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Mrs. Therese Regnier, Third Grade

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Hi! My name is Therese Regnier, and I teach 3rd grade. This is my thirtieth 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!  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 year!

Week of June 7th 2021

Posted on Jun 07, 2021

Here we are We MADE It!!!  The last week of third grade!  I truly cannot believe this roller coaster of a year is wrapping up, and in five short days I let these sweet, smart, funny, LOUD, kids go!  I have loved every minute of being their teacher this year - On the easy days, the hard days, and everything in between!  I thank you for all the support, kindnesses, and generosity you have given me throughout the year.  I was so lucky and humbled to have been blessed by the BEST.  I know it’s the final count down, but we have a lot to do this week as we celebrate everything we have accomplished!  We will be wrapping up our novel, The Wild Robot and will complete our Chicago unit – The reports and presentations were terrific.  We will continue on with a little work in Geometry and writing.  We really relaxed as we prayed the Rosary in class, and I’m hoping we can do that again one more time.  Besides this work in class, we have many additional activities planned. Have a wonderful week!

Spirit Week – Be sure to check out Mrs. Nash’s Notes for  daily details.

Please return devices and chargers to school by Tuesday. 

Fat Tommy’s Hot dog Day – Tuesday

Track and Field Day - Thursday

Last Day of School – Friday – 10:30 Dismissal



Thought for the Week:

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Week of May 31st 2021

Posted on Jun 01, 2021

Happy Tuesday! Happy June! I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend and the lovely weather. I am forever grateful to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, especially Conner Lowry, a former student of SJF, a real hero. Here we are, the final 9 days of third grade! Believe it or not, we have a lot to accomplish this week and next. We will read The Wild Robot together as a class and complete a few activities that go along with the book. We will wrap up Chapter 10 in Math and do some work in Chapter 12 - Two Dimensional Shapes - while reviewing previously taught math concepts. We will continue learning about Chicago and listen to the presentations created by the kids throughout the week in Social Studies. Writing and review of grammar concepts will be reviewed in English. The Rosary will be prayed and mass will be attended today. Let your kids know if you have any special intentions. Clearly, the year's not over until it is over. We GOT This! Have a wonderful week!

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 who Graduate on Sunday!

Rainbow Cone Orders Due Today.

Rainbow Cone Day on Thursday!

Fat Tommy's Special Lunch Due by Friday.

Please round up any Library or Classroom Library Books and return by Friday.

Thought for the Week:

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Week of May 24th 2021

Posted on May 24, 2021

Happy Monday!  Technically this is our last FULL week of third grade!  I seriously cannot believe it!  These last weeks are always so bitter-sweet.  We have a very busy week planned! Our final Spelling list contains words ending in “er” and “le” – Test Friday.  Our last story in Reading is a folktale called Compay Mono and Comay Jicotea.  We will work on summary and literary elements.  Measuring length, liquid volume and mass will be discussed in Math.  We are hoping to finish up this chapter by the end of the week.  The story of Chicago will continue in Social Studies.  We make a lot of connections in class to our beautiful city.  We love reading the suspenseful I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871.  If you’ve never read it, it’s a good one!  Grammar concepts and writing will be reviewed in English.  I hope you’re enjoying the mostly independent Friday Letter - so much creativity in them!  The Rosary will be prayed throughout the week.  I’m excited for the Walk-a-thon on Friday supporting two faculty members of SJF!  Thank You for your generosity and participation! 

There will be a short band presentation for the third graders today for anyone who might be interested in learning how to play an instrument.

Chicago Reports due THURSDAY!  Cover Page, Chicago location page (done in class), A paragraph about a familiar person affiliated with Chicago in some way, and a paragraph about a famous place in the city.  PRESENTATIONS will begin on Friday.

Have the BEST week!  No school next Monday – Memorial Day – Enjoy the long weekend!               

Thought for the Week:

25  Best Memorial Day Quotes 2021 – Beautiful Sayings That Honor US Troops

Week of May 17th 2021

Posted on May 16, 2021

Happy Monday!  I cannot believe how fast the days are going by!  We’re in the teens now for days left of third grade!  I’ve been so incredibly proud of the self-discipline and hard work the kids have been showing in these final days!  KEEP IT UP!!!  We have a full and busy week here in class.  In spelling our words contain a double consonant and have 2 syllables – Test Friday.  In Reading we will be reading Cinder Al and the Stinky Footwork, a fairy tale resembling Cinderella.  We will work on author’s craft and comparing and contrasting.  The study of pronouns and writing will continue in English!  We have some very strong writers in here and it’s fun to read their work!  Elapsed time and measuring volume and mass is on the agenda in Math.  I know telling “time” can be difficult for some, take some time to quiz your kids in real life situations.  What time is practice?  When is it over?  How long will you be there? ETC.  The history of Chicago has our full attention in Social Studies.  The kids have been asking good questions and are very interested!  In Religion we will honor Mary and pray the rosary. 

We will take the I-ready MATH assessment on Tuesday, please make sure devices are fully charged! 

Scholastic Book Orders due tonight if interested. 

THANK YOU for all the wonderful birthday wishes, treats, flowers, and gifts!  I am beyond blessed to be surrounded by the BEST kids and families!  I am truly blessed!

