4th Grade Happenings: Week 15

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

WELCOME TO THE 4TH GRADE!

I 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, I will be communicating what's happening in our classroom on a weekly basis. I'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. I know your time is valuable and your email boxes are overflowing, but please take a moment to read my memo each week. Questions and/or comments? Please let me know!


Respectfully,

Susan K. Murphy

Crazy Hair Day Photos

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

Reading
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Context Clues

Spelling

  • No spelling this week
Math
  • Decimals
Social Studies
  • Early European Explorers/Missions of Texas

Science: Making Connections

  • Simple, parallel and Series circuits
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Vocabulary Test #2
Writing
  • Comparing & contrasting personal narrative, persuasive & expository texts
  • Analysis of expository test
  • Irregular Verbs

Crazy Science Day....Building A Closed Circuit

OUR CURRENT WEEK

*USED BOOK FAIR ALL WEEK - $.25 paperbacks & VHS videos - stock up on reading material for the winter break! Buy 5 books and get a free snowman craft. Volunteer at the Reagan PTA website (see link below).


Monday 12/8

  • spelling homework sheet due/math is due next Monday
  • reading homework due (logged online by 5:00 Sunday 11/16 or handwritten quickwrite turned in on Monday

Thursday 12/11

  • pajama drive ends


Friday 11/21 -
  • science vocabulary quiz- Making Connections #2

ON THE HORIZON - Upcoming Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


Friday 12/19

  • 4th Grade Holiday Party 10:30-11:30


Monday - Friday 12/22 - 1/2

  • Winter Break, NO SCHOOL


Friday 1/16

  • End of Second Nine Weeks


Monday & Tuesday 2/2 & 2/3

  • Staff February Conference - NO SCHOOL for students (please note, it is a 2 day break this year, vs. the 3 day break from past years

Holiday Party Information- Friday December 19th

Our students can't WAIT for the upcoming holiday party! There's a lot going on in Our Town that day; here's some information you may find helpful:


PENNY GIFT EXCHANGE - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19th

We will be celebrating on Friday, December 19th with a holiday party and a Penny Gift Exchange. Students are able to bring in a SMALL trinket type gift. This should NOT be something expensive, but rather something simple - for example, pencil cap erasers, pencils, piece of wrapped candy, sticker, etc - for each student in his/her homeroom. The morning of our party, students will exchange trinkets (much like a Valentine's card exchange). Gifts do not need to be wrapped or labeled to/from. *There are 21 students in my class. Please understand that participation is optional; students do not have to bring in gifts.


HOLIDAY PARTY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

10:30 - 11:30

Our class holiday party will be on Friday, December 19thfrom 10:30 - 11:30 in our classrooms. We will be making a snowman craft and enjoying some snacks. Please be on the lookout for some donations we will need to help make this event a success; you should be receiving an email sometime this week. Parents are more than welcome to join us; we'd love to have you! Please remember to check in at the office, and parking will be limited on campus, so Gupton Stadium will be available for parking if necessary. If you're leaving early on your holiday travels and wish to take your child with you when you go, please be sure to let me know.


FRIDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 19

We will be winding down for the break Friday after our party by enjoying a movie afternoon. We will have the following movies available for viewing; students will sign up in class early next week. Please let me know no later than Tuesday, December 16th if you would prefer that they NOT watch a particular movie so we may adjust his/her choices. You do not need to contact us if you are OK with all of the choices below.

  • Rise of the Guardians (PG)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (G)
  • Ice Age (PG)
  • The Polar Express (G)
  • Frozen Sing Along (G)
To make an informed decision about a movie you may have not seen, feel free to visit websites such as the one listed below for information on a movie's content, or do your own research online.
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National Scripps Spelling Bee



The The 2014-2015 Reagan Spelling Bee is set for Tuesday, January, 13th 2015 at 6:00PM. Student check-in is at 5:30 the same day in the MPR.

Student in grades 3-5 are eligible to compete. The winner will advance to the next phase of the competition which will take place at Cedar Valley Middle School in Round Rock ISD on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015.

If you want to participate, click here to register. The 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List is linked below. Participation is completely voluntary and all preparation done at home.

For more information about Scripps National Spelling Bee,click here.

Pajama Drive Information - Update

REAGAN PAJAMA DAY!

WEAR A PAIR! SHARE A PAIR!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11TH

The school pajama drive is off to a strong start! On its first day, students turned in 216 pairs of new pajamas.With your continued generosity, Mrs. Delisi's Quest classes will meet their goal of collecting 475 pajamas. Please keep bringing those new pj's in until December 11th.

Yearbooks

The 2014-15 yearbook is available for preorder online now! Click the link below for more information.

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