CLOSED [Giveaway] Family pack of tickets to Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony



UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

[Giveaway] Holiday Pops with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

Classical music is an important part of my family’s holiday traditions. Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I went to see Ballet San Antonio‘s The Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony at the Tobin Center. Soon, over the weekend of December 19-21, 2014, we will going back to the Tobin to hear the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops. The Symphony has offered my family a set of four free tickets, plus another four tickets to the Friday, December 19 concert to give away to my readers. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post, no later than Sunday, December 14, 2014, sharing your favorite holiday music tradition.  I will randomly choose a winner on December 15 and notify him or her by email; your tickets will be under your name at the Tobin Center box office. Continue reading

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Write letters to bring BASIS Primary to San Antonio in 2015

I need your help. San Antonio needs a BASIS Primary school, and we can get one in 2015-16, but only if enough parents and charter school supporters write letters, right now.

What if I told you BASIS has K-4 schools but only in Arizona | San Antonio Charter Moms

As you may already know, there are currently two BASIS campuses in San Antonio: BASIS San Antonio (serving grades 5-10 in 2015-16) and BASIS San Antonio North (serving grades 5-9 in 2015-16). BASIS provides a world-class, accelerated education; some of the school’s accolades are listed in this earlier post. Both campuses are currently offering open enrollment through December 19, 2014; apply here. (All the applications received during open enrollment are treated the same in the lottery; after December 19, applications will be handled first-come, first-served.) Continue reading

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F.T. and G.N. review Ballet San Antonio’s “Nutcracker” with the San Antonio Symphony

F.T. and G.N. review Ballet San Antonio's Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

This year, we continued our family tradition of going to Ballet San Antonio‘s The Nutcracker with the San Antonio Symphony. We thoroughly enjoyed last year’s performance at the Majestic Theatre (earlier post), but this year’s move to the Tobin Center has even more to enjoy. Read more: “Our family tradition: Ballet San Antonio’s The Nutcracker”, Inga Cotton, Alamo City Moms Blog, November 20, 2014. Last year, I jotted down some of F.T.’s comments about the show in this earlier post; this year, F.T. (now age 7) had some new insights, and little sister G.N. (age 4) joined the conversation, too. Continue reading

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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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