Have a wonderful Week!       

Thought for the Week:

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Week of May 10th 2021

Posted on May 10, 2021

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 full and busy week here in third grade!  In Spelling our new list contains words with the VCCV pattern – test Friday.  We will begin our final Module, Tell a Tale, in Reading with our first story being When the Giant Stirred.  Our skill focus will be Figurative Language and Author’s Craft.  We will wrap up Chapter 9 in Math and soon begin lessons on time, length, liquid volume and mass.  We are really loving learning all about the history of Chicago – That will continue this week in Social Studies.  Pronouns and more writing will be the focus in English.  May is the month of Mary and we will be learning and praying the Rosary over the next few weeks.  Please send a rosary with your child to keep in class by Thursday.  A scholastic book order will be sent home today – Orders due next Monday if interested.  I think that’s it for now!  Have a wonderful week!

Thank You again for all the generosity and thoughtfulness shown to me last week - Room 218 is truly the BEST!  

Thought for the Week:    

 Motivational Monday | Amy Tangerine | Positive quotes, Reasons to be happy,  Life quotes

Week of May 3rd 2021

Posted on May 03, 2021

Happy Monday!  Happy May!  I hope you all enjoyed the weekend – I heard Communion was beautiful.  Congratulations to all who received the sacrament.  We have a busy week here in third grade!  In spelling we will be reviewing words that have the /j/ & /s/ sound – Test Friday.  We will be reading informational text, It’s Our Garden, while focusing on the skills of text structure and content-area words in Reading.  We wrapped up Science for the year and will begin the study of our great city, Chicago, in Social Studies.  Comparing and ordering fractions will continue in Math – we will be testing later in the week.  So many of the kids have been working so hard in Reflex – Way to Go - Let’s finish strong!   A few writing assignments are in the plans for English.  On Tuesday we will celebrate mass as a class and on Friday we will watch the eighth graders crown Mary!  Happy, Happy Mother’s Day to all you incredible moms!  Your kids are SO blessed to have you!  Enjoy your special day on Sunday!  Take Care and have a wonderful week!

Wednesday Dress in Red – Out of Uniform to support Special Olympics  

Friday – 11:30 Dismissal    

Thought for the Week:

56 Best Mothers Day Quotes And Poems - Meaningful Happy Mother's Day Sayings

Week of April 26th 2021

Posted on Apr 26, 2021

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and were able to celebrate the Earth in some way!  It’s the last week of April – WHAT??  I have no idea where the time is going, but I do know that we have a full and busy week here in Room 218.  Our Spelling list has words spelled with “ough” and “augh” – Test Friday.  In Reading we will be reading How Do You Raise a Raisin?  This is informational text, and we will focus again on figurative language and text/graphic features.  Comparing fractions is up next in Math – the kids did a great job on last week’s test!  I love to see them thinking and showing perseverance!  I know fractions can be a difficult concept; I am here if your child needs any extra help.  Adverbs, writing, and review of all grammar lessons will continue in English.  A study guide for Science went home with the kids last Thursday – The Chapter 10 test is scheduled for Wednesday.  The kids are doing a great job getting in their ARs, Reflex, and I-ready assignments!  Thank You for all you do to help keep them on track and motivated.  Have an awesome week!

Congratulations to the second graders as they make their First Holy Communion on Saturday - Looks like they will have a beautiful day!

Thought for the Week:

20 Uplifting Quotes to Lift You Out of Depression


Week of April 19th 2021

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful, crisp weekend!  I’m thankful for another Monday with its new opportunities and fresh start!  We have a busy week here in Room 218!  Our Spelling list contains base words that end in the suffixes er, ly,  and ful – Test Friday.  We move into Module 9 – From Farm to Table - and will be reading the story, How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?  We will focus on Central Idea and Context Clues.  Don’t forget an AR is due by Friday morning.  The study of adverbs will continue in English, and we will complete an Earth Day project and writing assignment.  Chapter 8 will be wrapped up early in the week in Math, and a test will be given mid-week.  We will begin to compare fractions in Chapter 9.   Changes in matter, physical and chemical changes will be further explored in ScienceA study guide for the test next week will be sent home on Thursday.  On Tuesday we will celebrate mass as a 3rd grade class.  It seems like First Communion day was so long ago.  As we enter into the final eight weeks of third grade, I’m asking the kids to be putting their BEST foot forward!  I know the weather is nicer and more activities are starting up, but school is still IMPORTANT.  Thanks for your help in reminding your child to always be mindful about the work they're turning in.  Have an awesome week!

