The Bast Weekly Blast

Week of February 8, 2016

3rd Grade Rocks!!


We have another week of Third Grade under our belts!

We are continuing our Change Your Mindset lessons with weekly videos to remind students what this change should look like, if they are met with a struggle. The videos are great and go right along with what we have learned about having that positive mindset about learning.

I am posting links to the videos on our Facebook page, should you want to review them with your child.

As a reminder, we DO have school on Friday. It is an EARLY-RELEASE day!!

Our Valentines' Party is on Thursday from 12:00 - 1:00. I know moms are in full-swing planning mode!! Valentine boxes and exchange cards may be brought in any time this week. We will exchange cards before we go to lunch on Thursday.

We have Reading eValuate on Thursday morning and Math eValuate on Friday.

I am looking forward to another successful week!

Have a phenomenal week!


Ms. Bast

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Valentine's Day Party

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 12-1pm

Ms. Bast's Classroom

Don't forget to bring in your Valentine's boxes and exchange cards!!
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Exciting NEWS!!!!

Our class now has a Facebook page!! A flyer came home last week to let everyone know and give everyone the FB address, so you could all go out and like our page.

I will be posting upcoming events, photos from class activities and events, videos for homework help, reminders, and much more!!

Our FB address is:

Check it out!!

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Reading Counts

First semester, Reading Counts celebration was a BIG HIT! Hopefully we will have even more students meet that second semester goal and be able to join in on the fun!!

In addition to the school-wide goals, we also have class rewards as well. Students will receive a special reward for meeting each goal on the chart! Since we introduced the reward system last Wednesday, several students have been reading up a storm to earn those points!!

Who would have thought that Lunch with Ms. Bast would be such a coveted reward?!?!??!

Keep up the fabulous work!!

Get reading and taking those quizzes!! I know you can do it!!

Scholastic Book Orders!!

Did you know?!

You can order Scholastic books online at! It is super easy to set up an account! Once you have set it up, you are ready to get ordering. Our class code is: HXT26.

I have requested some paper book club forms, but haven't received them yet! So, this is an easy way to buy books for your child. No checks to fear of the check getting losing the order forms. Just a few clicks and payment information and Viola! You are finished!!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

This Week's Spelling Words

Spelling Pattern(s):

R-Controlled Vowel Sounds (-ar, -or)

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A Sneak Peek at Our Week!

Monday 02-08:

  • Fairy Tale Story Elements
  • Persuasive Speeches - Revise and Edit
  • Meters & Kilometers
  • R-Controlled Vowels (-ar & -or)
  • eValuate Error Analysis
  • Immigration

Tuesday 02-09:

  • Fairy Tales - Comparing Characters in Different Versions
  • Persuasive Speeches - Revise and Edit
  • Meters & Kilometers
  • Counselor with Ms. Stark
  • R-Controlled Vowels (-ar & -or)
  • eValuate Error Analysis

Wednesday 02-10:

  • Fairy Tales - Compare/Contrast Movies to Books
  • Persuasive Speeches - Revise and Edit
  • Meters & Kilometers
  • R-Controlled Vowels (-ar & -or)
  • eValuate Error Analysis
  • Immigrants

Thursday 02-11:

  • Reading eValuate Assessment
  • Persuasive Speeches - Revise and Edit
  • Meters & Kilometers
  • R-Controlled Vowels (-ar & -or)
  • Valentine's Day Party

Friday 02-12: Happy Valentine's Day Weekend!!

  • Valentine Acrostic or Shape Poems
  • Persuasive Speeches - Revise and Edit
  • Math eValuate
  • R-Controlled Vowels (-ar & -or)
  • Early Release


Students will be bringing home a reading log with a response section at the bottom on one side and their assignment grid on the other.

Any additional homework assigned SHOULD be written on the log. The students are tasked with doing this each day. It is their responsibility to make sure the assignment log is filled out before they leave each day.

Homework Passes: Students must receive permission in advance for using a Homework Pass on individual assignments. Students can use a Homework Pass on the reading response section on the assignment sheet, but not on the reading log.

We have a homework binder and students are expected to write down missing assignments and their reason for not having it. Students will be expected to finish their assignments in Study Hall on the day due. Ms. Bast will initial the assignment when completed and turned in.


Front Row Ed

Below is a link to Front Row Ed. We use it in class to practice both Math & Reading Skills. Students can access it at home as well. It is as simple as entering their first and last names and our class code: 8pp5az (all lowercase, no spaces).

This is a great website for students to practice the skills we are learning in class. It is very similar to the eValuate test we take every month and the MAP test we will be taking in the Spring. We can use all the practice we can get to reach those proficient scores!

I assign math and reading to the class for intervention time. In the coming weeks, students will begin having a homework assignment on Front Row as well. If a student does not have access to the internet at home, please send me a note and I will make sure he or she has time to complete the assignment in class.

Have your child sign in and show you around!!


Be sure to dress for the weather and cold temperatures.

Please make sure students are bringing coats, gloves, hats, etc to school each day. We will go outside for recess, weather permitting.

Students will not be permitted to "borrow" a coat from Lost & Found to use. Too often those "borrowed" items don't get returned and are sometimes damaged. Also, as you all know, before Christmas Break, we had a pretty bad "bug" epidemic in the school, and I would love to keep our room "Bug Free"!!


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Attitudes of the Month: Appreciation

Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.

Ms. Christy Bast

This is my fifth year teaching; my first year in Third Grade. I live in O'fallon, and I have a six-year old Boxer named Sophie. I love to read, write, and draw. I also like to go hiking, take Sophie to the dog park or on a walk, and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Sophie and I are lucky to share our lives with Anabelle (8), William (6), and Charlotte (4) and their dad. We like to spend our family times exploring parks, swimming, watching movies, creating art projects, and attending lots of extracurricular events. Anabelle loves Cheer and is looking forward to joining the Sign Language club this year. William is a soccer star in the making. He is training to be a goalie!! Charlotte is our little dancer. She has some sassy little dance moves she loves to show off. All in all, we keep ourselves busy!!

I am pleased to be your child's teacher this year. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Follow Our Class on Twitter!!

I will be using Twitter to post class updates periodically! Stop by and check it out!

My twitter handle is: @teacherbast

So, you can search for me and begin following our updates!