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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 October 28th - November 1st

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on some Halloween-themed Reading Story & Creative Writing activities, as well as some Halloween-themed Book of Knowledge activities. This week, we will also be finishing up presenting our Mystery Book Reports, reviewing our previous skills, as well as working on a SLAM question that relates to our story from last week. *Students will not have a Reading test this upcoming Friday, November 1st.* *Also, students will have their Reading Tests on Fridays, unless otherwise stated. 

*A variety of different BOOK REPORTS will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. For this second “October Book Report,” students should have chosen a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report was due by Thursday, October 17th.* 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 Wednesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Wednesday, October 2nd.* 

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 all together) were due by this past Monday of last week, October 21st.*

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 all together including at least 1 Nonfiction book) will be due by Monday, November 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies last week, we began our study of the first lesson in the first unit of our hardcover textbook. This week, we will continue and finish up our focus on Lesson 1 of Unit 1. This first lesson focuses on the First Americans, and this will also begin our study of Native Americans. We will continue to focus on and learn all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. We will also be discussing and working with timelines this week as well. This week, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson (Lesson 1) to prepare for our test on Wednesday of this week. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, October 30th that will focus on Lesson 1 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the Vocabulary, as well as the different Native American groups that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary words and definitions in their notebook, their Section A-D questions and answers in their notebook, as well as their Study Guide Review Sheet in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week.  

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 10 spelling words. We will have our tenth spelling test this Friday, November 1st on Unit 10.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • Decorated Pumpkins are due back by Tuesday morning, October 29th, before school.
  • On Wednesday of this week, October 30th, we will have a Social Studies Test that will focus on Lesson 1 of Unit 1 in our textbook.
  • Also, on Wednesday, October 30th, students will have an early dismissal from school at 1:45 PM.
  • On Thursday, October 31st, students may dress up in their costumes and can also bring in treats or candy to pass out to their classmates for Halloween! We have 20 students in our homeroom class.
  • Just a reminder that we will not have a Reading Test this upcoming Friday, November 1st.
  • On Friday, November 1st, we will have an All Saints Day Mass at 1 PM. All are welcome to join us!
  • On Monday, November 11th, 2 more ARs (for a total of 8 ARs) are due.
  • 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. Thank you!

*Happy Halloween to everyone!!*

*Hope you have a great week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 21st - 25th

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on a Book of Knowledge activity, finishing up presenting our Mystery Book Reports, reviewing our previous skills, as well as beginning to focus on our first story in Unit 2 of our hardcover Reading book called: The Cricket in Times Square. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: VisualizingThis week, we will also be reviewing our vocabulary words. We will also be focusing on some review questions that relate to our story as well as some different kinds of study skills. *Students will have their Reading test this upcoming Friday, October 25th on our story for this week.* Students should study their vocabulary words, skill notes and comprehension review questions (in their notebook) about our story for the test on Friday of this week. *Also, students will have their Reading Tests on Fridays, unless otherwise stated. 

*A variety of different BOOK REPORTS will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. For this second “October Book Report,” students should have chosen a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report was due by this past Thursday, October 17th.* 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 Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Wednesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Wednesday, October 2nd.* 

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 all together) will be due by Monday of this week, October 21st.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. This week, we will begin focusing on the first lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover textbook.  This first lesson focuses on the First Americans, and this will also begin our study of Native Americans. We will begin to focus on and learn all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. We will be reading and discussing Lesson 1. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our key questions for this lesson. We will also be discussing and working with timelines this week as well. Later in the week, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson to prepare for our test next week. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, October 30th that will focus on Lesson 1 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the different Native American groups that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.  

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 9 spelling words. We will have our ninth spelling test this Friday, October 25th on Unit 9.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • On Monday, October 21st, 2 more ARs (for a total of 6 ARs) are due.
  • On Friday, October 25th, we will have a Reading Test on our story for this week which is called: The Cricket in Times Square.
  • On Wednesday of next week, October 30th, we will have a Social Studies Test that will focus on Lesson 1 of Unit 1 in our textbook.
  • 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. Thank you!

