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Mrs. Margie Sefcik, Third Grade

Hi!  My name is Mrs. Margie Sefcik and I am so excited to be teaching 3rd. grade again at SJF!  This is my third year at St. John Fisher and I can't wait to welcome your child to room 216!  I come from a family that is passionate about teaching including my husband and 3 sisters (one being Mrs. Regnier).  I graduated from St. Linus, Richards H.S. and St. Xavier University.  I am married to Kevin for 27 years and have 3 boys named Zach, Luke, and Cal.  In my free time I love to be outside, read, and watch my boys play baseball.  It will be a fun and exciting year working with an amazing 3rd grade team.

Week of January 17th

Posted on Jan 18, 2022

Good Morning!! I hope you all enjoyed the day off yesterday if you were lucky enough to be off!  We have a busy week ahead here in Room 216!  This morning we will kick off the mid-year iReady Reading assessment.  Because of testing this week and next, we will be stretching out this week’s reading story and spelling list to next week as well.  Our Reading story is Running Rivals, and the Spelling list contains homophones – NO tests this week, but an AR is still due by FridayVerbs will continue to be studied in English, and we will work on some creative writing.  Division strategies will continue to be our focus in Math – the kids seem to be catching on pretty quickly.  We will begin multiplication timed tests this week - I DO NOT want the kids to stress about these, just simply do their best and make sure they are committed to memorizing the facts to the best of their ability.  In Science we will discuss changes in ecosystems.  DON’T FORGET – Animal projects/papers/presentations are due next Tuesday.  I cannot wait to see what these animal experts can do! Finally we will learn a little bit about Martin Luther King and  work on a little project.  That’s it for now – Have a wonderful week!

Week of January 10th

Posted on Jan 10, 2022

Happy Monday!  Welcome to our first full week of school in 2022 - We will be busy getting back to our regular schedule.  Our new Spelling list contains words spelled with oi and oy – as always a test will be given on Friday.  We will begin to review division patterns and strategies in Math as we begin Chapter 6.  PLEASE have your child continue to work on Reflex Math at least two times a week to help build their confidence and skill in the basic facts of multiplication and division. IXL is another amazing way to practice these skills.   Soccer Shootout is our new story of the week in Reading; literary elements and author’s craft will be the skills discussed.  We will continue our work on Verbs in English and read together the book, The One and Only Ivan,   As you might already know, we have begun our animal research projects in Science – the kids chose their animals before break and are so excited to learn more about them.  They will get a full set of directions tomorrow.  I will be going over each section with them, but I know they will need your help and support with additional research, the final writing, and their final project choice.  Thank You in advance for your time and expertise.  We have a lot to accomplish and will continue to do the best we can.  Have a Wonderful Week and Stay Healthy!  

Special Lunch - Tuesday

Don’t Forgot No School Monday – Enjoy the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Week of December 20th

Posted on Dec 20, 2021

 Here we are, the last few days of school in 2021!  Instead of "counting down" the days until break, I really want to enjoy these last few days with the kids!  My kids are grown so it's so fun to be around all the excitement.  I’m thankful we made it this far and have all stayed relatively healthy, and I’m so proud of the kids and what they have accomplished so far in third grade!  As you know today is a full day, and tomorrow we will dismiss at 11:30 for a much deserved CHRISTMAS BREAK!    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!  This is truly an amazing group of kids, and I'm so lucky to be their teacher.

Today is Ugly Sweater/Christmas Shirt day - 1:00 Christmas Carols in Church

Tomorrow back in our PJs for some cookies and milk if you ordered

I will see the kids back in Room 216 on Thursday January 6th 2022! God Bless You All!