Out of Uniform on Thursday - $1.00 Earth Day               

Thought for the Week:

Genuinely inspirational quotes that'll make you feel happier, motivated and  less like punching a wall

Week of April 12th 2021

Posted on Apr 12, 2021

Happy Monday!  Welcome Back!!  I hope you ALL had an amazing Spring Break and feel reset, rejuvenated, and ready for our final nine weeks of third grade!  (Can you believe it?)  As we recover from the break, we will use this week to ease back into our normal routines.  In Spelling our words all contain changing the y to an i and adding es, ed, er or est -  test Friday.  We will learn a little more about Thomas Edison in Edison’s Best Invention, an opinion piece, and will form our own opinions in Reading. Don’t forget - an AR must be completed by Friday. In English we will begin work on adverbs as we review all grammar lessons.  Fractions will be continued in Math – PLEASE be sure your child is completing Reflex to the green light at least 3 times a week (2 times if they reached 100% accuracy up to 12)! Timed quizzes will be given weekly.  More about Matter and Changes in Matter will be discussed in Science.  I’m excited to hear all about the kids’ holiday today -  Believe it or not, I missed these kiddoes very much and am excited to get back into the swing of things!  Have a WONDERFUL week!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of March 29th 2021

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

Happy Monday!  We began Holy Week yesterday with Palm Sunday, and we will continue to reflect on God’s great love for us as we move through the rest of this week.  Only 3 and ½ more school days until SPRING break!  I know the kids are excited about the break and the many plans that were made, but first we need to put our best foot forward here in class. We will read about the history of the bicycle in a story called The Bumpy Ride and work on story elements.  Fractions will be further discussed in Math as we also review other skills.  A Science test is scheduled for Wednesday – the study guide was sent home in the Friday Folder.  Our Stations of the Cross booklet will be worked on as we walk with Jesus during this holiest of weeks in the Catholic Church.  The kids have been so thoughtful in this activity.  SOAR has planned an egg hunt, a prayer service will be held on Wednesday, and we will soon be ready for a wonderful week off! 

THANK YOU TO ALL FOR THE AMAZING DONATIONS TO PRO Labore Dei – The generosity of this class is remarkable!


I look forward to seeing the kids back in class on Monday April 12th!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of March 22nd 2021

Posted on Mar 22, 2021

Happy MONDAY!  Happy SPRING!!  8 and ½ more school days until break, but they will be busy!  In Spelling our words all contain a prefix or a suffix – Test Friday.  Rosie Revere, Engineer is our narrative poetry story of the week in Reading with our skill focus on literary elements and figurative language. an AR is do by Friday morning - chapter books are encouraged.  We will wrap up area and perimeter in Math today - 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!!!  The study of fractions is up next.  We will continue the study of Matter in Science - solids, liquids, and gases - OH MY! A test is scheduled for next week.  We will continue our walk with Jesus in the Stations of the Cross and practice grammar skills and writing in English A small request - if you have a few seconds to review your child's homework at night and the work done in the Friday folder, 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 submitting. We are in the third trimester and it’s time to show what we know - I talk with the kids constantly about being proud of what they can do and  yo always try their best. It's that time of year where gentle reminders might come in handy.  Thanks for your help and understanding!  Have a wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:

40 Inspirational Spring Quotes - Quotes for Welcoming Spring

Week of March 15th 2021

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

Happy Tuesday!!  I hope you all enjoyed the extra day off despite the return of rain, snow, and sleet - a good day to just chill.  We have a busy week here in Room 218.  In Spelling our words all have -ed and -ing endings - test Friday.  Timeless Thomas a biography about Thomas Edison will be read and discussed in Reading.  ARs are due by Friday morning - In this third trimester I’m encouraging chapter books to build reading stamina.  We will continue to explore adjectives and writing in English.  We will be wrapping up our chapter on area and perimeter in Math - expect the chapter test at the end of the week.  The kids did an amazing job on the Geography test - We now return to Science and will begin our chapter on Matter!  Today we will participate in our 2nd class mass and later will spend time walking with Jesus as we reflect on the Stations of the Cross in Religion.

Please help your child reach the 45 minute weekly goal in both reading and math in the Iready program for a total of 90 minutes each week.  I try to get them up to 25 minutes in each subject here in school, but that is not always possible.  Wednesday is a perfect day to catch up on this time as we have a shortened day, but the kids can work on this any time it’s convenient for them.  I will be checking time on Fridays and points will be given in each subject for completion.  Thanks for your time and attention with this.

Report Cards will be distributed today - So proud of the work the kids do every day!  Hoping their perseverance and hard work continues in the third trimester as we become more independent.  

Have a wonderful week!

Touch of green on Wednesday - Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Touch of red Friday - Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

Please consider donating to our classroom Easter Basket to be donated to Pro Labore Dei  - Items due by Monday March 22nd - Suggested items can be found in Mrs. Nash's Notes.

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Week of March 8th - 12th

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

Happy Monday!  Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend - So thankful for the hint of SPRING!  We have a busy week here in third grade as we wrap up the 2nd trimester on Wednesday – That means we are 2/3 the way done with this school year - Truly unbelievable!  Report cards will be distributed next Tuesday – March 16th!  Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns - I was so excited to hear the Archdiocese has decided to forgo giving the Aspire Test this Year – We were beginning to prep, but now can better use our time to continue to build our educational foundation and third grade skills. A peek at the week ahead - Our Spelling list contains words with the “oo” sound spelled different ways – Test Friday.  In Reading we will read and discuss a historical piece called The Storyteller’s Candle – Figurative Language will be a main focus.  Adjectives will be explored further in English.  The Glory Be and our Lenten journeys will be worked on in Religion.  Area and Perimeter will be our lessons in Math – We will also take a timed test on 4s and 5s.  The Geography test is scheduled for Tuesday – Study Guides went home last week - Kids may use their S.S. notebooks and are free to take any notes they want for the test.  We will make a return to Science next.  Have a wonderful week! – A few reminders:

On Friday,  March 12th, SJF is hosting a “BLUE OUT” Dress Down Day (student donation required), in support of our brave police officers and the Get Behind the Vest Campaign.