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 14th - 18th

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a wonderful 3-Day Weekend and enjoyed their day off!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on a Book of Knowledge activity as well as focusing on some grammar and word work that relates to our story from last week called: Addie in Charge. We will also be practicing with using our writing skills by working on answering an in-class SLAM question that relates to our story from last week, reviewing our previous skills, and presenting our Mystery Book Reports toward the end of the week. *Students will have their Reading Tests on Fridays, unless otherwise stated. *Students will not have a Reading test this upcoming Friday, October 18th.*

*A variety of different BOOK REPORTS will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. Students should have received their October Book Report form last week. For this second “October Book Report,” students should have chosen a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, October 17th.* 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 Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Wednesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Wednesday, October 2nd.* 

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 all together) will be due by next Monday, October 21st.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies this week, we will continue and finish up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be reviewing cardinal directions, hemispheres, and latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these map skills to locate and identify certain places and locations on a map of the United States, as well as on a map of the world. We will also be reviewing how to use latitude and longitude to locate and identify certain places (such as continents) and bodies of water (such as oceans) on a map as well. We will have a unit test this week on cardinal directions, hemispheres as well as latitude and longitude. *We will have our Map Skills Unit Test on cardinal directions, hemispheres, as well as latitude and longitude this week on Wednesday, October 16th.* Our Map Skills Unit Test will focus on all of the map skills that we have been practicing with and learning about over the past few weeks. Students should know the Vocabulary words and definitions, as well as be able to use all of these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map using these skills for their test. Students should study their cardinal direction, hemisphere and latitude and longitude vocabulary notes in the Social Studies section of their notebook, as well as their homework worksheets, world map grid, 2 review sheets and practice problems, in preparation for the Map Skills Test on Wednesday of this week.

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 8 spelling words. We will have our eighth spelling test this Friday, October 18th on Unit 8.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • On Wednesday, October 16th, we will have our Map Skills Unit Test.
  • On Thursday, October 17th, our Mystery Book Report is due.
  • On Friday, October 18th, we will have an All-School Mass at 1 PM. All are welcome to join us!
  • 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. Thank you!

*Hope you have a great week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 7th - 11th

Posted on Oct 07, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be learning about and practicing with our new skill for this week which is: Character. This week, we will also begin our study of our fifth story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: Addie in Charge. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Character. *Students will have their fourth Reading test this upcoming Friday, October 11th.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension review questions (in their notebook) for the test on Friday of this week. Also, students will have their Reading Tests on Fridays, unless otherwise stated.

*A variety of different BOOK REPORTS will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report last week. Students will receive their October Book Report form this week. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by next Thursday, October 17th.* 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 Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Wednesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) were due by this past Wednesday, October 2nd.* 

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 all together) will be due by Monday, October 21st.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be reviewing cardinal directions, hemispheres, and latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these map skills to locate and identify certain places and locations on a map of the United States, as well as on a map of the world. We will also be reviewing how to use latitude and longitude to locate and identify certain places (such as continents) and bodies of water (such as oceans) on a map as well. We will have a unit test next week on cardinal directions, hemispheres as well as latitude and longitude. *We will have our Map Skills Unit Test on cardinal directions, hemispheres, as well as latitude and longitude next week on Wednesday, October 16th.* Our Map Skills Unit Test will focus on all of the map skills that we have been practicing with and learning about over the past few weeks. Students should know the Vocabulary words, as well as be able to use all of these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map using these skills for their test. Students should study their cardinal direction, hemisphere and latitude and longitude vocabulary notes in the Social Studies section of their notebook, as well as their homework worksheets, maps, review sheet and practice problems in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 7 spelling words. We will have our seventh spelling test this Friday, October 11th on Unit 7.

*Reminders*

  • Students will not have school this upcoming Monday, October 14th for the Columbus Day Holiday.
  • 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. Thank you!

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming 3-Day Weekend!*

 
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