Coming Attractions - December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

Dec. 15 (Sat) — 1st Annual Winter Math and Science Academic contest
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Davis Middle School, 4702 E. Houston St.
Students from area elementaries will compete in a variety of fun academic games designed to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom and to prepare them for middle school. Competition will conclude with an awards ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 15 (Sat) — Eleventh-annual Visit with Santa
9 a.m. to 2 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 children. 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 facilitated by event sponsor, the SAISD Police Department.

Dec. 15 (Sat) — Nineteenth-annual Trial of Santa Claus
9 a.m. at the John H. Wood Jr. United States Courthouse, 655 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
The beloved holiday classic movie “Miracle on 34th Street” is the inspiration behind this annual event providing Bonham Academy 4th- and 5th-graders with real-world lessons in the judicial system. Earlier this week, Santa was arrested for violating the separation of church and state when he handed out gifts at their school. On Saturday, students will serve as jurors at his trial where they also must decide his competence. He claims reindeer can fly.  Presiding over the mock trial will be U.S. District Court Judge Ed Prado. This yearly-event – during which Santa has never been found guilty - is a community service project of the San Antonio Bar Association in conjunction with the Boy Scouts Troop 285 and Girl Scouts Troops 705 and 887.

Dec. 17 (Mon) — School Board meeting
5:30 p.m. at the Burnet Center, 406 Barrera St.

Dec. 18 (Tues) — Eagle band to serenade their King William neighbors
5 to 7 p.m. starting at Brackenridge High School, 400 Eagleland Drive
King William residents can enjoy an exclusive concert from the comfort of their front porches. Performers will be members of the Brackenridge Eagle Band, who will fill the streets with the sounds of holiday cheer as they go caroling throughout the neighborhood.

Dec. 18 (Tues) — SPARK park meeting
6 to 7 p.m. at Neal Elementary, 3407 Capitol Ave.
Parents and community members are invited to join a round-table session, led by UTSA architecture students, regarding the design of a proposed park to occupy green space at the school. The project will be implemented through SPARK, a program designed to create public partnerships for neighborhood park space on school grounds for the entire community. SPARK collaborators include SAISD, the city of San Antonio, the San Antonio Parks Board and the San Antonio Sports Foundation.

Dec. 18 (Tues) — Fine Arts in Education Coalition executive meeting
6:30 p.m. at Luby's Cafeteria, 911 N. Main Ave.
Band booster, fine arts and other parents interested in supporting fine arts education in SAISD are invited. Coalition members comprise a group of parents, students and music educators who advocate improving all aspects of the District’s fine arts.

Dec. 19 (Wed) — GEAR UP 2 Class of 2017 Academy parent commencement ceremony
7 to 9 p.m. at the UTSA downtown campus Aula Canaria Auditorium, Buena Vista building, 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd.
The academy’s first group of parents to complete five six-hour Saturday classes and other requirements will cross the stage as graduates of this program designed to assist them in helping their child prepare for college and boost involvement in their child’s school. As graduates, they will be considered college-ready parents who will serve as ambassadors in sharing their knowledge with other GEAR UP moms and dads. The academy, which is open to the parents of students in the class of 2017, this year’s 8th-graders, is offered in partnership with SAISD and UTSA, and classes are taught by directors of the university’s Office of P-20 Initiatives. The inaugural class comprises parents representing Bonham and Mission academies and Irving, Poe, Rhodes and Whittier middle schools. Through participation in the federally-funded GEAR UP program, all SAISD 8th-graders and their parents are being equipped with the knowledge and skills required for the students’ success in college and beyond.

Dec. 20 (Thurs) — Celebration for SAISD sports courts improvements
10:30 a.m. at Rhodes Middle School, 3000 Tampico St.
This West Side school will serve as the host site for a ceremony celebrating work at District campuses to provide students and the community with better sports courts for fitness and fun. Thanks to a partnership with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, improvements are being made to tennis and/or basketball courts at several campuses. The $111,000 in funding was provided through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant the health district received from the federal government, and the project is part of a national effort to tackle obesity by promoting physical activity. In addition to students, the courts will be open for community use.

Dec. 20 (Thurs) —  Annual Winterland program
5:30 p.m. at Douglass Elementary, 318 Martin L. King Drive
Musical entertainment will be provided by the school’s kindergarteners. The program also will offer opportunities to recognize 4th-grade teacher Nelia Gil’s class for not missing a day of school all year, counselor Bertha Castillo for her efforts to increase attendance and to thank the students’ parents for their role in making this possible.



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