11:30 Dismissal on Friday for optional Parent /Teacher Conferences (12 – 4)

NO SCHOOL MONDAY!  Enjoy the day off and don’t forget to SPRING ahead on your clocks!    

Thought for the Week:

Happiness comes when your work and words are of... -

Week of March 8th 2021

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

Week of March 1st 2021

Posted on Mar 01, 2021

Happy Monday!!  Happy March!!  Can you believe it???  I hope you felt the sunshine upon your face on Saturday, it was glorious!!  We have a learning filled, busy, and full week here in Room 218.  In Spelling our list contains irregular plurals - test Friday.   A narrative nonfiction story called Energy Island will be read and discussed in detail.  Our key focus will be on text features, point of view, and making inferences.  Please remind kids to read nightly and take their independent AR by Friday.  Adjectives, Lucky to be Me, and a special paper on St. Patrick will be worked on in English.  We will skip ahead a few chapters in Math to the study of Perimeter and Area.  We will be wrapping up our Geography unit in Social Studies.  We have a lot of fun exploring our world.  Another quiz on the Continents and Oceans will be given on Thursday.  Expect a test early next week – a study guide will go home mid-week.  Our Lenten journey continues, and I appreciate the time I have to reflect on what I can do better to become closer to God – we also have the opportunity to attend our first live mass together as a class on Tuesday at 9:30.  It’s the small things.  The 2nd trimester ends next Wednesday on March 10th.  Let’s finish it as strongly as possible!  Have a wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:

150 Short Inspirational Quotes to Uplift Motivation to Succeed – tiny  Positive

Week of February 22nd 2022

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

Happy Monday!!!  It’s our first full week here in Room 218 in a long time, and I for one am ready for it!  I hope you all enjoyed the warmer weekend and the incredible icicles hanging from our homes didn’t cause too much damage - It looks like we’re in for some better weather this week, so we will be heading outside.  Please have kids dress appropriately.  In class we will be working hard.   Compound words and abbreviations will be covered in Spelling - test Friday.  In Reading we will read Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table and review Text Structure – Don’t forget an AR must be completed by Friday. Adjectives will be covered in English, and we are also going to practice writing narrative papers to begin prepping for the Aspire Test.  We will complete chapter 7 in Math, and the test will be at the end of this week.  A timed test on 2 and 3 will also be given.  Geography lessons will continue in Social Studies.  We will focus on spelling the continents and oceans correctly, identifying them on a map, and types of maps. In Religion we are going to focus on our Lenten promises and pray for the second graders as they make their First Reconciliation this week.  Have a wonderful last week of February – Thank You, Jesus!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of February 15th 2021

Posted on Feb 17, 2021

Happy Wednesday Morning!  I hope you all enjoyed the three day Presidential weekend AND the extra SNOW DAY!!!! – The amount of snow is crazy!!!!  On the bright side - I love seeing the daylight getting a little bit longer each day.  Spring is near.  We have had a change of plans due to the shortened week here in third grade.  Today we will work on a special Lenten cross and think about our journey towards Easter and virtually celebrate Ash Wednesday as a school - Such a beautiful time in the church calendar as we grow closer to God during these next forty days.  We will also take the mid-year I-Ready assessment.    Division will continue in Math.  Geography lessons will be done in Social Studies, and we will fill the rest of our days with reading and writing.  Thank You to my sweet, wonderful class for all the love and flowers last week on Valentine’s Day!  I’m a lucky lady and always feel so blessed to be with these kids!   Have a wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:

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February 8th 2021

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Happy Frigid Monday!!  I hope everyone had a super Super Bowl evening and enjoyed the game, commercials, half-time show, and snacks!  I am sooooo thankful we are back together again in Room 218! I missed the kids so much, but was so proud of the way they handled our remote days.  I’m so incredibly blessed to be with them and you on this roller coaster of a year - there is no one I’d rather be on this ride with.  I appreciate your patience, support, and diligence more than you’ll ever know.  We have a short and busy week here in third grade as we get back into our regular routine.  In Spelling we will continue with r-controlled vowel words  - Test Thursday this week.  We will be reading our final story in module 6 - T.J. The Siberian Tiger Cub - Don’t forget an AR will be due by Thursday as well.  Division facts and strategies will be worked on in Math - we will begin taking a weekly timed test.  Remember Reflex is a great tool for the kids to practice with.  Writing and review will take place in English and Geography will be the topic in Social Studies.  On Wednesday the third graders will be taking their 2nd assessment for I-Ready - Math.  Please make sure kids are well rested and eat a hearty breakfast.  We have a 4 day weekend coming up - ENJOY!  Happy Presidents Day!  Have a wonderful week!!

Thought for the Week:

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February 1st 2021

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

Good Morning – Happy Snowy Monday – Happy first day of February!!  Enjoy the beauty of it all while it lasts!  Thank You ALL again for the extremely thoughtful get well wishes and gift sent yesterday – I have no words – just a simple THANK YOU!!!!  I am going to do my best to be with the kids this week on our remote learning adventure.  I so appreciate your understanding and support! 

