Rey Saldaña talks about his new role as Chief Engagement Officer at KIPP San Antonio

Interview with Rey Saldaña, Chief Engagement Officer, KIPP San Antonio | San Antonio Charter Moms

Rising star Rey Saldaña talked to me about teaming up with KIPP San Antonio, a group of high-performing charter schools in San Antonio, to attack poverty and improve education. Talking to Saldaña made me feel old, but that’s OK, because I’m glad that he has so much energy and so many good ideas.

District 4 elected Saldaña to the San Antonio City Council in 2011. (Here is Saldaña’s campaign site; here is an earlier post mentioning his 2013 reelection.) He grew up on the South Side, graduated from South San Antonio High School, and earned degrees from Stanford, including a master’s degree in education policy. Saldaña has served on the board of KIPP San Antonio since 2013, and recently joined the central office staff as Chief Engagement Officer.

On a recent afternoon, Saldaña met my kids and me at the Pearl to talk about his expanded role at KIPP. My goal was to interview him, but he was curious about what I am doing (blogging, homeschooling, etc.), so I did about half of the talking. Continue reading

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[Events] Landa Gardens Month: free family events Saturday mornings in May 2014

Landa Gardens Month: Free family activities on Saturday mornings in May 2014 | San Antonio Charter Moms

My kids and I love to hang out at the Landa Library in Monte Vista. The library used to be a stately home, and now the grounds are beautifully landscaped with a playground and a community garden.

I love our city parks, and I enjoy reading about the adventures of Colleen Pence and her family as they fulfill their SA2020 Resolution to visit 20 parks in 2014. “Meet the SA2020 Outdoorsy Resolutions Leaders for 2014: The Pences!”, Colleen Pence, San Antonio Moms Blogs, January 28, 2014. But Landa Gardens is not a city park; its success depends on the Landa Gardens Conservancy, the group of dedicated volunteers and benefactors who established and maintain the gardens.

To help build awareness of Landa Gardens, the Conservancy established May as Landa Gardens Month, a series of free, family-friendly activities at 10 a.m. every Saturday in May. This year is extra special because the month of May has five Saturdays instead of four. Here is the 2014 schedule:

  • Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m.: Mestizo escuela de baile Folklorico
  • Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m.: “Art in the Park” community art project
  • Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m.: Miss Anastasia, storyteller
  • Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m.:  Owen Duggan, singer and songwriter
  • Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m.: Magik Theatre

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BASIS San Antonio North information session on April 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

BASIS San Antonio North info session April 17 | San Antonio Charter Moms

The next BASIS San Antonio North information session will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the multipurpose room at the BASIS San Antonio campus, 8519 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229 (map). Join the Facebook event. Continue reading

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Building a school community: notes from the Great Hearts Monte Vista open house

Notes from the Great Hearts Monte Vista open house | San Antonio Charter Moms

Great Hearts Monte Vista, the first campus of Great Hearts Texas, held an open house on March 27, 2014. The open house was an important step in the process of building a community around the new school.  Continue reading

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Celebrating reading at the 2014 San Antonio Book Festival

Highlights of the 2014 San Antonio Book Festival | San Antonio Charter MomsOn Saturday, my kids and I had a great time at the San Antonio Book Festival at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art.

For our family, the highlight of festival was during the presentation by Joe Cepeda, a children’s book illustrator, when my kids made a connection between the creation and the enjoyment of books.

In preparation for the festival, my kids and had I checked out many picture books by authors and illustrators who would be appearing at the festival. (This earlier post has tips about searching for and requesting books from the San Antonio Public Library.)

One of the books we checked out and read was Cub’s Big World, illustrated by Cepeda. My son, F.T., was excited about Cub’s quest to find his Mom in the snowy world. In a phone interview, Cepeda talked about the craft of children’s book illustration, especially the “page turn”: the anticipation of what comes on the next page. Read more of the interview in this earlier post. Continue reading

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BASIS San Antonio North groundbreaking welcomes a second campus offering world-class education

BASIS San Antonio North groundbreaking ceremony | San Antonio Charter Moms

On a picture-perfect spring day, parents and future students celebrated at Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony for BASIS San Antonio North. The new campus will serve grades 5-8 starting in August 2014 at 318 E. Ramsey Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78216 (map), near the Loop 410–Highway 281 interchange. BASIS San Antonio North is still accepting applications for 2014-15. Continue reading

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April 2 edition of the San Antonio Charter Moms 2014-15 Guide to informational meetings, application deadlines, and lotteries

April 2 edition of the San Antonio Charter Moms 2014-15 guide to informational meetings, application deadlines, and lotteries

There are still spaces available at high-performing charter schools for the 2014-15 school year. To help you with your research, here is the April 2 edition of the San Antonio Charter Moms 2014-15 Guide. (If you’re curious, here’s last week’s edition.) Check back again soon for updates.

  • April 4, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.: KIPP San Antonio First Friday Breakfast at KIPP Un Mundo (earlier post)
  • April 5, 2014: Lottery for IDEA Public Schools (earlier post)
  • April 6, 2014: Application deadline for KIPP San Antonio
  • May 2, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.: KIPP San Antonio First Friday Breakfast at KIPP University Prep
  • May 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.: Information session for Early College High School at New Frontiers Charter School (earlier post)
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