Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Back! 2014-2015 School Year!

Dear 4th Grade Families,
Welcome to Fourth Grade Language Arts! I am Mrs. Strohecker and I will be your child’s language arts and homeroom teacher this year. I would like to take a moment to let you know a little about myself.  I live in Columbiana with my husband Eric, and our children, Eli and Mia. I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University, and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I am also a Literacy Collaborative trained Literacy Coach.  I begin teaching 4th grade in Canfield, and then Eric and I moved to Charlotte North Carolina. I taught in Charlotte  for several years before returning home.

4th grade is an exciting year of growth and independence! 4th graders begin the day in their homeroom and then rotate to different teachers for their classes.

My homeroom’s daily schedule is as follows:
8:40 Tardy Bell. Attendance, announcements, etc.
8:50-10:10 Language Arts
10:10-10:50 Special
Monday: P.E.
Tuesday: Technology
Wednesday: Library
Thursday: Art
Friday: Music
10:50-12:10 Math with Mrs. Gorby
12:10-12:50 Homeroom for Science
12:50-1:10 Recess
1:10-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:50 Social Studies with Mrs. McClish
2:50 Back to homeroom to get ready for dismissal.

3:05 Dismissal

Mrs. Gorby, Mrs. McClish and I work together as a team to be very consistent with our behavior and academic expectations. I keep a small notebook at my desk and students who are disruptive and/or disrespectful will be instructed to write their name on the pad. This is a warning. If the student continues to act out, they will place a check by their name and lose 5 minutes of recess. If there is another check, they will lose all recess and need to take a note home which will need to be signed and returned. If a 4th infraction takes place, the student will visit message and/or call home. Each day begins anew with a fresh start for everyone.

4th grade’s lunch is at 1:10pm. I strongly suggest sending in a healthy snack (raisins, crackers, cheese, yogurt, carrots, fruit, pretzels, etc. ) and a water bottle with your child.  Candy is not a healthy snack and will have to be eaten at lunch.

Contact Info:
Please feel welcome to contact me via email, melanie.strohecker@columbianaschools.org  or leave me a message at the school office: 330- 482-5355, extension 34361. I will always try to respond within 24 hours, if not sooner. Our class website is www.Observe WonderLearn.com. You can find it listed under teacher pages at the Columbiana Schools website. At my website you will find newsletters, homework assignments, lessons, and links to helpful websites. Photos and student work will also be displayed. Your child’s safety is my number one priority. I do not post children's names on photos, nor do I use last names. let me know if you have a question or concern about this.

Please return all school forms as soon as possible!

I'm looking forward to an exciting year of reading and writing with your child.
Thank you,
Melanie Strohecker

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