Week of December 13th

Posted on Dec 13, 2021

6 and ½ school days until Christmas Break – But who’s counting???   Just like Santa’s elves, we have a full and busy week here in Room 216.  We will light the third candle of ADVENT and think about the JOY the season brings us.  Our new Spelling list has Christmas words celebrating the birth of Jesus - as always a test will be given on Friday.  We will continue to review multiplication patterns and strategies in Math as we wrap up Chapter 5.  I know we all have a lot on our plates, but any extra time the kids can give to memorizing the basic facts truly benefits the students in the long run.  If multiplication is difficult, division will be more difficult, and so on - These things never change.  PLEASE have your child work on Reflex Math at LEAST two times a week with any extra time on IXL. These will help your child build their confidence and skill in the basic facts while having fun.   We are taking a break from our reading series and reading the novel, Mr. Popper's Penguins together.  We will continue working on Verbs in English and on a little surprise.  Ecosystems and adaptations will continue to be discussed in Science.  Excitement fills the air - Christmas cheer is everywhere!   Thank You for everything you do to help your child succeed and for the sacrifices you make to send your child to St. John Fisher – From the bottom of my heart, know it does not go unrecognized – Working together benefits all of us – Have a Wonderful Week!

**Special Note - Kids can wear their jammies on Wednesday 12/15 and Tuesday 12/21!

Week of December 6th

Posted on Dec 06, 2021

 

The 12 School Days before Christmas break Begin!  Excitement is in the air, but we have a busy week planned here in Room 216. Our new Spelling list contains words with the “aw” sound. Two Bear Cubs is the new Reading story of the week. Theme and elements of drama will continue to be worked on as we read this last play in the unit. We will begin chapter 5 in Math – which will continue to use multiplication to solve problems. Please continue to work on math facts at home. In English we will start tackling verbs and work on a special writing activity. Ecosystems and adaptations will keep us thinking in Science.  The second candle should be lit on your Advent Wreath, and we will celebrate the Immaculate Conception at an all school mass on Wednesday. I hope you have a wonderful week, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!

Week of November 29th

Posted on Nov 29, 2021

Week of November 29th

 

I hope you all had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break.  The weeks seem to be flying by - it’s hard to believe we’ll be enjoying Christmas break in just a few weeks!  Until then, we have a lot to do in room 216.  Our Spelling words will contain ou and ow words - test Friday.  Gigi and The Wishing Ring will be our Reading story.  This is a play/drama and we will discuss the lesson the author is trying to teach through this Native American myth.  An AR is due Friday.  The difficult concept of possessive nouns will continue in English and we’ll finish the week with a review of nouns.  In Math we will finish chapter 4 - the chapter review/assessment will be on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please continue to practice those multiplication facts every night!  A transition back to Science starts tomorrow - we will focus on food chains this week.  In Religion we will complete an Advent project and begin to prepare for Christmas.  Have a wonderful week and, as always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

 

Reminders:

1:00 dismissal on Wednesday

Special Lunch Orders due Tuesday

 

Week of November 22nd

Posted on Nov 22, 2021

Happy Monday –  We have only two days in school this week before our Thanksgiving break. We will create a short Thanksgiving spelling list, finish The Chocolate Touch and continue to work on possessive nouns to fill our mornings.  We will work on facts of 8 and 9 in Math, review some government facts and complete some fun Thanksgiving activities.  We will attend mass with Fr. Ken on Monday and a Thanksgiving prayer service on Tuesday.  Despite the short amount of time, we have plenty to do.  There are NO tests or an AR due this week. ETC forms are due tomorrow and look for a Special Lunch Form in your child's folder  today. Enjoy the small break! Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for!  Thank you for all of your kindness and support this school year.  I am beyond blessed to be with your amazing kids and you on this third grade  journey.  Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break!  God Bless!

Don’t Forget Advent starts on Sunday!

Week of November 15th

Posted on Nov 15, 2021

Happy Monday! – I hope you all enjoyed the chilly weekend in some way – The kids were beyond excited to see the first snowfall last Friday.  It really was beautiful – even though I was not quite ready for it.  The following is what you can expect this week in room 216.....

