Mr. Mitlo's Classroom Handbook

Dear Parents,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I will be your child’s fourth grade homeroom teacher. I will also be his or her Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Spelling teacher. Mrs. Planavsky will be your child’s Math, Science, and Social Studies teacher. Below you will find some helpful information about our class.


I look forward to working with you this school year and can’t wait to see what fun lies just around the corner!


Thank you,

Mr. William C. Mitlo


E-mail:     Website:  Located On The Buffalo Website Under Teacher










Day 1              Health

Day 2              Music

Day 3              Choir/Computers

Day 4             Art

Day 5             Computers/Gym

Day 6             Library




Supply List


Erasers-I will provide
Protractor (kept at home)-Math
Three ring binder
Black Sharpie-Math
Highlighter- I will provide 
Dry Erase Markers-Math
Take Home Folder







My main form of communication with you this year will be through my school email address listed above. You may call between 8:15-8:30 and 3:30-3:45. (724-353-9577 ext. 4021)

If you need to pick up work for your child or if there is a change to dismissal, please call the front office. (724-353-9577)

Our classroom website, listed above, will list daily homework, upcoming tests and projects, and additional resources.  You must click on the homework tab to see the daily assignments on my website.  Mrs. Planavsky and I will be sending home weekly newsletters.


Arrival Time/Tardiness

Students arrive between 8:35-8:45. The tardy bell rings at 8:50. All students arriving after 8:50 will need to get a late slip from the office. Students are dismissed at 3:30.




This year, we have the math program My Math, which is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students use a book that they write in, and have access to the book online. As we move through the chapters, I will demonstrate tools and games online that your child can use at school and at home.


The math website is:

The login information is: Username: BUFFMATH4   Password: fasd2019


Number sense, problem-solving, and estimation are stressed along with writing to explain. Computational proficiency is necessary for success. All incoming students are expected to have mastered the addition and subtraction facts to 20, as well as their multiplication facts to 9.   


Your child will have homework almost every night. Homework is worth 1 point. There will be short quizzes, chapter tests, and chapter vocabulary tests.


Social Studies

Emphasis this year is on the United States. The units study the United States by dividing it into the five regions and their geographic features, natural resources, culture and economy. Study guides, group work, videos, projects and chapter tests make up 4th grade Social Studies. The study guides are due the day of the test. We alternate Social Studies and Science because of time constraints.



This year, we adopted a new Science curriculum called FOSS (Full Option Science System). Foss encourages students to become more engaged during science instruction. Active-learning is the focus of FOSS.  Students will be assessed based on observation, participation,  and performance.  Fourth Graders study Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science.


Spelling (homeroom teacher)

Students will receive 15 words each week. The spelling words are the first 15 words on the list. The list is in the practice book called Reader’s Notebook. I will send a separate list (packet) of spelling words home so that the students do not have to bring home their practice book to study the words. Each time the students move on to a new unit in the Journeys Series I will send home a packet of the spelling words for that unit. This packet should be kept at home to study the weekly spelling words.  As we progress to the 2nd nine weeks I will differentiate the spelling list to beyond or approaching words for some students.  Pretest will be on Tuesdays. The final test will be on Fridays. If a student receives a 100 percent on the pretest then he or she will not have to take the test on Friday.



Freeport Area School District is now using the series called Journeys for our ELA program.  The Reading Series is aligned to the Common Core Standards.  There will be resources that can be accessed online. I will send home a password and username for your child next week. It will take 5 or 6 days usually to get through a story and test the students. The students will have a vocabulary, grammar, and weekly selection test. Since we are on a 5 or 6 day schedule the test will fall on different days. I will notify parents and students of upcoming testing dates via their planner, my website, and newsletters. I will try my best to schedule most tests on Thursday and Fridays. 

Online password for ThinkCentral. 



Testing Guidelines Math, Science, Social Studies

For chapter tests, students will have time to review skills in the classroom. A study guide will be sent home for each chapter in Math, Science, and Social Studies with ample time to get ready for the test. Please review these with students and help them develop good study skills. I understand that the expectations of the upper elementary classroom can be challenging for some students at first. My goal is to help your child make a successful transition to the fourth grade classroom.


Reading selection test will be open book.  Vocabulary and Grammar tests are not open book.


Illnesses/Schedule Changes

Please contact the office if your child is ill and you would like work sent to the office to be picked up. Also, please contact the office or write a note if your child is going somewhere other than normally scheduled. Please do not rely on my voicemail or my email to make changes on the same day, as I may not be able to check either before the end of the day.



Your help and support will not only make your child more successful in school this year, but will also instill good study habits that will last a lifetime.

Math homework is assigned daily.

Reading and Grammar homework will be assigned two or three nights a week.

Students should be studying their spelling words every night.

Assignments should be manageable for students, therefore, if you find that your child regularly struggles with homework and needs special assistance from you, please let me know.

Your child’s planner needs to be filled out and checked daily. This will help your child stay organized. Please check it at home. Supervise your child’s work, but please do not complete it for him or her.


If a student does not complete the homework assignment for Mr. Mitlo that student may turn in the homework the next day for half credit. Students will be given 3 points when they have their homework complete. Sometimes I will collect and grade the homework as a quiz grade.  If a student misses more than two assignments per nine weeks a letter will be sent home to notify the parents,


Missed Work

Missed work is due as soon as possible. Please call before 8:30 to request work sent home. Indicate who to send work home with.


Please refer to PowerSchool to routinely check your child’s grades. If you see an assignment with a “0” beside it or a missing grade, please have your child complete the assignment AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


Grading Scale


91-100 A

81-90 B

70-80 C

60-69 D

0-59 F


Behavior and Expectations

I expect students to behave respectfully and cooperatively at all times. I will contact the parent if a student has had several warnings and the behavior still persists. Below is the reward/consequence list in our classroom.



Follow all school rules

Be respectful of other people and their belongings.

Be responsible for school property, your property, and your actions.

Be prepared for class.

Please raise your hand to speak.

Please ask permission to leave seat.


        Rewards:                               Consequences:                                      

Positive notes home                       Warning

                                                        5 minutes loss of recess

            Candy                                 10 minutes loss of recess

            Praise                                  Contact home

            Extra computer

            Extra recess 

            Star Cards-Stamps that reward individual students so they can earn candy or a prize.         









Please send money in an envelope with student’s first and last name.



Because of our lunch schedule, students may bring a snack into school. Snacks should be healthy, but not messy. Water bottles are permitted and should go home each day. Students may eat their snack from 9:00 A.M till lunch. We do not have a scheduled snack time.



Please dress for the weather. A note is required to stay inside.




Birthdays or Celebrations

Please let me know in advance if you will be sending a treat to school. Cookie cakes or cakes should be cut PRIOR to sending them to school. Please send in napkins and/or plates. If your child has a summer birthday and he or she would like to celebrate in school, please let me know and we can pick a date.




Please let me know if you would be interested in volunteering in our classroom. I could always use assistance making copies, laminating, or assembling materials.

Any parent who wishes to attend the field trip as a chaperone will need to have the required clearances.