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


February 14, 2018


Dear Third Grade Families,


Good afternoon.

After some thought and counsel, I decided to move our presentations for the Biography Project from Tuesday, Feb. 20 to Thursday, Feb. 22.  This makes much sense - the past weeks half the class missed 3 or more days of school. Still, a “hangover” tends to linger after a 4-day break.  We would have the presentation on Thursday, February 22, in the gym at 2:10 PM and you are most welcome to attend.  


I appreciate the fact that the 3rd Graders have worked hard on their projects. I have practiced with a few in their delivery of the presentation.  I am more than willing to accept posters tomorrow, Feb. 15.  Final submission for the posters will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20.


Tomorrow, the class will celebrate a Valentine’s Day party, and they are permitted to wear red or pink.  We would still have our Math test (Chapter 7), with the exception of a few.


Thank you for your understanding, and again, for all you do for your wonderful students and St. Pius X.


Peace and every good be yours,


Jomar Nacanaynay






  • IN FAITH FORMATION we are covering the topic, “God’s Plan of Love,” a unit lesson that takes us from the fall of Adam and Eve to Jesus’ witness of the Kingdom of God.  I appreciate too that your 3rd Graders are becoming more familiar with finding Bible passages.

  • IN MATH we are close to completing Chapter 7 of our Math text: Division.  It helps that we are improving our recall of multiplication facts.  

  • IN SCIENCE we are learning about observing the physical world, the properties of matter. We will further explore observations of the physical world through the measurement of mass, volume and temperature which also requires understanding of the units in millimeters, milligrams and milliliters.

  • WE COMPLETED the chapter “A Growing America” in Social Studies last week.

  • THIRD GRADERS MIA, EDWIN and NATHAN served as our School Mass Lectors last Wednesday.  Thank you.

  • THIS THURSDAY we are having our class Valentines Day party.




  • THANKS TO ALL our 3rd grade participants with their parents in preparing and putting together a number for the first Talent Show at St Pius X School.  The songs, the dances and music talents on display were a highlight to the culmination of Catholic Schools Week.

  • TO DEAR PARENTS with their care and support in our class learning and activities.

  • TO ALL SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS in making school programs possible from office and library help, to the Snack Shack, Camp Lunches and Pizza fundraisers.



READING: Reading logs are due on Tuesday, February 20. 

Third Graders are to read 20 minutes every day.


DIRECTIONS: Find the following Biblical verses in a Bible, preferably, a Catholic edition, for example, the New American Bible (NAB). Write down these verses on the space and lines provided.  These are from the New Testament.

  1. Philippians 4:19
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:1
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:17


What are the verb(s) in each of the passages?  Write them down here. 

SPELLING LIST FOR THE WEEK: Correctly write each word once or twice.

  1. beautiful_____________________

  2. safely_______________________

  3. kindness_____________________

  4. finally_______________________

  5. spotless_____________________

  6. worthless____________________

  7. illness_______________________

  8. helpful______________________

  9. daily_______________________

  10. suddenly__________________

  11. wireless___________________

  12. quietly____________________

  13. fairness___________________

  14. cheerful___________________

  15. painful____________________

  16. anxiously__________________

  17. thoughtfully________________

  18. cautiously__________________

  19. tardiness__________________

  20. breathless_________________

Use the word “breathless” in a sentence.  __________________________

Spelling Test on Friday, February 23.

Other important dates:

  • Math homework is sent home every Monday through Thursday.
  • Be safe always, dress to be warm and dry. Please stay home if you are sick and running a fever.

MATHEMATICS: Do continue with memorization of basic multiplication facts - to include basic addition and subtraction facts.

SCIENCE: What makes a physical change?  or a chemical change?  How do we observe these changes?

SOCIAL STUDIES: America Grows with the entry of newcomers or immigrants from all parts of the world, having different ethnic groups. 

WRITING: To improve our writing we learn to rewrite drafts and review our writing with a rubric, the "Writing POLICE".



  1. “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.”


  2. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”


  3. “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.”


  4. “Honor thy father and mother.”


  5. “Thou shalt not kill.”


  6. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”


  7. “Thou shalt not steal.”


  8. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”


  9. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.”


  10. “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.”



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."


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)



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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