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Mrs. Therese Regnier, Third Grade

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Hi! My name is Therese Regnier, and I teach 3rd grade. This is my twenty-eighth year here at St. John Fisher!!!  I honestly have no idea how that happened???  I am so fortunate to teach at such an amazing school with the best students and families!  I am married to Joe and have two boys, or rather,  young men named Kevin and Jack who are Fisher alums!  I also have a sweet “dogger” named Cece!  I grew up on the Southside and graduated from St. Linus, Mother McAuley, and St. Xavier University. I love teaching, reading, music, spending time with family and friends, and the Cubs (I won’t cheer against the Sox though as my boys are true Sox fans)!  I am looking forward to meeting you all.  I know we are going to have a fabulous year!

May 20th 2019

Posted on May 20, 2019

Happy Monday and believe it or not, Happy Last Full Week of school this year!  Please God, bless us with good weather on Wednesday - Blue skies and sunshine preferably!!  We are excited about the field trip this Wednesday, chaperones please be here by 8:00 and wait down by the office.  The buses will be here as soon as they can, and we will hit the road as early as we are able to – Our architectural tour on the Seadog is scheduled for 10:00.  The field trip is the highlight of the week, but we’ll be busy working every other day.  We will begin reading I Survived the Great Chicago Fire while also reading The Wild Robot.  We will finish up working on time and measurement in math with a test scheduled for tomorrow.  We begin our spelling review with units 6 and 12 in the book.  Adverbs will keep us busy in English, and Chicago facts and presentations will be interesting in Social Studies.  The Chicago reports are all looking amazing, and I’m looking forward to reading them.  Thanks for your assistance in this project; the kids seemed to really enjoy learning more about people and places in Chicago.  Have a good week and don’t forget no school Monday.  Happy Memorial Day!  – I’ll see many of you on bright and beautiful Wednesday (fingers-crossed)!

Thank You – Thank You – Thank You for ALL the birthday well wishes, gifts, treats, and ALL your help in throwing the biggest confetti party ever held in a classroom!  My heart is FULL and I am BLESSED!

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May 13th 2019

Posted on May 13, 2019

Happy Monday!   I hope all of the moms enjoyed a relaxing Mothers Day yesterday and you all had a great weekend!  Thanks for all the sweet teacher appreciation last week!  I am seriously one lucky teacher and am so blessed to spend time with your awesome kids!  We have a busy, FULL week here in third grade.  We will be working on compound words in Spelling.  We are almost up to The Great Chicago Fire in the history of Chicago and will really enjoy learning the details of this disaster and how it shaped Chicago.   Don’t forget Chicago Reports are due on Friday. We will finish up pronouns and take the Unit 11 Test later this week.  We will be using the “time” in Math to continue our work on “time” and measurement.  We are getting there!  We will also begin a novel study on The Wild Robot as a class.  It’s hard to believe there are only 19 school days left and only 2 more Mondays after today – There’s A LOT to get done – I hope to use this time well and productively!  Don't forget we do have a make-up school day on Friday – I think that’s it for now!  Have a wonderful week!

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May 6th 2019

Posted on May 06, 2019

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine this weekend!  We needed it!  Congrats to all our first Communicants – I heard it was beautiful! We have a busy week here in Room 218.  We will read Leah’s Pony in Reading with a review on Plot.  We will continue working on measurement in Math.  A few students struggle with elapsed time – any extra practice you can give them with that will help them build a stronger foundation with the concept.  Keep it real – ask them questions about their own schedules and day.  We will continue working on pronouns and some writing in English.  Chicago’s history is on the agenda in Social Studies.  The Chicago Report directions were sent home last week in the Friday Folders.  The final project is due Friday May 17th.  Please edit your child’s paragraphs and report to ensure that they are following directions and writing complete paragraphs with at least 8 sentences.  This is a skill we have been working on all year.  I really appreciate the help with this.  A blank white cover sheet was also sent home to be used for their collage, and the kids are responsible for presentations as well.  They were excited to research the person and place of their choice.  May Crowning hosted by our 8th graders is set for Friday - always so exciting to see the 8th grade class in their last official leadership role in SJF.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of our moms this upcoming Sunday who give and do so much.  God Bless You All – Have a wonderful day!  I think that’s it for now!  Have a fantastic week!!


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April 29th 2019

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

Happy last few days of April and first day of May on Wednesday!  I cannot believe it!!!  We are entering the last full month of the school year, and May is always one of the busiest months of the year!  We will be busy in class this week learning about the history of Chicago, reading More Than Anything Else, talking about author’s purpose, and wrapping up Unit 9 fractions.  Time and Measurement will be covered next in Math – Pronoun lessons along with some writing will be done in English.  We will also soon start learning how to say the rosary, so please send in a rosary with your child that will be kept in school by Friday.  ***We have special lunch on Wednesday with Buona Beef on the menu.  Thank you for getting the field trip form and money in  – we are all set for May 22nd  with 117 of us sailing on the Chicago River!  Start a few prayers now for great weather!!  Please God!!  Have an awesome week!  April showers Bring May flowers!

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April 25th 2019

Posted on Apr 24, 2019

Welcome Back from what seemed like a LONG Spring Break!  I hope all were able to enjoy valuable time with family and friends,   We will ease back into the regular routine here today and tomorrow as we begin to wrap up our last six weeks of school - This. does. not. seem. possible!  Have a great few days!

