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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 November 18th - 22nd

Posted on Nov 18, 2019


*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be working on a Book of Knowledge activity that focuses on Native Americans, reviewing our previous skills, focusing on a ReadWorks article, working on a paired passage activity, as well as presenting our November Book Reports towards the end of this week.  We will also be working on some other Thanksgiving activities as well. *Students will have a Reading test this upcoming Friday, November 22nd that will focus on our article for this week called: First Thanksgiving Meal.* Students should study their vocabulary words and definitions, comprehension review questions in their notebook, as well as their notes about our article in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. *Also, students will have their Reading Tests on Fridays, unless otherwise stated. 

*A variety of different BOOK REPORTS will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report. Students should have received their November Book Report form last week. For this "November Book Report," students should have chosen a *fiction* book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, November 21st.* 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.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 all together including at least 1 Nonfiction book) were due by this past Monday, November 11th.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester Coming Soon!!


Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the second lesson of the first unit of our hardcover textbook. This week, we will continue our focus on Native Americans, as well as focus on some other topics related to Thanksgiving as well. We will also begin our study of the third lesson in the first unit of our textbook later on toward the end of this week. We will begin reading, discussing and going over the information in Lesson 3 as well as the vocabulary for this lesson as well.  

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 13 spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this Friday, November 22nd on Unit 13.

*Reminders & Important Due Dates*

  • Friday of last week marked the end of our 1st Trimester. On Monday of this week, November 18th, our 2nd Trimester begins.
  • On Wednesday of this week, November 20th, Reports Cards will be distributed and will go home with students.
  • On Friday of this week, November 22nd, we will have a Reading Test that will focus on our text for this week, which is a nonfiction article called: First Thanksgiving Meal.
  • 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. Thank you!

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*