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Hi! My name is Therese Regnier, and I teach 3rd grade. This is my twenty-ninth 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 26th 2020

Posted on May 26, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a most marvelous Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed the sunshine!  Here we are – the last two weeks of third grade!  I truly cannot believe this roller coaster of a year is wrapping up.  We are so close to the finish line!  Please use this week to finish up any missing work, to complete the final assignment on Seesaw, and to be sure your child's independent ARs are taken.  They should have at least 3 independent reading tests completed in May.  Be sure to check PowerSchool for missing assignments and the “Book Shelf” in AR to see what your son or daughter might need to complete in Reading.  I have included supplemental DRIPS for Math (I’m a big believer if you don’t use it, you lose it.) and Reading should continue to be done daily for at least 20 minutes.  I am so thankful for all your help and support over these past several weeks.  This is not the way I hoped we would be ending the last 2 weeks of third grade, but I could not be prouder of the kids and the way they have persevered through this!  Again DO NOT HESITATE to reach out to me for ANYTHING!  I am here for your child and I am here for you!  Here is this week’s overview:

Monday, May 25

Happy Memorial Day!  Enjoy your day off!

Tuesday, May 26

Final Friendly Letter – Today on Seesaw, you will be writing a letter to your classmates and teacher about some of your favorite 3rd grade memories. Make sure to carefully follow the directions and check Seesaw throughout the week to read your classmates letters. Don’t forget to like and comment!  DRIPS

Wednesday, May 27

*Please make sure all missing work has been completed and turned in!

Optional:

Read a book
Take an AR
DRIPS
Reflex

Thursday, May 28

*Please make sure all missing work has been completed and turned in!

Optional:

Read a book
Take an AR
DRIPS  
Reflex

Friday, May 29

*Please make sure all missing work has been completed and turned in!  

Optional:

Read a book
Take an AR
DRIPS
Reflex

We will have our weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesday at 10:00!

Be sure to be on the lookout for important information and updates regarding the last days of school.

Thought for the Week:

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May 18th 2020

Posted on May 17, 2020

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend despite all the rain on Sunday.  I continue to be so incredibly grateful for all the great work the kids are doing and to ALL my incredible parents who have been at their side on this entire journey.  They and I could not have done this without you.  SO I thank you again for simply being the BEST!  Below you will find the plan for remote learning week 9. Please let me know if you have any questions or if any help is needed for the work assigned.  Be sure to check PowerSchool and turn in any missing work if possible.  We are nearing the end of remote learning, continue to keep up the hard work. Let's finish STRONG! We started this together and we will finish together! 

Monday, May 18th

Spelling: Unit 30 Review, complete workbook pages 197,198, and 199

Spelling: Pick 4 words from unit 30 and write one declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences using the spelling words. (Email a picture to your teacher) Please make the sentences are at least 8 words, use detail!

Reading: Read or listen to Floating Home and complete workbook page 132 (Mrs. Caulfield is reading this week!) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgl9c2MyaBw

Reading: Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes

English: Workbook pages 184 and 185 (Unit 5 Review) 

Math: Complete Chapter 8 Test review pages 499 and 500

Math: Monday DRIPS

Social Studies: Complete the Chicago-Pick a Place activity on Seesaw, this is intended to be complete throughout the week

Tuesday, May 19th

Spelling: Workbook pages 200, 201, and 202

Reading: Reread or listen to Floating Home and complete workbook page 133

Reading: Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes

English: Workbook pages 186 and 187 (Email a picture of both pages to your teacher) Unit 5 Test 

Math: Complete Chapter 8 Test Review pages 501 and 502

Math: Tuesday DRIPS

Wednesday, May 20th

Spelling: Unit 36 Review, complete spelling workbook pages 235, 236, and 237

Reading: Reread or listen to Floating Home, and complete workbook pages 135 and 136 (Email a picture of both pages to your teacher)

Reading: Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes

English: Workbook pages 192 and 193 (Capitalizing Proper Nouns) 

Math: Complete Chapter 8 Test Review 503 and 504

Math: Wednesday DRIPS

Thursday, May 21st 

Spelling: Workbook pages 238, 239, and 240

Reading: Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes 

English: Workbook pages 196 and 197 (Abbreviations) 

Math: Thursday DRIPS 

Math: Make sure you have completed all of the Chapter 8 Review. Take a picture of ALL pages in the review and email to your teacher. 

Friday, May 22nd 

Use today to catch up on any work from throughout the week! Make sure you have emailed a picture of all required assignments to your teacher and have completed the Seesaw activity. 

Reading: Take and AR on a book of your choice (You should have taken at least 3 independent reading ARs by the end of the month.) 

Make time for prayer. Check out one of the many live stream masses available. Do something kind for someone else! 

Math: Reflex 3 times per week. 

We will have our class Zoom meeting on Wednesday at 10:00.  The link will be sent on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful week – Stay healthy and well - Happy Memorial Day next Monday!

Thought for the Week:

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May 11th 2020

Posted on May 10, 2020

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and that your hearts were full as we celebrated all our amazing moms on Mother’s Day.  Your kids are so lucky to have you!  Here we are again with another week of remote and e-learning.  I am truly proud of the kids and so thankful to you for all your help.  Please be sure to check PowerSchool and submit any missing work when possible.  It’s so important that the kids persevere these last few weeks.  Let me know if I can help in ANY way – I am here for YOUR CHILD, and I am here for YOU!  Have a wonderful week!

Zoom meeting Wednesday at 10:00 – I’ll send the link on Tuesday

If you have the time and are interested, I Survived The Great Chicago Fire is a very good historical fiction book with a lot of great information about that fire.  You may want to read along or listen to it with your child to discuss.

Here is the schedule for week 8:     

Monday, May 11

Spelling: Unit 18 Review, workbook pages 121, 122, and 123
Spelling: Pick 4 words from unit 18 and write one declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences using the spelling words. (Email a picture to your teacher) Please make the sentences at least 8 words – Think before you write!
Reading: Read or listen to The Extra-Good Sunday and complete workbook page 122

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou08gG9jddQ (It's Ms Psik this week)

Reading:  Read or listen to at least 20-30 minutes of  I Survived the Great Chicago Fire

English: Workbook pages 172 and 173 – Possessive Pronouns
Math: Workbook pages 487, 488, and 489 – Find Part of a Group Using Fractions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gfiNzS-P2I Use the link to help you with lesson 8.8

Social Studies:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akHDLKxUBfw

This week, we will be reading I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871. You can access the book through the link above, on EPIC, or on your own if you have the book.  Please try and listen to/read the story for at least 20-30 each day to ensure you finish the story by Friday and can take the AR.

