Our Town Happenings Week #16

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of December 14 - 18, 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
  • cultural research product presentations
MATH
  • end of semester review
READING
  • end of semester review
SPELLING

  • NO SPELLING THIS WEEK

SCIENCE

  • complete car & ramp inquiry lab

OUR CURRENT WEEK

PENNY GIFT ITEMS MAY BE BROUGHT IN AT ANYTIME THIS WEEK; PLEASE BAG ALL ITEMS TOGETHER & LABEL OUTSIDE OF BAG WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME


PERISHABLE PARTY DONATIONS MAY BE SENT IN AT ANY TIME; OTHER ITEMS MAY BE SENT IN ON PARTY DAY (FRIDAY 11/


Monday 12/14

  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)
  • Culture Presentations (homeroom presentation schedule in email)
Tuesday 12/15
  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
  • Culture Presentations (homeroom presentation schedule in email)
Wednesday 12/16
  • Orange Specials Day (Beasley/Visual Art, LaCombe/PE)
  • Culture Presentations (homeroom presentation schedule in email)
Thursday 12/17
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE - DRUG AWARENESS LESSON - see below for info), LaCombe/Visual Art)
Friday 12/18
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE - DRUG AWARENESS LESSON - see below for info)
  • Penny Gifts due to school
  • party donations due to school
  • Our Town Holiday Party - 9:45 - 10:45

HOMEWORK

READING

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

MATH

  • assignment in Google Classroom Math Class
SPELLING
  • no spelling this week

FROM COACH CARROLL

Hello Parents,

I wanted to let you know that at the end of this week (Thursday and Friday during your child's P.E. class) we will be having our district Drug and Alcohol awareness lessons. This lesson will consist of a short video and very brief discussion summing up the video. If you would like to see the videos they will be in the library this week for you to preview. If you have any questions you can contact Coach Carroll at daniel.carroll@leanderisd.org

OUR TOWN HOLIDAY PARTY

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Our Town Holiday Party

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

Reagan Elementary, Our Town Classrooms

PENNY GIFT EXCHANGE

Don't forget to send in penny gifts with your child this week (by Friday morning at the latest). Just a few reminders:

  • gifts do NOT need to be labeled
  • gifts should be extremely inexpensive
  • gifts do not need to be wrapped
  • no homemade food items, please!

Examples of possible penny gift items are pictured below.

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

  • 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!

THE RANGER ROAD

Because COMMUNITY MATTERS, we had the opportunity to go and send off our Vista Ridge High School Football team last Friday as they journeyed to the state semifinals. The student were so excited and really enjoyed the chance to cheer them on! The team lost to George Ranch (42-23), but fought till the last whistle and set a great example for everyone of determination and grit. Congrats to the Ranger FB Team for their first ever postseason state semifinal appearance - we're proud of you!
#TheRangerRoad

OUR WEEK IN PICTURES

Your kiddos created some amazing programs with Hour of Code and had a great time cheering on our VR Rangers!
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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.

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