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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 November 18th - 22nd

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on a Book of Knowledge activity that focuses on Native Americans, reviewing our previous skills, focusing on a ReadWorks article, working on a paired passage activity, as well as presenting our November Book Reports towards the end of this week.  We will also be working on some other Thanksgiving activities as well. *Students will have a Reading test this upcoming Friday, November 22nd that will focus on our article for this week called: First Thanksgiving Meal.* Students should study their vocabulary words and definitions, comprehension review questions in their notebook, as well as their notes about our article in preparation 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 third book report. Students should have received their November Book Report form last week. For this "November Book Report," students should have chosen a *fiction* book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, November 21st.* 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.

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

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester Coming Soon!!

 

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the second lesson of the first unit of our hardcover textbook. This week, we will continue our focus on Native Americans, as well as focus on some other topics related to Thanksgiving as well. We will also begin our study of the third lesson in the first unit of our textbook later on toward the end of this week. We will begin reading, discussing and going over the information in Lesson 3 as well as the vocabulary for this lesson as well.  

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 13 spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this Friday, November 22nd on Unit 13.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • Friday of last week marked the end of our 1st Trimester. On Monday of this week, November 18th, our 2nd Trimester begins.
  • On Wednesday of this week, November 20th, Reports Cards will be distributed and will go home with students.
  • On Friday of this week, November 22nd, we will have a Reading Test that will focus on our text for this week, which is a nonfiction article called: First Thanksgiving Meal.
  • 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 November 11th - 15th

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on a Book of Knowledge Journal activity that focuses on Veterans' Day, reviewing our previous skills, focusing on a ReadWorks article, as well as working on a paired passage activity.  We will also be working on some other Veterans' Day activities as well. *Students will not have a Reading test this upcoming Friday, November 15th.* *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 third book report last week. Students will receive their November Book Report form this week. For this "November 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 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 Monday, 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 this upcoming Monday, November 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of the second lesson of the first unit of our hardcover textbook. This week, we will continue our focus on Lesson 2 of Unit 1. This second lesson focuses on some of the first explorers to come to North America, and this will also continue our study of Native Americans as well. We will be reviewing Lesson 2 this week. We will be answering and going over our review questions for this lesson. This week, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson (Lesson 2) to prepare for our test on Wednesday of this week. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, November 13th that will focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the Vocabulary, as well as the different 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 the questions and answers on 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 12 spelling words. We will have our twelfth spelling test this Friday, November 15th on Unit 12.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • On Monday of this week, November 11th, 2 more ARs (for a total of 8 ARs including at least 1 Nonfiction Book) are due.
  • On Wednesday of this week, November 13th, we will have a Social Studies Test that will focus on Lesson 2 of Unit 1 in our textbook.
  • On Friday, Nov. 15th, we will not have a Reading test.
  • Friday, November 15th marks the end of our 1st Trimester. Report Cards will go home next 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. Thank you!

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

Week of November 4th - 8th

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

*Hello!*

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on a Book of Knowledge activity, reviewing our previous skills, and beginning to focus on our second story in Unit 2 of our hardcover Reading book called: A Big-City Dream. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Cause and EffectThis 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, November 8th on our story for this week.* Students should study their vocabulary words, skill notes and comprehension review questions (on their Study Guide Review Sheet and/or 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 will be assigned their third 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 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 Monday, 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 next Monday, November 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the first lesson of the first unit of our hardcover and also began our study of the second lesson of our hardcover textbook. This week, we will continue our focus on Lesson 2 of Unit 1. This second lesson focuses on some of the first explorers to come to North America, and this will also continue our study of Native Americans as well. We will be reading and discussing Lesson 2 this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our key questions for this lesson. Later on in the week, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson (Lesson 2) to prepare for our test on Wednesday of next week. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, November 13th that will focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the Vocabulary, as well as the different 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 the questions and answers on their Study Guide Review Sheet in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.  

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 11 spelling words. We will have our eleventh spelling test this Friday, November 8th on Unit 11.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • On Wednesday of this week, November 6th, we will have our Special Lunch Day for the month of November!
  • On Friday of this week, November 8th, we will have a Reading Test on our story for this week which is called: A Big-City Dream.
  • On Monday of next week, November 11th, 2 more ARs (for a total of 8 ARs) are due.
  • On Wednesday of next week, November 13th, we will have a Social Studies Test that will focus on Lesson 2 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!*

 
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