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It’s time to make a delivery to the North Pole, but before The Leader sends these letters o to the big fella, we thought the folks in our community might like to know what youngsters at our schools would like this year. And most of them say they’ve been good.


SINCLAIR ELEMENTARY Deer Santa I like you. I wunta BB gun. A big wun. Ho Ho Ho. Greeting Santa, My name is Matthew. I am a 1st grader at Sinclair Elementary School. My teacher is Mr. Railsback. Could you please tell the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy, sandman and Jack Frost I said hi! And can you tell the elf’s I said hi! Merry Christmas Matthew Dear, Santa all I want fo Christmas is a pair of sparkle shoes, a Barbie bike. I promise to take care of my presents. Dear Santa, I have been good girl this year. I wish for a barbie and a play hous. Also a priness costum. happy Chirstmas Santa, Arianna Cisneros Dear Santa, How is your day? I think your day is great. My day is ok. I want for Christmas is a Barbie coloring book with stickers and a spy car for girl. Thank you love. Milagros Scarlett Farrar Santa, I den goe ICB. luv santa Dear Santa, I have been good this year. My mom said “I am a good helper!â€? I want four puppets, Barbie doll, Justin Bieber diary, uy pillow, coloring book, fake owers, and markers. Love, Lexy Dear Santa, I have been good this yeaar. Santa I would lie to have God ino my mom a new ring and my dad a new cell phome. Love, Aaron Dear Santa, I have been goo this year. I would like for grandma to have a new cell phone, bike for my brother and myself. Love, Alyssa Dear Santa, I have been good this year I did all my chores. I want a red wagon. Love, Lily Dear Santa, This Christmas I want a new bike and Princess Barbie. I forgot I would like a iPad. Love Gisselle Dear Santa, For christmas I want a book called Magic Tree House #1 Donosaurs before Dark, and Monsters High doll, Barbie dress and a i pad. Thank you, Trina Dear Santa, I want Barbie Hotel, puppy, laptopp and a bike. Love, Charlize Dear Santa, I would like to have a hot tub, cruise ship, town house, one Directoin dolls, Justin Bieber doll, Taylor Swift dolls, telephones and a new bedroom. Love, Zoe Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I have been helping my dad around the house. I would like a chiwawa puppy and Junie B. Jones Books, dog cage. Love, Ibis Dear Santa, Santa could you please send me a bicycle, Barbie doll, Barbie house, and a iPod. Love, Karen Dear Santa, For crismus i want barbie doll clothes and shoes and a toy dog and I want a Barbie doll house. Love, Staci Dear Santa, This Christmas I want a Popstar Barbie and pink bike. Love, Alondra Dear Santa, I sat by my sister when she was sad to make her feel better. Santa I would like a black leather jacket, I would like a Christmas tree, and Justin Bieber cover for a iPad. Love, Aubrey Dear Santa, I wold like a 3Dsxl, Pokemon cards, computer pet cat, and pencil sharpner. Dear Santa, I would like a Princess Barbie doll, American doll, and a iPad. Sincerely, Tegann Dear Santa, I would like an i pad. Thank you, Love, Chelsea Dear Santa, I want a Barbie doll, bike and a ipod. Love, Maggie Dear Santa, I would like a ipad and a Barbie Princess doll. Thank you. Love Emily

Dear Santa, I like a Lego Book, Pokemon, Kirby games and a Wii. Love, Devlin Dear Santa, I want a computer Barbie crayola. Love, Karime Dear Santa, I wot a unicorn and a bike Barie and a violin. Love, Brianna Dear Santa, How is your day is it good but i want a bike and a doll and a yo-yo and a kite and a remote control monster truck. Dear Santa, I wot a bike, I wot a class rules, I wot a violin I wot a crayons, I wot a x-ray I wot a cat, I wot a dog Love, Laylah Dear Santa, I want a Barbie doll and crayola and a cat a dog and a bike Angela Monster High Bike JBSO Pane Oevsanta iwet Dear Santa, I wot a Buzz Light year. Remote control monster truck Dear Santa, Monster Hi doll. Jennifer

Dear Santa, Thanks for the Ben 10 watch and the money and the Sponge Bob Sqare Pants learning game. This year I want a remote control helicopter and Ninja Lego men and the rides that go to it and a laptop and the Bad album of Micheal Jackson and Dana Dane CD and a sonic wii game and a wii and a dog and a batmoveal car and a volcano blow up volcano to do science. How do you y? Your friend, Conner Dear Santa, Thanks for the card making set. It was so fun! I liked it very much! This year I would like a Lego Friend Stephanie’s Airplane, some new markers, and a plush toy guinea pig. Santa, I want to know one thing. How do your reindeer y? Your friend, Julia Dear Santa, Thanks for the Easy Bake Oven. I was so excited! when I saw it! It takes 45 minits to bake 6 little cupcakes. Thank you so much! This year I would like a baby doll, a plush cat, a sewing kit, Legos, bow maker, and a 3DSXL. Your freind, Vanessa Dear Santa, Thanks for the doll. I named her Animal Santa Paws because she’s a polar bear. This year I want a Hello Kitty doll, Bingo, a toy kitty and an Amican Girl Doll. I would also like a kite, books, a hamster, a peace bow to go in my hair, bubbles, a jacket, and a cat. Thanks for listening. Your friend, Alina Dear Santa, Thanks for all of my gifts. I want a new cage for my hamster. I want a dog and a cat and a two birds for me and my sister. Your friend, Makayla

