Parent Perusals

June 6, 2019

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Daily Reading Tips Sent to Your Mobile Phone!

Get great summertime ideas for reading, writing and hands-on fun sent right to your mobile phone.

To start receiving Start with a Book's summer literacy texts, simply text READING to 41411 from your mobile phone.

Happy summer reading!

La lectura de verano es una buena forma de evitar que los niños pierdan terreno sobre lo aprendido durante el año.

¡Suscribirse a recibir mensajes de texto para ayudar a los niños con la lectura! Recibirá 3-4 mesajes por semana durante todo el verano. Para suscribirse, manda LECTURA a 41411.

Cargos por mensajes y datos se aplican. Para cancelar en cualquier momento, manda STOP a 41411.

¡Vamos a leer!

For more information, click HERE.

Another Great Summer Tool!

Make Sure You Take Advantage of Learning All You Can About Your Child's STAAR Report Card!

I know you've seen me share this the past 3 weeks, but I can't stress enough how valuable this tool is. Please check it out. AND, if you don't know your child's unique student access code, please call your child's school! They have this information to give you!!

Being able to understand your child's performance on the STAAR test gives you insight as a parent to know what specific academic areas your child is weak in. This then helps you know which area to focus on so you can seek out resources that can help you engage with your child in these areas.

Don't know what you can do? Seek out resources and ideas at OR ESC-20's Summer Resource webpage. Your child's teacher is another great resource for ideas!

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Understanding the STAAR Report Card

TEA has made this great resource available for families! Do you want to understand your child's STAAR report card better? What does it mean? How do I know if my child passed or failed? Check out these resources!

This parent portal provides parents with quick access to their student’s STAAR results, year-over-year growth information, individual student responses to actual test items, and even details like the student expectations covered by the items and wrong answer rationales.

Parents can access their child’s results using a unique access code, which can be found at the bottom of your child’s STAAR Report Card. Parents can also view the assessment questions, their child’s answers to the questions, and correct answers and rationales. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

Click the button below to understand the STAAR report card!

I Need Help Understanding the STAAR Report Card!

Every student who takes the STAAR test receives a STAAR Report Card that helps parents see where their child is doing well and where he or she may need extra help.

Download the Fliers Below!

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STEM Camps: Scholarships Available to Qualifying Students

SAMSAT and SASTEMIC are partnering to bring San Antonio area students exciting STEM based summer camps. Each camp is a hands on learning experience and will include visits from professionals in the subjects career field.

Every camp will be a week long, covering a variety of subjects.

Camps will be located at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology.

Download the Flier Below!

To request more information about the qualifying scholarships, complete the contact form here:

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Have a young adult getting ready for life after high school?

Parent Toolkit is here to help!

Preparing your young adult to go out in to the world is equal parts challenging and emotional - and it's different for every family. No matter what your student is doing after they graduate high school, Off to Schoolkit is the ultimate guide to support both of you in this transition.

Below are Some Additional Resources to Help you Prepare your Young Adult for Life After High School!

How to Let Go

You’ve raised them, fed them, taught them, and now it’s time to let them go. Your “baby” is now a young adult, and they’re striking out on their own.

Your Teen Is Going To College in the Fall...

The time between high school graduation and leaving the nest is often precious, emotional, and downright scary for both teens and parents.

Beating the "I'm Bored" Blues!

Have any of your children already said these words since school has been out?

The Family Dinner Project always has great ideas for helping make family meal times a priority. I love their resources!

While part of the fun of summer is the break from routine, keeping some sort of schedule can help reduce anxiety and keep the whole family grounded — that’s why we recommend keeping regular family meals on the calendar. Fortunately, family meals can be used to your advantage in beating back some of the boredom. Here’s how.

  • Think of mealtimes as a structured activity. Sure, family dinner is no trip to the water park, but on a regular low-key summer day, it can help bored and restless kids to know that dinner will be happening as scheduled. Getting everyone to the table (or picnic blanket, bench, or wherever else you’re all gathering) to eat, talk and spend time together can break up the late-day boredom and provide a welcome change of scenery.

  • Give kids responsibility for dinner games. One of our team members sometimes challenges her pre-teen sons to come up with new game ideas for family dinner. They don’t always go well (“I’ll tell you a year and region of the world, and you guess the historical ruler!” was a bit of a flop), but putting the responsibility in their hands serves double duty: It gives the kids something to think about earlier in the day when they’re feeling restless, and makes the dinner table a more enjoyable place to be.

  • Put family members in charge of conversation topics. Particularly with older kids and teens, asking them to come to dinner with an interesting question, news article, or topic they want to share can be an effective way to help them engage in family mealtimes — as well as give them a mini-project to consider while they’re scrolling their screens. If open-ended requests don’t work well for your family, try giving a topic they can expand on: “We were thinking of trying to make a list of day trips we can tackle over the next few months. Why don’t you start coming up with a list and bring it to dinner tonight so we can all talk about it?”

  • Extend their interests with mealtime creativity. Pay attention to what they’re into this summer. What are they reading or watching? Did they learn something new at a summer camp, or have they been talking about a particular dream vacation destination? See if they can help you come up with ways to weave those interests into dinner. You might have them research recipes and help you prepare foods from a specific region or time period, decorate your dining space and serve a menu straight out of a favorite book or movie, re-create recipes from a cooking show they’re into, or even show up to dinner as whomever their latest idol happens to be and spend the whole meal in character. The key here is to have the kids do the planning and most of the work, so they’re busy with a cool project that gets unveiled to the whole family at mealtime — not making extra work for you!

  • Make Summer the season for dinner parties. You don’t have to invite a horde of people and serve something fancy; just choose a few nights (or maybe one meal each week, like every Friday dinner or Sunday brunch) when you let the kids choose someone to invite to share a meal with you. Give them planning control — who will they invite? What would they like to serve? What groceries will you need to have on hand? Do they want to create special decorations or plan a fun activity? — and watch their vision take shape.

Taken from June 2019 Newsletter

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Looking to Have a Healthy, Happy Summer Break at Home?

Clarity Child Guidance Center One in Five Minds has some great summer-specific articles!

Click HERE to access all the articles!

Topics include:

  • School's Out--Structure the Summer for Fall Success
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Teen Healthy and Happy this Summer
  • Summers: Now vs. Then
  • Building Mental Health Resiliency in the Summer Months
  • Navigating Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care
  • College Prep for Teens Struggling with Mental Health Issues

Check Out These Other Great Reads!

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