From the Teacher's Desk

The Latest News - March 18, 2016

Our room is looking a little different!

We are sprucing up our classroom library. The kids might have mentioned that we have all kinds of new things happening in here...new tables, chairs, a fun big bean bag chair, etc.

Changes in Homework

We are changing our Language Arts homework from a weekly spelling list and test to a nightly writing assignment. Since we started Poetry today, we are going to be working on spelling in our daily poetry writing. The kids might struggle a little to begin with, but hopefully they will have fun with it as they get more comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings.

Highlights from Last week

  • Focus Question: How Things Change Over Time - the history and people of the Southeast region of the U.S.
  • Language Arts - Finished the Iditarod study

  • Math - Began Unit 8 on Area and Perimeter
  • Reading Comprehension Assessment
  • Persuasive Writing Assessment

Conferences with Students!

Our Spring Conferences will be held on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31.

This is different than what is listed in the district calendar.

Please make sure to sign up for a time that your child can attend with you.


You may sign up for a time through Skyward's Family Access.

Please watch video below for instructions on how to sign up.

Parent Power-Up: Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler

Cosmic Bingo

We will be participating in Cosmic Bingo on Monday, March 28th in PE! Remember to wear white and neon colors! :)

States, Capitals and Abbreviations

Students are practicing the states, capitals, and abbreviations of the Southeast Region in class. Our test is this Friday! Want to practice at home too? You can use flashcards or Quizlet to practice there, too.

Please Remember Your Recorders!

Students have been doing a great job remembering their recorders this week! Please remember that we have music on Day 2 and Day 5 - this week that is Monday and Thursday :)

Upcoming Dates


  • 3/25 - Quiz on Southeast States and Capitals
  • 3/30-3/31 - Conferences with Students Attending
  • 4/1-4/10 - Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
  • 4/21-4/22 - MCA Reading (Please do not schedule Doctor Appointments)
  • 4/22 - Kids' College
  • 4/26-4/27- MCA Math (Please do not schedule Doctor Appointments)

Usernames and Passwords for Home Access to Birchview's Ebooks!

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Twitter This Week

We have all kinds of fun 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

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.