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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 December 18th - 22nd

Posted on Dec 18, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel as well as some activities that relate to Wonder. We will be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions, as well as working with some worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our novel for this week. We will also be focusing on and working with some paired texts as well as working on some Christmas activities. We will be learning about topics such as Google and technology while working on comparing and contrasting some paired passages and articles in our Time for Kids magazine.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report. Also, students received 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. *The December Book Report will be due by this upcoming Tuesday, December 19th.* 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 were due by Friday, December 8th.

*2 more books are due (for a 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 continued our focus on Lesson 3. *In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on Lesson 4. We will be reading, discussing and answering questions about this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 17 spelling words. We will have our seventeenth spelling test this Thursday, December 21st on Unit 17.

*Reminders*:

  • This Friday, December 22nd, will be a half day of school, with a dismissal at 11:30 AM.
  • 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 the Monday after break.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

*Also, I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!* :)

Week of December 11th - 15th

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last week that the fourth graders hosted! The fourth grade students worked hard to prepare for this beautiful Mass and did a great job!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on and review some of the chapters of our novel. We will be reviewing, discussing and working with Chapters 7-10 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 worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on our novel chapters for this week. *Students will have a Reading test that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Friday of this week (December 15th).* Students should study their vocabulary for Chapters 7-10, practice chapter worksheets as well as their comprehension and written response questions for Chapters 7-10 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 fourth book report last week. Also, students received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due by next Tuesday, December 19th.* 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 were due by this past Friday, December 8th.

*2 more books are due (for a 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 continued our focus on Lesson 3 of Unit 1 in our textbook. Last week, we began reading and discussing Lesson 3 as well as began working with the vocabulary in this lesson. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook. We will be focusing on a review of the key concepts of Lesson 3 as well as preparing for our test this week. We will be discussing the sections, working on answering our study guide questions, as well as reviewing our questions for this lesson. We will be answering some comprehension, written and extended response questions that go along with this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. *We will have our test that will focus on Lesson 3 on Thursday of this week (December 14th).* Students should study their vocabulary, review questions, and study guide in preparation for the test on Thursday.  

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 16 spelling words. We will have our sixteenth spelling test this Friday, December 15th on Unit 16.

*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 of next week.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of December 4th - 8th

Posted on Dec 04, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel. We will be reading, discussing and working with Chapters 8-10 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 worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on our novel chapters for this week. We will have a test that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Friday of next week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report this week. Also, students will be receiving the form with the format for their book report this week as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due on Tuesday, December 19th.* 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 this upcoming 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 focus on Lesson 2 as well as working with our ReadWorks informational article. Last week, we also began our study of the third lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook. We began reading and discussing the beginning of Lesson 3 as well as began working with the vocabulary in this lesson. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook as well as continuing to work with our vocabulary. We will be reading and discussing the sections as well as answering our questions for this lesson. We will be answering some comprehension, written and extended response questions that go along with this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. We will have a test that will focus on Lesson 3 of our textbook on Thursday of next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 15 spelling words. We will have our fifteenth spelling test this Friday, December 8th on Unit 15.

*Reminders*:

  • Thank you to all of our volunteers who chaperoned on the field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last week! The students had a blast learning all about the different exhibits at the museum!
  • Our field trip to view the Wonder movie is this upcoming Wednesday, December 6th. Students should wear their gym uniforms for the field trip (no shorts). Also, we will have Special Lunch on Wednesday, December 6th.
  • The fourth grade students will be hosting the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, December 8th at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the Mass.
  • 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!*

 
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