Students should start each morning with I-Ready for at least 20 minutes from 8:30 – 8:50.

We will meet in our Google Classroom from 9:00 – 11:00 for Spelling, Reading, and English.

Lunch Break 11:00 – 12:00

Math and Social Studies 12:00 – 1:30            Specials (Hopefully 1:50 – 2:35

Packets were sent home or delivered last Friday – So hopefully we are GOOD to GO!!!!

As this week kicks off Catholic Schools Week – I want to take a moment to say Thank You for choosing Catholic schools and for choosing St. John Fisher!  I know first-hand the sacrifices you make to send your child here, and I know it’s not always easy.  However, I hope and pray that it is always worth it to you and your child!  One of my favorite things to see is genuinely how happy your kids are in this building – They are so fortunate to be in your care, and I am so lucky to teach them here at SJF.  Today is a great day to be a Falcon!


Week of January 18th 2021

Posted on Jan 19, 2021

Good Morning!! I hope you are all enjoying the day off if you’re lucky enough to be off! I just wanted to give a heads up for tomorrow in case you wanted to have the kids get organized some time today. First, I cannot be more incredibly proud of the kids during our Remote Learning time. Despite some technical glitches and things out of our control, WE DID IT!! I thank you all for your time, attention, and support! You are the BEST!! The kids should bring back everything we worked on to school tomorrow. They should take a minute to organize everything in their yellow folder. All papers done or not should be returned. The animal report should also be returned unassembled. We will put together in class. Ipads (fully charged) and chargers should also be brought back to school tomorrow. Because of the heavy backpacks, Dioramas or Posters do not need to be brought in until Wednesday. Again - I appreciate all your help with Remote Learning and Science Projects. I cannot wait to be back in person with the amazing kids in Room 218! I cannot wait to learn from these animal experts! Have a wonderful rest of day! We have a 4 day week ahead, and we are READY to learn!!

Thought for the Week:

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Week of January 11th 2021

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Happy Monday - I hope you all were able to enjoy the sunshine on Saturday and had a good weekend.  We are down to our final 5 days of Remote Learning.  I know it has its challenges, but I’m so thankful I get to see the kids, and we are doing a great job.  PLEASE reach out to me or have your child email me if they need any extra time with or help from me.  We are all doing the best we can, and we can do hard things.   

As you already know, we have begun our animal research projects – the kids chose their animals before break and are so excited to learn more about them.  They should have shared the directions with you last week.  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 project choice.  Thank You in advance for that! 

Kids should hop on I-ready every morning from 8:30 to 8:50 – this is mandatory.  They should have their devices ready and charged with all their books, notebooks, yellow folder, and supplies near them when we meet at 9:00 in our Google Classroom.

We will work on a new spelling list that contains homophones, read Running Rivals, finish up Stone Fox, review some grammar concepts, wrap up the New Year Math packet, begin division, and research our animals!  We have a lot to accomplish and can only take one day at a time!  Have a Wonderful Week!      

January 6th 2021

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

Happy 2021!  I hope this New Year 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 while honoring old traditions and creating new ones as well.  Today we begin our 8 days of e-learning – All we can do is do our best and support each other as this is new to ALL of us.  Despite having to go remote for a bit, 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!  Have a happy and wonderful week – Reach out to me if you need any help – WE GOT THIS!

A Few Reminders -

It is important that the students find a quiet place to meet with the class and have their yellow folder, pencils, markers, crayons, and their charged IPad ready at the beginning of each meeting.  Attendance will be taken during our remote learning time.   

Third Grade Remote Schedule 

Wednesday -  01/06/2021 

9 a.m. - Grab your hot chocolate and your favorite Christmas gift and meet on Google Meets.  

Plan on being on Google Meets with your homeroom until approximately 11:00 – remember Wednesdays are a shortened day. 

Be sure to do iReady Math and Reading in the afternoon for at least 20 minutes each.  (This is part of our school day).  

Thursday, Friday and Week of 1/11 – 1/15/2021 

8:30 – 8:50 – iReady Math (Tues/Thurs) and Reading (Mon/Wed)  You choose on Friday 

9:00 – Meet with your class on Google Meets 

9:00 – 11:00 – Morning Classes 

11:00-12:00 – Lunch Break 

12:00 – 1:30 – Afternoon Classes 

1:50 - Specials 

Week of December 21st 2020

Posted on Dec 21, 2020

Well – Here we are, the last few days of school in 2020!  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 love, wonder, excitement, 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.

I will see the kids back remotely on Wednesday, January 6th 2021 at 9:00 in my google classroom!  God Bless You All!

Thought for the week:

Merry Christmas 2015 Quotes, Wishes Images and eCards | Merry christmas  wishes quotes, Christmas card sayings, Christmas wishes quotes

Week of December 14th 2020

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

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 contains words spelled with oi and oy – as always a test will be given on Friday.  We will continue to review multiplication patterns and strategies in Math as we begin 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 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.  Soccer Shootout is our new story of the week in Reading, and literary elements and author’s craft will be the skills discussed.  We will continue working on Verbs in English and on a little surprise.  We will be reviewing ecosystems and adaptations in Sciencea study guide will go home today for a test to be given on Thursday.  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!

