Mrs. Stotz

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Mrs. Stotz



 Welcome to Fourth Grade
and Room 209

Here are the basic ABC's of 4th Grade:

Attendance    Please call the school (572-6520) when your child is absent.
It is also school district policy for a note to be sent in stating the reason for the absence.  If you would like class assignments and homework to be ready for pick-up or sent home with a sibling, please let the office know when you call.  Work will be ready by dismissal time.

Birthdays   Our class would love to celebrate your child’s birthday!  Due to
food allergies and medical conditions our class cannot celebrate with a
food treat.   If you wish to send in a goodie bag or other non-edible
surprise (on the birth date or close to it if it falls on a weekend or
holiday) you may do so.  Please check with me for the number of students
in our class and information regarding food allergies.  Sometimes parents
request a class list along with addresses and/or phone numbers in order to
send out party invitations.  Due to school policy I am unable to give you
that information except for a list of the students’ names.  If you would
like to send the invitations to school, I would be glad to distribute them
discreetly. Please remind your child to give the invitations directly to
me.  This is done to avoid hurt feelings if not everyone in the class is
invited.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Curriculum    In class we will spend time each day working on reading skills
as a whole group using the reading series, Reading Street, and in small
groups for differentiated reading lessons.  Students will be grouped by
their ability in order to enrich, reinforce, or remedy specific reading
skills.  "Empowering Writers" will be used for our writing program.  In
math, students will use the enVision math series as well as state model
units and other activities.  As in reading, our math time will be divided
between whole group and structured small group centers.  The Common Core
Standards will be implemented in reading, writing, and math. The science
and social studies content will be integrated in our reading work as much
as possible.  More detailed information regarding curriculum will be
shared at Parents’ Night and conferences.

Dismissal for Walkers   Please keep in mind all of the different walker
categories.  These include Shaker Heights walkers, Playscape walkers, and
All Remaining walkers.  Let me know which category your child will
normally be in. Remember if you are picking your child up from school at
dismissal time, please park in the lot by the Playscape.If your child is
being dismissed as a walker for a weekly engagement (CCD, Cub Scouts,
etc.) one note for the year will suffice.  If your child is attending an
afterschool program provided by our PTO, please remember to send in a note
the day of the event.  Your sign-up with PTO is not considered a dismissal
note. Please help me to keep dismissal time quick, orderly, and, most
importantly, safe, by bringing to my attention any change in your child’s

Extended Work Time   On Thursdays your child is welcome to come before
school for an extended school day (a.k.a. Breakfast Club).  Your child may
wish to catch up on missing assignments, do some of the enrichment
opportunities in the classroom, or receive extra help.  Students may be
brought to the classroom beginning at 8 a.m.  We will start on Thursday,
September 15th.  An Extra-Curricular Emergency Medical Information form
must be completed.  

From Scholastic to You   Once a month I will send home Scholastic book order forms.  Payment for these orders is due when you order.  If you are
writing a check, please make it payable to "Scholastic".  Book orders
generally take 2 weeks for delivery.  Please remember you are under no
obligation to purchase anything.  The first orders are due on September 16th.

Got Supplies?   A list of materials was sent home with the final report
cards last June.  Just as a reminder the items needed are:      
*   One 2" three-ring binder with a pocket inside the front cover (D rings
work really well)
*   One package (8 total) tab dividers for various subjects. (The type with
write-on tabs - not the paper tab inserts)
*   Three-holed notebook filler paper, "wide-ruled" (Please keep at home for
*   Two different colored highlighters
*   Fifty (50) clear plastic, top loading, sheet protectors (Please make
sure these are single, separate sheets and NOT attached to each other.)
*   Two "one subject" spiral notebooks

For classroom use we are also looking for donations of the following:
            #2 pencils
            Glue sticks
            Baby wipes
            Clorox or Lysol wipes
            7 or 9 oz. paper cups
            3x5 white index cards
            Hand sanitizer

   Please send the necessary materials in by Friday, September 9th.

Homework   Every day your child will be bringing home a homework folder. 
Please check the folder and go through the papers with your child.  If you
have any notes, messages, questions, or concerns, it would be helpful if
you sent these in your child’s folder.  Please also review your child’s
"Team Stotz Press Release", Reading Log, and Math Log each night and sign your name.  Homework will be given each day Monday through Thursday. The purpose of homework is to reinforce and/or practice the curriculum being
taught in the classroom.  The assignments should last no longer than 30 to
45 minutes.  Please let me know if your child is consistently spending
more time.  Assignments will only be given on Friday when there is
unfinished work from the week.  If there is excessive unfinished work, I will send it home during the week as well.

