Mrs. Gutman's Fifth Grade 
    Name: Erin Gutman
    Grade/Subject : Fifth Grade Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies
    Phone/Ext. 937/335-5439  X6201
    Email egutman@miamieast.k12.oh.us
    Building/Room No. 201

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    My name is Erin Gutman, and I am very excited about partnering with you in teaching your child this year.  This is my ninth year at Miami East as a 5th grade teacher.  You have a great community, and I have enjoyed being a part of it all.  I graduated from Wright State University with a Master’s in Education.  My husband is a mathematician and works for 8451 in Cincinnati, OH.  We currently live in Troy with our growing family. Allie is now five years old, Will is three, and Ellen is sixteen months!  In my little free time, I love to read the latest books, so any books you would like to recommend, I am all ears!


    The paperwork on the first day of school can be overwhelming, so I will try to be brief.  To help your child stay organized and successful, I wanted to share with you some of the procedures and expectations of my classroom.


    1. ProgressBook will be the grade book program again this year, which allows students/parents to check grades online. This is the biggest form of communication between myself and parents in regards to homework assignments being turned in or MISSING, etc.  You can set up Progressbook to e-mail you when an assignment is marked as missing…I highly recommend that setting!!!  You can also set it up to send you an e-mail if the student receives a certain grade or below, etc.  I am sure it will come in handy.


    1. Daily, I will send homework information and announcements to you through CLASSTAG. LOOK FOR THE LOGIN LETTER IN YOUR PACKET. THIS IS THE MAIN FORM OF COMMUNICATION!!!  I want you to know that I DO NOT have a smart phone, so if there is an immediate message that I need, please call Mary Ann, the school secretary.  Your student will also have several other logins and passwords for textbooks and website access.  Students will be writing all this information in their planners.  These websites include, but are not limited to: Study Island, SumDog, Reflex, Classdojo, Reading, Math, and Social Studies textbooks, and the school website.      


    1. As a grade level, we decided to have students go to a lunch detention classroom when don’t have their homework completed on time. This room will be supervised by one of the 5th grade teachers.  Students will get to eat lunch with their class; however they will miss recess.  We feel that this is a fair and natural consequence for not having homework done on time.  If you see a MISSING ASSIGNMENT mark on Progressbook, your student probably had a lunch detention. 


    1. We take around 5-10 minutes at the end of each day to talk about and complete the assignment planners. If you ever have a question about what is for homework, the information should be in the planner, however if it is not for some reason, I also post assignments daily on CLASSTAG. 


    1. Spelling will be a little different than what most of you are used to doing in the past. Students will have different lists of words and they will participate in sorts throughout the week.  I want you to know that spelling tests will be given when we are done experimenting with the words, so the traditional Friday spelling tests are something of the past.  I will communicate with you when the spelling tests will be on CLASSTAG.  Once the year gets into a routine, you will probably start to see a pattern as to when your student’s test occur during the week. 


    1. There are NO BOOK REPORTS for 5th grade Reading, however students will have to write in response to what we read in class. We have a reading series where students will be reading novels throughout the whole year!!  J


    I am looking forward to a great school year!  Please feel free to call me at 937-335-5439 ext. 6201

    or you can e-mail me at egutman@miamieast.k12.oh.us if you have any questions or concerns. 



    Mrs. Gutman

Last Modified on August 21, 2019