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Hi 4th Grade Families,

It was great to meet with each of you during conferences online last week. Thank you for taking the time to connect with us. For those who couldn’t meet, no problem. By going through your child’s ePortfolio with them, you were able to stay up to date on your child’s progress. Most connections on Zoom were just to say hi and put a face to a name. This next week looks like it will continue to cool down just in time for the Halloween festivities. Check below to see the newest updates and current news about the upcoming events in 4th grade.

Important Upcoming Dates

Oct. 26: Virtual Halloween Parade Videos Due (details below) - We really want EVERY student to participate!

Oct. 28: Picture Retakes & Fundraiser Begins

Oct. 29: Wheels on Fire Food Truck (4:30-7:30pm)

Oct. 30: Halloween Celebrations

Nov. 9: Panera Bread Spirit Night

Nov. 11: Virtual Math Night

Nov. 13: No School (Staff Development Day)

Nov. 23-27: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec. 21-Jan. 5: No School (Winter Break)

PTA Fundraiser

The PTA has organized a fun catalogue fundraiser for Blue Heron using PUPTZ Fundraising. A packet with information regarding the fundraiser and goods available for sale was sent home this week. The fundraiser officially kicks off Wednesday, but you may begin to sell items straight away. Students can win prizes and meet our classroom goal. The more they sell, the more they can win! Please refer to the PTA email you received Thursday afternoon if you have any further questions. Thanks for your support of our school!

Halloween Parties and Virtual Parade

Halloween celebrations will look different this year because of COVID. No volunteers will be allowed inside, but students are welcome to dress up for the day. Please no weapons, gore, or blood. We will participate in a fun craft, snacks, fun read alouds, a virtual parade (which we need each student to participate in online here BEFORE MONDAY), and a festive Peanuts video. Thanks for all your donations and help in making the day fun for the students!


Students are finishing up our unit about Earth and its natural processes this next week. This past week, we took a mid-assessment to show the students learning thus far and will conclude the unit with a research project and presentation about solutions to some of the natural hazards and disasters that affect humans. In November, we continue with our social studies learning of Colorado’s past!


In math, we have been practicing 3-digit by 1-digit multiplication and will expand to 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication this next week. Continue to practice math multiplication facts at home. There is a multiplication song video that students can listen to and learn here, and they may practice their facts either with flash cards or on Free Rice here


In reading, we have been working to find the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction text. Some students still are coming to school without books to read. Please make sure your child has reading material that they can bring to school. Reading books may be left at school. Students are able to check out library books too, but our Digital Teacher Librarian is only at our school half time on specific days, so we can’t wait on just those books. Perhaps, a visit to the Columbine library might be a good idea to do over the weekend. ;-)


In writing, students have been writing about nonfiction topics that they already know about without having to research. Students have written about a place, an event, an animal, and most recently people. With our person writing, students used the text structure compare/contrast to write about two people. Each writing piece was also enhanced by including text features such as pictures, captions, maps, etc. Feel free to check out your child’s writing pieces by having your child show you their online writing journal in Google Classroom. 

Just a reminder to continue to charge Chromebooks each night and send an extra mask in the backpack each day. Thank you again for all you do at home to support your child’s learning. We are so blessed to have such a supportive community. Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to send in those videos for the virtual parade!


Mrs. Vallory Darting, M. Ed. 

Mrs. Katie Nardi, M. Ed.

4th Grade Teachers

Blue Heron Elementary