Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hurricane Ike - Now you are really hurting me!!!

Getting very busy getting back to "normal". Removing the Centerpoint graphic but you can always check the graphics by going to:

Power has been returned to 76% or 172 million. Keep up the good work crews. We know you are working very hard and we really appreciate it!!! Hang in there all of you who still don't have power.

In the tropics...some interesting developments...still have that disturbed area over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico with no big changes to previous discussions. But now that area that was supposed to develop a non-tropical low off the eastern seaboard...something tropical is developing. Will the two out my discussion on the Fujiwhara Effect about 2 weeks ago.

Our weather looks better than ever. Some drier air is arriving over the next 2 days, and it is going to be more pleasant through the weekend with lows in the 50s and 60s and highs in the middle 80s. Enjoy!

Now that we are in the Fall season and will soon be enjoying more fall like weather, I thought I would do autumn or otoño, pronounced oh-toe-nyo. I think this is my favorite time of the year. And celebrate my wedding anniversary during otoño. By the way, that little squiggly thing is called a tilde, but in other parts of the world, this can also be called an accent--not to be confused with what we consider the usual accent mark over a vowel. Also ñ is a distinct letter of the Spanish alphabet.

Now that the weather is turning more pleasant, you might be thinking about the holidays. What could be a better gift than something that improves cognitive development and brain development in children. You can do that by purchasing our children's DVD, Let's Learn Spanish with Frank & Paco Volume 1, which has been recognized as a Top 10 Educational Product for 2008 by Dr. Toy. Don't forget to tell your friends and family that they can buy it at:, Ventura's Educational Supply, Dolo Publications, Carlex Inc., The Curious Mind Store,,, and THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT EVERYONE!


Some new developments in Fort Bend ISD. Note: Christa McAuliffe has sustained serious damage which will require the students to attendc another campus for a while. Also, don't forget that everyone in FBISD is off Friday for the Fort Bend County fair.

Update about Hodges Bend Middle School, Sept. 24, 7:15 amStudents should report to class at Hodges Bend Middle School today, Wed., Sept. 24. Update about Ridgegate Elementary and Briargate Elementary Schools, Sept. 23, 2:00 pmBoth Ridgegate and Briargate Elementary Schools have power. Students should report to class tomorrow, Sept. 24, at the regular time.Update- Sept. 23, 2:00 pm Fort Bend ISD plans to submit a waiver request to the Texas Education Agency to excuse lost instructional days due to Hurricane IkeAt the September 22 business meeting of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Timothy Jenney, superintendent, recommended, and the Board concurred, that the district not make up the six official days when the district was forced to be closed due to Hurricane Ike. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is not requiring districts to make up those days, and is leaving the decision up to each individual school district as to how it will proceed. The recommendation will be formally acted upon at the October 13th Board Meeting. A formal waiver request will then be submitted to the TEA.

Update about Willowridge High School and Christa McAuliffe Middle SchoolWillowridge High School (WHS) has regained power and will reopen at its normal time for classes on Tues, Sept. 23. Due to extensive damage to the Christa McAuliffe Middle School (CMMS) campus, those students will now attend classes at WHS, and should report to that campus (WHS) in the morning, Sept. 23, at their regular time. Students who may arrive at CMMS in the morning will be transported by school bus to the WHS campus. The attached parent letter explains a new schedule of how CMMS students will report to WHS beginning Wednesday, Sept. 24. (Please scroll down below to read the parent letter.)

Well, we got our first fence repair estimate yesterday...and we know that our insurance will only pay 2% of home value for wind damage. Ouch! I know we are the lucky ones...but this really hurts the ole' pocketbook. How do you feel about the expenses incurred by Ike? Leave me a comment.

Be safe everyone!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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