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I am very excited to be the ESL Specialist for the 2016-2017 school year.

Should you have any questions about the ESL program, please feel free to contact me.

Telephone:
(281) 357-4526 x 3903

Email:
elsacordera@tomballisd.net
 

Recent Posts

Upcoming STAAR testing

Dear Parents,
We are on the home stretch as we prepare for the final few weeks of school.  It is important that students remain focused as we make our final push to the end.  Please remember to review homework with students and continue to speak, read and write in English.  
 
The STAAR tests will take place May 8-10.  Please make sure that students get plenty of rest, have a good breakfast and be ready to do their best work.
 
Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, my door is always open!
Regards,
Mrs. Cordera

STAAR Testing for 4th & 5th Grade

STAAR Testing March 28-29, 2017

First Round for 4th and 5th grade

STAAR is around the corner, and we are all working together as a team to encourage our students because we know that they are all stars!

Our  first round of testing will be be  March 28th and March 29th .

  March 28th: 4th grade writing and 5th grade math

  March 29th: 5th grade reading

 Due to the security of this testing process, all parents (Kinder through 5th grade), are asked to schedule lunches with their children on alternative dates. Volunteers are also asked to reschedule their time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Please be sure that your child gets a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast each day.  

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding STAAR please feel free to contact me via email or by telephone.

Thanks for all you do to help make your child successful,

Mrs. Cordera

 

TELPAS 2017

Parents,
Just a quick reminder that we are currently under the TELPAS window.  This test is holistic, in that it does not impact grades, and is a simple measure of how your child communicates in English.  The window is open March 6 - April 5, 2017 and results will be communicated via a parent letter in mid-May. Please feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you have questions. 
Thanks for all you do to help make your child successful!
Mrs. Cordera

Happy Holidays

Dear Parents,
Just a short note to wish you a very merry holiday season.  As we prepare to visit with family and friends, I wanted to thank you for all of the support that you give your child and the ESL program.  
 
In order to maintain the gains that your child has made throughout the fall semester, it is important to continue encouraging them to maintain their English throughout the holiday break. Please continue speaking, practicing and reading in English.  My web page contains both language arts and math links that can help students maintain their skills.  All classroom teachers also have links that are extremely useful and tailored to their particular grade level.  I encourage your child to visit their teacher web links throughout the holiday break and continue practicing their English skills.  
 
Wishing you a joyous holiday and happy new year!
Mrs. Cordera

Thanks for attending Family Education Night!

Dear Parents,
 
Thank you for attending our recent family education night presentation.  It was a great evening meeting new families to CFES and greeting others that are established within our CFES community.  Parents were able to ask questions about the ESL program and also network with one another.  If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of my presentation, please let me know.  
 
 In class, I continue to support teachers with  their daily lessons and I also work on reading and writing skills within my small groups or by pushing into individual classrooms. We have also been working on grammar skills, learning the parts of speech and adding new vocabulary  to our word wall.  I think our favorite word so far has been "boast" and we certainly have plenty to boast about at CFES!
 
Thank you for all of your support and remember that I am just a phone call or a few clicks away should you have any questions or concerns. 
 
Regards,
Elsa Cordera

ESL Information Night - change in location

Attention Parents,
Our ESL Meeting has a new location.  In planning our meeting, we failed to take the set up of next week's book fair into account.  Because of this, our meeting has been moved to the former band hall.  The band hall is located in the 4th and 5th grade pod.  I will have someone there to direct you to the correct location.  
Hope to see you tomorrow,
Mrs Cordera

ESL Information Night

ESL Information Night
Thursday, October 20, 2016
CFES Library
6:00 p.m.
 
I will discuss the ESL program & answer FAQ's
(Frequently Asked Questions)
such as:
*  How was my child identified?
*  What is ESL?
*  How does ESL impact my child & his or her education?
*  What can I do to help my child achieve?
*  How does my child exit?
 
No worries if you are unable to attend, my classroom door is always open and I'm happy to set up individual conferences or answer questions via email or telephone.  
 
Hope to see you on Thursday! 
Mrs. Cordera
 

Save the date! ESL Information Night is Oct.20th

Happy Fall, ESL classes are in full swing.  I have started pulling students for small groups and I continue to support teachers by pushing into their classrooms.  
 
October 20th is the date for our annual ESL Night.  The meeting will start @ 5:30 and last approximately 1 hour.  I will go over the TISD ESL program, stress the importance of speaking English at home and answer questions. 
 
I hope to see you there!
Mrs. Cordera

Identification of New Students

Dear Parents,
It's almost time to resume classes and I can't wait to see returning and new students in small groups!  Your children bring me such joy and I can't wait to help them achieve within their classrooms.
 
Updates:
 The CFES LPAC committee will convene on September 14, 2016 to recommend placement for students new to Creekside Forest and to Texas. Once parents have given written permission for new students to become part of the bilingual/ESL program, classes will begin.
  - Students that were previously served in ESL will remain in the program unless otherwise notified in writing during the Spring of 2016. There is no need to sign anything new! 
 
What is the process for newly identified students?
The state of Texas requires school districts to offer a bilingual program (if applicable) to students that qualify.  If a bilingual program is not available, students will have the option of accepting ESL services.  Because of this law, students will be given the option to attend bilingual classes. Creekside Forest is not a bilingual school, therefore students that accept bilingual services, will be bused to Tomball Elementary School. 
 