We have a lot to accomplish before we head into a very short Thanksgiving week next week.  Tomorrow ends the first trimester.  I cannot believe how fast these weeks and months have gone by.  Despite some challenges along the way, I am so proud of how far the kids have come and how hard they work on a daily basis.  Report cards will be distributed on Friday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact me.  In Spelling we will be working on the digraphs ch and tch – Test Friday.  In Reading we will be starting work on some plays beginning with The Saga of Pecos Bill.  Elements of drama and fluency will be our focus for the week.  In English we will be working on irregular plural nouns and possessive nouns which can be tricky concepts.  Our Study of Government will continue in Social Studies as we will work on a special Branches of Government tree project and a few other things to wrap up the unit.   Multiplication facts will be reviewed in Math - Thank you to all who are making sure Reflex is done at least two times a week at home – between iReady, Reflex and IXL I’ve personally seen the confidence these programs bring when used consistently. A/R due by Friday morning – Next week we have two full days on Monday and Tuesday – Thanksgiving break begins on Wednesday. Have a wonderful week! 

Week of November 8th

Posted on Nov 08, 2021

I hope you all enjoyed the most spectacular fall weekend.  God is Good!  Happy Monday! - It’s hard to believe that the first trimester is wrapping up next week – I’m incredibly proud of how far the kids have come and hope we finish strong.  Multiplication skills will continue in Math as we begin chapter 4.  Practicing the basic facts every day is essential.   Kids have mastered multiplication facts when they are able to give an answer to a problem within 3 to 5 seconds.  I know it takes time and effort on your part as well as your child, but the dedication to this skill will tremendously benefit your child in the end.  Unfortunately we don’t have much extra time to devote to memorizing the basic facts here in school; this MUST be done at home.  Timed tests will begin soon.  The study of nouns will keep us busy in English along with some creative writing.  The Mayflower papers are due tomorrow - Please be sure the “sloppy copy” remains in the notebook.   Our spelling list contains the silent spellings wr and kn – test Friday.   In Reading we will be reading informational text in the story Why is the Statue of Liberty Green?  Our skill lesson will focus on author’s purpose and central idea.  The study of Government will be wrapped up this week in Social Studies.  A study guide will be going home tomorrow for the test Friday.   We will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Thursday with a touch of red, white, and blue and a 9:00 prayer service.  Have a wonderful week!

***If you’d like to donate to Pro Labore Dei, 3rd Graders are asked to bring in a jar of turkey gravy – Due Wednesday.

 

Week of November 1st

Posted on Oct 31, 2021

Happy Monday!  First, I want to thank you for the Grand Raffle Ticket - I am so appreciative!  It was a beautiful weekend and I'm expecting some tired kids to start the week! It is hard to believe we are beginning the first week of November. This is what we will be doing in Room 216 this week…

Spelling – Our words will have the j, k, and kw sound. The test will be on Friday.

Reading - Our story is called The Flag Maker and the genre is narrative nonfiction. The open book test will be on Friday.  We will also continue the novel The Chocolate Touch as a read aloud.  An AR test must be completed by Friday.

English – We are going to continue our work with nouns.  A creative writing project will be assigned after we learn all about the first Thanksgiving.

Math – We are off to a great start with multiplication! The students should focus on the facts with the factors 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, and 11. They can continue to add in facts as we go along.  Again, thank you for all of your support in helping your child master these facts.  It will be so beneficial as we move forward!  The chapter 3 test will be at the end of the week.

Social Studies – We will continue our work in the Government unit.

Religion – Feel free to join us for our All Saints Mass at 1:00 (Monday)

*Special Notes*

*All students will be dismissed at 1:00 on Wednesday for a staff meeting.

Have a fantastic week. 

