Parent Perusals

May 28, 2019

A Note from Kimberly

My girls are jumping for joy that school has ended! They are officially on summer break and if your kids are not already on break, it will be coming soon!

Are you ready?

There are several things I really enjoy about summer. Number one is summer traffic! While I still work during the summer, it's amazing how smoother my commute is and the extra time I gain without all the traffic! I love it! Things slow down a little bit during the summer and I enjoy that the most with my girls (husband too!).

I'm sure you hear this a lot, but research is very clear about the learning loss that occurs in ALL kids over the summer (read more here). I most definitely want my girls to take a break from the hustle and bustle that the school year bring, but I also know that they do better when we have a routine and I'm currently working on our summer routine and including an emphasis on reading and some fun learning activities embedded throughout the summer. I'm going to disguise learning as fun! It also helps me to have resources already available to help me with my plan!

In this edition of Parent Perusals, I've included some summer ideas to help you kick off your summer plan! I've also included some events going on for families that have children with special needs to take advantage of! Make sure you take notice of the information about your child's STAAR report card! This is an important tool that can really give you insight into the STAAR assessment and what skills your child mastered and those skills that still need to be addressed.

Please take advantage of all the summer resources and parent guides I've collected and put together for you! Check them out here:

Are you looking for summer contracts & checklists? Make sure you check out the Getting Started: Summer Learning tab!

Looking for Summer Booklists, Reading Clubs, Reading Calendars? Make sure you check out the Reading Activities & Resources tab! And there is So Much More!

I will also be closing out my yearly ESC-20 Parent & Family Feedback survey at the end of this week. Please help me out by completing the survey and sharing with me what I can continue to do to help you support your child's learning at home and strengthen your home-school partnerships!

Enjoy the start of summer!


ESC-20 Parent & Family Feedback

Click HERE to complete the survey or complete it embedded in the newsletter below. Thank you!

Download this Postcard Below to Share with Others!

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Coming Up: Charting the Course

Charting the course is a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and ESC-20 collaborative activity. The aim is to engage students with disabilities and their families in education and planning events to support the student's successful transition to post-secondary education and/or employment after high school.

It is encouraged that you bring your child with you to hear this information!

Saturday, June 1st at ESC-20 (1314 HInes Ave)

8th grade session, 9-11 SESSION ID# 59572

12th grade session, 12-2 SESSION ID# 59573

To register:

1. Go to

2. Enter the session ID# into the search box.

3. If you do not have a CONNECT20 account you will be prompted to create one.


Contact Sam Gonzalez at 210-370-5467 or

Download the flier below!

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

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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 link below to understand the STAAR report card!


Download the Fliers Below!

Click the Image Above to Learn More & Nominate!

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TEA Section 504 Webinar

Hear some great information and best practices about Section 504!

Thursday, June 13th

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Register HERE.

For more information or to check out past TEA webinar recordings, click HERE.

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Summer Book Swap

I never thought of this idea until my daughter's teacher did a Summer Book Swap in her classroom last week! It was great!

Each child that wanted to participate could bring 1-3 books from home and the class went through some activities to exchange books. My daughter came home with 3 new books and was eager to read them all as fast as she could!

Read more about how you could organize a book swap HERE.

Get Moving & Have Fun with Your Kids!

Want to raise successful kids? A recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard, MIT, and University of Pennsylvania found that the best way to do this is to have frequent back-and-forth conversations with them. Research shows that children are sometimes more comfortable connecting when they’re engaged in activities with you, like coloring, or cooking, or exercising. There’s something about being together side by side that helps get the ball rolling on good conversation. Do you know what you want to talk about when you have those golden moments with your kids?

This summer, we're making that easy for you! Sign up for our free Walk and Talk program and we'll give you a special summer mileage log, along with 26 conversation starter cards. Over the course of the summer you'll walk the distance of a marathon—26.2 miles—and get to know your kids a little better along the way!

I've already downloaded the conversation starters, they are great!

Download the free resources HERE.

Family Life is Important for Kid’s Mental Health and Adjustment

Summer brings on more family time. There are some great "nuggets" of research in this article that are reminders as parents the importance of family time and how it supports our child's well-being.

"When parents and kids spend time interacting and having fun together, the results are many and extremely valuable. From this experience over the years, children come to feel important and loved. They have the opportunity to adopt essential values from their parents. Parents have the chance to gain more in-depth knowledge about their children’s strengths and weaknesses, which enables them to provide sufficient support and proper guidance. During these times together, mainly when it’s one-on-one time, children feel free to express their thoughts and feelings. All of these experiences create a stronger parent-child bond, which leads to greater self-confidence, resilience, and self-reliance."

Read the full article HERE.

Taken from the Child Development Institute

Strategies for Summer Reading: Children with Dyslexia

Here are some summer strategies to help your child with dyslexia remember what they learned in school and see that reading can be useful and enjoyable.

Favorite Books for Kids w/Learning and Attention Issues

Discover what kinds of books are especially popular with children who struggle with reading. The recommended books are based on a Reading Rockets survey of parents and educators of children with learning and attention issues.

Summer Days...Reading Ways by Boys Town

As spring approaches and the warmer temperatures, budding trees, and outdoor social activities of summer beckon, the allure of winter's isolated and reclusive hobbies fade. This is especially true for students who spend more than 1,200 hours between August and May focused on learning. For them, the end of the school year marks the beginning of an 8 to 10 week "brain break" from all things academia. While some may still choose reading as summer pastime, others will quickly forego it it in lieu of other, high-spirted amusement.

Let's not fool ourselves, setting aside time for recreation is important. Medical experts recommend that kids and adults get a minimum of 60 minutes of aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activity each day. For students, however, increased physical movement that leads to lengthy departures from intellectual activity can take its toll.

For elementary and middle school students specifically, long recesses from learning can lead to lapses in reading skills. Research shows that routine reading and exposure to print leads to easier phonological processing, increased reading fluency, growth in reading vocabulary, and subsequently better comprehension.

While high expectations and calculated efforts by teachers at the beginning of the school year can help remediate the effects of summer deterioration, many things can be done prior to and during the summer months to reduce achievement gaps.

A great chart is provided that lists some strategies that both children and parents can use! Check it out HERE.

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