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Mrs. Therese Regnier, Third Grade

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Hi! My name is Therese Regnier, and I LOVE 3rd graders. This is my thirty-first year here at St. John Fisher!!!  Wait - What???  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!  Last February a sweet little puppy joined my family, Gertie Girl has changed our lives!  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, fun, fantastic year!

Week of January 17th 2022

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 218!  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 Friday.  Kids should be reading EVERY day for at least 20 minutes.  Verbs 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!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of January 10th 2022

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 three times a week to help build their confidence and skill in the basic facts of multiplication and division.  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. We will also read together the book, Stone Fox, one of my all time personal favorites.   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!  PLEASE GOD! 

Special Lunch - Tuesday

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

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January 5th 2022

Posted on Jan 06, 2022

Happy Happy 2022!  I hope this New Year is a year filled with love, peace, health, and hope! I’m sure some of us will be a wee bit tired tomorrow, and others will be filled with energy – an interesting mix for sure!  I imagine the holidays were wonderfully spent while honoring old traditions and creating new ones as well.  Tomorrow we begin a short two day school week to get back in the swing of things.  All we can do is do our best and support each other during these crazy Covid days.  I cannot wait to see the kids – They were missed!  Thanks to all for the incredibly generous, thoughtful Christmas gifts - 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! Let’s see what we can do in 2022!  WE GOT THIS!!

NEW YEAR PRAYER

Week of December 20th 2021

Posted on Dec 20, 2021

Well – Here we are, the last few days of school in 2021!  We made it, and I am so incredibly grateful and proud!  I’m thankful that we made 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!  Hold these kids tight this holiday season – feel the lovewonderexcitement, and joy as I am blessed to do every day I’m with them!  They are 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 218 on Thursday January 6th 2022! God Bless You All!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of December 13th 2021

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 218.  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 three to four times a week to help build their confidence and skill in the basic facts while having fun.   We are taking a break from our reader and together read the novel, The Chocolate Touch.  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!

Thought for the Week:

78 Greatest Christmas Quotes - Most Inspiring & Festive Holiday Sayings

 

 

Week of December 6th 2021

Posted on Dec 06, 2021

Happy St. Nicholas’s Day - The 12 School Days of Christmas Begins! I hope we continue to stay happy and healthy! We have a busy week planned here in Room 218. Our new Spelling list contains words with the “aw” sound – test Friday. 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 play adapted from a Native American myth. In English we will work on verb tenses and a special writing activity. We will continue to review multiplication patterns and strategies in Math as we begin Chapter 5.  The kids did an AMAZING job on the C4 test last week.   Ecosystems and adaptations will keep us thinking in Science. We really enjoy learning all about food chains.  The second candle will be lit on our Advent Wreath, and we will celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday. There is much excitement in the air! Have a Wonderful Week!

*An A/R or Book Report is due by Friday morning – Please let me know if your child needs any help completing this weekly assignment.

Thought for the Week:

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Week of November 29th 2021

Posted on Nov 29, 2021

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was full of love, gratitude, relaxation, a few good sales, and a bit of decorating to brighten these dark nights - I know there is much to be thankful for in this ever changing world of ours.  This week will be busy - Only three weeks and 2 days until Christmas break.  We will begin Reading the story Gigi and the Magic Ring – Our skill focus will be on elements of drama and Theme - We have a lot of fun reading these stories aloud.  Our new Spelling list contains words with ou and ow spellings – test Friday.  In English we will be wrapping up our noun unit and begin a few writing activities while sprinkling in some verbs past – present – and future.  We will put aside Social Studies for now and living things in ecosystems will keep us busy in Science.  The kids love learning about food chains and adaptations.  We will continue with Multiplication and using the facts to solve problems and patterns during Math class – The Chapter 4 assessment will be given by the end of the week.  PLEASE continue to have your child practice facts daily for best results.  Today we will make Advent wreaths to be shared at home - Please find a special place to hang it and reflect often with your third grader on the real reason for the season.  I am one grateful teacher for YOU and your cool kiddos!  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!

