Classroom Update

Mr. Sykes' 4th Grade

Getting Back 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. We have been discussing responsible decision making in Health, but chattiness has been contagious throughout 4th grade this week. We appreciate your support with a little reminder at home!!


Some of this week's highlights include:


  • Learning about surface tension and density in our water unit
  • Comparing different addition methods
  • Finally being able to download apps on our iPads!
  • Our read aloud book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Decorating our Writer's Notebooks
BBN 15-16 Week 2

Sign Up For Fall Conferences

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.

Akeelah and the Bee

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 9:30am

2400 3rd Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN

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.

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

Upcoming Dates

  • MAP Math 9/28
  • Picture Day 9/29
  • Field Trip to Children's Theatre 9/30
  • Naturalist Visit 10/1
  • Fall Conferences 10/6, 10/8, 10/13
  • CogAT Testing 10/12 & 10/13


Digital Days

Day 1 - PE/Music

Day 2 - Technology

Day 3 - PE/Music

Day 4 - Spanish

Day 5 - Art

Helpful Links for 4th Grade:

IXL- Wayzata Sign in Page

Reinforce math skills through standards-based practice.

Spelling City

Practice weekly Spelling Words

Next Week's Spelling Words:

1. sweet

2. each

3. three

4. least

5. freedom

6. below

7. throat

8. float

9. foam

10. flown

11. greet

12. season

13. croak

14. shallow

15. eagle

16. indeed

17. rainbow

18. grown

19. seaweed

20. hollow


Challenge Words:

21. bystander

22. evaporation

23. freezing

24. condensation

25. precipitation

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