April 8th 2019

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Happy Monday!!!  Happy last week until Spring Break!!! I imagine we are ALL looking forward to some time off to spend with family and friends and hopefully some sunshine!  I’m so proud of the kids and their hard work on the Aspire tests last week – As much as I value how the tests help us determine in what areas we need to drive our school curriculum – I’m glad testing week is OVER!  This week we will work on comparing and ordering fractions in Math.  In Social Studies we wrapped up our lessons on government - A study guide went home last Thursday and the test is this Thursday.  We will be reading Chibi – A True Story From Japan while reviewing fact and opinion.  A special Easter Spelling Unit will be completed, a few writing activities are planned for English, and The Stations of the Cross will be reflected on in Religion.  We will be busy!  There is an Easter service scheduled for 1:00 on Friday to remember the final moments in the life the Jesus and God’s great love for us.  It sounds like many wonderful things are planned for the kids during the break, I hope you all enjoy the time off from the regular routine!  I will see the kids back here on April 25th!  Happy Easter!!!

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April Fools Day 2019

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Happy First day of April and Happy Monday!  Testing week is here, and we will begin the Aspire tests tomorrow!  On Tuesday we will take the Reading Portion of the test and continue with testing for the remainder of the week.  Math will be taken on Wednesday, Language Arts and Writing on Thursday, and Science on Friday.  As testing is only about 65 to 75 minutes a day, we will continue on with our work in Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Spelling with slight changes to the normal routine.  Our specials have been changed a bit for the week due to testing – Please have kids wear gym uniforms on Wednesday AND Thursday.  I know I have smart, hard-working kids here in Room 218!  These tests give only a snapshot of their capabilities.  All I ask is that they take the tests seriously, read carefully, listen, and do their best.  We have been working hard!!  We got this!!  Have a wonderful week!  Send positive thoughts our way!

Field Trip Money Due Friday!

***Please be sure your child has 4 or 5 sharpened #2 pencils and a good eraser!

***Studies show a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast help improve thinking!

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March 25th 2019

Posted on Mar 25, 2019


Happy Monday!! I hope you felt signs of Spring on Saturday – unfortunately not so much yesterday.  Time “marches” on here in third grade with another busy week! As many of  you know, next week is my favorite week in the year!!!  Testing week!!!  Said No Teacher Ever!!!  No Matter – it will soon be here, so we will be doing a lot of “test prep” this week.  Kids can expect reviews in Math, Reading, and English while we continue on with our everyday curriculum.  In Reading we will wrap up The One and Only Ivan which we loved and spend the rest of the week doing prep work for the Aspire.  We will finish up adjectives in English with a test given later in the week, most likely Thursday.  A review test will be sent home to help prepare. Fractions will continue to keep us thinking in Math.  We will conclude chapter 8, and a math test is scheduled for Friday.  Branches of Government will be the main topic in Social Studies.  The kids seem very interested in our government – who knows – we might have a future mayor, governor or president in our midst!!  We will also begin a Stations of the Cross booklet in Religion as we begin to prepare for Easter.  Have a great week! 

***We will be testing next week (April 2nd – 5th) – Kids will need 5 new #2 sharpened pencils and a new pink pearl eraser.  Thank You!

***Favorite baseball shirts on Thursday for MLB Opening Day!

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March 18th 2019

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Happy Monday!  We have many tired wee folk here in class today who all seemed to enjoy the parade yesterday - The sun coming out made it a beautiful day!  I also want to thank everyone who participated in the mass!  Truly amazing and beautiful – couldn’t be more proud of the kids!  We have a busy week here in third grade.  We will continue reading The One and Only Ivan while discussing story elements.  Work on adjectives will be done in English with a test given sometime next week.  We will also continue writing practice for the Aspire test.  Fractions will be the focus in Math.  In Social Studies we will begin our lessons on U.S. government.  In Religion we will reflect on the Stations of the Cross.   I think that’s all the news as of right now – Have a wonderful week – Happy St. Joseph’s Day tomorrow – Kids can wear a touch of red.  We celebrate the first day of Spring on Wednesday  – Thank You, Jesus!

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March 11th 2019

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Happy Dreary but warming up Monday – Fingers crossed for a week of outdoor recess!  Congrats to all those who braved going bald on Saturday night!  What a beautiful way to show support for ALL those battling cancer, especially kids.  Let’s always keep them in our prayers.  We have a very busy week here in third grade.  We will begin the novel The One and Only Ivan in reading.  Adjective lessons will continue in English along with more practice writing for the Aspire test.  The kids did an incredible job on the Science test last week, and now we move our focus to U.S. government for a few weeks in Social Studies.  We will be challenged in Math as we begin our work on Fractions.  With a little hard work and perseverance, we can do this!   Many students will practice for the 9:15 St. Patrick’s Day Sunday mass throughout the week.  They are looking forward to being part of this beautiful Irish ceremony and wonderful way to kick-off the parade day.  More details will follow soon about meeting time and attire. Have a fantastic week; enjoy the parade if you’re attending!

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March 4th 2019

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

Happy Monday!!!  I hope you all were able to enjoy the weekend that never seems to have enough time!  We have a learning filled, busy week here in third grade as we begin the third and final trimester of the year!  I hope it’s the BEST one yet!!!  Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday.  Our Lenten journey will also start on Ash Wednesday with an all school mass at 1:00.  It’s a good time to reflect on what we can do to better our lives to become closer to God.  Moving forward, the kids are doing a great job on division – This week we will focus on two step word problems and the order of operations.  The test will be given on Thursday.  The biggest area of concern is reading and understanding the word problems – we will get there with effort and thinking.  We will begin the study of fractions next.  We have a Science test on Changes in Matter scheduled for Friday; a study guide will go home today.  Adjectives, articles, synonyms and antonyms will be reviewed in English.  We are also writing a paper on St. Patrick.  The Women Who Outshone the Sun will be read in Reading – another beautiful story reminding us of kindness.  Students will be invited to participate in the 9:15 St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday March 17th – Look for a note soon.  We are looking forward to being part of this beautiful Irish ceremony and wonderful way to kick-off the parade day.  We’re also looking forward to The St. Baldrick/Celtic Dinner festivities this Saturday.  Who’s shaving their head???  As you can read – This is a week full of activities, prayer, and learning – Make it a good one!

