Sparks' Notes


Our campus is participating in the American Heart Associations' Jump Rope for Heart. See details in this week's Tuesday folder.

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The yearbook is NOW on sale. You may purchase through the school or online. The basic book is $20.

Order and pay online: ID Code: 10305116

Order at school: Make checks payable to Chavez Elementary or pay in cash.

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Character

Math: Decimals & Fractions

Science: Earth Patterns & Ecosystems

Social Studies: Symbols of Texas

Writing: Expository Writing (Writing to Explain)

Reading: Drama & Biography

Language: Sentence combining

Agenda Link

Don't forget your books for library on Tuesday.

Academic Fair Projects

Mrs. Sparks Fourth Grade

Congratulations to Our Student of the Week, Bella!

As students learn about life principles for success as part of our Great Expectations program, they vote weekly for students to exemplify these traits.

Bella was recognized by her classmates as demonstrating humility! Way to go!

Morning Tutorials Are Open - 7:10-7:40 am

We offer daily reading and math computerized tutorials that begin at 7:10 and go until 7:40. Students who have shown up on time and have come with fidelity (every day) have made significant gains.

In our class, students who attend will receive a healthy snack when they bring their attendance ticket to me.

Important!!! Be Sure to Join Us On:

Edmodo - Our Communication System & Protected Learning System

  1. Go to

  2. Have your student sign in. (Username and password are inside front agenda cover.)

  3. Scroll down the left side of the page until you see Parent Code. Write this code down.

  4. Logout (upper right corner, click on “Me” and select Logout).

  5. Go to and select “I’m a Parent” (under blue box that reads “I’m a Teacher”).

  6. Enter your student’s code and set up your account.

  7. Click here to see what features you see as a parent.

  8. Make sure to go Account (upper right corner, click on “Me”) and select "Settings". You can select to have email or text alerts for specific items.

On our Edmodo site, you can see:

  1. Daily agenda (planner/calendar)

  2. Homework links (Folder->Classroom Information)

  3. Student progress

  4. Assignments

  5. Subject area links

  6. Classroom pictures

Chromebook Care

  1. Determine a fixed spot to plug in your Chromebook EVERY night so that it is charged and ready to go the next day. We have found that this step is crucial to keeping your Chromebook working properly. Keep your charger in your laptop bag when not charging.
  2. Please be sure to keep case free and clean. Stickers and moisture can damage devices.
  3. Make sure you bring your Chromebook every day in the computer bag/sleeve. This is an essential school supply, not an extra.
  4. Monitor your child's computer usage in a common area.
  5. If students are not taking care of their computer responsibly, computers will stay at school. If you would prefer that it stays at school, please just let me know.
Homework - Expect a Baggie Nightly

Homework Expectations: 1. Read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly and complete reading log. 2. NEW CHANGE - Each night students will complete a worksheet, SHOWING ALL WORK. 3. Practice vocabulary words. Test on Friday.

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This Week's Vocabulary Words

Each child will be tested on Friday. Students are expected to be able to use these words in sentences. These are words we use day-to-day, so a functional use is critical to learning and understanding.

  1. numerator - the top number of a fraction; amount of parts of the whole
  2. denominator - the bottom part of a fraction; how many parts are in the whole
  3. improper fraction - a fraction whose numerator is larger than the denominator
  4. portion - amount, share, allotment, or part
  5. unit fraction - a fraction with one as the numerator
  6. actual - existing in fact
  7. autobiography - true life story written by and about the author
  8. biography - written history of the life of a person
  9. conclusion - the result, end or finish of something
  10. similarity - a shared likeness
  11. transition - a change from one sentence or paragraph to another
  12. homophone - same sound but different spelling and/or meaning
  13. prepositional phrase - words beginning with words like "in, with, to"
  14. emblem - distinctive symbol or insignia
  15. radiance - extraordinary brightness
  16. Texas Our Texas - the state song of Texas
  17. pledge - to make a promise
  18. allegiance - loyalty to a country or cause
  19. indivisible - unable to be split into smaller parts
  20. character - what you are or do when no one is watching

You can practice these words on Edmodo using the Vocabulary Spelling City app.

(Click on the 2x2 array of on the far right. When the apps window opens, select Vocabulary Spelling City, and go to Vocabulary Week 21 in the yellow section. There are lots of games to help you learn your words!)

Parent Portal Link for Checking Student Grades

To set up your account, enter your email address as your username. If you don't' remember your password, click the link. If at any time you are prompted for your student's ID number, just ask her/him to tell you her/his lunch number.

Parent Homework

Please do the following with your child:

  1. Check and sign agenda nightly.

  2. Check that reading homework and log are completed nightly.

  3. Check that math homework and log are completed nightly.

  4. Look through Tuesday folder and sign and return the next day (keep the work).

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

Book Orders Due (Class Code: GRH8G)

Friday, Feb. 5th

Family Fit Night

Week of Feb. 8th-12th

Chavez Library Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 9th

Chavez PTA Muffins for Mom 6:30-7:15

Friday, Feb. 12th

Valentine's Day Party 1:45-2:30 pm

Monday, Feb. 15th

No School: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day

Saturday, Feb. 20th

Saturday School for Invited Students

Wednesday, Feb. 24th

Class & Spring Individual Pictures

Saturday, Feb. 27th

Saturday School for Invited Students

Tuesday, Mar. 1st

4th Grade Math Benchmark

Wednesday, Mar. 2nd

4th Grade Reading Benchmark

Friday, Mar. 4th

Grandparent's Lunch 11:20-11:50

Week of March 7th-11th

No School: Spring Break