Dear Santa, A pony. Love, Scarlett Dear Santa, I like you Santa. I want a PSP and a BB gun. Love, Michael Greting Dear Santa, I want Legos. Love, Remy Dear Santa, I want Legos can you tell snowman I sied hi. I allso want is a Wii U. Love, Matthew Dare Santa, I want a Barbe toy and I want a Barbee book. Love, Tyteanna Dear Santa, i want the wii U and the game and i want the toy named Jingle and paer Mario and Super Mario Bros2 for 3DS. Love, Kate Dear Santa, i want a cat fou christmus i love chistmus it is my favit holoday. Love, Dianna Dear Santa, and a Merry christmus to you. My name is Alyss I am 7 years old. What I want for christ is a jewelry making kit I was it at Wal-Mart and a Bratz. Love, Alyssa Dear Santa, I wot ten DS ganes and a wii U and 5 ganes ar Mario and Luegman. Love, Isaac Dear Santa, 4 toy T-Rexs, remote airplane, puppits, toy Hulk, 5 videwo games EPT, computers, toy spterman. Ernest Dear Santa, How are you doing this holiday season? Thank for my wonderful gifts and my mom being aliv I’m not asking for much I just want a perfect Christmas for me and my mom. But I will like to have a Barbie Doll house with an elevator iniside, some Barbie games for my leap pad, one pair of boots with a heel but not to high size 12, a sparkling purple dress with a heoll kitty karoke machine. I hope thats not too much. Last but least a cell phone with my driver license. Lots of love, Cameron

OAK FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Dear Santa, Thank you for all the Barbies and everything you gave me. This year I would like an American Girl Doll, a new bed set, and can you please make it a beach theme? Santa I need to ask you a question. How can your reindeers y? Your friend, Zoe Dear Santa, Thanks for the Legos and santa hat. This year I want a Minecraaft hat, a Minecraft shirt and a Lego shark. Your friend, Darwin Dear Santa, Thanks for what you gave me last year. I liked the stu you gave me! This year I would like some lipstick, bracelets, and an art tablet. Your friend, Mya Dear Santa, Thanks for the Hex Bug and the toy car and thank you for the toy ying plane and the puzzle. This year I want a Skylanders and a giant laptop and some candy. Your friend, Caden

Dear Santa, Thanks for all of the gifts you got me last year. I would like a new phone from you and a cakepop maker. Your friend, Dani Dear Santa, Thank you for the presents last year this year a would like a remote cancholer rat and a remote cancholer motorcycl with only two wheels. 3DS and a real for weeller and spy glases and a WWE stag and a minecraft game and a acont for the minecraft game, skylander game. Your friend, Titus Dear Santa, What I want for Chirsmas is a kite and bathrob and bow. I been good. Teth me how to make toys. Chirsmas is my favonite hoilyday. Thank you for being Santa. Merry Chirsmas. Love, Sabrina Dear Santa, How many deer do you have? I have been a little good this year. What I really want for Christmas is a WiiU with a game named lego city undercover and a Ipad. Love, Bishesh Paudel Dear Santa, Can I have Christmas? I have behaved. I want a ford. Love, Aiden (This is a Jewish child that wants to celebrate Christmas) Dear Santa, My question is how do eat all of thos cookies? I behaved cindof good cindof bad. I would have Will U Moire. Love, Miles Dear Santu, Haw do you get eweones letr? I have bin sotuv good. For Christmas I wunt a haridin. Love, Autumn Dear Santa, What are you gonna give me for Christmas? I behaved well. I want a hot pink 3DS. Love, Heidi Dear Santa, Whot is your favorit coler? I’v been good avery day. Whot I really want for Christmas is lots of toys. Love, Patrick Dear Santa, I want a 3DS. I have been good. Are you going to breng me a 3DS? Love, Joan Dear Santa, How do you y? I have behaved good. I want a sticr morcoeo. Love, Nancy Dear Santa, Are you real? I have been a very good girl. I want a beatiful dress that has 7 layers with 10 kinds of dimonds and sparkles. Love, Siena Dear Santa, All I just whant for Christmas is a doll house. How have you been? I hope you are going to give me a doll house. Love, Lauren Dear Santa, How many elfs do you have? I have ben a good girl this year. For Christmas I would like a monopoly board! Love, Juniper

Dear Santa, Question How do you see us. I have behaved not mean to poulep. For Chrimas I want a DS. Love, Gianna Dear Santa, How do you make toys? I have bin a girl. I whant a littel car that drivs. Love, Sophia P.

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Dear Santa, Thank you for all the fun stu you gave me. My very favorite was all the books. I have some questions. Where did you get all your names? Do your raindeer like the carrots I put out? Santa I would like these things for Christmas. First I want something to do with rocks. Second some chapter books. Third a hat to keep my head warm. Love, Alice Dear Mr. Claus, Thank you for all the gifts. I love them all because they are awesome, cool, amazing things. I have some questions. How do you y the slay? Why do you have a naughty list? Your friend, Hanna Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts. I really enjoyed them last year. I can’t wait for the gifts this year. I have some questions how did you become the amazing Santa you are? How did you ďŹ nd the awesome Mrs. Clase to marry? How did you ďŹ nd all the elfs? How did you get magic in you? Your friend, Mia E. Santiago

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Howdy Mr. Claus, Thank you for the givfts. For last year I loved my 3DS. I think it’s awesome! I was so happy. For this year I want 11 and the 11 things are at my house. I’ve got a spctaculler questen. How long dose it tak to go aroud the world? A dood, Graham

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Dear Santa, Thank you for the gifts that you gave me last Christmas I liked the Green Machine the best but I still liked every present. I have some qeastions for you why do you make a naughty list. Is there a lot of people on the good list. Your friend, Margo Matula


Dear Santa, I have a question for you how do you ďŹ t in the chimny and not make a noise like a mouis? Is the charcol havy like a mawtin. Wut is your faverit thing abowt being Santa? Wut I want for Chrasma I want a ipad and a alachrik moter bike. Your frend, Tony


Dear Santa, How is your life in Antartica? I think I am on the good list because I help my brother almost every day. Can I pleas have an Xbox for Cristmis. From, Evan C. Weltin


