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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 August 28th - September 1st

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Hello and Welcome to our First Full Week of School!

In Reading this week, we will be finishing up working on our Summer Break writing activities. This week, we will also begin our first story: A Visit with Grandpa. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is setting. *Students will have their first Reading test on Friday, September 1st.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their first book report next week. For this first “September 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 are due by Monday, September 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will begin our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, September 6th that will focus on all the continents and oceans.* Students should be able to locate, label and spell all the continents and oceans correctly on a map for their test. Students should study their maps, mini booklets and study guides in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 2 spelling words. We will have our second spelling test this Friday, September 1st on Unit 2.


  • 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 since there is no school on Monday.
  • Students will be off school on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Happy 3-Day Weekend!

I am looking forward to meeting everyone on Wednesday evening for Meet and Greet the Teacher Night! The Open House will be at 6:30.

Hope you have a great week!