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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 March 6th - 10th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017


I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

In Reading last week, we focused on and reviewed our skills from Unit 3. Some of our skills that we reviewed and focused on from last week were: main idea and supporting details, generalizing, context clues, predicting, drawing conclusions, word study and research/study skills. We worked on, practiced and discussed these skills as well as focused our word and study skills. Last week, we also took our Unit 3 Skills test. We also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice.

In Reading this week, we will finish up our focus on Unit 3 by focusing on and reviewing some of our skills. Our skills that we will be continuing to focus on and review this week are: evaluating information, drawing conclusions, analyzing information, context clues, analyzing an article, word study (consonant sounds), and research/study skills. We will be learning about strategies for these skills and working with examples that focus on them. We will also be working with 2 nonfiction paired articles that focus on winter health and safety for close reading. We will use these articles to practice our analyzing, reading comprehension and close reading skills. This week, we will be working with the Vocabulary words for these 2 articles as well as focusing on some close reading questions about them. We will also be working on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the article questions as well as locating our evidence for our articles that focus on winter health and safety. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their seventh book report this year, for the month of March. *For this seventh “March Book Report,” students can choose a Fantasy (fiction) book of their choice.* Students will be given the format for the March Book Report next week. *The March Fantasy Book Report will be due on Tuesday, March 28th.* *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.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Friday, March 17th.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of Lesson 2 of Unit 2 of our textbook, which focused on the regions of the United States. Last week, we worked on reviewing and preparing for our test on Lesson 2. To review, we worked on the Check Understanding Questions for this lesson. We also focused on and reviewed the vocabulary, and worked on the study guide review questions for this lesson. We also discussed and went over the study guide review questions together. Last week, we played a review game to prepare for our test as well. We took our Lesson 2 test on Friday of last week. We also worked on the Vocabulary for our next lesson (Lesson 3) as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will begin focusing on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the different kinds of weather and climate of the United States. We will begin focusing on the vocabulary for Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This week, we will begin working on reading and discussing Sections A-D of Lesson 3. We will also work on answering the Section Review Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 3 in complete sentences in our notebook. We will also be preparing for our test next week. We will have our test on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 next week on Thursday, March 16th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 25 spelling words. We will have our twenty-fifth spelling test this Friday, March 10th on Unit 25.


  • 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.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)