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Mrs.Hanna & Mrs. Piasecki 4th Grade

Shelters Elementary School

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Class Policies

4th Grade Class Policies

Mrs. Hanna and  Mrs. Piasecki



  • Look, listen, participate, question, and complete work on time!  These behaviors will result in successful learning.
  • Appropriate behavior is expected in the classroom.
  • Respect others and their property.  If it is not yours, do not touch it.
  • Inappropriate school behavior will be handled on a, case-by-case basis.



  • The 4th graders will enter school through the classroom door at 8:10 am.  The instructional school day begins at 8:15 am.  Students who do not enter the building by 8:15 am will be marked tardy.  It is very important that your child/children arrive on time every day.
  • The 4th graders will also be dismissed out the classroom doors at 3:21 pm.
  • Children are not allowed to enter the parking lot without a parent/guardian.
  • If you use the parking lot, we ask that you please meet your student at their classroom door.
  • Children are not allowed on the playground before or after school is dismissed.  They are to proceed directly to the adult in charge of their transportation.



·      Please make sure your child brings home the accordion folder every night.

·      The accordion folder will contain teacher memos, office memos, homework assignments, graded papers, graded tests, and so forth.  If your child isn’t using the folder properly they will become disorganized, and as the parent, you will be missing important communication and information.

·      The only papers that can be taken out and/or left at home will be in the very front pocket of the accordion file folder.  Any graded papers, memos, office memos, or notes that the kids can leave at home will be located in the FIRST pocket.



  • We remind the students to fill out their planners throughout, and at the end, of each day with all assignments and homework.
  • Please CHECK and SIGN your child’s planner every night.  By signing, you are indicating that you are aware that there was homework and have made sure that it is done.
  • Please set up a routine with your child, so that they are using their planner in a way that keeps them organized and you informed.





The fourth grade teachers will be logging all missing work into a "Missing Assignment Binder.”  Fun Friday will take place on the first Friday of every month.  Students will earn the opportunity to participate in "Fun Friday” if they are missing 3 or fewer assignments in all subject areas combined.  Students will be able to bring an extra snack, watch a movie, play games, or go outside.  Activities will vary from month to month.  When students complete all of their assignments to the best of their ability…they are stars!!!



If your child is absent, homework will be collected at the end of the day and will be waiting for your child upon their return.  Our schedule is very busy and we will be unable to gather the work until after dismissal.  Students will have as many days to make up work, as they were absent.  For example, if a student is absent for 2 days, he or she will have 2 days to make up their work.  Accommodations can be made for special or extraordinary circumstances.



Students are encouraged to bring one small, healthy snack and a water bottle each day.  No chips, candy, or other food items that are predominately empty calories and/or sugar, please.  Our snack break will be in one- time slot in the middle of the morning and afternoon.  The students will have access to their water bottle all day.



Please alert the office if your child has allergies to food or other items, or has any condition that requires taking medication regularly, if you have not already done so.



Toys are not allowed in school unless they are required for a special activity.  This includes your child’s locker.  Please do not let your child leave the house with any toys.



In order to visit, volunteer, or chaperone you must have a current background check on file in the office (within 2 years).  We can provide you with a form, and they are also available in the office.



Most questions regarding lunch accounts and lunch information will be directed to the office.  Lunch money must come to school in a labeled envelope or zip baggie.  Please include your child’s name and the amount of money that is enclosed.




Please contact the homeroom teacher with a quick note or email if your child wishes to bring in a birthday treat. They should be store bought and in their original package.



A 4th Grade Newsletter will be made available every Monday.  It will outline what concepts will be taught in each subject that week.  It will also contain test dates, reminders, general notes, events, and other information.  Paper Newsletters will be provided during the month of September.  After that time the Newsletter will only be available on our website. 



Here are the steps to locating our website.

  1.  Go to
  2. Choose Shelters tab at the top of the page
  3. Click on "Staff Website Listing,” from tabs on the right hand side
  4. The 4th grade website appears under Mrs. Hanna’s name


Mrs. Hanna – Reading, Writing Composition, English/Grammar, and Spelling Practice, Social Studies



Evenly split between informational text and narrative story text. Sources of material include Wonders Text Book and Digital Resources, Reading Counts Program, ELA Front Row and Novel Study.


The wringing process is taught in the following contexts: Short Constructed Responses, Argument/Opinion Essays, Informative/Explanatory Text, Narrative Story Writing, and Research Report Writing.


Full range of fourth grade skills using Wonders Reading/Writing Connection, supplemental materials, digital resources, and daily oral language (DOL) practice.


Approximately 20 words most weeks (list on Monday – test on Friday) using the Sitton Spelling Program, which provides repeated practice with the words most frequently encountered in written language. Spelling practice needs to be done at home during the week until the list is mastered.

Social Studies Units

Geography of the US

United States Government

Intro to Economy



Mrs. Piasecki – Math & Science



Fourth grade math focuses on the fluency of multiplication and division.  Students will also gain a greater understand of fractions.  Please remember to practice their facts at home using flashcards.

4th graders will use Daily Math as a spiral for 4th grade math concepts.


I know that parents and students are familiar with "Front Row” and had many requests to bring it back.  I have register all students and will be sending home your username and passwords, by the end of September.

 Science Units

Earth Science

Physical Science

Life Science


If you have any questions throughout the year, please call during school hours (734) 246-4631 or email at,


*If you have any question, concern, or an educational issue (tests, assignments, grades, homework….) please contact the teacher in charge of the class/subject.

*If the question is general or social in nature, please contact the homeroom teacher

*Please make the classroom teacher your first contact with all concerns.


Learning all these new procedures will take your child some time.  All of our 4th grade routines will eventually fall into place with practice and effort!  Please be consistent and insist that our child develop his/her organizational skills as they strive to become more independent and self-sufficient.  We will work very hard on routines and procedures with the classes during the first few weeks of school, with the expectation that eventually our students will need very few reminders!


We look forward to working with you to make this a fun, rewarding, and challenging school year for your child, as they strive to meet personal goals, and become the best fourth grader that they can be!




Site updated on June 06, 2018