*Polar Express Day on Thursday - Kids can wear their pajamas!

Thought for the Week:

 100  Christmas Poems ideas in 2020 | christmas poems, christmas, christmas  holidays

Week of December 7th 2020

Posted on Dec 07, 2020

The 12 School Days of Christmas Begins! I am so thankful 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. 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. We are wrapping up chapter 4 in Math – The assessment will hopefully be given later this week. In English we will work on verb tenses and a special writing activity. Ecosystems and adaptations will keep us thinking in Science. Last week we were thrilled to see a real life food chain at work with Owen’s lizard and some crickets. So Cool! The second candle will be lit on our Advent Wreath, and we will celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday. There is much excitement in the air! Have a Wonderful Week!

*An A/R is due by Friday morning – The kids did an awesome job last week - Please let me know if you need any help with this.

**Ugly Sweater Out of Uniform – Friday - $1.00 or more donation to Pro Labore Dei

***Keep the Dowling family in your prayers, especially Beau who has his surgery today.

Thought for the Week:

50 Best Christmas Quotes of all time - Part 2 - The Vienna BLOG - Lifestyle  & Travel Blog in Vienna | Christmas quotes inspirational, Christmas quotes,  Christmas eve quotes

Week of November 30th 2020

Posted on Nov 30, 2020

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 - I know it felt a wee bit different, but there is much to be thankful for.  This week will be busy, but we are so glad to be back in school face to face to learn even more!  Only three weeks 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.   In English we will begin a few writing activities while also working on 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.  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 you all last Monday!  They are lucky kids, and I am one grateful teacher!  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 - Our first Accelerated Reading Test is due by Friday Morning!

Thought for the Week:

Quotes about Advent (135 quotes)

Week of November 23rd 2020

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

Dear Third Grade Families in Room 218,

As you already know from Mrs. Nash, Today and Tomorrow will be remote learning days for our St. John Fisher students.  I look forward to speaking with you at  our scheduled  ZOOM conferences and appreciate this allotted time to make sure we all stay healthy and safe. The following assignments must be completed to fulfill the requirements for our remote learning days:


1. 30 minutes of Math on I-Ready

 2. 30 minutes of Reading on I-Ready

3. Reflex until you reach the green light

4. Thanksgiving math pages 1-2

5. Read independently for 20 minutes


1. 30 minutes of Math on I-Ready

2. 30 minutes of Reading on I-Ready

3. Reflex until you reach the green light

4. Thanksgiving math pages 3-4

5. Read independently for 20 minutes

There are a few extra papers and activities that may be completed if you wish to.  I have also challenged the kids to read The Magic Finger.  We started it on last Friday.

IMPORTANT - Just a reminder that Accelerated Reading tests will be required and used as a reading  grade starting in the second trimester. Students should be reading independently each night for at least 20 minutes and take 1 AR test by Friday morning.   (More than 1 may be taken in a week, BUT 1 test must be completed every week.)   Most likely these tests will need to be taken at home.  The first AR test is due the week of 11/30 – 12/04.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help with this WEEKLY addition to our homework.  

Although Thanksgiving may look a bit different this year, 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 kids and you on this journey.  Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break!

God Bless,

Therese Regnier


Week of November 16th 2020

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

Good Morning!  Happy Monday – I hope you all enjoyed the weekend in some relaxing way – I, for one, am so thankful we are back in school with face to face learning!  Thank you and the kids so much for being so flexible and understanding in these chaotic days.  We have a lot to accomplish this week before we head into a very short Conferences/Thanksgiving week next week.   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 wrap up our Pilgrim papers and finish up our Noun Unit – Test will be on Friday as well.  Our Study of Government continues in Social Studies.  Multiplication facts will be reviewed in Math - Thank you to all who are making sure Reflex is done at least two to three times a week at home – I’ve personally seen the confidence this program brings when used consistently.  Have a wonderful week! 

Please keep Beau Dowling and his family in your prayers!

Remember On Wednesdays we are hoping the kids will work on iReady for at least 20 minutes in each subject.  They may work on this any time though.   

Conference signups will begin today – If you’d prefer a phone call please let me know.

Thought for the Week:

    Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot . Happy Thanksgiving |  Inspirational Quotes - Pictures - Motivational Thoughts | Reaching Out &  Touching Hearts      

Week of November 9th 2020

Posted on Nov 09, 2020

I hope you all enjoyed the most spectacular fall weekend.  Happy Monday - It’s hard to believe that the first trimester is wrapping up in a few weeks and parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner.  Multiplication skills will continue in Math with our Chapter 3 Test taking place on Thursday and Friday.   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.  Please start with the facts of 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 and 4 and REFLEX whenever possible.  Timed tests will begin soon.  The study of nouns will keep us busy in English along with some historical fiction writing.  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 continues in Social Studies – we grasp the ideas of it better each day with each read.  We will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Wednesday with a red, white, and blue out of uniform for $1.00.  Have a wonderful week!    

