From the Teacher's Desk

The Latest News - Jan. 5, 2016

It's Base Camp Week!

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Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break! It was great to see students back rested and ready for a wonderful new year. Here are some things we'll be working on over the next few weeks:

  • Working on multi-digit multiplication
  • Exploring the geography, history, and culture of the Northeast region
  • Reading a variety of mythology texts as we explore their themes and modern allusions
  • Introducing our new writing unit: Persuasive Writing
  • Developing problem solving skills during STEM Day

And of course, we are all looking forward to growing our leadership skills and working as a team on our overnight trip to Base Camp!

Base Camp Overnight - Important Reminders!

We love how excited students are for this week's trip. Hopefully you have already received all the information you need to prepare for our journey. If you have not done so already, please gather all materials as soon as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact us if questions or concerns arise.

A few things to consider:

  • All students must return the waiver sent home Monday to participate in activities
  • When packing, remember students will be responsible for carrying all their gear
  • ONLY chaperones are allowed to bring an air mattress
  • If students require medications, an additional form must be filled out. Please contact us if you are in need of this form.
  • The pizzas we will have for dinner on Thursday will be delivered by Toppers on Grand
  • Students will be eating lunch at Birchview on their day of departure and the day of return from the trip, so plan accordingly
  • The movies we will view are Despicable Me and Despicable Me II, both are rated PG
  • iPods and other portable music players are NOT allowed on the trip. Students are responsible for ALL items they bring with them.

We are all looking forward to engaging in team building, rock climbing, robotics and archery on this special trip. It's sure to be a learning experience that students will never forget!

Northeast States, Capitals, and Abbreviations

It is a fourth grade standard that students learn all 50 states, capitals, and abbreviations. We achieve this through a regional focus and currently are learning the states of the Northeast region. Though students receive time at school to practice during the school day, reinforcement at home is beneficial.

One resource we use to practice in school is Quizlet. Here, students can learn and practice the location, capital, and abbreviation of each state. Students can choose other methods of practice if preferred, but I wanted to make sure families were aware of this site.

Upcoming Dates

  • 1/7 - 1/8 - Base Camp Overnight Field Trip
  • 1/8 - PTA Movie Night 6:30 - 9:30
  • 1/14 - STEM Day
  • 1/15 - MLK Assembly
  • 1/18 - MLK Jr. Day - No School

Digital Days

Day 5 - PE/Music

Day 1 - Technology

Day 2 - PE/Music

Day 3 - Spanish

Day 4 - Art/Media

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.