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My name is Jennifer Velasquez and I am so excited to be a Wildwood Wildcat! This will be my 18th year teaching and my 2nd 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 10 years and have 3 children.  My oldest is a senior at Klein High School.  My middle child is a sophomore at Tomball Star Academy and my youngest is in 3rd 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.

 

Together, we will have a MARVELOUS year!

 

 

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Weekly Update Feb. 25- March 1

This week we will be having a Suess-tastic week! Each day we will be focusing on a different Dr.Seuss book. We will have different dress up days that revolve around the theme of that day.

  • Monday, February 25th- Oh the Places You’ll Go- Wear your college t-shirts!
  • Tuesday, February 26th- Green Eggs & Ham- Wear green!
  • Wednesday, February 27th- Wacky Wednesday- Wear your wackiest socks!
  • Thursday, February 28th- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish – Wear red, white & blue
  • Friday, March 1st- Happy Birthday to You- Dress like your favorite Seuss character!
Field Day is coming! This year we will have field day on March 8th all day long… yes all day! We will have morning rotations from 9:00-11:00. We will then come in and have lunch and rest from 11:00-1:00. Then we will head back out from 1:00-3:00 for afternoon rotations. Parents are allowed to come during our rotation times, morning and afternoon but will not be able to stay for the lunch/rest break in the middle. More information will come out next week!
 T-shirts went on sale and can be purchased at https://wildwoodelem-fd.itemorder.com/sale.
The shirts are a fundraiser for P.E. and the same shirts will be used for Fun Run.  I was also approached my a group of awesome moms from our class that are willing to put names on the backs of the t-shirts for my class.  If you have already purchased a T-shirt and would like your child's name added to the back, please e-mail me and I will hold the shirt when it comes in for names to be added. If you haven't ordered yet, shirts will be available for purchase until February 27th.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like your child's name on the back so we can coordinate our talented moms! 
 
 
Reading:  Begin our unit on Authors Purpose.  Students will be able to identify why the author wrote the text. (to persuade, to inform, to entertain)
-Take home books have been issued and should be read each night.  Some students even have assignments for the books.  Please have your child read the books to you and ask questions.  If you need suggestions about types of questions you can use this link. https://1.cdn.edl.io/BR8c7djKA4VZWfJeHdkycWFcOEULyb2tAsiIul5cMHdU5nFl.pdf
 
Writing:  We continue Writing Informational Texts. They will become an expert on a subject and write about it. Please continue to practice our word sorts.  This week we are working on the long and short O using cvc (box), cvce(cone) and cvvc(roam)
 
Math:  We begin our new Unit on measurement.  Be on the look out for math practice on the practice page.
Also please don't forget to practice math facts using math fact practice #5 and #6.
 
Science:  We will continue our weather unit beginning with weather tools.
 
Social Studies:  Unit on Texas and US Symbols.

Weekly Update Feb. 18-22

 
 
Thank you for all the wonderful Valentine's goodies and gifts.  I truly appreciate your generosity and am very blessed to be able to teach you child.
 
Wildwood Field Day is coming up soon.  T-shirts went on sale and can be purchased at https://wildwoodelem-fd.itemorder.com/sale.
The shirts are a fundraiser for P.E. and the same shirts will be used for Fun Run.  I was also approached my a group of awesome moms from our class that are willing to put names on the backs of the t-shirts for my class.  If you have already purchased a T-shirt and would like your child's name added to the back, please e-mail me and I will hold the shirt when it comes in for names to be added. If you haven't ordered shirts will be available for purchase until February 27th.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like your child's name on the back so we can coordinate our talented moms!
 
Here are our class weekly plans:
 
Reading:  Finishing up Main Idea and beginning Authors Purpose.  Students will be able to identify why the author wrote the text. (to persuade, to inform, to entertain) Take home books have been issued and should be read each night.  Some students even have assignments for the books.  Please have your child read the books to you and ask questions.  If you need suggestions about types of questions you can use this link. https://1.cdn.edl.io/BR8c7djKA4VZWfJeHdkycWFcOEULyb2tAsiIul5cMHdU5nFl.pdf
 
Writing:  We will begin Writing Informational Texts. They will become an expert on a subject and write about it. Please continue to practice our word sorts.  This week we are working on the long and short A using cvc, cvce and ai.
 
