Sparks' Notes

09-08-15

Chromebook Deployment

Fourth graders will be issued Chromebooks next week. In order for your students to get one, please complete the four blue links on the Digital Device Deployment page. The first link will direct you to MySchoolBucks.com to pay the $40 fee.

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Excellence


Math: Addition & Subtraction Strategies

Science: Matter

Social Studies: Regions of Texas

Writing: Setting Up Writer's Workshop

Reading: Character & Setting Up Reader's Workshop

Language: Parts of Speech & Simple Subject & Predicate


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

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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.

You've Won the Homework Lottery!

These students turned in their reading logs on Friday with all four night's of reading homework recorded! Great job!


Michelle, Maria, Dominick, Emily, Amina, Carmelo, & Mikaela


Next week, I'm including both reading and math logs. I'm expecting to have many winners! :-)

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. provide - to give to or make available for
  2. evidence - facts or information that make you believe that something is true
  3. inference - conclusion reached on the basis of evidence
  4. support – to provide evidence for an idea or theory
  5. describe – to explain what something is like
  6. solve – to find a solution or answer for
  7. part – a portion of something bigger
  8. whole – complete or entire
  9. number line – horizontal line with numbers listed in order
  10. pictorial model – a model that uses pictures to represent ideas
  11. difference – number left after subtraction
  12. sum – the answer to an addition problem
  13. economic – relating to how people make money or get supplies
  14. political – about or relating to the government
  15. social – relating to being with a group of people
  16. magnetism – force fields attracting certain metal
  17. temperature – measurement of heat or cold
  18. texture – the feel on the surface of an object
  19. capacity – the ability to contain, hold, or absorb
  20. observe – to watch or study carefully


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

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Fourth Grade Trip to Austin

Friday, Nov. 6th, 5:45am-9:15pm

1100 Congress Avenue

Austin, TX

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


Chaperones - Please send check by Tuesday. We can only take two parents per class. We will draw using the lottery system. Checks will be returned for those not going.


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

Transportation: Chartered coach

Meals provided.

Back to School Information

This folder contains helpful information about our classroom.

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, Sept. 8th

Curriculum Night 6:00 to 7:00 (3rd-5th grade)


Thursday, Sept. 10th

Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick Off


Friday, Sept. 11th

Patriot Day (recognized during Jump Start)

Grandparents' Day Lunch (our lunch is 11:20-11:50)


Tuesday, Sept. 22nd

PTA Meeting 5:45 pm

PTA Bicycle Rodeo & Ice Cream Blast 6-8 pm


Monday, Sept. 28nd

PTA Reflections Contest begins


Thursday, Oct. 1st

Lifetouch individual student pictures