4th Grade Happenings: Week 30

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of April 20 - 24, 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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STAAR Testing :: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 21st & 22nd

Just a reminder that our campus will be closed to visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week due to STAAR testing. Please see the link below for detailed information on this week's tests.


healthy snack

water bottle (labeled if generic)

lightweight jacket

chapter books (unless they have some at school)

glasses (if applicable)


ALL unnecessary electronics



Monday 4/20

  • blue specials day (LaCombe homeroom library - DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOKS!)
  • reading passage due
  • math homework due
Tuesday 4/21
  • purple specials day
  • Math STAAR
Wednesday 4/22
  • red specials day
  • Reading STAAR

Thursday 4/23

  • orange specials day
Friday 4/24
  • yellow specials day
  • field trip permission slips due
  • Famous Texan research outline due

Don't Forget!

Please take a moment to write a note to your child and return it no later than TOMORROW (Monday, April 20th). Notecards were sent home at the end of last week; if it's gone the way of stray socks, feel free to use whatever you have available at home. Thanks!




  • Schoolyard Ecology Vocab Quiz #1 on Thursday, April 30th
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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

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.



Famous Texan Research Project: UPDATE

We have begun our research for our upcoming Famous Texan Living Museum & are finding out some really interesting facts about our subjects! Just a reminder that most of the research will be completed at school, however, your child may need to or choose to work on it at home. The outline is in his/her Google Classroom account. 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.
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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.

Monday 4/27

  • YES SCHOOL - inclement weather makeup day (makeup from the no ice day on 3/5 :)
  • poster board sent home for famous Texan posters; completed posters due back to school Friday 5/8

Thursday 4/30

  • famous Texan Google presentations completion deadline
  • yearbook order deadline (see below for ordering link & more information)
Friday 5/1
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Pioneer Farms; more info to come

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.

"So, how was your week at school?" ... cricket...cricket...

Just in case you're wondering what happened this past week in 4th grade and your child is less than forthcoming, check out our photos & videos below! The weather could not be more beautiful, and we're LOVING watching our budding ecologists in action!! We're also well under way with our Famous Texaan research, are experimenting with a new work zone, and have celebrated several birthdays with our traditional birthday hula. For realtime updates, follow us on Twitter at @Our4thGradeTown (class account), @LaCombesClass (Mrs. LaCombe's professional account), or @stephbville (Mrs. Beasley's professional account).
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Ecology Go Teams in Action! Watch us learn together.


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