Social Studies: Complete The Great Chicago Fire activity on Seesaw. This activity is intended to be complete throughout the week.

Tuesday, May 12

Spelling: Workbook pages 124, 125, and 126
Reading: Reread or listen to The Extra-Good Sunday and complete workbook page 123
Reading:  Read or listen to at least 20-30 minutes of  I Survived the Great Chicago Fire
English: Workbook pages 174 and 175 – Possessive Pronouns
Math: Math workbook pages 490, 491, and 492 (Email a picture of pages 491 and 492 to your teacher)

Wednesday, May 13

Spelling: Unit 24 review, workbook pages 159, 160, 161
Reading: Reread or listen to The Extra-Good Sunday, and complete workbook pages 125 and 126 (Email a picture of both pages to your teacher)
Reading:  Read or listen to at least 20-30 minutes of  I Survived the Great Chicago Fire
English: Workbook pages 176 and 177 – Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Math: Workbook pages 493, 494, and 495 – Find the Whole Group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWObNz8Wp7c Use the link to help you with lesson 8.9

Thursday, May 14

Spelling: Workbook pages 162, 163, and 164

Reading:  Read or listen to at least 20-30 minutes of  I Survived the Great Chicago Fire
English: SKIP pages 178 and 179. Complete workbook pages 180 and 181 (Email a picture of both pages to your teacher) – Contractions with Pronouns
Math: Workbook pages 496, 497, and 498

Friday, May 15

Use today to catch up on any work from throughout the week! Make sure you have emailed a picture of all required assignments to your teacher and have completed the Seesaw activity.

Take an AR on I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871


Make time for prayer. Check out one of the many live stream masses available. Do something kind for someone else!
Reflex 3 times per week!

Stay Well!

Thought for the week:

Positive Thinking Quotes 'Be Thankful Every New Challenge - Boom Sumo

 

 

May 4th 2020

Posted on May 03, 2020

Good MorningHappy May, Happy Monday.  I hope you were all able to enjoy the beautiful weekend weather.  The sunshine seems to always make things more bearable.  Thank You for emailing the assignments to me last week – I really appreciated being able to get back to the kids as soon as possible.  Please let me know if I missed anything in PowerSchool and feel free to send any missing work as well. 

The following is this week’s remote learning schedule.  Please note that I am available to you and your child every day -  Monday through Friday.  If your child needs to go over a page or a concept, wants feedback, or just needs a quick “hello”, please text me and we can set up a time to work together.  I am here for them and I am here for you!  Have a wonderful week, and a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to ALL my AMAZING MOMS next Sunday!

Monday May 4th

Spelling: Unit 6 review, workbook pages 45, 46, and 47

Spelling: Pick any 4 words from unit 6 and write one declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentence using the spelling words. (Email a picture to your teacher)  

Reading: Read or listen to Mailing May and complete workbook page 112.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWOYiCcPhk4 (Mrs. Regnier is reading this week.)

Reading: Pick a page! Choose any page from Mailing May (except page 314) and record yourself reading it aloud, upload to Seesaw. This is intended to be completed by the end of the week.

Reading:  Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

English: Workbook pages 164 and 165 (Object Pronouns)

Math: Workbook pages 475, 476, and 477 (Relate Fractions and Whole Numbers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWh48H2tm0&t=144s  (Math video to help if needed)

Social Studies: Complete the Chicago Seal activity in Seesaw. This is intended to be completed throughout the week. Make sure to complete parts 1 and 2!

Tuesday May 5th

Spelling: Workbook pages 48, 49, and 50

Reading: Reread or listen to Mailing May, and complete workbook page 113

Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

English: Workbook pages 166 and 167 (Object Pronouns)

Math: Workbook pages 479 and 480, complete page 478 for a challenge!

Wednesday May 6th

Spelling: Unit 12 Review workbook pages 83, 84, and 85

Reading: Reread or listen to Mailing May, and complete workbook pages 115 and 116 (Email a picture of both pages to your teacher)

Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

English: Workbook pages 168 and 169 (Using I and me - Take a picture of both pages and email to your teacher)

Math: Workbook pages 481, 482, and 483 (Fractions of a Group)

Thursday May 7th

Spelling: Workbook pages 86, 87, and 88

Reading: Make sure your pick a page read aloud is posted to Seesaw!

Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

English: Workbook pages 170 and 171 (Using I and me)

Math: Workbook pages 485 and 486 (Email a picture of both pages to your teacher)

Friday May 8th

Use today to catch up on any work from throughout the week! Make sure you have emailed a photo of all required assignments to your teacher and have completed both Seesaw activities.

Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

Take an AR on a book of your choice.

Make time for prayer. Check out on of the many live stream masses available. Do something kind for someone else!  Make a sweet card or craft for your mom for Mother’s Day!

Check out this link if you would like to take a virtual tour of Navy Pier!

https://interactive.wttw.com/navypier/tour

Thought for the Week:

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April 27th 2020

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

Happy Monday!  I hope you were all able to enjoy the sunshine on Sunday after a gloomy Saturday.  Thank you for dropping off the packets from our first few weeks last Monday.  I am going through the work slowly but surely.  The kids did an amazing job last week with their assignments, I was so proud of their poems and Earth Day projects!  I hope they continue to keep up the solid effort and quality work!  Please be sure to check Power School for any missing assignments, and let me know if you think I may have missed something as well.  We got this!     

The following is the week 6 remote learning plan: 

Parents, we need your help. If possible, could you please email your child’s assignments to us instead of uploading to Seesaw? We have found the work is easier to read and we can send back comments quickly to the students. This week we would like the following assignments submitted to us by Thursday, April 30th:

Reading workbook pages 105-106
English workbook page 163
Spelling Unit 35 ABC order
Math workbook 473-474

As always, please reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns.  We are HERE for you and are happy to help!