*Mardi Gras Dress Down and dancing on Tuesday.

**Special Lunch Wednesday.

**Out of Uniform for St. Baldrick's on Friday.

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February 25th 2019

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Happy Monday Morning! It was so awesome to see so many out in support of “Get Behind the Vest” Campaign on Sunday in Kane Hall despite the wind!  We absolutely live in an amazing neighborhood!  We have a lot planned this week in third grade as we end the second trimester this Friday – Can you believe it?? We will be reading One Grain of Rice which is always a favorite of the kids, and we will focus on the skill of comparing and contrasting.  Division will be continued in Math along with the order of operations, but we will continue to review all previously taught lessons too. The students have been telling me, “It’s so easy!”  I think all their hard work on Reflex helps them feel so confident in division.  Science will keep us busy as we learn and talk about physical and chemical changes in matter and the water cycle.  We will work on more writing this week in English and also introduce the unit study on adjectives.  Report Cards will be distributed next Wednesday – We are almost 2/3 of the way done with third grade.  Starting next week in the third trimester chapter books in the student’s reading zone are expected for Accelerated Reading – The kids have been told about this for the last several weeks.  Again, 20 minutes of reading each night outside of the regular homework is essential for the kids to meet this requirement and helps them build stamina.   I sincerely thank you for your help and support in this assignment.  We survived February – March is right around the corner!  Have a great week!

*Special Lunch forms due Wednesday.

**God Bless our Second Graders on their First Reconciliation on Wednesday.

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February 19th 2019

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Happy Tuesday Morning!  I hope you all enjoyed the three day Presidential weekend.  We have a lot planned for this short week here in third grade. We will be discussing cause and effect while reading the story Thunder Cake in Reading.  Area and Perimeter will be tested in Math and Division will be picked back up later in the week. Matter will continue to be the lesson in Science, and we will keep busy as we learn and talk about physical and chemical changes in matter and the water cycle over the next two weeks.  We will begin prepping for the writing portion of the Aspire test this week in English after we finish our compare/contrast papers.  The kids will be writing personal narratives with different prompts – this is a skill we will practice over the next several weeks.  Thank You to my sweet, wonderful class for all the love and treats last week on Valentine’s Day!  I’m a lucky lady!!!!  Don’t forget to come out and support the “Get Behind the Vest” Campaign in Kane Hall on Sunday if you’re able to!  Have a wonderful week!

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February 11th 2019

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine spotted over the weekend and noticed it’s staying lighter longer!  We’re back to the cold and clouds today – hopefully we’ll create our own sunshine in Room 218!  We have an extremely busy week here in third grade as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.  We will be reading Sam and the Lucky Money while focusing on Setting.  We will continue measuring Area and Perimeter - Overall the kids understand the concepts, but have to remember those details in their final answers – inches are very different from square inches.  We are mostly on track for timed tests – mastery of the basic facts is pivotal for the kids – please take advantage of the REFLEX program!  The students using it 3 times a week are soaring with the facts!!!  We will continue the study of Matter in Science - solids, liquids, and gases - OH MY!  The Unit 9 test (Verb Be) will be taken in English on Wednesday,  and we will be writing a compare/contrast paper as well on two famous presidents.  Kids may bring in a wrapped treat and Valentines on Thursday if they can/want to (There are 19 students) - we will have a small party to end our day!  They may also be out of uniform with a $2.00 contribution to Special Olympics!  Our very own Ms. Fahey will be taking the Polar Plunge soon to raise money for this great cause.  I think that’s it for now – Have a Lovely week!

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February 4th 2019

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

It sounds like lots of people had some luck at Super Bowl happenings yesterday - Awesome!  There are many sleepy third graders here this morning who watched the “entire” game!  Happy Monday!  We have a busier than usual week ahead of us here in third grade – we’re catching up from last week!  Watch out on our spelling list this week – there are several homophones, so kids need to be aware of spellings and meanings.  We will continue working on our Geometry skills in Math – specifically perimeter and area.  We will wrap up Social Studies and begin the study of Matter in Science.  Contractions, suffixes, and writing will continue in English – We’ll take the Unit 7 test early next week.  Ananse's Feast is our story of the week in Reading - We will focus on the Theme of the story as we read.    I have a small request - if you have a few minutes to review your child's homework at night, please take a moment to look at the quality of work they are turning in.  Some students are forming bad habits with the type of work they're doing at home.  I talk with the kids constantly about being proud to show what they know and always doing their best. It's that time of year where gentle reminders might come in handy.  It's a long road with homework with more serious consequences the older they get.  Thanks for your help and understanding!  Have a wonderful week!!!

***Special Lunch Wednesday - Bourbon Street

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January 27th 2019

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Happy Monday!!  Happy last few days of January – Thank You Jesus!!  I wonder what this week’s weather has in store for us!  Moving on – Thanks to all who were able to stop in yesterday at Open House!  It was wonderful to see you and your families!  It’s hard to put into words how very fortunate I feel to be your child’s teacher!  We have outstanding, kind, smart, enthusiastic, AWESOME kids!  I’m blessed to spend a good portion of the week with them, and I thank you for choosing St. John Fisher!  I truly know the sacrifices you make when choosing Catholic Schools!  I agree with Mrs. Nash from yesterday's homily – we are better together!  Now for the week at hand – We will be reading Your Dad was Just Like You with generalizing being our skill focus.  Geometry lessons will begin in Math, and we always keep multiplication and division in mind.  We will be wrapping up American history in Social Studies, and the 'verb be", contractions, and suffixes will be discussed in English.  We will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week and St. John Fisher with a few fun activities sprinkled throughout the week (full details are on the web site).  

A Reminder: As our service project this week, we are collecting individual boxes of raisins for The Ronald McDonald House by Wednesday.  If your child participates in the service project, they may be out of uniform!    

