Family Engagement Program

North East Independent School District

Decision Making

Learning good decision-making skills can set your child up for success later in life. As children get older, parenting becomes less about control and more about providing guidance. Here are some ways to help your child feel more comfortable talking to you about important issues, which can increase your influence on your child's decisions.

-Talk to your children about relevant issues. Sharing your time, life experiences, values, trust, ideas, laughter, and love affects how they feel, think, and make decisions.

-Let your child know you want to help guide them, but don't try to control situations by taking decisions out of their hands.

-Encourage children to make good decisions and explain there's no "undo" button in life.

-Point out that good decisions are not always obvious and sometimes making the right decision is hard due to peer pressure.

-Teach children to look out for themselves first in social situations. It is okay to say "no" and not follow the crowd.

-Discuss how decisions made today affect our lives and the lives of others in the future.

-Try to put yourself in your child's shoes. Support and encourage your child, even when he or she makes mistakes. A little love and support goes a long way.

Adapted from Texas Families Growing Together and endorsed by the Texas Pediatric Society and the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Pancreatic Cancer: Warning Signs workshops

Health Matters: Did you know that Pancreatic Cancer will become the second deadliest cancer by 2020? Get in the know with this educational and informative session about risk factors to avoid and those we cannot control. Join us to learn about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and much more. This session is repeated-Various dates, times, and locations to choose from:

Date: Monday, Nov. 4

Time: 9am-10am

Location: Harris MS


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5

Time: 9am-11am

Location: Driscoll MS


Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Time: 10am-11:30am

Location: Wood MS


Date: Thursday, Nov. 7

Time: 9am-11am

Location: Garner MS


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12

Time: 11:30am-12:15pm

Location: Stahl ES


Date: Thursday, Nov. 14

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Location: Walzem ES


Common Sense: Tech Balance

Do you have a child that is between the ages of 3-8? Do they have a device they use at home? If so, you might be interested in receiving helpful tips that will initiate meaningful conversations at home. These text messages will be a great start to promote a balanced approach when using technology.

Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important activities a parent can do with their child. Reading aloud strengthens your relationships with your child, fosters a love of books and reading, and builds your child’s vocabulary and language skills. Here are some easy tips for reading aloud with your child: Read Aloud Tips for Parents For more information about the benefits of reading aloud with your child visit

Parent Field Trip: 7 Habits of Succesful Families

It's no secret that many families today are in trouble. Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them successfully together.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13

Time: 9am-2pm

Location: Education Service Center (ESC) 20

1314 Hines 78208

Free transportation (Adults only) from Montgomery Elementary and East Terrell Hills Elementary. You must RSVP to save your seat.

For more information, call Dr. Glendelia Zavala at (210)407-5034 or email

Meet our Family Specialist at Clear Spring Elementary

Roxana Gutierrez-Garcia began working with children in the mid-90s as her parents highly encouraged her to teach dance lessons to elementary-aged children during Vacation Bible School. It was then, much to her surprise, when she realized she enjoyed inspiring children and being inspired. Roxana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. While in college, Roxana worked in after school programs for Sunshine Cottage and SAMMinistries. After graduation, Roxana began working in 21st Century Afterschool programs at Northside ISD. It was then she realized just how crucial family engagement was to a child’s academic success. She joined NEISD as a Family Specialist in 2008 at Clear Spring Elementary. Through this role, Roxana has found her calling. As a Family Specialist, Roxana has grown her knowledge and craft in education in order to help build a partnership between home and school. Roxana continues to be inspired by the families she serves and does her best to empower those she helps. At home, Roxana now tries to embolden her four children with her husband of almost 12 years.