April 2019
Parent Engagement in Region 20
Dear Parents and Families,

Many of you are already preparing for the end of the school year. With this in mind, we have provided summer camp resources in this issue as you begin to think about summer activities and programs for your children.

Take time to read about special opportunities for military families as well as free musical events for the entire community . At the end of this week, make sure your family wears their favorite college shirt for "College T-shirt Day" in our commun ity on May 3rd!

Thank you for sharing this newsletter with your friends and neighbors.


The Next UTSA Ready Day is Saturday, May 11th for High School Juniors & Seniors

The UTSA READY Program is an early awareness, academic preparation bridging program for high school juniors and seniors (11th and 12th grade students). The FREE Program helps students polish their reading, writing and mathematics skills in preparation for college level course work. The program is free and open to the community. The next session is Saturday, May 11, 2019. Countdown to College topics and activities will be covered. Registration is required.

UTSA Summer Camps: Click here /
St. Mary’s University: Click here
San Antonio College: Click here
San Antonio area summer camps: Click here
Northeast ISD summer camps: Click here
Our Kids Magazine: Click here
Youth Code Jam:   Click herre
Castroville Library Summer Camps: Click here & Click here
UT Health San Antonio: Click here
Cafe College: Click here
San Antonio Parks & Recreation Click here
5 Ways to Keep Kids Motivated at the End
of the School Year
Summer is heading our way and as usual, faster than we could have imagined. “Didn’t the school year just start?” is a popular comment we find ourselves repeating every year. In some areas of the country, there are less than two months left to learn in the classroom.

Soon, the sweet voices of preschoolers, (okay, we all know they are not sweet all the time), will no longer echo the halls. Soon, the chatty mouths of teens will fill your households even more than usual. For most, camps are booked and summer calendars are well on their way to being planned.

In our kids’ minds, they are already packing for sleepaway camp, twirling the whistle as they lifeguard at the local pool, and having visions of staying up late and driving their parents insane. (Oops, that last one slipped out.) How do we slow down the excitement and keep their minds on finishing out the school year strong? Here are some thoughts from one parent to another.

Community Event
College Financial Aid
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics released a new webpage featuring Federal Student Aid materials and links to resources in both English and Spanish. Check out the webpage and download materials to assist you in applying for federal student aid. 

Arts & Culture

UTSA Guest Recital Featuring Liam Teague, Steel Pan Virtuoso is April 30th at 11:30 AM

Guest artist Liam Teague will perform on the steel drums along with UTSA faculty and students. Free and open to the public. 
Parking for this event is on an individual pay basis in nearby Ximenes Avenue

UTSA Mariachi Los Paisanos Concert is April 30th at 6 PM
Michael Acevedo and the UTSA Mariachi Ensemble are back! Come out and enjoy the orgullo of the UTSA Department of Music. This concert is free and open to the public at the downtown campus.
Free parking for the Buena Vista Theatre is located off of Cesar Chavez in D3 Lot. Limited paid parking is located in the Monterrey lot located across S. Frio street.

Military Families
Military Campout Memorial Day Weekend
Earn your wings at Space Center Houston’s Military Campout Memorial Day weekend.
Active military, veterans and Gold Star families can camp next to artifacts that have furthered human space exploration and join in hands-on, team-building activities. Register today!
Hear from an astronaut with a military background, build model rockets, explore robotics and train for spaceflight. Activities cover an array of difficulty levels to excite visitors of all ages.
Military veterans and their families will enjoy an evening of STEM and space exploration activities with Space Center Houston and NASA experts, sleep among real flown spacecraft and wake up to enjoy a private tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of astronaut training and a working NASA facility.
NASA and the military have a long history of collaboration and partnership. Become a part of that yourself Memorial Day weekend!
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Offers
Free Admission to Military Families

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will participate in this year’s Blue Star Museums, a program offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Armed Forces Day, May 18, 2019, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

Summer exhibits and programs include Heavy Metal Part II (June 29), Mabuhay Filipino Texans, SaddleUp! and more.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. To find participating museums, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the
Upcoming ESC-20 FREE Parent Trainings

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Anxiety and Today’s Youth

There is an increasing concern for rising anxiety in society today. Anxiety is an organized response by which a person senses, evaluates, anticipates, and responds to cues of threat or danger in one’s internal or external environment. The focus of this training will be to learn practical and accessible strategies that can be applied in everyday life and addresses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of anxiety in today’s youth.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5430 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26th. **

Session ID: 52447
Webinar ID: 53202

The Local Summer Programs Guide contains summer program information for children of all ages with varying interests within and around the Region 20 area.

  • Finding a Great Summer Program: A Checklist for Parents
  • Healthy Summer Meals for Kids
  • Where to find and search for summer camps!
-Listings of all the summer camp offerings in the local area!
S.T.E.A.M News
Happy spring! With the new season comes sunshine, flowers, and fresh beginnings.

You and your child can celebrate spring by learning something new together on Khan Academy or Khan Academy Kids. We’ve suggested a few seasonal favorites below from our website and Khan Academy Kids app