 Out of Uniform Wednesday and Friday

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January 22nd 2019

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all enjoyed the extra day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  We have a very busy and exciting week here in third grade!  We will start the week off with reading the story Brave as a Mountain Lion with our skill focus being on visualization in Reading.  We will also finish the short novel Stone Fox.  We will take the chapter 6 math test on Wednesday and begin understanding Area and Perimeter in Math with continuous reinforcement of multiplication and division!  We will travel through time in Social Studies this week and next with U.S. Timelines and a few assessments on map skills and understanding the growth of the United States.  ***Animal Reports, Dioramas, and Presentations are due Thursday!!!  The kids have been working so hard on these - they should be turning in all parts of the reports listed on instructions - they should also be practicing their presentations nightly to give an exciting oral report on their animal. In English we will start work on the Verb Be and write a sweet "Family" paper.  Have a wonderful, peaceful, hopeful week!

Don't Forget Out of Uniform tomorrow - Dress like a Scholar - Supporting the Falcon Academic Team

PLEASE be sure to join us on Sunday at the 10:00 mass and Open House that follows from 11:00 - 12:00.  I want to thank you for all you do and the sacrifices you make to send your child to St. John Fisher! I know it’s not always easy! Thanks again and have a wonderful week! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

GO FALCONS!

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January 14th 2018

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

 

Happy Monday!  I hope you were able to enjoy the weekend in a warm and cozy way despite the winter cold and snow.  We have a busy week here in Room 218!  We will be reading the story Tops and Bottoms with our skill focus being on summarizing.  We also enjoy reading  Stone Fox together.  In Social Studies we will continue to discuss and review the growth of the United States while also talking about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.   Division strategies will be continued in Math. Writing practice and grammar work will be done in English, and today we will write our opening paragraph to our Animal Research Projects.  Please be sure to go through the Animal Project expectations with your child that will be sent home later today. Your guidance will definitely be needed as your child does this type of homework assignment for the first time.  ***Fact Sheet, sloppy copies, final paper, cover, project choice, and presentations MUST all be turned in by Thursday - January 24th for full credit.  The kids are really excited and sincerely love the final displays, if you have an idea or twist to the final project, let me know, we are always open to suggestions. Thank You again for ALL you do for your children!  They really are a spectacular group!  Have a wonderful week and don’t forget No School next Monday! 

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January 7th 2019

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is a year filled with love, peace, health, and hope! I’m sure some of us are a wee bit tired today, and others are filled with energy – an interesting mix for sure!  I imagine the holidays were wonderfully spent with friends and family and Santa was good to ALL – Today we jump right back into reality and routines and resolutions.  We will do our best to ease back into our weekly schedule!  We will be reading What Do Authors Do? while working on steps in a process.  We will also be reading the novel Stone Fox together  – a personal favorite of mine.   We will review multiplication and begin division in Math.  Please be sure to have the kids utilize Reflex at least twice a week to strengthen fact fluency.  As usual, an accelerated reading test is due by Friday.  Please encourage nightly reading – perhaps it can be a positive New Year Resolution!  We will spend some time working in Social Studies and talking about the history of communities and discussing Martin Luther King. Some writing and review will be the focus in English.  We will also continue work with animals.  An animal project/assignment will be sent home soon – later this week or early next most likely.  Thanks to all for the very generous Christmas gift from the class! I truly appreciated it, am so grateful, and know that I am a very blessed teacher with the best students and families!  Thank You for remembering me!  Don’t forget special lunch on Wednesday!   Have a happy and wonderful week!

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December 17th 2018

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Our last week of school this year (2018) . . . . Can you believe it?  My #1 goal this week is for us ALL to stay happy and healthy until break.   Although there is MUCH excitement and "busy"ness in the air – we do have work to get done in here!  In reading we will be finishing up The Chocolate Touch.  We have had some serious conversations regarding this book, and we love it.  We will continue to review multiplication strategies, and a test will be given over Tuesday and Wednesday - division will be the next topic in Math.  We read and learned all about changes in ecosystems in Science - That unit assessment will be given on Thursday – The study guide will be sent home today.  An English test on verbs is scheduled for Wednesday – a practice test will be sent home tomorrow.  We also have a few writing activities and things to “wrap” up as well. Cookies and milk will be delivered on Friday, and we will have a 12:30 dismissal before the two week break.  Join us for the 11:30 prayer service if you are able to.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!  Hold these kids tight this holiday season – feel the love, wonder, excitement, and joy as I am blessed to do everyday I’m with them!  They are an amazing group of kids, and I'm so lucky to be their teacher.  I will see the kids back in class on Monday, January 7th 2019.  God Bless You All!

***Ugly Sweater or Holiday wear on Thursday

***Sunday Best on Friday – Thank you S.O.A.R. for the cookies and milk too!

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December 10th 2018

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

9 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 218.  We are beginning a new novel study, The Chocolate Touch, in Reading.  We will continue to review multiplication strategies in Math.  I know we are all busy, but any extra time given to memorizing the basic facts truly benefits the student in the long run.  If multiplication is difficult, division will be more difficult - Some things never change.  PLEASE have your child work on Reflex Math at least twice a week to help build their confidence and skill in the basic facts while having fun.  We will also continue working on Unit 5 – Verbs - in English.  I will be doing assessment work with the kids here in school and the test is scheduled for next week (Probably Wednesday).  We will be reading all about changes in ecosystems in Science and taking notes for understanding.  Excitement fills the air - Christmas cheer is everywhere! Have a great week!

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!  During Mrs. Nash’s transition please know the Students are our first priority.  Thank you so very much for your patience and support!

