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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 January 29th - February 2nd

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students will be presenting their Paper Bag Book Reports to the class this week! The Paper Bag Book Report was due on Thursday of last week. Students should continue to bring their book report book with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a fiction book of their choice. Students should have had their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday (1/16). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them this week for their presentation. We will be presenting our book reports in class this week. *The Book Report was due by this past Thursday, January 25th by the end of class.* 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 (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by this upcoming 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 focused on the final copies of our State Brochure Project. Last week, students also finished up working on some MLK activities. *In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on our State Brochure Projects. The State Brochure Project was due on Friday of last week. Students will be presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class this week! Students should continue to bring any materials with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 21 spelling words. We will have our twenty first spelling test this Friday, February 2nd on Unit 21.

*Reminders*

  • This week is Catholic Schools Week! We are looking forward to all the fun activities for this week!
  • Schedule for Catholic Schools Week: Monday: Partner Reading; Tuesday: "Trivia Tuesday"; Wednesday: Celebrating a "Community of Service" with a food drive collection for the Ronald McDonald House - Students that bring in their set food for their grade can be out of uniform - Ronald McDonald Collection: 4th Grade: Kleenex or Toilet Paper; Thursday: We will be celebrating today with the St. Rita Band Performance this afternoon at 1:15 and we will also have a Mystery Jar Game for today; Friday: Students are out of uniform in Fisher gear and we will have a Catholic Schools Week Carnival today!
  • 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.

*I hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of January 22nd - 26th

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to work on our Paper Bag Book Reports as well as continuing to focus on, read and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will continue working on the final copies for the different parts of our book report in class this week. *The Paper Bag Book Report will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Thursday, January 25th.* This week, we will also be continuing to work on finishing up with some worksheets and activities that are all about MLK, Jr.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a fiction book of their choice. Students should have had their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday of last week (1/16). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them this Monday through the rest of the next two weeks. We will continue working on our book reports in class this week. *The Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, January 25th by the end of class.* 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 (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by next 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 focused on the research for our State Brochure Project. Last week, students also began working on some MLK activities. *In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on our State Brochure Project. This week, we will begin to work on the final copies of our State Brochure Projects in class. We will also be continuing to work on finding pictures for our brochure as well. *The State Brochure Project will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Friday, January 26th.* *In Social Studies this week, we will also be continuing to discuss, read and learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be continuing to focus on and work with some worksheet activities that we began working on in class last week. We will continue working on our MLK timelines as well as continue to work on our activity about some important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as well. *The MLK worksheet about important places will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Wednesday, January 24th. The MLK Timeline worksheet will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Thursday, January 25th.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 20 spelling words. We will have our twentieth spelling test this Friday, January 26th on Unit 20.

*Reminders*

  • This upcoming Sunday, January 28th, is Open House. All are welcome to come and visit our classrooms to check out the wonderful projects that the students have been working on after the 10 AM Mass. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!
  • 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.

*I hope you have a great week!*

Week of January 15th - 19th

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed their 3-day weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on some journal questions and kindness activities that relate to Wonder as well as beginning to work on our Paper Bag Book Reports. We will begin working on the rough drafts for the different parts of our book report as well as begin to work on our final copies in class this week. *The Paper Bag Book Report will be due by next Thursday, January 25th.* This week, we will also be continuing to discuss, read and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be focusing on and working with some worksheets and activities that are all about MLK, Jr.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday of this week (1/16). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting this Tuesday through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on our book reports in class this week. *The Book Report will be due by next Thursday, January 25th.* 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 (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by this past Thursday, January 11th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due 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 focused on Lesson 4. Last week, students also chose the state that they will be focusing on for our State Brochure Project that we will begin working on in class this week.*In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on our State Brochure Project as well as begin to work on researching our states for our project. We will also be working on finding pictures for our brochure. We will begin working on our final copies of our brochures in class as well. *The State Brochure Project will be due by next Friday, January 26th.* *In Social Studies this week, we will also be continuing to discuss, read and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be focusing on and working with some worksheet activities. We will begin working on an MLK timeline as well as begin to work on an activity about important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as well.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 19 spelling words. We will have our nineteenth spelling test this Friday, January 19th on Unit 19.

*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.

*I hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of January 8th - 12th

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the break!*

*I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all!*

*Also, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful Christmas gifts! That was so thoughtful! Thank you also for the generous class Christmas gift! I really appreciate all your kindness and generosity.*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on some journal questions and kindness activities that relate to Wonder as well as an article from ReadWorks that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our article for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Friday, January 12th that will focus on our Martin Luther King, Jr. article for this week called Honoring King.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Friday. This week, we will also be focusing on and working with some paired texts from ReadWorks. We will be discussing and learning about topics such as civil rights as well as why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will also be reading and learning about two famous historical figures while working on comparing and contrasting some paired passages in our ReadWorks articles.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday of next week (1/16). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting Tuesday through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on our book reports in class next week. *The Book Report will be due by Thursday, January 25th.* 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 this upcoming 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 before break, we focused on Lessons 3 and 4. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus 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 as well as working on practicing some extended responses. *This week, we will have a short quiz on Thursday, January 11th that will focus on Lesson 4.* Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions and study guide in preparation for the quiz on Thursday of this week. Students will also be choosing the state that they will be focusing on for our State Brochure Project that we will begin working on in class next week.

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

*Reminders*:

  • This Wednesday, January 10th, we will have special lunch.
  • There will be no school on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
  • 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 Tuesday of next week.

*I hope you have a fantastic week!*

 
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