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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Be at school everyday
Be your best
Be ready
Be successful


Afterschool Challenge

program starts Tuesday Sept. 2nd!




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 and sign your child's maroon

communication folder EVERY



 Uniform questions?



2014-2015 School Calendar

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School Lunch Menu
*Looking for
educational games
for your child to play?
Look in the FAQ's
section under
 "Links and Credits"!

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  


5/1-5/21    Spring Registration begins

5/4-5/8  Teacher Appreciation Week; Destination College Week

5/7    Club Day; College Shirt Day

5/12  5th Grade Reading retest

5/18-5/15  PreK Applications

5/21  Club Day; 3rd-5th Grade Synphony Field Trip

5/24 Memorial Day Holiday



6/1   5:30 K-4th Grade - End of Year Awards

6/2   Field Day

6/4   Last Day of School/End of 4th Nine Weeks/Parties 11:30-12:30

6/5  Teacher Workday/Bad Weather Make-up Day (if neccessary)

**This year, report cards will be sent home the last week of school!




**Spring Registration will be held this year in SAISD. All current Schenck

students that will be returning for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year,

must register starting May 1-May 21.


Destination College Week - May 4th-May 8th

5/5  "Tied to the Future with College" - wear a tie to school

5/6 "My Future's so Bright" - wear sunglasses or bright socks

5/7 "College T-shirt Day" - wear a college t-shirt

5/8 "Dress for the Future" - wear your future career attire


Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4th-May 8th

Monday, May 4th - "You are a noteworthy teacher"  Write your teachers a note 

telling them how much you appreciate them.

Tuesday, May 5th - Bring your teachers his/her favorite snack or drink.

Wednesday, May 6th - "You are the highlight of my Year"  Bring your

teacher a school supply item (pens, post-its, reams of paper, etc)

Thursday, May 7th - Bring your teacher a small gift of appreciation that

you know they will love.

Friday, May 8th - "We've got spirit, yes we do"  Wear a shirt that is your

teacher's favorite color with jeans.



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


Scholastic Book Club:  Find the best books for your child and help us

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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. 

Mar.     Daniel R.








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.  

    Contact me by e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    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