4th Grade Happenings: Week 15

Reagan Elementary - Leander Independent School District

Week of December 8 - 12, 2014


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


  • continue context clues


  • No spelling this week
  • Place Value & the Standard Algorithm
Social Studies
  • Early European Explorers

Science: Making Connections

  • simple, parallel, & series circuits
  • Vocabulary test #2 on Friday - students have made flash cards in class; words also linked below
  • Continuing Expository vs. Personal Narrative
  • Analysis of expository text
  • Irregular verbs


*USED BOOK FAIR ALL WEEK - $.25 paperbacks & VHS videos - stock up on reading material for the winter break! Buy 5 books and get a free snowman craft. Volunteer at the Reagan PTA website (see link below).

Monday 12/8 -

  • red specials day
  • math homework sheet due to math teacher
  • reading homework due (logged online by 5:00 Sunday 12/7 or handwritten summary & minutes read turned in during class today)
  • spelling worksheet due

Tuesday 12/9
  • orange specials day

Wednesday 12/10 -

  • yellow specials day

Thursday 12/11

  • green specials day
  • pajama drive ends

Friday 12/12 -
  • blue specials day - LaCombe library - DON'T FORGET YOUR BOOKS!
  • Science Vocab Quiz - Making Connections #2 (students made flash cards to study in class; words linked below and on Our Town website)

For which specials (PE, Performing Arts, Visual Art, Library) your child goes to on what day, please see the Our Town website under "Specials Schedule".

ON THE HORIZON - Upcoming Dates


New items from the previous week's newsletter are in italics below.

Friday 12/19

  • 4th Grade Holiday Party - 10:30 - 11:30

Monday - Friday 12/22 - 1/2

  • Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday 1/16

  • Reagan Spelling Bee in MPR - 6:00 pm. For more information, see below.

Friday 1/16

  • End of Second Nine Weeks

Monday & Tuesday 2/2 & 2/3

  • Staff February Conference - NO SCHOOL for students (please note, it is a 2 day break this year, vs. the 3 day break from past years


All homework is weekly homework (not daily) and assigned Monday and due the following Monday unless noted.


  • Homework sheet given out in class on Monday 12/8 and due back to school Monday 12/15
  • Online Reading Log & Questions - 80 minutes reading and online homework on website due Sunday evening 12/14; if you would prefer to turn in a hard copy, read 80 minutes and write a short BME (beginning-middle-end) summary on a piece of looseleaf paper. Three to five sentences, no more necessary.
  • no spelling this week

Holiday Party Information - Friday, December 19th

Our students can't WAIT for the upcoming holiday party! There's a lot going on in Our Town that day; here's some information you may find helpful:


We will be celebrating on Friday, December 19th with a holiday party and a Penny Gift Exchange. Students are able to bring in a SMALL trinket type gift. This should NOT be something expensive, but rather something simple - for example, pencil cap erasers, pencils, piece of wrapped candy, sticker, etc - for each student in his/her homeroom. The morning of our party, students will exchange trinkets (much like a Valentine's card exchange). Gifts do not need to be wrapped or labeled to/from. *There are 22 students in both Mrs. Beasley's homeroom and Mrs. LaCombe's homeroom; students are only to bring in penny christmas trinkets for their homeroom, not both classes.* Please understand that participation is optional; students do not have to bring in gifts.


10:30 - 11:30

Our class holiday party will be on Friday, December 19th from 10:30 - 11:30 in our classrooms. We will be making a snowman craft and enjoying some snacks. Please be on the lookout for some donations we will need to help make this event a success; you should be receiving an email sometime this week. Parents are more than welcome to join us; we'd love to have you! Please remember to check in at the office, and parking will be limited on campus, so Gupton Stadium will be available for parking if necessary. If you're leaving early on your holiday travels and wish to take your child with you when you go, please be sure to let either Mrs. Beasley or Mrs. LaCombe know when you leave.


We will be winding down for the break Friday after our party by enjoying a movie afternoon. We will have the following movies available for viewing; students will sign up in class early next week. Please let your child's teacher know no later than Tuesday, December 16th if you would prefer that they NOT watch a particular movie so we may adjust his/her choices. You do not need to contact us if you are OK with all of the choices below.

  • Rise of the Guardians (PG)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (G)
  • Ice Age (PG)
  • The Polar Express (G)
  • Frozen Sing Along (PG)
To make an informed decision about a movie you may have not seen, feel free to visit websites such as the one listed below for information on a movie's content, or do your own research online.

Pajama Drive Information - Update




The school pajama drive is winding down! On its first day, students turned in 216 pairs of new pajamas.With your continued generosity, Mrs. Delisi's Quest classes will meet their goal of collecting 475 pajamas. Please keep bringing those new pj's in until this Thursday, December 11th.

National Scripps Spelling Bee

The The 2014-2015 Reagan Spelling Bee is set for Tuesday, January, 13th 2015 at 6:00PM. Student check-in is at 5:30 the same day in the MPR.

Student in grades 3-5 are eligible to compete. The winner will advance to the next phase of the competition which will take place at Cedar Valley Middle School in Round Rock ISD on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015.

If you want to participate, click here to register. The 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List is linked below. Participation is completely voluntary and all preparation done at home.

For more information about Scripps National Spelling Bee, click here.


The 2014-15 yearbook is available for preorder online now! Click the link below for more information.

Last Week in Pictures

Wow...was it a busy one! We used all of our brains doing Maker Space in the library (a STEM initiative...and a whole lot of fun!), had a Toe Jam kickball game on Friday afternoon since we hit our goal of AWESOME behavior in the halls, lit up bulbs, made motors run, listened to Mr. Crawford read a book (with no pictures, even!!), and went crazy with our hair. What a week in 4th grade! Wonder what this next week will bring?
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