Sparks' Notes


What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Diligence

Math: Financial Literacy (Check out our latest 3-Act Task)

Science: Adaptations

Social Studies: Railroads & Discovery of Oil

Writing: Short Stories

Reading: Mixed Genres

Language: Sentence combining, revision, and editing

Agenda Link

Don't forget your books for library on Tuesday.

Please be sure to check the Parent Portal for grades regularly.

I staple a weekly grade report to your child's agenda with any missing work listed on the back. I know that you see this as you initial the agenda each evening. This helps your child understand and be in control of his/her own success, as turning in work is the greatest obstacle.

To set up an account, you simply need your student's ID, which is his or her lunch number. Just ask him or her to share this if you haven't already set up an account. As a parent, it is a hugely valuable tool!

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.

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Career Day

Tuesday, April 19th, 8-11am

2600 Hart Road

Little Elm, TX

We would love to hear from our parents about your job or career and the training or education that it took you to prepare for your career. Please feel free to bring any interesting tools that you use on your job and share why you believe education is important.

Please RSVP if you would be willing to present. I will pass along your information to our counselor, Mrs. Robinson. Thank you!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Wanted: Auction Items for Our Auction on May 6th (Anything a fourth grader would like is great!)

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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

  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 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.

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).

Homework - Expect a Baggie Nightly

Homework Expectations: 1. Read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly and complete reading log. 2. NEW CHANGE - Each night students will complete a worksheet, SHOWING ALL WORK. 3. Practice vocabulary words. Test on Friday.

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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. table - a set of columns or rows to organize data
  2. earned - received as payment for doing something
  3. spent - paid money in exchange for goods or services
  4. extend - to make longer or stretch
  5. donate - to give a gift especially to help a cause
  6. prosperous - flourishing or successful, wealthy
  7. oil refinery - an industrial process plant where crude oil is processed and refined into more useful products
  8. industry - a certain type of business activity
  9. historical - concerned with people or events of the past
  10. gushed - flowed quickly and copiously
  11. geologist - one who makes scientific studies of the earth
  12. fund - a supply of money
  13. exchange - to trade something for something else
  14. established - founded, settled or organized
  15. development - change, growth, or progress
  16. dependent - relying on someone else for something
  17. boomtowns - communities that undergo sudden and rapid population and economic growth
  18. industrialization - the process in which communities move from farming to manufacturing goods and services
  19. impact - resulting effect or influence
  20. diligence - constant effort and consistency

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 29 in the yellow section. There are lots of games to help you learn your words!)

Animal Adapations: Owl Pellets

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Dates to Remember

Tuesday, Apr. 19th

Career Day - Speakers Wanted!

Percussion Performance

Friday, Apr. 22nd

Recycle Fashion Show

Saturday, Apr. 23rd

Chavez P.T.A. Color Run

Kinder Round Up at Zellars

Wednesday, April 27th

Kinder Round Up 5:00-8:00

Thursday, April 28th

Kinder Round Up 5:00-7:00

Week of May 2nd

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 9th

Fourth Grade S.T.A.A.R. Math Test - Get a good night's sleep & eat a healthy breakfast.

Tuesday, May 10th

Fourth Grade S.T.A.A.R. Reading Test - Get a good night's sleep & eat a healthy breakfast.

Tuesday, May 17th

Math Reward Day for those that have earned their Golden Gumball.

Friday, May 20th

Reading Counts Field Trip for those that have met their Reading Counts goal.

Tuesday, May 24th

3-5th Grade Field Day

Wednesday, May 25th

Fourth Grade Field Trip to Retractable Technologies Incorporated in Little Elm

Thursday, May 26th

Special Olympics

Tuesday, May 31st

Rocket Day (Viewing the 5th Grade Launches)

Wednesday, June 1st

Awards Assembly at 8:00 am