Parent Involvement Newsletter

2016 Beginning of Year Celebrations

Parental Involvement Conference - November 5

Upcoming Event!! Parents Get Ready!!

Come join the excitement at the 5th Annual Family Engagement Conference being held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Alice High School from 7:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Alice Independent School District invites you to come discover the various means by which you can help your children to be successful in school and beyond. Parents will enjoy a Saturday filled with enjoyable, engaging and informational presentations and will be treated to a free breakfast, free lunch, and numerous door prizes. Also, free child-care for Alice ISD school children ages 5 - 11 will be provided.

Our theme this year is “Somewhere over the rainbow families come together...” Children need their parents and families to take an interest in their educational career and provide support whenever it is needed. We invite you to come learn and discover how you can help your children have successful learning experiences. We are excited to bring our neighbors together to enjoy the benefits of having a variety of parent information, tools and services all in one place!

Date: November 5, 2016

Place: Alice High School

Time: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Breakfast served from 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Lunch for Adult Attendees will be


Family Engagement Conference Topics for Everyone. We Will See You There!

Throughout the morning, attendees will be able to choose from a variety of forty-five minute break-out sessions on various topics that span across many grade levels. The sessions offer important information on topics that have an impact on the children and parents in our community. This year we will have four (4) session rotations. The topics to be presented are featured below and on the picture links below (not all are listed here):

  • Cooking demonstration by Aramark
  • Career & Technical Education Course Information
  • Early College High School: How will ECHS Benefit My Child?
  • Building Resilient Kids Through Family Assets
  • Let's Stop Bullying Together
  • TxConnect Parent Portal - Have You Been Checking on Your Child's Grades
  • Keeping Kids Engaged with Science at Home
  • Planning for College - Scholarship and grant information
  • Raising Readers - Family Literacy (free books given)
  • Cyber-bullying, Privacy and Sexting - Protecting Your Online Reputation
  • A Brief Look at the Teenage Brain
  • Valor de la Educacion - Bilingual presentation for Spanish Speaking parents
  • Boys to Men - Developing Healthy Male Identity
  • Acing Math One Deck at a Time
  • College Ready! The Game!
  • Using Question and Thinking Stems to Bond with and Increase Your Child's I.Q.

A variety of local merchant vendors and informational booths will be on-site for parents to visit while in attendance. Local agencies will be on hand to answer questions about health care, CHIPS, Medicaid, diabetes, health and nutrition.

Session 1 8:30 - 9:15

Session 2 9:35 – 10:20

Session 3 10:40 – 11:25

Session 4 11:45 - 12:30

*Lunch will follow the last session. Attendees will receive a lunch ticket when they sign in at the registration tables in the morning. If childcare is needed parents need to turn in a preregistration form to their child’s campus ASAP. Childcare provided for Alice ISD students ages 5-11 years.

Lunch menu for adults: Enchiladas

Lunch menu for children: Hamburgers

Click Below to View Complete List of Sessions Offered

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Pre-register Online: Fill in the Registration Form Below and Click the BLUE SUBMIT Button within the Form

Fill in information for each adult attending. If you want your child and their school to get credit for your attendance you must enter each of your children's names and indicate the school they attend.

You may also register on our district website or at your campus websites.

A Huge Thank You to All Our Sponsors!!!

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Curriculum Information for Parents: 2nd Six Weeks

ELAR: It's All About Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening!

Making Sense of Math: 2nd S.W. Overview

Social Studies Parent Vision Newsletter

Science for Parents

Keeping Up the Digital Generation

Instagram or Vine? 5 Things to Know If Your Kids Are Sharing Videos

If your teen loves to share videos and has a smartphone, there's a good chance he or she has Instagram or Vine -- or both. Here's what you need to know about these two popular social apps.

1. What's the difference between Instagram and Vine?

Instagram (Facebook owns it) was already a popular way for kids and teens to enhance and share photos before video capability was added. Just like with Instagram photos, you can edit and add filters to the 15-second videos (either recorded in the app or pulled from your device). Vine (Twitter owns it) lets you record and share six-second looping videos. On each service, you can follow other users, "like" posts and leave comments, share others' posts, and send direct messages. You can search for posts by user or hashtag.

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Attendance Collaborative - Attendance Motion Graphic 1

Attendance Matters

Research shows that students missing 10% of the school year or 2 to 3 days a month in Pre-Kinder and Kinder are not able to master reading by the time they are in 3rd grade, and are at higher risk of dropping out by the time they are in 6th grade. Attendance is an important life skill that is necessary to graduate high school, succeed in college and keep a job. It is important for parents and students to discuss the negative effects of missing school. Following a daily routine of set homework times and a constant bed time will help improve a students' attendance.
I always have to remind people that the biggest ingredient in school performance is the teacher. That’s the biggest ingredient within a school. But the single biggest ingredient is the parent. – PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA APRIL 29, 2009.

Federal Programs: Family Engagement Department

Departments and Contributors

Marta L. Salazar - Family Engagement Coordinator

Mrs. Sandra Smithwick - Family Engagement Assistant

Mrs. Franca Ojeda - Federal Programs Administrative Assistant

Federal & Special Programs

Dr. Alma Garcia - Federal Grants, State Grants, Bilingual/ESL Programs, Migrant and Homeless Liaison

Parent Involvement Campus Liaisons

Sandra Smithwick - William Adams Middle School

Barbara Koenning - Hillcrest Elementary

Linda Lee Dominguez - Salazar Elementary

Angie Ruiz - Mary R. Garcia Elementary

Devin Renee Guerra - Schallert Elementary

Monica Lopez - Saenz Elementary

Nelda Garcia - Alice High School

Belinda Munoz - Noonan Elementary

Elma Cantu - Memorial Intermediate

Anna Gallegos- Dubose Intermediate