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Hi 4th Grade Families,

Happy November! We are nearing the end of the first trimester! 

Important Upcoming Dates

Nov. 9: Panera Bread Spirit Night

Nov. 11: Virtual Math Night/Veteran’s Day Happy Veteran’s Day to all of you that have served our country! Thank you!

Nov. 12: Materials due for students “How to” writing - See info below in the writing section.

Nov. 12: Original Works Online Deadline (for delivery before Winter Break)

Nov. 12: Spelling test (due to no school on Friday, we will test on Thursday)

Nov. 13: No School (Staff Development Day)

Nov. 13: Holiday Scholastic Book Orders Due For Mrs. Darting’s class (Darting code: GTGMD)

Nov. 19: Poutine Food Truck Night

Nov. 20: Report Cards Available Online

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

Dec. 3: Late Original Works Due (for delivery in January)

Dec. 18: Winter Holiday Parties & Book Gift Exchange

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

Scholastic Book Orders Due!

Don’t forget to order your Scholastic book orders for the upcoming holidays by November 13th. We plan to do a fun book exchange for our holiday party in December (more info to come), so if you would like to order 1 small chapter book for gift giving ahead of time through our class code, we would greatly appreciate your support! Please go to Scholastic for families HERE and enter the class code GTGMD. Scholastic will now ship to home! Plus with an order or $25 or more, you get FREE Shipping and a FREE $5 Book Pick (use code: READS).

Original Works

Original Works is our online fundraiser program to support our art program. 30% of the sales come back to our school. The funds will be used to buy additional art materials we need during the pandemic. The biggest expense this year is having enough materials, so the students are safe and not sharing materials.


The online gallery is open now. If your child participated, there will be a flyer coming home in their Friday folder. It will have the directions and the codes you need to place your order. It is important to pay attention to the deadlines if you want the products back by the holidays.


Deadline for Original Works online orders 11/12 11:59pm MST

Orders will arrive 12/4

Late orders dates 11/16 - 12/3

Late orders will arrive in January

PTA Fundraiser

There are just a few days left to participate in our school “S’COOL Fundraising” and to earn PUPZ and other prizes. Inside the fundraising envelope, you will find the coupons to bring in to trade for PUPZ. The first one only requires the student to do a good deed and get a parent signature, so all kiddos can get at least one PUPZ, even without selling anything! Items are for sale through November 11th and once the order is placed, the items are packaged and sent directly to homes. Make sure to take a look at the goodies and holiday-themed items for sale. They make great gifts too! Thanks for your help to raise funds for Blue Heron. Remember to bring in your tickets by November 12th at the latest! 

Social Studies

This next week, we will continue to learn about Colorado’s development and the migration patterns of the 19th century. Wednesday and Thursday will be special too, as we celebrate STEM/STEAM day with some special coding and technology activities!


We are coming to the end of our multiplication unit. Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home. You will be happy to know that we have taught the standard algorithm (the way we all learned to multiply as kids) to your children this week. We have also expanded our equations to 1 digit by 4 digit multiplication! Students should keep working on learning their multiplication facts by listening to Mrs. Nardi’s math songs which are in the daily slideshow each day.


This week we have been learning about how to paraphrase a short text. We have also discussed the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing. At home, you can help by having your child paraphrase what they read about to you, and then summarize their reading as well. You could also have them paraphrase what happened on a tv show etc. This is an important fourth grade skill for students to continue practicing.


This next week in writing, we will be writing a how-to of student craft ideas. This weekend, please plan and brainstorm a simple craft that students can teach to another student (such as a paper airplane). We will be planning the steps on Monday, writing the steps on Tuesday, editing and revising on Wednesday, and then teaching one other friend the craft, using the writing we developed, on Thursday. Please make sure students bring the needed materials for one other student to make it and a finished sample to display on Thursday the 12th. Please, no food or complicated equipment. At home, you can help by making sure your child has their topic idea determined by Monday, and the materials needed for their craft on Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the weather!


Mrs. Vallory Darting, M. Ed. 

Mrs. Katie Nardi, M. Ed.

4th Grade Teachers

Blue Heron Elementary