Peek at the Week

February 1-5 4th Grade Mrs. Lanz

Animal Awareness Week

Animal Awareness Week

Student Council is sponsoring a new initiative at Birchview, Animal Awareness Week. They will be raising awareness and support with a pet food and supply drive all week and a fun day, Stuffed Animal Day, on Friday February 5th.

Please click here for more details and a list of items that can be donated.

Feed My Starving Children Tuesday Feb. 9th 12pm-2pm

We are excited to give back to others this year for Valentine's Day! Students are bring asked to bring in a $5 donation instead of valentines, to help with transportation to Feed My Starving Children. A permission slip went home on Friday and we do need several volunteers. If you are able to help please return the slip this week and I will contact you. This is an amazing opportunity to demonstrate our 4 C's as a grade! Thank you for your support.

What's Coming Up

  • I Love to Read Month Activities: Students will be working on a Reading Bingo Chart throughout the month and are asked to take a picture with a favorite book-see handout.
  • Unit 5: Fractions
  • Studying Magnetism and Electricity
  • Essay writing: working on persuasive writing, focusing on creating a thesis
  • New Focus Question: How Things Change Over Time
  • Read aloud with Mrs. Wenberg's class: Sylvia and Aki

  • 2/1 - 2/5 - Animal Awareness Week
  • 2/3 - Report Cards Posted to Family Access by 4pm
  • 2/5 - Stuffed Animal Day
  • 2/9 - 2/12 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • 2/9 - Feed My Starving Children Field Trip 12-2
  • 2/12 - 4th Grade Read-In


In music class the 4th graders have already begun to prepare for the Recorder unit! This music unit is an important part of the music curriculum here at Birchview and throughout the Wayzata elementary schools. This is a very exciting opportunity for young musicians!

The Recorder unit will begin in mid-February and last through April.

Please bring back the permission slips by Thursday, January 28th.

Reminder about Snacks

Just a reminder that we do have a time for students to eat snacks in the afternoon. They are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack, or save something from lunch, as a way to provide a little more energy for the afternoon. If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks so much for your support in keeping our energy up during these long winter days!

STAR of the Week

We loved learning more about Lauren this week!


Mrs. Lanz-7th
Jackson- 14th
Sienna- 17th
Noah- 24th

Our Schedule

Day 1: Music/P.E.
Day 2: Art Library 12:40-1:10(this has just changed from Day 3 to Day 2)
Day 3: Music/P.E.
Day 4: Technology
Day 5: Spanish

Spelling Words

1. dictionary

2. abrupt

3. predict

4. import

5. locally

6. verdict

7. locate

8. portable

9. transport

10. bankrupt

11. dictate

12. location

13. erupt

14. passport

15. export

16. contradict

17. rupture

18. interrupt

19. disrupt

20. dislocate

21. vindictive

22. portfolio

23. jurisdiction

24. corruption

25. interruption

Homework Sites

Xtra Math

Students should work on their fact skills at their own pace daily.

Spelling City

Our spelling words will be posted here weekly and students can use this as a place to practice their words.


Math skills are organized by standard and will be assigned in class and occasionally for homework.


I will add flashcards as we use them in class for Social Studies and other classes

Bedtime Math

Daily math activities are provided for a variety of ages. The site also includes parent blogs, games and other ideas for extending math at home. This is not homework, but an option for families and students at home.

Keyboarding Online

Students are practicing their keyboarding skills in school starting this month. They can practice lessons at home if they have time and access to a laptop or desktop computer.