Parent Perusals

November 5, 2019

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ESC-20 Construction News!

If you are planning a trip to ESC-20 November 2019---May 2020, please take the time to read about the parking changes!

Due to the next phase of our construction and building improvements, the main entrance to the Conference Center will be closed resulting in an alternate entry to the Conference Center.

Fortunately, the new parking lot across Hines Ave. will be open and available for customer parking.

  • You will be able to enter the building on the ground floor level at the southwest entrance, but the main entrance will be closed.
  • Download the map below and locate the green star that indicates where to enter the building.
    • If you park across the street (before entering the main gate), you can cross and go through the gate and the Conference Center building will be immediately to your left.
    • If you park through the main gate and further up the hill, you’ll want to walk down the hill to the “green star” entrance.
  • When you go through the sliding glass doors the elevator and stairs will be directly ahead.
  • There will be morning greeters available to assist you!

This link has additional information and another map for your reference. (The new parking lot is yellow on this map, and the Conference Center is labeled as Building 6.)

Thanks in advance for your flexibility and understanding! The improvements will be well worth this temporary change!

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Annual CORE4 STEM Family Day

Make sure you RSVP to attend our upcoming CORE4 STEM Family Day on Saturday, November 9th!

This year, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has partnered with 10 institutions to promote higher education and increase student’s interest within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields through hand-on sessions.

It is FREE to attend at each participating college - Northwest Vista College, Our Lady of the Lake University, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Mary’s University, St. Philip’s College, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Trinity University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of the Incarnate Word.

Each institution will have their own activities and agenda planned for a fun-filled day! Please see the links below to register and for more information:

f you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Erica Molina, Associate Vice President of Education and Future Workforce Development, at 210-208-8207 or

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A Podcast for Parents, by Parents

This is a very worthwhile to listen to!

Who answers your questions about homework, bullying, school discipline, the transition to middle school?

Listen to Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast and get the answers to the burning questions you have about how to best support your child's education and development. We know you have a lot to keep up with at home and throughout the school year and these episodes will support you every step of the way!

Real Experts. Real Parents. Real Conversations.

Each 30-minute podcast will give you the inside scoop on how to help your child succeed in and out of school.

Listen HERE.

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What a great tool to use to ask your kids questions to get them to talk about school and themselves!

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Download the Calendars Below!

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.

Check them out HERE!

Vaping Resources for Parents

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


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Coming Up This Week!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Response to Intervention (RtI) & Section 504

Research has shown that establishing strong communication and relationships with parents can have positive and tangible effects on a student’s success in school. This informational session will provide parents with tips and tools to be knowledgeable and aware of their rights regarding Section 504 & RtI to foster positive relationships with your child’s teacher.

Session ID# 58840

Webinar ID# 59722

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention for Parents & Caregivers: Sharing strategies from your child’s school that you can use at home.

This training provides parents and caregivers with an overview of the concepts and strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program used by schools that can help in the continuity of support and care. This training will provide parents with insights into behavior patterns of their children and an action plan with immediate strategies.

Please note that this training will not include physical restraint strategies.


Coming Up NEXT WEEK!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m.

7 Habits of Successful Families

(1 Hour Lunch Break Provided)

It’s no secret that many families today are in trouble. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Successful Families training offers a much-needed framework for applying universal, self-evident principles that enable family members to communicate their challenges and overcome them

successfully together.

Session ID# 58845

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Organizing Your Family with Free Tools from Google

You know organizational skills are important to teach and model for your children, and more importantly, they can help you organize your family schedule and needs. In this session we will use free Google Tools (Google Calendar, Docs, Keep, Tasks) and learn how to organize and safely share schedules, notes, and alerts to family members. Your child may already be using Google Classroom at school, now you can learn how to guide them in scheduling, organizing, and notetaking for future success.

Please come with a Google account email address and password that you will use actively - if you know the Google email addresses of family members that will help also! If you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it with you.

Session ID# 58846

Webinar ID# 60036


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

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2020 TAPPestry Conference Has Been Canceled!

Due to building renovations and construction inside ESC-20, the 2020 TAPPestry Conference has been canceled!

Don't worry......the conference will be back in February 2021!

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Please take advantage of ESC-20's FREE weekly parent training and webinar offerings! Check them out HERE!

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Questions? Comments? Feedback?

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Kimberly Baumgardner, Consultant, Education Service Center, Region 20

Kimberly has worked in the field of special education for 19 years. She has been on staff at ESC-20 for 10 years. She spent 7 years as a special education curriculum specialist and is currently the Family Engagement Consultant.

Kimberly has become quite passionate about empowering families to be more involved in their child's education and future as well as challenging and supporting schools to increase their efforts to involve families in their child's educational journey and focus on Family Engagement as an instructional tool that improves student's academic outcomes.

Kimberly enjoys living out in the country with her husband, Tyson and two daughters, Lynette & Lucy Sue.