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Phone: 281-357-3080 
E-Mail: rebekahcollins@tomballisd.net 
                                                       
Hello everyone!!!
My name is Rebekah Collins and I will be teaching your 2nd grader this year.
This will be my 15th year to teach at Willow Creek and my fourth year to teach 2nd grade. My first two years of teaching experience were in 4th grade Language Art/ Social Studies. The other 8 years were spent teaching 3rd grade ELA/ SS and Math/ Science. Last year, I taught virtually for 9 weeks and then had the great pleasure of welcoming some of them back into the classroom! I absolutely love what I do! I started pursuing education at the age of 21 working as a paraprofessional at Nitsch Elementary in Klein ISD. After deciding to become a full time student at Sam Houston State, I started substitute teaching in Klein for the following two years. I graduated magma cum lade from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in August of 2008. My first year of teaching at WCES, I was recognized as Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year in the Tomball ISD School District. 
I am a proud boy mom of two sweet young men named Everett & Cooper. Everett is 11 & Cooper is 8. They are my treasures. Not only am I your child's teacher but I am also a fellow parent of a 3rd grader here at Willow Creek.      I cannot believe how fast they are growing! Everett will be a 6th grader at Northpointe Intermediate this year and Cooper is my 3rd grader here at WCES!

 I hope your child is ready for an exciting school year! Please know that I treasure every day that you trust me with teach your precious child. I understand how hard it is to let go and put your trust in someone else! Trust me. I have your child's best interest at heart and hope that they have a great year. Remember, you are the expert on your child! We are going to be a team this year to ensure your child reaches their goals. 
 
 
 
 

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Kids A-Z Reading Program (Can be used for weekly reading homework)

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Your child has access to award-winning digital resources through Kids A-Z, Learning A-Z's website created for students.

Kids A-Z Login Instructions:

Step 1: Go to www.kidsa-z.com

Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher's username – rcollins39

Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart.

     

 

Math Links



Thinking Blocks - Use blocks to model visual models for addition and subtraction


Math Playground


Interactive Math Weebly - Practice math fact fluency with interactive games


Interactive Math Weebly Addition


Interactive Weebly Subtraction 


Arcademic Skill Builders - Allows students to race and play against other students while using addition and subtraction skills


http://www.arcademics.com/


Function Machine - Input/Output


http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/functionmachines.html


Indoor Recess- Practice math fact fluency with interactive games


Shot Clock Game 


Tick Tack Toe Facts

Spelling Tests

As a grade level, we have decided not to assess the spelling tests given in class for a grade in grade book until the second nine weeks. We will still administer spelling tests in class during the first nine weeks, but to assess growth and practice the routine.
We have also decided to give new spelling words on a two week cycle. This means your child will have the same spelling words for two weeks and be assessed at the end of a two week cycle. Their first practice assessment will be next Friday, September 20th. Please keep having your child work with the words they have until then. This is so that your child has more time to understand the concepts for the word patterns and prepare for a graded test.

The Words Their Way individualized program was designed to get away from your child being a "Friday speller." Your child has been given words to learn phonics rules and patterns for what will become the foundation for them to grow and fill in spelling gaps.

Words Their Way (program for spelling)

What is Words Their Way?

Words Their Way is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program. The program allows teachers to provide differentiated efficient, effective instruction in phonics, spelling, and vocabulary.

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Your child has been given an initial spelling inventory to help guide us in placing them into an appropriate spelling stage for instruction. They will be grouped in the spelling stage that will address any deficits or misunderstandings they may have. Each spelling group will have a different set of words depending on the student’s stage of development. From this point, students will begin working with a different group of words each week that fits in their spelling stage. New words will be introduced each Monday in class. Word work will include sorting their words into categories such as sound, patterns, concepts, and so forth. 


How is it different?

In the past, the traditional approach of “everyone gets the same list and test on Friday”, many students who passed the spelling tests were not able to transfer knowledge to their writing. 

Word study is taught using an inquiry approach where students are guided through explorations of words. These explorations will help them discover spelling patterns, as well as generalizations that apply to many words. Bonus words may be given to see if students can generalize the orthographic principles to new words.Their homework will be centered around practicing sorting words into categories, writing the words in categories, or doing a buddy sort with someone at home. More information will be sent home pertaining to homework soon. 

In the classroom:

Monday- Introduce Sort

Tuesday- Practice Sort 

Wednesday- Buddy Sorts

Thursday- Speed Sorts/ Word Hunts

Friday- Spelling tests will be given within your child’s spelling stage

Parent Night - Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade

Thursday, August 29th 
5:30PM - PTO Meeting in cafeteria
6:00PM - Teacher introductions in cafeteria 

We would like to welcome you to second grade at Willow Creek Elementary School. We are looking forward to an exciting and successful year. We are not sending home a progress report sheet or homework the first week of school. Here’s some important information and reminders that will help you as the school year begins.

Homework will be discussed at Open House.

Lunchtime: 11:50-12:20

*School student breakfast is $1.25 and the student lunch is $2.50.

*Lunch can be prepaid into your child’s account at school or online at www.schoolcafe.com

(if you send a check, please print your child’s name or id number)

*Ice cream is now 75 cents.

Snacks/Drinks:

*Please bring only healthy snacks such as an apple or pretzels. 

*Water in pop-top plastic containers can be brought to drink in class. Water is the only drink allowed in the classroom.

Specials (Music, Art, or PE): 10:05- 11:05 A.M.

*Tennis shoes are recommended at all times as there will be no time to change before going to specials or recess.

Important Information:

*Classwork and notes come home every Wednesday in the Wednesday Folder. Please sign and return folder on Thursday. Progress reports will come home every 3 weeks. Please sign and return.

*If your child is absent, you must send or fax or a signed note within 3 days for it to be excused. WCES can no longer accept emailed excuses. Doctor’s notes are also appreciated. If your child is absent more than 5 days, a doctor’s note is required.

*Transportation changes must be made in writing, signed by parent, and submitted first thing in the morning. Changes made via phone or email will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or come by the front office. I believe that open communication between us will make second grade a positive experience for your child.

Ms. Collins

Folktales

Folk Tales

Classical folklores and tales can attract person of every age. These classical tales were supposed to impart some moral advices to its readers, which they can apply to live life in a more beautiful manner. However children love reading these folklores most, since they get a scope to escape to a world of fantasy and ideals and thus in way get a relief from their tedious home works and school schedules. Check out the large collection of folk tales available here, which can serve as a momentary respite to the little souls. Moreover these tales can rightfully be used in school assignments and projects, and secure good marks. So continue reading.
Read more at http://www.kidsgen.com/stories/folk_tales/#o5GIUrkiIHMkHlmg.99

Fables

A fable is a very short story which promises to illustrate or teach us a lesson which is also called a moral. Usually if not always, fables are stories having animal characters that talk like humans.

Many common sayings come from Aesops Fables like "Honesty is the best policy," and "Look before you leap" are familiar examples of fables. Aesop is believed to have been a Greek slave who made up these stories. Nobody is really sure if Aesop made up these fables. What is certain, however, is that the Aesop's Fables are timeless. They are so wonderful that they have been told over and over again for several thousand years. Here are some of the most popular fables of all times I hope you like them. Enjoy!
Read more at http://www.kidsgen.com/fables_and_fairytales/fables.htm#yqpihCsDZklArdEU.99