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8-31-18


 Dear 4th Grade Families,

 
It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night! For those who weren't able to join us, we wanted to take a moment to clarify our homework expectations-
  • Homework comes home on Monday and is due back the following Monday, so that you have a weekend if need be. We hope that giving you homework a week at a time will help you to organize around busy schedules. This is a great way to connect home with the learning at school and practice executive functioning skills with your child.  
  • The only part of the homework that we are requiring to be finished each week is the reading log in order to earn the Monday Reward Recess, but we would like to see the rest back on Mondays to inform our instruction (especially math).
  • We hope that the math will be used at home to reinforce skills needed for the fourth grade curriculum.
  • Cursive is optional, but because it is no longer part of the curriculum, it is a resource to use at home if you would like.  
  • Word Work will vary and will last for two weeks at a time. Currently, students need to know the meaning of prefixes and suffixes, so please use the Affixes Reference Sheet in the homework binder to study. Official words lists with recommended activities are still to come. The activities we provided are highly recommended, but not required.   
  • Moon Journal- starting today, students need to record observations in their moon journals on clear nights or use the link on cloudy days.
  • 4th Grade Homework Policy: Please don't spend more than 40 minutes a night on HW. Reading is a priority, but if you don't get to the other subjects, just sign the assignment saying they worked 40 minutes a night, and turn it in incomplete.
Back to School Night Presentation
If you were unable to attend Back to School Night or are interested in viewing the Canva slide show again, please view it with the link provided in the family newsletter. 
 
Exciting STEM News!
As announced at Back to School Night, we are teaching social studies and science units with an emphasis in technology and engineering (STEM) this year in 4th grade! We are excited to be able to offer computer science classes and technology within our curriculum, but we would love to have your help with supplying new suggested materials and books for our classrooms. If you are interested and able to help, please visit the class Amazon wish list (link in the email newlsetter). We appreciate your support!
 
Remember, you can check out www.dartingteacher.com for lessons, homework, and past newsletters anytime. We hope this is a helpful resource for you throughout the year. 
 
Have a fantastic Labor Day weekend. Safe travels and thanks again! See you Tuesday. 

Blue Heron 4th Grade Team

Blue Heron Elementary School

Littleton, CO