Parent Perusals

April 10, 2019

City of San Antonio's 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program

Know a high schooler (16 - 19 years old) who is looking for a summer job where they can gain valuable hands-on work experience? If so, make sure they apply for our 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program by April 14. Clerical/administrative/project support or light-maintenance support positions are available in various City departments.

The Program lasts for about 8 weeks, beginning June 17 and ending August 9. Participants will earn $9/hr. Click here for more details and to apply.

The deadline to apply for a summer job is April 14.

Have a question? Call Human Resources Customer Service at 207-8705 or email us at

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Click HERE to Register for the Fiesta Especial Run

Join disABILITYsa for the 8th Annual 5K & Parade in the beautiful City of Windcrest on Saturday, April 20th at 8:00am. Dress in your most Festive Fiesta® wear and help bring the sights, sounds and excitement of Fiesta® to the streets.

Don't Forget to Check out the ESC-20 Parent Summer Resources!

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Download the Flyer Below!

Click the image above to read the April edition of the Parent Coordination Shout Out! This is an informative newsletter to learn about statewide resources for families that have children with disabilities. It is also a great resource to share with the families you serve!

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year

Summer is heading our way and as usual, faster than we could have imagined. “Didn’t the school year just start?” is a popular comment we find ourselves repeating every year. In some areas of the country, there are less than two months left to learn in the classroom.

Soon, the sweet voices of preschoolers, (okay, we all know they are not sweet all the time), will no longer echo the halls. Soon, the chatty mouths of teens will fill your households even more than usual. For most, camps are booked and summer calendars are well on their way to being planned.

In our kids’ minds, they are already packing for sleepaway camp, twirling the whistle as they lifeguard at the local pool, and having visions of staying up late and driving their parents insane. (Oops, that last one slipped out.) How do we slow down the excitement and keep their minds on finishing out the school year strong? Here are some thoughts from one parent to another.

Read the 5 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year.

Baby Navigator

Introducing Baby Navigator — the powerful NEW online resource for parents of babies and toddlers

What every parent needs to know about early learning. Find video of young children, everyday activities to support language and social communication, growth charts, and guidance on what to do if you’re concerned.

What you do and say can make all the difference!

April is National Poetry Month

Roses are red

Violets are blue

We like poetry

How about you?

While our poetry may not be very good, our ideas for sharing it with young kids definitely are! National Poetry Month is a time to celebrate poets, rhymes, rhythm, and word choices that make poetry fun for kids.

Sharing poetry with kids is a great way to highlight language. Poems include humor, interesting words, tongue twisters and alliteration (the same consonant sound at the beginning of each word). Choral reading of poems, where more than one reads the same thing at the same time, and several rereading of the same poem also builds fluency.

How to plan a family poetry jam

Start with playful, rhyming poetry about topics that are familiar to your child like animals, food, and bedtime. Nursery rhymes and Mother Goose collections are early favorites.

Read the poetry aloud slowly. Emphasize the sound of the words and the rhymes. Read dramatically to emphasize the breaks and phrasing of the poem. Have fun with the colorful language and word play.

Reread the poem several times. Many popular poets for kids (for example Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky) have several of their poems online. These can be printed and used for rereading. Favorite ones can be arranged into a family poetry notebook.

Once a poem is familiar to your child, take turns reading! First you read one line or one stanza, and have your child read the next. See if you can do that while maintaining the rhythm of the poem.

Plan your own family poetry jam. Have each member of the family choose and practice a favorite poem to share with the family. Set aside a special time to celebrate poetry by having each person share their poem.

While April is National Poetry month, there's enough excellent poetry for kids to share all year long. Ask your local librarian for help finding poetry collections that are a good fit for your child.

Poetry for All Ages

A Poetic Spring

View this information in Spanish.

Taken from: Reading Rockets

Help a Child Write a Poem

Learn some tips on how to help guide your child to create their own poem!

Upcoming TEA Webinar on Dyslexia

The Texas Education Agency will give information about one of the most talked about subjects in Texas....Dyslexia!

Date: Wednesday, April 24th

Time: 9:30 a.m.--10:30 a.m.

Register HERE.

5 Tips For Your Middle-Schooler With Dysgraphia

Self-advocacy is important for kids with dysgraphia in middle school. But kids this age can sometimes feel embarrassed about speaking up. You can help your child by rehearsing some common scenarios and responses.

Remaining APRIL Parent Trainings & Webinars

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Connecting the Math in School to the Math at Home (Grades 3-5)

Building students ‘confidence in critical thinking of questioning in grades 3-5 is crucial to capture their mathematical success. Participants will engage in instructional strategies that develop their understanding of questions and learn ways to assist parents in making connections that can help them with their child(ren) at home.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22nd.

Session ID: 53119

Webinar ID: 53201

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Anxiety and Today’s Youth

There is an increasing concern for rising anxiety in society today. Anxiety is an organized response by which a person senses, evaluates, anticipates, and responds to cues of threat or danger in one’s internal or external environment. The focus of this training will be to learn practical and accessible strategies that can be applied in everyday life and addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of anxiety in today’s youth.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26th. **

Session ID: 52447

Webinar ID: 53202


Click HERE for steps to register for an ESC-20 Parent Training or Webinar

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