking – combining what was read and their own background knowledge), and About the Text (thinking like an author about the text they read – organization, title, questions, etc.).

At Home - Have your child practice their reading skills with this online resource! There are several passages for students to read and then answer Within the Text questions (“just the facts” – either right or wrong).


In Class - Writers are continuing to develop their personal narrative rough drafts by adding in details and dialogue to help their reader feel as if they are experiencing the event themselves!

At Home - Discuss why and how authors use paragraphing, leads, and endings in their writing. You can look at books (fiction or nonfiction) with your child to do so. Ask: “How did the author organize his/her writing?” “How does his/her paragraphing help you as the reader?” “How is this paragraph organized?” (the topic of the paragraph), and "Why did the author start a new paragraph here?"


In Class - Students will work with words that have the -tch or -ch digraphs. Here is our list for the week: approach, catch, latch, change, pitched, charming, pouches, chosen, reach, coach, riches, ditch, searching, watchful, itching. Help your student understand which digraph to use by reinforcing that -tch does not start words (used in the middle or end) and -tch usually follows a single, short vowel. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule (i.e. riches)!

At Home - Ask your child to find words that follow the same pattern as they are reading a book. Write them down as you and your child find them in his/her book. Help your child practice their spelling words for 10-15 minutes every day, spelling on a whiteboard, in a notebook, or add some fun -- sprinkle a cookie sheet with sugar or sand, then have your child practice writing the spelling word on that!


In Class - We will begin our few lesson this week! (Woo hoo!) These will not be specific letters, but introductory lessons with typical strokes needed to form various letters. Students will also learn and practice proper posture, pencil grip, and paper positioning when writing.


In Class - Scientists continue investigating about seeds and germination. They'll also learn about what plants need to survive by growing their bush bean plants hydroponically. Vocabulary: embryo, seed coat, cotyledon, germination, organism, growth, seedling, roots, stem, leaves, dormant, hydroponics, nutrients.

At Home - Support your child's understanding of seedling structures by visiting the following links. Be sure to discuss each part and its function!
Parts of Plant Matching

Parts of Plant Labeling
Magic School Bus "Gets Planted" (YouTube)


In Class - Mathematicians are studying data, specifically how to collect, organize, and analyze qualitative data (not number-specific). They are focusing on making, reading, and interpreting single and double bar graphs. They will also learn how to do the same with quantitative data (numbers) on line plots. Vocab: data, bar graph, mode, category, classify, line plot, range.

At Home - Check out these websites with your child! Scroll down to "data and graphs" section Data Bank Game “Cyberchase: Bugs in the System”