From the Teacher's Desk

The latest news - Oct 9, 2015

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Students created their own avatar using Bitstrips in Technology. Can you find your 4th grader? : )

Highlights from This Week

  • Learning how to test minerals for hardness
  • Wrapping up Unit 2 in math
  • Continuing to learn about bullying
  • Beginning the Global Read Aloud book Fish in a Tree and learning more about how we all feel like a fish in a tree sometimes


We've very much enjoyed the time we've spent with families at conferences already. Research shows that student success is linked to involvement in their own goal setting. We believe that the goals we're making will have a significant impact on having a GREAT year!

We look forward to getting together soon with those of you we are meeting with next week.


We are enjoying our Global Read Aloud- We are reading Fish in a Tree and sharing ideas, reactions, questions and more with classrooms around the country and the world.

Upcoming Dates

  • 10/13 Fall Conferences
  • 10/12 and 10/13 CogAT Testing
  • 10/15-10/16 NO SCHOOL
  • 10/29 Picture Retake Day
  • 10/30 Fun Run

  • Monday - PE/Music/Media
  • Tuesday - Technology
  • Wednesday - PE/Music

Birchview Bobcat Fun Run

The Birchview Bobcat Fun Run is a great way for our PTA to raise much needed money to fund field trips, assemblies, playground enhancements and more. During the school day on Friday, October 30th, students and teachers will walk, run, skip--whatever they like--around the Bobcat track for 30 minutes. This event is about Birchview spirit, health/wellness and raising money for our wonderful school. For more information, click here

If you have questions, contact Leigh Doyle at

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

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...

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.