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My name is Jennifer Velasquez and I am so excited to be a Wildwood Wildcat! This will be my 17th year teaching and my 1st year at Wildwood Elementary.


I am a proud graduate of the University of Houston (GO COOGS!) with a degree in Elementary Education. I have been blissfully married for 9 years and have 3 children.  My oldest is a junior at Klein High School.  My middle child is a freshman at Tomball Star Academy and my youngest is in 2nd Grade here at Wildwood Elementary.


When I am not at school I enjoy reading, watching baseball (Go Astros!), football (Go Texans!) and traveling!   

It is important to me that we are partners in your child's education so please don't hesitate to contact me at any time.


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Field Trip Info

Dear Wonderful Parents,
Today I am sending home permission slips for our Field Trip.  It has a letter that explains all of the details as well as two forms that need to be completed and returned. The third sheet of the packet, the Permission Form, has two places to sign and have been highlighted.
  Please ask you child for the slip and return them as soon as possible.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time!  Looking forward to a fabulous time!
-Jennifer Velasquez
Field Trip Information:  Permission slip MUST be completed, signed and returned for your child to attend by February 26th!
Where: Jesse H. Jones park and Nature Center
             20624 Kenswick Dr. Humble, TX 77338
When: Velasquez Class- Tuesday, March 20th
             We leave WES at 9:00am and return at 1:30pm
If your child is bringing lunch, they will need to bring a sack lunch that can be thrown away after eating.   The students will need to wear tennis shoes and layered clothing.

Weekly Update for Feb. 20-23

Dear Parents,
I first and foremost want to apologize. Being Tuesday, I was completely thrown off and forgot to send homework folders home today.  You can access homework here on Edlio under Homework on the side menu,
February 20-23
Science- We will be studying the phases of the moon and objects in the sky.
Social Studies- We will be choosing a historical figure to research and write a report about. 
Math- We will begin our Measurement Unit! We will continue to be working on telling time to the minute and know between AM and PM. We will also be finding the area of shapes  and measuring length using non-standard units this week. 
Reading - This week we will continue reading and comparing books in a series and focusing on character traits in our books. 
Writing- We will continue writing our Persuasive Writing piece.
Specials this Week-
W, F- Music
T, Th- P.E.
Homework Focus-
Spelling- Lesson 6, TEST will be on Friday!
Facts- Mixed Facts-  A practice sheet will be coming home with your child with the homework every week.  This is the exact test they will be given on Fridays.  Please work on these facts with your child.  We like to see what they can get done in 2 minutes.
Math Focus- Time Review
Upcoming Activities at Wildwood-

 2/23 Go Texan Day – Dress Up in Cowboy duds!

3/1  4th Grade Showcase

3/2  Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – Dress Seuss-y!
3/8 Marcos Pizza Spirit Night
3/9 Field Day
Have a wonderful week!

Weekly Update for Feb. 12-16th

Week of Feb. 12th

Career day was a success! We had so much today having the guests share their jobs with us. We learned about many skills and occupations and had a blast!
Next week:
Valentine's Party is on Wednesday - 2:40-3:25 - Parents are welcome!
The students will decorate a bag in class that morning to collect their cards/goody bags in. I will provide the bags. :) 
No school Friday
Reading & Writing: In reading we are talking about books in a series along with digger deeper in comprehension. A big focus right now is making sure students are understanding and able to think deeper about what they are reading. Help with this at home by asking students questions about the books they are reading. In writing we are working on persuasive writing. Spelling test will be Lesson 5 on Thursday.  
Math: Telling time! Students need to know the difference between the minute hand & hour hand. They will need to understand how to read a clock to the minute. We introduce this on Monday but feel free to start these discussions at home! 
Science: We are studying the Moon phases! We have a pretty cool project next week involving Oreos.  So if you would like to donate a package of double stuffed oreo, it would greatly be appreciated!
Social Studies: Continuing our biography unit/ Tomball reads one book with The One and Only Ivan
We are still in need of Thin black Expo markers and tissues. If you can please send these items it would be greatly appreciated!
Have a wonderful weekend wildcats! 

