Home Our Staff Grade Levels 4th Grade Mrs. Vela

Kate Schenck
Elementary School

101 Kate Schenck Ave.
San Antonio, Texas  78223

Phone: (210) 438-6865
Fax: (210) 333-0680



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program starts Tuesday Sept. 2nd!




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Be at school by 
7:50 for a free
breakfast served
in your classroom. 
Breakfast is
cleaned up at 
8:05am sharp
so our instructional
day can begin!



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                     Irene Vela ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

             Theme:  Be All You Can Be 




 Education:   I attended Edgewood Elementary, Lowell Middle School (SAISD), 

 and Burbank High School (SAISD). I have a Bachelor of Science in Education

 degree from Our Lady of the Lake University with a minor in psychology. I

 also have a bilingual endorsement from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

 Experience: I've taught 2nd grade, 5th grade, and this will be my 12th year

 teaching 4th grade.

 Hobbies:   I'm a big Spurs fan GO, SPURS, GO!! I also enjoy reading, movies, 

 music, and spending time with family & friends.



 Upcoming Events  






2/19    Club Day

2/25    Math STAAR Simulation

2/26    Reading STAAR Simulation



3/3     PTA, GT Showcase, 6:00

3/5     Club & College T-shirt Day

3/9-3/15 Spring Break

3/24     Spring Pictures

3/26     Club Day

3/30     STAAR Writing Test, Day 1

3/31     STAAR Writing Test, Day 2


STAAR Testing

We are in the process of giving the students the STAAR Simulation Tests.  

During the simulations, the students are given the 2014 release tests in writing, reading, & math.  These tests are the actual test that the 4th graders took

last year, so they give us a good indication of where your child is.  Please

talk to your child about doing their best job on these tests.


Also, here are the dates for this year's STAAR Test:

March 30, Day 1 Writing

March 31, Day 2 Writing

April 21, Math

April 22, Reading


1). Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the nightbefore.

each test.

2). Your child should have a good breakfast the day of each test.  

They should get to school by 8:05 in order to eat breakfast a school.

3). Talk to your child about doing their best on each test.  We have

taught the children strategies that they should use during testing.

4). The students have 4 hours to complete each test.  Therefore, they need

to understand that they should not rush.  Sometimes the children see that

their friends are done and want to finish also. Each child needs to work at 

their own pace.



This year Mrs. Rodriguez, Mr. DeTovar & I will be team teaching.  We

will be teaching the following subjects:


Mrs. Vela - Reading/Writing

Mrs. Rodriguez - Math

Mr. DeTovar - Science/Social Studies


Our Schedule

7:55-8:05        Breakfast

8:05                Tardy Bell

8:05-10:00     1st Period - Ms. Vela's Homeroom

10:00-10:30   2nd Period - Mr. DeTovar's Homeroom

10:30-11:15   P.E./Conference

11:15-12:00   2nd Period continued

12:00-12:30   LUNCH

12:30-12:45   RECESS

12:45-1:25    2nd Period continued

1:25-3:20      3rd Period - Ms. Rodriguez Homeroom

3:20              Dismissal


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15 minutes were added to the school day this year.  Therefore, the tardy

bell rings at 8:05 and the end of school bell rings at 3:20.  I have several

students who are consistently tardy.  Please set your alarm a little earlier.

Thank you.


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Breakfast is from 7:55-8:10.  The tardy bell rings at 8:05 and instruction begins.






Student of the Month

Sept.   Reanna S.

Oct.     Joel C.

Nov.    Adeliz C.

Dec.     Kimberly C.

Jan.     Adengi R.

Feb.     Isaiah P. 









Nine Week Grading Periods


1st Nine Weeks:   August 25, 2014- October 24, 2014

2nd Nine Weeks:  October 27, 2014- January 15, 2015

3rd Nine Weeks:   January 20, 2015 - March 27, 2015

4th Nine Weeks:   March 30, 2015 - June 4, 2015 

* Progress Reports will be sent home after the 3rd and 6th week of each grading

period.  Please review your child's progress report with them.  They can improve

their grades by redoing failing work (grades below a 70) as soon as it is returned to

them.  The only work that cannot be redone are spelling test and district/state

assessments.  E-mail or write me a note if you have any questions or concerns.  It is 

always my intention to work with you and your child to improve their grades,




Homework - Your child will be given a Homework Chart which includes their

spelling words for the week on Mondays.  It is the student's responsibility to

copy their homework in the chart.


Please make note of our daily homework routines:

Reading: Students read for 15-30 minutes Monday-Thursday.  A reading

  log has been given to your child to be completed.  The goal is for our 4th

 graders to read 25 books independently.

Spelling: Write words 2 times each & study for Friday test.

Math:  Worksheet with 6 STAAR formatted questions.  Student are required

 to show their work/strategies.


Other Contents Areas: Students may be assigned homework in Reading, Writing, Social Studies, or Science.

Students may also have unfinished classwork to finish at home.


Technology at your fingertips:

1.  ISTATION - The istation Reading Program is an interactive computer

based program that the children can use at home.  It provides

instruction based on your child' s individual needs in reading  fluency, vocabulary,

 & comprehension. I have sent home a paper with your child's username & password.

2.  E-books - Our Kate Schenck library has E-books that your child may download

& read.  The books may be found on the homepage of our school website or contact

our librarian, Ms. Polendo for more information.


School-Wide Discipline Plan          


School Rules:

1.  Be Responsible

2.  Be Respectful

3.  Be Safe

    Conduct Folder:

    A folder with a calendar will be sent home daily. Please review your child's calendar and intial it nightly. Directions on how our school -wide discipline plan works will be in your child's conduct folder.


    Contact information


    Please feel free to contact me by writing a note, calling the school, or e-mailing me.  

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    Contact me by phone: 438-6865




    The following donations would be appreciated:

    1. index cards

    2. post-it notes

    3. reams of copy paper

    4. Extra school supplies:  spirals, composition books, pencils, crayons, pencil colors, glue sticks, loose leaf paper are most needed