4th Grade Happenings: Week 32

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of May 4, 2015

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!


Our Best,


Karen & Stephanie

OUR CURRENT WEEK

Monday 5/4

  • yellow specials day
  • Scholastic Book Fair in library - sales begin Monday after school
Tuesday 5/5
  • green specials day
  • Scholastic Book Fair in library
Wednesday 5/6
  • blue specials day
  • Scholastic Book Fair in library
  • National School Nurse Day - say THANKS to Nurse Audra for helping keep us healthy & safe!
Thursday 5/7
  • purple specials day
  • Scholastic Book Fair in library (FAMILY NIGHT! Open until 6:00)
Friday 5/8
  • Scholastic Book Fair in library (closes at noon)
  • Spell Check over Sitton List #26
  • science vocab makeup quiz for students who will be redoing (70% >)
  • Living History Museum posters due back to school (poster board & rubric were sent home Monday 4/27)

What are we learning this week?

READING
  • fact / opinion
  • non-fiction text features

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Google Slides class presentations
  • practice Living History Museum speech
SPELLING
  • Sitton List 26

WRITING

  • fractured fairy tale writing project

MATH

  • playground design project continued

SCIENCE

  • animal adaptations
  • plant adaptations continued
  • food chains & webs continued

HOMEWORK

READING
  • REQUIRED: work on Living Museum Famous Texan posters (due back to school on or before Friday 5/8; see link below for required elements)
  • RECOMMENDED: read 100 minutes/week (25 minutes/4 nights); may log on line
  • OPTIONAL: iStation reading practice - differentiated assignments are in each student's account (free app available for iOS & Android devices; students have login info in binders)

MATH

  • standard algorithm long division practice (on notebook paper)

SPELLING

  • OPTIONAL: Spelling City word practice - List 26 (log in information on website)
  • Spell Check 26 on Friday, May 8

SCIENCE

  • REDO Schoolyard Ecology Vocab Quiz #1 on Friday, May 8th (for students who received a 69% or below on last week's quiz)

FAMOUS TEXAN RESEARCH PROJECT

& 4TH GRADE LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM

*** UPDATE ***

LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE - May 11, 2015

*ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE IN THE GYM*

Monday, May 11th: 9:35 - 11:20

Performance Time for Eddy, Heim, Murphy, and 1/2 of Beasley (last names A - J)


Monday, May 11th: 12:50 - 2:15

Performance Times for Weltzin, LaCombe, Lau, and 1/2 of Beasley (last names K - W)

Famous Texan Research Project: UPDATE

Most of our students have completed their Famous Texan Google Slides presentations and will be presenting them this week in class. They've worked hard on them - be sure to ask them to show you theirs! If your child has not completed his/her slide presentation, they may work on that at home. It's in Google Classroom, so they'll need access to a computer with internet accessibility. If this is not an option for your child, please let us know and we'll make arrangements at school to help your child.


Students will be completing their index cards with their mini-biography speech on it this Monday in class. This is the card they may use (if they choose) during next week's Living History Museum presentation.


Posters are due back to school on or before this Friday, May 8th.


For the living museum on Monday, May 11th, each student will need to come to school with some sort of costume that represents the person s/he researched. Please do not purchase things for the costume; whatever you have on hand at home is absolutely fine.


A shortlist of remaining important dates is as follows:

  • Index Cards due - Monday 5/4 (will complete in class)
  • In-class Google Slides presentations - Monday 5/4 - Friday 5/8
  • Posters due back to school - on or before Friday 5/8
  • Living History Museum - all day Monday 5/11; performance schedule to come next week


Please see the link below - there's tons of information to help keep you in the loop as to requirements, resources, and due dates! We hope to see you at the Famous Texan Living Museum on Monday, May 11th.

ON THE HORIZON - Upcoming Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The following dates, to the best of our knowledge at this time, are the dates for the 4th 9 weeks that will affect your 4th grader. Please make note of them on your personal calendars.


Please update your calendars accordingly. Dates are subject to change; we will do our best to keep this current. If there are any additions from the previous week's newsletter, they will be in italics.

Monday 5/11

  • Living Museum in the MPR - SEE ABOVE UPDATE FOR YOUR CHILD'S PERFORMANCE TIME
  • originally scheduled for Tues 5/12; moved to Monday 5/11 due to building conflict
Friday 5/15
  • 4th & 5th Grade Track & Field meet at Ranger Stadium - more info to come

Monday 5/18

  • NO SCHOOL - inclement weather make up day
Monday 5/25
  • NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
Friday 5/29
  • 5th Grade Business Fair - during specials; tickets available that week for students that wish to purchase items. More information to come.

Monday 6/1

  • School - wide Splash Day
Friday 6/5
  • last day of school; end of 4th 9 Weeks - HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!

So, what'd you do in school today? (Cricket...cricket...)

We're coming off a full week of learning and fun! We had a wonderful time on our field trip to Pioneer Farms last week. Famous Texan research was wrapped up, and we we moved into building our Google Slides presentations that we'll present this coming week. Lots going on!
The Field Trip

We had a blast at Faculty Follies! Hope you were able to make it.

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MISSING LIBRARY BOOKS

Please help your child remember to return their library books to the Reagan Library. You will be responsible for any books that are missing before year's end, so it's not too early to start looking. You can contact our school librarian at beth.brymer@leanderisd.org to check on the status of your child's account.
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