Coming Attractions October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009

Oct. 3 (Sat) — ‘We are all Citizens’ Social Studies Conference
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Education Service Center Region 20, 1314 Hines St.
More than 300 kinder through grade 12 teachers will learn a variety of fun, hands-on lessons designed to pique their students’ interest in social studies. The conference is a collaborative effort between SAISD and the Education Service Center Region 20.


Oct. 3 (Sat) and Oct. 3-11 — Lasso Alumni fundraisers
1 to 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. to midnight daily at Good Time Charlie’s, 2922 Broadway St.
The Saturday afternoon event kicks off an eight-day fundraiser that restaurant owners and Jefferson High School graduates Eddie Ruffo and Millard Stetler are hosting to benefit the Lasso Dance and Roping Team. The restaurant also will donate a percentage of sales from meals when patrons say they are dining in support of this cause. Money raised will go toward purchasing the famous rope twirler’s signature red and blue cowgirl outfits and boots, and all Mustang supporters are invited to attend. For more information tune in to the KENS 5 TV Eyewitness News cooking segment on Saturday Oct. 10 between 7:30 and 9 a.m. when the fundraisers will be featured, or visit


Oct. 6 (Tues) — Booster seat giveaway
3:45 to 5:30 p.m. at Maverick Elementary School, 107 Raleigh at Babcock Road
Parents of qualified Maverick students will receive the seats free, courtesy of the University Health System partners.


Oct. 6 (Tues) — SAISD Marching Band Showcase
6:30 p.m. at Alamo Stadium, 110 Tuleta St.
This annual fall treat for half-time show enthusiasts features marching musicians from 26 District high school and middle school-level bands. Admission is free and open to the public.


Oct. 7 (Wed) — Red Ribbon Week press conference and kickoff
10 a.m. at Schenck Elementary School, 101 Kate Schenck Ave.
Event sponsor the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will announce upcoming plans for the annual Oct. 24-31 drug-free observance. Guests invited to show their support are Mayor Julián Castro, District 2 City Councilmember Ivy Taylor, Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed, SAISD Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Durón and representatives from the Lackland Air Force Base, including the saxophone quartet. Prior to the press conference, Schenck students will parade through the school wearing crazy hats they made in a march for healthy minds and bodies. Each year schools and communities nationwide participate in a variety of activities to promote substance-free living during Red Ribbon Week.


Oct. 7 (Wed) — Mayoral visit
10:15 a.m. at Tafolla Middle School, 1303 W. Durango Blvd.
Julián Castro will talk to students about the importance of education, and about his experiences attending this West Side school.


Oct. 8 (Thurs) — ‘Read for the Record’
Students at SAISD schools will be among youngsters nationwide attempting to break a Guinness Book world record in this annual shared-reading. This year’s selection is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle,and Read for the Record” sponsor is Jumpstart for Young Children. Host schools and times will be:
8:30 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Maverick Elementary School, 107 Raleigh St.
After the morning's reading, children and staff dressed as butterflies, caterpillars and foods this hungry insect likes to eat, will lead an afternoon parade through the school.
10:30 a.m. at Cameron Elementary School, 3635 Belgium Lane
School Board President James Howard will be a guest reader.


Oct. 8 (Thurs) — Presentation on recycling
9 a.m. at Schenck Elementary School, 101 Kate Schenck Ave.
Carter, the city’s Solid Waste Management Department’s new mascot, will show students how easy and environmentally friendly it is to recycle.




Oct. 8 (Thurs) — Tanzania delegation of basketball coaches to attend pep rally
8 a.m. at Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.
Oct. 9 (Fri) — All-day visit fromTanzania delegation of basketball coaches
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave.
Twenty East African coaches comprising an equal number of men and women are seeking to experience a day in the life of an American high school, and to learn about this country’s boys and girls PE programs. They first will attend a Thursday morning pep rally, and then return Friday to spend all day at Jefferson. Following a continental breakfast they will tour the campus and its athletic facilities, meet with coaches and attend a panel discussion. The day’s finale will be an instructional basketball clinic scheduled to start at 1:55 p.m. During the delegation’s four-day stay in the Alamo City they also will meet with the San Antonio Spurs and visit the UTSA campus. The coaches are in town as part of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Sports Diplomacy program.


Oct. 8-9 — A visit from the ‘real’ D.W.
8:30 a.m. 3 p.m. at Gates Elementary School, 510 Morning Drive
The inspiration behind one of author Marc Brown’s most popular characters will highlight the school’s book fair. His sister, Kim Brown – known as D.W. in books including “The Picky Eater,” and “D.W., Go to Your Room!” – will talk about her own alter ego, as well as Arthur and the other characters her brother has invented. She also will lead students through the process of creating books, and encourage them to write and illustrate their own stories.


Oct. 10 (Sat) — SMART Fair carnival and rummage sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Briscoe Academy, 2015 S. Flores St.
The community is invited to enjoy a variety of entertainment and participate in art workshops in conjunction with the nearby third annual SMART (Supporting Multiple Arts Resources Together) Fair. Children can have fun with games and rides at the PTA-sponsored carnival while their parents shop for bargains at a neighborhood rummage sale.


Oct. 10 (Sat) — ‘Chalk It Up’ annual street art festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Houston between Soledad and South Presa streets
Concrete will be their canvas when youngsters from throughout San Antonio - including those from eight SAISD’s schools - join professional artists in adorning a prime downtown thoroughfare in chalk. The performing and culinary arts also will be featured through music, and food and refreshment booths. This annual celebration of creativity is presented by Artpace San Antonio and Valero Energy Corporation along with numerous business and civic partners. SAISD participants will represent Brackenridge, Fox Tech and Jefferson high schools, and Davis, Longfellow, Poe, Tafolla and Wheatley middle schools.

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