Mrs. Caulfield  Ms. Psik  Mrs. Regnier

Monday, April 27

Spelling: Workbook pages 228 and 229
Reading: Read or listen to The Piñata Maker on page 281 and complete workbook page 102.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mShXJrGlgUE
Reading: Steps in a Process; Upload a video of picture of something you created to Seesaw. This may include something you baked, cooked, a chore you completed, etc. Using transition words (Ex. First, second, then, last) describe 3-5 steps you took to complete this process. This assignment in not due until Thursday.
Reading:  Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: Workbook pages 156 and 157
Math: Watch the following videos and complete workbook page 467
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZaXtOHNh6s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLY9yRdBObQ
Social Studies: Complete the Chicago Flag activity in Seesaw, this assignment is intended to be completed throughout the week  

Tuesday, April 28

Spelling: Workbook pages 230 and 231
Reading: Reread or listen to The Piñata Maker, and complete workbook page 103
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: Workbook pages 158 and 159
Math: Workbook pages 468 and 469, complete page 470 for a challenge!

Wednesday, April 29

Spelling: Workbook pages 232 and 233
Reading: Reread or listen to The Piñata Maker, and complete workbook pages 105 and 106 (Email a photo of both pages to your teacher)
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: Workbook pages 160 and 161
Math: Workbook pages 471 and 472

Thursday, April 30

Spelling: Unit 35 ABC order on loose-leaf paper (Email a photo to your teacher)  
Reading: Make sure your steps in a process assignment is uploaded to Seesaw!
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: Workbook pages 162 and 163 (Email a photo of page 163 to your teacher)  
Math: Complete the Mid-Chapter Check on page 473 and 474 (Email a photo to your teacher)

Friday, May 1

Use today to catch up on any work from throughout the week! Make sure you have emailed a photo of all required assignments to your teacher and have completed both Seesaw activities.

Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
Take an AR on a book of your choice.
Make time for prayer. Check out on of the many live stream masses available. Do something kind for someone else!
Reflex 3 times per week! 
If you are interested, watch the Chicago Vacation Travel Guide to check out all the fun things Chicago has to offer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSwvg9Rv2EI

Please make sure that your child is checking off assignments once they have been completed.

Our Zoom meeting will again be on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. 

Have a great wonderful week!

 

Thought for the Week:

Pin on Quotes, Poems, Inspiration

April 20th 2020

Posted on Apr 19, 2020

Good Morning!  I hope that you were all able to enjoy the break from remote learning last week, and that you had a Blessed Easter.  Now that we know our new fate about returning to the classroom, I just wanted to say how very sad I am to that we won’t be able to finish the year together in Room 218.  Virtual or remote learning will never replace the love, the laughs, the learning, the smile’s on the kids’ faces, and the “Ah-Ha” moments that happen in the actual classroom, but we will all have to do our very best to accept the things we cannot change and work as hard as we possibly can to ensure learning continues to take place on a daily basis.  This may be a heartbreak for many of us, but it cannot be a break from doing what we need to do to end this school year successfully.  We got this!  I am here for your child and you in whatever way you may need.  PLEASE reach out to me via email, phone or text.  Let me know what’s working or not working.  How can I better help you or your child?  Remember I CARE about them and you all more than ever!

The following is Week’s 5 remote learning plan.     

Monday, April 20

Spelling: Complete spelling workbook pages 222 & 223 (Suffix ly)
Reading: Read through the 5 poems on pages 268-271 two- three times – have fun with it
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes 
English: Complete workbook pages 148 & 149 
Math: Complete Lesson 8.3 workbook pages 455, 446, and 457 (Fractions of a Whole)
Science: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Take a picture or video of yourself doing something good for our Earth and post to Seesaw. Picking up trash, planting flowers, etc. or make something old - new! Use recycled materials from your home and transform them into something new. Upload a picture to Seesaw. This project is intended to be completed throughout the week.

Tuesday, April 21 

Spelling: Complete spelling workbook pages 224 & 225
Reading: Choose your favorite poem from the 5 you read yesterday. Upload a video of yourself reading your favorite poem aloud to Seesaw and write two sentences telling why you chose this poem.
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: Complete workbook pages 150 & 151 (Take a photo of page 151 and submit to Seesaw or email to your teacher)
Math: Lesson 8.3 workbook pages 459 & 460, submit a photo of these pages to Seesaw or email to your teacher. Complete page 458 for a challenge!

Wednesday, April 23

Spelling: Complete spelling workbook page 226 & 227
Reading: Today is Earth Day! Create your own poem or find a poem about Earth Day. Upload a video of yourself to Seesaw sharing your poem. 
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: Complete workbook pages 152 & 153 
Math: Lesson 8.4 workbook pages 461, 462, and 463 

Thursday, April 24 

Spelling: Unit 34 ABC order on loose-leaf paper (Take a picture of your ABC order and submit a picture to Seesaw or email to your teacher)
Reading: Make sure you have uploaded your Earth Day poem to Seesaw!
Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
English: 154 & 155 (Submit a picture to Seesaw or email your teacher)
Math: Lesson 8.4 workbook pages 465 & 466, submit a photo of these pages to Seesaw or email to your teacher. Complete page 464 for a challenge!

Friday, April 25

Use today to catch up on any work from throughout the week! Make sure you have submitted a picture of all required assignments to Seesaw or emailed to your teacher.

Reading: Read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.
Take an AR on a book of your choice.
Reflex 3 times. 

Make time for prayer. Check out one of the many live stream masses available. Do something kind for someone else!

 

Please make sure that your child is checking off assignments once they have been completed. Again - If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! 

Thought for the Week:

Show up. Do the work. Get better. Stay positive. Do good. Keep ...

 

 

 

April 6th 2020

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

Good Morning and Welcome to week 4 of E/Alternative Learning for third grade!  It goes without saying how much I appreciate you all and miss the kids!

Here are a few key points and updates for the week.

*A drop off for weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 work has been scheduled for Monday, April 20th from 10-3.  All packets can be left near the main office doors. The students may use Spring Break to complete the work that has been given.

*Remember that the link to access Accelerated Readers is available on Kate Keller’s Blog. An AR is expected to be taken each week for a grade.

