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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 27th - December 1st

Posted on Nov 27, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!*

*In Reading this week, we will be finishing up working on our extended response question that focuses on our paired ReadWorks passages from last week. This week, we will also be continuing to focus on our novel. We will be reading, discussing and working with Chapters 7-8 this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions as well as working with some extended responses that focus on our chapters for this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report. Also, students will be receiving the form with the format for their book report as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas 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 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by next Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we began focusing on an informational article from ReadWorks called First Thanksgiving Meal. We read and discussed our article as well as answered some comprehension and written response questions that went along with our article about Thanksgiving food. We also finished up our study of Native Americans. *In Social Studies this week, we will be finishing up focusing on our ReadWorks informational article from last week called First Thanksgiving Meal as well as beginning our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook. We will be finishing up reading and discussing our article as well as answering some comprehension and written response questions that go along with this article about Thanksgiving food. We will also be working on locating, highlighting and labeling text evidence to support our answers to our questions for our article. This week, we will also be reading and discussing the beginning of Lesson 3 as well as working with the vocabulary in this lesson.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 14 spelling words. We will have our fourteenth spelling test this Thursday, November 30th on Unit 14.

*Reminders*:

  • Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is this upcoming Thursday, 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 (on Thursday). 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 of next week.
  • Also, students will not have school this Friday, December 1st.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of November 20th

Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some paired texts. We will be learning about why authors use figurative language as well as some examples of this, while working with some paired ReadWorks passages that focus on some different kinds of Thanksgiving foods. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions as well as working with an extended response that focuses on our paired passages this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report. Also, students should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by this upcoming Tuesday, November 21st.* 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 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the second lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focuses on the first settlers in North America and how this affected Native Americans. We also continued our focus on Native Americans. In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on an informational article from ReadWorks called First Thanksgiving Meal as well as working on a Thanksgiving activity. We will be reading and discussing our article as well as answering some comprehension and written response questions that go along with our article about Thanksgiving food.

*We will not have a Spelling test this week.

*Reminders*:

  • On Monday, November 20th, there will be Parent Teacher Conferences.

*Hope you have a great week!*

*Happy Thanksgiving!!*

Week of November 13th - 17th

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will be continuing our novel study. We will be finishing up our focus of Chapters 1-6 this week. This week, we will also be focusing on some paired texts as well. We will be learning about some different topics while working with some paired passages and articles in our Time for Kids magazine.  This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working with our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, character traits, compare and contrast, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, as well as practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working with some extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this Friday, November 17th that will focus on Chapters 1-6 of our novel.* Students should study their vocabulary, practice worksheets, as well as their comprehension and written response questions for Chapters 1-6 in preparation for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report last week. Also, students should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by next Tuesday, November 21st.* 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 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue to start taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began our study of the second lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focuses on the first settlers in North America and how this affected Native Americans. We read, discussed and answered questions about Lesson 2. In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit of our textbook as well as continue our focus on Native Americans. *Students will have a test this week on Thursday, November 16th that will focus on Lesson 2.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary for this lesson, the section review questions, as well as the questions from their Study Guide for the test on this lesson.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 13 spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this Friday, November 17th on Unit 13.

*Reminders*:

  • The second trimester begins this Monday, November 13th.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry field trip forms went home last week. Please return the permission slip and fee by this Wednesday, November 15th.
  • Also, report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, November 15th. Please sign and return the report card envelope on Thursday, November 16th. 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 of next week.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of November 6th - 10th

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Also, thank you so much for sending in all the Halloween candy and treats! We had a lot of fun celebrating at our class Halloween party!*

In Reading this week, we will be continuing our novel study. We will be focusing on Chapters 1-6 this week. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working with our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, as well as practicing locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be working with some extended responses this week. Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, the 10th. The test on Chapters 1-6 will be next week. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their third book report this week. Students will receive the form with the format for their book report as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by Tuesday, November 21st.* 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 Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, October 20th.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester were due by this past Friday, November 3rd.*

*This week, students may begin taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focused on the First Americans. We reviewed the information from this lesson and worked on our study guides to prepare for our test last week. In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit of our textbook as well as continue to focus on Native Americans. *Students will have a short quiz this week on Thursday, November 9th that will focus on Lesson 2.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary for this lesson, as well as some questions about the material that we have been learning about in the beginning sections of this lesson.

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 10th on Unit 12.

Reminders:

  • The first trimester ends this Friday. Report cards will go home next Wednesday, November 15th.
  • 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 of next week.

*Hope you have a great week!*

 
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