# The Bast Weekly Blast

### Week of January 4, 2016

Welcome back!!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and amazing Christmas Break!

I loved seeing all my smiling Third Graders this morning!

We are diving right into curriculum this week. Students will be bringing home a January Dojo calendar and Weekly Homework Sheet. All students will have Math homework on Tuesday and Thursday.

Looking forward to a fantastic first week of 2016!

Sincerely,

Ms. Bast

## 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!!

Check it out!!

## Attendance Goal Reward

We have met the 7 days of 95% or better attendance goal. So, Tuesday, January 5th will be PAJAMA DAY!!

Be sure to send tennis shoes for PE and recess. Please make sure to wear something warm enough to go outside for recess! Thanks!

Several students in our class met the 50 point goal for First Semester. They will be celebrating on January 22nd.

If your child did not meet the first semester goal, don't fret! Get started Second Semester today!

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 www.scholastic.com! 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 write...no fear of the check getting lost...no 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!

The Singapore math book teaches the students to use the “finger trick” to multiply by nine.

However, I know that some parents dislike this method. So, here is another method we will be learning to help students multiply by 9 easily.

Additionally, students can think of the 9s table as an increasing/decreasing chart.

## This Week's Spelling Words

Spelling Pattern(s):

/ou/ and /ow/ words

## A Sneak Peek at Our Week!

Monday 01-04:

• Country Research Project - Publishing
• Non Fiction Writing - Publishing
• Multiplication & Division by 8
• /ou/ and /ow/ Words
• Rounding Review
• From Town to City and Coming to the U.S. (immigration)

Tuesday 01-05:

• Country Research Project - Publishing
• Non Fiction Writing - Publishing
• Multiplication & Division by 8
• /ou/ and /ow/ Words
• Rounding Review
• A New Start (migration)

Wednesday 01-06:

• Country Research Project - Publishing
• Non Fiction Writing - Publishing
• Multiplication & Division by 8
• /ou/ and /ow/ Words

Thursday 01-07:

• Country Research Project - Publishing
• Non Fiction Writing - Publishing
• Multiplication & Division by 9
• /ou/ and /ow/ Words
• Theme vs. Lesson Review
• Timelines

Friday 01-08:

• Country Research Project - Publish & Turn In
• Non Fiction Writing - Publish & Turn In
• Multiplication & Division by 9
• /ou/ and /ow/ Words Assessment
• Theme vs. Lesson Review
• Bar Graphs

## Homework

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.

Thanks!

## Weather!!

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"!!

Thanks!

## Attitudes of the Month: Confidence

Confidence is having self-assurance or belief in one's ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what has been learned, and making appropriate decisions.

## 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!!