Sparks' Notes

12-15-14

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Generosity


Math: Decimal Place Value (Homework)

Writing: Historical Research

Reading: Expository Text- Test Wednesday

(Homework: Read 20 minutes a night)

Language: Adjectives, Adverbs, Quotations, and Contractions - Test Thursday

Spelling: Compound Words

(Homework: Spelling Contract - 40 points)

Science: Properties of Soil, Weathering, & Erosion - Test Thursday (review on zondle)

Social Studies: Colonization of Texas - Test Tuesday (review on zondle)


Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for helpful math & spelling videos!


Library on Tuesday. Don't forget your books!


Holiday party is 10:20-11:20 on Friday. Early dismissal at 11:20.

Chromebook Care

  1. Chargers should be plugged in straight on with the rounded end of the adapter facing up. Trying to go at an angle can break the charger or Chromebook itself.
  2. Please be sure to keep case free and clean. Stickers and moisture can damage devices.
  3. 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.
  4. Make sure you bring your Chromebook every day. This is an essential school supply, not an extra.

You've Won the Homework Lottery!

Each week, students have a chance to earn a Homework Lottery ticket through personal responsibility. Each morning, they must turn in their reading and math homework as well as their spelling contract with all points completed on Friday.


Congratulations to these students for showing responsibility! Each will receive a scratch-off Homework Lottery Ticket.


To Be Announced Later This Week (Mrs. Sparks must catch up due to Austin Trip!)

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.



Congratulations to these students for already signing up their parents!

*****Emma, Jesse, Chase, Maryori, Cody, Kayla, Kaylin,*****

*****Talia, Sydni, Celeste, Belle, Malik, & Aidan*****


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

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.

Morning Reading Tutorials

We will begin our morning reading tutorials on Monday, September 29th. Students will go to Mrs. Smith's classroom (108) in the first grade hallway. Tutorials are daily from 7:10-7:40. Students need to attend at least three days a week and arrive on time for this to provide a benefit. I have told my students that for each day attend for the full time, I will provide her/him with a morning snack. Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Smith, who run this fantastic opportunity, will give each child a ticket to give to me as proof of their full attendance that day.


Students who are attending both reading and math may simply alternate days.


If you student did not get a green permission slip and you feel s/he might benefit, please let me know.

Morning Math Tutorials

We will begin our morning math tutorials on Tuesday, October 14th. Students will go to the computer lab. Tutorials are daily from 7:10-7:40. Students need to attend at least three days a week and arrive on time for this to provide a benefit. I have told my students that for each day attend for the full time, I will provide her/him with a morning snack. Mrs. Scott and Mr. Kelson, who run this fantastic opportunity, will give each child a ticket to give to me as proof of their full attendance that day.


Students who are attending both reading and math may simply alternate days.


Permission slips will be in this week's Tuesday folder. If you student does not get a permission slip and you feel s/he might benefit, please let me know.

After School Tutorials

After school tutorials began October 9th. Tutorials will be from 3:00-4:00 on Mondays and Thursdays. Students who stay are welcome to have a healthy snack (no chips, candy, or cookies) and expected to maintain good behavior. It is very important that students are able to walk, bike, or be picked up on time.

Parent Homework

Please do the following with your child:

  1. Check and sign agenda nightly.

  2. Check and sign reading log nightly.

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

  4. Make sure that your child's computer is charged nightly (check that charger is plugged in correctly) and with her/him each moring as s/he leaves.

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

  6. Check out our YouTube Channel for helpful videos.

  7. Sign & return progress reports (every three weeks) and report cards (every nine weeks). A clean copy with be sent home for you to keep.

This Week's Spelling Skill and Rules

Each child needs her/his own set of earbuds or earphones to listen to the spelling test on Friday.


Skill: Compound Words

  1. nearby
  2. homesick
  3. flashlight
  4. goodbye
  5. forever
  6. anything
  7. nevertheless
  8. harmless
  9. upset
  10. understood
  11. make-believe
  12. absent-minded
  13. twenty-two
  14. left-handed
  15. spine-chilling
  16. all right
  17. alarm clock
  18. field trip
  19. life jacket
  20. living room

Spelling tests will be in cursive. Students will be allowed to write in both print and cursive for about six weeks as we transition to this new skill. I have created and posted cursive handwriting video tutorials in Edmodo in the Handwriting and Homework Links folders as well as on our YouTube channel.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, Dec. 16th

Choir Performance at 6:00 pm


Thursday, Dec. 18th

Polar Express Day (Reading in Our PJs!)


Friday, Dec. 19th

Holiday Party at 10:20 am

Early Release at 11:20 am


Dec. 22nd - Jan. 5th

Winter Break


Thursday, Jan. 8th

Report Cards Go Home


Friday, Jan. 9th

Second Nine Weeks Awards Assembly

Parent Volunteer Form

If you are able to help either in our classroom or preparing materials at home, please follow this link to fill out our classroom volunteer form. Thank you!