Our Town Happenings - Week #5

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of September 19 - 23, 2016

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

OUR CURRENT WEEK

Monday 9/19

  • Red Specials Day (Beasley / PE, LaCombe / Art)

Tuesday 9/20

  • Orange Specials Day (Beasley / Art, LaCombe / PE)

Wednesday 9/21

  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley / PE, LaCombe / Performing Arts)
  • 1st 9 weeks progress reports sent home (ONLY for students with a grade below a 70% in a content area)
  • LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR MATH PENTATHLON - see link in Reagan Insider for registration information
  • Vista Ridge Homecoming Parade - 6:30 (See flyer below for more information)

Thursday 9/22

  • Green Specials Day ( Beasley / Performing Arts; LaCombe / PE)

Friday 9/23

  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley / PE, LaCombe / Library)
  • Vista Ridge Homecoming Game vs. Lehman at Gupton Stadium (tickets available on the Vista Ridge website, at the Vista Ridge HS office on Thursday 9/22, or at the gate)
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WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

MATH
  • multiplicative comparisons

READING

  • continue story elements
  • figurative language: similes & metaphors
WRITING
  • mock composition: Why Reagan Elementary is a great place to be!
  • adverbs

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Texas Geographic Regions continued - Central Plains, Mountains & Basins, High Plains, Gulf Coastal Plains
  • Constitution Week

SCIENCE

  • finish volume
  • magnetic properties

SPELLING

  • Core Words: wind, behind, cannot, letter, among
  • words that have a long i sound
  • words that have a k sound (ck, ch, k)

HOMEWORK

Students:
  • MATH: Practice those math facts on Math Facts Pro - 45 minutes per week, or you can work on Think Through Math (logins will be given this week in class)
  • READING: Homework is in Google Classroom Reading Class - read 80 min & fill out homework log (STUDENTS: Need a reminder as to what your Google Log in is? See link below; PARENTS: Want to know how your child can log into Google Classroom at home? See "Parent Info" on our webpage. Both links given below.)
  • SCIENCE: Redo Science Vocab Quiz #1 on Tuesday, September 27th
  • SPELLING: Using their highlighted words from Monday's pretest, students must write five sentences (one spelling word per sentence) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings in their Spelling Journal. Posttest to be given on Friday in class. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING SPELLING JOURNALS BACK AND FORTH FROM HOME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.

PARENT INFO FOR GOOGLE LOG IN & GOOGLE CLASSROOM

A big SHOUT OUT to all your kiddos out there who have worked on mastering their Google Log Ins and navigating their Google Classroom accounts from home! Linked below are a few documents that you parents may find helpful. Thanks for persevering with online homework and the myriad of logins that come at the beginning of the year; we promise it will get easier!


Confused about Google Classroom? Be on the lookout for Classroom - Parent View, coming soon! You'll be able to view your child's Google Classroom and see what it looks like from. O

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

We will be taking individual school pictures on Wednesday, September 28th. Look for more info to come home soon!
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Destination Imagination Registration Information

Reagan 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders!

Do you like working with a team?

Do you like creative problem solving?

Well, you might like to participate in a Reagan Destination Imagination Team!

We are registering students thru Friday, September 23rd.

Please go to Mrs. Delisi's Website for more information.

USEFUL APPS FOR OUR TOWN 4th GRADE

The following apps will be used throughout the year in 4th grade. If your child has a BYOT device and a contract on file with us and will be bringing their device to school on a regular basis, these apps will come in handy. If we are planning on doing an activity with a certain app on a certain day, we will let you know.


We do have devices in the classroom to share - bringing in personal devices is optional. If you have any questions, please let us know.

CHECK OUT OUR DONORS CHOOSE PROJECT!

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 2016

  • Monday 9/5 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday
  • Thursday 9/8 - 4th Grade Parent Night - 6:00 in 4th grade classrooms
  • Monday 9/12 - Grandparents Luncheon (4th grade lunch 12:10 - 12:40)
  • Wednesday 9/14 - Early Release day
  • Wednesday 9/21 - Vista Ridge Homecoming Parade
  • Friday 9/23 - Vista Ridge Homecoming football game vs. Lehman at Gupton Stadium
  • Wednesday 9/28 - Fall Individual Pictures at Reagan

OCTOBER 2016

  • Monday 10/10 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Staff Development Day
  • Tuesday 10/18 - PTA Jogathon for LaCombe homeroom (will take place during PE time)
  • Wednesday 10/19 - PTA Jogathon for Beasley homeroom (will take place during PE time)
  • Friday 10/21 - End of 1st 9 weeks
  • Friday 10/21 - Fun Friday in 4th Grade - CRAZY BOTTOM TO TOP DAY!
  • Week of 10/24 - Red Ribbon Week; more details to come
  • Wednesday 10/26 - Early Release day; 1st 9 weeks report cards home

NOVEMBER 2016

  • Sunday 11/6 - Daylight Savings Time - FALL BACK
  • Tuesday 11/8 - Election Day - Reagan is a polling place
  • Wednesday 11/10 - 4th Grade Veterans Day performance
  • Week of 11/21 - 11/25 - Fall Break

DECEMBER 2016

  • 12/19 - 1/1/16 - LISD Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

JANUARY 2017

  • Monday 1/2 - School resumes
  • Friday 1/13 - End of 1st Semester
  • Friday 1/13 - Fun Friday in 4th Grade - GERIATRIC ATTACK!

WANT TO KEEP IN THE LOOP?

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. You can also follow our professional accounts at @stephbville (Stephanie Beasley) and @lacombesclass (Karen LaCombe).


Weekly memos will be sent via email as well. If your address changes, please let us know so we can keep our records current.

OUR WEEK IN PICTURES

We've been busy this week!! We made number lines out of our names and calculated how much they were worth, started our Book Challenge (WOOOO HOOOO!), explored the volume of various cubes, and made some salt-dough representations of our great state.
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