Math:  We are finishing up our 3 digit addition and subtraction word problems unit.  We will have a test this week.  A practice review went home in the Homework folder today!  I am also including another set of word problems on my website for practice. https://4.files.edl.io/bafa/02/19/19/223540-6daa5d64-b650-4f6a-80c0-e2fdcf85df29.pdf
Also please don't forget to practice math facts using math fact practice #5 and #6.
 
Science:  We will begin our weather unit beginning with seasons and weather tools.
 
Social Studies:  We begin our unit in Texas and US Symbols.
 
Thanks for all you do and for your support.  Have a blessed week!
 
-Jennifer Velasquez

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!
 
It was so exciting to see all my children.  I heard wonderful stories full of joy, excitement and hope for the new year!   We started our new year off with a bang and these kids have done an amazing job of getting back into the swing of things.  They are showing me their true "third grade" colors!
 
As we head into the New Year we are low in a couple of supplies. If you would like to help replenish classroom supplies please click the link below: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549ABAE29A5FD0-classroom
 
The Art teachers are going to begin a sculpting unit with our students and are also asking for materials.  If you have any of the following items you would like to donate please send them in with your child and I will be sure that it gets to the Art teachers: magazines, newspapers, aluminum foil, plastic utensils, cardboard.
 
Library checkout will begin Friday, Jan. 11th and continue every Friday!  Be sure to read and return books by Friday!
 
Homework folders will begin again next week, Monday, Jan. 14th.  A timed math fact sheet will go home for practice as well as Word work practice.  
 
Here are some of the skills we will be tackling in the coming weeks:
 
Math:  Data:  Collecting data, using tally marks, bar graphs, pictographs, formulating questions and answering questions using information gathered.  Assessment on Friday, Jan. 18.  We will be using Lucky Charms for one of our activities in graphing.  If interested in volunteering to donate supplies click link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549ABAE29A5FD0-classroom Students will now be taking a timed math fact assessment. Practice sheets will go home in homework folder and you can check website for which week we are studying.
 
Reading:  Fiction vs. Nonfiction and Literary Nonfiction.  We will be comparing and contrasting books and discovering what makes them fiction or nonfiction as well as identifying the difference between Nonfiction and Literary Nonfiction.  
 
Writing:  Focus on Revising and edition a piece of writing.
 
Science:  Rocks and Water-physical properties, types of water and freshwater vs. salt water
 
Social Studies: Community Builders- Historical figures Sojourner Truth, Paul Revere, Thurgood Marshall..etc.
 
Thank you for you support!  You are awesome parents and this would not be possible without your support!  

Week of Dec. 10-14

Important Dates:

12th- The Grinch and the “Who’s” dress up

13th - Our class performs in the Holiday Program from 6:00-7:00

17th- Any holiday movie dress up

20th- Class Holiday Party - 1:00-1:45

21st- Polar Express Day in our PJ’s

 

In Class

Reading- We will finish our poetry unit and begin a short unit on reader's theater!

Writing- We will finish our poetry unit and revisit writing fictional stories. We will use fun holiday themed topics as we write!

Math- We will spend the week reviewing for our unit assessment that will take place on Friday. The review for this test came home last Friday in the blue folders.

Social Studies- We will explore celebrations and traditions.

Science- Energy - Light, sound and Heat

Week of Dec. 3rd

December:

6th - 12 Days of Christmas Song dress up

10th- Ugly Sweater Day

12th- The Grinch and the “Who’s” dress up

13th - Our class performs in the Holiday Program from 6:00-7:00

17th- Any holiday movie dress up

20th- Class holiday party - afternoon

21st- Polar Express Day & wear PJ’s

 

In class:

Reading & Writing - Continue working on Poetry

Word Study: We are on Word Sort #2.  Make sure they are studying and practicing the sort.  You can also access the list at this link https://wes.tomballisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=823964&type=u&pREC_ID=1274501

 

Math- Continue working on addition and subtraction. The test has been pushed back to December 14th. A review will come home today in blue folders for students to practice at home.

Science- Finishing up the different types of energy and starting to look at magnets.

Social Studies- Begin looking at different celebrations and cultures. 

Week of Nov.26-30

Here is this weeks exciting news!
 
1.  Robotics:  Our class has been learning so many things about Robotics and they are ready to share what they’ve learned with YOU!
     Please join us as we celebrate and share our Robotics journey!
         When: Friday, November 30, 2018 
         Time: 10:00-10:30 am 
         Where: Wildwood’s Robotics Lab
 
RSVP by THURSDAY to Mrs. Dengler via email at kacidengler@tomballisd.net if you CAN attend.
 
