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 WEEK students have been learning more about the Rosary, read “If You Made a Million”, are understanding more about landforms, seasons and the moon. In Math we are learning about Mental Math, estimation and problem solving.

  • YOUR CHILD was recently tested on basic math facts, and on a weekly basis, we will have a “Mad Minute.”  

  • THANK YOU  very much to Tony Pham, Lisa Peato and Tony Gomez who graciously joined us that day for the walk and trip to the library, and thanks to the librarians who accommodated the Third Graders as we sought to research on more facts regarding the solar system.

  • YOU MAY have seen changes in regard to homework expectations.  Please feel free to offer any feedback or comments.

  • NEXT WEEK, I will show the class the video “The Power to Protect” from the series “Protecting God’s Children Touching Safety Program.


  • THANK YOU for all you do for your wonderful kids!

  • IF YOU expressed an interest to volunteer, please let me know if you have the VIRTUS training completed.

  • ASK YOUR CHILD about what they may have learned in school.  You may drill them in “what numbers make a ten… or a hundred.”  For example, you may say any number between 1 to 100, and their response is to be a number that makes  groupings of tens OR a number that completes it to make 100. (Say “37” and the proper response would be “3” - to make 40, or “63” to make 100.)

  • YOUR STUDENT should take homework home every day from Monday - Thursday.  Most homework is due the following day, a few will be due on Monday.

  • 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 ALL PARENTS who came to the Parent-Teacher Conferences to offer valuable feedback and suggestions, thank you.

  • FOR those who expressed an interest to volunteer, please let me know what days you are available to come during the week.  I may have you work one-on-one with a student, or help in art projects, or planning for field trips.



Reading Logs are due Oct 23.

Third Graders are to read 20 minutes every day.  This reading assignment is recorded in the log sheet that is also signed by a parent or guardian when it is completed.

Spelling tests are every Friday.

  1. proud

  2. shower

  3. hour

  4. amount

  5. voyage

  6. choice

  7. avoid

  8. thousand

  9. prowl

  10. employ

  11. bounce

  12. poison

  13. annoy

  14. appoint

  15. broil


Challenge Words


  1. however

  2. mountain

  3. coward

  4. turmoil

  5. chowder


SAINT OF THE WEEK: Pope St. John XXIII.  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.




 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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