Deer Lakes

School District

Erin Ritz


 Hello!  My name is Mrs. Erin Ritz.  This year, 2020-21, I will be teaching 3rd grade Math and Science at East Union.  My switching partner is Mrs. Suzan Hensel who will be teaching Language Arts/Social Studies. Prior to this year, I taught 5th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies.  I also was a self contained 3rd or 4th grade teacher for the past 6 years.  I  have taught at Deer Lakes since 2010 which I started out at Curtisville Primary teaching 1st grade .  Prior to Deer Lakes, my experience includes 5 years in Virginia teaching Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade.  I have 3 years experience teaching preschoolers.  I am constantly trying to better myself in my profession.  In December of 2018, I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through Gannon University.
My philosophy of education is to create a caring environment where students feel safe and excited to learn.  It is my personal goal to help all children feel and be successful and know that it is okay to make mistakes, and we learn from them.  Lessons are designed to touch upon all modalities of learning.
Deer Lakes is my Alma Mater, graduating in the year 1995.  I come from a family of educators from superintendents to teachers.  There is nothing I'd rather do.   I look forward to getting to know your children.  


Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year 

                                                                                         2020-2021 Weekly Update 9_28-10_2 (1).pdf

The following supplies ARE PROVIDED to the students:

  • Pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • 1-inch (3 ring) black binders
  • Composition Books (black speckled)
  • Student Planner (aka Assignment Books)
  • LPEP purchased the plastic folders with the "keep at home" and "bring back to school" sides

Supplies needed:

- We are asking for a Rubbermaid clear container to hold all supplies.  (shoe box size)

-held pencil sharpener with a built in shavings collector

-4  ( extra ) glue sticks or more!!!!

-pencil top erasers/extra pencils

-head phones or ear buds ( whatever is more comfortable for your child)

-a water bottle

- hand sanitizer, wipes, box of tissues, paper towel roll

- Pencil Zipper Pouch for Binder  ( this will hold multiplication flashcards )  (optional)


Homework Policy:

What's Happening Next Week In Mrs. Ritz's Class Math and Science Class

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This year we will also be using ClassDojo:  

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 Things to know:
Assignment book: is written in daily.  Please be sure to look at it nightly and sign it.  Students will earn a raffle ticket for each signature.  We hold a raffle for prizes every week.  

Homework:  will be due the following day and any incomplete homework must be made up.  Students will receive a points for homework completion. At the end of each week I will update the homework grade in Skyward...for example:  1 point for each homework the end of the week you will see  a homework grade:  HW 5. 
Please practice multiplication flashcards with your child.  By the end of 3rd grade they should be memorized.  Thank you for your cooperation!  

Math and Science online access:
Online access to enVisionmath2.0 by Pearson: 
User name and password will  be given to each student. You can find access to this in the back of the student's planner assignment book.


Erin Ritz
Teacher, Grade 3
57 East Union Road
Cheswick, PA 15024 
Phone:  724.265.5330 Ext. 4306

Office Hours:

I can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (724)265-5330 Ext. 4306.  I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Joined Deer Lakes:

Employed 2010


Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Education
Elementary Education K-8
Gannon University
Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2018)