From the Teacher's Desk

The latest news - Sept 25, 2015

We're into the Swing of Things!

Summer tends be full of fun and freedom! As you get back into your normal routines of homework, bedtimes, etc. please take a moment to remind your fourth grader of the importance of staying focused during work time and being respectful listeners while others are talking. Our fourth grade team has noticed that this group is very active and chatty. If you could please talk with your child about their behavior and the importance of listening both to teachers and to other students, that would be very helpful in supporting our efforts at teaching respectful listening skills here at school. We appreciate your support with a little reminder at home!!

Some of this week's highlights include:


  • Becoming geologists as we observe and break down Mock Rocks.
  • Learning to add and subtract big numbers
  • Small group and partner reading work
  • Finally being able to download apps on our iPads!

Sign Up For Fall Conferences

On September 21, you will be able to sign in to Family Access, click on Teacher Conferences and schedule your conference time. Please choose a time when your child is available to attend with you. Please note that the site will shut down on Sunday, October 4 at 10:00 pm.


Once you sign in to Family Access you can follow the instructions by clicking on the word HERE.


You must be signed up with Family Access BEFORE you can schedule your conference time. If you have not signed up, you must first click on "Forgot Your Login/Password". Now submit your email address to request your log in information.

Please take the time to follow these important procedures. Family Access is the link to connect you with ALL important information regarding your student and their school. If you have further questions, please contact the Family Access Help Desk at 763-745-6014.

Cogat Testing

As part of the district wide identification process for Vision 21

services, Wayzata Schools will be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all 2nd and 4th graders between September 16 and October 23. Students in 3rd and 5th grade who are new to the district will also be given the CogAT during this time. Please make every effort to have your child attend school during the testing days.

Results from the CogAT tests will be used as one of the multiple information sources to identify students who will most likely benefit from the Vision 21/Gifted and Talented program. Student identification will be finalized and parents will have access to their child's results through Skyward Family Access by December 2.
For more information on the CogAT tests, click here

Akeelah and the Bee

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 9:30pm

Children's Theatre Company, 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, United States

We are thrilled to be heading on our first field trip to the Children's Theatre production of Akeelah and the Bee on September 30th. Students should have brought home their permission slip this week. You can learn a bit more about the show here. Permission slips are due on Monday.

Twitter This Week

To see our daily updates on Twitter, you do not need to follow our class - you can simply click on this link... http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/tami.arvig

Upcoming Dates


  • 9/29 Picture Day
  • 9/30 Field Trip to Children's Theatre
  • 10/2 MAP Math Assessment
  • 10/6, 10/8, 10/13 Fall Conferences
  • 10/12 and 10/13 CogAT Testing


  • Monday - PE/Music/Media
  • Tuesday - Technology
  • Wednesday - PE/Music
  • Thursday - Spanish
  • Friday - Art

Some helpful links for fourth graders

IXL link

Student User ID and Password is in their Take Home Portfolio.

Xtra Math - Basic Fact Practice

If you have five minutes at home, practicing those facts on xtramath is a great use of your time! Your child will learn how to log in on Monday.

Spelling City

This link takes you straight to the Birchview 4th Grade Spelling Words.

Keep in Touch

We are having fun with Twitter...hopefully, you're finding it fun and informative, too. If you need us, email is the fastest way to get in contact with us.