Our Town Happenings Week #17

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of January 4 - 8, 2016

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We had a wonderful holiday party right before the break and can't thank you all enough for the kind thoughts and sweet gifts! Our breaks were relaxing & full of family and fun, and we're looking forward to seeing our school kids this Monday. Hope you had a great break with your kiddos, and may the new year be a wonderful one for you & yours!

NEW DISMISSAL TIME STARTING MONDAY, JANUARY 4th: 2:50

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WELCOME TO 4TH GRADE!

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, we 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 often err on the side of over-informing to ensure you have all the information you need to help us partner together in making this a great year for your child. We know your time is valuable and your email boxes overflowing, but please take a moment to read our memo each week.


Weekly newsletters may also be found archived on our class website under the "Weekly Newsletters" page. Questions and/or comments? Please let us know!


Our Best,


Karen & Stephanie

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

WRITING
  • review benchmark
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • finish LaSalle / begin missions
MATH
  • review district benchmark
READING
  • review district benchmark
SPELLING
  • Sitton List 15 Core Words - road, either, held, blue, instead
  • for extended list, see below

SCIENCE

  • recap of making connections unit
  • take unit assessment

OUR CURRENT WEEK

ALL MONTH: School Board Recognition Month

Monday 1/4

  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Library)
  • Culture Presentations (homeroom presentation schedule in email)
Tuesday 1/5
  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)
Wednesday 1/6
  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
  • Culture Presentations (homeroom presentation schedule in email)
Thursday 1/7
  • Orange Specials Day (Beasley/Visual Art, LaCombe/PE)
Friday 1/8
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Visual Art)
  • First Fun Friday in 4th Grade: Crazy Hair Day!

FUN FIRST FRIDAY IN 4th GRADE - CRAZY HAIR DAY - THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 8!

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HOMEWORK

READING

  • Reading Log: 80 minutes
  • Reading Homework in Google Classroom

MATH

  • assignment in Google Classroom Math Class
SPELLING
  • Spell Check 15 on Friday 1/8

UPCOMING DATES - UPDATED THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR!!

Below you will find upcoming dates for the school year that will affect your 4th grader; please update your calendars accordingly. Please understand that dates are subject to change and more than likely will, but we will keep this list current to the best of our ability. To assist you in keeping your calendars updated, any additions or changes from the previous week's memo will be in bold.


JANUARY 2016

  • Monday 1/4 - School resumes
  • Friday 1/8 - Fun First Friday in 4th (Dress-Up) - Crazy Hair Day
  • Friday 1/15 - End of 1st Semester
  • Monday 1/18 - Staff Development / Student Holiday
  • Wednesday 1/20 - 2nd 9 Weeks report cards sent home

FEBRUARY 2016

  • Monday 2/1 - Tuesday 2/2 - Staff Development / Student Holiday
  • Friday 2/5 - Fun First Friday in 4th Grade - Geriatric Attack (Dress up like a Sr. Citizen in honor of the 100th day of school :)
  • Wednesday 2/10 - Karen LaCombe's 29th birthday
  • Wednesday 2/17 - progress reports sent home ONLY for students with a grade >70% in any subject

MARCH 2016

  • TX Independance Day - Dress like a Texan in 4th
  • Sunday 3/13 - Daylight Savings Time - SPRING FORWARD!
  • Monday 3/14 - Friday 3/18 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • Friday 3/25 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
  • Tuesday 3/29 - 4th Grade Writing STAAR Test - please avoid scheduling travel or appointments on STAAR test days if at all possible!

APRIL 2016

  • Friday 4/1 - End of the 3rd 9 weeks
  • Friday 4/1 - First Fun Friday in 4th Grade - Illuminocity Atrocity - Dress in BRIGHT colors!
  • Monday 4/4 - Stephanie Beasley's 29th birthday
  • Wednesday 4/6 - report cards sent home
  • 4/22 - Earth Day
  • Monday 4/25 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (holidays unless the assigned day is needed due to bad weather, which will be communicated in advance)

MAY 2016

  • Wednesday 5/4 - progress reports sent home ONLY for students with a grade >70% in any subject
  • Friday 5/6 - Fun First Friday in 4th Grade - Dress like a STAR! (music, sport, TV - school dress code compliant, please :)
  • Monday 5/9 - 3rd & 4th Grade STAAR Math Test - please avoid scheduling travel or appointments on STAAR test days if at all possible!
  • Tuesday 5/10 - 3rd & 4th Grade STAAR Reading Test - please avoid scheduling travel or appointments on STAAR test days if at all possible!
  • Monday 5/24 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (holidays unless the assigned day is needed due to bad weather, which will be communicated in advance)
  • Monday 5/30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

JUNE 2016

  • 4th 9 weeks - report cards sent home
  • Last Day of School - Have a GREAT summer!

LISD ADDING FIVE MINUTES TO THE SCHOOL DAY

Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, Leander ISD will be adding five minutes to the school day. Elementary campuses will end five minutes later, and high schools will start five minutes earlier, with the exception of Cedar Park High School, which will remain on the same schedule. The new school hours for LISD elementary campuses will be 7:45 a.m. ā€“ 2:50 p.m. and high schools will be 8:40 a.m. ā€“ 3:45 p.m. Middle school hours will not change, and Cedar Park High School hours will not change.


House Bill 2610, which was passed this last legislative session, requires that public school students receive 75,600 minutes of instruction, instead of 180 days. As a result, LISD is lengthening the school day by five minutes at the elementary and high school campuses (except CPHS). LISD middle schools are not impacted by the new law, nor is CPHS, as their school day already meets the requirements of the law.


If your student rides the bus and his or her route is impacted by this change, LISD Transportation services will notify you of your childā€™s new pick-up/drop-off time.

HELPFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS

CURIOUS AS TO WHAT WE DO ALL DAY?

If your child is less than forthcoming about how his/her day was, peek into our world by following us on Twitter. We tweet about our learning every week! Follow our class account at @Our4thGradeTown. If you're not on Twitter but still want to know what's happening, you can find our class Twitter feed on our webpage. We tweet about our learning several times throughout the week.


Weekly memos will be sent via email as well. If your address changes, please let us know so we can keep our records current.

HELPFUL DISTRICT WEBSITES