Thought for the Week:

Awesome Veterans Day Quotes, Messages and Sayings on Memorial Day

Week of November 2nd 2020

Posted on Nov 02, 2020

I hope you enjoyed the Halloween weekend and the extra hour of time – November days are here and along with it the election!  Please PRAY for PEACE and unity in our country whatever the outcome.  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 will be sent home today regarding the importance of math fact practice.  It should be signed and returned tomorrow.  Please take advantage of the Math Reflex program.  It’s an awesome tool for the kids to improve mastery of both multiplication and division.  In Reading we will be reading 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 and the election.  Accelerated Reading or a book report assignment will be added to the kids’ weekly assignments beginning in the 2nd trimester just to give you all a heads up – Remember all third graders should be reading for 20 minutes each night.  Have a wonderful week!

***Thank You to everyone who donated prizes for our Halloween fun!  We really appreciated it!!!  Thank you to the Flints for the use of their projector – We loved the movie, The Witches, on the “big screen”.  I hope there weren’t too many nightmares!

Thought for the Week:

30 Inspiring Voting Quotes - Best Quotes About Elections & Why to Vote

Week of October 26th 2020

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

Happy Monday - Happy Last week of October - Yikes!  I hope you all enjoyed the weekend in some way, we ALL deserve some rest and relaxation.  Happy Halloween (in school) on Friday and the real deal on Saturday!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of the students’ spooky, creative, school appropriate costumes. I know the festivities may be a wee bit different, but the day will still be celebrated. Unfortunately we cannot pass out treats, however if you are able to donate a prize or two for some games we will play, that would be amazing!  We will be wrapping up chapter 2 in Math.  Our test is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday – we will follow a similar routine as we did for chapter 1.   I am available to help before 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! The study of nouns will keep us busy in English.  In Reading we will begin our third module – Let Freedom Ring.  Our first story is The U.S. Constitution - Our skill focus will be on central idea and text structure.  We will shift from Science to Social Studies – We will learn all about The U.S. Government – Perfect timing with the election coming up next week and a nice supplement to Reading.  Our new spelling list contains words with three letter blends – Test Friday.  That’s it for now - Have a SPOOK -tacular week!  BOO!!!

Thought for the Week:

Samhain Blessings | Halloween poems, Halloween pictures, Vintage halloween  cards

Week of October 19th 2020

Posted on Oct 19, 2020

Happy Monday!  Thankfully we are back to a regular five day week.  We have a lot to accomplish this week in third grade!  We will be reading a fantasy story called Dear Dragon and continue to work 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.  Our new Spelling list consists of long and short vowels – again - the test is on Friday.  In English we will wrap up our unit on sentences and take the assessment on Wednesday.  A take home quiz will be sent home on Tuesday for practice.  Life Cycles will continue in Science - A simple life cycle project will be sent home tomorrow and will be due on Friday.   The kids will have a sample of what is expected in their Science notebook.  Graphs and data will be on the agenda in Math.  Multiplication is up next. We began the first chapter in the Roald Dahl novel The Witches last Friday.  My favorite thing from that day was when several students begged to bring the book home to read it over the weekend.  I LOVE IT!  My hope is that we can read a chapter a day until Halloween as an extra opportunity to enjoy a good book together.  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! 

Thought for the Week:

Pin by Teaching Blog Addict on Encouraging Words | Kindness quotes, Cool  words, Words

Week of October 13th 2020

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all got to enjoy the spectacular Fall Break weekend in many ways!  We have a short and busy week planned here in third grade.  We will be discussing poetry and reading The Upside Down Boy.  We will focus on Text Features, Figurative Language, and elements of Poetry.  Our new spelling list consists of Long i words.  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 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 last Thursday – 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.  That’s it for now!  Have a terrific week!

Remember The School uniform will begin to be enforced - Friday is Falcon Wear Spirit Day!

Thought for the Week:

50  Autumn Quotes & Fall Quotes and Captions to Enchant and Deepen the  Soul! [Updated for 2020] | Nature quotes inspirational, Autumn quotes, Autumn  quotes inspirational

Week of October 5th 2020

Posted on Oct 05, 2020

Happy Brisk Monday!  We continue to work hard here in third grade!  Things are moving along, and the kids seem to be getting “the hang” of our 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 everyday 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, writing, and nouns will be discussed in English.  We will be wrapping up the first Math chapter on Tuesday – The assessment will be given on Wednesday and Thursday – We will be working very closely together to complete this work.  The students will be fully supported.  Unit 1 in Science – Living Things -  was completed on Friday.  A study guide will be sent home today for the test scheduled  on Thursday.  The kids have not taken a test like this before, so I strongly recommend reviewing every 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.  It’s going to be a short, very busy week in Room 218 – Have a wonderful week!

Don’t Forget – It’s SPIRIT WEEK!

Extra Long Weekend Ahead – No school Friday or Monday!   

Thought for the Week:

Mindset Focus Foco Mente Cambio de Mente Mentalidad Inspiración Inspiration  Inspo Frases Motivación Quotes Motivation In… | Words quotes, Words,  Inspirational words



Week of September 28th 2020

Posted on Sep 28, 2020

Happy Monday! – I hope you all had some time to relax and enjoy the beginning of FALL!!  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 another 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.  Test will be on Friday.  Subtraction concepts will begin in Math while we continue to review addition.   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.     We continue looking at living things in Science and will finish up this unit by Friday.  Our first Science test will be given next week.  Sentence structure, our Communion papers, and a “Fall” poem will be worked on in English.  I cannot believe we have come to the end of September and October days are here!  I pray that we continue to stay happy and healthy!  Again I am so proud of how the kids have adapted to all the changes they face! 

