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Hi 4th Grade Families,

What a busy, exciting week this will be! I wanted to lift up some of the important opportunities and happenings around the school this week and give you a heads up about some volunteer opportunities for upcoming events.

Scholastic Book Fair

We are thrilled to be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair this week in our school library. The hours go until 7:30 Tuesday and Wednesday nights during conferences and opens at 7:45 Thursday morning for the Grandparents Breakfast. Students have filled out wishlists and should have brought them home today. If you would like to purchase books or just send money in for them to purchase, there will be time throughout the week for them to go down again if they have cash. Thanks for supporting our library!

Parent/Teacher Conferences Led by Students

Conferences are here! Fourth through sixth grade teams at Blue Heron typically like to hold student-led conferences so students can share their learning, goals, and accomplishments with you in person. Please bring your child to your designated time slot Tuesday or Wednesday. We will be going through their learning portfolios and looking at MAP testing data and goals for the trimester. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Read-a-thon/Read4Funds and Grandparents Breakfast

Our annual read-a-thon is this Thursday, October 11th! It is also the day of the Grandparents’ Breakfast. If grandparents are planning to come already for the breakfast, encourage them to stay for the 9 o’clock hour to read to the class too! So far, our class does not have any guest readers for the Read-a-thon on Thursday, and all are welcome between 9-10am. This would mean so much to the kiddos if someone they knew stayed to read a short book or two. We can gladly provide the books or you are welcome to bring in a family favorite! If you could let us know ahead of time, that will be great to help us plan, but not necessary. Hope to see you or one of you family members Thursday at 9am.

Fall Break

There is no school this Friday, October 12th, due to the Fall Break. As of now, it looks like the weather will clear up and warm up just enough to make this day a fun, pleasant one! Have fun and stay safe!

Fall Harvest Classroom Parties & Costume Parade

This year’s festivities will take place on Friday, October 26th (the day of the PTA Harvest Festival). The costume parade will take place from 9:15-9:40am, first thing in the morning. Students are to come to school in costume (with either school clothes underneath or a change of clothes in their backpacks for after the party). Please line the parade route in the playground area outside the building to watch, if you would like to see the parade.

Immediately following, we will be having our classroom parties. Each 4th grade classroom is asking for at least 3 parents to help organize and run a part of the party. We will have three “rotations” for students to travel to during the party: food, game, and craft. If we could have at least one parent or volunteer plan and help organize supplies for each rotation, no one has to be in charge of everything! Sign Up Genius works well for needed food, game, and craft supplies. If you plan to stay for the party, please remember to sign in at the front office. Parties should last until around 10:30am.

Additional info from our PTA-   

The PTA has worked with Mrs. Burch to get some general guidelines for class parties this year. The most important guideline is that the entire Jeffco District is a Healthy District so that means all parties need to be more than 50% healthy food choices. (Probably best to keep the cupcakes to a minimum of 1 per student!) We wanted to share with you some information about Halloween Parties for Blue Heron this year.  

There are lots of fun menus you can do in the morning for a class party. Some food items suggestions would be: a cereal bar, a bagel bar, hard boiled eggs, breakfast burritos, fruit plates, etc. Please remember Blue Heron is a healthy school and we encourage a balance of fun treats, as well as healthy food items.  

Once you have decided on a menu, the easiest thing to do next is make up a sign-up sheet (via Sign Up Genius) so other parents can volunteer to help and bring in food.


Blue Heron Elementary School PTA

Thank you for your support, this week and always! We so appreciate you, our families and community. Have a wonderful week and Fall Break 3-day weekend. I look forward to seeing each of you for conferences tomorrow and Wednesday.


Mrs. Vallory Darting, M.Ed.

4th Grade Teacher

Blue Heron Elementary School

Littleton, CO