Our Town Happenings Week #13

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of November 16 - 20, 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
  • begin brainstorming for expository composition #1
  • grammar: continue quotation marks, time-order transition words (first, next, finally, after that, etc)

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Explorers: The New World

MATH

  • financial literacy
READING
  • gathering factual information from text features - graphs, charts, technical drawings, tables, etc.
  • following procedural texts
SPELLING
  • Sitton Spelling Unit 12 Core Words: class, piece, surface, river, common
  • for extended word list, see link below
SCIENCE
  • investigating conductors & insulators
  • series circuits

OUR CURRENT WEEK

ALL WEEK - PJ drive, Generation Texas Week

Monday 11/16

  • bookfair opens after school (2:45 - 3:30 pm)
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Visual Art)
Tuesday 11/17
  • bookfair (LATE NIGHT - open 7:45 - 6:00 pm)
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
Wednesday 11/18
  • bookfair (7:45 - 3:30)
  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Library)
Thursday 11/19
  • bookfair (7:45 - 3:30)
  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)
Friday 11/20
  • bookfair (EARLY CLOSE - 7:45 - 2:00)
  • Thanksgiving Feast (visitors welcome; 4th grade lunch time - 12:40 - 1:10)
  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Visual Art)
  • spell check over Sitton Unit 12
  • operations timed test

HOMEWORK

READING

  • Log reading minutes online in Google Classroom (80 min/week recommended)
  • Complete homework online in Google Classroom Reading Class (see info below for help logging in at home)
  • reading homework due Sunday, November 29th - AFTER Thanksgiving

MATH

  • Sumdog Challenge - in student account when they log in
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • cultural research to begin after break; however, we will send home information & the research outline later this week in case students would like to use the Thanksgiving break to work on their research
  • research outline due 12/4
SCIENCE
  • Study for Making Connections Vocab Quiz #2 (to be given Tuesday, 12/8)

UPCOMING DATES

Below you will find upcoming dates for the first semester 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.


NOVEMBER 2015

  • Friday 11/13 - Thursday 12/10 - Pajama Drive
  • Week of 11/16 - Generations Texas week
  • Week of 11/16 - bookfair in Reagan Library
  • Friday 11/20 - Thanksgiving Lunch (4th grade lunch 12:40 - 1:10)
  • Week of 11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER 2016

  • Friday 12/4 - Fun First Friday in 4th Grade - Decade Day (optional - rescheduled from November)
  • Thursday 12/10 - PJ Drive ends
  • 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
If you signed up to donate supplies for this week's holiday craftivity, please send them in TOMORROW. Thanks so much for your support!

ANNUAL PJ DRIVE

Please help us collect pajamas for students during the annual Reagan Elementary PJ Drive! We had a great time at our "Wear a pair, share a pair" kickoff last Friday and already have 33 pairs as a grade level! Keep those PJs coming for the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive!
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MONSTER BOOK FAIR

Our fall bookfair is up & running this week! Students are welcome to attend the bookfair during their recess time or after they finish lunch IF they have money; we do not allow students to go and browse, or to go with a friend. They will have a chance to preview the books on Monday. The book fair is open until 3:30 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. Tuesday is the late night at the fair and it's open until 6:00; Friday it will close at 2:00.


If you are interested in purchasing books but are unable to attend the fair on campus, you may order online at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=reaganrays2015.

DID YOU KNOW??? - REAGAN ELEMENTARY WAS FEATURED ON THE KVUE NEWS THIS WEEK!

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM - NOVEMBER 11, 2015

We couldn't be prouder of our students and the work they put into this year's Veterans Day program! Thanks so much for your support as they pulled off this year's tribute to our nations veterans.
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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!

OUR (PAST FEW) WEEK(S) IN PICTURES

We've been so busy around Our Town that we haven't sent pics in awhile - and you can see why as you view the pictures below!
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WRITING STAAR TEST UPDATE

To meet legislative requirements, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) grades 4 and 7 writing assessments will be redesigned so they can be completed in one four-hour administration. In the current school year, the STAAR grades 4 and 7 writing assessments will be administered on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Please update your travel and appointment calendars accordingly.

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