4th Grade Happenings: Week 16

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of December 15, 2014


We believe that one of the biggest indicators of a child's success in school is the communication flow between school and home. To that end, the 4th grade will be communicating what's happening around our hood on a weekly basis. We'll highlight the current week's activities, what's coming up on the horizon, homework expectations, and any other additional information that you may find helpful as 4th grade parents. We know your time is valuable and your email boxes overflowing, but please take a moment to read our memo each week. We're trying a new format this year that we hope will communicate more information in a more concise manner. Questions and/or comments? Please let us know!

Our Best,

Karen & Stephanie


  • review of 9 week skills


  • Sitton List 13 - to be tested on THURSDAY this week due to break
  • Skill 1: suffixes
  • Skill 2: homophones

  • Place Value & the Standard Algorithm
Social Studies
  • following routes on a historical map

Science: Making Connections

  • car & ramp inquiry
  • Expository #1: My Favorite Season
  • Grammar: comparative vs. superlative adjectives


If you have volunteered to contribute an item to our holiday party, THANK YOU! You may send it in at any time this week. We have a place to store refrigerated items on campus, so you may send cold things in ahead of time.

Monday 12/15 -

  • purple specials day - Beasley library - DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOKS!
  • math homework sheet is due Wednesday due to the lengthy amount
  • reading homework due (logged online by 5:00 Sunday 12/14 or handwritten summary & minutes read turned in during class today)

Tuesday 12/16
  • red specials day
  • please let your child's homeroom teacher know if you would prefer that your child NOT see any of the movies below (see "Holiday Party Information" section below)

Wednesday 12/17 -

  • orange specials day

Thursday 12/18

  • yellow specials day
  • reading & spelling homework due (early due to short week)
  • Spell Check over Sitton List 13 in class (early due to short week)
  • pajama drive ends

Friday 12/19
  • green specials day
  • Class Party - 10:30 - 11:30

For which specials (PE, Performing Arts, Visual Art, Library) your child goes to on what day, please see the Our Town website under "Specials Schedule".

ON THE HORIZON - Upcoming Dates


New items from the previous week's newsletter are in italics below.

Monday - Friday 12/22 - 1/2

  • Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 1/16

  • Reagan Spelling Bee in MPR - 6:00 pm. For more information, see below.

Friday 1/16

  • End of Second Nine Weeks

Monday & Tuesday 2/2 & 2/3

  • Staff February Conference - NO SCHOOL for students (please note, it is a 2 day break this year, vs. the 3 day break from past years


All homework is weekly homework (not daily). Any homework below is due this THURSDAY due to break. NO HOMEWORK OVER THE BREAK!



  • Online Reading Log & Questions - 40 minutes reading and online homework on website due Thursday 12/18; if you would prefer to turn in a hard copy, read 40 minutes and write a short BME (beginning-middle-end) summary on a piece of looseleaf paper. Three to five sentences, no more necessary.
  • Sitton List 13 - Spell Check on Thursday 12/18 due to holiday party
  • no spelling worksheet this week

Holiday Party Information - Friday, December 19th

Our students can't WAIT for the upcoming holiday party! There's a lot going on in Our Town that day; here's some information you may find helpful:


We will be celebrating on Friday, December 19th with a holiday party and a Penny Gift Exchange. Students are able to bring in a SMALL trinket type gift. This should NOT be something expensive, but rather something simple - for example, pencil cap erasers, pencils, piece of wrapped candy, sticker, etc - for each student in his/her homeroom. The morning of our party, students will exchange trinkets (much like a Valentine's card exchange). Gifts do not need to be wrapped or labeled to/from. *There are 22 students in both Mrs. Beasley's homeroom and Mrs. LaCombe's homeroom; students are only to bring in penny christmas trinkets for their homeroom, not both classes.* Please understand that participation is optional; students do not have to bring in gifts.


10:30 - 11:30

Our class holiday party will be on Friday, December 19th from 10:30 - 11:30 in our classrooms. We will be making a snowman craft and enjoying some snacks. Please be on the lookout for some donations we will need to help make this event a success; you should be receiving an email sometime this week. Parents are more than welcome to join us; we'd love to have you! Please remember to check in at the office, and parking will be limited on campus, so Gupton Stadium will be available for parking if necessary. If you're leaving early on your holiday travels and wish to take your child with you when you go, please be sure to let either Mrs. Beasley or Mrs. LaCombe know when you leave.


We will be winding down for the break Friday after our party by enjoying a movie afternoon. We will have the following movies available for viewing; students will sign up in class early next week. Please let your child's teacher know no later than Tuesday, December 16th if you would prefer that they NOT watch a particular movie so we may adjust his/her choices. You do not need to contact us if you are OK with all of the choices below.

  • Rise of the Guardians (PG)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (G)
  • Ice Age (PG)
  • The Polar Express (G)
  • Frozen Sing Along (G)
To make an informed decision about a movie you may have not seen, feel free to visit websites such as the one listed below for information on a movie's content, or do your own research online.


Parents please remember these very important LISD policies for illness! If your student is running fever of 100 or greater, vomiting or having diarrhea before school, they need to be kept at home until all symptoms are gone without the use of any medications. This is to protect not only the other students in your child’s classroom, but your child as well. If they are already compromised with an illness, sending them into school only lengths that illness and opens the door for new contagions to be picked up. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping to keep all of our Rays healthy! As always, please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you might have regarding your student’s health.

Audra Abseck, RN


National Scripps Spelling Bee

The The 2014-2015 Reagan Spelling Bee is set for Tuesday, January, 13th 2015 at 6:00PM. Student check-in is at 5:30 the same day in the MPR.

Student in grades 3-5 are eligible to compete. The winner will advance to the next phase of the competition which will take place at Cedar Valley Middle School in Round Rock ISD on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015.

If you want to participate, click here to register. The 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List is linked below. Participation is completely voluntary and all preparation done at home.

For more information about Scripps National Spelling Bee, click here.


The 2014-15 yearbook is available for preorder online now! Click the link below for more information.
Have a great week! Our best ~

Karen & Stephanie

Reagan Elementary Our Town 4th Grade, 2014.15

Feel free to contact us at any time!
Stephanie Beasley - stephanie.beasley@leanderisd.org

Karen LaCombe - karen.lacombe@leanderisd.org