Our Town Happenings Week #21

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of February 8 - 12, 2016

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

VALENTINE'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL - THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 12 - 1:15 - 2:15 - click below to donate!

PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE CLASS NAME LIST FOR VALENTINES - IT WAS EMAILED OUT ON THURSDAY 2/4

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

WRITING
  • expository organization review
  • grammar review: complete sentences, subject / verb agreement, capitalization & punctuation
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Stephen F. Austin
MATH
  • measurement continued
READING
  • Greek & Latin roots
SPELLING
  • Sitton List 19 Core Words - heavy, carefully, follow, beautiful, everyone
  • for extended list, see below

SCIENCE

  • The Rock Cycle: weathering, erosion, deposition

OUR CURRENT WEEK

Monday 2/8

  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Art)
Tuesday 2/9
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
Wednesday 2/10
  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Library)
Thursday 2/11
  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)
Friday 2/12
  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
  • Spell Check over List 19
  • Science Vocab Test #1 (water cycle, weather, and soil)
  • Valentine's Day Ice Cream Social - 1:15 - 2:15 - SEE DETAILS BELOW

HOMEWORK

READING

  • Reading Log: 100 minutes (in Google Classroom account)
  • hard copy reading passage: Weather (handed out in class on Monday 2/8, due Monday 2/15) - linked below

MATH

  • worksheet (handed out in class on Monday 2/8, due Monday 2/15)
SPELLING
  • Spell Check 19 on Friday 2/12
SCIENCE
  • complete Moon Diary - due Monday, 2/15 (handed out in class early January - may use online resources to fill out as well as observation)
  • Changing Earth Vocab Quiz 1 on Friday, 2/12 (Beasley homeroom) - vocab hard copy linked below & link for online Quizlet practice
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4th ANNUAL FACULTY FOLLIES SHOW - Saturday, February 20 @ 11am - VISTA RIDGE PAC

Mark your calendars now to come see your teachers like you've never seen them before! Tickets are $7 each and are available at the PTA e-store. If you purchase by February 17th, tickets will be delivered to your child's class. Tickets purchased after that may be picked up at the Will Call window at the Vista Ridge PAC. Volunteers are needed to help make this a memorable event; check out the PTA website to sign up. Come see your 4th grade team like you've never seen them before - hope to see you there!

ALL-CALL FOR ART SUPPLIES!

All students in all grades are about to begin print-making in art class with Ms. Freeman. She has asked for donations of the following to help make the project a success: shaving cream (not the gel kind, but the white, foamy kind), nail polish (especially bright, glittery colors), and styrofoam plates. If you have any of those items laying around your house not being used, she would appreciate them!

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.


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
  • Saturday 2/20 - Faculty Follies Show - Vista Ridge PAC at 11:00 am

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
  • Friday 4/15 - Field Trip to Twin Lakes YMCA
  • Friday 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!

SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED FORMS - DUE 2/29!

Your child was given a hard copy of a Six Flags Read to Succeed reading log in class this past Friday. If your child reads six hours and logs their reading, he/she may earn a certificate for a free ticket to Six Flags to use this summer.


Please note that forms MUST be turned in NO LATER THAN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29th. If they have lost the form, it is linked below.

PTA UPDATES

It's time for the February PTA meeting! It will be three great events, rolled into one:
  • Mulch Day in the garden at 9:30am (please sign up to help out)
  • Carrot Cake to celebrate Ronald Reagan's Birthday ~10:30am
  • PTA Member Meeting at 11am


The February PTA newsletter is out! Check it out below to see all the great things that are happening around our campus.


Also, every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Friday morning, between 7:15-7:40, our PTA sells the ever-popular spirit sticks for $1 each and spirit rings for $2 each outside the front doors of the school (if weather permits; immediately inside if not). These are upcoming sales dates: February 19, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, and May 6, 20.

OUR WEEK IN PICTURES

We've been busy the past few weeks! We worked on measurement and comparative/superlative adjectives with our buddies, got our hands dirty as we tested the water retention of different soils, and had a teacher lip sync battle at our January Huddle in the Hood! We also have been watching our Book Challenge graphs go - what a great group of readers!
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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