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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 4th - 8th

Posted on Feb 03, 2019


*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.


  • 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!!*