Week of October 25th

Posted on Oct 25, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday and had a good day of rest yesterday!  I cannot believe OCTOBER is nearly over!  Where does the time go?  We have a “SPOOKTACULAR” week planned here in Room 216!  We will take a break from the regular Reading and Spelling series.  Instead, we will have a spooky spelling list (test Friday) and start a new read aloud (The Chocolate Touch) in Reading!  We will do some activities with that story and also work on some informational text.  U.S. government will continue to be explored in Social Studies, and nouns will be discussed in English.  Today is a BIG day as we begin multiplication concepts in Math!  The kids are so excited for this next big building block in their math journey.  PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE –  have your kids practice their facts nightly even if only for a few minutes!  Knowing the facts up-side down and right-side up will be of great benefit to them in all future math concepts.  Taking the time now when they're excited to learn the facts is vital.  A contract was sent home last Friday regarding the importance of math fact practice.  It should be signed and returned today.  Please take advantage of the Math Reflex program.  It’s an awesome tool for the kids to improve mastery of both multiplication and division.    We will celebrate mass today with Fr. Ken - I’m thankful for this time in church when we can relax and reflect on all the wonderful gifts God gives us.   On FRIDAY we will celebrate HALLOWEEN!!!  Always an exciting day here in school!  Kids may wear school appropriate costumes and bring in a wrapped treat for the class if you choose to.  There are eighteen ghoulish students in room 216.  We will celebrate throughout the day with different activities.  Please let me know if you do not want your child to participate.  That’s all for now  - Have a “BOO”tiful" week and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Special Lunch Order due Wednesday

AR due by Friday   

Week of October 18th

Posted on Oct 17, 2021

Hello and happy Monday! What a beautiful fall weekend it was - I hope you were able to enjoy it! This is what you can expect this week in room 216.....

Spelling  - Our words begin with a 3 letter blend. The test will be given on Friday.

Reading- Our story is called The U.S. Constitution. The genre of this story is informational text. The open book test will be on Friday. An AR must be completed by Friday morning.

English – We will begin working on compound sentences.  English skills are continually in play in most subjects.

Math – The students will create their own bar graphs from data they are given.   We hope to complete chapter 2 and take the test Friday and Monday. 

We will shift from Science to Social Studies this week.  We'll start our Government unit which will coincide with our reading story.

*Special Notes*

*We will have an all school safety drill on Thursday.

*The students may be out of uniform on Friday for autism awareness ($1 donation)

*Our all school mass will be on Friday at 1p.m. -  feel free to join us!

Again, I thank you all for everything you do to help your child succeed  in school!  I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Week of October 12th

Posted on Oct 12, 2021

Happy Tuesday!   I hope you all had an amazing 4 day weekend!  Thank you for taking the time to meet with me last week – it’s always good to hear your perspective on how your child is doing.  We have a lot to accomplish this short week here in third grade!  We will be reading a fantasy story called Dear Dragon and working on literary elements, poetry elements, and point of view.  We are really being challenged in this reading series, but the kids are doing amazing!   Don’t forget an A/R is due Friday.  Our new Spelling list consists of long and short vowels – again - the test is on Friday.  In English we will continue our unit on sentences and write a spooky cinquain.  Life Cycles and a review of chapter 2 will continue in Science.  A study guide will be sent home this afternoon for the test scheduled on Friday.  The format is exactly the same as the last science test.  Please encourage the kids to study each night.  Graphs and data will be on the agenda in Math.  Multiplication is up next. We will finish the short novel, Stone Fox, this week - the students are really getting into it! Thanks again for all you do for your child, I know it’s not always easy, but I do know it’s worth it and I really appreciate it!  Have a great week!

Week of October 4th

Posted on Oct 04, 2021

Good Morning and Happy Monday! We have a short but jammed pack week here in third grade.  As you already know, Thursday is a half day with a 12:00 dismissal and we are off Friday and Monday for a nice, long Fall Break weekend.  Parent teacher conferences are set for Wednesday and Thursday.  Due to the shortened week, we will be changing up some of our normal routines.  There will be a review spelling list and no Reading story for this week.  Graphs and data will be on the agenda in Math as we begin Chapter 2.  I know the Math series can be challenging, but I'm seeing improvement each week!  As we begin our 7th week of school, the students will begin to work more independently now that they know the expectations.  Together, as a class, we will begin the John Reynolds Gardiner novel Stone Fox.  My hope is that we can read a chapter or two each day for the next two weeks as an extra opportunity to enjoy an awesome book.  Life Cycles and Inherited Traits will continue in Science.  Subjects and Predicates and types of sentences will continue in English as we wrap up our four paragragh papers.  Thanks for all you do for your child in regards to school!  Have a great week!  See you at conferences! 

