3rd Grade

3rd Grade

ABOUT ME (The 3rd Grade Teacher)

I am Jomar Nacanaynay, and fortunately the 3rd Graders and other school children call me Mr. Nacanaynay (Nah-Kah-Nigh-Nigh) and they say it quite well, really.

I was born in Sonoma, CA but spent my growing up years in Iloilo and later in Quezon City (the Philippines) from Grades 1 to college.  I can speak and understand Tagalog, but may not be as fluent as I would like - but my wife is from Taguig, Manila, so she helps me a lot in this regard.

I am very grateful to be here at St. Pius X, and I really appreciate the cultural mix here.  I  have worked in public schools, taught for 7 months in one school with unique challenges.  I am still studying to get an endorsement in Special Education which I think can apply to almost every and any setting where the objective is to learn. I have my teaching cert from Antioch University.

Faith formation also marks the unique character of what it means to be teaching and learning at St. Pius X.  I grew up in Catholic schools, went to church almost every day and aspired to be a Franciscan.  I was sent to the missions and have worked in city squatter areas, or the Agta (a Negrito tribe) of Quezon Province. For a month,I  stayed with the Franciscans in  Vietnam (Saigon, Nha Trang, Da Lat).  I really hope that my teaching and sharing of the Catholic faith with your student makes learning in the classroom well-rounded, grounded and even hopeful or joyful.

Any questions or concerns about our class?

Please email at jomar.nacanaynay@gmail.com

or jnacanaynay@stpx.org.  Thank you.

News Items


Mr. Nacanaynay




  • THIS PAST WEEK Third Graders have been busy in completing book reports. This effort takes much effort in drafting and rewriting.  .

  • STUDENTS took a reading comprehension test on Monday; in faith formation, a quiz on Chapter 7 of our text “Christ Our Life,” titled, God Is Holy and Powerful.

  • FURTHERMORE, students expressed an interest in learning to say the Hail Mary (or Ave Maria) in Spanish and we will be giving this a try.

  • THIRD GRADERS CONTINUE to learn the use of and application of regrouping or graphs and charts; in Science we are learning about the periodic table of elements.  The objective is to acquaint ourselves with chemicals or elements and compounds commonly found and used each day.

  • ADELINE, EDWIN and ALICE wonderfully read at the school mass on November 8. It took time, practice and the confidence to read and proclaim God’s Holy Word.


  • TO ALL THE PARENTS WHO VOLUNTEERED to make Grandparents Day special.

  • TO ALL WHO support the Book Fair and fundraising for our school.

  • THANKS FOR supporting the food drive.  Third Grade may bring in canned meat such as chicken,tuna, turkey and ham.

  • A FIELD TRIP TO the Hibulb Cultural Center in Marysville is planned for Thursday, December 7.  Chaperone volunteers for this trip are still needed. Please contact me if  if you may volunteer.  This may include driving.  Admission will be free that day.

  • ASK YOUR CHILD about what they may have learned in school.  Ask “what numbers make a hundred.” They were taught to form ten 1’s and nine 10’s with any given two-digit number.  This exercise reinforces the concept of regrouping.

  • IT MAY HELP to drill your student on Basic Math Facts as with the use of flash cards.  The hope is that in two-minutes, your student can solve 40 addition/subtraction facts.

  • PLEASE view your child’s planner, and you, the parent, would sign the planner every Thursday evening which helps track the homework and/or communication.

  • FEEL FREE to contact me via email at jnacanaynay@stpx.org or jomar.nacanaynay@gmail.com.

  • TO Katie Gomez, Theresa Canda, Lynsy Valerio, and Liza Peato who volunteered as the 3rd Grade Parent Volunteers (Communication, Room, and Auction).

  • THIS WEEK and next, we celebrate Minh-Grace and Myron’s birthdays.  May this be their one of many best years to come!  



There are no reading logs due this Monday, Nov 27.

Third Graders are to read 20 minutes every day.

The following was assigned:

Create a set of flashcards of at least 30 of the words below.  (These words are numbered and in bold below.) You may take a pack of index cards home to complete this homework.

This is due next week, Monday, November 27, 2017.

1. affect/effect

2. than/then

3. which/witch

4. here/hear

5. are/our

6. buy/by

7. accept/except

8. weather/whether

9. there/their/they're

10. to/too/two

11. you're/ your

12. bear/ bare

13. one/won

14. brake/break

15. complement/compliment

16. aloud/allowed

17.  lie/lay

18. it's/its

19. capital/capitol

20. principle/principal


Also consider: meat / meet; throne / thrown; sight/ site; bite/byte; soul / sole; berry / bury; wear  / were

St. Josephine Bakhita

Feast Day: February 8

“Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know him.

What a great grace it is to know God!”



To learn more about St. Josephine Bakhita, visit Formed.org.  Suggested: watch the movie, "Bakhita."




SAINTS OF THE WEEK - Homework due Nov 13: The .Apostles, St. Francis of Assisi

SAINT OF THE WEEK - Homework due Nov 6: Our Lady of Lavang.  Please access information on this saint through CatholicOnline or Google  through a responsible adult.

 Please color this page.  Knowing the saints marks us unique in our faith and Christianity.  Art forms have almost always been a part of this faith expression.



Dios te salve, Maria.
Llena eres de gracia:
El Seńor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres.
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre:
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.


 I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven; sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. (Apostles' Creed - Roman Ritual)

MATHEMATICS - fluency of multiplication facts begin this week.

SCIENCE - we are understanding elements and the PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS.


If your 3rd Grader has completed the homework packet, consider having her/im write a book report.  Click here for a format.  

You may print out and fill in this 2-page document.  I will be happy to read and check the work.  Write in complete sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation.


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