Dear Santa, Sometimes I bring in the recycling bens or the trash! What do you feed your reindeer? Can I have 19 sets of halo mega blocks? Plus can I have 20 sets of lego star wars! and 10 tickets to Disneyland! Love, Cole Tanner GriďŹƒn Dear Santa, I wrok hard at school. Were you the one who made elf no the shelf? plese ansr back. I want Lego Frends. I want eleest one tooth to come out. Love, Milena Williams

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Dear Santa, I have not tucht elabit he is very crofoll. I wont the samuri thing and the stuf on the toys book how do you make all of the presinds. From Carter Dear Santa, I have ben good. I have helped my mom and dad and little brothers. I want a lab set. I a globe. I want a lab room. I want a TV in my room. I want bunchis of owers. Why do you eat so many cookys? Love, Kelly Spencer Dear Santa, I have not been bad. I would like a Lego Star Wars set. I would like a video game Lego Star Wars. I would like a new bike. I would like a bomb. I would like a Ners gun. By Teegan Robger Dear Santa, I have been good becaues I hlepd my mom and dad clen the houes. And I will hlep my mom and dad at everthing! Can you eat that maey cokeies. Love, Garrett Holcombe Dear Santa, I hellp my mom take the rusicoling out and all I pridy much wont are beast quest books and anather thing how do you make all thos presents. Love, Cooper


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Dear Santa Clous, At chirch when my mom was coold so I toock my jaket and put it on her but I do it sometimes. Are you having a good time in Antarctia? Are you eating cookies? I want a doll, a I pad ďŹ re. Love, Rhian Grice

Dear Bowie, Thank you so much I am so glad to be on the nice list. Con I hav 1 cookie. Love, Jaden Ellis Grayum

Dear Santa Claus, Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. Can I get the Rock and Viper and can I get Diary of a wimpy kid all of them.

want two Nerf guns, a bike and a wii. Are Elves small or big. I’ve been waiting for christmas. Sincerely, Lance Teniente

Dear Santa, I have done good that I helpd my nany coock. I have done good that I work hard. I want a thingamageiger. I want a Baby Alive. Does Rudeo realy have a red nose? Love, Sopia Storms

Dear Santa, How you become Santa Claus. Can I please get me a WWE cody rolls and the Xbox 360 Live. 1 baby cat. Nathan Cardenas

Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a DSi, a Ipod, a just dance 4, call of duty part two for my wii. I want a new Accordion Gabbanite with ďŹ ve swich. I want a Texans poster. And a karate suit. Your friend, Ricky Casarez

Dear Santa, How are you doing? Can you make a American girl doll? If you can can you make me a American girl doll? And you can give me anything. Love, Sophia Dear Santa you are very nice to me. How do you stand living in the Northpole? I bet your elfs arms hurt. I bet is rely cold. I want a knekt. By Wesley Thorne Dear Santa Claus, Hello! My name is Camilla. Merry Christmas are you haveing fun with Mrs. Claus. Have I been good I wish I have been good. I would like it if you bring something exta special to all of the boys and girls in the world. Love Santa Claus from Camilla Dear Santa Claus, How is Rudolph glow in his nose. Am I on the noty list? Can I have a Golden Retriever puppy with a coller with the word Scout on it. And a laptop and make shere it is Green with red on it!!! And a pet elf!!! From Liliana Bertrand Dear Santa, Thank you for all the gifts you have given me before! This year can I please have a phone or a recorder or maybe a new computer. Thank you! Regnn Williams Claus Santa, I hope you have a safe trip to my house. I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I wat a box house. I wat toy bart bbq pit and a jack in the box. Yahir Gonzalez Dear Santa Claus, Hello Santa Claus do want to Christmas tree Look at the present like me at the Christmas. Love, Ana Zavala Dear Santa Claus, Merry Christmas. Can I please have new wheels for my skateboard? Can I please have 3 or 2 car. Can I please have 2 toys. Thank you for the stu. Love, Angel Dear Santa Claus, Thank you for Miss Lucy she is a silly elf. And Merry Chistmas. I want for Chistmas a Lalalopsie and a 3DS. I hope you have a good trip Santa Claus. May I have a Polly pocket and a American girl doll. I love those things and may I have a excelent thing. Love, Izabella


Dear Santa Claus, Happy holidays, how are your elvees and Mrs. Claus doing? It is cold in the north pole? It’s almost Crismas! from, Anthony Garcia Dear Santa Claus, How is Rudolph is his nose shiny? It glows like a lightbulb. This is awsome! Sincely, Anthony Garcia P.S. How are your elves doing? Dear Santa Claus, Do you have a chrismas tree? How are you doing? Is Rudolph praticing? From your friend, Anthony Garcia Dear Santa Hellow! How are you doing today and how is Rudolph and the reindeers and how is Mrs. Claus. Have a very fun trip with Rudolph and the reindeers have a good Christmas. Pleas give me a steel cage from WWE and the money in the bank. Dear Santa, I know I have ben bad at school. I will do better. Can you pleas give me Ryback and can you pleas give me Undertaker and HBK Shawn Michaels. Love, Julien Dear Santa, How are you are you OK please send me a letter that says if I’m Nhotty or Nice. Please send my brother gifts. Please don’t put my brother on the Nohuty list. Now I will tell you what I want. It is OK if you can’t give me those gifts. Please give me dog treat about 4 of them. My dog loves them. Have a holly jolly chirmas this year. From, Orlando

FIELD ELEMENTARY Dear Saint Nicolas, I want books to read and pencils to lurn and I also want clothes. I want a ipad to add and subtract, and a bike to help me ride it, and I also want a gift card. And that is what I want for christmas. Oh one more thing I want a phone for Christmas! Sincerely, Curtionna Whitt Dear Saint Nicolas, Santa I want 500 ďŹ recrackers because they are fun. I want 5 lighters because they are fun also. I want 500 sparkerlers and a ipad touch. I want 500 Ml6. With love, Felix Dear Saint Nicolas, All I want for Chirsmas is a Galaxy Note III, laptop, 3DDS, iPad, iPod, Houston Texans backpack, 200 bucks, Monster High anad a J.J. Watt poster. Sincerely, Samantha Alize Garza Dear Saint Nicolas, I am happy. I want art stu pleas, for chritmas to do. I can draw a sun. It will like to draw a randir. I can draw you to. Sincerely, Torie Vella