 Be prepared to show your identification to enter the building. We will begin allowing parents to the Robotics Lab area 5 minutes prior and the Showcase will begin promptly at 10:00 am. 
 
2.  Word Sorts:  The long awaited word sorts are here!  As you may have already noticed in the blue homework folders, there is a list of words sorts.  This week we begin Sort 1.  Children will practice the words from the list, identify the different word patterns and will be assessed weekly.  In the homework folder, I have included a dry erase marker and different sheets for practice writing and sorting the word patterns.  
 

READING: We will begin our Poetry Unit this week focusing on elements of poetry and poetic structure.

WRITING: We will also integrate Poetry into our writing lessons by generating ideas this week and connecting to our senses to add sensory details.

MATH: We will continue working on two digit addition and subtraction with regrouping embedded into problem solving.

SCIENCE:   Robotics

SOCIAL STUDIES:  American Celebrations.

Week of Nov. 12-16

Here are the updates for our final week before Thanksgiving Break:
Reading: Finish our Traditional Literature unit and assess on Friday. A half page review for this came home on Monday in
the blue folders. The students will be required to identify the lessons learned in the fables we have been reading in
class. You will also see a word list in the Blue Folder. We will begin our word sorts after Thanksgiving Holidays.
Instructions will be sent home along with sort materials.
Writing: Continuing our letter writing unit. Students are doing fabulous with this. They will write a letter to one of the
fable characters we have read about next week for a grade. In their letters they are required to have a heading (date),
greeting (Dear ….), the body of their letter consisting of at least 5 sentences, a closing line ( Sincerely,) and then
their signature (printed name, not requiring cursive) at the bottom. They have been doing great with their practice letters
in class and I am excited to see how these turn out! If you haven't already. Please send a self-addressed stamped
envelope. This will be an additional assignment for the kids to write to a classmate.
Math: Continuing 2 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will not test over this until December. A test review
with word problems will come home for this soon, but until then having students practice adding and subtracting with just
the numbers at home is always good.
Other happenings:
We have a Food Drive going on this week: 2nd grade - Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Some of the most valuable lessons of Thanksgiving are learning to be thankful and to share just like the Pilgrims and
Native Americans did. In order to learn these lessons in a fun way, we will be making a friendship snack in our classroom.
We will learn how to share and make friends by having a snack time with friendship snacks. I am asking for some key
ingredients for our snack. We will mix all of our ingredients together to create our friendship snack for everyone to
enjoy. Please follow the link below if you would like to help!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549ABAE29A5FD0-thanksgiving
 
As always, thank you for your continued support!

Week of Nov. 5th

Here is a quick at look at what we will be doing:
 
Reading: Beginning our Traditional Literature unit - We will explore different fables and myths and identify the lesson in each. A review with the main points we will be studying will come home on Monday in the blue folders. 
Your child has also received a reading book bag.  It contains a Linking Chart/Consonant Cluster Chart, a reading book, and a word workbook.  Please read the books in it daily and review words and charts.  The bag is to go home and return to school everyday!
 
Writing: Begin our Letter Writing unit - We will learn about the different parts of a letter and practice writing our own letters. If you could please send an envelope with a stamp with child's name and address on it.  Every year we choose classmates to write to and send the letter home.  It's always a wonderful surprise when the kids get a letter in the mail!
 
Math: Continuing our 2-digit addition and subtraction unit but will now start exploring with regrouping.   I will post some practice pages on Teacher web page soon!
 
 There is a review for Reading and a Math worksheet in Homework folder
 
Tuesday, November 6th is election day.  Wildwood Elementary is a polling place so no lunch visitors will be allowed. 
 
Photo retakes will be November 13th.  If you would like for your child to retake photos please let me know as soon as possible. You must send back packets purchased for retakes.
 
Wildwood is doing a food drive that will begin Nov. 12th.  2nd grade is collecting canned fruits and vegetables.
 
Thank you for all you do!

2nd 9 Wk 1 fact +-0 +-1 +-2

 
Coming home today is a practice page for our current math unit, adding and subtracting two digit numbers WITHOUT regrouping.
Students can use this to practice for our next Math assessment on Friday, November 2nd. 
 
Wednesday- HALLOWEEN!
This day happens to fall on the 50th day of school so we will celebrate 50's style! Students may dress up in 50's attire. 
 

As of this week,we will no longer be sending home a hard copy of the weekly fact checks with the students' homework. I have attached to this post and will make it available on the  Edlio webpage so that they can be practiced at home if you would like. We will still be practicing these facts in class during math workshop stations. 

