Our Town Happenings Week #33

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of May 9-13, 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

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We love our jobs. That said, it was so nice to be appreciated this week by such a neat bunch of students and their parents. Thanks so much for all the sweet words & thoughtful gifts - they were truly special, and we appreciate every one of them!
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We are well aware that we have such fantastic students because of their parents. Motherhood isn't an easy job - thanks to all you wonderful moms that make our jobs that much easier. We appreciate you!

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

WRITING
  • begin end of year writing project
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • Texas is Annexed - continued
MATH
  • STAAR Test
READING
  • STAAR Test
  • Begin end of year individual reading assessments
SPELLING
  • NO SPELLING THIS WEEK

SCIENCE

  • Vocab Quiz #2 - Friday, 5/13

OUR CURRENT WEEK

Monday 5/9

  • Math STAAR test (3rd/4th grade only)
  • Campus closed to visitors
Tuesday 5/10
  • Reading STAAR test (3rd/4th grade only)
  • Campus closed to visitors
Wednesday 5/11
  • Science STAAR test (5th grade only)
  • Campus closed to visitors
  • National School Nurse Day
  • Public School Paraprofessional (Instructional Assistant) Day
  • Yellow Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
  • Posterboard sent home for Famous Texan Museum Display posters
Thursday 5/12
  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
Friday 5/13
  • Field Day - see details below as to tug of war, field day events, and lunch times
  • Science Vocab Quiz #2

HOMEWORK

READING

  • NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
MATH
  • NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
SPELLING
  • NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK
SCIENCE
  • Vocab Quiz #2 will be given on Friday, May 13th. Students made flash cards to study from in class, and may also review the words online via the link below (also found in Google Classroom Science Class).

STAAR TESTING THIS WEEK

Just a reminder, the campus is closed to visitors this week for lunch from Monday - Thursday. For additional information, please see the link to the STAAR memo below.


QUICKLIST OF WHAT TO BRING ON MONDAY & TUESDAY:

healthy snack (no messy snacks, please)

water bottle

lightweight jacket

chapter books - 2

glasses (if needed)

QUICKLIST OF WHAT NOT TO BRING ON MONDAY & TUESDAY:

ALL unnecessary electronics

backpacks

FIELD DAY - THIS FRIDAY, MAY 13

Our school-wide Field Day will be THIS Friday, May 13th. The schedule for field day activities is as follows:
  • 8:00-10:00 2nd, 3rd
  • 10:15-12:15 K,1st
  • 12:30-2:30 4th,5th

In addition to the school-wide field day stations, the older grades will be participating in a tug-of-war. Start times for tug of war are as follows:

  • 8:30 - 5th grade
  • 9:30 - 4th grade
  • 10:30 or 10:45 - 3rd grade
Our 4th grade lunch on Friday 5/13 will be from 11:20 - 11:40.


To sign up to volunteer, please click the link below. Also, donations of FILLED water balloons are needed - you may drop them off at the school Friday morning. Laundry baskets or coolers clearly marked with your name and child's grade level are helpful in getting your container returned to you.

TRACK AND FIELD MEET - FRIDAY 5/20

Our 4th and annual track meet will be held at Vista Ridge High School on Friday, May 20th. This is a highly anticipated event that the students look forward to every year. Again, be on the lookout for more details.


Volunteers will be needed to help make this event a success, so consider sharing your time if you're able!

FAMOUS TEXAN RESEARCH PROJECT

IT'S RESEARCH TIME!!

With our Math STAAR and Reading STAAR this week, we'll be taking a break from our Famous Texan research project. We will send home poster board after STAAR is over so that students may begin their museum displays, and begin working on our slides presentations at school the week of May 16th.


For additional details and more specific dates, see the newsletter linked below.

LIVING MUSEUM DAY PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Our 4th grade students will take you on a journey back in time on Friday, May 27th as they perform for the 7th Annual Reagan 4th Grade Living History Museum! The class performance schedule is as follows:
  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Flores, Eddy, & Weltzin homerooms perform
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Beasley & LaCombe homerooms perform
  • 1:30 - 2:30 - Lau & Heim homerooms perform

We would love to see you on Living Museum day! Feel free to come and support your little Davy Crockett, Bessie Coleman, or Ladybird Johnson if you are able. Performances will occur as scheduled above and will be upstairs in the 4th grade neighborhood.


A few reminders -

  • Poster board for the museum displays will be sent home Wednesday, May 11th. If students would like to use something other than the white posterboard we provide, they are welcome to.
  • While students are expected to dress as much like their Texan as possible on museum day, it is not our intent for you to purchase items specifically for this purpose. Let us know if you have any questions.
  • A one minute video of last year's Living Museum can be found below if you would like to see what the event has been like in the past.
Famous Texan Living Museum

UPCOMING DATES - UPDATED THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR!!

Below you will find upcoming dates for the school year 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.


MAY 2016

  • Monday 5/2 - Friday 5/6 - Book Fair in Library
  • Wednesday 5/4 - progress reports sent home ONLY for students with a grade >70% in any subject
  • Friday 5/6 - Fun First Friday in 4th Grade - Dress like a STAR! (music, sport, TV - school dress code compliant, please :)
  • Monday 5/9 - 3rd & 4th Grade STAAR Math Test - please avoid scheduling travel or appointments on STAAR test days if at all possible!
  • Tuesday 5/10 - 3rd & 4th Grade STAAR Reading Test - please avoid scheduling travel or appointments on STAAR test days if at all possible!
  • Friday 5/13 - School-wide Field Day - more details to come!
  • Monday 5/24 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (holidays unless the assigned day is needed due to bad weather, which will be communicated in advance)
  • Friday 5/20 - 4th/5th grade Track Meet at Vista Ridge HS - MORE DETAILS TO COME
  • Friday 5/27 - Famous Texan Living Museum - SEE ABOVE FOR PERFORMANCE TIMES
  • Monday 5/30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

JUNE 2016

  • 4th 9 weeks - report cards sent home
  • Last Day of School - Have a GREAT summer!

CHECK POLICY FOR LUNCH PAYMENTS

Due to Leander ISD policy, the cafeteria will no longer be able to accept checks without a driver’s license number and phone number clearly written on the check. To avoid any delay in funding your child’s lunch account, please ensure that your driver’s license number and phone number are included with the check.

HELPFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS

CURIOUS AS TO WHAT WE DO ALL DAY?

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. We tweet about our learning several times throughout the week.


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

HELPFUL DISTRICT WEBSITES