4th Grade Weekly Happenings

Reagan Elementary School - Leander ISD

Week of April 4-8, 2016

What Are We Learning About This Week?

  • Review skills


  • Describing patterns
  • Order of operations and grouping symbols


  • Intro to persuasive writing
  • Apostrophes and commas
  • Completed spelling for the school year
  • Ecosystems
  • Life cycles


  • The Republic of Texas

Our Current Week


  • Red specials day
  • Beginning of 4th 9 weeks
  • Orange specials day


  • Yellow specials day
  • Report cards sent home for students who don't receive them electronically


  • Green specials day


  • Blue specials day
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All homework is weekly and should be completed anytime between Monday and Sunday. It is due no later than Sunday at 9 pm.


  • Required: Reading passage: "Freaky Frogs"
  • Optional: Read 100 minutes


  • Required: Pass at least 2 lessons in Think Through Math (It does count as passing a full lesson if you skip out of it through the pre-test!)
    Note: We logged in for the first time in class, and all students have their log-in information taped inside their take home binders. See the picture below for a screenshot explaining in detail how to complete this assignment.
  • Optional: Continue practicing in Xtra Math (strongly recommended for students who have not mastered all basic multiplication facts) and SumDog

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 come up with an alternate plan for your child.

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IStation Reading Program

We now have The Imagination Station (IStation) computer based reading program. This program takes information gathered during a monthly assessment and creates individualized reading lessons based on your child’s needs. A letter explaining how to access IStation at home is in your child’s take home binder behind the homework tab. We will use this program at school and for homework, but it can also be used as additional reading support at home anytime that IStation is not assigned. Please keep in mind that each IStation session should be sustained for a minimum 20-30 minutes. Frequent logouts will send an alert to the teacher.

Think Through Math Online Math Program

Your child has been enrolled in Think Through Math, which we will now be using both in school and as homework. Think Through Math personalizes student learning with unprecedented levels of differentiation, explicit instruction, meaningful practice, unparalleled motivational tools, and unlimited access to LIVE, state-credentialed teachers. Check out the letter below for more details!


A huge THANK YOU to you parents for sending in the STAAR note for your child for last week's Writing STAAR test. They were THRILLED to get them. Your words meant so much to your child and brought smiles and giggles on a morning we don't usually have smiles and giggles...thanks again!

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 straws and/or beverage lids
  • Bottle corks
  • Empty thread spools
  • Plastic containers
  • Cardboard, tagboard, or foam board
  • Foil
  • String or yarn
  • Copper wire
  • Rubber bands
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Twist ties
  • Modeling clay
  • Stale marshmallows
  • Gumdrops
  • Any other craft or hobby items


We will be frequently using headphones at school over the next 8 weeks. If your child has earbuds or headphones that he/she prefers, please keep them in your backpack.

Keep tabs on those shirts!

We'll be wearing our blue & yellow tie dye shirts next Friday, April 15th for our field trip to the Twin Lakes YMCA, so keep them at the top of your laundry pile - thanks! We'll also use them for other events later this nine weeks.
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Highlights Include:

  • Laser Tag
  • Wipe out Inflatable
  • Bounce House
  • Hoops Shooter
  • Lots of new Carnival Games
  • Hair Painting & Nails
  • Mobile DJ & Photo Booth
  • Face Painting, Tattoos & Nail Art
  • Culin Karate Demo
  • Peak Performance
  • Prize Booth
  • Petting Zoo
  • Science with Mr. Jim
  • Cake Walk
  • Silent Auction and Basket Raffle

Step Right Up and Order your Wristband

All-Access Carnival Wristbands are $15 for first and second wristband, and just $10 for the third and more. You can buy them now on the e-store and they will be delivered Wednesday, April 6 to classes. Each wristband comes with a carnival spirit stick, and a prize lanyard, which will be stamped after playing games, and then redeemed at the prize booth for prizes.

Basket Raffle

Raffle tickets are $1 for 1 ticket, or $20 for 25 tickets. Order ahead on our e-store so that you can fill them out at home. They can be purchased at the carnival, too. Take a look at some of the amazing baskets we'll have. There will be 40 baskets up for raffle, each donated by the parents of Reagan classes! You'll find the basket raffle in the MPR at the carnival. Be sure to get your tickets in the boxes of the baskets you hope to win by 5:30pm, which is the end of the raffle. You do not need to be present to win.

Silent Auction

Around 65 local businesses have generously donated their goods to our auction! There are too many to list here, but you can find details with links to the businesses on our silent auction page. The auction will be located this year in the MPR. Be sure to write your bids down by the end of the auction at 5:30. You do not need to be present to win. If you win, you can pay by cash, credit card, or check at the carnival, or later when we contact you.


Food will be provided by these local food trucks:

Evil Weiner

Kona Ice

Cheese Haus

Hands off my Funnel Cake



Volunteer Needs

Please help us make this year's carnival a success by signing up for one of the available slots. It looks like a long list of slots, but we've kept most of them to short time periods so that you can help out and have plenty of time left to enjoy the carnival. Sign up on ourvolunteer page, and THANK YOU!

Carnival Sponsors

Thank you to our Contributing Vendors and Sponsors!

Molly Quirk Photography

Goodman Vinyl Sellers

Woody RV Rentals

Mary Dale Law Firm

Peak Performance

Dave Schara, State Farm Insurance


Culin Karate


Food Donations

Each year the PTA asks for parents to donate needed items for the carnival. Donation collections start Monday, April 4th. Just drop yours off in the main Hallway anytime. Below is our requested items by grade level.

Any grade— Prize booth toys, Cake walk, and coolers with wheels.

Kindergarten– Water Bottles
1st grade-- Large Blow pop & Tootsie lollipops
2nd grade-- Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper cans
3rd grade-- Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, Diet Dr. Pepper cans
4th grade-- Sprite and 7up cans

5th grade-- Sparkling water cans

Cake Walk Donations: Please drop off cupcakes, bagged cookies or brownies, or whole cakes to the community room either on Friday the 8th (preferred), or bring with you to the carnival on Saturday. If you can, please group cookies into groups of 4-6 and small cupcakes into groups of 3. Please be sure that all nut free and gluten free donations are store bought and clearly labeled.

Silent Auction - 4th Grade Teacher Experience - Painting With a 4th Grade Teacher!

While at the auction, be sure to check out the 4th grade teacher experience auction - we'll be auctioning off the chance to Paint with a 4th Grade Teacher on Thursday, April 28th after school!

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: Sandwich-sized ziploc bags, Click to view my classroom wishlist on Amazon

Mrs. Eddy: Glue sticks