Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor | San Antonio Charter Moms

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and four-year-olds. The SAISD Foundation hosts Spotlight Breakfasts every month at different locations. I especially wanted to see Lamar Elementary, in the Mahncke Park neighborhood, because it is close to where I live and to many of my kids’ favorite parks and museums. Continue reading

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CLOSED [giveaway] San Antonio Symphony will accompany “Star Trek: Into Darkness” at the Majestic Theatre

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

San Antonio Symphony presents Star Trek: Into Darkness live | San Antonio Charter Moms

The San Antonio Symphony‘s new home is at the Tobin Center, but they are still playing special concerts at the Majestic Theatre. At 8 p.m. on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, the Symphony will perform Michael Giacchino‘s score of Star Trek: Into Darkness while the movie plays on the big screen.

The Symphony has offered me four tickets to their presentation of Star Trek: Into Darkness—Live in Concert; I will use a pair of tickets myself, and give away a pair of tickets. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment, no later than Tuesday, October 14, sharing what you like about Star Trek. I will randomly choose a winner and send notice by email.  Continue reading

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Notes from the Singapore Math parent workshop at Great Hearts Monte Vista

Singapore Math: Notes from the Great Hearts Monte Vista parent workshop | San Antonio Charter Moms

F.T. is learning Singapore Math in his second grade class at Great Hearts Monte Vista. The school recently hosted a workshop for parents of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders so we could learn more about the curriculum and find ways to support our children’s learning at home. I took notes during the meeting, and promised my friends who couldn’t attend that I would type them up and share them. I hope these notes will also be helpful to families who are considering enrolling their children at Great Hearts in the future, and to families who may use Singapore Math for their homeschool curriculum. If this blog post has mistakes, please blame me, not the teachers. Likewise, this blog post does not do justice to the energy and enthusiasm of the Great Hearts teachers.

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CLOSED [Giveaway] OPERA San Antonio brings Fantastic Mr. Fox and his world to life

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

OPERA San Antonio presents Fantastic Mr. Fox | San Antonio Charter Moms

Down in the valley there were three farms. The owners of these farms had done well. They were rich men. They were also nasty men.

So begins Fastastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl’s tale of a truly cunning fox who rallies his family and friends to take on those nasty farmers. In 1998, Fantastic Mr. Fox debuted in Los Angeles as an opera with music by Tobias Picker, who is now the Artistic Director of OPERA San Antonio. Learn more about Picker: “Tobias Picker On His Family Opera, ‘Fantasic Mr. Fox'”, Nathan Cone, Texas Public Radio, September 16, 2014.

A new production of Fantastic Mr. Fox will open OPERA San Antonio’s 2014-15 season at the new Tobin Center. Performances will be September 23, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and September 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater. Order tickets online, call the box office at 210-223-8624 (daily between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.), or walk up to the box office at 100 Auditorium Circle (map; open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday). As of this writing, the September 23 and 28 shows are already sold out.

Tobin Center River Plaza | San Antonio Charter Moms

River Walk Plaza

On Saturday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m., the performance will also be simulcast on the River Walk Plaza, an outdoor space with a 30-foot-high video wall. The simulcast performance is a free event, but tickets are required. OPERA San Antonio gave me a set of tickets for my family to use, as well as a four-pack of tickets to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below, telling us about your favorite Roald Dahl story (refresh your memory here), no later than Monday, September 22. I will randomly choose a winner, contact him or her by email, and send the tickets by first class mail. Continue reading

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CLOSED [Giveaway] Talking about Constitution Day, September 17, with City Councilman Ron Nirenberg

City Councilman talks about civics education on Constitution Day, September 17| San Antonio Charter Moms

Constitution Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. I’ve written before about how to order your own pocket U.S. Constitution. Today, in honor of Constitution Day, I am giving away two books (Hip Pocket Guide and Our Documents) that will help you and your family learn about the U.S. Constitution, and I am sharing advice about civics education from City Councilman Ron Nirenberg (campaign site) based on his experience developing classroom materials and civics education programs. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below, no later than Wednesday, September 24, 2014, about something you would like to change in your neighborhood. I will randomly choose a winner on September 25 and notify him or her by email. Continue reading

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Artist Sean Kenney talks about LEGOs and learning

Artist Sean Kenney talks about LEGOs and learning | San Antonio Charter Moms

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is hosting Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks, an exhibit featuring giant LEGO sculptures, through January 4, 2015. My family and I attended the opening day events on September 6, and I got to talk with artist Sean Kenney about Nature Connects, his books, and all about LEGOs for fun and learning.

Kenney’s full-time job is designing and building LEGO sculptures. He and his wife have a new baby and a three-year-old daughter. “She’s probably the only three-year-old in the world who fully, 100 percent, comprehends her dad’s career,” he says. Kenney does not work for LEGO, but is a LEGO Certified Professional, which gives him a special role in sharing his love for LEGOs with kids and adults. The sculptures in Nature Connects are appropriate for the Botanical Garden because they feature wildlife and the ways humans interact with nature.

My questions for Kenney focused on how LEGOs help our kids to learn and grow. He “put his dad hat on” and shared some insights for families. Continue reading

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The Do Seum: Reasons to get a Charter Membership now

The Do Seum: Reasons to get a Charter Membership now

My blogger friends and I recently took a hard-hat tour of the construction site for The Do Seum, the new-and-improved San Antonio Children’s Museum, set to open in mid-2015. If you’ve been holding back from joining the San Antonio Children’s Museum, now is the time to take another look. The Do Seum is designed to address the shortcomings of the current museum. And, until August 31, 2014, The Do Seum is offering early bird savings on Charter Memberships. Continue reading

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