Weekly Update

Next week is Red Ribbon Week! 
Monday- Wear Red
Tuesday- Wear Pajamas! 
Wednesday- Team Jerseys
Thursday- Wear Neon Colors
Friday- Crazy Hat
 
Fall Festival (in place of traditional Trunk or Treat).
Friday the 26th from 5:30-8:00 
Located in the playground area. Feel free to dress up! 
 
Word Study will begin next week on Wednesday
A formal letter will come home on Wednesday from the district introducing the program but here is a little snapshot of info to give you an idea of what it will look like: 
All of the work will be done at school, but you are welcome to review it at home. Over the course of the two week period, they will sort the words into spelling patterns, find their parts of speech, and a few more activities! Ideas for these activities will be in their blue take home folders. The students will be earning a grade every two weeks on a list of words by completing their sort.There will not be a traditional spelling test.  
 
Pumpkin Book Report
Reminder that the pumpkin book report papers and pumpkins are due next week! If students want their pumpkins displayed in the library, they must bring them in on Monday. All projects are due by Friday. I cannot wait to see and hear about them!

Week of Oct. 8-12

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Reading: We will continue our unit on Fiction this week. We will focus on resolutions in stories and how to decode unknown words.

Writing: We will continue to practice using complete sentence structure and writing our personal stories to specific, small moments focusing on transitions this week.

Math: This week we begin to explore addition and subtraction and in word problems.

Science:  We will continue to focus on matter introducing properties  as a solid, liquid and a gas.

Social Studies: We will introduce government officials.

 

PROJECT:   Pumpkin Book Report:

This is one of those few projects that we will give students to complete at home and bring in to school. Students will select a book to read and complete a book report (3 questions) over one of the characters in their book. They will then decorate a small pumpkin as the character. They can use any book they would like to for this project. The pumpkins can be real or fake and a small pumpkin is preferred. A flyer with all the details will come home with students on Tuesday in their blue folders. The project will be due by October 26th BUT if students would like to display their pumpkins in the library then they may bring their projects in on October 22nd. The students always get excited and proud to show off their work in the library and I absolutely love seeing their creativity! The students will receive a grade for their completed book report page and presentation when sharing their pumpkin. 

Dates to remember:

18th - Reading Night from 5:00-7:00. Book Fair will be here as well that evening.

22nd-26th- Red Ribbon Week - A flyer with the theme for each day will come home in the Wednesday folder’s on the 17th.

26th- Trunk or Treat

 

 

Week of Oct. 1-5

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

Here are a few updates for the week:

Tuesday, Oct. 9th is Picture day!  Order Forms were sent home in Wednesday Folder last week.  You can order them online at Mylifetouch.com with the Picture Day ID: RW018167Y0

Thank you so much for your support with the Fundraiser.  Students did a good job of earning Coops and proudly displayed them on their lanyards.  Fundraiser Money was due Wednesday Sept. 26th.  If you still need to bring in fundraiser money you can do so until Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.  

Parent/Teacher Conferences start this week! If you haven't signed up for a time there are still some available. Please sign up using the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549ABAE29A5FD0-parentteacher

October 5th is a Half-Day.  Students will dismiss at 12:50. 

October 8th is a Student Holiday= No School

Social Studies- We will continue Maps and Map skills.  Students will be tested this week by simply following directions and creating a map.  You can practice this at home by having them draw a map of a room in your home.  Have them include a compass rose, map key with symbols and a Title.
 
 

In math we will be finishing up our place value unit and testing at the end of the week. I sent home a review with the kiddos today that can be used to practice.

Reading- We will continue to explore story elements with our focus this week on Conflict and Resolution.  As you read at home ask about who the characters are, how they feel, what in the story helps you understand how they are feeling, is there a conflict and how does the conflict get resolved.

Writing - We conclude our writing with explosive endings.  Ask your child to describe favorite moments.  Give them a topic like: describe opening a Christmas gift, the moment you open your eyes in the morning, one moment in a family vacation.  Help them describe how they feel, what they are thinking and what they see in that moment. You can even make a game out of it as your travel places.. on the way to the grocery store, etc.

Week of Sept. 24-28th

Weekly Update 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Be on the look out this week, I will send out the sign up for beginning of the year conferences. If there is not a time slot that fits your schedule please reach out to me and we will find a time that works. I'm looking forward to meeting with each of you!
 
