Coming Attractions Decembert 11, 2010

December 10, 2010
Dec. 11 (Sat) — Ninth annual ‘Visit with Santa’
9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the SAISD Police Department, 1702 N. Alamo St.
Again this year St. Nick will make an early Alamo City appearance especially for approximately 300 pre-selected SAISD 3- to 9-year-olds. Youngsters will arrive throughout the day to meet and be photographed with the jolly old elf, receive gifts and enjoy refreshments. The majority of Santa’s stash for his annual special guest appearance was provided by toy drives at the District’s middle and high school campuses facilitated by event sponsor, the SAISD Police Department. 

Dec.11 (Sat) — The Met: HD Live in Schools program
11:30 a.m. at the Regal Fiesta 16 Stadium Theatre, 12631 Vance Jackson Ave.
Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlos” will be the first of four live opera broadcasts that select District middle school choir students and their directors will see through April. Performed in five acts, this grand opera is based upon the conflicts that Carlos - a 16th-century prince of Asturias - experienced when his fiancée Elisabeth of Valois instead marries his father Philip II of Spain as part of the peace treaty to end the Italian War. For the third consecutive year SAISD has been chosen among school districts nationwide for the Met program providing opportunities to experience New York’s Metropolitan Opera performances beamed directly from the Lincoln Center. Participation is part of a comprehensive fine arts lesson including vocals, music, history, set design, costuming and theater.

Dec. 13 (Mon) — Textbook awareness sessions
4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Burnet Center, 406 Barrera St.
5 to 7 p.m. at the Burnet Center, 406 Barrera St.
The first session for public review and comment is for proposed 2011-12 school year K-8 English as a Second Language books, while the second is for secondary-level books.

Dec. 14 (Tues) — ‘Christmas Around the World’ 
6 p.m. at Kelly Elementary School, 1026 Thompson Place
Each grade level will have a station in the cafeteria where youngsters will share what they have learned in their studies on holiday customs and traditions throughout the world. Performing throughout the event will be the Kelly choir. 

Dec. 14 (Tues) — ‘Once Upon a Housetop’ 
7 p.m. at Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave.
Chimney sweeps dancing across city rooftops will lead the audience on a discovery of the different ways that families celebrate the holiday season – from Christmas and Kwanza to Hanukkah and Santa Claus. “Once Upon a Housetop” will be presented by students from the Austin Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Dec. 15 (Wed) — ‘La Posada’ 
8:55 to 9:40 a.m. and 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Elementary School, 211 W. Malone Ave.
Bilingual pre-kinder to 5th-graders will perform this traditional Hispanic re-enactment of the biblical tale of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter. 

Dec. 15 (Wed) — ‘Winter Celebration’
5:30 p.m. at Ogden Elementary School, 2215 Leal St.
Teachers of all grade levels will join the school choir in performances.

Dec. 15 (Wed) — ‘E. Scrooge’ presentation
6 and 7 p.m. at Mission Academy, 9210 S. Presa St.
This Southeast Side campus will be transformed into mid-1800s London, England, for the production of this play based upon the Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol.” In the spirit of the season of giving, price of admission will be four non-perishable food items, an unwrapped non-violent toy or a laundered blanket or coat to be given to a local homeless shelter.

Dec. 16 (Thurs) — ‘Toys for Tats’
9 a.m. at Barkley-Ruiz Elementary School, 1111 NavidadSt.
For the second consecutive year, Freak Show Tattoos and Body Piercing owner Rick Medina will distribute toys his costumers donated for students at this West Side school.

Dec. 16 (Thurs) — Bully patrol induction
11 a.m. at Maverick Elementary School, 107 Raleigh Place at Babcock Road
District 7 Councilmember Justin Rodriguez – whose office paid for “Bully Free Zone” T-shirts - will be present as members of the school’s PAL’s program vow to do their part to keep Maverick safe from bullying.

Dec. 16 (Thurs) — Winter holiday talent show
6 p.m. at Herff Elementary School, 996 S. Hackberry St.
Students will sing and dance to holiday classics.

Dec. 17 (Fri) — Annual Shakespearean production
8:45 a.m. at Hawthorne Academy, 115 W. Josephine St.
This year 8th-graders will perform “Hamlet.” The annual December production of a William Shakespeare play is a holiday tradition at this in-district charter specializing in the National Core Knowledge curriculum and the visual arts.

Ongoing thru Jan. 3 — SAISD taking applications for Bond Citizens Oversight Committee
Anyone interested in serving on this 24-member committee being formed to ensure the effective and efficient use of bond proceeds may obtain an application online at, or weekdays during regular business hours at the Governmental & Community Relations Department, 141 Lavaca St.,78210. Completed applications are due by Monday, Jan. 3, and may be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mailed or delivered to that department. The School Board voted to form this committee after voters approved the $515 million SAISD Bond 2010 to fund improvements at schools Districtwide.


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