Dear Saint Nicolas, I would like a Galaxy, Jordans, Ipad, 3DxsL, bike, Ipod, and a phone and a Texans cover of A. Jonsan. I relly want a Galaxy because mine broke. I relly want Jordens because mine don’t ďŹ t. Sincerely, Briana Ramirez Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a Ipad, Ipod, phone, ďŹ recrackers, bike, Galaxy Note II, Nike’s, Twilight broken dawn part 2 of dvd. Thank you Saint Nicolas. Sincerly, Brenda Flores Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a ipad galiksy 3, and a lot of Jordans and a Texans shirt and lots of german sheperds. Sincerly, Anthony Garza Dear Saint Nicolas, Thank you for gave us presents and the caedy to. I will gave you cookies. Make us the best class we behave be good. Thank you. Sincerely, Thalia Villarreal Dear Saint Nicohs, Thank you Nicohs for giveing use presents in a bag and a book to read. And toies and a book is fun to read and toies are fun to play with. Sincerely, Karime Palacios

Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like a toy horse stable. The resene is because it was my dream to have one. That came with satels and ranes. I hope you get my leter Santa Claws. I know you are real S.C. P.S. Hope you like the picture in front. Love, Ariel B.

Dear Santa, I whuld like my two front teeth so I can talk correctly, some origommy paper and book so I can do origommy, the big butterscotch and little one because I love horses and ponies, and a live animal because I like animals as you can see and thats all I want. Love, Kennedy






Dear Santa, I would like an American girl doll and a big sewing kit also I want a book about horses and ponies because I like animals like horses and ponies. I also want a book about the month of September because that is my birthday month. Love, Emma Dear Santa, I want for Christmas is a big sewing kit because I like sewing. I also want a Itouch because one of my best friend has one and it is good for the car. Love, Claire Dear Santa, I would like a full LSU Quaterback uniform this year. I think my sister Norah and I would both like a I-paid. On my I paid I would like Minecraft aquipet to it. On my sister’s I-paid I think my sister would like some kindergarton games. I would like you to give all the homeless people in the world a lot of presients. How are Mrs. Clous and the elves and the rain deer doing? Harrison Watts

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Dear Saint Nicolas, Your friend, George Weng (I guess he didn’t have much to say). Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a paintbrush because their fun to paint with. I want skates so I can skate to school. I would like coloring book. I want some paints and crayons. I want some stickers too. I want a stu animal german sheperd. Your friend, Natalie Russell

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Dear Saint Nicolas, Thank you for giving us presents. I love the way you work. I like the way you care for children. I love it when you all work together. How do your elfs work. You are so fun. I like how all of you work. Your friend, Miguel Valle

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Dear Saint Nicolas, I want for Chrismis is a 3DDS and a Most Hive hose and a Barbea hose and a Lolo Loopy. Sincerely Syean Risher

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Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a 3DDS, iPhone, wii games, skateboard for Chrismas. Sincerly, Robert Garcia

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Dear Saint Nicolos, For Chrismas I will like the new kids iPad it’s called inew. I rily want it. It has games and internet it has math. This ipad can help me whith my homework it can make my spelling grades go hiyer it can help me get uent. Sincerely, Alicia Rosales Dear Sait Nicolas, You are nice to the world becuse you give us presents. From, John your friend Dear Saint Nicolas, How cold is it at the North Pole. For christmas I

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Dear Santa Claus, Hello! Merry Chirstmas. I hope you have rested well this year. Are you ready for your big trip? I have been a good kid this year. I would like it if you would bring extra special things to all of the good girls and boys in the world. They have been so extra special this year! How are you and Mrs. Claus. I hope you have a safe trip around the world.


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Dear Santa Claus, Thak you for every thing. All I want for Christmas is the orphange place to be better place. All I want for Christamas is my family! All I will want for Chistmas is my daddy to come alive so so much! Love, Sarah Paule


Dear Santa Claus, For Christmas i want a choclate heart from my friend Diego Espino the reason I want one is because he is a really good friend. Santa i also want the set of beyblades. Santa I also want a baby alive they are my favorite dolls. And Santa how come no kids get to see you and you can see us. I have really been woundering he does it feel to be on a sleigh. Your friend, Elise

Dear Santa, Im being kinda bad. I want these stuf laptop, beyblade lightning L Drago, beyblade Galaxy Pegasus. Why do you eat all the cookies? Sincerely, Michael Gray

Dear Santa, I cleand the hool houes for momy. I wunt a laptop, and a phone, and a sophia the frist movie, and a Barbie swwiming pool and doots. Haw do you eat ol the coockes. Love, Alexa

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Dear Santa Claus, I love you. I bin helping my brother. I bleev. I whant a robot dinisor and a blade blade for Crsmis. Do you like my hand writing? Love, Taylor Bryant

Dear Father Christmas, I bin good and a little bit bad I broke a big lamp. Can I pleas have 6 toys: Light Zord, Shark Zord, Tiger Zord, Bull Zord, SwordďŹ sh Zord, Beetle Zord. Do you serously eat all those cookeis. Love, Aidan Brian Clark

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Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a Texans purse and Texans socks and J.J. Watt and Foster and a Texans blanket and Texans pillow and Texans pants and a Texans books and a Texans backpack for school. Jaelyn Hernandez

Dear Santa Claus, I have ben good in school. I want to have for Christmas a wii and a DS for me and my brother. So what is your job? I love you Santa. Love Emely De Yanara Garcia

Dear Santa, I help tek the trash, I have ben good, may I have a wii U. may I have a 30 TV. Do you rele eat oul thos kuckis. Love, Joseph