Don’t Forget – Picture Day Tomorrow

The first AR is due by Thursday this week.

A Halloween Pumpkin Project will be sent home today and due by Thursday as well.

Week of September 27th

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope you all got to enjoy the spectacular Fall weekend with an extra day for the kids in many ways!  Here we are in the last few days of September - We will continue to work hard and try our best this week in Room 216 as we welcome in October!  We will be discussing poetry and reading The Upside Down Boy while focusing on text features, figurative language, and elements of poetry.  Our new spelling list consists of long i words – Test Friday.  In Math we will continue working on subtraction concepts as we review addition, rounding, and word problems. We should be wrapping up the first chapter by Wednesday – The assessment will be given on Thursday and Friday – We will be working very closely together to complete this work.  The students will be fully supported.  Chapter 2,  Life Cycles, will be started in Science - The students did a great job on their first Science test last Thursday – I was extremely proud and know how much effort many kids put into studying – their hard work paid off.  We will continue to work on sentence structure this week in English along with writing a four paragraph paper on “Growing and Changing”.  Kids will need to make a cover for this paper at home Due Thursday.  Details will be sent today.   We enjoy praying together on Monday mornings with Fr. Ken at the 8:15 mass – know you are always welcome to join us.  Thank you for checking the Friday Folders, signing/responding to the Notebooks and EVERYTHING else you do to contribute to your child’s school success.  Together, we can make this an amazing school year!  Have a terrific week!

Looking Ahead – Picture Day next Tuesday October 5th

The first weekly Accelerated Reading or Book Report Assignment will begin next week; a note will be sent home soon with details.

Parent Teacher Conferences are set for next Wednesday and Thursday October 6th and 7th - Looking forward to seeing you.

Week of September 20th

Posted on Sep 20, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope Homecoming Weekend was fun for all!  We have a short but busy week here in third grade!  Things are moving along, and the kids seem to be getting “the hang” of the 3rd grade expectations and routines.  We have a few goals we are still working on as a class but we will get there!  We will be reading the story Dear Primo -  A Letter to my Cousin while focusing on point of view, literary elements, graphic features and comparing and contrasting.  Spelling words consist of long o words – Test THURSDAY this week.  Sentence structure and writing a Fall poem will be worked on in English.  Subtraction concepts will keep us thinking in Math. Our first Science Chapter – Living Things - was completed last Friday.  A study guide will be sent home today for the test scheduled for Thursday.  The kids have not taken a test like this before, so I strongly recommend reviewing the study guide.  I cannot stress enough the importance of the study guide – it IS the test.  The students need to practice the essay questions at home. They should be writing out their answers so they are familiar with what they want to say and spelling unfamiliar words.  We will be reviewing daily in school as well.  Today we celebrate mass with Father Ken at 8:15, and tomorrow we will take the iReady Math assessment. 

Don’t forget  - .$1.00 Out of Uniform for Childhood Cancer on Wednesday

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY due to a faculty in-service.   Have a wonderful week!

Week of September 13th

Posted on Sep 13, 2021

Happy Monday! – I hope you all had some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful end of Summer weather.  I also hope that you were able to honor the anniversary of 9/11 in some small way.   I am so proud of the kids in room 216 and we have already come a long way in such a short time.  We definitely have some things to work on, but every day we get better and better.  We are in for a very BUSY week here in third grade!  We will be Reading the story Scaredy Squirrel and working on Point of View, Theme, and Text Features.  Our new Spelling list consists of long a and long e words - a list will be sent home today and the test will be given on Friday.  Subtraction concepts will begin in Math while we continue to review addition.  The Go Math series has a lot of word problems, so kids may need a little bit of guidance in that department – all word problems are worth at least three points: work shown – correct answer – words to answer the question.  We go over and over this skill in school, and with time it will become second nature.  We continue looking at living things in Science and will finish up this unit by Friday. Our first Science test will be given next week.  Sentence structure, subjects, predicates, and writing will be on the agenda in English.  We will celebrate mass this morning with Fr. Ken, and the first iReady reading assessment will be given to the third graders on Tuesday morning.  As stated earlier, we’re BUSY!  Have a wonderful week!

