Our Town Happenings Week #18

Reagan Elementary :: Leander Independent School District

Week of January 11 - 15, 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

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?

WRITING
  • elaborative detail - how to add supporting details to our compositions
SOCIAL STUDIES
  • missions in Texas
MATH
  • addition, subtraction, & measurement
READING
  • cause & effect
SPELLING
  • Sitton List 16 Core Words - already, warm, finally, gone, summer
  • for extended list, see below

SCIENCE

  • begin Changing Earth unit

OUR CURRENT WEEK

ALL MONTH: School Board Recognition Month

Monday 1/11

  • Green Specials Day (Beasley/Performing Arts, LaCombe/PE)
Tuesday 1/12
  • Blue Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Library)
Wednesday 1/13
  • Purple Specials Day (Beasley/Library, LaCombe/PE)
Thursday 1/14
  • Red Specials Day (Beasley/PE, LaCombe/Performing Arts)
Friday 1/15

HOMEWORK

READING

  • Reading Log: 80 minutes
  • Reading Homework in Google Classroom (Nearpod presentation over frequently confused words & multiple meaning words)

MATH

  • Sum Dog Challenge (in Sum Dog account)
SPELLING
  • Spell Check 16 on Friday 1/15
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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. To assist you in keeping your calendars updated, any additions or changes from the previous week's memo will be in bold.


JANUARY 2016

  • Monday 1/4 - School resumes
  • Friday 1/8 - Fun First Friday in 4th (Dress-Up) - Crazy Hair Day
  • Friday 1/15 - End of 1st Semester
  • Monday 1/18 - Staff Development / Student Holiday
  • Wednesday 1/20 - 2nd 9 Weeks report cards sent home

FEBRUARY 2016

  • Monday 2/1 - Tuesday 2/2 - Staff Development / Student Holiday
  • Friday 2/5 - Fun First Friday in 4th Grade - Geriatric Attack (Dress up like a Sr. Citizen in honor of the 100th day of school :)
  • Wednesday 2/10 - Karen LaCombe's 29th birthday
  • Wednesday 2/17 - progress reports sent home ONLY for students with a grade >70% in any subject
  • Saturday 2/20 - Faculty Follies Show - Vista Ridge PAC at 11:00 am

MARCH 2016

  • TX Independance Day - Dress like a Texan in 4th
  • Sunday 3/13 - Daylight Savings Time - SPRING FORWARD!
  • Monday 3/14 - Friday 3/18 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • Friday 3/25 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
  • Tuesday 3/29 - 4th Grade Writing STAAR Test - please avoid scheduling travel or appointments on STAAR test days if at all possible!

APRIL 2016

  • Friday 4/1 - End of the 3rd 9 weeks
  • Friday 4/1 - First Fun Friday in 4th Grade - Illuminocity Atrocity - Dress in BRIGHT colors!
  • Monday 4/4 - Stephanie Beasley's 29th birthday
  • Wednesday 4/6 - report cards sent home
  • 4/22 - Earth Day
  • Monday 4/25 - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (holidays unless the assigned day is needed due to bad weather, which will be communicated in advance)

MAY 2016

  • 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!
  • 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)
  • Monday 5/30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

JUNE 2016

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

REAGAN FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT: SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd - 4-7:00 PM

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4th ANNUAL FACULTY FOLLIES SHOW - Saturday, February 20 @ 11am - VISTA RIDGE PAC

Mark your calendars now to come see your teachers like you've never seen them before!
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OUR WEEK IN PICTURES

What a busy week! We had a week full of feet - stinky feet science review, EIGHT legged races in PE, and Toe Jam! We also learned about inferring with a Nearpod activity in the computer lab and saw some CRAZY hairstyles on Friday. It's good to be back!
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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