Welcome to 4th Grade!

Hello everyone and welcome back to school! My name is Mrs. Whitford. I will be your child’s 4th grade teacher this year at Maples. I am looking forward to helping your child in any way I can this year.

A little about me…
I have my bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. This is my 4th year at Maples, but I have been working in education for 14 years. I’ve taught grades Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th, and I have been a classroom aide in all grades K-8.

I enjoy reading, playing video games and board games, listening to music, drawing, and gardening. My family at home is my husband, our two cats (Marty and Prince), and our new puppy (Fred).

I cannot wait to get this school year started! I know there will be a lot of new tools/websites/formats to learn. I will be learning most of them for the first time with you. Have patience. It will all fall into place. Students may be at home for the time being, but it is still school.

A lot of information will be coming your way next week. I will try my best to not make you feel overwhelmed. If you need anything, you can contact me here on Class Dojo messages.
My email is: daniase@dearbornschools.org, or you can text me on my Google Voice number: 313-444-8488. I will be available Mondays thru Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM. If you send me something before or after those hours, I will receive it, I just may not be able to respond to you right away.

Thanks so much and see you this Monday, 8/31, between 11 AM – 12 PM @Maples near the playground on the blacktop/track area. (Please wear a mask)

Summer Work Calendar

Hi everyone,

Here is the link to the 4th grade summer work calendar. This link is the same as the one posted on Class Dojo and on Google Classroom: Remote Learning.

Enjoy the book! I read it once already and it was great! I definitely want to read the next one πŸ™‚

I hope your summer is going well. We have had a few days in Mr. Whitford’s parents pool and had a beach day at a state park in Monroe. What have you been up to?

Stay safe and healthy,

Mrs. Whitford

Happy June!

Can you believe it? June 1st is tomorrow. I’m not sure about you, but to me, time has been very odd since quarantine. Some days drag on and on and some days fly by! It’s weird to think the last time we were all together was almost 3 months ago!

Anyways, here’s what’s up this week!


Make sure you are logged into your Dearborn account in order to see this week’s calendar.

THE DIGITAL BOOK REPORT IS ON LAST WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT POST ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM, May 25 – May 29. All slides for the book report are due this Friday.

Science lessons will be posted in Google Classroom Science.

See you Wednesday morning, 10-11 AM to get your summer work and belongings πŸ™‚


Picking up summer work and personal belongings

Who: 4th Grade 

What: Pick up summer work AND personal belongings

When: Wednesday, June 3rd  @10:00-11:00

Where: Maples Elementary (at the 5th grade door, facing Payne/near Secret Garden gate)

*Students/Parents are NOT allowed to enter the school building*

I will have your belongings from your desk/locker in a paper bag with your name written on it, all on a table by the 5th grade door.  You will also receive a clean, new, plastic bag with your summer work. All summer work is required to be done by all 4th graders.  We will be completing a book study and you will receive the book on Wednesday, June 3rd @10:00-11:00.  More information about summer work will be on Class Dojo/ the blog/ Google Classroom soon! 

*Please return: library books, books from Mrs. Alcodray or Mrs. Jaber

Any safety/service squad sashes for Mr. Stage

Any materials that are not picked up will be stored in the gym.