I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night!!

 

Homecoming will be celebrated on Saturday – LET’S GO FALCONS!  We have fun, out of uniform, themed days planned for Wednesday (Pajama Day) Thursday (Class Theme Day) and Friday (Fisher Spirit Wear).  WE GOT SPIRIT!!!  YES WE DO!!!

Scholastic Book Orders Due Friday if Interested.

Week of September 7th

Posted on Sep 07, 2021

Week of September 7th 2021

Posted on Sep 07, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you enjoyed the beautiful, long Labor Day weekend!  We had a fantastic first full week here in school last week!  We are starting to settle in and get the hang of being a third grader!  We have a short but busy week here in Room 216!   In Reading we will be reading Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout.  Literary elements and Figurative Language will be the skill focus for the week.  The four kinds of sentences will be reviewed and practiced in English.  Our Spelling list consists of 22 long vowel words using the VCE pattern – Test on Friday.  Lists will be sent home today in the kids’ folders.   Addition strategies, rounding, estimating and review will continue in Math.  I am hoping to give the the kids their new REFLEX log in information sometime this week.  Once given, students should be practicing their basic facts on this site until they reach the green light at least two times at home each week.  Thank you so much for your encouragement on this most important skill.  Organisms will be the topic in Science, and we will continue to take notes in our notebooks.   Never hesitate to call or email me regarding your son or daughter with questions or concerns.  Thanks again for checking the planners each night and signing them and for going over the Friday Folders and responding in the new Friday Letter Notebook.  What a great keepsake this notebook will be one day.  It’s been an extremely busy back to school week and a half, but we are making tremendous strides.  I am so very proud of these amazing students!

*Wednesday is Gym/Friday is Fisher Spirit Day! 

Please pray for our country as we remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Thought for the Week:

Pin on Holidays

Week of August 30th

Posted on Aug 30, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed your first “Back to School” weekend and had some time to rest and relax!  I'm very sorry to have missed school on Friday but I had to take my middle child to college.  It looks like room 216 didn't miss a beat!  Things are transitioning well here at SJF and in Room 216!  I have loved meeting all of the amazing and kind kids in this room!  Although things might look and feel different than last year, every day we will get a little bit better with third grade expectations and routines!  WE GOT THIS!!  We have a busy week coming up! Besides learning new routines and our schedule,  we will be reading Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, and discussing Point of View and Theme.  Simple sentences, subjects and predicates will keep us busy in English.  Addition and subtraction review, rounding, and estimating will continue in Math.  Please have your child work on their addition and subtraction facts often.  With practice we become more confident mathematicians!  A timed test will be given later in the week so I can get a feel for where each student is.  In Science we will be talking about what a scientist does, and we will begin note taking in our notebooks.  Your child will also be given the first Spelling list of the year.  It contains 22 short vowel words and a “Word of the Week” – Tests will always be given on Fridays.  Our first All School mass will be held on Wednesday at 1:00.

SCHEDULE CHANGE – Our weekly mass will be celebrated on Mondays at 8:15, not Thursdays as previously communicated.

Never hesitate to call or email me regarding your son or daughter with questions or concerns.  I am here for you both! 

More formal homework will be given this week - Thanks for checking the planners each night and signing them.  We are working hard on getting and staying organized.  We are off to a great start!  Have a WONDERFUL week!

Please keep our military, their families, our country, and the people of Afghanistan in your prayers.

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Posted on Aug 25, 2021

Welcome Back 2021! Our Future is BRIGHT!!!

Posted on Aug 25, 2021
 Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 216!  I hope you all had a wonderful SUMMER and are ready for the 2021 -2022 school year!  I am very excited to be part of your child's education and enjoyed being with all 18 students today!  We are off to a fantastic start!  We will be spending the remainder of this week and next getting used to and learning new routines while covering most subject areas!  All of this may take a little time, effort, and perseverance – but we will get there!!!  I know that third grade can be a big adjustment for some students, please know I am here for you and your child!  If you have any questions or concerns - just send me a note or email (msefcik@sjfschool.us), and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I am really looking forward to a terrific year and getting to know your awesome kids and families better! 

