Sparks' Notes

02-15-16

Field Trip to the Apple Store

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 7:30-10:30pm

Apple Store, Frisco, TX, United States

Frisco, TX

Our class is very fortunate and has been allowed to work with Apple to participate in a field trip focusing on digital storytelling.


On February 17, we will be traveling to Frisco's Stonebriar Mall and learning about digital storytelling using Macbooks before the store opens to the public at 10:00 am. Because this opportunity occurs before the store opens, we will be LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY at 7:30 am. Please be sure to send back the gold permission slip (in Tuesday folders or linked below) by Friday. We're going to have a great time learning some new digital skills!


Permission Slip Link

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

Order and pay online: ybpay.lifetouch.com 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: Initiative


Math: Fractions

Science: Ecosystems

Social Studies: Cultures of Texas

Writing: Expository Writing (Writing to Explain)

Reading: Drama

Language: Sentence combining, revision, and editing


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, Deuce!

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


Deuce was recognized by his classmates as demonstrating loyalty! 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 www.edmodo.com.

  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 www.edmodo.com 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. unequal - not even or matched, not the same
  2. common denominator - the same denominator shared by multiple fractions
  3. common numerator - the same numerator shared by multiple fractions
  4. compose - to create or make up
  5. decompose - to break into smaller parts
  6. carbon dioxide - chemical exhaled in gas form when breathing
  7. oxygen - a type of gas important for life
  8. habitat - place where an animal or plant normally lives
  9. terrarium - a glass container for small plants or animals
  10. interact - work or function with one another
  11. dependent - relying on someone else for something
  12. drama - a play for the theater, TV, or radio
  13. narrator - the person who tells a story
  14. script - written text of a play or movie
  15. heritage - property or traditions passed down
  16. Strawberry Festival - a cultural festival celebrated in Poteet, Texas
  17. Oktoberfest - a German cultural festival celebrated usually in the fall
  18. Cinco de Mayo - Mexican holiday on the fifth of May
  19. Fiesta de San Antonio - a cultural festival celebrating the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto
  20. initiative - energy to start new things

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 23 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

Wednesday, Feb. 17th

Field Trip to Apple store - Meet in cafeteria

Bus LEAVES at 7:30 am!!!


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