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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 September 25th - 29th

Posted on Sep 25, 2017


*I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!*

*Also, thank you so much to everyone who sent in their donations for the hurricane relief project. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.*

In Reading this week, we will begin focusing on our next story: Family Pictures. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Author's Purpose. *Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 29th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. Also, students were given the format for the September Book Report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due by this Thursday, September 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.

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

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

*2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, September 29th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

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 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using these grid lines. We will be focusing on some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. *Students will have a quiz this week on Wednesday, September 27th that will focus on latitude and longitude.* Students should be able to answer questions about some key vocabulary terms related to latitude and longitude, locate different places on a map correctly using these grid lines, as well as answer some other questions about latitude and longitude for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 6 spelling words. *This is our first review unit.* We will have our sixth spelling test this Friday, September 29th on Unit 6.


  • Students may continue to bring water bottles with them to school for the beginning of this week.
  • Also, there will be a mini pep rally in the gym this Friday, for Homecoming.
  • The Homecoming parade and games will be this Saturday, September 30th at Beverly Park.
  • 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.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

*Happy Homecoming Weekend!!*