Don’t Forget – Early Dismissal on Wednesday – Pack a Snack

Tuesday - Picture Day!

Friday is Fisher Spirit Day!

Have a Wonderful week!

Thought for the Week:  

I'm So Glad I Live in a World Where there are Octobers Art Print by  word2yourmother | Society6



Week of September 21st 2010

Posted on Sep 21, 2020

What a beautiful day! What beautiful kids!  What a beautiful First Communion!  Congratulations to the third graders as they made their third sacrament.  I was so blessed to be a part of this very special day!  The kids worked so hard and did a wonderful job!  Now that we have finished with all the preparations of last Saturday, we will be settling into our normal third grade routines and procedures.  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 continue to be reviewed in English.  We will also be writing a personal narrative about our First Communion.  Our spelling list consists of 22 long vowel words – Test on Friday.  Lists will be sent home today.   Addition strategies, rounding, estimating and review will continue in Math.  I will be giving the kids their new REFLEX log in information.  Students should be practicing their basic facts on this site until they reach the green light at least two times 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.  It’s been an extremely busy back to school two weeks, but we are making tremendous strides.  I could not be more proud of these sensational students!

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall!

Wednesday is early release - Please pack a snack.

Friday is Fisher Spirit Day! 

Thought for the Week:

20-Happy-Fall-Quotes-5564-18 - UFCW Local 342

Week of September 14th 2020

Posted on Sep 14, 2020

Happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed the weekend especially the weather on Sunday!  Things are transitioning well here at SJF and in Room 218!  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, every day we get a little bit better at our new normal.  WE GOT THIS!!  We have an extremely busy week coming up here in third grade!  First and foremost, we are preparing for our third sacrament, Holy Communion.  Parts were distributed last week and put in the Friday Folder.  Please go over your child’s part whenever possible.  I cannot wait to share this beautiful moment with your child. 

Besides this, 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.  We will also discuss what a Personal Narrative is.  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!  In Science we will be talking about what a scientist does, 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 also for checking the planners each night and signing them.  We are working hard on getting and staying organized.   I hope you enjoyed reading our first Friday Letter.  Please take some time to go over the Friday Folders and new Friday Letter Notebook.  The kids really love when you’re able to respond.   We are off to a great start!  Have a WONDERFUL week!

Don’t forget – Early Dismissal on Wednesday.


Thought for the Week:

Week of September 7th 2020

Posted on Sep 07, 2020

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Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome to Third Grade - Rm. 218!  I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and are ready for the 2020 -2021 school year!  I am very excited to be part of your child's education and enjoyed meeting all 21 students last week at our Orientation Day!  We are off to a fantastic start!  We will be spending most of this week getting used to and learning new routines while covering most subject areas!  We will also spend time thinking about our upcoming Communion Day – SO EXCITING!  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 (, 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!  Let’s have a wonderful first week!

Below I have included the detailed note we emailed to you about what you can expect in third grade in case you missed it. 

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 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 new 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. 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 - Spelling tests will be given every Friday. Cursive will also be incorporated in each cohort.

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 - September 19th is our scheduled date for First Holy Communion. We are thrilled to be sharing this special day with the communicants! 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.

Homework - Homework will be written in the student planner each day. Students are being taught to use this planner. Please check your child's assignment notebook daily.

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 should be distributed by early October. Since our students will be working with these devices, all third grade students will be receiving 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 week of school. Even though their devices won't be available right away, we are requesting all students to log in to their accounts and join their homeroom. Having all the students logged into their homerooms will be vital, should we have to transition to remote learning. 

Specials -.Room 218 - Monday Library - Tuesday Computers - Wednesday Gym - Thursday ESL - Friday 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 could e-mail us directly.

Mrs. Sally Caulfield -

Mrs. Therese Regnier -

Mrs. Margie Sefcik –

Schoolwide Cleaning and Disinfectant Procedures -

· Regular and consistent cleaning and disinfecting is necessary to reduce exposure. EPA approved disinfectant and cleaning supplies will be housed in every classroom, out of the reach of children, and will be used to kill germs.

· Frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles/knobs, desktops/tabletops, countertops, chairs, light switches, pencil sharpeners, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, phones, toys, cubbies/coat and backpack areas, sinks and faucets) will be cleaned on a daily basis.

· Classroom surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized several times throughout the day, but specifically before and after snack/lunch, recess/playtime and at the end of the day. The school buildings will receive a deep clean on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

· Formal bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. Areas in each of the bathrooms will be taped off and only a limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at once to allow for safe and proper social distancing.

· Gloves and other appropriate PPE will be used during cleaning and disinfecting.

· Teachers will train students how to properly wear and adjust their masks and consistently work with students to ensure appropriate hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting takes place frequently throughout each day.

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 review the Friday Folder each week with your child. 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!


Sincerely, the Third Grade Team




September 2nd 2020

Posted on Sep 02, 2020

Looking Forward to Meeting the kids in Room 218 tomorrow at 3rd Grade orientation!  Looked liked today's went awesome!  God be with us today and everyday!