# Sparks' Notes

### 1100 Congress Avenue

#### Austin, TX

This is a fantastic trip where your child will learn so much about the history of our state.

Chaperones - Notes will be coming home on Tuesday to those that have been randomly selected to be chaperones. Thank you so much!

Cost: \$90 per child - Due Sept. 25th (If finances are an issue, please communicate this.)

Transportation: Chartered coach

Meals provided.

## What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Excellence

Science: Matter

Social Studies: Regions of Texas

Writing: Setting Up Writer's Workshop

Language: Parts of Speech & Simple Subject & Predicate

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

## You've Won the Homework Lottery!

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

Maria, Addison, Emily, Amina, & Doris

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. greater than – being of a larger amount or total
2. operations - mathematical processes used in equations
3. definition – the explanation of a meaning
4. predict -to estimate what will happen in the future
5. freeze - to turn liquid into solid
6. melt - to change from solid to liquid
7. evaporation - process of vaporizing liquid to gas
8. condensation - process of a gas cooling and forming a liquid
9. determine - to figure something out, to set or fix
10. detail - an important piece of information that supports the topic
11. plot - main storyline or pattern of events
12. sequence - the order of things that are connected
13. revise - to change and make better
15. draft - an early version or rough sketch
16. organization - the logical order of ideas
17. edit - to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors in writing
18. table - a set of columns or rows to organize data
19. equivalent - something that has the same value or importance
20. less than - having a lower value

You can practice these words on Vocabulary Spelling City at: http://edmodo.spellingcity.com/Benjabc123/

## Parent Homework

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, Sept. 22nd

PTA Meeting 5:45 pm

PTA Bicycle Rodeo & Ice Cream Blast 6-8 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd

Monday, Sept. 28nd

PTA Reflections Contest begins

Destination Imagination Awareness Meeting at Zellars

Tuesday, Sept. 29th

Curriculum Night for PreK - Second Grade

Thursday, Oct. 1st

TACO Talk 6:30 am

Lifetouch individual student pictures

Friday, Oct. 2nd

Clowns on Fire

Friday, Oct. 9th

Early Release

## Michelle Sparks

Specials/Conference: 10:30-11:20

Lunch: 11:20-11:50

Recess: 11:50-12:20