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Dear Saint Nicolas, I want a xbox, phone. I have been very good. I also want a Galaxy. How are you good do you like your elves and cookies. I want a bike. I want a 3D glasses and a 3D TV. I want 90,000 dollars. Sincerly, Anthony Oviedo

Dear Santa Claus, I helped my momy bake pancas. Barbie photo fashon shirt. Babie swimming pool. How many rainders do you have on your sled? Love, Nicole Tomp



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(Continued from Page 2B) Dear Santa, My name is Anabela. I like that you deliver the toys for FREE. I’m writing to tell you that I am a good girl who deserves great gifts. I’d like an American girl doll because they are fames. Also some jeans, striped t-shirt and a belt because I like those clothes. Lastly I’d like a new bike. The reasons why I shold get gifts because I’m very good in class by never jopping out of shcool and once was late and never absent in 2nd grade. 2nd reason I try to nice when the toys are a mess and when my brothers are crying I try to make them fell better. Lastly I never give up if the TV is stock I try to make it go. Now you know what I want for Christmas and I’ll see you soon! Love, Bela

Dear Santa, I want for Chismas I would like Just Dance 4 because I like dancing becuse Micheal Jakson dances good. Love, Ryan McGuire Dear Santa, I think this Christmas is going to be the best one yet! I think you are very genorous so please give the poor people lots of presents and goodies. I hope your reindeer are happy! Can you give me a photo of your best elf and reindeer? The only thing I want for Christmas is world peace and a pet gerbil. Love your friend, Aimee MacDonald Dear Santa, I hope you have a nice christmas. I would like a Ipad that has Angry birds, star wars and Fruit Ninja on it. I would like you to suprise me with the rest of the gifts you give me. I will leave you cookies milk and carrots for the raindeer. My dog would like some dog treets and some bones to chew on. How are the rain deer and elves and Mrs. Claus doing I hope non of the raindeer don’t have a cold or they are sick. Give the homless some money to. Merry christmas ho ho ho. From, Philip Gallagher Dear Santa, I think you might be cold there so I got you some warm clothes. I think my brother would like a pet duck and all that stu. All my dad wants is me and brother to be happy! All I whant is everybody to have there wish! I will put out some cookies and carets. Jasmine Way Dear Santa, I can’t wait for Christmas morning! I hope Rudolph’s nose is still shining. I want for Christmas is some legos and that is all I really want for Christmas. I also want my brother to leave me alone! I will leave you some cookies and milk for you and carrots for the reindeers! Happy Holidays! Krishna Patel Dear Santa, I can’t wait for Christmas day! I would like a class pet. I wish to see you on Christmas night. I would like an Ipod because I’m going on a long trip, I would also like lots of books. Please give my dog Oz and brothers. I will leave carrots and cookies either in Hong Kong or at my house. Merry Christmas! Kate Woo Dear Santa, Hi my name is Sophie. I have been a good girl all year. I have two cats. Dooc and Daesy. Dooc is sick. I’m 8 yers old. I’m in 2nd grade. How dues ephey go to the North Pole? How old are you? Can I have a new book? Mery Chismis! Love, Sophie Dear Santa, How are you doing today? Santa were is the North Pole? Santa I’m seven years old. I would like a video game. I wish I could ride with you on the slide. I have a Elf named Chrischan. Merry chrismas santa! Love, Alfredo Dear Santa, I think I’ve been good but if you don’t I get that. By the way...are you freezing in the North Pole? What do you do when you are not working? I like the way you dress. I like when you say Ho Ho Ho. I would like Bloom the winks club fairy. You are cool. Hope you love your christmas. Love, Avery

GARDEN OAKS ELEMENTARY Dear Santa, Hi this year for christmas I want not so many things because that will be greeady to all the other children that want something for christmas. I whould like to thank you for being nice to all the kids in the world. And I know all of your raindeers names. 1. Dancer 2. Prancer 3. Cupid 4. Comet 5. Blitzen 6. Dasher 7. Vixen 8. Donner Most of all 9. Rudolph. Lizeth Robertson

Chicago Bulls hat and a Barcelona soccer ball. From, Arnulfo Gonzalez Dear Santa, I would want: 1. Ipad 3 2. Beats 3. Iphone 5 or Galaxys III or both 4. Barcelona Soccer Ball Gabriel A. Hernandez Dear Santa, Thank you for giveing me presents every year. That is the most speashal holaday. I love christmas. It is Jesus’s brithday. I love Jesus. One of the most resens I love chistmas is because it is Jesus brithday. Thank you Santa and Jesus for these wonderful spishal holadays. Senserly, Madisyn Gomez P.S. Santa keep it up. Love the candycanes and choklet and toys. Dear Santa, My name is Angel give me WWE toys and a ring to ďŹ ght with my WWE toys and a brawlin budd too. Dear Santa, I want a ipad, and chrismis merecal, a laptop, a iphone ďŹ ve, a nice teacher, a teddy bear, and a ginny pig, and a yellow ladadoor but a puppy. Megan Dear Santa, First I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Lizbeth. I am in 6th grade. Even though I might be too big. I still believe in you. This year, I might have done some things wrong, but I am sorry for it all. Fortunatly, not everything I did was bad, and I feel proud of myself for this. Some examples of the productive things I did were study a lot and because of this I got an 87% in my reading test. I also helped my mom when she was sick. Now, because of these good things I’ve done I’d like to ask for something. That something is a cake baker that I saw at Walmart. Now, if you bring this to me I’ll be really glad, but if not I’ll understand. With Love, Lizbeth Dear Santa Claus, You are nice. I have been good. For Christmas, I want a dress, a baby Cinderella, a yo-yo, a princess bike with a dog on it. Evelyn Fowler Kindergarten Garden Oaks School Dear Santa Claus, You are nice. I have been good. For Christmas I want a doll and a rocking chair, a yo-yo, a scooter, a DS. Brianna Figueroa Kindergarten Garden Oaks School