Students should use the following URL for access to Accelerated Reader. The screen that comes up should be the same one they are used to seeing at school. Tests may be taken on desktops or chromebooks but may not work on an ipad or other tablet.

Click on this link or copy/paste in your browser:

https://hosted104.renlearn.com/180523/default.aspx

*Reflex is expected to be completed until the green light is achieved, three times each week. Each green light completion will be worth one point in their math grade.

*Please check all special teacher Blogs for additional resources.

*Our third-grade students have worked extremely hard from August until this point. Please remind them it is very important to follow a daily routine to complete their work to the best of their ability and to reach out to us if help is needed. We are here for our students!

*God bless and stay safe!

Mrs. Caulfield, Ms. Psik, and Mrs. Regnier

Week 4

SpellingUnit 33; suffixes -er and -est. Complete workbook pages 216-219 and unit 33 ABC order on loose-leaf paper. Do a little bit each day.

Reading- Below is the daily reading schedule for week 4;

  • Monday- Read Chibi and complete reading workbook pg. 62
  • Tuesday- Reread or listen to Chibi and complete workbook pgs. 63, 65 and 66
  • Wednesday- Read Brave Irene and complete workbook pg. 72
  • Thursday- Reread or listen to Brave Irene and complete workbook pgs. 73, 75 and 76
  • Friday- Take an AR on Brave Irene and another one on a book of their choice

*Below is a link to access a video of Ms. Psik awesomely reading Chibi, if your child would like to listen and follow along - click on the link.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4hhtSTX5Ao

EnglishMonday-Thursday complete the daily language review, on Friday take the weekly language quiz.

MathDaily DRIPS, continue completing one worksheet per day in your math packet. Reflex times per week!

Social StudiesReread the Government packet and take the government test, you may use your packet for the test! Complete the Constitution word search if you would like.

ReligionContinue working on the Stations of the Cross packet. This week, students should reflect on stations 10-15 and color the pictures. You may or may not want to do all of the writing that is suggested. I leave that up to you and your family. Continue to color in the days to follow the last week of the Lenten journey.  Ms. Chermak has given excellent suggestions to make this week a special one in our homes and community. Thursday is Holy Thursday and Friday is Good Friday, make sure to keep the hours of 12-3 holy and most importantly, PRAYThink of all those who are sick, the brave first responders, and incredible frontline workers who are working tirelessly each day!

Sunday is Easter - Enjoy an Easter celebration with your family in the comfort of your own home.

Please make sure your child continues to check off the assignments once they have been completed.

Be sure to check Seesaw and complete any assignment not yet done and look for a new assignment to be posted on Tuesday.

I will also be sending a new link for our weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m some time tomorrow. 

Stay Well!

Easter Quotes – Quotes and Sayings

 

March 30th 2020

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Good Morning!  I'm thankful today for the shining sun!  I hope you are all staying healthy and doing well. I continue to miss you all so much and think about you all every day!  It was so incredibly awesome to see some of you during the faculty parade last Friday and again on Saturday for your packet drop-off.  Take a few minutes to review the new packet and go over the expectations.  Everyone is different and may be experiencing different feelings and emotions, PLEASE do what is best for you and your family.  We have broken the assignments down into two different weeks and have organized them in a day-to-day format.  We have tried to set a routine for the kids.  Please try to spend at least 2 hours on school work each day and stay organized and keep completed items in your Friday Folder.

Week 3

Spelling- Unit 32; Plurals change y to i.  Complete workbook pages 210-213 and Unit 32 ABC order on loose-leaf.  (Remember our chant?  Change the y to an i and add es - clap clap.)

Reading- This week we will dive back into our Reading hardcover.  I am asking your child to read two incredible stories;  More Than Anything Else and Leah’s Pony.  Both of these stories have incredible themes.  While reading ask your child to pay attention to the story elements (characters – setting – problem – solution – theme – point of view).  You may enjoy these stories as read alouds yourself. In addition to this just READ what makes you happy and what makes you think!!

*Students may take an AR on both of these books and should also take one on a book of their choice.

English- Monday-Thursday complete the daily language review, on Friday take the weekly language quiz.  Have your child WRITE in their journal.

Math- Continue with the Daily DRIPS and each day students need to complete one worksheet from the math packet. The pages are listed in the order on the assignment sheet. Please use Reflex at least 3 times per week! Many of you are so close to 100% fact fluency, YOU CAN DO IT!

Social Studies- We will continue our study on U.S. government. Complete the Three Rings of Government, Branches of Government, and Preamble  worksheets to the BEST of your ability.  Do what you can and have fun with this.

Religion- Begin working on the Stations of the Cross Packet. This week, students should color the cover and reflect on stations 1-9.  You may or may not want to do all of the writing that is suggested.  I leave that up to you and your family.  Continue to color in the days to follow your Lenten journey. PRAY and BE THANKFUL- Think of all those who are sick, the brave first responders, and incredible frontline workers who are working tirelessly each day!

Please make sure your child continues to check off the assignments once they have been completed.

Be sure to check on your Seesaw App as new assignments will be posted this week and to also respond to your classmates – If your child was unable to log on, please email me. 

Again, I cannot express enough to you all that I am here for you during this new reality.  It was so nice to touch base quickly with many of you on Saturday.  Together is how we will get through this

Take Care!  Stay Well!

Therese Regnier

Thought for the Week: 

Live For Today Quotes & Sayings | Live For Today Picture Quotes

March 24th 2020

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Good Morning – The March snowfall has left a beautiful blanket of white wrapped around our neighborhood.  I am hoping and praying that you are ALL doing well and staying healthy.  We will begin week two of alternate/e-learning.  I again cannot tell you how much I miss seeing and interacting with the students, hearing their voices and laughter, watching them make progress, and being a part of their energy and enthusiasm.  Remember, I am here if you should need ANYTHING!  I have loved getting emails from the kids – please have them (or you) email me whenever they want – I will get back to them/you  ASAP.  We’re all in this together!  Please be sure to check out our daily prayer on Instagram, Facebook or our web page.  Here are this week’s assignments.