In the classroom:
Reading- Discussing characters and their feelings/traits/motivations in our fiction books. 
Writing- Working on organizing our story into clear beginning, middle and ends.
Math- Ordering numbers on a number line and finding missing numbers on a number line.  Today in the homework folder is a practice page to help go over number line.
**** I am also noticing some students are still struggling with being able to order a set of 3 numbers correctly. I am going to work with students in small groups next week to support this but a great practice at home would be to give students a set of 3 numbers and ask them to put them in order from greatest to least or least to greatest. EX: 365,356,363 ... order these numbers from least to greatest. 
Science- Continuing with physical properties. Ask your child to describe different properties about items around the house, such as: shape, size, color, flexibility, heavy/light, texture, etc.
Social Studies- Maps - reading maps and creating maps. 
 
Specials for next week:
Monday- PE
Tuesday- Art
Wednesday- PE
Thursday- Art
Friday- PE
 
Other Exciting News: 
We got our computer cart! Our classroom will have 15 computers that will be available to students everyday. We will use these computers for a variety of things in each subject including station rotation activities, fact fluency support and even typing in writing time! 
 
Important Dates for the Calendar: 
October 2nd (Tuesday) Picture Day!
October 5th- Half Day students are released at 12:50p.m.
October 8th- Student Holiday
October 18th (Thursday) Reading Night from 5:00-7:00
October 26th (Friday) Trunk or Treat
 
Have a blessed week!

Week of Sept. 17-21

Week of September 17th-21st

We are heading into a busy week with lots of learning planned. Homework folders went home Friday with a simple assignment to learn their home address. Please complete and send back on Friday.

Fundraiser is in full effect!  A packet went home in the Wednesday folder explaining the fundraiser.  I would like to encourage everyone to participate because we are raising money for awesome things that will benefit Wildwood!  Thank you to those who have already sold items.  The kiddos are enjoying earning the Coops for participating.  You can purchase items through the catalogs or visit the online store.  Thank you for making this a success!

READING: We will continue our unit on Fiction this week. We will continue to focus on setting (where and when) and predicting. 

WRITING: We will continue to practice using complete sentence structure and writing our personal stories to specific, small moments.

SPELLING: We will begin a new spelling routine that will be individualized to each students' needs in the next few weeks. Our focus this week though will be building our academic vocabulary through a variety of Lexicon activities. As of now there are no spelling words.

MATH: We will continue to practice how to order three numbers up to 1,200 discussing the greater than, less than, and equal symbols. We will also practice how to compare two given number values.

SCIENCE: We will continue to focus on describing the properties of different types of matter according to their physical properties and continue completing our weather journal within our science folders.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue our discussion on the purpose of Maps, their symbols, how they are read, and continue our Week 2 of Social Studies Weekly newspapers. 

Specials:  

MWF-  Music

Tu-Th-   P.E.

Week of 9/10-9/14

Happy Friday!

It has been quite a week establishing routines and getting into the swing of 2nd grade! It's been a week of building stamina in reading, and really focusing on following directions to build a solid classroom learning environment.

 Updates for next week:
 
We started library visits today! We check out books that were "just right" and will have the opportunity to check out books every Friday. Be sure that books are returned every Friday so students can check out new books.
 
Reading: We will dive into fiction and start to discuss different story elements. Next week we will focus on the setting of stories and problem/solution. 
 
Writing: Personal Narratives using small moments. We will also focus on sentence structure. I am noticing many students need assistance with when to use capital letters and end punctuation. 
 
Math: We will test over the first part of place value. (Forms of a number - standard form, expanded form, word form and picture form). A great way to practice at home if you would like would be to write down a number (up to 1,200) and have students represent this number in each of these forms. For example:  426 (standard form) 400+20+6 (expanded form) four hundred twenty six (word form) .... I can't do picture form on here...Haha!.... but students should be able to draw their base ten blocks to represent the number 426!   I have uploaded a couple of practice pages on my website under the Practice tab for you to use a study guide.
 
Science: We will begin exploring physical properties of objects.
Social Studies: Continue to discuss good citizenship/making right choices. 
 
Homework folders will go home on Monday.  No spelling yet but a simple assignment to help with writing will be sent home.
 
Parent Conferences: These will be held in October. In a couple weeks I will send out a Sign up for you to pick a time for us to conference. I am flexible so if a different time is needed, no worries, we will find a time that works best for you!
 
With that being said, please feel free to reach out anytime with questions!  Thank you for your support and have a wonderful weekend!