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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 3rd - 7th

Posted on Dec 02, 2018


*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities as well as continuing with our Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing novel study. This week, we will be continuing to focus on *Chapters 7-10* of our novel. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, figurative language, compare and contrast, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this week that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Thursday, December 6th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as information from their student packets and worksheets.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report last week, and will receive the form with the format for their book report this week. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a *Christmas* book of their choice. December Book Report due date coming 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 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 will be due by this upcoming Monday, December 3rd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will continue and finish up our study of Lesson 3 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the third lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test this week. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, December 5th that will focus on Lesson 3 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information 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 this week. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 14* spelling words. We will have our fourteenth spelling test this upcoming Thursday, December 6th on Unit 14.


  • Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is this upcoming Tuesday, December 4th. Students should wear their gym uniforms. Also, students should bring a brown bag lunch with them to the field trip (no glass please). Thank you!
  • Also, thank you so much to all who volunteered to chaperone for our field trip this week! We are not able to take all volunteers, but if you are chaperoning for our field trip, please be at the school office at 8:30 AM.
  • Students will not have school this Friday, December 7th! Enjoy the day off from school!
  • 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 and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*