Dear Santa Claus, What I will want for christmas is an Iphone 5 or an Iphone 4s. If you can’t give me an Iphone bring me a video game for my PS3. If you at least bring me $20 I will thank you really much. Sincerely, Isamary

Dear Santa Claus, You are nice. I have been good. For christmas, I want a castle, a tent, a toy Kirby, a yo-yo, a gingerbread house. Jacob Robisheaux Kindergarten Garden Oaks School

Dear Santa, What I will what for Critsmas is an Iphone 4s or Iphone 5 that is all I want for Critsmas I would thank you if you bring me something. Thank you for being nice Santa. From, Ashley Martinez

Dear Santa Claus, You are nice. I have ben good for christmas, I want a Batmobile with Batman, a DS, a Bat plane, a Bey locker. Dylan Ray Kindergarten Garden Oaks School

Dear Santa Clause, I want my mom to have the prertiest windchimes. I want my dad to have the best Heavy metal records. I want my brother to have the best batman cave ever. I want my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends to have the best Christmas ever. I want a Nitendo 3DS and the best games you can play on it. Your friend, Joshua Ryan Robisheaux Dear Santa, This christmas i want nothing, i just want my family and friends to be safe and healthy. Look I know all your raindeers name 1. Dancer 2. Prancer 3. Cupid 4. Comet 5. Blitzen 6. Dasher 7. Vixen 8. Dunder and the brightest one! 9. Roudolph Thanks for listening, America Limus Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a laptop, tablet 2 a

DURHAM ELEMENTARY Dear Santa, Hi my name is Roxsande. I deserve lots of good toys for this holiday. I want an American girl doll because Ana Corynn has one. I want one so so so so badly I can’t stop asking my mom for one for chritmas but my mom is saying that I can’t get one for Chretmas. I desrve these gift becouse I have been a good girl all this year. So these are the girl I want for Christmas. Hop you come soon! Sincerely, Roxsande Dear Santa, My name is Nyia. I am writing a letter to you because I am a good girl. I will like an American girl doll. Also I would like a Just Dance 4 Wii. Also I would like a hot pink 3DDs, clothes from jusices. I would like movie from Disney and a Disney song. Also a bakery cake shop.

This is why I should get gifts. I help my parents because I love my mom and dad when they are sick. I make good grades and I lisen to me teter. I work hard every day. Now you know what I want so please come soon! Love, Nyia Dear Santa, I am writing a letter to you becuase I have been a good girl. This letter is what I want and the reasones why I deserve it. I would like an i pad toch becuase I use to have one. I also want history books. I’d also like a puppy that talks. You should get me a i pod toch becuase I help my parents by brushing my brothers teeth and by getting my own breakfeast. I deserve history books becuas I try my bes in school by working hard and by doing my work quikly. I should get a toy talking becuase I’ve been good all year by listing to my teacher and by playing with my friends. Now you know what I want so please come soon. Love, Madison Dear Santa, My name is Kennedy. I’m writing to you because I deserve good gifts. I’d like a puppy cause my dog died. Oh oh oh, then I would realy like an American Girl doll but I want it to be Mckenna because all my friend have one. Then I’d like a bell from your sleigh because I’m making a nekleys. Lasly I’d like an I pad. The resons I deserve these gifts are because I help my parents by doing londry and doing the dishes. I want to help other kids in need by geting them stuf for Christmas. Now that you know what I want for Christmas you can visit soon. Love, Kennedy Dear Santa, My name is Braylen. I am writing a letter to you because I have been a good boy. These are what I deserve. I want a 3DS that is blue and games like Spider man and Mario (no traceing). I deserve the games and 3DS because I help my parents and I am a good boy. Now you know what I want for christmas. Love, Braylen Dear Santa, My name is Melanie. I am writing a letter to you because I been a nice girl to my teacher and I will like a gift for this holday. For Christmas I will like a 3DS and also a Ipad. I might ask for to much gifts. But not just want a 3DS I would like a backpack. I deserve a gift because I been good to my mom and dad and also my teacher. Now you know what I want so please come soon. Love Melanie from Texas Dear Santa, This is Ana Corynn. I am in Houston, Tx. I am writing to you because I want two cool gifts. Can you please give me two things for Christmas? I would like a Nook tablet. Also I would like a I pad Touch. I want them because I think they are really cool. When I saw the Nook I had a fun time playing on it. I deserve these gifts because I help my parents by making lunch and breakfast. Also by doing laundry. I listen to what my mom says to me by saying “okay� when we are leaving the park and getting my moms phone. I am careful with my toys. Those were the things I want. Have a safe trip. Love, Ana Corynn Dear Santa, My name is Eden and I am from Houston, Tx. I am writing to you for good gifts. I want an Amarican doll and a forcine cookie maker I also want a puppy. Last I want a three story dollhose. I also want a Wii U and a new pair of boots too. I want these presents because I get A’s in school. I deserve these presnts because I help my parents by doing the dishes and cleaning my room. I try hard in school. I also listen to my teacher when she speaks. I go to sleep at 9:00 and I listen to everyone. The whoel letter is about getting good gifts. If you get this letter thank you for the presents. Love, Eden