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December 3rd 2018

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Happy first Monday in December!  Am I the only one struggling with the fact that it's even December and that Christmas is right around the corner???  Here in school, we have a shortened, but busy week!  We will be reading a paired text about Puffins, Penguins, and Pelicans that relates to last week’s story.  We will continue with multiplication in Math - we will be moving on to division sometime next week.  There are a few students who have a difficult time with basic facts - Nightly practice will make a difference for them.  Please look out for the timed tests; they are your best indicator if your child needs more practice at home.  The Chapter 4 test in Math is set for tomorrow and Wednesday.   The Science test is also set for Wednesday – Study guides went home last week.  Later we will begin reading, discussing, and taking notes on Changes in Ecosystems.  We will be reviewing verbs and helping verbs in English and creating an opinion piece of writing is also on the books.  We lit our first candle on our Advent wreathes, and we will continuously get our hearts ready for Christmas!  We are as busy as Santa's elves in Room 218!  Have a cheerful week!

*Special Lunch on Wednesday!

**No SCHOOL Friday – Faculty Inservice.

Thought For The Week:

This thought is in regards to a newsletter sent out by Jim Fornaciari.
All veteran teachers at SJF have formally been evaluated throughout our tenure as teachers. All documentation is found in our files that are located in the school office. 
Next, our school and teachers have also been evaluated and accredited by both the Archdiocese of Chicago and the State of Illinois Board of Education.  These evaluations were completed by selection committees and direct teacher evaluations were part of this process.
 For the importance of improving ourselves as educators, we understand that the new evaluation, introduced to us during this current school year, is part of our own growing professionally in our classroom. We, as a staff, are dedicated to improving our craft. We look forward to understanding the Danielson evaluations.
 I was asked to be on the first team to be evaluated so that I would then assist other teachers in uploading all needed documentation.  This was a request that I fully accepted and found challenging yet satisfying. 
I am half way through my evaluations and have embraced the opportunity to learn more about myself as an educator and enjoyed talking with other professionals in the community to better my craft. I hope that this helps to clarify any information that may have been previously presented to you.

Please know that I am committed as ever to your child and St. John Fisher.  I am available ANY time possible to discuss the needs of your child or any concerns you may have.  I am sincerely privileged to be your child’s third grade teacher, and I truly love each of my students and the SJF community.  Thank you for your kindnesses and support.

November 26th 2018

Posted on Nov 26, 2018

****Due to the Snow Day last Monday - We will be pushing back everything by one day - Science test next Wednesday and Math test pushed back to next week as well!  Thanks for your patience and understanding.

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was full of love, gratitude, relaxation, a few good sales, and a little bit of decorating to brighten these dark nights!  This week will be busy, but we are glad to be back in school to learn even more!  We will be reading Nights of the Pufflings – main idea and supporting details will be our skill lesson for the week.  We will also incorporate a paired text and some supplemental work as well.  Again, besides this weekly story, children should be reading for at least 20 minutes every night.  In English we will begin a few writing activities while also working on verbs past – present – and future.  We will be wrapping up Ecosystems in Science later this week; a study guide will be going home Wednesday with a test scheduled for next Tuesday!  We will continue with multiplication for a short time in Math, if all goes well, we will aim for the chapter 4 test on Friday - Division is right around the corner and Reflex is already getting the kids started on that.  We will also make Advent wreaths to be shared at home in school later in the week. Please find a nice place to hang it and reflect often with your third grader on the real reason for the season.  It was very nice meeting with all of you last Monday!  They are lucky kids!  This really is such a smart, energetic, and fun group of kids to teach, I am so thankful for each one of them and for everything YOU do to help with their school success.  Have a wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:

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November 19th 2018

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

Welcome to one of the shortest school weeks of the year, if not the shortest! We have half days today and tomorrow with 11:30 dismissals. I look forward to meeting with you at parent teacher conferences later today.  We will continue with multiplication,  some Thanksgiving poetry, and a bit of Science.  There is a Thanksgiving prayer service set for tomorrow at 10:30. Know you are most welcome! As with many people, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! It reminds me of the calm before the storm, a chance to be in the “presence” of my family without all the “presents”. I hope you all enjoy a beautiful holiday and find much to be thankful for! God Bless!

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November 12th 2018

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Happy Monday!  Happy first day of the second trimester! Happy Veterans Day Observed - This week is calm, but we will be busy here in Room 218 before the Thanksgiving break that kicks off next Tuesday!!  We will continue working on paired texts and “Close” reading in Reading.  Math facts and strategies of Multiplication (Unit 4) will continue in Math - Please pay close attention to how your child is doing in math fact practice and on timed tests.  If more practice is needed, that’s okay. In the long run your child benefits from knowing the basic facts within three or four seconds.  We will begin our Action Verb unit in English, and I will be introducing past, present, and future tenses of verbs this week.  We’re back to Science, and ecosystems will be discussed – The kids did awesome on the Geography test in Social Studies last week .  As you know, the first trimester ended last Friday. Yikes! Time flies when you’re having fun. Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday!  Conferences are set for next Monday afternoon and evening.  You picked your conference times via an email that was sent by Mrs. Reed - please call the office if you did not receive that email or if you have any questions.  Please also be reminded that accelerated reading tests are to be completed by Friday morning.   A few of the kids have been unprepared. They think they can get their reading done here in school and that is not always possible.  Third graders should be reading for approximately 20 minutes every day outside of school. Research shows that the benefits of this are HUGE for our children. I will also be raising the reading level to a 3.0 book or higher for the second trimester. I am encouraging chapter books. Thanks!  Have a great week!  I'm looking forward to meeting with you all next week!

