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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 September 26th - 30th

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great time at Homecoming, enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Addie in Charge. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Character. Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 30th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. Students also received their September Book Report forms with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Tuesday, September 27th.* 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 are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, September 30th.*

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

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will begin to focus on latitude and longitude this week. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using these grid lines.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 5 spelling words. We will have our fifth spelling test this Friday, September 30th on Unit 5.

*Reminders:

  • 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 September 19th - 23rd

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend, enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a wonderful time at Fisher Fest!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Family Pictures. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Author's Purpose. Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 23rd. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. Students also received their September Book Report forms last week with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Tuesday, September 27th.* 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 this past Thursday, September 15th.

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

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

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on hemispheres and cardinal directions, as well as locating them on a map. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using the cardinal directions. We will have a quiz that will focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions on Thursday, September 22nd. Students should study their notes, worksheets and study guide for the quiz on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 4 spelling words. We will have our fourth spelling test this Friday, September 23rd on Unit 4.

*Reminders:

  • Thursday, September 22nd, is Buona Beef Dine-In Night sponsored by the FSA. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to the school.
  • On Friday, September 23rd, students may be out-of-uniform with the Homecoming theme "Superheroes Never Lose." We will be collecting a dollar from each student for the family of a student who is battling leukemia.
  • Also, there will be a pep rally this Friday, for Homecoming.
  • 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.
  • This Saturday, September 24th, is the Homecoming parade and game (SJF v. St. Cajetan) at Beverly Park.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of September 12th - 16th

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Yingtao's New Friend. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Compare and Contrast. Students will have a Reading test on Thursday, September 15th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Thursday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. Students will receive their September Book Report forms this week with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Tuesday, September 27th.* 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 are due by this upcoming Thursday, September 15th.*

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

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

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions, as well as locating them on a map. We will also be learning about which continents and oceans fall into which of the hemispheres.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 3 spelling words. We will have our third spelling test this Thursday, September 15th on Unit 3.

Reminders:

  • Students may bring water bottles with them to school.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week (on Thursday). Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • Students will not have school this Friday, September 15th!
  • This weekend is Fisher Fest! (September 15th - 18th)

Hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy the 3-day weekend!

Week of September 5th - 9th

Posted on Sep 06, 2016

Hello!

It was so nice to meet everyone at Meet and Greet the Teacher Night last week!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend, enjoyed the beautiful weather and day off!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Train to Somewhere. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: sequence. Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 9th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their first book report this week. Students will receive their September Book Report forms this week with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. 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 are due by Thursday, September 15th.*

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

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

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on the continents and oceans, as well as locating them on a map. We will have our test on Wednesday, Sept. 7th. Our  test will focus on labeling and spelling the continents and oceans correctly. Students should study their maps and study guides in preparation for the test on Wednesday. We will also begin learning about the different hemispheres and cardinal directions.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 2 spelling words. We will have our second spelling test this Friday, September 9th on Unit 2.

Reminders:

  • Students may be out of uniform on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week due to the heat and high temperatures.
  • Students may also bring water bottles with them to school.
  • 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 tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • This Friday, September 9th at 1:15 is our first All-School Mass of the new school year.
  • This Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 is our first Family Mass of the new school year, followed by "Donuts on the Lawn" sponsored by the Family School Association.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

 
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