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9-11-18


 

Dear 4th Grade Families,

 

Happy September! Football season is here and fall is just around the corner! Yay! I wanted to send a quick newsletter about upcoming events and news happening in 4th grade.


Picture Day

Picture Day is tomorrow, Wednesday the 12th. Our class will be going down about 12:15pm for our pictures. We have art and it is before recess, so students should be good to go with any hair products and nice outfit choices they wear in the morning. If they need to change before recess, just send them with a change of clothes.

 

Field Day

Friday is field day! Our theme this year is the “Avengers,” or as the students have voted, “Dartvengers.” We won’t be dressing up too much yet (that will be for the Run 4 Funds at the end of the year)! Students should either wear their light blue field day shirts from last year, or any light blue to blue colored shirt to show class spirit! Lunch will be at 11:25am that day. Field Day will begin for 4th grade at 12:45 and will run until 3:30. It is supposed to be hot, so be sure to send a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and anything else to keep them well protected.

 

Amazon Class Wishlist

Thank you to all of the amazing families that have already purchased items for STEM and reading from our 4th grade class wishlist on Amazon. We’ll be using the ticker tape soon in STEM to estimate how far apart the planets are in relation to one another. The kids can now read all about coding for girls, and we are still waiting for the extra copy of Tiger Rising to arrive, but will use that for any students who were absent and need to catch up with our read alouds. We are hoping to receive some games and robots soon for our coding and electrical current units! Thanks for your support! The kids are blessed by your generosity.

 

GT Testing

Testing for the Gifted and Talented (GT) program is happening now until October 15th. If you feel like your child would benefit from being classified in the GT program (especially good for students who need extension materials in junior high), please visit this site to find out how to get your child tested and on an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP).

 

In-Service Teacher Work Day

There will be no school for K-6th graders on Friday, September 21st, as it is a teacher in-service work day. Have a fun time with families and enjoy the fall!

 

Curriculum

Students have been busy learning this month! In math, we are finishing up and reviewing our 1st unit on place value, addition, and subtraction. As for writing and reading, we are in the midst of realistic fiction! In writing, we have started to revise our drafts, learned how to make a great lead, add details to illuminate the setting, use description to bring the characters to life, and will be learning to write a creative and satisfying conclusion. Reading goes hand in hand, as we are looking through our class read aloud and independent books for deep meaning and ways authors make the characters complicated. We are really enjoying Tiger Rising! For social studies, students are learning about maps, atlases, and will begin to look at the regions of the world next. In science, students are to continue recording the moon phases until the next full moon on Sept. 24th. Moon Journals are due the next science class after this date. In STEM, we have used Oreos to analyze the phases of the moon, we will be learning about the Constitution for Constitution Day September 17th, will be continuing our math facts, and will do some fun projects with the Solar System, before we do a fun project with maps online and start coding!

 

Thank you for all you do to make our school year a success. We appreciate you and couldn’t do it without you, our amazing Blue Heron families. Remind students to continue their reading logs at home and bring in their homework on Monday. Have a wonderful week!

 

Vallory Darting, M.Ed.

4th Grade Teacher

Blue Heron Elementary

Littleton, CO