Thought of the Week:

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November 5th 2018

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and the extra hour of time - We are entering November with positive energy and thinking!  I want to congratulate the third graders for being the Church Champions once again!  We loved our visit from Fr. Ken with Krispie Kream donuts to boot!  Way to Go and Thank You! Multiplication continues in Math!  Timed tests will start later this week.  We will begin with the facts of 0 - 1 – 2.  The students are given two minutes to complete 25 problems, and the results will be used as part of the math grade.  I know this can make some kids nervous, but I explained to them that it’s a great tool to figure out what facts they need to work on and which ones they have mastered.  It’s ok if we need a little time to get to mastery.  These timed tests will continue throughout the entire year.  Please take advantage of the Math Reflex program.  It’s an awesome tool for the kids to use to improve mastery of both multiplication and division.  In Reading we will be reading informational text in a story called, Tornado Alert.  Our skill lesson will focus on using context clues.  We will also be including some paired texts to work on integration of knowledge and ideas.  We wrapped up our Nouns Unit in English last week and will use this week to work on some historical fiction writing and poetry.   An open notebook Social Studies test is scheduled for Thursday – a study guide will be sent home today.  God bless our veterans everyday and especially this Sunday - November 11th.  If you know a veteran who would like to come to a special prayer service on Friday at 1:15, Please be sure to invite him or her - an email with details was sent.  Friday is the last day of the first trimester - Can you believe it??  Report cards will be distributed next Wednesday!  FYI – Accelerated Reading levels for the second trimester should be at a 3.0 or higher.  Have a wonderful week!

***Special Lunch on Wednesday!

***Thank You to Mrs. Stanley for the Halloween treats and help for our party!  We really appreciated it!!!

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October 29th 2018

Posted on Oct 26, 2018

Happy Monday and Happy Halloween on Wednesday!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of the students’ spooky, creative, school appropriate costumes.  The kids may also bring in a wrapped treat if they want to.  Then suddenly it’s November! Yikes!  It’s hard to believe that the first trimester is wrapping up in a few weeks.  Multiplication skills will continue in Math with our Chapter 3 Test taking place later in the week.   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 or 4 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.  We will continue work with Danger – Icebergs in Reading.  We will be taking the Unit 3 test on Nouns in English on Tuesday – English books will go home today along with a take home test.  Maps and Geography will continue to be our focus in Social Studies.  I’m hoping to give an open notebook test next week.  Thank you to Mrs. Stanley for helping with our Halloween party set for Wednesday – Always an exciting day!  Don’t forget – All Saints Day mass Thursday at 1:00 – Feel free to join us.  Have a SPOOK -tacular week!

October 22nd 2018

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Wow! What a beautiful weekend we had despite the cold temperatures and wind!!  I hope you were able to enjoy the splendor and beauty of Fall!  We really enjoyed our first Prayer Partner mass with the sixth graders last Friday - What a nice way to kick-off our weekend.   On to this week - We have a busy week here in third grade before the Halloween holiday next Wednesday!  We will read a second book by Roald Dahl, The Magic Finger, in Reading.  We will spend time comparing and contrasting two stories written by the same author. The students will also be reading Danger Icebergs independently during the week and working on fact and opinion.   Learning will continue to multiply in Math, and we will continue talking about different multiplication strategies.  Again - I cannot stress the importance of knowing the basic facts inside and out.  Every child is different, and the amount of time needed to master the facts will depend on your child.  I encourage everyone to practice nightly to help meet this goal.  Maps and Geography will continue to be our focus in Social Studies.  Students need to practice spelling and identifying the location of the seven continents and oceans – there will be a quiz later this week. (It’s in their notebooks.)  Our English test on Unit 3 will be sometime next week – I’m hoping Tuesday.  Possessive nouns can be challenging, there is a difference between cat, cats, cat’s, and cats’.  Next Wednesday we will be celebrating Halloween in class. A wrapped treat may be brought in - there are 19 children in Rm. 218. Students may be out of uniform and wear orange and black or costumes.  Please keep them simple and appropriate for school.  We will be having a party in the afternoon - Thank you, Mrs. Stanley for the help in organizing the big event.  Have a wonderful week!!

 

October 15th 2018

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was a nice break from the normal routines.  We have a full and busy week here in third grade!  We will complete a chapter 2 “Performance Task” today and start multiplication concepts tomorrow in Math!  The kids are so excited for this next big building block in Math.  PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE – I really am begging here - to have your kids practice their facts nightly!  Knowing the facts up-side down and right-side up will greatly benefit your child in all future math concepts.  Taking the time now when they're excited to learn them is vital.  A contract will be sent home later this week regarding the importance of math fact practice.  It should be returned the following day.  We will be spending the next few weeks discussing geography in Social Studies.  We will also begin working as real estate agents in English as we prepare to sell a haunted house (We didn’t get to this last week).  Common, proper, singular, and plural nouns along with possessives will also keep us busy.  In Reading we will be wrapping up The Witches and later reading another book by Roald Dahl to compare and contrast two different stories written by the same author.  We are excited to be attending an all school mass with our prayer partners on Friday at 1:00 p.m. – Please feel free to join us!  Thanks for all you do to assist and support your child in regards to school!  They are really performing well and are making great strides toward independence daily, but they definitely still need our help in getting there.  That’s it for now!   Have a fantastic week!

***SMILE – Picture Day is on Tuesday!!!

***Book Orders are due Thursday if interested.

October 9th 2018

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you were all able to enjoy some family time over the long weekend after the events on Friday.  I want to take a moment to commend your children for being absolutely amazing in a difficult situation.  I could feel their uncertainty and fear, but they all went along with every direction, and I’m proud of them.  I’m sad sometimes that we have to take these necessary measures to keep our kids safe.  I pray daily for PEACE.  On to the week at hand -   We will continue to work hard here in third grade!  Things are moving along, and the kids seem to be getting “the hang” of how things go.  Hooray with the accelerated reading!  Most kids are doing great, and I’m excited to see all the chapter books being read!  Remember kids need to take one test each week and should read at the level they feel successful at!   We will be wrapping up chapter 2 in Math.  Our test is scheduled for Friday if there are no interruptions.   I am available to help before or after school most days if need be – Just let me know.  Multiplication is up next!  The kids are excited to MEMORIZE those facts!  Please start with the 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - and 5 facts!  We are wrapping up unit 2 in Science, and the kids will be tested on Thursday (I’m giving an extra day as our class was cut short on Friday).  Study guides went home last Thursday!  We will then shift to Social Studies with our first lessons talking about communities and geography.  Nouns will continue in English.  It gets a little tough when we start talking about singular and plural possessive nouns – suddenly apostrophes appear everywhere, so we’ll be on the lookout for that.  We will also write a descriptive paper on selling a spooky haunted house that will carry over into next week.  In Reading we will be reading Guys From Space and discussing realism and fantasy while continuing our work with The Witches.  My favorite line from the week was when one student stated that, “This is the best book I’ve ever read!”  I LOVE IT!  Thanks for all you do for your child in regards to school!  I know the Math series can been challenging, but I'm honestly seeing improvement each week!  We will get there, the kids are performing well, and their abilities are growing stronger.  Have a great week! 