Spelling- Unit 31 Spelling words; inflection endings -s and -es. Complete workbook pages 204-207 – 208 and 209 also if you’d like, unit 31 ABC order on loose-leaf, and unit 31 spelling cursive.  Pick out a few words and write sentences.  Try and write at least 1 declarative, 1 interrogative, 1 imperative, and 1 exclamatory sentence.  Put these on the back of your ABC Order. 

Reading-  Today you should read Chapter 10 of The Chocolate Touch and complete the sheet for that chapter  - On Tuesday read and complete Chapter 11 work, and on Wednesday Finish up the book and Compete the work.  On Thursday Write a summary of the book Using the Somebody Wanted But So Then strategy we use in school.  On Friday Take the A/R on the book – info on how to take these remotely are on Mrs. Keller’s blog.  Hope you’re also reading other books as well - I’d love to hear what you’re “Currently Reading”.   

English- Complete pages 148 and 149 in the grammar workbook, adverbs worksheet, and write a story about a time you accomplished a goal. Remember to start with a grabber, use as many details as possible, answer all the questions, and end with a conclusion!

Math- Complete Monday-Thursday Drips please do these daily, complete the Middle of the Year Test Do 2 sides a day, Complete the  Fractions Packet, and hop on Reflex at least 3 times this week!  I have been checking and it’s great to see how far some of you are getting! 

Social Studies- Read through the “Our Government” packet for a second time.  Highlight important information, take notes as you read,  Circle words you don’t know, Put a C by the things that you made a Connection with, and a ? by things you don’t understand.  Complete the Presidential Seal worksheet, make sure to follow the directions very carefully!  Watch the following School House Rock videos if you did not during week 1:

**Three Branches of Government
**How a Bill Becomes a Law
**Preamble
**See if you can find any other videos about our U.S. Government.

Religion- Complete the Lent activity sheet, color in the days to follow the Lenten journey and most importantly, PRAY!

Again, all of this information can be found on the assignment sheet that was sent home. Please make sure your child is checking off each assignment as they complete it!  Hang in there!  Talk Soon - Therese Regnier 

Thought for the Week:

 
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March 17th 2020

Posted on Mar 18, 2020
Good Evening - I hope this note finds you all healthy and well.  I'm still trying to wrap my head around what is happening in the world today.  I woke up this morning realizing that it was St. Patrick's Day, and that I truly wouldn't be seeing the kids in quite a while - it's hard to comprehend as I'm sure it is for you as well.  I just wanted to reach out and let you know that if you should need anything - please email me or have the kids email me.  I will be checking daily.  For my parents who are not teachers there is a website called Teacherspayteachers.com - many teachers around the country have posted free resources for students to have at this time to enhance learning or to do something extra if you are so inclined to look.  Please tell the kids in Room 218 that I'm thinking about them and miss their faces A LOT!  Read!  Reflex! Relax! Learn something new! Write! Get some fresh air!  Build something! Get Creative!  Keep a journal about how you're feeling!  Breath and do the BEST you can!  Here are week one's assignments:
 

Spelling- Unit 29 spelling words; contractions. Students need to complete, workbook pages 190-193, unit 29 ABC order on loose-leaf, and unit 29 spelling cursive. 

Reading- Read one chapter of The Chocolate Touch each day and complete the reflection sheet that goes along with it like we did the first 5 chapters. Please  be sure to read 20 minutes each day if not more and complete the book report by the time you return to school.  Mrs. Keller has put the link for Accelerated Reading on her blog, so take a test, or two, or ten!  Prizes for those students who get the most points during this time.

English- Complete section B on page 141 and pages 142-145 in the grammar workbook. Write a story about a time you lost something that belonged to you.  Remember to start with a grabber sentence - tell the story using as many details as possible, and make a conclusion. 

Math- Tuesday-Thursday DRIPS, reflex 3 times per week, chapter 8 lesson 1 in math workbook pages 443-448, and chapter 7 performance task, Habib's Pet Shop.

Social Studies- Read through the "Our Government" packet. Watch the following School House Rock Videos: 

  • Three Branches of Government
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Preamble 

Religion- Complete the Children's Worship Bulletin and make sure you are coloring in the days to follow the Lenten journey and above all else PRAY

All of this information can be found on the assignment sheet that was sent home on Friday. Please make sure your child is checking off each assignment as they complete it! 

Again - PLEASE reach out to me if you should have and questions or concerns.  We are stronger together!  

Take Care!  Sending you all much love, positive vibes, and well wishes!

Therese Regnier

 

March 13th 2020

Posted on Mar 13, 2020

Dear Families,

                I hope this note finds you all healthy and well.  What a strange time in our history!  As many of you already know, the Archdiocese has chosen to close schools temporarily starting next week.  With a heavy heart, but with understanding, the third graders will NOT be presenting the story of St. Patrick at Sunday’s mass.  Hopefully we will have another opportunity to show you their remarkable performance at a later date.  Thank you for your patience and grace as we try to navigate through these unprecedented times.  Please watch for news and updates from school.  Please have kids complete work on a daily basis.  I have instructed what should be done each week as best I could in such a short time to prepare.  Please email me with any questions or concerns at tregnier@sjfschool.net.  Again – Thank you for everything you do for your kids, our school, and our community.

Respectfully,

Therese Regnier       

March 9th 2020

Posted on Mar 09, 2020

I hope the loss of an hour sleep didn’t hurt too badly especially with that beautiful Sunday we had yesterday!  Happy Dreary but warming up Monday – Fingers crossed for another 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 Chocolate Touch in reading.  Adjective lessons will continue in English along with some practice writing for the Aspire test.  The kids did an incredible job on the Science test last week, and we now move our focus to U.S. government for a few weeks in Social Studies.  We will be finishing up Chapter 7 in Math and will hopefully take the test on Friday or early next week.  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!  Remember - NO SCHOOL MONDAY!  

* Fisher Falcon spirt-wear Friday! 

* Third Grade Hosting the 9:15 Irish mass on Sunday!

Thought for the Week:

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March 2nd 2020

Posted on Mar 02, 2020

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 and 2nd trimester conferences are available on Thursday if you would like to see me.  Please see your email to schedule an appointment.  Our Lenten journey continues, and I appreciate the time I have to reflect on what I can do better to become closer to God.  Moving forward, the kids are doing a fantastic job on division in Math – Later on we will focus on two step word problems and the order of operations.  The test will be given next week.  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 St. Patrick’s Day Parade mass on Sunday March 15th – 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!

