Parent Perusals

October 26, 2018

Calling All Student Artists! ESC-20 Holiday Card Competition

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Education Service Center, Region 20 (ESC-20) is looking for student artwork to include in this year's holiday cards! Artwork should reflect the holiday season.


• Contest is open to all students, grades K–12 in the ESC-20 service area.

• All entries must be accompanied by this completed form (download below).

• Entries must be submitted in hard copy form only.

• All hard copy artwork must be submitted on 8.5” x 11” white, unlined paper.

• Limit one entry per student.

• The work submitted must be created by the artist as an original artwork.

• Submissions may include illustrations using, but not limited to, watercolors, crayons, markers, colored pencils, photographs or computer generated art. - No copyrighted materials.

All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 31st.

• No late entries will be accepted.

• Send mailed entries to Mayra de Hoyos, 1314 Hines Ave, San Antonio, Texas, 78208.

• Artwork will not be returned.

*For questions or more information, please contact

Mayra de Hoyos,, 210-370-5617

ESL/Citizenship Preparation Academy

Have you considered U.S. citizenship while learning English?

The ESL/Citizenship Preparation Academy is designed to prepare adult immigrants at the low beginning to high intermediate ESL level to successfully complete the naturalization process.

This preparation includes the following:

· developing English language skills in speaking, reading ,writing, and math

· gaining civics content knowledge

· Preparing for the written test

· learning about the Form N-400

· preparing for the naturalization interview

· education and career counseling

Free ESL-Citizenship Classes Begin

November 6, 2018

Enrollment dates and times

Registration: October 30 @ 9:00am

Orientation: November 1, 2018 @ 9:00am


Edgewood Family Learning Center

534 Cordelia St.

San Antonio, TX 78237

Students must attend 3 hours, both days of registration and orientation prior to attending classes. It is highly recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Eligibility requirements:

· 19 years or older

· 17/18 years of age with withdrawal forms from last school attended and *parent/guardian permission (*must be present at registration).

For more information, call: 210-370-5348 or 210-370-5498 or visit

Download the flyer below!

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Strong Minds & Happy Hearts

Parents can often feel overwhelmed with all the information that is out there regarding children's mental health and illness. To help provide education and tools, One in Five Minds teams up with local schools districts and local partners to bring Strong Minds and Happy Hearts- A Conversation on Children's Mental Wellness to parents and caregivers in the community.

Join us for this free 2.5 hour event on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 - 11 am at the NEISD Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, TX 78217.

Event includes: a light breakfast, informational talks, networking, local agencies. Child care provided.

Sign up here:

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Halloween Edition--DoSeum Beyond Limits Program

Date: Wednesday, October 31

Time: 4:00 PM--7:00 PM

Location: DoSeum (2800 Broadway; SATX)

Guests with the need will be free of admission. Accompanying guests will be charged $7 with pre-registration and $14 at the door.



- Dress up in your most creative costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag. DoSeum ghouls and our creepy community partners are passing out goodies for Halloween. Enjoy trick-or-treating in our low crowd, sensory friendly environment.
- Please note: no masks, weapons, or weapon like props. Adults and children are welcome to come in costume. You can also dress casual and comfortable because there is lots to do.

DIY Trick or Treat Bags
- Get creative and make your own Trick-Or-Treat Bag! You can use your bag to trick-or-treat throughout The DoSeum.

Magic Spells with a Real Magician
- Abracadabra! Come meet a real magician and enjoy tongue twisting spells before he disappears.

Robot, Zombie, Frankenstein
- Step into the spooktacular art studio to create your own character out of geometric shapes, complete with LED lights for frightening eyes.

The GlowSeum Cryptozoology Petting Zoo
- The DoSeum has been taken over by a glowing goo! Come visit the GlowSeum to meet some fantastical creatures that glow in the dark and even dare to feed the creatures and touch the goo!

Room on the Broom/Create Silly Spells
- Conjure up your own magic spells using rhythm, rhyme, and silly word cut-outs! Enjoy playing with puppet characters from the book “Room on the Broom”.

Beyond Limits Program

Core 4 STEM Family Day at San Antonio College

Register your family today for the FREE Annual CORE 4 STEM Family Day Expo at San Antonio College!

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Bring your whole family! All ages are welcome! Learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in San Antonio like robotics, crime scene investigations, virtual reality, conservation, alternate fuel sources, rockets, 3D technologies and more! Take part in many fun and interactive learning activities.

The CORE 4 STEM Family Day Expo is geared towards students in K-12th grade and their parents.

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Community First Health Plans: Mommy & Me Baby Shower

Learn more about a healthy pregnancy, connect with other mothers, and win great prizes at our Mommy and Me Baby Shower!

Date: November 14, 2018

Time: 10-12

Location: Neighborhood Place (3014 Rivas St.)


Members who attend the baby shower may qualify for a car seat, play yard or a toddler booster seat!

Lunch will be provided.

Please call (210) 358-6055 to reserve your spot!

Texas Transition Conference

There are a few parent stipends available for the Texas Transition Conference February 20-22, 2019 being held in San Antonio, TX . The conference is in San Antonio!

Stipends, provided by the Center on Disability and Development and The Secondary Transition/Post-School Results Network are available to parents and/or youth who would like to attend the conference but need financial assistance.

Learn more HERE: Texas Transition Conference Parent and Youth Stipends

Reading for Meaning with Your Child

"What's This About?"

Reading for Meaning with Your Child

Reading with comprehension means understanding what’s been read. It takes practice, time, and patience to develop reading comprehension skills. Families can play an important role in helping a child learn to read for understanding.

First, make sure your child is reading books appropriate for their reading level. If a book is too hard, all your child’s energy will be put into decoding and reading word for word, with less energy available to figure out what the book means. Books that your child can read with 98-100% accuracy are good choices for comprehension building.

Reading comprehension skills can be developed using a before-during-after approach. Below are a few suggestions that will help build comprehension skills.


Your goal is to help your child build an understanding of and purpose for what they’re about to read. Look at the book’s cover. Ask, “What do you think this book might be about? Why? Can you make some predictions?” Guide your child through the pages, discuss the pictures, and brainstorm what might happen in the story. Talk about any personal experiences your child may have that relate to the story.


Your goal is to help your child be an active reader. Read together and talk about what’s happening as they’re reading. Stop and discuss any interesting or tricky vocabulary words. Talk about any surprising or sad passages, and help them visualize parts of the story. Ask your child, “Do you understand what’s happening here? What do you think will happen next?” If your child seems unsure, stop, go back and reread if necessary. Discuss any confusing parts.


Your goal is to help your child reflect on what they’ve read. Summarize and share your favorite part of the book. Have your child rate the book on a scale from 1 to 10 and say why. Have your child reread their favorite part or act it out.

Take the extra time before and during reading to read with your child this way. You’ll soon find yourself reading with a child who is motivated to comprehend and learn from everything they read.

Taken from Reading Rockets.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Do you want to eat healthy, but have trouble staying within your budget?

“” has information about grocery planning, shopping smart and cooking

healthy meals.

Visit the website to learn how to shop healthy on a budget.

Pediatricians Offer Tips on Physical Activity

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging children 6 years of age and older to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Visit the website for a list of aerobic and muscle-strengthening sports and activities for children, teens—and even parents.

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Bullying Resources

Check out all the great parent/family resources on Bullying!

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