Sparks' Notes

09-22-14

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Respect


Math: Multiplication & Division

(Homework: Mon. -Wed./Review on Thur.) Test Friday

Writing: Writing Fictional Stories

Reading: Poetry

(Homework: Read 20 minutes a night)

Language: Parts of Speech, Simple Subject & Predicate, and Compound Sentences

Spelling: Final Long e Sound

(Homework: Spelling Contract - 40 points)


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

This Week's Chromebook Extra

Parents, you can help your child have access to free books using this website. Create an account, set preferences (Children's & Middle Grade books using Kindle e-reader), and receive daily (or weekly) emails with links to "buy" and download.

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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, Sydni, Belle, & Emily

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!

*****Jesse, Chase, Maryori, Cody, Keivon, 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. Coming soon - 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.

Back to School Information

This folder contains helpful information about our classroom.

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

  5. Check out our YouTube Channel for helpful videos.

  6. 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: Final Long e Sound

  1. duty
  2. drowsy
  3. plenty
  4. daily
  5. fifty
  6. empty
  7. injury
  8. lonely
  9. colony
  10. steady
  11. hungry
  12. starry
  13. melody
  14. turkey
  15. valley
  16. chimney
  17. alley
  18. hockey
  19. prairie
  20. calorie


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.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd

PTA Meeting with Bicycle Rodeo & Ice Cream at 5:45
Watchdogs (Dads) Pizza Night at 7:00


Wednesday, Sept. 24th

Fourth Grade Field Trip to Elm Fork Education Center at U.N.T.


  • Please be sure that your child has a disposable lunch (unless pre-ordered on permission slip), wears tennis shoes, and brings a coat if cool.
  • If you are able to join us, please follow the buses to U.N.T. (address is 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas). You will need to go in to the front desk and purchase a parking pass for $5.00. It will be a great day!
  • We will be leaving between 8:30 and 8:45.


Thursday, Sept. 25th

Lifetouch Pictures


Monday, Sept. 29th

Cookie Dough Money is Due

  • Please be sure to include both order form and money is the same envelope with your child's name.
  • Thank you for participating and raising funds to help our students!
P.T.A. Reflections Contest begins


Thursday, Oct. 9th

Cookie Dough Rewards Day (during specials)


Friday, Oct. 10th

Early Release
P.T.A. Movie Night


Special Notes:

  • Curriculum Night presentations are located on the campus website at this link.
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!