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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 December 11th - 15th

Posted on Dec 11, 2017


*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last week that the fourth graders hosted! The fourth grade students worked hard to prepare for this beautiful Mass and did a great job!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on and review some of the chapters of our novel. We will be reviewing, discussing and working with Chapters 7-10 this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions, as well as working with some worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on our novel chapters for this week. *Students will have a Reading test that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Friday of this week (December 15th).* Students should study their vocabulary for Chapters 7-10, practice chapter worksheets as well as their comprehension and written response questions for Chapters 7-10 in preparation for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report last week. Also, students received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due by next Tuesday, December 19th.* 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 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, December 8th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we continued our focus on Lesson 3 of Unit 1 in our textbook. Last week, we began reading and discussing Lesson 3 as well as began working with the vocabulary in this lesson. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook. We will be focusing on a review of the key concepts of Lesson 3 as well as preparing for our test this week. We will be discussing the sections, working on answering our study guide questions, as well as reviewing our questions for this lesson. We will be answering some comprehension, written and extended response questions that go along with this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. *We will have our test that will focus on Lesson 3 on Thursday of this week (December 14th).* Students should study their vocabulary, review questions, and study guide in preparation for the test on Thursday.  

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 16 spelling words. We will have our sixteenth spelling test this Friday, December 15th on Unit 16.


  • 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 quizzes/tests 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!*