Go Math!  Log In Information:

We are pleased to be able to provide all K-5 parents access to the “Go Math” electronic student edition, interactive student edition, and various other videos and online manipulatives to support the series.

Go to www-k6.thinkcentral.com

Select your state (Illinois), district (Archdiocese of Chicago), and school (St. John Fisher School).  Check “Remember my school.”

Enter the child’s username and password.

Please keep a record of your child’s username and password, which are configured as follows:

Username: first initial, last name, 2-digit year of graduation @sjfschool.us.

For example, a third grader’s username might look like this:

msmith24@sjfschool.us

All students have the same password:  password

Let me know if you have any problems logging on. 

 

October 1st 2018

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Happy Monday – Happy October!  Way to Go, Falcons!  I heard Homecoming was fun even though we didn’t get the Ws we were hoping for in 5/6 -7/8!   Things will be moving along here in third grade!  In Reading we will be reading the classic novel by Roald Dahl – The Witches.  We will work on different reading strategies and incorporate story elements throughout the novel.  Graphing review, problem solving, and line plots will be done in Math. Multiplication is right around the corner (Chapter 3) so bringing that to your child’s awareness would be helpful to get us started.  We have been talking a lot about life cycles in Science.  Students will be given a study guide later this week and a test on chapter 2 is scheduled for next Wednesday – October 10th.  Again, nightly review of the study guide is the best way to prepare for the test.   Flashcards and practice writing out the essays is very helpful.  They are doing well with life cycles and seem to have a good grasp of the lessons we are learning.  A simple life cycle project will be sent home tomorrow and will be due on Thursday.  “All about Nouns” becomes the topic in English over the next few weeks along with some Halloween writing activities.  Please know that I am usually available before and after school in the classroom if your child needs any extra help with concepts learned in school – Just send me an email so I know they will be here.  That’s it for now!  Have a terrific week!

Reminders:  Picture Day has been postponed.  New date will be announced                             soon!

                     Special Lunch Wednesday – Baraccos.

                     No School Monday – Happy Columbus Day!

 

September 24th 2018

Posted on Sep 23, 2018

WOW!  What a weekend!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous!  I hope you were able to enjoy it in some way!!!  WELCOME FALL!  We have a week filled with learning and activities here in third grade!  I can't believe we’re in the last week of September.  In Reading we will be reading Fly Traps – Plants That Bite Back while working with some additional Informative Text.  Our skill lesson will focus on graphic sources and text features.  In Math we will be taking our first test on Tuesday.  We will spend today reviewing for the test.  Later we will begin Chapter Two - Representing and Interpreting Data while we continue to review addition and subtraction with regrouping.  A few kids would benefit from extra practice at home with subtracting across zeros - It's a difficult concept.  We wrote awesome four paragraph papers about growing and changing last week.  I have a classroom full of authors!  Thanks for your help with the cover which was due today.  This week we’ll write Fall poems in English, and we will also begin our study on nouns.  The kids did a FANTASTIC job on the Science test last Friday!  Thank you for helping them develop study skills at home - the study guide is the key to performing well on these tests.  We will begin Chapter 2 - Living Things Grow and Change and focus on life cycles.  Friday is Fisher Spirit Day!  Good Luck to our Falcons as we celebrate Homecoming on Saturday!  PLEASE encourage your child to read at least twenty minutes every night and to be ready for A/R tests by Friday morning - Thanks!  I think that's it for now!  Have a wonderful week!

*Special Lunch forms due Wednesday.

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September 17th 2018

Posted on Sep 17, 2018
 

September 17th 2018

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

It sounds like Fisher Fest was one for the books!  What a fantastic weather weekend!  I’m sure the kids had a blast and will be pretty tired today - I wonder how long that will last!  Although we have been in school for a while, this is only our second full week - so despite feeling a little groggy, we have a busy week filled with fun and learning!  We will be finishing up our first Reading unit on Friday.  Our last story is Allie’s Basketball Dream, and we will be focusing on character traits.  We will be also finishing up our first unit in Math.  A test is scheduled for early next week – probably Tuesday.  This series is very heavy on word problems - PLEASE take a minute, or two, or ten to go over your child's homework.  I am available most mornings for extra help if needed.  We continue looking at living things in Science and will finish up this unit today.  A study guide will be sent home tomorrow.  It directly relates to our test scheduled for Friday.  The kids have not taken a test like this before, so I strongly recommend reviewing every night.  Making flashcards for vocabulary and questions always helps.  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.  The kids did a phenomenal job on our Unit 1 test in English last Friday – I’m so proud of them!  We will now focus on writing a four paragraph paper and a poem about Fall!  I don't need Fisher Fest for my head to spin - we have a jammed packed week!

