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





  • MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope you enjoyed the School Christmas Program.  It was beautiful to see the 3rd Graders and everyone decked out in their Sunday best.  

  • IN RELIGION we completed Ch. 9 - God is Just and Merciful of our “Christ Our Life.”  More significantly, we had discussed the season of Advent, topping our lesson with a Jesse Tree creation.

  • THIRD GRADERS have been working on Multiplication Concepts and Facts, and did very well in their test covering Ch 5.  Congratulations for the hard work, persistence and being self-motivated.

  • WE HAVE made book reports.  In  Science, we covered the Periodic Table of Elements.

  • IN SOCIAL STUDIES we have put together a graphic organizer on the Native American tribes -the Powhatans, the Sioux and the Hopi and will continue exploring America in its early years come January.


  • TO ALL THE THIRD GRADERS for sharing their singing voices at school mass on the Feast of St. Lucy, and for their number at the Christmas Program, and making strides in their learning.

  • TO ALL THE 3RD GRADE PARENTS with their care and support in our class and learning.

  • WHILE WE are thrilled with our break from school, BE SAFE!  Ensure you watch your step on icy paths.  Stay warm and merry.

  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL from winter break is the SECOND DAY OF THE NEW YEAR!

  • ASK YOUR CHILD “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. We hope to further develop our fluency or easy recall of basic fact families.

  • THANK YOU for continuing your work with memorizing the multiplication facts.  The hope is that in 2 minutes, your student can solve 40 basic facts, be it in addition, subtraction or multiplication. Flashcards will be helpful for doing occasional drills.

  • HOMEWORK: faithfully filling up the Home Reading Log and enjoying what you read (Some have chosen to read biographies.)

  • FEEL FREE to contact me for concerns you may have, email: jnacanaynay@stpx.org.

  • TO MRS. DWYER, MRS. KINDELL, MRS. VANHOLLEBEKE and other school staff making our Christmas Program memorable.

  • FOR BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS as we look forward to the NEW YEAR, 2018.



READING: Reading logs are due on Wednesday, January 3.

Third Graders are to read 20 minutes every day.

  • No other homework is due.
  • Be safe always, be aware of slippery paths.
  • Enjoy this Advent and Christmas season with family and friends.

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

SCIENCE: Keep yourself familiar with and curious about elements and the Periodic Table. Recall common elements, their sources and/or uses.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The Native Americans and Pioneering Settlers.

WRITING: Thank you for the hard work on completing book reports and for those eager to read a biography over the holidays.


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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