4th Grade Weekly Happenings

Reagan Elementary School - Leander ISD

Week of May 9-13, 2016

What Are We Learning About This Week?

  • End of year reading assessments
  • Watch Matilda to compare and contrast characters & plot from movie to book (see details below)


  • Playground design project


  • Commercial project presentations
  • Animal & plant adaptations
  • Inherited traits vs. learned behaviors

Our Current Week


  • Red specials day
  • Grade 4 STAAR Math Test
  • PACE Math letters due back to school (see details below)
  • Orange specials day
  • Grade 4 STAAR Reading Test


  • Yellow specials day
  • School Nurse Day
  • Read In: Bring your favorite book & a beach towel for reading class!


  • Green specials day
  • Learning Check in Science - Plant & Animal Adaptations
  • Watch Matilda in Reading class


  • Field Day: Dress for being outdoors!
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Teacher Appreciation Week

We felt so loved and appreciated by our students and their parents during Teacher Appreciation Week last week. Thank you for showering us with so many thoughtful gifts and notes! We truly love our jobs and consider ourselves fortunate to do what we love, and appreciate the thoughtful gifts and words that were shared with us this past week more than we can say.

STAAR Reminders

This week is our final round of state mandated STAAR testing for the 2015-16 school year in 4th grade. On Monday, we will be taking the Math STAAR test, and on Tuesday, we will be taking the Reading STAAR test. Please see the link below for important information and reminders about the testing days.


Homework for the rest of the year is recommended, not required.


  • Read 100 minutes


  • Continue practicing math facts in Xtra Math
  • Continue practicing math skills in Think Through Math and SumDog

PACE (Programs for Acceleration, Challenge, and Enrichment) Math Letters

The letters linked below were sent home in Wednesday folders last week on May 4. These forms are due back on Monday, May 9.

For students who are currently enrolled in PACE Math:

You received a pink PACE Rollover letter in your child's Wednesday folder that needs to be returned to Mrs. Weltzin if you no longer want your child to participate in PACE Math in 5th grade. If you want your child to stay in PACE Math, no action is required.

For students who are not currently enrolled in PACE Math:

You received a yellow PACE Information letter in your child's Wednesday folder that needs to be returned to Mrs. Weltzin if you would like your child screened for participation in PACE Math in 5th grade. With parent permission, students who wish to join the PACE Math program in 5th grade will take a screener test on Tuesday, May 24. The parent notification letters for all students screened will arrive on campus on the last day of school. Scores will then be sent home in report cards on the last day of school.

See the link below for more information about the Leander ISD PACE Math program.


Watching Matilda in Reading This Week

We recently finished reading Roald Dahl's Matilda. This week we will be watching the movie to compare and contrast characters, events, and the plot of the book to the movie. The movie is rated PG, so please take moment to make sure that Matilda is a movie that you are comfortable with your child watching.

Here is a quick synopsis of the movie from IMBD:

A grouchy couple are parents to a very sweet girl, Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother and mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet and extremely intelligent 6 year old girl, who is very keen to go to school and read books. After a while, her parents send her to school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, and good friends. While trying to put up with her parents' and principal's cruelty, she starts to unwittingly unleash telekinetic powers, destroying a television and making a newt fly onto the principal. With enough practice, Matilda starts to learn to control her telekinetic powers and soon using them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school. Written by anonomys


Please email Mrs. Eddy if you have any questions or if you do not want your child to watch the movie. She will have an alternate assignment that they can work on to practice the skills that we will cover.

Math Unit 8

This week, we will start our final math unit. Check out the parent letter below for more details regarding what we'll be doing in this unit!

Living Museum Day Performance Schedule

Our 4th grade students will take you on a journey back in time on Friday, May 27th as they perform for the 7th Annual Reagan 4th Grade Living History Museum! The class performance schedule is as follows:
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Flores, Eddy, & Weltzin homerooms perform (YEEEEEEE HAAAWW!)
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Beasley & LaCombe homerooms perform
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - Lau & Heim homerooms perform

We would love to see you on Living Museum day! Feel free to come and support your little Davy Crockett, Bessie Coleman, or Ladybird Johnson if you are able. Performances will occur as scheduled above and will be upstairs in the 4th grade neighborhood.

A few reminders -

  • Poster board for the museum displays will be sent home Wednesday, May 11th. If students would like to use something other than the white poster board we provide, they are welcome to.
  • While students are expected to dress as much like their Texan as possible on museum day, it is not our intent for you to purchase items specifically for this purpose. Let us know if you have any questions.
  • A one minute video of last year's Living Museum can be found below if you would like to see what the event has been like in the past.
Famous Texan Living Museum

Playground Design Project - Donations Needed!

In May, we will be applying math concepts we have been learning about all year long to design and build scale models of playgrounds! To make this project a success, we could use your help gathering materials. Below is a list of materials that we will use to make our scale models, many of which you may already have around your house. If you are able to donate any of these materials, please send them with your child to school any time in April. Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Wooden sticks such as toothpicks, craft sticks, or tongue depressors
  • Cardboard tubes such as toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes
  • Plastic beverage lids
  • Bottle corks
  • Empty thread spools
  • Cardboard, tagboard, or foam board - this is the greatest need right now
  • Foil
  • Copper wire
  • Rubber bands
  • Twist ties
  • Modeling clay
  • Stale marshmallows
  • Gumdrops
  • Any other craft or hobby items

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: Click to view my classroom wishlist on Amazon

Mrs. Eddy: Nothing at this time