Dear Santa, I am Bree. Im writing a letter to you because I want presents and I deserve them. I realy want kannonies shaved ice stand because my friend has it. I also want Kaya the Doll and the blak buty movie. Can I have an I pod. I want thes things because they are cool. I deserve these because I do well in school, because I do all my work to. I listen to my parents and I do all my chores I let other people play in my gams to. Now you know what I want for Chrismas see you soon. Love, Bree Dear Santa, I’m Duncan and I’ve been wating to tell you that I’ve been good most of the time. I’m writing this letter because I deserve some gifts. I would like some history books and movies so I can learn. Can I have a Wii U and a Xbox so I can have fun. I deserve those good toys because I do my best in school most of the time, I help my parents by trying to be good in school, and making my bed. Now you know what I want see you soon! Your friend, Duncan Dear Santa, My name is Delaney. I am from houston. I have been very good. Here is my list of wants. I want a new DS. Also I would like a Wii U. Lastly, I would like 100 Pokemon packs. Here are some reasons I should get some gifts. One reason is I mopped the oor. another reason is i fed my cat. Now you know what i want, so please come this holliday! Love, Delaney Dear Santa, My name is Carsten Alexander Ramelow. I’m writing this letter to tell you what I want if I’m good. I think I’m good. I will like a Wii U. And a Nintendo 3DS that is dark blue that has face racers on it. I will like some games for the Wii U I will like Lego City: undercover. And Mareo Bros. for the 3DS. I deserve these things because I help my mom and dad by doing the dishes and landry. Also I’m good because I’m nice to people and I don’t hit. I get good grades by getting As and 100s. That is wht I will like for Christmas. Have a nice Christmas! Your friend, Carsten Dear Santa, I wanted to tell you things I wanted for Christmas and why I want it. I want a black little girl chuaua for Christmas. I want a go cart for Christmas because I like to play at the backyard with go carts. I think you should bring me a chuaua and a go cart for Christmas because I do my homework everyday, I clean my moms house, and I pray for my Grandma’s sister to go to heaven because she died a cople of weeks ago. Love, Norman

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(Continued from Page 3B) Dear Santa, There are a few things I want for Christmas. I’d like to share them with you. I want a Kindle ďŹ re. I would like it to have a purple cover please. I also like a animal book. I’d take care of the thing you give me. You should give me the stu because I get good grades and I am nice. And I am good in school. Love, Lily

Dear Santa, How are you doing? This year I would like a newborn golden retrievr and I would like it to be golden. And I would like a laptop with a vilot case. Merry Christmas. Love SoďŹ a Dear Santa, How are you? This year I would like a Snow leoperd that is soft and that looks like a real one but it is toy. I wanted it for a realy long time. I hope you have a Merry Christmas. Love Jordyn p.s. How is reudoph.

Dear Santa, There is only one thing I want for Christmas this year. And I will share why I should get that one thing. This year the one thing is a girl golden retriever puppy. I think I should get it because I love puppies and dogs. Also I will care for it, feed it, play with it, wash it and clean up after it. Plus I’ve been working really hard. Have a Merry Christmas! Love, Anne Marie

Dear Santa, How are you? This year I would like a ipode and a Justin Bieber doll and Monster High stu and Winx clue stu and American Girl stu. I rilly need hair stu. My family and me are so icsited. I rilly rilly like spending time with my family celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and I wold like a dog. Mery christmis. Love Savannah

Dear Santa, There is olny one thing I want for Christmas this year. This is what I want for Christmas, a xbox. This is why you should give me the xbox 360 to me. Because my friend is moving to a dierent state. So I can’t see hem oten. So I can communicate with each other. Love, Carley

Dear Santa, My elf is good? I want for Christmas is a scooter that gos with out pushing it. And i like to spend time with my family. And the true meening of christmas is celebrating the birth of Christ. P.S. Merry Chirstmas and breag me a lot of presents. Love Ashlyn

Dear Santa, This year there is several things I want for Chritmas and that one thing is a iPod touch this Christmas because I got good grades and Ive been sort of good. Love, Townes Dear Santa, This latter is about a toy. I want a big t-rex toy! Be kas I am good and kas I cleen my room. Love, Wyatt

Dear Santa, This yere I want a puppy because my dog DiDi died in a car crash. Love, Daniel Dear Santa, There are a few thing I would like for Christmas. I wuold like a phone. I have three reasons. First I will call my family and friends. Second I have been trying hard in school. Third I help my mom because she helps me and because she is haveing a baby. Love, Lauren

Dear Santa, I would want somthing for Chistmas I would want a puppy for Chistmas because I want it to playfull and sweet and kind and friendly. I think I should get a puppy because I am responsipble for it and I care about it and I have been listening to what my teacher said to me and love dogs. I will tran it so she can use the outside and not inside. Love, Makiah

Dear Santa, I want few thing for Christmas but I am tell you one of them. Can I have one? because I have 87 on some of the and 100. I getting good at math and reading. I am being nice to my friends. I am learn about new thing. Take good care of it. P.S. I want a phone. Love, Gabby T.

Dear Santa, I wold like a deas for christmas. This year I will like a deaspea becaus I will which why I will like to play with it always in my life im chering my best ever to gite a deas pea for christmas happy christmas. Santa I want a deas because in never had won in my life i whent it I which I have a grate christmas. Love, Gaby Dear Santa, There is somthing very specail for Christmas I would like. This year I would like a kitten. Oh, I almost forgot I would like a girl babby. I think you should give me a kitten because I’m responsible and I’ve been trying to stay of the noty list. I like a responsibility. Have a happy Christmas! Love, Your old freind, Molly Dear Santa, There is one thing I want for Christmas. I wold like a Hampster for Christmas. Plese let it be gray and white. I think you should get me a Hampster becuse working relle hord. Love, Leila Dear Santa, This year I want a phone for Christmas. This year for Christmas I want a 3DS. This year I want a DSi for Christmas. I want a DS because I been geting As and Bs in school. I want a 3DS because I been doing good at home. I want a phone because I want to call people. Love, Jocelyn Dear Santa, I what some anamals this year. I what a puppy and a cat even a la la loopy bike and healmeant. I think you shuld bring me it because I think i ben good to get it. Love, Lauren Dear Santa, For Christmas I wont a toy car. And I want a xbox. I want some cloths for Christmas. And I want shoes. And I want a PSP. I want a new game. And a football. I want a cat. And I want a basketball. I think I should get a toy car becos I have good grads. I think I should get clos becos I will never los them. I think I should get some shoes becos I will tak care of them. Love, Kevin