What if I deny bilingual services?
Should parents deny bilingual services, parents then have the option of accepting ESL programming.  By accepting ESL, students will be provided with linguistic accommodations, on our campus, to help them grow in English proficiency.  Accommodations will take place within student classrooms and/or small group interventions within their classrooms and/or with the ESL Specialist.  
 
What kind of correspondence should I look for?
 
 ESL services:  At this point TISD only offers bilingual services in Spanish. Because of this, the LPAC committee will send  only one letter that must be signed and returned.
 
 Bilingual services:  
If bilingual services are provided in your native language,  a series of three letters must be signed and returned: 
- Acceptance/Denial of Bilingual Services
- A Waiver/Renuncia of Bilingual Services
- Acceptance/Denial of ESL programs
 
 
Explanation of letters:
Acceptance/Denial of Program Recommendation Letter:  
After today's meeting, students that qualify for Bilingual or ESL services, will receive a letter.  The letter will contain the option to accept/deny bilingual services or accept/deny ESL services and must be signed and returned to school.
 
 
Waiver Letter:
If Bilingual services are denied, then a waiver to deny bilingual services (Renuncia de Servicios Bilingues) will be sent along with an ESL Programs letter.  This waiver must be signed & returned to school.
 
ESL programs Acceptance/Denial Letter:
The third letter provides the option of acceptance or denial of ESL programs. Upon receipt and signed return of all three  letters, your student will be accepted into the ESL program.  
 
(Please keep in mind  that the series of three letters are only for students that are eligible for bilingual services.  Students that are eligible for ESL services, because bilingual  is not offered, will only have one letter.)
 
Once all letters have been signed and returned, your child can then begin receiving ESL services. 
 
Whew...if you made it the end of this update, I applaud you!  I realize this is complicated and I am available to answer questions and explain in more detail if needed. Please feel free to give me a call or send an email should you have questions. 
 
Thanks for all of your support, I look forward to a great year!
 
Mrs. Cordera
281 357 4526 x 3903
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome Back

Welcome to all new  and returning CFES students.  I am so happy to continue as the ESL Specialist for 2016-2017.  I will begin testing students new to our district throughout the first few weeks of school.  Once new students are identified, I will begin pulling both new and previously identified students in small groups and/or by pushing into individual classrooms.
 
I will have a Parent Educational Seminar in mid-October that will help answer any questions you may have.  In the meantime, should you have questions regarding the testing process, identification or exiting the ESL program please feel free to contact me via email or by telephone.
 
 
Warm Regards,
Elsa Cordera
Room 606
281-357-4526 x 3903
 

STAAR Testing May 9-11, 2016

Like it or not the STAAR test is upon us.  Students, teachers  and my small groups have been working long hours to prepare and I know CFES students will do well.  It is important to maintain a normal routine the weekend prior to test and get plenty of exercise and rest. Make sure your child gets to bed early the night before the tests so that their brains are well rested.  On the day of the test, make sure they eat a healthy breakfast to help maintain stamina & focus.  I am proud of all of  CFES students and I know they will achieve great things!

Upcoming STAAR Testing

Despite the mini-break we had last week, it's important to stay focused for the remainder of the school year!  The STAAR test will be here before we know it and it's important to remain focused on doing well.  
 
- Continue reading with your child on a daily basis.
- Have your child read aloud so that they can practice speaking in English, work on fluency and new vocabulary.  
- As you read aloud together, remember to ask questions to check for understanding & comprehension, details and summarization of the story or concept being read.
- Have your child describe their thinking aloud a they work on new or continuing concepts. 
- Remember to have fun & enjoy life a little! 
 
Have a great week, Mrs. Cordera 

Upcoming Testing

Welcome back from Spring Break, I hope everyone had a fabulous week.
This week we make the final push before STAAR testing in grades 4 and 5. 
Despite the four day week it's important for all students to attend school and do their best.  In addition, I will continue TELPAS Reading testing for those students that were ill and absent before Spring Break.  Have a great week everyone, it's going to be fast and furious!

TELPAS Reading Test

Students in Grades 2-6 will take the online TELPAS Reading Test on March 7-8, 2016.  This test is a holistic measure of a student's ability to read in English.  Students practiced last week and became familiar with the format and types of questions found on the test.
 
Teachers will not present new instructional information while students are taking the test nor will the outcome of the assessment hurt student grades in any way.  
 
I thank you for your constant support.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the ESL program, please do not hesitate to contact me or our Assistant Principal, Ms. Cindy Killam.
 
Warm Regards,
Elsa Cordera
CFES ESL Instructional Specialist

TELPAS Reading

TELPAS READING SCHEDULE
 
March 3-4, 2016: Students in grades 2-6 will practice taking the TELPAS online reading assessment. The practice is designed to familiarize students with the TELPAS format and put them at ease when taking the actual reading assessment.  
 
March 7-9, 2016:  Students in grades 2-6, will take the TELPAS online reading assessment.  This is a holistic assessment and is designed to assess a students linguistic level.  Scores received will not hinder a students grades within the classroom.