Weekly Update Feb. 5th- 9th

February 5th-9th

Language Arts: We are beginning a new Unit and are talking about book series as well as digging deeper into comprehension of what the students are reading. In writing we will begin persuasive writing. Students will explore how to persuade an audience through their writing. 
Spelling test this week will be over Lesson 4 . 
Math: We will wrap up adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers and will have a test on Thursday. Please practice homework sheets and review word problems!
Our next unit we will start is telling time, so a great idea to get ahead would be to start talking about clocks, hour hand and minute hand. 
Science: We are beginning a new unit of Exploring objects in the sky! We will begin learning about the moon, sun and planets. 
Social Studies: We will continue our biography unit, along with continuing our district  Tomball Reads One Book event, The One and Only Ivan. 
Friday, 2/9 is Career Day this is a fun day for students to enjoy learning about different careers throughout the day. Your child is also welcome to dress up like what they want to be when they grow up.
Specials this Week-
M, W, F- P.E.
T, Th- Music (Dunn)
Homework Focus-
Spelling- Lesson 4
Facts- Using 10 and doubles to add and subtract
7+6=__, 10+6=__, 4+6=__, 5+10=__, 5+6=__, 7+8=__, 5+0=__, 2+3=__, 12+3=__, 5+7=__, 16+3=__, 8+3=__
15-5=__, 5-3=__, 12-3=__, 16-7=__, 17-8=__, 18-3=__, 14-7=__, 12-6=__, 13-6=__, 15-4=__, 5-0=__, 10-3=__
Math Focus- 3 digit addition and subtraction Test Review
Upcoming Events
2/8  Spirit Night: Spring Creek BBQ
2/9  Career Day – Dress Up and Guest Speakers
2/14 Valentine’s Day Party 
2/16 Student Holiday
2/19 Student Holiday
2/23 Go Texan Day – Dress Up in Cowboy duds!
3/1  4th Grade Showcase
3/2  Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – Dress Seuss-y!
This Thursday, 2/8 is our Spring Creek spirit night from 5-8
Friday, 2/9 is Career Day this is a fun day for students to enjoy learning about different careers throughout the day. Your child is also welcome to dress up like what they want to be when they grow up.
Next Wednesday, 2/14 is Valentine's Day and we will have our class party. You are welcome to join us for the party if you're available, we will exchange Valentine cards or gift bags as a class.  We have 21 students in our class.
We will create a bag in class that day, you are welcome to send items to decorate with such as stickers, paper, etc. that day!
Next Friday, 2/16 and Monday, 2/19 are student holidays!

Weekly Update Jan. 29- Feb. 2

Here are some updates for next week:
Reading & Writing: We will continue poetry throughout the week and wrap it up on Friday with our test. We have been exploring different types of poems and it has been fun seeing the students really get into creating their own. We have talked about identifying rhyming words in poems, visualizing what the poem is about and identifying the moods of different poems.
Spelling:  This week our spelling test will be over Lesson 3 words. 
Math: We will continue with our adding and subtracting of 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping. 
Science: We are learning about different types of weather and take our test on Friday
Social Studies: This week in Social Studies we are beginning our biography unit and start learning about interesting people in history. 
We will go to library on Tuesday, so please make sure students have their books. Also, if you have not returned the signed the brown report card envelope yet please send that back on Monday. 
Have a wonderful week!
Upcoming Events
2/1   PTO Meeting 9:15 in cafeteria
2/8  Spirit Night: Spring Creek BBQ
2/9  Career Day – Dress Up and Guest Speakers
2/14 Valentine’s Day Party – parents invited (separate email coming)
2/16 Student Holiday
2/19 Student Holiday
2/23 Go Texan Day – Dress Up in Cowboy duds!
3/1  4th Grade Showcase
3/2  Dr. Seuss’ Birthday – Dress Seuss-y!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
I am so excited to see all my kids back and in action.  
We have made New Year's Resolutions and have vowed to prepare ourselves for 3rd grade!  
Brief update for this week.  
*There will be no homework this week.  Homework will begin next week, January 16, 2018.  
*Next Monday, January 15th is a Holiday so there will be no classes.  Enjoy your 3 day weekend.
Social Studies: We are beginning timelines, important dates and important people.
Reading/Writing:  We are beginning a Poetry Unit  with our focus on rhythm, rhyme, imagery, and mood.
Math:  We will review 2 digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping and begin 3 digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. Knowing math facts is key to understanding these units so please practice math facts at home! 
Science;  We are beginning our Weather Unit!  
Thank you for your continued support and looking forward to a great second semester!