Below I have included a detailed note about what you can expect this year in third grade!!! 

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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Third Grade at St. John Fisher! We are so excited for the new school year and the new growth that will be sure to happen over the next nine months in your child's height, weight, and KNOWLEDGE! We understand that this school year will have unique challenges, but together we know we can be successful and have a great year!  We are so excited to have air conditioning!  WE ARE READY!

MATH - We use the GO MATH series. We know it can be rigorous, but we also know that the core of our Math curriculum is the same as it has always been. Students will become effective problem solvers by first understanding math concepts. Fluency in the basic facts of addition and subtraction are essential in math. Please continue to work at home on this skill. Multiplication and division mastery will be our goal by the end of third grade. They need to know how to use computation skills and how to apply appropriate problem solving strategies. How do we accomplish all of this??? With a lot of hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes! Anything you can do to encourage and assist your child in building their "real life" Math experience is greatly appreciated!

Reading - We will be exploring weekly stories, articles, passages, and read alouds that incorporate lessons in vocabulary, phonics, spelling, fluency, literacy skills, comprehension, extended response, and writing with our school-wide Reading series, Into Reading. All students will have a consumable book and will use a notebook in Reading class. Several novel studies and independent reading will also be included throughout the year.  Accelerated Reading tests will also be assigned weekly in the coming weeks.  More information will follow.  Third graders are shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.

English - In third grade, grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech will be covered. Writing and writing and more writing will play a vital role in all subject areas. We will be working on opinion pieces, narratives, and informational types of writing. Simple informative research reports will also be assigned later in the year.

Spelling – Our Spelling lists contain words that coincide with our reading program.  Spelling tests will be given every Friday. Cursive practice using our spelling words will also be incorporated in each homeroom.

Science/Social Studies Science and Social studies will be taught during each trimester, however they will not be taught at the same time. We will begin with a Science unit and when completed, we will move on to Social Studies. This format will continue for the duration of the year. Third graders love learning about animals, matter, geography and our city, Chicago, among other topics.

Religion - The goal of our Religion program is to learn and understand more about our Catholic faith and values using our book Blest Are We, Faith In Action.  We are excited to celebrate weekly mass together on Thursdays at 8:15 with Fr. Ken. 

Homework - Homework will be written in the student planner each day. Students are being taught to use this planner as an important tool for success in and out of the classroom. Please check your child's assignment notebook daily and sign it.  Independence is our ultimate goal, but for now the kids need guidance from home and school.

Chromebooks - A new and exciting change for third graders is that each student will be given a Chromebook computer allowing us to be 1:1. The Chromebooks will not be available at the start of the school year, but will be distributed as soon as possible.  Since our students will be working with these devices, all third grade students will be using a Google account and email address. Each homeroom teacher has created a Google classroom. Students will receive their log- in information and code for their homeroom during the first few weeks of school.  More information to follow as it becomes available. 

Specials -Students will participate in five weekly specials; Art, Library/SEL every other week, Computer, Gym, and Art.

Teacher Communication - Please feel free to email us with questions or concerns. We will be using our Google accounts so both students and parents can e-mail us directly.

Mrs. Sally Caulfield - scaulfield@sjfschool.us

Mrs. Therese Regnier - tregnier@sjfschool.us

Mrs. Margie Sefcik – msefcik@sjfschool.us

In conclusion, we will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year. Third grade is a year of transition from the development of skills to the development of independence. It is a time for students to begin to assume responsibilities for their education and become life-long learners, but they definitely still require positive reinforcement from school and home. Please review the Friday Folder each week with your child and respond to your child’s weekly correspondence in their Friday Letter notebook.  It is really the best method to monitor your child's progress. Please check out our Third Grade Blogs and up-coming Classtag for information. Thank you in advance for all of your cooperation and support. We look forward to a year like no other!

WE.CAN.DO.HARD.THINGS.

The Future Is Bright at SJF!

Sincerely, the Third Grade Team

 
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