4th Grade Happenings - Week 4

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of September 15 - 19, 2014

Welcome to the 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, 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!


We're off to a great start - thanks for your support!


Our Best,


Karen & Stephanie

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

Reading
  • continue elements of poetry - free verse, rhyming verse, stanza, etc.
  • continue similes/metaphors
  • continue beginning of year individual reading assessments

Spelling

  • Sitton List 3 - Spell Check on Friday 9/19 in class
  • Phonics Focus: long /e/ sound spelling patterns (e, ea, ee, and y)
  • Phonics Focus: when h follows c, s, t, w, or p, the combination stands for a new sound

Math

  • models of division

Social Studies

  • Texas geography, salt dough maps

Science: Properties Matter

  • magnetic properties investigation
  • Vocab Quiz #1 on Friday (see below for more information)

Writing

  • continue The Writing Process: Step 1 - Brainstorming (digging up buried stories)

HOMEWORK

All homework is weekly homework (not daily) and assigned Monday and due the following Monday unless noted.

MATH

  • worksheet handed out on Monday 9/15 and due next Monday 9/22


READING -

  • Online Reading Log & Questions - read 80 min / week (an average of 20 min/night for 4 nights) and answer this week's comprehension questions. Reading log & questions need to be completed only ONCE per week with total minutes for the week. It can be found on-line on your reading teacher's website under "Homework". Please complete NO LATER than Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. in order to get full credit. If your child is unable to access the homework online, please have them request a hard copy by signing up in the classroom no later than Wednesday to allow for printing. A soft copy of the reading log can be found on the Our Town website under "Reading Homework" for those students who prefer to track their minutes using a paper log; students will also be given a laminated card stock log to keep in their travel binders behind the "Current Homework" tab and reuse throughout the year.


SCIENCE

  • Properties of Matter Vocab Quiz #1 on Friday, September 19 - students made a study tool in class last week and will be given class time each day to study. Words are also linked below, and can be found on the Our Town website under "Science Homework".

SPELLING


  • Study Sitton List 3, given in class on Monday 9/15 and checked in class on Friday 9/19. List can also be found in your child's travel binder behind "spelling" tab, by clicking the link directly below, or a soft copy is available on the Our Town website under "Spelling Homework".
  • Spelling Worksheet handed out in class on Monday 9/15 and due Monday 9/22 - antonym crossword puzzle using letter combinations ch, ph, sh, th, and wh. A soft copy of the worksheet can also be found on website under "Spelling Homework".

Our Current Week


Monday 9/15 -
  • yellow specials day
  • math worksheets due to math teacher
  • spelling worksheet due to reading teacher
Tuesday 9/16 -
  • green specials day
  • lunch choice for students buying lunch on Wednesday due to homeroom teacher

Wednesday 9/17 -

  • EARLY RELEASE DAY - dismissal at 12:00
  • no specials due to early release

Thursday 9/18

  • blue specials day (library for LaCombe's homeroom)

Friday 9/19 -

  • purple specials day (library for Beasley's homeroom)
  • National Talk Like a Pirate Day - come with your best "Ahoy, matey!" and pirate "Arrrrrrr!!!"
  • Spell Check over Sitton List 3
  • Science Vocab Quiz #1 - students made flip book study guide last week over the following words - classify, compare, contrast, mass, measure, states of matter, solid, liquid, gas, substance, volume. Definitions are linked above and on the Our Town website under Science Homework.


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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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


Wednesday 9/24 - Progress reports sent home (ONLY students who have averages of 70% or below will be receiving a progress report)

Thursday 9/25 - Destination Imagination applications due to Eileen Delisi, Campus QUEST teacher - see below for more info

Tuesday 9/30 - Fall Picture Day

Wednesday 10/15 - Early Release Day - 12:00 Noon

Friday 10/24 - End of First Nine Weeks

Monday 10/27 - Staff Development Day, NO SCHOOL for students

Thursday 11/13 - 4th Grade Veterans' Day Play - daytime performances for grade levels, parent/family performance at 6:00 pm.

Monday - Friday 11/24 - 11/28 - Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

Monday - Friday 12/22 - 1/2 - Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Friday 1/16 - End of Second Nine Weeks

Need a little reminder from time to time?

We know your lives are busy. Email in-boxes back up, voice mails go unheard, and laundry and groceries run out at the most inopportune times.


Help us help you by subscribing to "Remind" - a service that strives to help students succeed by keeping the lines of communication open between teachers, parents, and students.


Please subscribe to Mrs. Beasley's Remind messages by texting @beasleyla to (636)875.7691.


Please subscribe to Mrs. LaCombe's Remind messages by texting @lacombe to (281)519-7510.


It would be most beneficial for you to subscribe to BOTH teachers' accounts, since we share time with your children, and not just your child's homeroom teacher's Remind messages.


The Explanatory Fine Print:

Texts will be limited in frequency and serve as important reminders of upcoming events/deadlines or last minute schedule changes due to inclement weather or other unforseen events; primary and detailed info communication will continue to come via weekly 4th Grade Happenings updates. While the "Remind" service is free, standard data-messaging fees may apply as determined by your mobile service carrier. You may unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to text feed. Service is courtesy of Remind.

We Tweet.

In an effort to keep up with the ever changing field of education, share ideas with other educators, stay on the edge of professional development, and give you as parents a glimpse as to what goes on in our classroom walls, we have built professional learning networks on Twitter. If you're curious as to what life looks like in 4th grade, feel free to follow either us, or our student-driven class account, by following the handles below.


Stephanie Beasley - @stephbville

Karen LaCombe - @lacombesclass

Our Town - @our4thgradetown

Destination Imagination

Creative minds! Consider joining a Destination Imagination team! Destination Imagination is open for any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student. Registration is now open. The registration form is due on September 25th and can be found on theReagan Elementary Homepage. Please turn in registration forms at the office or to Mrs. Delisi, our campus Destination Imagination coordinator and QUEST teacher. Questions? Email her at eileen.delisi@leanderisd.org.
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