Sparks' Notes

04-27-15

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Resilience


Math: Reviewing (Homework)

Writing: Literary Essays

Reading: Multi-Genre (Homework: Read 20 minutes a night)

Language: Editing & Revision

Spelling: /k/, /ng/, and /kw/ spellings

(Homework: Spelling Contract - 40 points)

Science: Traits & Adaptations (Test Wednesday-review "Traits and Adaptations")

Social Studies: Texas Industry & Urbanization


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


Library is every Tuesday. Don't forget your books!

Owl Pellets

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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.

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, Aidan, & Giannie*****


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: /k/, /ng/,and /kw/ spellings


  1. risky
  2. mistake
  3. skeleton
  4. blanket (repeated on list by mistake)
  5. track
  6. struck
  7. attack
  8. reckless
  9. ache
  10. topic
  11. public
  12. peculiar
  13. blank
  14. junk
  15. banker
  16. equal
  17. question
  18. earthquake
  19. request


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, April 28th

Percussion Concert at 6:00 pm


Friday, May 1st

Career Day


Week of May 4th - 8th

Teacher Appreciation Week


Monday, May 4th

Choir Attends Pride of Texas Music Festival


Tuesday, May 5th

School of Rock Concert at 6:00 pm


Tuesday, May 12th

Spring Choir Concert at 6:00 pm

Parent Meeting for Science Camp (5th grade) & Austin Capitol Trip (4th grade) 6:30 pm


Friday, May 15th

Reading Counts Field Trip


Tuesday, May 19th

"Aladdin" musical performance at 7:00 pm


Wednesday, May 20th

"Aladdin" musical performance at 1:30 pm


Friday, May 22nd

Recycle Fashion Show at 1:30 pm


Friday, May 29th

Field Day

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!