**Special Lunch Wednesday.

**Fisher Falcon Spirit Wear on Friday.

Thought for the Week:

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February 24th 2020

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

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 – What a BEAUTIFUL day!  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 begin again in Math along with review of all previously taught lessons as well. The students usually tell 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 continue our study on adjectives. Our Lenten journey will begin 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.  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!

*Ash Wednesday Mass - 1:00 p.m.

**Early Release on Thursday - Faculty Meeting 1:45 p.m.

***Fisher Friday - Wear your Fisher gear over your uniform - Last day of the 2nd trimester.

Thought for the Week:

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February 18th 2020

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Happy Tuesday Morning!  I hope you all enjoyed the three day Presidential weekend – I love seeing the days getting longer each night.  Spring is near.  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 later in the week. Matter will continue to be the lesson in Science, and a test will be given on Friday.  A study guide will be going home today.  It is best practice for the kids to practice writing out their short responses so they are confident on Friday.  We will finish up our compare/contrast papers, write a letter to our Chicago police officers, and continue to work on adjectives in English.  We will pray for and create cards for our 2nd graders as they make their first Reconciliation on Wednesday night – Such a special time for them.   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!

*Special Lunch forms due by Friday

**Fisher Falcon Wear on Friday over the uniform

***Get Behind the Vest – Sunday – Kane Hall

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February 10th 2020

Posted on Feb 10, 2020

I hope you enjoyed 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!  In English we will be writing a compare/contrast paper on two famous presidents as we continue our work with adjectives.  Kids may bring in a wrapped treat and Valentines on Friday if they can/want to (There are 19 students) - we will have a small party to end our day!  I think that’s it for now – Have a Lovely week!

Thought for the Week:

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February 3rd 2020

Posted on Feb 03, 2020

It sounds like a few 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 – Happy February!  We have a busier than usual week ahead of us here in third grade – we’re catching up from last week’s festivities – SO MUCH FUN!!  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.  Adjectives and  writing will continue in English.  Ananse's Feast is our story of the week in Reading - We will focus on the Theme of the story as we read.  We will also be finishing Stone Fox.  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 turning in.  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!!!

****Out of Uniform Tuesday to support the American Cancer Society ~ Tuesday is World Cancer Day – Please Donate to this wonderful cause.

***Special Lunch Wednesday – Pops

**Don’t Forget Fisher Friday – You may wear ANY Fisher Gear with your uniform.

Thought For The Week:

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January 27th 2020

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Happy Monday!!  Happy last few days of January – Happy Catholic Schools Week!!   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 and I look forward to Fisher’s BRIGHT Future!  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 continue working on American history in Social Studies, adjectives in English, and wrap up our “Family” paper.  We will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week and St. John Fisher all week with a band concert, trivia, and a STEM project with our 6th grade partners to name a few activities planned.

 A Reminder: As our service project this week, we are collecting DIMES FOR DAIRY and any other loose change for “DIME WARS” to support local families in need.  Out of Uniform  -Friday

***Also as a school we are together working on a week of kindness.  Instead of doing regular homework, your child is expected to perform acts of kindness throughout the week and reflect on them.  A “Kindness” chart will be distributed today.  How wonderful it would be for our entire school family and their families to participate in random acts of Kindness as well.  The world could use a little more kindness!  Don’t you think?  Hearing about yesterday’s tragedy with Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and their friends hopefully reminds us that life is fragile.  Hug your sweet children every chance you get!

Have a spectacular week!!!

Thought For the Week:

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January 21st 2020

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

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 try to begin (again) the short novel Stone Fox.  We will take the chapter 6 math test on Thursday/Friday.  The kids have done really well with the concept of Division – again Reflex is a terrific tool to master the facts.  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 Tomorrow!!!  The kids have been working so hard on these and have shared so many fascinating facts about their animal.  I hope it was a positive experience at home as well.  They should be turning in all parts of the reports listed on instructions; cover (made in school), fact sheet, sloppy copy of their paper, final paper, and project of their choice  - they should also be practicing their presentations nightly to give an exciting oral report on their animal.  I cannot wait to see ALL the hard work and creativity.  In English we will start work on a sweet "Family" paper and begin talking about adjectives.  Have a wonderful, peaceful, hopeful week!

YOU'RE INVITED! 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 for EVERYTHING you do and have a wonderful week! I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

***We will be visiting the Book Fair next Tuesday from 8:50 - 9:35. 

GO FALCONS!

Thought for the Week:

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January 13th 2020

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

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 will also begin reading Stone Fox together.  In Social Studies we will begin 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. A Unit 3 test is scheduled for later this week in English – it will be all about verbs.  A take home test will be given.  Writing practice and grammar work will also be done.  Today we will write our opening paragraph to our Animal Research Projects so the kids have a clear understanding what the expectations are for the research paper.  Please be sure to go through the Animal Project directions with your child that was sent home in the Friday Folder last week. 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 Wednesday - January 22nd 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!  Enjoy! 

Thought For the Week:

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January 7th 2020

Posted on Jan 06, 2020

Happy New Year - Happy New Decade! I hope 2020 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 with 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 Science on changes in ecosystems which makes me think of Australia and the suffering happening there.  We will also continue work with animals.  An animal project/assignment will be sent home soon – later this week or early next most likely.  Writing and verb review will take place in English.  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!  Have a happy and wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:

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December 16th 2019

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

Our last week of school this year (2019) . . . . 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 One and Only Ivan.  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 will begin to read about changes in ecosystems in Science.  English will keep us busy as we continue to talk about verbs. 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 an 11:30 dismissal before the two week break.  Join us for the 10:15 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 6th 2020.  God Bless You All!

Thought for the Week:

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December 9th 2019

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

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 continuing working on our novel study, The One and Only Ivan, in Reading – It looks like The Witches has some competition.  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, and so on - 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 Verbs in English and finishing up a writing assignment.  I will be doing assessment work with the kids here in school and the test is scheduled for next week (Probably Thursday).  We will be reviewing ecosystems and adaptations in Science – a study guide will go home today for a test to be given on Friday.  Excitement fills the air - Christmas cheer is everywhere!   We celebrate the Immaculate Conception today at a 1:00 mass, and we will be wearing ugly sweaters and singing Christmas carols on Friday!  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! 