Don't Forget - Accelerated Reading Test is due by Friday Morning!

Wednesday is a 1:00 Dismissal.

Thought for the Week:

33 Most Beautiful Advent Wish Pictures

 

Week of November 22nd 2021

Posted on Nov 22, 2021

Happy Monday – I was thankful for another mild November weekend.  We have only two days in school this week before our Thanksgiving break. We will work on facts of 8 and 9 in Math, read The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, complete our “Thankful” Journal, practice possessive nouns, celebrate mass with Fr. Ken and attend the Thanksgiving prayer service among other things.  Despite the short amount of time, we have plenty to do.  There are NO tests or an AR due this week.  Enjoy the small break! Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday as I can be in the “presence” of my family without all the busyness and presents of Christmas – It’s the calm before the chaos. We truly have so much to be grateful for!  Thank you for all of your kindnesses 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!

Thought for the Week:

Thanksgiving Quotes to be Inspired By| Skip To My Lou

 

Week of November 15th 2021

Posted on Nov 15, 2021

Good Morning!  Happy Monday – I hope you all enjoyed the chilly weekend in some relaxing 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.  On to this week - 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.  I know it's not always easy, but together WE GOT THIS!  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 possessive nouns which can be tricky and reviewing grammar 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.  The kids did a great job on the test last Friday.  Multiplication facts will be reviewed in Math - Thank you to all who are making sure Reflex is done at least three times a week at home – I’ve personally seen the confidence this program brings 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! 

Thought for the Week:

Good Week Quotes

Week of November 8th 2021

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 so 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 in 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 Pilgrim papers are due tomorrow - Please be sure to return the notes and sloppy copy.    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.

Thought for the Week:

100  Veterans Day Messages and Quotes | WishesMsg

 

Week of November 1st 2021

Posted on Nov 01, 2021

I hope you enjoyed the Halloween weekend and all the fall festivities –November days are here!  Multiplication concepts have begun in Math, and the kids are doing a great job!  So far, So good!  PLEASE continue to encourage nightly practice as I am here in school as well.The Chapter 3 Test will be given at the end of the week.  In Reading we will read The Flag Maker and focus in on character traits, sequence, and text structure.  Our new spelling list contains J, K, and KW sound words – test Friday.  We will continue working on nouns in English and will work on some historical fiction writing and poetry over the next few weeks.   The study of the U.S. Government will continue in Social Studies – This unit goes along perfectly with our Reading stories.   Accelerated Reading or a book report is due by Friday – Remember all third graders should be reading for 20 minutes each night.  Today we celebrate All Saints Day with an all school mass, and tomorrow is All Souls Day!  Thank YOU again for the SJF raffle ticket!  I think it’s a winner!  

***Thank You to everyone who contributed to our Halloween fun!  We really appreciated all the candy treats.  We loved the movie, The Witches, on the “big screen”.  I hope there weren’t too many nightmares!

Wednesday, November 3rd is a 1 p.m. dismissal for all-students due to our Faculty In-Service! Students will have REGULAR LUNCH periods so be sure to pack a lunch.

That’s it for now – Have a wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of October 25th 2021

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 218!  We will take a break from the regular Reading and Spelling series.  Instead, we will have a spooky spelling list (test Friday) and focus on finishing up the novel, The Witches during 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 – I really am begging here - 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 nineteen ghoulish kids and one scary teacher!  We will celebrate throughout the day and watch the movie, The Witches, as a class.  Please let me know if you do not want your child to participate.   We will spend time comparing the book with the movie.   That’s it for now  - Have a “BOO”tiful" week and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Special Lunch Order due Wednesday

AR due by Friday   

Thought for the Week:

