Family Engagement Program

North East Independent School District

Holiday Traditions to Start this Year

We have some ideas for kid-friendly holiday activities and sweet surprises to make this your family's most meaningful season yet. Any one of these whimsical ideas will make the holidays more jolly and joyful. But why stop at trying just one?

1. Adopt a family through a charity.

2. Read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

3. Play "I spy" with the ornaments on your tree.

4. Give your child an ornament every year.

5. Start a silly ritual.

6. Create holiday cards for hospitalized children.

7. Play tourist in your own town.

8. Watch the same holiday movie every year.

9. Make paper snowflakes with colored paper.

10. Craft a cute surprise.

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Save the Date-18th Annual Family Engagement Training

Keynote speaker and Author of Success is a Process, Not an Event- Mills Carnell Rodgers II shares with us the importance of seeing ourselves as the leader in our own future. Each and every one of us has the capability of helping our children succeed academically.

Date: Friday, Feb. 7

Time: 10am-2:15pm

Location: NEISD Community Learning Center (CLC)

8750 Tesoro Drive 78217

Light lunch, transportation, and childcare available.

More information to come!

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Free Bilingual Handouts

The Latino Family Literacy Project provides bilingual handouts on topics that will support parents at schools. Our aim is to support Spanish-speaking and English-speaking parents in their quest to learn skills to support the academic success of their children.

Some handouts will be centered on reading, brain development, language acquisition, vocabulary development, and the educational process.

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Health & Wellness Workshop

Join us as the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District shares crucial topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, problem-solving tips, relaxation techniques, depression, and effectively working with your doctor. This is an evidence-based series originally developed at Stanford University.

Dates: Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18; Jan. 8 & 13

Time: 9am-11:30am

Location: Montgomery Elementary School

7047 Montgomery Drive 78239

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

Vaping Resources for Parents

The Department of State Health Services has updated materials on vaping with information on the vaping epidemic and helpful resources for parents.


Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to a child prepare for reading and learning. Reading aloud is important for children at every age to build vocabulary and promote healthy brain development. All it takes is 15 minutes and a book. For more information visit or your school library.

Meet our Olmos Elementary Family Specialist

Lillian Esparza contributes her work ethic to both of her parents who were hardworking immigrants born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico. She earned her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Palo Alto Community College, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (interned with the U.S Marshals and Juvenile Detention Center) and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education from UTSA. Lilly is proud to be part of the North East family for 10 years and has been blessed with the opportunity to attend Harvard University with their “Family Engagement in Education Program.” Lilly's vast experience includes knowledge from several non-profit organizations such as Baptist Child and Family Services, Association for Advancement of Mexican Americans and the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She has 15 years of experience working with adults, youth and the community. Serving and volunteering in our community has become a passion for Lilly. For twenty years, she and her family have volunteered at the Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner serving San Antonio's needy, homeless and the elderly. She has also volunteered with the mentally challenged during the holidays at the San Antonio State Hospital. Lilly feels her profession is not only a job; it is a commitment and love toward others. She has a great support system at home with an amazing husband, two handsome boys, and their furry family members- Jimmy and Charlie. Lilly is so grateful to have been guided by an amazing family and inspiring leaders.

NEISD-Digital Families

At NEISD, we take a very intentional approach to technology use in our classrooms. Instead of creating digital consumers, we strive to teach your child how to use technology in meaningful and innovative ways while instilling a sense of compassion and responsibility. We know parenting in the digital age is difficult, especially when new technologies appear on what seems like a daily basis. We have gathered resources to help you navigate the digital landscape with your student, so that together we can guide your child towards safe and productive digital use both inside and outside of the classroom. Check it out at: