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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 25th - 29th

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Hello!

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

*Also, thank you so much to everyone who sent in their donations for the hurricane relief project. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.*

In Reading this week, we will begin focusing on 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 29th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review 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. Also, students were given the format for the September Book Report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due by this Thursday, September 28th.* 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 are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, September 29th.*

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

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 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using these grid lines. We will be focusing on some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. *Students will have a quiz this week on Wednesday, September 27th that will focus on latitude and longitude.* Students should be able to answer questions about some key vocabulary terms related to latitude and longitude, locate different places on a map correctly using these grid lines, as well as answer some other questions about latitude and longitude for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 6 spelling words. *This is our first review unit.* We will have our sixth spelling test this Friday, September 29th on Unit 6.

Reminders:

  • Students may continue to bring water bottles with them to school for the beginning of this week.
  • Also, there will be a mini pep rally in the gym this Friday, for Homecoming.
  • The Homecoming parade and games will be this Saturday, September 30th at Beverly Park.
  • 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/quizzes 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!*

*Happy Homecoming Weekend!!*

Week of September 18th - 22nd

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

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 focusing on 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 Friday, September 22nd.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review 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. Also, students were given the format for the September Book Report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Thursday, September 28th.* 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 are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Friday, September 29th.*

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

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 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about the cardinal directions and hemispheres. Students will be finishing up with their quiz this week on Monday, September 18th that will focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions by working on their final copy. Students should be able to locate and label each of the cardinal directions and hemispheres correctly as well as answer some other questions about them for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation for finishing the quiz on Monday. We will also be learning about lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will be focusing on some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 5 spelling words. We will have our fifth spelling test this Friday, September 22th on Unit 5.

Reminders:

  • Students may bring water bottles with them to school this week.
  • 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/quizzes 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!*

Week of September 11th - 15th

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and the beautiful weather!*

In Reading this week, we will continue focusing on our story: Train to Somewhere. We will be practicing with SLAM and working on an extended response question that focuses on one of our skills as well as one of the main characters from our story that we read about last week. We will also be reading and discussing an article. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Also, students will be given the format for the September Book Report this week. 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 Tuesday, September 12th.*

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

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

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 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about the cardinal directions and hemispheres, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. We will also be learning about locating different places and bodies of water on a map using the cardinal directions. *Students will have a quiz this week on Thursday, September 14th that will focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions.* Students should be able to locate and label each of the cardinal directions and hemispheres correctly as well as answer questions about them for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation 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 Thursday, September 14th on Unit 4.

Reminders:

  • 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/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.
  • Students will be off school on Friday, September 15th.
  • This weekend is Fisher Fest (September 14th-17th). Happy 3-Day Fisher Fest Weekend!

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of September 5th - 8th

Posted on Sep 05, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend!

In Reading this week, we will begin our second story: Train to Somewhere. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is sequence. *Students will have their second Reading test this Friday, September 8th.* 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. 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 Monday, September 11th.*

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

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

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 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learning about the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, September 6th that will focus on all the continents and oceans.* Students should be able to locate, label and spell all the continents and oceans correctly on a map for their test. Students should study their maps and mini booklets in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 3 spelling words. We will have our third spelling test this Friday, September 8th on Unit 3.

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 tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*I really enjoyed meeting everyone this past Wednesday evening at Open House for Meet and Greet the Teacher Night! Looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Hope you have a fantastic week!

 
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