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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 October 17th - 21st

Posted on Oct 17, 2016


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our first story in Unit 2: The Cricket in Times Square. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: visualizing. *Students will have their Reading test on Friday, October 21st.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. Students also received their October Book Report forms with the format. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due on Tuesday, October 25th.* 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.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will finish up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be focusing on a review of hemispheres, cardinal directions, as well as latitude and longitude this week. We will also be reviewing and practicing locating different places on a map using these concepts. *Students will have their Map Skills Unit Test this week, on Tuesday, October 18th, that will focus on Hemispheres, Cardinal Directions, Latitude and Longitude.* Students should study their grids, notes, practice coordinate problems, and review worksheets in preparation for the unit test on Tuesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 8 spelling words. We will have our eighth spelling test this Friday, October 21st on Unit 8.


  • Monday and Tuesday of this week: Fox's Night - Proceeds will go to St. John Fisher School.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Tuesday, October 18th.
  • This week: Students are encouraged to wear "Bows for Beau" - Students may also wear a touch of purple and gold with their uniform to show support for Beau and the Dowling family.
  • 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.

Hope you have a fantastic week!