Dec. 11- Dec. 22

Dear Parents,
I just wanted to update you on the next couple of events until our Holiday break.  
Reading:  I have been administering Independent Reading Level Tests, and will continue for the next week.  Please practice reading and asking question to your child.  I have a list of comprehension questions on my practice tab on this website.
We also will be taking a Fairy Tale test.  We discussed Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. Quiz your child on characteristics of Fable and Fairy tales. 
Math: On December 14th, we will be taking a Math Unit test on 2 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. Please continue to practice regrouping with your child.

On the lighter side....
- December 21st is Polar Express Day.  We will participate in a number of learning activities and fun.  The kids are invited to dress in their pajamas on that day.  We will also enjoy hot chocolate and goodies.  If you are interested in helping out, please sign up through this link:

- 12/14  Spirit Night – Marco’s Pizza Delivery/14 

- December 22nd is the  Holiday Party & Early Release . Parents are more than welcome to join in the festivities. It will be an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:50. Due to the early release, there will be no visitors allowed for Lunch time. 

Dec. 25- January 9 is winter break.  Students return to school on January 10th!

Week of Nov. 26- Dec. 1

Thankful for YOU!

 It is hard to believe that it is almost December. As this year continues to fly by, I want to start by saying thank you parents for helping make this year so great. As we have been talking about our energy bus rule #4, loving your passengers, we have spent time talking about how special everyone is and how we should appreciate everyone's differences.

Every student brings something special and unique to our classroom and I am SO THANKFUL that I am getting the opportunity to be their teacher this year. They are all a blessing and such a pleasure to have in class.
Just a few updates as we return:
-Spelling will be Lesson 6
-If students were absent on picture day the retakes are scheduled for
   Thursday, November 30th. 
-I will be reading with each student to assess their reading levels. Please
  practice reading with them. We've been working on monitoring their reading.  This is were they listen to themselves read for meaning and to help understand what is happening in the story.
-In math we have been working on addition with regrouping (carrying numbers over). This would be a great skill to practice at home by simply writing out problems for students to solve. (Example: 53+18=) 
- We are in desperate need of EXPO markers. 
Thank you for all you do, have a wonderful week!

Weekly Update

Hello wildcats! 
I was great seen you at Trunk or Treat! It was a little chilly but a great time!
Next week Reminders:
Fundraiser money due Tuesday, October 31st.
Second Grade Showcase Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00pm-7:00pm 
Students will take spelling test lesson 3 & Math CBA test on Friday. 
Have a great week!

Next Week...Oct. 23-27th

Wow! October always seems to be such a busy month. Thanks so much parents for your continued support and help with everything! I appreciate YOU!
Next week: 
Pumpkin Book Report is due by Friday the 27th. The flyer for this came home in Wednesday Folders. I have uploaded another copy of this if you need it. 
All students are encouraged to participate in our fight against drugs with RED RIBBON WEEK! Each day is themed as follows:
Monday- Wear Red
Tuesday- Wear a Lei or Hawaiian Shirt
Wednesday- Wear Crazy Socks
Thursday- Wear a Tutu or a Tie
Friday- Wear a hat
Other events include:
Friday from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Wear your costume! 
Wednesday- Unit 3 Science test over States of matter and their changes
Friday- Lesson 2 Spelling test 
I think this is it for now! Have a wonderful weekend.

