Marking Period 2

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe November is half over already! We have been so busy and there is still a lot to cover.

First, I want to say thank you to those who I have met at conferences so far. I am so glad to have your support. We all have a common goal of making sure your child succeeds here at Maples and as positive members of the community.

Next, I wanted to share some links and helpful places for you to check out with your student. I was able to add a link to our math videos on Clever. If you click on it, a YouTube playlist will open and has all of Module 3 lessons in order. Currently, we are on Module 3, Lesson 5. This is something students can view if they are absent or if they are needing help with their homework.

I have also attached a link to our Mystery Science program. The link for each lesson is only available for 10 days so I will try my best to make sure it is current as we go on throughout the year.

I will be able to add to my Clever page throughout the year so please be sure to check in from time to time.

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

– Mrs. Whitford

BRICS presentation

This Friday, Oct. 25th, we are inviting you to join our class to discuss the BRICS bond. The entire 4th grade has been working hard on presenting information to the community. Students have created slideshows and posters about the BRICS bond. We are welcoming parents to our classroom from 1:00-2:00. The students are very excited to present this information to you 🙂



Today we took our second spelling test of the year. Our scores went down compared to our first test. I wanted to review the spelling expectations with you so that way our third test will be back up to par.

Spelling words are given every 2 weeks. I have them written in the planner for students to write down on Mondays and I will also post them on Class Dojo.

Students are expected to complete 3 Tic Tac Toe activities each week using their words. There may also be time for them to practice words in class during Word Work time. Students should be practicing their words many times during the 2 weeks before their test.

Please ask your student about their spelling work. Since we have a test every other week, their grade on their report card depends on these tests. If they are not passing, their grade will be lower overall.

If you have any questions please let me know 🙂

Have a great weekend!

  • Mrs. Whitford

Half Days

Good morning,

Today is our first half day. Dismissal on half days will be at 11:45 AM. This is before our normal lunch time, so please be sure to send a healthy snack with your student. Fruit, veggies, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, etc. Please no sugary items like candy, cookies, or brownies.

Stay tuned to the School Story section on Class Dojo to get a heads up when half days are scheduled. I will also send reminders and we will add it to our planners. FYI: Late Start day is next Wednesday, Sept. 25th. School will begin at 9:35 AM.

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

Scholastic Book Orders

Good morning,

Reading is all around us. In our math books, during music class, even reading directions for a game we play at recess! Reading is vital to your child’s success and having books and materials that interest them is key.

Below you will find our class code for our Scholastic Book Orders. This code is linked to our classroom account. When I place an order, any books you have ordered with this code will be shipped with mine straight to our school 🙂

Your child may have mentioned that they were given a book on the first day of school. The first book was “Frindle”. This was possible due to the generosity of my personal friends and family. Each has sponsored a student in our class and I am happy to say each student will receive 1 free book every month! While I am glad to know they will have a few new books this year (10 total!), if you are able to sit with your child and have them select a few books for them to read at home, keep in their book box, or share with siblings, please use the link above. I will be placing our first class order next Wed. Sept. 18th at the end of the school day. I believe the link will allow you to pay with a credit or debit card. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, you may have your child return the order form being sent home today. If using a check, you may make it out to me personally and I will place orders on your behalf.

Thank you so much for helping us share the love of reading! Hope to see you tonight at Open House, 6:00-7:30!

-Mrs. Whitford

STEAM week

Hello all,

This week has been very busy and the students have been very focused on their STEAM projects.  We’ve collaborated, built, analyzed, redrafted, constructed, discussed, redesigned, and finally presented our projects.  Some students wanted to work independently, some worked in small groups.  The choice was theirs.  They brought in their own materials and were very thoughtful with the entire process.  By the end of the week, students have learned the process of creating something for someone else; they have learned about perseverance, imagination, and more about each STEAM area.  But mostly, they’ve learned a little bit more about each other. In a week’s time, students have gotten the opportunity to really learn and understand their classmates while others are sharing their final creations. It is a wonderful opportunity to grow as a classroom.


As we get closer to our final days in June, I am reminded of how talented, intelligent, and energetic 4th graders can be. This was my first year in 4th grade and I have to say, your children have made it my favorite grade to teach!



No School next Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, June 3rd, 4th, & 5th

Full days of school next Thursday/Friday, June 6th & 7th

Full days of school Monday through Thursday, June 10th through June 13th

Last day of school is Friday, June 14th, Half day, dismissal @11:45


Have a wonderful long weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!

  • Mrs. Whitford

Last week of NWEA

Good morning!

Yesterday we began the Math NWEA test. Some students will have time to finish this afternoon.

Wednesday, tomorrow, we will begin the Reading NWEA and have time to finish on Thursday.  After Thursday, all tests should be done.  If your child needs more time for testing, they will be pulled from class next Tuesday. Be sure to check your child’s planner to see if their scores went up!

A heads up on days off…

No School Friday May 24th

No School Monday May 27th

No School Monday June 3rd, Tuesday June 4th, & Wednesday June 5th.

The last day of school is Friday, June 14th (half day, dismissal @11:45)

Important happenings this week


I hope  you enjoyed your Mother’s Day with your families this weekend.  Just a quick update on important dates this week for our class…

Wednesday 5/15 is a late start day. School will begin at 9:35 AM.

Wednesday 5/15 we will also begin NWEA testing.  We will be taking the Science test this Wednesday. We will also be taking the Language arts test later this week, Friday morning.

Please make sure your student is getting plenty of sleep and is on time to school.  I know it is not always possible, but if  your child needs an appointment for something, please try to schedule in the afternoon or more preferably after school hours.

We will take either Math or Reading next week and the remaining test the following week.


A heads up on days off…

No School Friday May 24th

No School Monday May 27th

No School Monday June 3rd, Tuesday June 4th, & Wednesday June 5th.

The last day of school is Friday, June 14th (half day, dismissal @11:45)

Just a few weeks left until summer but a lot left to do!  Let’s work together and end the year on a positive note 🙂

Have a great week!

  • Mrs.Whitford