Welcome Letter & Supply List


Dear Parent(s) and Student,

Welcome to fourth grade at Millstone River School! We would like to take the time to introduce ourselves and give you little “sneak peek” into the year ahead. Our names are Mrs. Shio and Mrs. Fontana and we have been teaching partners for several years. 

         We have big plans for our year together! During the first days of school, we will spend time getting to know one another and learning the rules and routines of our classroom through fun, engaging activities. After we establish a comfortable and encouraging atmosphere, the true learning begins!  This year, you will learn new reading strategies, participate in book clubs, become a thoughtful writer, learn new problem solving skills, participate in math workshop and become an active historian! We will also guide you through a number of fun and enriching hands-on science experiments that will get your brains spinning!

As the last days of August come near, many students may want to get a head start on “back to school” shopping. For this reason, we have created a list of items that you and your child may want to purchase.

These suggested supplies would be extremely helpful:

  • 3 double pocket folders (each a different color/ design)
  • 2 hard-covered, one subject marble composition books to begin the year (for reading & writing)
  • 1  1 inch 3 ring binder (to be used for Math, Science, and Social Studies)
  • Binder dividers
  • Loose leaf paper for the binder
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 box of markers
  • 1-2 glue sticks
  • 4 Disposable rolls of Scotch tape to be used each day throughout the year to begin the year
  • A box of #2 pencils
  • 1 handheld pencil sharpener
  • 5  packages of post its to begin the year
  • 1-2 boxes of tissues (for classroom use)
  • Earbuds to be used with the classroom chromebooks
  • A soft pencil pouch

Please label all supplies (except the tissues) with your child’s name. Students will need to replenish these supplies throughout the year. Students should bring a healthy snack each day.  

We look forward to meeting you and hope that we can work together to make this year a truly enlightening experience for your fourth grader. Enjoy the rest of your summer and get ready for a marvelous year!



Mrs. Shio and Mrs. Fontana


  • If you would like to be added to our parent email group, please email delia.fontana@ww-p.org AND michele.shio@ww-p.org. Please include parent group in the subject of the email and your name and child’s name in the message box.


  • Please check your child’s blue parent-teacher communicator folder and agenda each night. The blue folder will also serve as your child’s homework folder.