Weekly Update for Oct. 16-20

Weekly update: Here are some things to look forward to next week:
Monday - We are starting our letter writing unit! Students will come home with an envelope and a note explaining a fun activity we will be working on. Please return the completed envelope by Friday so all students can participate!
Monday is also library day so please make sure all books are returned so students can check out new ones. 
In Social Studies, we will be doing a fun activity to help students learn about taxes that will involve M&M's. If you would like to help, please send individually wrapped bags of M&M's for students to use. This can be a small bag for just your student, or a bigger bag to share with other students. Anything helps! :) 
Tuesday- Fundraiser Kick Off! All the information will come home explaining our fall fundraiser. 
Friday is Picture day! Yay! 
We will also be taking the Unit 3 Math Test, as well as our Spelling Test.  The Math test will cover place value, comparing numbers and ordering numbers on a number line. I will place a review sheet on my practice page.
Spelling Test 
Along with these exciting events, we will also be continuing to discuss our energy bus theme. Our focus next week is fueling our ride with positive energy. This is a great opportunity to speak with the students about ways to stay positive!
Have a wonderful weekend!

October 2- 6th

I hope everyone has had a nice week. Next week we have a couple exciting things happening:
- Literacy Night on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd,  from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Come and enjoy some fun activitis and games! The 2nd Grade teachers will be located in the gym.
-Book Fair Week: Book Fair will open on Tuesday night during Literacy Night. Starting Wednesday you can also send money with your child to shop during the day. If you would like to shop on your own, you can come anytime during the hours the fair is open. 
October 2 – Monday: 8:10-4:30
October 3 – Tuesday: 8:10-3:30 and during Literacy Night 5:30-7:00
October 4 – Wednesday: 8:10-4:30
October 5 – Thursday: 7:30-4:30 Early morning day
October 6 – Friday: Book Fair closes at 10:00 (early release day)
-Friday will be a half day relase at 12:50 (Oct. 6th) and Monday Oct. 9th is a student holiday . During this time we will be holding our Parent Conferences. If you still need to sign up for a conference time please use the link below: 
Upcoming tests:
-Tuesday - Map test (Social Studies) students need to know how to draw a compass on their test and follow the directions to create a map (N,E,S,W)
-Friday- Spelling Test lesson 5 & Place Value Test (Math)  students need to be able to identify the thousands, hundreds, tens and ones place and know the value of the numbers in those places. They need to know how to write numbers in different forms (standard, word, picture and expanded.) 
Reading - Practice reading at home and ask students questions about the text. See if they are able to give details about what they are reading. We are also wanting to build up our reading stamina. 
Have a great weekend!

October 9-13

Good afternoon all,
It was another great week at Wildwood. Here are some updates for the week:
Monday, October 9th - Student Holiday
Parent Conferences will still be going on this day. If you have not signed up yet please use the link below:
Reading: We will begin recalling and retelling important events of a story. While you are reading at home, ask your child to retell the story back to you. Ask them questions about the character and the events of the story. We really want to focus on gaining comprehension of their books. If you find they are having a hard time with this then have them stop every few pages to think about what they have read before they continue on. 
Math: We will be continuing place value, using number lines, while also starting to compare numbers. Please work with your children on understanding the value of numbers and how to compare; which are bigger and which are smaller. Also, I am noticing students are having a difficulty with skip counting. Working with students on skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's will help when working with number lines and comparing. 
Next week we will be working on lesson 6 spelling words. This will be the only test next week. 
Thanks & have a wonderful week!

Progress Reports

Progress Reports went home today in the Wednesday Folders.  Please sign and return.  Thank you and have a wonderful evening!