Sparks' Notes

01-19-15

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Dependability


Math: Place Value, Addition, & Subtraction - Test Wed. (Zondle Review / Kahoot Review) / Thur. & Fri.: Fractions (Homework - will be posted on Thursday)

Writing: Expository - Adding reasons with specific details and examples

Reading: Connections Between Texts

(Homework: Read 20 minutes a night)

Language: Homophones & Idioms

Spelling: Prefixes and Suffixes

(Homework: Spelling Contract - 30 points)

Science: Water Cycle & Moon Phases

Social Studies: Texas Revolution - Finishing Up Academic Fair books


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


Library on Tuesday. Don't forget your books!

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.


Chase, Cody, Danny, Kayla, Kaylin, Talia, Sydni, Celeste, Belle, Emily, Aidan, & Kylee

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: Prefixes & Suffixes

  1. disconnect
  2. disagree
  3. disappear
  4. dishonest
  5. dislike
  6. prepare
  7. prevent
  8. prepay
  9. pretest
  10. premature
  11. champion
  12. ambition
  13. suspicion
  14. enjoyment
  15. movement
  16. replacement
  17. friendly
  18. monthly
  19. daily
  20. quickly


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, Jan. 27th

Academic Fair at 6:00 pm

*We have been researching events from the Texas Revolution and are writing non-fiction books. If students would also like to build models (many are focusing on the Alamo) to share as well, they are welcome to do so. :-)


Week of Feb. 9th - 13th

Book Fair


Tuesday, Feb. 10th

Muffins for Mom 7:00 am


Monday, Feb. 16th

President's Day - Student Holiday


Wednesday, Feb. 18th

3rd & 4th grade reading benchmark tests


Thursday, Feb. 19th

3rd & 4th grade reading & 5th grade science benchmark tests


Tuesday, Feb. 24th

3rd Grade Choir Performance at 6:00 pm


Friday, Feb. 27th

Early Release at 11:20 am due to afternoon staff development

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!