4th Grade Weekly Happenings

Reagan Elementary School - Leander ISD

Week of December 14 - 18, 2015

What are we learning about this week?

  • Review for 18-week benchmark test


  • Subtracting large numbers
  • Review for 18-week benchmark test


  • Review for 18-week benchmark test
  • No spelling this week
  • Design an experiment to test the effect of force on a car (unit performance task)


  • Presenting cultural research projects

Our Current Week


  • Purple specials day


  • Red specials day
  • Writing benchmark test


  • Orange specials day
  • Reading benchmark test
  • Begin math benchmark test


  • Yellow specials day
  • Finish math benchmark test


  • Class holiday party 9:45 - 10:45
  • Green specials day
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  • No language arts homework due to Social Studies project


  • Optional: Participate in the holiday contest in SumDog
  • Optional (strongly recommended for students who have not yet completed multiplication & division in Xtra Math): Complete at least three full sessions with Xtra Math.


  • Practice presentation

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 offer an alternate homework plan for your child.

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Class Holiday Party

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

Reagan Elementary, Rooms 2401 & 2402

Our holiday party will be on Friday, December 18th from 9:45 - 10:45. We'll be making an adorable sock snowman and enjoying some snacks.

We will also be having a "penny gift exchange" in the morning before the party. Students may bring in 23 identical small, cheap items (pencil cap erasers, pencils, individually wrapped mini candy canes or Hershey's Kisses, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc) to share with their classmates. Items do not need to be labeled to/from. ITEMS SHOULD NOT BE EXPENSIVE - the smaller the better.

After the holiday party, 4th graders will be able to choose a movie to watch. Please let us know before Friday if your child is not permitted to watch any of the movies on the list below.

As the entire school will be having holiday parties that morning, parking will most definitely an issue. Please consider parking at Gupton Stadium, or in any of the surrounding neighborhoods and walking to campus. Sorry for the inconvenience!

If you have any questions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. Thanks for your help, and we're looking forward to an enjoyable holiday celebration!

Movie Choices for Friday Afternoon

We will be winding down for the break Friday after our party by enjoying a movie afternoon. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher before Friday if you prefer that your child NOT watch one of these movies and we will make sure your child chooses a different movie. The following movies will be available for viewing; click the name of the movies in the list to learn more from Common Sense Media about the content. You do not need to contact us if you are okay with all of the choices below.

Hour of Code

Last Friday, our students participated in Hour of Code, a global movement designed to inspire students to consider careers in computer science. Check out the page below from our classroom website to see the coding activities students tried -- maybe your child will want to investigate these some more over the upcoming break!

Science Vocabulary

The week after winter break, we will have a vocabulary quiz in science. These are words we have been using throughout this 9 weeks in our current unit, Making Connections. Students are encouraged to practice their vocabulary words at home in preparation. Please see the link below for practice activities with all of the terms that will be on the quiz.

A+ FCU Green Apple Deposits: Your first $10 deposit is FREE

A+ Federal Credit Union has joined with Reagan Elementary School for an exciting opportunity through the Green Apple Deposit Day program! Through the program, your child will not only learn the value of saving, but they’ll be able to make deposits and see his/her account grow, earn rewards for saving, and gain valuable money management skills. A+ FCU will make the initial $10.00 deposit for all new Youth Memberships. If you would like to participate in this program? Contact our Green Apple program contact, Kelley Crutchfield, Member Service Officer III – Cedar Park at kcrutchfield@aplusfcu.org.

Deposit Days Schedule: December 4, 18, January 8,22, February 12,26,March 11, April 8,22, May 13,27 Deposits are accepted at any branch as well as on the dates above 7:15am - 7:45am in front of the cafeteria at Reagan. Start saving today!

LISD Adding Five Minutes to 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.


Our PTA Spirit Sticks are all the rage this year! While supplies last, you can order a Holiday Gram to be delivered to your child in class on Dec.17. It will include a cardstock tag with "To" and "From" filled in for you, and one Spirit Stick, all for $2. The actual stick received will be a surprise, unless you don't celebrate Christmas and would like to request "Frosty the Snowman". Orders must be placed online via the PTA website (linked below) so that we can keep track of how many are sold. If you don’t receive an email order confirmation, your order didn’t go through. Thank you for supporting your PTA!

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: Ultra-fine Expo markers, Click to view my classroom wishlist on Amazon

Mrs. Eddy: Highlighters, dry erase markers (assorted colors)