Sparks' Notes

02-08-16

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Field Trip to the Apple Store

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 7:30-10:30pm

Apple Store, Frisco, TX, United States

Frisco, TX

Our class is very fortunate and has been allowed to work with Apple to participate in a field trip focusing on digital storytelling.


On February 17, we will be traveling to Frisco's Stonebriar Mall and learning about digital storytelling using iPads before the store opens to the public at 10:00 am. Because this opportunity occurs before the store opens, we will be LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY at 7:30 am. Please be sure to send back the gold permission slip (in Tuesday folders or linked below) by Friday. We're going to have a great time learning some new digital skills!


Permission Slip Link

Our campus is participating in the American Heart Associations' Jump Rope for Heart. Don't forget to send your pledges back this week!

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The yearbook is NOW on sale. You may purchase through the school or online. The basic book is $20.

Order and pay online: ybpay.lifetouch.com ID Code: 10305116


Order at school: Make checks payable to Chavez Elementary or pay in cash.

What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Loyalty


Math: Equivalent Fractions & Comparing Fractions

Science: Ecosystems

Social Studies: Symbols of Texas

Writing: Expository Writing (Writing to Explain)

Reading: Drama

Language: Sentence combining


Agenda Link


Don't forget your books for library on Tuesday.

Academic Fair Projects

Mrs. Sparks Fourth Grade

Congratulations to Our Student of the Week, Ashlyn!

As students learn about life principles for success as part of our Great Expectations program, they vote weekly for students to exemplify these traits.


Ashlyn was recognized by her classmates as demonstrating character! Way to go!

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. 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. benchmark fraction - common fractions that are used for comparison to other numbers
  2. number line - horizontal line with numbers listed in order
  3. reasonableness - state of having good sense and sound judgment
  4. area model - a visual representation of multiplication using a grid
  5. pictorial model - a model that uses pictures to represent ideas
  6. producer - people or thing that makes something
  7. consumer - a person or animal who eats something
  8. photosynthesis - chemical process where plants create sugar
  9. ecosystem - all of an area's living and nonliving things
  10. food web - interrelated patterns of eating among organisms
  11. food chain - living things dependent on each other for food
  12. devices - instruments made for a particular purpose
  13. reason - to argue by appealing to someone's intellect
  14. refine - to improve or perfect something
  15. ethnic - of or relating to national or cultural origins
  16. refugees - people who have to leave their country, especially because of war
  17. immigrants - people who travel to another country to live
  18. Anglo - a white American of non-Hispanic descent
  19. Latino - an American of Hispanic descent
  20. loyalty - faithfulness towards a person or thing

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 22 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

Week of Feb. 8th-12th

Chavez Library Scholastic Book Fair


Friday, Feb. 12th

Valentine's Day Party 1:45-2:30 pm


Monday, Feb. 15th

No School: Student Holiday/Staff Development Day


Saturday, Feb. 20th

Saturday School for Invited Students


Wednesday, Feb. 24th

Class & Spring Individual Pictures


Saturday, Feb. 27th

Saturday School for Invited Students


Tuesday, Mar. 1st

4th Grade Math Benchmark


Wednesday, Mar. 2nd

4th Grade Reading Benchmark


Friday, Mar. 4th

Grandparent's Lunch 11:20-11:50


Week of March 7th-11th

No School: Spring Break