Third Grade

Pete Monga

Highlights of 3rd Grade:

  • Native American Studies
  • Outdoor Education

 

About Mr. Monga

Pete Monga has taught at St. Francis since 2000. Prior to teaching at St. Francis, he taught one year at Flowery School in Sonoma and prior to that, he was a licensed Psychiatric Tech for 18 years. He fell in love with teaching while actively volunteering in his son’s school. Before moving into the third grade classroom he taught technology for 15 years. Mr. Monga remains actively involved with our school’s Technology Plan. He continues to serve on the school’s technology committee and is excited to integrate technology into the classroom now. Mr. Monga has been instrumental in creating and maintaining the school-wide recycling program which now includes an active composting program. His commitment to the environment has not only helped the earth, but has reduced the school’s garbage collection bill by over $125 per month. Another program Mr. Monga has organized is our annual “Jump Rope for Heart.” You might say this is near and dear to Mr. Monga’s heart as he himself has heart disease. Mr. Monga has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sonoma State University and a Masters degree in counseling from John F. Kennedy University. He earned his Multi-Subject teaching credential from Chapman University and is extremely pleased to be a member of the St. Francis School community. He has been married 19 years to Vicki Monga who is a second grade elementary teacher for the last 34 years. They both enjoy hiking and kayaking and are avid outdoor enthusiasts.

Email Mr. Monga at: stf.pmonga@saintfrancissolano.org

Our 3rd Grade Classroom is also supported by classroom aide and art teacher, Mrs. Cordero.

Some dates and things to remember:

– Every Tuesday and Thursday is math homework help from 3:00 to 3:40. Attendance is voluntary.
– Work on math addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts, they are the foundation of all math.

Flashcards, math apps, spontaneous math problems are all useful tools. Consider working on daily.

–  Encourage daily reading.

Language Arts

We study grammar, story writing and editing. We read novels, such as Stuart Little, Ramona the Pest, and Charlotte’s Web. The students read a biography and present an oral report, as well as designing a biography bottle. The students’ imagination is encouraged to develop and be used in their story telling.

Math

The Third Graders learn multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, money, and geometry, all using the Common Core Standards.

Science

Our Science consists of FOSS kits; “Ideas and Inventions”, “Physics of Sound”, and “Structures of Life”. All activities are ‘hands on’ and are aimed at small group instruction.

Social Studies

We study Native Americans, the Land, Settlers in the Northwest, Settlers moving West, and the History of Sonoma County.

Religion

In 3rd grade we focus on the different Church Communities. We are a Believing, Praying, Caring, and Ministering Community. In the Spring we begin Family Life. We learn that we are unique and loving people, who are always changing.