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Ms. Courtney Garrity, Fourth Grade

Hello and welcome back! My name is Ms. Garrity and I am looking forward to beginning another school year here at St. John Fisher. This is my fifth year here at SJF, and I'm excited to be working with your child in fourth grade this year. Here are a few facts about me. I have worked at a school that specializes in Special Education. I received my teaching degree in Elementary Education from St. Xavier University. I love playing volleyball and watching Chicago sports teams, especially the Blackhawks. I have always had a passion for working with children from working at summer camps to teaching here at SJF. Even though I have just begun my career in the field of education, I continue to love teaching children and helping students to achieve their full potential. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer! I'm looking forward to meeting you all on August 21, 2018! We are going to have a fantastic school year!

Week of November 28th - December 2nd

Posted on Nov 28, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break!

In Reading last week, we finished up our focus on our novel: The Secrets of Bearhaven. This week, we will be reviewing the skills we practiced through our stories in Unit 2 as well as working on Reading activities and questions to review some of the skills that we practiced from Unit 2. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on and reviewing this week are: Visualizing, Cause and Effect, Text Structure, Theme, and Context Clues. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. Students will have their Unit 2 Skills test next week on Tuesday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report next week. Students will also receive their December Book Report forms with the format next week as well. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Thursday, December 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 2 in our first unit of our textbook. This week, we will be focusing on a review of Lessons 1-3 as well as preparing for our test on Thursday. We will also review the key concepts of Lessons 1-3 this week. *We will have a test that will focus on Lessons 1-3 on Thursday, December 1st.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and study guide review questions in preparation for the test on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 13 spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this Thursday, December 1st on Unit 13.

*Reminders*

  • Our field trip is this upcoming Wednesday, November 30th. Students should wear their gym uniforms for the field trip (no shorts). Also, students should bring a brown bag lunch with them to the field trip (no glass please). Thank you!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • Also, there will be no school on Friday, December 2nd.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of November 21st - 25th

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: The Secrets of Bearhaven as well as focusing on an article and passage for Thanksgiving. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. *Next week, we will be reviewing and practicing for our Unit 2 Skills Test.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report, and also received their November Book Report forms with the format. For this third “November Book Report,” students chose a fiction book of their choice. *The Book Report was due by this past Friday, November 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Thursday, December 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 3 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also reviewed our third lesson of Unit 1. This week, we will be focusing on an article and passage for Thanksgiving. *Next week, we will have a test that will focus on Lessons 1-3 of Unit 1.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the test next week.

In Spelling this week, we will not be focusing on a unit. Also, we will not have a Spelling test this week.

*Reminders*

  • Report Cards for the first trimester went home last week. Also, we began the 2nd trimester last week.
  • Our field trip will be coming up next week.

I really enjoyed seeing everyone at Conferences yesterday!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

 

Week of November 14th - 18th

Posted on Nov 11, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: The Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our fifth story in Unit 2: Komodo Dragons. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Context Clues. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report. Students also received their November Book Report forms with the format. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The Book Report will be due by this upcoming Friday, November 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books were due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester (including at least one non-fiction book) were due on Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 2 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also reviewed our second lesson of Unit 1. This week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 2 as well as begin focusing on Lesson 3. We will also review the key concepts of Lesson 3 this week. *We will have a quiz that will focus on Lesson 3 on Thursday, November 17th.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the quiz on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 12 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twelfth spelling test this Friday, November 18th on Unit 12.

*Reminders*

  • Field trip permission forms went home last week. Please fill out, sign and return the field trip forms as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • We begin the 2nd trimester this week. Report Cards for the first trimester will be going home on Wednesday, November 16th. Please sign and return the Report Card envelope to school on Thursday.
  • Conferences will be held next week. If you are not able to make your scheduled time slot, please let me know. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week.
  • Also, Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of November 7th - 11th

Posted on Nov 02, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our fourth story in Unit 2: The Swimming Hole. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Theme. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report last week. Students also received their November Book Report forms with the format last week. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The Book Report will be due on Friday, November 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books were due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester (including at least one non-fiction book) were due by this past Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 1 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also began our second lesson of Unit 1. This week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 2. *We will have a quiz on Lesson 2 on Wednesday, November 9th.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 11 spelling words. We will have our eleventh spelling test this Friday, November 11th on Unit 11.

*Reminders*

  • Field trip permission forms went home last week. Please fill out, sign and return the field trip forms as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Also, Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

 
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