4th Grade Happenings: Week 31

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of April 27 - May 1, 2015


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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Monday 4/27

  • YES SCHOOL due to inclement weather day in March - but since we *would* have been sleeping in tomorrow, it's PJ DAY IN OUR TOWN!
  • green specials day
  • poster board sent home for Living History Museum - work on at home; due back to school on or before FRIDAY, May 8
Tuesday 4/28
  • blue specials day - LaCombe library day - DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOKS!
Wednesday 4/29
  • purple specials day - Beasley library day - DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOKS!
  • last day to send in your plastic bags - bring them on! We want them!!

Thursday 4/30

  • red specials day
  • Spell Check over List 25
  • Schoolyard Ecology Vocab Quiz #1
  • 2014-15 Reagan yearbook orders due (see ordering information at end of memo)
Friday 5/1
  • 4th grade field trip - WEAR YOUR SURVIVOR ISLAND T-SHIRT!

What are we learning this week?

  • informational text & author's purpose


  • Sitton List 25
  • plurals review (ponies, horses, fishes)


  • The Art of Persuasion: Shark Tank
  • begin fractured fairy tale writing project


  • playground design project


  • plant adaptations
  • food chains & webs


  • REQUIRED: work on Living Museum Famous Texan posters (due back to school on or before 5/8)
  • RECOMMENDED: read 100 minutes/week (25 minutes/4 nights); may log on line
  • OPTIONAL: iStation reading practice - differentiated assignments are in each student's account (free app available for iOS & Android devices; students have login info in binders)


  • worksheet given out in class


  • OPTIONAL: Spelling City word practice - List 25 (log in information on website)
  • Spell Check 25 on Friday 4/30


  • Schoolyard Ecology Vocab Quiz #1 on Thursday, April 30th
The Reagan Show
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They sing! They dance! They make complete fools of themselves!!

Come see your 4th grade teaching team as you've never seen them before! One show only - Saturday, May 2 @ 11 at the Vista Ridge Performing Art Center. For tickets, visit the PTA eStore at http://reagan.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=7 .

GOT BAGS??? :: HEB Earth Day Contest :: UPDATE!

UPDATE: We've had over 500 bags come in this past week alone! We need over 500 more, though...please scour your pantries and car trunks and send in those helpful, but pesky, store bags...thanks!

Reagan Elem has agreed to participate with our local HEB in the HEB Earth Day Contest. We’re asking each grade to participate with collecting recyclable plastic bags in your classrooms until Wednesday, April 29th. The grade that collects the most recyclable plastic bags wins an activity day hosted on campus by HEB with healthy refreshments and drinks along with a visit from HEBuddy OR movie day passes for each student in the winning grade.



*** UPDATE ***

Famous Texan Research Project: UPDATE

Most students have completed their research and submitted their research outlines in Google Classroom as of this past Friday. Some overachievers have even begun composing the paragraphs they will perform for the upcoming Famous Texan Living History Museum in the MPR on May 11th. While students are welcome to work on their project at home, they are given time at school to complete the required elements. The exceptions to that are the poster and compiling the costume, which will all be completed at home. Thanks for your support - we've loved watching our students enjoy the learning process!

For the living museum on Monday, May 11th, each student will need to come to school with some sort of costume that represents the person s/he researched. Please do not purchase things for the costume; whatever you have on hand at home is absolutely fine.

A shortlist of remaining important dates is as follows:

  • informational 1st person point of view paragraph due - Thursday 4/30 (assigned in Google Classroom last week)
  • work on Google Slides presentations at school - Monday 4/27 - Thursday 4/30 (may work on at home as well using Google Classroom)
  • Google Slides presentations due - Thursday 4/30
  • Index Cards due - Monday 5/4
  • In-class Google Slides presentations - Monday 5/4 - Friday 5/8
  • Posters due back to school - on or before Friday 5/8
  • Living History Museum - all day Monday 5/11; performance schedule to come next week

Please see the link below - there's tons of information to help keep you in the loop as to requirements, resources, and due dates! We hope to see you at the Famous Texan Living Museum on Monday, May 11th.

ON THE HORIZON - Upcoming Dates


The following dates, to the best of our knowledge at this time, are the dates for the 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 (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.

Saturday 5/2

  • Reagan Faculty Follies - 11:00 at the Vista Ridge HS Performing Arts Center
  • for tickets, visit the PTA eStore - see link below
Monday 5/4
  • famous Texan index cards due (for more info, see link above)

Monday 5/4 - Friday 5/8

  • Scholastic book fair in library
  • famous Texan Google presentations in class

Monday 5/11

  • Living Museum in the MPR: times TBD; see the link above for detailed info
  • originally scheduled for Tues 5/12; moved to Monday 5/11 due to building conflict
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.

Monday 6/1

  • School - wide Splash Day
Friday 6/5
  • last day of school; end of 4th 9 Weeks - HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!


Please help your child remember to return their library books to the Reagan Library. You will be responsible for any books that are missing before year's end, so it's not too early to start looking. You can contact our school librarian at beth.brymer@leanderisd.org to check on the status of your child's account.

STAAR Update

Our students did a fabulous job handling two intensive days of state testing this past week, and we couldn't be prouder of them! It's definitely an atypical environment, and we're so impressed with them and the stamina they showed during the Math and Reading STAAR tests. We wish desperately there was a test that could show just how much these amazing kiddos have grown this year - the STAAR test is just a drop in the bucket. It's probably safe to say, looking at the pictures below, that these great students are happy to be done with standardized testing for this year! The challenge for the remaining portion of the year is reminding them that while STAAR is over, school is not - we have A LOT of learning left to do!

STAAR results are delivered at the discretion of the state; we have no control over when they come in. When we do receive them, we will send home each student's CSR (Confidential Student Report).

Due to the shift in the math TEKS this schoolyear, the Math STAAR is in its pilot year and scores will not be returned until the fall, as the state will be busy analyzing the data and adjusting the test for next year.


The 2014-15 yearbook is available for preorder online now! Click the link below for more information. YEARBOOK SALES WILL END AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.
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