Our Town Happenings Week #6

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of September 28 - October 2 , 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 introducing the writing process
  • begin seed vs. watermelon stories
  • Grammar: adjectives

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • continue the earliest Texans

MATH

  • multi step word problems
READING
  • continue poetry unit & figurative language

SPELLING

  • Sitton Spelling Unit 5: fire, ready, green, yes, built
SCIENCE
  • Float the Boat: An Investigation in Buoyancy
  • Temperature: What is it, how is it measured, and why is it important?
  • begin Properties of Matter Vocabulary (set 2) - to be tested Friday 10/9

OUR CURRENT WEEK

Monday 9/28

  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)

Tuesday 9/29

  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Visual Art)
Wednesday 9/30
  • Orange Specials Day (Beasley/Visual Art, LaCombe/PE)
  • fall individual picture day - payment prepaid; due today
Thursday 10/1
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
  • science vocab redo quiz (set 1)
Friday 10/2
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
  • Fun First Friday in 4th: Dress like a SUPERHERO! (optional)
  • spelling review over Sitton Unit 5
  • skills check (math)
  • multiplication timed test

HOMEWORK

READING

  • 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)
  • (OPTIONAL) students may practice their Elements of Poetry vocabulary using the Quizlet link below; may also access it through their reading class in Google Classroom
  • reading homework due SUNDAY 10/4 at 5:00 pm

MATH

  • worksheet handed out in class on Monday; due next Monday 10/5 in class
SCIENCE
  • Vocab makeup quiz for students who need to retake will be Thursday, 10/1 in class (per campus grading policy, students who scored a 70-79 may retake, students who scored a 69 or below must retake - final score will be an average of the two scores up to an 80%)
  • Properties of Matter Vocab Quiz #2 will be on Friday, October 9th in class

PICTURE DAY - THIS WEDNESDAY, 9/30

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 on Friday for (most) students in Mrs. Beasley's class; be on the lookout for an email with a copy of the order form. If you did not receive an order form and are interested in purchasing pictures, contact your child's homeroom teacher.

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES - MONDAY, OCTOBER 12

SAVE THE DATE! Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Monday, October 12th. We will have additional dates available as well both before and after school. Please keep an eye on your email; signups will be coming soon. Looking forward to meeting with you!

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

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.


SEPTEMBER 2015

  • Wednesday, 9/30 - Fall Pictures - order envelopes sent home last Friday (Beasley) or this Monday 9/28 (LaCombe)

OCTOBER 2015

  • Thursday 10/1 - QUEST Parent Night - 6:00 - 7:00
  • Thursday 10/1 - makeup science vocab 1 quiz (for students scoring a 79 or below on the original test)
  • Friday 10/2 - Fun First Friday in 4th (Dress Up) - Super Hero Day
  • Tuesday 10/6 - Jogathon (LaCombe's Homeroom) during PE
  • Wednesday 10/7 - Jogathon (Beasley's Homeroom) during PE
  • Monday 10/12 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday 10/23 - End of 1st 9 weeks
  • Week of 10/26 - Red Ribbon Week
  • Wednesday 10/28 - Early Release day; 1st 9 weeks report cards home

NOVEMBER 2015

  • Sunday 11/1 - Daylight Savings Time - FALL BACK!
  • Friday 11/6 - Fun First Friday in 4th (Dress-Up) - Decade Day
  • Wednesday 11/11 - 4th Grade Veterans Day performance
  • 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
  • Week of 11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER 2016

  • Thursday 12/10 - PJ Drive ends
  • 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
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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.

Reagan Rays Mudstacle Team!

Did you know we have a Reagan Rays team for the upcoming LEEF Mudstacle race? If you're looking for some family fun, come out, get dirty, have a blast, and support a great organization!


WHAT: The Mudstacle is a 3.1-mile (5K) combination mud and obstacle course designed to test the adventurer in you! With waves that offer varying lengths and obstacle difficulties, the Mudstacle has something to challenge every member of the family. Come early and stay late to enjoy the food booths, interactive kid zone and give-aways from local businesses.

WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 8:30 am

REGISTRATION HERE!

WHERE: Vista Ridge High School – 200 South Vista Ridge Blvd.
WHY: Funds raised through this event will go to support and expand LEEF programs like innovative classroom grants, textbook scholarships for dual credit students, AP exam scholarships, free children’s books, and many other college& career readiness initiatives. The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving academic outcomes for all students in Leander ISD.

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.

EMAIL REMIND REMINDERS :)

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OUR WEEK IN PICTURES

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
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