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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 28th - February 1st

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Also, thank you to all who were able to come to Open House this past Sunday! It was great to see everyone and a wonderful way to kick off Catholic Schools Week!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, book of knowledge activities, as well as presenting our Paper Bag Book Report Projects. This week, we will be focusing on presenting our book reports in class, as well as working with an article from ReadWorks. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some questions and extended responses that focus on our article. We will be discussing and learning about a topic related to winter. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: the elements of plot, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week. *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 fifth book report, and also should have received the form with the format for their book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a *fiction* book of their choice. Students needed to have their fiction book chosen and read by Monday, (January 14th). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them through the rest of this week and next week. We will be presenting our Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week.*The final copy of the January Paper Bag Book Report was due by this past Thursday, January 24th.* 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.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

*2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, February 1st.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on presenting our State Brochure Projects in class. We will be learning all about our states this week! This week, we will also be researching and learning about some interesting facts about an additional state, other than the one that students chose for their State Brochure Projects. We will be reading and discussing information about our different state, as well as working on comparing and contrasting this different state that we chose to research, with our state that we chose to focus on for our State Brochure Project. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 20* spelling words. We will have our twentieth spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 1st on Unit 20.

*Reminders*:

  • This week is Catholic Schools Week! We are looking forward to all the fun events! Here is the schedule of exciting events for this week: Monday-We will be working on a STEM Project with our Prayer Partners; Tuesday-Carnival games in the gym; Wednesday-Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser (4th Grade-Canned Tuna/Chicken), Students who bring in a donation can be out of uniform this day, Also, the St. Rita Band will perform this day as well; Thursday-We will be making Valentines Day Cards with Prayer Partners for Hope Hospital; Friday-SOAR vs. Faculty Volleyball Game & also, students can be out of uniform this day and dress in SJF Spirit Wear.
  • 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 and stay warm!!*

Week of January 21st - 25th

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Hello!

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

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, book of knowledge activities, as well as the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Report Projects. This week, we will be focusing on the final copy for our book report, as well as working with some paired text articles from ReadWorks. We will be reading and discussing our articles, as well as working with some questions and extended responses that focus on our articles. We will be discussing and learning about topics such as civil rights. This week, we will be reading and learning about two famous historical figures while working on comparing and contrasting our paired passages in our ReadWorks articles. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: the elements of plot, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.* Next week, we will be presenting our Paper Bag Book Report Projects.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report, and also should have received the form with the format for their book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a *fiction* book of their choice. Students needed to have their fiction book chosen and read by Monday, (January 14th). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them through the rest of this week and next week. We will begin working on the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week.* *The final copy of the January Paper Bag Book Report will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Thursday, January 24th.* 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.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

*2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Friday, February 1st.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on our State Brochure Projects. This week, we will finish up working on our research as well as also begin working on the final copy for our State Brochure Project. We will be learning all about as well as putting together all the information for our states this week. *The final copy of the State Brochure Project will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Friday, January 25th.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 19* spelling words. We will have our nineteenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, January 25th on Unit 19.

*Reminders*:

  • On Wednesday, January 23rd, the St. John Fisher Scholastic Team will be hosting a dress down day fundraiser to participate in a nationally recognized academic competition hosted by Northwestern University. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity!
  • 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!*

Week of January 14th - 18th

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, as well as some journal responses and book of knowledge activities. This week, we will be focusing on the rough draft for our book report, 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. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this week that will focus on our Martin Luther King, Jr. ReadWorks article for this week called Honoring King on Friday, January 18th.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Friday. This week and next 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. This week and next week, 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 were assigned their fifth book report last week, and will receive the form with the format for their book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a *fiction* book of their choice. Students need to have their fiction book chosen and read by this upcoming Monday, (January 14th). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting Monday (1/14) through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on the rough draft of our book reports in class 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.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

**2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by this past Friday, January 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of Lesson 5 of the first unit of our textbook. This week, we will also continue working on our research as well as begin working on the rough draft for our State Brochure Project. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the fifth lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test this week. Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions as well as their study guides. *Students will have a test this week on Thursday, January 17th that will focus on the material in Lesson 5 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guides in preparation for the test on Thursday of this week. Last week, students were also assigned their state that they will be researching and focusing on for our State Brochure Project, and we will begin working on our rough draft in class this 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 upcoming Friday, January 18th on Unit 18.

*Reminders*:

  • Students will not have school next Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the day off!
  • 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 Tuesday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of January 7th - 11th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

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! I really appreciate all your kindness and generosity.*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, as well as some journal responses and book of knowledge activities. This week and next week, we will be focusing on some journal questions and kindness activities, 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 next week. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: comprehension and analysis of text, figurative language, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.* This week and next 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, and will receive the form with the format for their book report next week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a *fiction* book of their choice. Students need to have their fiction book chosen and read by next Monday, (January 14th). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting Monday (1/14) through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on the rough draft of our book reports in class next 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.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

**2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) will be due by this upcoming Friday, January 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will begin our study of Lesson 5 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the fifth lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our quiz this week. Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions as well as their study guides. *Students will have a quiz this week on Friday, January 11th that will focus on the material in Lesson 5 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guides in preparation for the quiz on Friday of this week. This week, students will also be assigned their state that they will be researching and 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 17* spelling words. We will have our seventeenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, January 11th on Unit 17.

*Reminders*:

  • This Wednesday, January 9th, we will have Special Lunch.
  • 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!*

 
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