4th Grade Weekly Happenings

Reagan Elementary School - Leander ISD

Week of September 28 - October 2, 2015

What are we doing this week?

READING
  • Poetry
  • Continue similes & metaphors

MATH

  • Multiplication strategies
  • Multiplication story problems

WRITING/GRAMMAR

  • Writing process
  • Focusing on a small moment in a composition
  • Adjectives
SPELLING
  • Sitton Spelling Unit 5: fire, ready, green, yes, built
SCIENCE
  • Solutions and mixtures

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Regions of Texas: coastal plains, high plains, mountains and basins, gulf coastal plains
  • Texas resources

Our Current Week

Monday 9/28

  • Purple Specials Day

Tuesday 9/29

  • Red Specials Day (library day for Mrs. Weltzin's homeroom)

Wednesday 9/30

  • Orange Specials Day
  • School picture day

Thursday 10/1

  • Yellow Specials Day

Friday 10/2

  • Green Specials Day (library day for Mrs. Eddy's homeroom)
  • Fun First Friday in 4th - Dress like your favorite superhero!
  • Science quiz about mixtures and solutions
  • Weekly math skills check

Homework

Note: Please let us know if your child does not have access to an internet-connected device at home to complete online assignments so that we can come up with an alternate plan for your child.


READING
  • Read for 80 minutes
  • Complete reading homework in Google Classroom under the class Mrs. Eddy's Homework (Click here for help with your LISD Google log-in information)
    Please note that all other assignments in Google Classroom outside of the Mrs. Eddy's Homework classroom are for school work and do not need to be completed at home!
  • Unfinished spelling work from class



MATH

Complete at least three FULL sessions with Xtra Math anytime between Monday and Sunday of this week. One session typically takes about 5-7 minutes and you will know you have completed a session when you see the sign out screen. Students' login information for Xtra Math is taped inside their take home binders.

Sign Up for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Your child's 4th grade school year is well under way and it is almost time for parent/teacher conferences! We invite the parents of all of our students to join us in the coming weeks for a conference. Most conferences will be held on Monday, October 12 while the students are off of school, but we will also hold conferences on some other dates in order to offer enough options to accommodate all parents. You may choose whether to sign up for an in-person conference or a phone conference. Please click here to sign up for a conference.


Conference slots are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't delay in signing up!


What to expect the day of conferences:

  • Your 4th grader is welcome to join us for the conference if you wish.
  • We will meet in Mrs. Weltzin's classroom (room 2402).
  • We will have about 15 minutes to meet to discuss your child's progress and any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Please arrive on time; we have a very tight schedule to keep in order to meet with as many parents as possible. If you are late, we unfortunately will not be able to extend your conference.

Note that if we have already met with you recently, you do not need to schedule a conference now, unless you have further questions or concerns at this time. We look forward to meeting with you soon and working together with you to make your child's 4th grade year a success!

Picture Day on Wednesday

Individual fall pictures will be taken THIS WEDNESDAY, 9/30. If you'd like to order your child's portrait, payment is due at the time of the picture. Information was sent home in Wednesday folders. If you did not receive an order form and are interested in purchasing pictures, contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Corrections

If your child has an assignment that needs to be corrected, he/she will keep it in the travel binder that is carried between home and school each day behind the Corrections tab. Please note that students have time to work on these during school and will receive assistance from us on their corrections. However, you are welcome to review these corrections to see where your child is struggling.

Green Apple Junior Teller Program - Student Tellers Needed!

This year Reagan will be participating in the Green Apple Program, which is affiliated with A+ Federal Credit Union. Basically, students may voluntarily open accounts and have the opportunity on specific deposit days to bring their money and make deposits at school.


This program uses Junior Tellers (fourth and fifth grade students) to count money and "make the deposits" for the other students. This is done under the supervision of an A+ Federal Credit Union employee, a PTA parent volunteer, and at times, our campus instructional coach. We are seeking students who are interested in being Junior Tellers for this program.


There will be about 5 deposit days each 9 weeks. We need 4 tellers at each 9 weeks period to serve as our Junior Tellers. Please keep in mind that tellers would need to be at school by 7:15am on the designated days. There will be a Junior Teller Training for the first and second 9 weeks on October 2nd.

Please email Elizabeth at elizabeth.weltzin@leanderisd.org ASAP if you are interested in having your child be a Junior Teller!

Science Matters in 4th Grade!

We had a fantastic day of learning and engagement last Friday as we got messy with some hands-on science!
Science Matters in 4th Grade

Science Practice Links

This week in science we are learning about mixtures & solutions! Follow the link below to visit some activities on our classroom website that students can use to explore these concepts further.
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Reading on the Rails

All aboard with the Austin Steam Train Association, Cedar Park Public Library and the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) at the Reading on the Rails early childhood literacy event!


Activities on the train and in the railyard are designed to attract, inform and entertain elementary-aged children and their families. Activities will include celebrity story tellers, readings from children’s authors, bingo, coloring, exclusive first look at ASTA’s historic Horse Car Museum and tour of the 786 Southern Pacific Steam Engine! Community vendors and food and beverage booths will also be available on site.


TICKETS

Admission is the donation of new or gently used children’s books. All books will be donated to LEEF’s reading initiative to endure that every home in Leander ISD has a selection of age-appropriate books available for the family.

To RSVP, please email info@austinsteamtrain.org by Friday, October 2nd.


EVENT VENUE

All activities take place at our Cedar Park Depot at 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., #C-100 and the adjoining railyard and platform. Our vintage locomotive and train cars will be pulled up to the platform for entertainment and photo opportunities!

Click HERE for directions.

Writing STAAR Test Update

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.

Upcoming Dates

Please view the calendar linked below on our classroom website to find out about important events and dates that 4th grade families at Reagan should be aware of. We will keep this calendar updated as new events arise or dates/times change.

Classroom Supply Wish List

Our classrooms are currently in need of the following items. If you are able to make a donation to our classroom please send the supplies in with your child to school. Donations are not expected but are greatly appreciated!


Mrs. Weltzin: Calamine lotion for bug bites, printable return address labels (here's an example), colorful / fun rolls of duct tape

Mrs. Eddy: Red pens, calamine lotion for bug bites, large multi-colored chisel-tip Sharpies