Sparks' Notes

10-12-15

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Fortitude


Math: Multiplication Strategies

Science: Mixtures and Solutions

Social Studies: First Texans Research Project

Writing: Personal Narratives

Reading: Informational Text

Language: Parts of Speech & Subject & Predicate


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

Congratulations to Doris, who we selected as our classroom Student of the Week, for showing the life skill of fortitude!

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

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 8am-2:30pm

1155 Union Cir #310559, Denton, TX 76203 (940) 565-4912

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. Play math games for 20 minutes nightly and complete log. 3. Practice vocabulary words. Test on Friday.

Please check your child's math and reading log nightly to ensure it has been completed.

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You've Won the Homework Lottery!

These students turned in their reading and math logs on Friday with all four nights of reading and math logs recorded! Great job!


Cristian, Trinity, Bella, Michelle, Maria, NIck, Dominick, Addison, Morgan, Isabelle, Emily, Amina, Nehemiah, and Ashlyn


If your child is not showing you the completed reading and math log night, ask to see it. If it is forgotten at school, feel free to bring him/her back to get it. I am here until 5 on most days. I've also included links to the homework above. Thank you so much for doing your part as a parent to help your child develop successful, lifelong habits!

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. conclude - to arrive at a judgment by reasoning
  2. justify - to provide evidence or reasons for
  3. inactive - not doing anything
  4. simile - a comparison statement that uses "like" or "as"
  5. persuade – convince, or influence
  6. Inspiring – relates to that which is motivating
  7. approximately - close to, around
  8. graduated cylinder - container with marks for measuring volume
  9. investigation - process of searching for information
  10. release - to set free from confinement or restraint
  11. absorb - to soak up
  12. diagram - drawing or sketch that makes something clear
  13. evaporation - process of becoming a vapor
  14. sphere - a round, three-dimensional figure
  15. sentence fragment - an incomplete phrase without a subject and verb
  16. commutative property - ability to reorder numbers in a sum or product
  17. distributive property - a process in math that allows you to break factors into their parts, multiply, and then re-add
  18. adobe - brick made of earth and straw
  19. recreation - any form of play or relaxation
  20. service - work done for others


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 7 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

Tuesday, Oct. 13th

Cookie Dough Delivery

Family Reading Night 5:30-7:00 pm


Thursday, Oct. 15th

4th Grade Field Trip to Elm Fork Education Center at U.N.T.


Friday, Oct. 16th

End of First Nine Weeks Grading Period


Week of Oct. 19th-23rd

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Book Fair


Tuesday, Oct. 20th

Donuts for Dad 6:45 am - 7:30 am


Friday, Oct. 23rd

Awards Assembly for First Nine Weeks


Week of Oct. 26th-30th

Red Ribbon Week


Friday, Oct. 30th

Mad Scientist Day

PTA Fish Fry & Carnival


Friday, Nov. 6th

Fourth Grade Trip to Austin


Tuesday, Nov. 10th

Reflections Art Show


Wednesday, Nov. 11th

Veterans Day Assembly