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December 2nd 2019

Posted on Dec 02, 2019

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!  Only three weeks until Christmas break.  We will begin reading the novel, The One and Only Ivan – it’s a fantastic story with a meaningful message.  We will be spending the next three weeks doing a novel study with this book.  In English we will begin a few writing activities while also working on verbs past – present – and future.  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  - Division is right around the corner and Reflex is already getting the kids started on that.  PLEASE practice daily for best results.  We will also make Advent wreaths to be shared at home - 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!

Special Lunch – Wednesday

Book Orders Due Thursday.

No School Friday – Teacher Inservice

Thought for the Week:

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November 25th 2019

Posted on Nov 25, 2019

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 and tomorrow.  We will take the Chapter 4 Math test over the next two days, work on some paired text with our story last week – The Nights of the Pufflings , and a bit of Science.  There is a Thanksgiving prayer service set for tomorrow at 10:30. Know you are most welcome!  Enjoy the five days off!  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!

Thought for the week:

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November 18th 2019

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

Happy Monday!  Happy first day of the second trimester!  This week is relatively normal, but we will be busy here in Room 218 before the Thanksgiving break that kicks off next Tuesday!! 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.   Math facts and strategies of Multiplication (Unit 4) will continue in Math, and we should be finishing up the chapter by the end of the week.  A test will be given on Friday or next week on the shortened days.  We will be taking our Noun test on Wednesday, and later we will begin our Action Verb unit in English.  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 already know, the first trimester ended last Friday. Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday!  Conferences are set for next Monday afternoon and evening and Tuesday afternoon.  You picked your conference times via an email that was sent by Mrs. Nash - 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.  I will also be raising the reading level to a 3.0 book or higher for the second trimester unless otherwise indicated or approved.  I am also encouraging chapter books. Thanks!  Have a great week!  I'm looking forward to meeting with you all next week!

Thought for the week:

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November 11th 2019

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Happy Monday!  Happy last week of the first trimester – I truly can’t believe it – Time is flying by and Happy Veterans Day!  This week is calm, but we will be busy here in Room 218.  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 to five seconds.  Thank you to all who are making sure Reflex is done at least twice a week at home – I’ve personally seen the confidence this program brings when used consistently.  A study guide will go home today for the Social Studies test that will be given on Thursday.  We will be wrapping up a few writing assignments and the study of nouns in English.    Please be reminded that accelerated reading tests or book reports are to be completed by Friday morning.   A few students have been unprepared. They think they can get their reading done here in school between subjects, 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 unless there is a special circumstance.  I am also encouraging chapter books.  Join us for the Veterans Appreciation Ceremony on Friday in church at 1:00 pm – So incredibly thankful for their service to our country and us. Thanks!  Have a great week! 

Thought for the Week:

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November 4th 2019

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

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 Varsity Football Falcons on a great win yesterday – it was better than watching the Bears!  Way to Go! 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 more informational text about tornadoes and introduce the story, Danger – Icebergs with our skill focus on fact and opinion.  We will also be including some paired texts to work on integration of knowledge and ideas which will carry over into next week.  We will be wrapping up our Nouns Unit in English and will work on some historical fiction writing and poetry.   Geography skills will continue in Social Studies, kids should be practicing the location and spelling of the seven continents and five oceans.  Only two more weeks left in our first trimester - Can you believe it??  Accelerated Reading or a book report are due by Friday morning.  Have a wonderful week!

***Special Lunch on Wednesday!

***Thank You to Mrs. Erwinski, Mrs. Curran, Mrs. Blake, and Mrs. Thuis for the Halloween treats and fabulous fun party!  We really appreciated it!!!

Thought For the Week:

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October 28th 2019

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

After a sloppy Saturday, I hope you enjoyed the spectacular Sunday.  Happy Monday and Happy Halloween on Thursday!  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 – there are 20 students in Room 218.  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 on Wednesday.   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.  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 the integration of knowledge and ideas.   Maps and Geography will continue to be our focus in Social Studies.  We will have a quiz or two on the seven continents and five oceans.  Spelling and location will be tested.  Thank you to Mrs. Erwinski for helping with our Halloween party set for Thursday – Always an exciting day!  Don’t forget – All Saints Day mass Friday at 1:00 – Feel free to join us.  Have a SPOOK -tacular week!  BOO!!!

 

October 21st 2019

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

Wow! What a beautiful weekend!!  I hope you were able to enjoy the splendor and beauty of Fall!  We really enjoyed our all school mass hosted by the 7th graders last Friday - What a nice reminder to be the best we can be and to always remember to be KIND.   On to this week - We have a busy week here in third grade before the Halloween holiday next Thursday!  We will read a second book by Roald Dahl, The Magic Finger, in Reading (we did not get to this last week).  We will spend time comparing and contrasting two stories written by the same author. The students will also be reading Guys From Space independently during the week and working on fantasy vs. realism.   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 begin to be our focus in Social Studies.  Students will need to practice spelling and identifying the location of the seven continents and oceans and identifying the parts and purpose of maps.  We will put more energy into the study of nouns this week, as our creative writing for Halloween is complete.  Plural and possessive nouns can be challenging, there is a difference between cat, cats, cat’s, and cats’.  Next Thursday we will be celebrating Halloween in class. A wrapped treat may be brought in - there are 20 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 and keep in mind it’s Gym day as well.  We will be having a party in the afternoon - Thank you, Mrs. Erwinski for the help in organizing the big event.  Have a wonderful week!!

***This is Safety Week at SJF - We will be practicing a few drills!

Thought for the Week:

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October 15th 2019

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

Happy Tuesday!  I hope your weekend was “Fall”tastic and you enjoyed the extra day off yesterday!  We have a short 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 - 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 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 wrapping up chapter 2 in Science with a test on Thursday.  Study guides went home last Thursday!  The format is exactly the same as our first test.  Next up, we will be spending the next few weeks discussing geography in Social Studies.  We began working as real estate agents in English last week, and we prepared to sell a haunted house (We didn’t get to finish this last week).  Wow!  We have some disgustingly good descriptive writers with “batty” imaginations.  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.  Thanks again 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.  They and I couldn’t do it without you!  We have an ALL SCHOOL MASS hosted by our 7th grade on Friday at 1:00 - Join us if you can.  That’s it for now!   Have a fantastic week!

