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Mrs. Therese Regnier, Third Grade

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

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!


***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

Thought for the Week:

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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.


Monday- Spanish

Tuesday- Art/Library

Wednesday- Mass

Thursday- Gym


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 (, 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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