Our Town Happenings Week #15

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of December 7 - 11, 2015

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
  • finish expository composition #1: My Favorite Season
  • grammar: correlative conjunctions (either/or, neither/nor, etc.); review
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • continue early Texas explorers; begin LaSalle
  • begin Phase 2 (Product Creation) of Culture project AT HOME
  • for specific info on project, see newsletter link below

MATH

  • financial literacy, week #4
  • checkpoint on Friday
READING
  • author's purpose in non-fiction text
  • begin review for Benchmark 1
SPELLING
  • Sitton Spelling Unit 14 Core Words: round, dark, past, ball, girl
  • for extended word list, see link below
SCIENCE
  • thermal & light energy
  • begin car & ramp inquiry lab
  • VOCAB TEST MOVED TO THURSDAY 12/10

OUR CURRENT WEEK

ALL WEEK

  • LET IT GO! Used Book Fair ALL WEEK in the Community Room
  • Hour of Code Week

Monday 12/7

  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
Tuesday 12/8
  • Orange Specials Day (Beasley/Visual Art, LaCombe/PE)
Wednesday 12/9
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Visual Art)
  • sign up for Culture Project presentation day (Monday 12/14 - Thursday 12/17) available in Google Classroom Social Studies Class
Thursday 12/10
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
  • Science Vocab Quiz - see links below for practice options
Friday 12/11
  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Library)
  • social studies presentation days posted for 12/14 - 12/17
  • spell check over Sitton Unit 14
  • operations timed test
  • math checkpoint

HOMEWORK

READING

  • NO READING HOMEWORK UNTIL NEXT YEAR DUE TO SOCIAL STUDIES CULTURE PROJECT

MATH

  • Sumdog Challenge - in student account when they log in
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • culture research project to be completed AT HOME by 12/13; presentations begin Monday 12/14
  • see culture research project link in feed above for details
SCIENCE
  • study for Making Connections Vocab Quiz #2 (to be given THURSDAY 12/10 - rescheduled from Tuesday 12/8)
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OUR TOWN HOLIDAY PARTY

Our Town Holiday Party

Friday, Dec. 18th, 9:45-10:45am

Reagan Elementary, Our Town Classrooms

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Hour of Code is a movement sponsored by code.org that believes every student in every school, regardless of gender or race, should have the opportunity to learn computer science. They have created Hour of Code, a week long push in December to expose as many students as possible to computer coding. Because of the effort of code.org, 98 MILLION students in over 180 countries have written over FOUR BILLION lines of code (and counting!) since it's inception in 2013.


At Reagan, students participate in Hour of Code during their library time (and not only produced some really impressive end products, but had a BLAST doing it - thanks to Mrs. Brymer, our amazing librarian!). We will also be spending some time in the computer lab building codes and exploring this new & upcoming world.


But a week long push is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to coding. There is so much more that students can do with the resources that code.org makes available. Use the links below to check out some of the options that are out there, and get coding!


More information on Code.org, including links, is at our website (linked in the title above). We also have a Code Crazy - You Try! page on our website for students (and parents!) to try their hand at coding.

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.


DECEMBER 2016

  • Monday 12/7 - True Colors Parent Workshop
  • Friday 12/18 - 4th Grade Holiday Parties; 9:45 - 10:45 in classrooms
  • 12/21 - 1/1/16 - LISD Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

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!

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!

It's taken awhile, but cold weather is finally upon us...at least for now :). Please encourage your child to bring a forecast-appropriate jacket to school; we will be outside for recess as long as the temps permit.

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. – 2:50 p.m. and high schools will be 8:40 a.m. – 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 child’s new pick-up/drop-off time.

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

COATS FOR KIDS

Know a child who would benefit from a warm coat this season? See the flyer below. DIstribution day is Saturday, December 12th.

GIVING TREE

There is a Giving Tree set up in the Reagan Library. For students who are interested in participating, they may choose a tag off the tree with a specific need for a child, then bring in a gift to help fulfill that need.


DEADLINE FOR THIS YEAR'S GIVING TREE IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11.

PTA EVENTS / OPPORTUNITIES

TRUE COLORS WORKSHOP

December 7, 5:30-7:30pm
Reagan Library
Pizza will be provided from 5:30-6pm
Workshop starts at 6pm. Limit of 50 participants for the workshop, *adults only*
Everyone else may watch "Inside Out" in the gym at 6pm.
If you'll want a slice of pizza PLEASE rsvp so that we have enough.

PTA HOLIDAY SPIRIT STICKS

Our PTA Spirit Sticks are all the rage this year! While supplies last, you can order a Holiday Gram to be delivered to your child in class on Dec.17. It will include a cardstock tag with "To" and "From" filled in for you, and one Spirit Stick, all for $2. The actual stick received will be a surprise, unless you don't celebrate Christmas and would like to request "Frosty the Snowman". Orders must be placed online via the PTA website (linked below) so that we can keep track of how many are sold. If you don’t receive an email order confirmation, your order didn’t go through. Thank you for supporting your PTA!

USED BOOK FAIR

The annual Reagan PTA Used Book Fair is THIS WEEK! See the flyer linked below for details. To volunteer, send an email to reaganptavolunteercoord@gmail.com, or visit the PTA website linked below.

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