Interviewing You   I have enclosed for you a Parent Interview.  Please take
the time to fill it out and return it to school as soon as possible.  It
will provide me with a great deal of insight into your child’s educational
and emotional needs.  I have also included a Student Information Card.  I
realize it may seem redundant given that you have to fill out the school’s
emergency and health cards, but I do like to have a card as well.

Jump Ropes, 4 Square Balls, Nerf items, etc.   Items to use at recess such as jump ropes, 4 Square Balls, and most Nerf items are welcome. Please
label any item your child brings in.  Due to the number of children on the
blacktop at one time, standard types of footballs, soccer balls, etc. are
excluded for safety reasons. 

Keep in Touch   Communication is a key component in helping your child have the best school year ever.  
   Email -My school email address is:
School Phone Number- The best time to reach me at school is from 8 - 8:30
a.m., 12:45 - 1:20 p.m. or 3:15 - 4 p.m.  The phone number is 572-6520. 
   Weekly Updates "Every Friday" I will be sending home a weekly update
regarding your child’s classroom behavior for the week.  This update will
give us the opportunity to resolve any issues that might be occurring
and/or give your child well deserved praise for appropriate student behavior.

Lunch   Please mark all lunches (bags or boxes) with your child’s name.  If
your child is purchasing hot lunch or milk, please send the money in an
envelope with his/her name and room number.  The cost for hot lunch is
$2.30 and milk is $0.45.  Our lunch time this year is 11:50 - 12:30. 
Please remind your child about proper handwashing / or use of hand
sanitizer before lunch and the importance of not sharing food due to
allergies and other medical conditions.

Magazines – Scholastic News, Science Spin, Geography Spin, and Storybooks
These magazines are used in the classroom to teach students how to read
informational text, current events, geography, history, science, etc. The
cost of the subscriptions is $10.00.  Your assistance with this would be
greatly appreciated.

Need a Snack?   Students are welcome to bring in a healthy snack and/or
drink each day.  Water bottles are a wise choice as well.  We do not have
a set snack time.  Snacks may be consumed as we work through the morning
and/or. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Students must clean up
after him/herself in order to maintain the privilege of having a snack in
the classroom.

Open House      Munger Hill’s Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th from 6:30-8 p.m.  You and your child are invited to come and visit our classroom.  Your child will be your tour guide for the event!

Parents’ Night   I have set up a special night just for you!  On Tuesday,
September 13th at 6:30 p.m. we will meet to discuss the information I have
presented for you in this playbook and I will be able to answer your
questions.  I will go over in greater detail the requirements of the
curriculum, the Common Core Standards for Reading/Language Arts and Math, etc.  Most importantly, this is the time for you to ask questions about
the standards and expectations of fourth grade.  I hope you will be able
to join us.  **Please note that this event is just for parents of students
in Room 209.**

Questions   Please contact me if you have any questions about your child’s
progress or what may be occurring in the classroom.  You don’t have to
wait until conference time on October 20th!  I am more than happy to meet
with you before or after school. Please send me a note with a good day and
time and I will make the necessary arrangements.

Religious or Personal Beliefs   Please let me know if there are any
religious or personal beliefs that I need to be made aware of.  This
information will be kept confidential.  

Specials   Our specials are as follows:
      Monday      Technology         11:00 - 11:40
      Tuesday      Health            11:00 - 11:40
      Wednesday   Art                    11:00 - 11:40
      Thursday      Music                    11:00 - 11:40
      Friday      Physical Education      11:00 - 11:40
                                        Library                 10:15 - 10:45

Please make sure your child returns his/her library books on Fridays so
that new books can be checked out.  Appropriate clothing and footwear need
to be worn on Fridays for Physical Education.

Transportation   If your child is going home by any other means than his/her
assigned bus transportation, I must have a written note with your
permission.  Without this permission, I must send children home as
assigned. Students who do not regularly take the bus will not be allowed
to ride on the bus to another child’s home.

Unforgettable    Don’t forget PTO!  Your involvement is not only important
to your child, but the entire school community.  Please join me at their
meetings and help make a difference in children’s lives. 

Volunteers   Volunteers are more than Welcome and needed in our classroom. 
If you are interested in being a regular volunteer or every once in a
while, please let me know and I will forward additional information to you.  

X, Y, Z   Get ready for an eXciting Year that will Zip by before you know it!      

   I hope you have found this information helpful.  I look forward to
working with you and your child this year.