[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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InspireU program brings together UTHSCSA mentors and KIPP San Antonio students

The educational goals we’ve set for our city include . . . a robust mentoring program called InspireU that pairs San Antonio’s business community with at-risk middle school students . . . .

That’s what Mayor Julián Castro wrote in an op-ed, “S.A. education initiatives can spread”, Juilán Castro, San Antonio Express-News, March 5, 2014, published at the time of the San Antonio visit of the Mayors for Educational Excellence Tour, as discussed in this earlier post. Now that I have taken a closer look at InspireU, in particular the match between KIPP San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), I agree with Castro that the program is “robust” and deserving of community support. (At the bottom of this post, look for a list of ways to help.)

KIPP: San Antonio Students and UTHSCSA mentors meet through InspireU mentorship program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas | San Antonio Charter Moms

Earlier this year, I wrote a sponsored post about the InspireU workplace mentoring program from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas (BBBSST), but I wanted to see the program in action. The core focus of my blog is charter schools, so BBBSST invited me to attend the February meeting of Bigs from UTHSCSA with Littles from KIPP Camino Academy, a middle school serving grades 5-8. These pairs have been meeting monthly over the lunch hour since January 2013. Continue reading

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