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 Hi 4th Grade Families,

Happy Friday! Before we get into updates and news, we wanted to let you know about a very special opportunity that students will have today in asynchronous writing class! Today, they will be writing a letter to Santa! We have put special stationary in today’s slideshow that students can print off to write their letter on. We also let them know that they could ask you to help them mail it to the North Pole and that we would email you the directions. Well, here are the details. The post office in Anchorage, AK has provided details to families of how to mail children’s letters and receive a reply from Santa, stamped by the “North Pole.” Check out their website for more details HERE

How to get a letter postmarked from the North Pole:

  1. Have the child write a letter to Santa (today’s writing assignment) and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

  2. Write a personalized response to the child's letter and sign it "From Santa." (Hint: To save on paper, it works well to just use the back of their paper.)

  3. Insert both letters into an envelope and address it to the child.

  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.

  5. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.

  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address it to:




ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Tips from USPS:

  • To save paper, write on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.

  • When responding as Santa, make the letter from Santa as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year. For example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.

A Fun Light Display: If you are out looking at Christmas lights, this house is amazing to see in person! It is called “The Gingerbread House.” The address is 10221 Fairgate Way Highlands Ranch 80126.

Important Upcoming Dates

Dec. 14-18: Science Energy Projects (devices due the 18th, presentations due before Jan. 6th)

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

Jan. 6: School Resumes (district to still decide if in-person or remote)

Jan. 18: No School (MLK Day)


In science, we have been discovering energy, in all its forms. This next week, students will be taking that learning and discovering how energy transfers from one form to another by creating an energy transfer device (like a Rube Goldberg machine). Each day, they will accomplish one more step by brainstorming, designing, testing, or refining their device, before preparing a 90 second presentation to share their device with their class, via theFlipGrid app. If students stay on schedule and are ready to record on the 18th (Friday), they will have their whole winter break to relax and enjoy. We will be viewing each other’s presentations the day we return, January 6th, so make sure all devices and presentations are finished and uploaded to FlipGrid before then. Thanks! 


Long division is here! During the past few weeks, we have been learning how to use multiple algorithms to solve 3-digit and 4-digit dividends by 1-digit divisors. Students have also reviewed how to use the inverse operation of division and pictures (arrays and area models) to check for reasonableness. Students will be taking their first quick quiz for division on Monday. In the slides for today, there is a link to their unit 3 goals. We encourage them to review this goal and continue to practice division with their favorite algorithm so that they feel prepared to crush the goal on their quiz Monday. 


We have begun poetry! In reading, we are learning about the elements of poetry, such as mood, rhythm, rhyme, and cadence. We have learned about and read examples of onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and limericks, as well as strategies for understanding the meaning of unfamiliar words. Students have used imagery to think about poems on a deeper level. Next week, we will be reflecting on poetry, understanding how some poetry teaches life lessons, and finding a poem to recite.


In writing, we are taking the learning from reading and putting it into practice in our online Poetry Anthologies. Poetic devices that we have used so far include onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and we have even created our own limericks. As we continue to learn about other forms of poetry and figurative language, students will continue to fill their Poetry Anthologies with original and personal poems that pertain to their chosen topics and themes. If you could look at these poems in Google Classroom with your child throughout the next week to help with editing and revising, they would appreciate it!

Have a happy Hannukah, a very merry Christmas, and a great holiday break. See you all back on Wednesday, January 6th. 


Mrs. Vallory Darting, M.Ed.

Mrs. Katie Nardi, M. Ed.
4th Grade Teachers
Blue Heron Elementary