***Book Orders are due Thursday if interested.

Thought for the Week:

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October 7th 2019

Posted on Oct 07, 2019

Happy Monday!  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.  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 using our planners to complete our homework.  We’ll get there!  Hooray with the accelerated reading or book reports!  Most kids are doing great, and I’m excited to see all the chapter books being read!  Remember kids need to take one test or complete one book report 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 will be wrapping up unit 2 in Science, and the kids will be tested next week - Study guides will be sent home with the exact date and the format is exactly like our last test.  A simple life cycle project will be sent home tomorrow and will be due on Thursday.   We will then shift to Social Studies with our first lessons talking about communities and geography.  The study of nouns will begin in English.   We will also write a descriptive paper on selling a spooky haunted house that will carry over into next week.  In Reading we will continue our work with The Witches.  My favorite thing from last week was when several students begged to read “just one more chapter” while they have their shoes off and feet up on their desks!  I LOVE IT!  Thanks for all you do for your child in regards to school!  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.  Have a great week! 

Happy Columbus Day - No School Monday!

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September 30th 2019

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

Happy Monday – Happy Last Day of September – Tomorrow it’s October!  Way to Go, Falcons!  I heard Homecoming was fun, messy, and muddy even though we didn’t get the W’s we were hoping for in 4th - 5/6 nor 7/8 – We’ll get them next time!  Back to the third grade playing field - 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 both with pictures and bars, 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 will begin talking about life cycles in Science.  A simple life cycle project will be sent home soon.  The students did an amazing job on their first Science test – I was extremely proud.  We will continue work on sentence structure this week in English along with some Halloween writing activities.  I’m hoping to also give some form of assessment on Sentences by the end of the week.  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!

***PICTURE DAY TOMORROW - SMILE!!

***Special Lunch Wednesday - POPS!

Thought for the Week:

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September 23rd 2019

Posted on Sep 23, 2019

Despite the rainy weather, I hope you were able to enjoy your weekend  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 last week we took our first test – it was challenging – BUT we DID it.  For the first test, we did the review problem together in the book, then the kids did the test problem on their own.  I did assist when the kids needed extra support.  This week 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 began writing awesome four paragraph papers about growing and changing last week.  I have a classroom full of authors!  We will continue that this week along with a poem about Fall in English.  A cover for the Growing and Changing Paper will be sent home to be completed by Friday.  We continue looking at living things in Science and will finish up this unit today.  A study guide will be sent home.  It directly relates to our test scheduled for Thursday.  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.   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 or turn in a B/R by Friday morning - Thanks!  I think that's it for now!  Have a wonderful week!

Don't Forget - 1:45 Dismissal on Thursday

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September 16th 2019

Posted on Sep 16, 2019

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.  A test will be given on Friday with an emphasis on writing complete answers using evidence from the text with proper grammar.  We will be also finishing up our first unit in Math.  A test is scheduled for Thursday or Friday.  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 by Friday.  Our first Science test will be given next week.  We will continue working on sentence structure in English, and we will begin 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!

*A/R or Book Report are due by Friday morning - Third graders should be reading every night for 20 minutes 

**Please check that your child has their homework completed each night and sign their planner.

***Continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at least twice a week.

****Please join us on Tuesday night at 7 pm in the church for a special presentation by child expert, Roy Petifils.

*****Special Lunch Orders due by Friday.

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September 9th 2019

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

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 – It sounds like the next few days will be warm. 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 attention 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 – All word problems are worth at least three points: work shown – correct answer – words to answer the question.  Sentences and context clues will keep us busy in English.  Remember one A/R test OR a book report 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.  REMEMBER – kids should be choosing books that they want to or enjoy reading.  Friday is a free day for the kids 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!

Scholastic Book Orders due Thursday - Class Code H96WW 

Timed Test on Addition and Subtraction this Wednesday - Practice

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September 3rd 2019

Posted on Sep 03, 2019

Happy Rainy Tuesday!  I hope you all enjoyed the long fall-like weekend and had time to relax!  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, rounding, estimating 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 – The best score of all three tests will be recorded.  Every day we get a little better!  Organisms will be the topic in Science, and we will begin note taking in our notebooks.  We will be celebrating our first all school mass on Friday at 1:00 pm – Please join us if you’re able to.  Accelerated Reading tests or Book Reports will begin next week.  A note regarding the AR/Book Report policy will be sent home this week so the kids and you will know how this will work.  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 and for going over the Friday Folders and new Friday Letter Notebook.  We are off to a great start!  Have a wonderful week!  I am looking forward to meeting with you on Wednesday night at Meet the Teacher (6:30 – 8:00)!  Have a WONDERFUL week!

*Special Lunch Wednesday – Baraccos

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. 

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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 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/BOOK REPORT – Each student is required to take at least 1 accelerated reading test or complete a simple book report each week at their reading level. This does count as homework and as a reading grade.  AGAIN – Please encourage nightly reading.  It is essential for their development in reading skills.

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- Spanish

Tuesday- Art/Library

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, Holly Psik, and Therese Regnier

 


 

August 26th 2019

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 218!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are somewhat ready for the 2019-2020 school year!  I am very excited to be part of your child's education and enjoyed meeting all 20 students last week!  We are off to a fantastic start!  We will be spending most of this 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!!!  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 am really looking forward to a terrific year and getting to know these awesome kids and their families better!  Have a wonderful week and don’t forget - NO school on Monday – Labor Day – Enjoy it!!

*Special Lunch forms due Wednesday

**Spelling test Unit 1 Friday – Word of the Week – strive

***Back to School night – September 4th 

 

August 20th 2019

Posted on Aug 20, 2019

Enjoy this last day of Summer vacation!  It was AWESOME meeting so many of you last night at Supply Drop Off.  Get a good night sleep tonight (if you can)! - I can't wait to see you ALL on Wednesday morning at 7:50!  Third grade enters the east side doors under the bridge, I'll meet you there!   We are going to have a GREAT year!

 

 
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