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Week of October 18th 2021

Posted on Oct 18, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed the bright, beautiful fall weekend!  Thankfully we are back to a regular five day week and have a lot to accomplish here in third grade!  We will be wrapping up chapter 2 in Math by the end of the week.  Our test is scheduled for late this week or early next week – we will follow a similar routine as we did for chapter 1.   I am available to help out the kids before school most days if need be – Just please 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 with flashcards – I will also be switching to the multiplication/division operations in Reflex soon. The study of combining simple sentences and nouns will keep us busy in English.  In Reading we will begin our third module – Let Freedom Ring.  Our first story is informational text called The U.S. Constitution - Our skill focus will be on central idea and text structure.  We will be shifting from Science to Social Studies – We will learn all about The U.S. Government – this will be a nice supplement to our reading stories over the next few weeks.  Our new spelling list contains words with three letter blends – Test Friday.  Safety Drills will be gone over on Thursday, and we will be celebrating an all school mass on Friday.  Students may be out of uniform for a dollar to support Autism Speaks on Friday as well.  Students are encouraged to wear blue and bring in a $1.  It was awesome seeing so many people at the October Fisher Fest last Friday and so many families at mass on Sunday!  Our FUTURE is indeed brightHave an awesome week!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of October 12th 2021

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 enjoying the stories in our new series and feel challenged by all the figurative language.  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 will continue in Science - A simple life cycle project was sent home last Thursday and is due today, if an extra day is needed please return by Wednesday.  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 began the first chapters in the Roald Dahl novel The Witches last week.  My favorite thing from Thursday was when several students begged to bring the book home to read over the weekend.  I LOVE 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!

Thought for the Week:

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Week Of October 4th 2021

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 NO spelling list or 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 honestly seeing improvement each week!  The kids are performing well, and their abilities and confidence are growing stronger. Together, as a class, we will begin the Roald Dahl novel The Witches.  My hope is that we can read a chapter or two over the next few weeks as an extra opportunity to enjoy an awesome book.  Life Cycles and Inherited Traits will continue in Science.  Subjects and Predicates 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.

Thought for the Week:

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Week of September 27th 2021

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 218 as we welcome October on Friday!  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 an amazing 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.  YOU ARE THE BEST!  That’s it for now!  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.

Thought for the Week:

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Week of September 20th 2021

Posted on Sep 20, 2021

Happy Monday! I hope Homecoming Weekend was wonderful for ALL, I continually hear the “EIEIEIO” chant in my brain!  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.  Goals we need to work on overall as a class are blurting out answers, speeding up our transitions from one subject to the next, and becoming the best listeners we can be.  We’ll get there, and every day we ARE getting better!  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 more 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 each night.  Making flashcards for vocabulary and essay 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.  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!

Thought for the Week:

50 Fall Quotes to Celebrate the Beauty of the Season | Southern Living

 

Week of September 13th 2021

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 incredibly PROUD of the kids and what they are achieving 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, and 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!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT is TONIGHT and I look forward to seeing YOU!

Homecoming will be celebrated on Saturday – LET’S GO FALCONS!  We have fun, out of uniform, theme 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.

Thought for the Week:

a good person quote – Colorly Love

 

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 getting the hang of being a third grader!  We have a short but busy week here in Room 218!   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 begin note taking 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 one day be.  It’s been an extremely busy back to school week and a half, but we are making tremendous strides.  I could not be more proud of these sensational students!

Friday is Fisher Spirit Day and our Gym day! 

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

Thought for the Week:

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Week of August 30th 2021

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  - Hopefully we will lose some of the humidity this week!  Things are transitioning well here at SJF and in Room 218!  I have loved meeting all the remarkable kids in Regnier’s Room, and I am truly impressed with the kids and what they are accomplishing in such a short period of time!  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 strategies, rounding, estimating and review 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 – Join us if you would like.

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!

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Welcome Back 2021! Our Future is BRIGHT!!!

Posted on Aug 25, 2021

Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 218!  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 19 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 (tregnier@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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