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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 May 8th - 12th

Posted on May 08, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we continued our focus on poetry. We finished up our poetry activity worksheet from last week. We also worked on another poetry activity worksheet last week. This poetry activity focused on some poems or poem books that we brought in to school. We shared some of our information from our poem sheet as well as some of the poems that we chose aloud. We also shared some of our favorite poems. We also began reading, discussing and taking notes on the introduction and Chapters 1-3 of our novel The Lemonade War last week. Students also worked with Reading comprehension practice last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We will begin reading, discussing and taking notes on Chapters 4-7 of our novel The Lemonade War this week. *Students will have a test on Chapters 1-7 of our novel on Tuesday of next week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. *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 were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

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

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were 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 continued to focus on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region and also began focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We practiced and reviewed for our test last week. We worked on a map review sheet as well as practiced with our state and capital flashcards for the NE Region. We practiced locating and labeling the states and capitals of the NE Region. We also played a review game to prepare for our test. We had our test on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region (with spelling) last week. Last week, we also began focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We made our SE Region state and capital flashcards last week. We went over, discussed and reviewed our SE Region study guides. We worked on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We also practiced and reviewed for our quiz on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Tuesday of this week.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will practice and review for our quiz on Tuesday. We will work on a map review sheet as well as practice with our state and capital flashcards for the SE Region. We will practice locating and labeling the states and capitals of the SE Region. We will also play a review game to prepare for our quiz. *We will have our quiz on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region this week on Tuesday, May 9th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets, as well as their state and capital flashcards in preparation for the quiz this week. This week, we will also continue focusing on a review of the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will continue to practice our SE Region state and capital flashcards this week. We will go over, discuss and review our SE Region study guides. We will work on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We will also practice and review for our test on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 32 spelling words. We will have our thirty-second spelling test this Friday, May 12th on Unit 32.

*Reminders*

  • There will be no school for students this Friday, May 12th due to a teacher institute day.
  • 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!! :)

Also, Happy Mother's Day to all!!

I hope you all have a very relaxing and enjoyable Mother's Day weekend!!

 

 
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