 

September 10th 2018

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Happy Monday – today and every day may we PRAY FOR PEACE in our hearts, in our families, in our communities, in our country, and in our world as we never forget the events of 9/11.  I hope you all enjoyed the Fall like weather over the weekend!  We have a short and busy week here in Room 218.  We will do our best to stay focused on school work as Fisher Fest becomes a reality on the parking lot.  Our Spelling unit will focus on the short u sound - test Thursday.  Herbie and Annabelle is the story of the week, and our focus will be on cause and effect.  We will continue reviewing rounding, addition, and subtraction in Math.  This series has a lot of word problems, so kids may need a little bit of guidance in that department.  Sentences and context clues will keep us busy in English.  We should be wrapping up that unit this week and taking a test on Thursday.  Remember one A/R test is due each week by Friday morning (this week Thursday).  The key to getting this done is reading at home for at least 20 minutes each night, and being ready to test by Thursday morning.  Friday is a free day in celebration of Fisher Fest.  Thanks again for checking the planners each night and signing them.  We really are off to a great start!  Have a wonderful week!

Room 218 reached their goal of $60.00 - ALL may wear Red White and Blue in honor and remembrance of September 11th.  Thank You for your generosity!  

September 4th 2018

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and had time to relax!  I sincerely loved meeting with you last Wednesday night!  Thanks to all who came out!  Things are transitioning well here in Room 218!  I am truly impressed with the kids and what they are accomplishing in such a short period of time!  We have a short and busy week coming up here in third grade!  We will be reading Anthony Reynosa – Born to Rope in class while working on author’s purpose in Reading.  Sentences, subjects and predicates will keep us busy in English.  Addition strategies and review will continue in Math.  I’m happy to report that mostly everyone improved on the second timed test - another one will be given on Friday.  Every day we get a little better!  Organisms will be the topic in Science and we will begin note booking.  We will be celebrating our first all school mass on Friday at 1:00 pm – Please join us if you’re able to.  Don’t forget – the first Accelerated Reading test is due by Friday.  A note regarding the AR program was sent home last week in the Friday Folder.  Thanks in advance for your support with this weekly requirement.  Never hesitate to call or email me regarding your son or daughter with questions or concerns.  Thanks also for checking the planners each night and signing them.  We are off to a great start!  Have a wonderful week!

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August 27th 2018 - Welcome Back!

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 218!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are somewhat ready for the 2018-2019 school year!  I am very excited to be part of your child's education and enjoyed meeting all 19 students last week!  We are off to a fantastic start!  We will be spending most of the week getting used to and learning new routines while covering all subject areas!  This may take a little time, effort, and perseverance – but we will get there!!!  Don’t forget that Thursday is Pre K - 4 Open House starting with an important general parent meeting at 6:30 in (the air-conditioned) Church.   We promise the parent meeting will only be about 30 minutes in length.  Afterwards you are welcome to meet the teachers in third grade for a quick presentation at 7:00, 7:20, and 7:40.  Please try to make this night a priority.  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 (tregnier@sjfschool.net), and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I look forward to a terrific year!  Below I have included a detailed note about what you can expect in third grade.  Take a few minutes to look it over when you have the time.  Have a wonderful week and don’t forget NO school on Monday – Labor Day – Enjoy it!! 

*I told the kids it was okay to bring in a water bottle for the week due to the heat!

**Please keep Fr. Purtell in your thoughts and prayers.

August 2018

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 have much to accomplish!  At this time we would like to take the opportunity to share a quick glimpse of what you can expect regarding the 3rd grade classroom curriculum, schedules and procedures.

MATH – We use the GO MATH series - We know it can be challenging, 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.  They should already be fluent in the basic facts of addition and subtraction - multiplication and division mastery is the 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!  We will be incorporating manipulatives, extensive practice, technology, review, and nightly homework to help build the foundation for all future math classes.  We will also be preparing the students how to explain and show their work using the A.C.E. method in Math to help prepare us for the Aspire Test that will be given later in the year.  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, fluency, literacy skills,  comprehension, extended response, and writing.  All students have a workbook and will use a notebook in Reading class.  Students will have Reading homework 2 to 3 nights a week.  We will be spending a great deal of time teaching the students how to use the S.L.A.M. method in responding to questions about their reading (reState question – Locate evidence – Add to the idea/Make a conclusion).  A weekly reading test or assessment will be given with the focus being on vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing.  Several novel studies and independent reading will also be included throughout the year.  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 – Each week your child will receive a new spelling list containing 15 unit words, 5 challenge words, and 5 core curricular words for a total of 25 words.  Spelling tests are given on Fridays.

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. Third Grade will attend mass each Wednesday. As students have just made their First Communion, Sunday mass attendance is strongly encouraged.  Please be the one to inspire and enhance your child’s relationship with God!

HOMEWORK – Homework is written in the assignment notebooks each day. Students are being taught and are responsible to use the notebook every day.   Please check your child’s assignment notebook each night and sign it.  When homework is incomplete or missing, students are held accountable immediately by losing minutes at recess depending on the assignment. You will be notified when your child is missing homework. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if there are any homework related problems. Outside of formal homework, your child should be reading 20 minutes nightly- this cannot be stressed enough for personal reading growth!

ACCELERATED READER – Each student is required to take at least 1 accelerated reading test each week at their reading level. This does count as homework and as a reading grade.

DISCIPLINE – The discipline policy this year is based on a demerit/ detention system. The students have been told how the program works, and you will always be informed when discipline problems arise. We appreciate your support in all disciplinary actions.

SPECIALS –

Monday- Library/Art

Tuesday- Spanish

Wednesday- Mass

Thursday- Gym

Friday- COMPUTER

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 guidance from school and home.  Please be sure to review the Friday Folder each week with your child. It is the best method to monitor your child’s progress. Also be sure to check out our third grade blogs for weekly information. Thank you in advance for all your cooperation and support.

Sincerely, The Third Grade Teachers - Sally Caulfield, Therese Regnier, and Mary Ellen Schiavone

 

 

 

August 18th 2018

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Enjoy these last few days of Summer vacation!  Get a good night sleep on Monday (if you can)! - I can't wait to see you all on Tuesday morning at 7:50!   We are going to have a great year!

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