Welcome to Third Grade!

Hello Parents and Students!
I hope you all are excited about this coming year as I am. My name is Ms. Christine Fuentes and I will be the Third Grade teacher at St. Mary, Star of the Sea.

This past year I have been blessed with the opportunity to work at St. Mary’s as the Second Grade aide, a substitute for elementary and middle school, and a long term substitute for Third Grade. I was raised here in Oceanside, California and at a very young age was part of the St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish. Volunteering and serving my community is a very important value for my family and I; in saying that, any volunteering opportunity that was available, I tried my best to participate in.

I graduated in June 2014 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelors of Art in Linguistics (Spanish Emphasis) and have a background in Biochemistry and Education. After graduating, I decided to dedicate a year of service and volunteer through an Americorps program called City Year. I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and served as a third grade tutor, mentor, and as the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coordinator at a failing elementary. While that year was full of challenges, I gained more experience and a stronger passion for education than I could ever read about.

Please let me take this opportunity to explain the environment and educational practices of Saint Mary’s Third Grade class. Our class is a child centered, Christian faith-based learning environment. We begin each day with our “Three P’s” Prayer, Pledge, and Poem. As we start our day we reflect on ways we can make today a great day by reminding one another of Third the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” We also acknowledge that the day may bring challenges and we proclaim that we can take on all challenges with Christ as our helper (Philippians 4:13).

Language Arts
The art of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will be practiced in every content area, which includes Social Studies, Science and Religion. Third Graders are at the right age and will begin learning the skill of note taking. They will be required to read the lessons as I display them on the front board, to write them onto paper, to listen as we discuss the notes, and to reflect orally in response to the notes. Note taking may be challenging at first, but after a few months the children will get comfortable and accustomed to the classroom expectations and practices and parents appreciate the notes when looking over the day’s work.

For Additional information on Standards:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/elacontentstnds.pdf

Reading Instruction
Third grade is a pivotal point in a student’s education because, this is the year that students move from learning to read — decoding words using their knowledge of the alphabet — to reading to learn. The books children are expected to master are no longer simple texts, but fact-filled texts on the solar system, Native Americans, the Civil War. Furthermore, Children are taught how to navigate their way through book parts and resource materials, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.

Writing Instruction
Writing instruction is geared toward teaching students how to select topics, to identify the reading audience, and to present information in paragraph form. Grammar, spelling and vocabulary lessons are taught separate from the writing lessons, but then come into play during the writing process in the editing phase. In order to foster writing skills, reading comprehension, speaking skills and listening skills, the children are offered many opportunities for group work and presentations.

Mathematics
Third Grade Mathematics may be challenging, but it full of rewards. Students will learn to understand the base-ten number system, multiplication division facts by repetition and other various learning style methods, fractions/decimals- to name just a few of the major concepts. Lessons from day to day move quickly, so it is crucial that students repeat problems over and over to retain understanding. We have daily Multiplication drills in order to promote automaticity of the facts, speeding up the process when learning to multiply and divide with greater numbers.

For Additional information on Standards:
http://http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/mathstandards.pdf

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech” Titus 2:7-8

That is my promise to you as parents and students. I will continue to create and provide a loving, trusting, joyful, and productive environment in our Third Grade class. I want my students to see me as someone who is here to help them and continuously cheer them on, and not as someone who is here to “point fingers at.” By embracing a loving and trusting relationship we can create a joyful and productive learning environment. Please come by anytime to peek in on our confident and responsible group of children as we go about our daily business. I would be glad to take a couple of moments to greet you and answer any questions you may have.

Sincerely,
Ms. Fuentes
cfuentes@stmarystars.com

Contact Me

You can contact me at the school at (760) 722 - 7259 or you can email me at: cfuentes@stmarystars.com

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