Our Town Happenings Week #9

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of October 19 - 23, 2015


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


  • continue personal narrative
  • Grammar: adverbs / prepositions


  • continue prehistoric Indians (Caddo, Karankawa, Jumano, etc) - begin tribes research


  • equivalent fractions
  • composing / decomposing fractions
  • dictionary skills
  • theme of a text - what's the big idea?


  • Sitton Spelling Unit 8 Core Words: state, list, hundred, stood, go(es)
  • For extended word list, see link below
  • begin Making Connections Unit
  • begin Making Connections Vocab, List #1 - to be tested on Wednesday 11/4



Monday 10/19

  • Orange Specials Day (Beasley/Visual Art, LaCombe/PE)
  • Vista Ridge Homecoming Parade - begins at 6:00, travels from VR down Park Street to Gupton Stadium, community pep rally at Gupton immediately following the parade
Tuesday 10/20
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Visual Art)
Wednesday 10/21
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
  • Properties Matter Vocab #2 redo for students who need to retake quiz
Thursday 10/22
  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Library )
Friday 10/23
  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)
  • spell check over Sitton Unit 8
  • skills check (math)
  • operations timed test



  • 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 10/25 at 5:00 pm


  • worksheet handed out in class on Tuesday 10/19; due next Monday 10/26 in class
  • Xtramath.org- Students need to complete at least 3 lessons online
  • Study for Making Connections Vocab Quiz #1 (to be given Wednesday, 11/4)


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.


  • SOCKTOBER - donations of clean socks (all sizes/styles) being taken outside the MPR in the mornings & in the 2nd grade neighborhood
  • Friday 10/23 - End of 1st 9 weeks
  • Week of 10/26 - Red Ribbon Week (see details below)
  • Wednesday 10/28 - Early Release day; 1st 9 weeks report cards home
  • Coffee with the LISD School Board, Cedar Park Middle School, 8:30 - 10:00


  • Sunday 11/1 - Daylight Savings Time - FALL BACK!
  • Wednesday 11/4 - Science Vocab Quiz #1 - Making Connections
  • Friday 11/6 - Fun First Friday in 4th (Dress-Up) - Decade Day
  • Wednesday 11/11 - 4th Grade Veterans Day performances
  • Friday 11/13 - Pajama Drive Kick Off - WEAR PJS TO SCHOOL!
  • 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


  • Thursday 12/10 - PJ Drive ends
  • 12/21 - 1/1/16 - LISD Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


  • 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


Raise awareness of the benefits of avoiding dangerous drugs. RESPECT Yourself! Be Drug Free.

Monday 10/26 – Team UP against drugs!
  • wear your favorite team jersey/shirt
Tuesday 10/27 Don't get mixed up in drugs!
  • mismatch your clothes
Wednesday 10/28 - Your future is too bright to use drugs!
  • wear neon colors
Thursday 10/29 – Put a cap on drugs!
  • wear a cap/hat - the crazier, the better
Friday 10/30 – Don't do drugs, read a book!
  • dress up as your favorite storybook character- must be elementary school appropriate- no scary characters, no masks or props


Our visual art teacher, Mrs. Freeman, has a Sharpie permanent marker supply that is running dangerously low! If you have any new black fine or extra-fine point Sharpie markers around the house, or would be willing to donate any to the art room, it would be extremely appreciated!


Dear 4th Grade Parents-

I sent home a letter with all 4th grade students over the last week announcing their 4th grade Veterans Day play. All dates, times, dress code, and more, are in that letter. That letter is attached in the event that you did not receive it.

Actors received their scripts earlier this week. If your child is an Actor, please check with them to ensure that they are working to pronounce the words correctly, speak fluidly with an animated voice, and are memorizing the lines. All lines must be memorized by Oct 26th.

I am extending the time that you can send me photos of Veterans (family and friends) to include in the slide show this year. The original cut off was October 9th. I will extend to October 16th. That needs to be a hard deadline.

I would like to Thank the parents of all the Actors, Stage Crew, and Production Managers for the extra effort you are making to ensure they get to rehearsals on Monday afternoons. Attendance is nearly perfect, and Thank You! for picking them up no later than 4:15. I can't tell you how much that helps me to get back to working in my room when they are picked up promptly.

Remaining rehearsals for Actors, Stage Crew, and Production Managers are:

Oct 19th

Oct 26th

Nov 2nd

Nov 9th

If a student is ill, or misses a rehearsal, please email me to let me know why they missed a critical rehearsal.

The play is Nov 11th. Full details in the attached document.

Also, below are links to 2 of the songs we will perform. The links are free, but they contain only about 1/2 of the song. I am hoping that you will share these links with your child to let them practice at home. You will be amazed at the improvement it makes at their program! Lyrics went home already, but a copy is attached just in case.

We will also perform the Star Spangled Banner and Lee Greenwood's Proud to be an American. I am not comfortable sending you a Youtube link for those. You never know what you will get. If you want to let them purchase an itunes version, or go on Youtube that is strictly up to you!

I look forward to seeing you on November 11th!

Thanks to all,

Mike Brymer

Performing Arts

Reagan Elementary

Grateful to be American


American Tears


Drop Off / Pick Up Times

Your help is needed to keep our students safe during student drop-off and pick-up each day. Please only drop-off and pick-up students on the designated pick up/drop off spots. It is extremely unsafe to drop-off students on the curb, along Park Street.

As a reminder, the VRHS Ag Barn driveway may not be used to pull-in and drop-off students. VRHS students need full access to their driveway at all times, and congestion in that driveway area is a safety hazard for students approaching the crosswalk area. As always, the parking lot at Gupton stadium can be used as an alternative to park your car and take a brief walk to the school.

Dr. Champion's Webcast - Legislative Update

Superintendent Bret Champion gives a legislative update to wrap up 2015's 84th Legislative Session.
Click here for a transcript (En Español). For more legislative information, click here.


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.

THEME...What's the BIG IDEA?

THEME is a hard concept for a nine- or ten-year old to grasp. Check out this short video on what theme is, then look for themes with your child in your daily lives!
Introduction to Reading Skills: Themes, Morals, and Lessons - 1



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.


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