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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 February 25th - March 1st

Posted on Feb 24, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to all who brought in donations for the Get Behind the Vest Fundraiser last week! It is much appreciated!*

 *Thank you for all your support!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be finishing up presenting our Biography Book Reports, as well as focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and finishing up with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: I Love Guinea Pigs. Our skill for this story is: text structure. Students will be finishing up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' book reports and writing about these during the presentations as well. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. This week, we will be discussing and reviewing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story 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 Reading test on Tuesday of this week, February 26th, that will focus on our story for this week called I Love Guinea Pigs.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Tuesday of this week. In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: text structure, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction and fiction text, visualizing, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some pages in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their sixth book report. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students should have chosen a *biography* book of their choice.* The February Biography Book Report was due by this past Wednesday, February 20th. Students will finish up presenting their biography book reports in class as well as writing down their interesting facts 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 should now be finished 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 were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, February 4th.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 8 books including at least 1 nonfiction book all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, February 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue focusing on the topic of Landforms from our first lesson of Unit 2 as well as the different regions of the United States. *We will have a short quiz on locating and labeling the different landforms of the U.S. on map from Lesson 1 of Unit 2 this upcoming Wednesday, February 27th.* Students should study their landform vocabulary, notes and study guide map in preparation for the Landforms quiz on Wednesday. Also, this week, we will be continuing to learn all about some interesting facts about some additional states this week! We will be discussing information about our different states, as well as working on comparing and contrasting these different states that we chose to research. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also begin to focus on Lesson 2 of the second Unit in our hardcover textbook. We will begin reading, discussing and working with Lesson 2 this week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 24* spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twenty-fourth spelling test this upcoming Friday, March 1st on Unit 24.

*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. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week!!*

Week of February 18th - 22nd

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*Thank you to all who brought in a donation for Special Olympics last week! It is much appreciated!*

 *Thank you for all your support!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on presenting our Biography Book Reports, as well as some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and a story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: I Love Guinea Pigs. Our skill for this week is: text structure. This week, we will be focusing on and working with a story from our hardcover book. We will be reading and discussing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story 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 Reading test on Tuesday of next week, February 26th, that will focus on our story for this week called I Love Guinea Pigs.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week. In Reading this week, we will also be reading and discussing a Time for Kids article about some influential people. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: text structure, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction and fiction text, visualizing, 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.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their sixth book report. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students should have chosen a *biography* book of their choice.* *Students should be working on reading their Biography book as well as completing their Book Report form.* Students should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due by this upcoming Wednesday, February 20th.* 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 continue 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 were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, February 4th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books including at least 1 nonfiction book all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, February 22nd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue focusing on the first lesson of the second unit of our textbook as well as the different regions of the United States. *We will have a test on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 this upcoming Wednesday, February 20th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and study guide in preparation for the Lesson 1 test on Wednesday. Also, we will be continuing to learn all about some additional states this week! This week, we will also be continuing to share our research, and learn about some interesting facts about some additional states, other than the one that students chose for their projects. We will be discussing information about our different states, 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 Project. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also continue to focus on the different regions of the United States.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 23* spelling words. We will have our twenty-third spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 22nd on Unit 23.

*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. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!!*

Week of February 11th - 15th

Posted on Feb 10, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to all who brought in a donation for the Ronald McDonald House last week! It is much appreciated!*

*The students have been doing a great job presenting their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! The students have also been enjoying writing down their interesting facts and asking some creative questions during our mini question and answer sessions after our presentations!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including finishing up a CEE activity, a book of knowledge activity, as well as a ReadWorks article about Abraham Lincoln. This week, we will be focusing on and working with an article from ReadWorks called U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln. Students will be focusing on and working with a ReadWorks article and learning all about the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some discussion 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, February 16th that will focus on our Abraham Lincoln article for this week called U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Friday. In Reading this week, we will also be reading and discussing some Time for Kids articles about some influential people as well as finishing up working with some paired passages. For our paired passages, we will be finishing up focusing on some ReadWorks articles about health and safety during the season of winter. 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 answering extended responses this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their sixth book report last week. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students may choose a *biography* book of their choice.* *Students should be working on reading their Biography book as well as completing their Book Report form.* Students should have received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due by next Wednesday, February 20th.* 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 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 were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, February 4th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books including at least 1 nonfiction book all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 22nd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will begin focusing on the first lesson of the second unit of our textbook as well as the different regions of the United States. *We will have a test on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 next Wednesday, February 20th.* Also, we will be continuing to learn all about our additional states this week! This week, we will also be continuing to share our research, and learn 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 continue to discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also begin to focus on the different regions of the United States.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 22* spelling words. We will have our twenty-second spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 15th on Unit 22.

*Reminders*:

  • There will be no school on Monday, February 18th, for President's 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 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 great week and a Happy Valentine's Day!!*

Week of February 4th - 8th

Posted on Feb 03, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*We had so much fun celebrating Catholic Schools Week last week! Also, thank you to all who brought in a donation for the Ronald McDonald House last week! It is much appreciated!*

*Also, the students have been doing a great job presenting on their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! The students have also been enjoying writing down their interesting facts and asking some creative questions during our mini question and answer sessions after our presentations!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, a book of knowledge activity, CEE activity, as well as finishing up presenting our Paper Bag Book Report Projects. This week, we will be focusing on continuing and finishing up presenting our book reports in class, as well as working with some paired passages from ReadWorks. Students will be finishing up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations as well. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. In Reading this week, we will also be reading some Time for Kids articles about some influential people as well as working with some paired passages. For our paired passages, we will be focusing on some ReadWorks articles about health and safety during the season of winter. We will be reading and discussing our two articles, comparing/contrasting them, as well as working with some questions and extended responses that focus on our articles. 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 should continue to bring their book report book to class with them through the rest of this week. We will be continuing and finishing up presenting our Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week.* *Also, the students will be assigned their sixth book report this week as well. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students may choose a *biography* book of their choice. *Students should be working on finding and reading their Biography book.* Students will be receiving the form with the format for their book report as well. 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 Monday, February 4th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on continuing and finishing up presenting our State Brochure Projects in class. We will be continuing to learn all about our states this week! Students will finish up presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class this week. Students will also finish up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and write about these during the presentations. We will also continue with the mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. This week, we will also be sharing our research, 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. This week, we will also begin to focus on the different regions of the United States.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 21* spelling words. We will have our twenty-first spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 8th on Unit 21.

*Reminders*:

  • On Wednesday of this week, February 6th, 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 wonderful week!!*

 
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