Parent Leadership Academy News

April 9, 2019

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$500 SAC Scholarship Opportunity

Dr. Robert Vela, president at SAC, has approved one $500 scholarship to be awarded to one lucky PLA graduate to be used toward tuition to start attending SAC classes THIS Fall!


1. You must register and attend SAC's Women Empowered (WE) Event on Friday, May 17th (Flyer and registration button below).

2. Submit a Scholarship Essay

Must also meet these requirements:

  • Have a HS diploma or GED by scholarship deadline
  • Submit a scholarship essay (more details below)
  • Register and attend the ENTIRE WE Conference and be present for the scholarship ceremony
  • SAC must be listed as your home school
  • Must be taking classes at SAC in Fall 2019
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 hours for the Fall 2019 semester at SAC
  • Must have completed FAFSA and Apply Texas by April 19, 2019
  • Must attach transcript from colleges other than Alamo Colleges

Scholarship Essay Details

Please reflect on the following:

  • What are your academic and career goals?
  • How will receiving a degree from SAC help you achieve them?
  • What are some barriers you must overcome?
  • One of the primary reasons to attend conferences is for motivation and inspiration. What are you hoping to learn from attending this year's WE Conference that you might be able to use in your life?

Please NOTE: Your essay will be scored on how well you address each of the four questions above.

Final Deadline to submit the scholarship application is Monday, April 29th. Only completed applications will be accepted. Candidates may be contacted for an interview.

Where do you submit your scholarship essay?

When you register for the WE conference, you will receive a confirmation email that has all the information mentioned above and a LINK to click on to submit your essay.

It's very important that you also apply for Financial Aid prior to April 29th.

Have Questions? Need more information?

Contact Abby or anyone at The Empowerment Center!

(210) 486-0455

Just for PLA!

Abby has put together a one time opportunity just for PLA to gather together to get more information and assistance with composing your scholarship essay!

Date: This Thursday, April 11th

Time: 9:00 a.m.--11:00 a.m.

Location: The Empowerment Center (703 Howard St.)

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Download the Flyer Below!

Great PLA Volunteer Opportunity!

Selene needs volunteers for SAISD's Saturday event! This would be a great opportunity to help promote the PLA and serve in the community!

Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and you will be well-fed and hydrated!

Interested? Want more details?

Click HERE to email Selene!

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PLA Closing Session

Date: Wednesday, April 24th

Time: 9:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.

Location: ESC-20 Maple/Mesquite Rooms (2nd floor)

*Lunch will be provided

This day is FULL of all good things!!

The closing session will consist of final evaluations, sharing affirmations and new learning, AND....


During our closing session on Wednesday, April 24th, you will be given the opportunity to share your PLA journey by sharing your portfolio.

Portfolios are due on this day. We do not grade them so no worries about that! Your portfolio is a reflection of your learning during your PLA experience.

There is no right or wrong portfolio. You make it unique to you! If you have any worries or concerns, please let one of us know.

We will hang on to your portfolio and show case them during the graduation ceremony and then you get to take them home!

I promise will take great pride in this work!

Help Us Start Recruiting for Fall 2019 PLA!

Do you have recommendations for a friend, family member or coworker to participate in the Parent Leadership Academy? We need your help recruiting!

During the April 24th closing session, we will be asking for you to contribute at least 3 contact names, phone numbers and email addresses that we can reach out to join the Fall 2019 cohort!

We will share Fall 2019 applications with you once they become available.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Graduation Status

Kimberly will be reaching out to you to check on the status of your elective courses and make sure you are on the right track to reach graduation.

If she has emailed you, please get in touch with her! This could be the difference of you receiving a participation certificate vs. a completion certificate! We all want you to receive COMPLETION certificates!

Pictures Needed!

Kimberly will be working on putting together a slideshow of pictures that we will watch during graduation. If you have some pictures that you have taken and would like to share, please email them directly to Kimberly.

Graduation: Thursday, May 2nd; 5:30 p.m.--7:30 p.m.

Location: ESC-20 Bexar Auditorium Rooms (1st Floor)

PLA Staging Room (where you will gather before the graduation): Kinney (1st Floor)

You will need to arrive at ESC-20 before 5:00 p.m. for a group picture and to be ready to go at 5:30 p.m.

You will receive your caps/gowns at the Closing Session so you can iron them and come dressed!

Please note: Caps/Gowns will need to be returned after the graduation ceremony. You are not able to keep them. You will, however, be able to keep your tassel!

Start inviting those that are important to you that you want to share this celebration with. A reception will follow the graduation ceremony.

An electronic and hard copy invitation will be shared with you that you can share with others. Coming Soon!

San Antonio College Tour

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Elective Courses

Remaining Elective Options Before the Closing Session!

Thursday, April 11, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Families Talking Together

Families Talking Together (FTT) is a parent-based program focusing on improving parent-child communication and is effective in delaying sexual initiation and preventing risky sexual behavior among middle-school-aged youth (10-14 yrs.). This training will offer tips and group discussions on getting the conversation started, monitoring/supervision, and helping enhance your child's refusal skills. This interactive training is offered by Healthy Futures of Texas.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th.

Session ID: 53117

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Dyslexia: What is it, and How Can I Help My Child?

Learn what dyslexia is and how to support your child if he/she has dyslexia. We will explore the common risk factors for dyslexia as well as common misperceptions or myths about dyslexia. Participants will learn strategies to help support their student if he/she is at-risk for or identified with dyslexia. While some of the strategies will target beginning literacy skills, this is appropriate for parents with students of all ages.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th.

Session ID: 53118

Webinar ID: 53198

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

College Knowledge for Parents

Facilitated by the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives, "College Knowledge for Parents" provides parents with essential information regarding promoting a college going culture, college financial aid, scholarships, as well as college admissions information. Learn more about your critical role as a parent in helping your child reach their academic dreams.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th.

Session ID: 52440

Webinar ID: 53200

Great Parent Learning Opportunity! Please consider taking advantage of these FREE webinars to grow your skills!

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Building Stronger School-Family Partnerships

The Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy is a pathway for educators and parents to work more effectively with each other – to improve communication, increase parental participation, nurture engagement, and engender better partnerships.

Parents exposed to these strategies explore three key roles to play – to support, monitor, and advocate for their child’s education. They become better able to generate their own questions, improve those questions, and strategize on how to use them, as they examine ways to participate more effectively in decision making.

This two-part webinar series is designed for parents to learn how to use the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy to improve communication and engender stronger partnerships with educators.

 Webinars will be from 4:00-5:00 PM.

 Participants who complete each webinar with assignments can obtain 2.5 contact hours and a certificate for participation.

Read the Newsletter Below for ALL the details!

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Have Questions or Concerns? Contact us!

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