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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 7th - 11th

Posted on Oct 07, 2019


*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

READING: In Reading this week, we will be learning about and practicing with our new skill for this week which is: Character. This week, we will also begin our study of our fifth story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: Addie in Charge. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Character. *Students will have their fourth Reading test this upcoming Friday, October 11th.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension review questions (in their notebook) 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 second book report last week. Students will receive their October Book Report form this week. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by next Thursday, October 17th.* 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 Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Wednesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) were due by this past Wednesday, October 2nd.* 

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 all together) will be due by Monday, October 21st.**

Happy Reading! :)

SOCIAL STUDIES: In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be reviewing cardinal directions, hemispheres, and latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these map skills to locate and identify certain places and locations on a map of the United States, as well as on a map of the world. We will also be reviewing how to use latitude and longitude to locate and identify certain places (such as continents) and bodies of water (such as oceans) on a map as well. We will have a unit test next week on cardinal directions, hemispheres as well as latitude and longitude. *We will have our Map Skills Unit Test on cardinal directions, hemispheres, as well as latitude and longitude next week on Wednesday, October 16th.* Our Map Skills Unit Test will focus on all of the map skills that we have been practicing with and learning about over the past few weeks. Students should know the Vocabulary words, as well as be able to use all of these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map using these skills for their test. Students should study their cardinal direction, hemisphere and latitude and longitude vocabulary notes in the Social Studies section of their notebook, as well as their homework worksheets, maps, review sheet and practice problems in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.

SPELLING: In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 7 spelling words. We will have our seventh spelling test this Friday, October 11th on Unit 7.


  • Students will not have school this upcoming Monday, October 14th for the Columbus Day Holiday.
  • 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 Tuesday of next week. Thank you!

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming 3-Day Weekend!*