From the Teacher's Desk

The latest news - Oct 15, 2015

Conferences - Thank You

I want to thank you all for involving your children in this fall's conference. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to set goals with the cooperation of students, families, and teachers. The feedback I received from students was overwhelmingly positive as conferences became somewhat demystified and they better understand their role in achieving their growth potential. I understand that this new conference format represented a shift for many of us, and greatly appreciate all your efforts to make this experience a positive one. Thank you.

Highlights from This Week

  • Completing our CogAT Test and Reading Benchmark Test
  • Finishing up our Rock Unit in Science
  • Starting our Geometry Unit
  • Continuing to learn about bullying
  • Skyping with our GRA partner classroom in Virginia

Upcoming Dates

  • 10/15-10/16 MEA - NO SCHOOL
  • 10/29 Picture Retake Day
  • 10/30 Birchview Bobcat Fun Run
  • 10/30 Pumpkin Math

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

Pumpkin Math - Volunteers Needed!

I'm looking for volunteers to help facilitate PUMPKIN MATH on Friday, October 30th in our classroom. During this fun activity, we improve our measuring and estimation skills by investigating 4 different properties of pumpkins. If you'd like to come into our class to volunteer, please save the date. Due to the Birchview Bobcat Fun Run that is scheduled the same day, we are not able to commit to an event time at this point. Right now, we are planning on Pumpkin Math in the morning from 9:20 - 10:20am but will let you know as soon as we know! :)

I am also hoping for 6 medium to large pumpkins to be donated to the class. They will be weighed, measured, scooped out, and seeds counted. If you wanted to, you could have it back for carving after we're done, although I don't think we should send them on the bus! :)

If you are able to help out or have a pumpkin to donate we would really appreciate it! Use this link to sign up to volunteer or bring in supplies:

Thank you to everyone willing to have fun and get a little messy with us!


Students are enjoying our Global Read Aloud, Fish in a Tree and our opportunity to share ideas, reactions, questions and more with classrooms around the country and the world.

Please continue to ask your students about our read aloud and track some of our communication on Twitter.

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.