Parent Perusals

September 30, 2019

Coming Up This Week!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Unorganized, Unfocused, and Unprepared: The Impact of Executive Functioning Skills in the Classroom

Does your son or daughter have trouble organizing work, completing tasks, managing materials, managing time, paying attention or have social difficulties? These are all cognitive skills that are referred to as Executive Functioning Skills. Executive Functioning Skills greatly impact children’s achievement and are often an associated feature of developmental or learning disabilities, or caused by a mismatch between a child’s neuro-developmental stage and the demands of their

environment. This training will focus on ways in which parents and teachers can use appropriate strategies to support children’s developing executive skills, while helping improve academic performance.

Session ID# 58824

Webinar ID# 59711

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Trauma Informed Parents

This training will discuss how adults can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effects on children and learning. This training will also discuss effects of how and when adults change their methods of interacting and responding to children that have been impacted by trauma that will build, nurture and foster healthy relationships.

Session ID# 58825

Webinar ID# 59712


October's FREE Parent Trainings & Webinars

Check out what is coming up the rest of this month!

These are GREAT calendars for the HOME to engage with your child in LEARNING!

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Open to the Community!

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Conversation 360°: Our Voices & Disability

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
William R. Sinkin Eco Centro
1802 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212


The Conversation 360° creates an open and safe platform for an interactive dialog on the issues individuals living with a disability in San Antonio face that create barriers to inclusion, independence, and an equitable quality of life. This discussion creates a dialog for improvement, identifying ways in which the San Antonio community can take action toward filling the gaps, creating awareness, advancing public attitudes, and creating a community of inclusion for all citizens.

Join disABILITYsa in conversation as we get together to openly discuss the benefits, challenges, barriers, and pathways to engaging in ​the San Antonio community while addressing the way each topic impacts our selves and neighbors who live with a disability.


ACCESS INFORMATION: Deaf Interpreter Services and other accommodations may be provided upon request. This bus line stops near San Antonio College William R. Sinkin Eco Centro: Bus - 90

6:00pm - Discussion Leader Introductions
6:30pm - Topic Discussion
​7:30pm - Large Group Discussion
7:50pm - Conclusion & Door Prize Drawing


  • General Public looking to become better informed citizens and broaden their perspectives.
  • ​Community Leaders

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Share with Your Kids: The Dangers of Vaping

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has updated materials on vaping available on its websites, including information on the vaping epidemic and resources for parents:

The websites will be updated as information and resources continue to become available. We encourage you to share this information with your partners and stakeholders. For questions on vaping, please contact the DSHS Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch at 512-776-7268 or 512-422-0925 or Visit our Adolescent Health “What’s New” webpage for more resources as well.

Do you have a child starting college in 2020?

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The 2019-2020 FAFSA® Form Launches October 1st!

7 Things You'll Need to Know BEFORE You Fill out the FAFSA® Form!

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2020–21 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2019. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after Oct. 1 at the official government site,

It’ll be easier to complete the FAFSA form if you gather what you need ahead of time.

Click HERE so you know what you’ll need to fill it out.

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Matching Scholarship Opportunities

Fifth through ninth graders whose families have an annual income of $100,000 or less can apply now for Match the Promise scholarships.*

The Texas Match the Promise Foundation℠ encourages families to save for college by supplementing their contributions to the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® (TTPF) — the state's prepaid college tuition plan.

Approved recipients can receive matching scholarships of tuition units worth up to $1,000 at today's prices, and top-scoring recipients can also receive a one-time grant of tuition units worth $2,000 at today's prices. These scholarship tuition units can be used at most Texas public colleges and universities (excluding medical and dental institutions).

Apply Now and Help Them Reach Their Goals

Eligible applicants who have a TTPF account may apply for Match the Promise scholarships between Sept. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2019. Families may also enroll in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund during this time if they haven't already done so.

Find application materials and more information, including how to donate to the foundation, online at You can also contact us via email or at 800-531-5441, ext. 3-7570, for additional information.

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Family Caregiving: Hope and Healing Together from Sesame Street

When a loved one needs extra support, it can mean big adjustments for everyone in the family. These transitions can mean a unique set of challenges. But no matter the caregiving situation, embracing a sense of family togetherness will help as old routines and responsibilities make way for new ones. Facing what lies ahead as a family means that everyone feels heard, understood, and valued. We’re so thrilled to share new resources for military, veteran, and other caregiving families, to support and encourage them in their journey.

Explore ways you can support these resilient families!

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Statewide Parental Involvement Conference

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 1:30pm to Saturday, Dec. 14th, 12pm

1001 E McCarty Lane

San Marcos, TX


  • Keynote Speakers: E.J. Carrion, Salome Thomas-EL, Dave Davlin
  • 3 Featured Sessions and 45 Breakout Sessions
  • Numerous sessions in Spanish, and Spanish translation available
  • 25 Exhibitors
  • Friday and Saturday Breakfast, Friday Luncheon, Breaks
  • Great opportunity for networking with colleagues

Conference Registration

  • $160 per person until 10/21/19
  • $185 per person after 10/21/19 until 11/22/19
  • $300 late & on-site registration (if space available)

Learn more below!

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Questions? Comments? Feedback?

Click HERE if you can't access the form above and you'd like to leave Kimberly a comment, question or other feedback. Thanks!

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Kimberly Baumgardner, Consultant, Education Service Center, Region 20

Kimberly has worked in the field of special education for 19 years. She has been on staff at ESC-20 for 10 years. She spent 7 years as a special education curriculum specialist and is currently the Family Engagement Consultant.

Kimberly has become quite passionate about empowering families to be more involved in their child's education and future as well as challenging and supporting schools to increase their efforts to involve families in their child's educational journey and focus on Family Engagement as an instructional tool that improves student's academic outcomes.

Kimberly enjoys living out in the country with her husband, Tyson and two daughters, Lynette & Lucy Sue.