4th Grade Happenings: Week 25

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of March 9, 2015

WELCOME TO THE 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, the 4th grade 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 know your time is valuable and your email boxes overflowing, but please take a moment to read our memo each week. We're trying a new format this year that we hope will communicate more information in a more concise manner. Questions and/or comments? Please let us know!


Our Best,


Karen & Stephanie

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WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

Reading
  • 9 week skills review

Spelling

  • Sitton List 22
  • compound words vs. root word+suffix
Math
  • data analysis
Social Studies
  • The Alamo (we lost...)

Science: Changing Earth

  • Continue with seasons & tides
  • shadows, moon phases
  • unit assessment on Thursday
Writing
  • review of revising & editing skills

OUR CURRENT WEEK

Monday 3/9

  • blue specials day (LaCombe library-don't forget your books
  • reading passage homework due
  • math homework due
  • carnival basket items due - deadline was extended to 3/9 by PTA
Tuesday 3/10
  • purple specials day (Beasley library-don't forget your books
Wednesday 3/11
  • red specials day

Thursday 3/12

  • orange specials day
  • unit science assessment - Changing Earth
Friday 3/13
  • Spell Check over Sitton List 22
  • rubber band party - t-shirt prep for upcoming spring events
For which specials (PE, Performing Arts, Visual Art, Library) your child goes to on what day, please see the Our Town website under "Specials Schedule".

HOMEWORK

All homework is weekly homework (not daily).

MATH

  • no math homework this week
READING
  • no reading passage this week
  • RECOMMENDED: read 100 minutes/week (25 minutes/4 nights); may log on line
  • OPTIONAL: Spelling City word practice - List 22 (linked below);
  • OPTIONAL: iStation reading practice (free app available for iOS & Android devices; Ss have login info in binders)
SPELLING
  • Sitton List 22 - Spell Check on Friday

Calendar Changes

Please make the following updates to your calendars:

  • Due to our no-ice day this past week on 3/5, school *WILL* be in session on Monday, April 27th
  • The school-wide splash day, originally scheduled for May 8, has been moved. We will let you know when it will be rescheduled for as soon as we are made aware.

ON THE HORIZON - Upcoming Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The following dates, to the best of our knowledge at this time, are the dates for the 3rd and 4th 9 weeks that will affect your 4th grader. Please make note of them on your personal calendars. We'd appreciate it if you could limit appointments and absences as much as possible on our state testing days (Writing - 3/30, 3/31, Math - 4/21 and Reading - 4/22)...thanks!


Please update your calendars accordingly. Dates are subject to change; we will do our best to keep this current. If there are any additions from the previous week's newsletter, they will be in italics


Monday 3/16 - Friday 3/20

  • NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
Saturday 3/28

Monday 3/30

  • STAAR Writing Test, Day 1
Tuesday 3/31
  • STAAR Writing Test, Day 2

Thursday 4/2

  • end of 3rd 9 weeks grading period
Friday 4/3
  • NO SCHOOL - student / staff holiday
Tuesday 4/21
  • STAAR Math Test

Wednesday 4/22

  • STAAR Reading Test
Monday 4/27
  • YES SCHOOL - inclement weather makeup day (makeup from the no ice day on 3/5 :)
Friday 5/1
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Pioneer Farms; more info to come

Monday 5/4 - Friday 5/8

  • Scholastic book fair in library

Tuesday 5/12

  • Living Museum in the MPR: times TBD; more info to come

Friday 5/15

  • 4th & 5th Grade Track & Field meet at Ranger Stadium - more info to come

Monday 5/18

  • NO SCHOOL - inclement weather make up day
Monday 5/25
  • NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday
Friday 5/29
  • 5th Grade Business Fair - during specials; tickets available that week for students that wish to purchase items. More information to come.
Friday 6/5
  • last day of school; end of 4th 9 Weeks - HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!

We LOVE mistakes!

We know that 9 & 10 year olds learn by making mistakes, and we love mistakes so much that we use our erasers A LOT. So much so, in fact, that our classroom stash of pencil-top erasers is running dangerously low. If you happen to find yourself at any of the local grocery or box stores and are willing to toss a package of pencil top erasers in your cart that you'd be willing to donate to Our Town, we would appreciate it!

"SO, WHAT DID YOU DO IN SCHOOL TODAY?"...(cricket...cricket...)

March has come in like a lion...with no evidence of a lamb on the horizon. Regardless, we're having a blast in Our Town!

OUR PTA ROCKS!

Yearbooks

The 2014-15 yearbook is available for preorder online now! Click the link below for more information.
Have a great week! Our best ~

Karen & Stephanie

Reagan Elementary Our Town 4th Grade, 2014.15

Feel free to contact us at any time!
Stephanie Beasley - stephanie.beasley@leanderisd.org

Karen LaCombe - karen.lacombe@leanderisd.org