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Mobility issues still on table


by Ken Fountain For The Leader

HERITAGE OAKS SCHOOL HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG AND SILENT AUCTION 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21 2931 W. 12th St. 713-426-1848

With the population of H ouston and its inner core expected to climb exponentially in the next few decades,residents and offi cials alike are turning their attention to how all those new H oustonians will get around. Last week, after nearly a year of discussion and study, city offi cials presented the draft of a vision to improve mobility in the western part of the Inner Loop to residents,including the Washington Avenue C orridor and some of the H eightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;busiest connector streets. D ubbed theâ&#x20AC;&#x153;InnerWest Loop Sub-Area Study,â&#x20AC;? the 83-page document provides a glimpse of how planners think many of the Inner Loopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major thoroughfares can be reconfi gured to accommodate not only new residents,but commutersgoing to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major employment centers,as well as new commercial and entertainment districts. About 30 people fi lled a small meeting room at the West G ray M ulti-Service C enter to look through copies of the draft study and inspect large posters showing some of the conceptual designs for many of the major thoroughfares â&#x20AC;&#x201C; among them: Shepherd,Durham,Washington, Waugh,Studemont/Montrose, Heights,Yale,LowerWestheimer, West Alabama and Richmond. The study was developed by the engineering fi rm KinleyH orn and Associates,with input from an initial public meeting in M arch and a series of meetings withâ&#x20AC;&#x153;stakeholderâ&#x20AC;?groupsin the monthssince.(The draft,aswell as other information regarding the process,can be found online at planning/D evelopRegs/mobility/InnerWestLoop.html.) M ichael Ereti,assistant director of traffi c operationswith the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public works and engineering department,led off the presentation by noting that even as the region adds new or ex-

Please join us at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, for an old fashioned Holiday Sing-A-Long and silent auction. A brief student performance will be followed by a time of holiday singing. A silent auction beneďŹ ting the school will be open to attendees.

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pandsexisting roadways,traffi c congestion continues to rise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t build ourselves out of this congestionâ&#x20AC;? and new alternativeswill have to be developed, Ereti said. H e emphasized that the study calls for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;multi-modalâ&#x20AC;? approach to addressing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation needs,incorporating pedestrian and bicycle accessand M etroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sbusand light rail systems, as well as automobiles. Throughout the presentation, Ereti and Kinley-H ornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kurt Schulte went to some pains to emphasize that the study is primarily conceptual, and that after adoption its ideas will be incorporated into thecityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;slongrangeC apitalImprovementPlan program and planning policies. Schulte said the planners strived to look at each major thoroughfare or collector street individually and not take a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cookie-cutterâ&#x20AC;?approach to developing concepts. Amongtheâ&#x20AC;&#x153;common themesâ&#x20AC;? the planners worked on based on input from the public and stakeholder meetings, Schulte said,were improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure;creating more routesconnecting residential areas with commercial centers; protecting residential areas from cut-through traffi c and street parking; and increasing access to public transit. Ereti said that one of the primary challenges city planners face is the limited public rightof-way held by the city along major thoroughfares.And asthe city growsand freewaysbecome more congested,the functionsof manyInnerLoop thoroughfares, such asKirbyD rive,arechanging into primary collector routes. Ereti said during the development of the study, a number of scenarios were considered but ultimately not included in the draft. Among them was the idea of transforming Lower Westheimerand Richmond into one-way corridorsduring peak driving times.

Duringaquestion-and-answer session that followed the main presentation, several residents voiced both supportforand concerns with the draft study. D avid Robinson, a member of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning C ommission and president of the N eartown Association,noted that several of the diagramsincorporated Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sproposed University Line light rail route, which would connect the existing light rail system with the western part of the Inner Loop to the Uptown area. That route,which isprojected to run down Richmond Avenue, does not yet have funding, and there have long been questions as to whether it will in fact be built. Robinson asked what â&#x20AC;&#x153;level of commitmentâ&#x20AC;?could be inferred by the routeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sinclusion in the study. Ereeti said that the planners could not anticipate what ultimately would happen with the University Line, but that the study needed to plan around all possible contingencies.C ity offi cials worked with M etro representatives in developing the study, he said. Emily Standish, a resident, said it was hard to comment on the study sinceâ&#x20AC;&#x153;the whole public transit system isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t factored in â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to me that we really need more help getting out of our cars. That might be heresyâ&#x20AC;? in automobile-centric Houston, she said. Another resident (who later declined to give his nam e) said that it appeared that the study gave only short shift to creating a more conducive environment for bicyclists. H e said existing bike lanes in the inner city donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel very safe for him and his fam ily. At the suggestion of one of the meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sattendees,the city offi cials agreed to extend the deadline for public comments to the draft (through the website listed above) by 30 days to early February.That decision drew a huge round of applause.

The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Gardens The Shepherd Park Plaza Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group presented its annual John Wayne Award to Beth Galiano for her stewardship of the Community Garden on Alba Street. The award is voted upon at a special membership meeting. Chuck Blesesner, the Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leader, presents the award to women as well as men, since the honor is for outstanding community service. The Community Garden is a joint project of Garden Oaks and Shepherd Park Plaza. Fresh vegetables are grown and supplied at no cost to local church food pantries and distributed to needy families. Beth Galiano, a registered Master Gardener, has been the driving force behind the garden for more than 20 years. (Submitted Photo)











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Being Tardy Means Trouble

Parents, educators offer morning routine tips by Elizabeth Villarreal The hectic morning rush to get the kids out of the house and off to school on time,fully prepared for the day, is an age-old struggle. Although there are great differences in family style and management,morning hiccupsare defi nitely universal. But this isn’t just a parenting issue: Schools – especially public districts like H ouston ISD – lose state funding when students are absent or seriously late, and have gotten tough about habitual offenders.U ltimately,parentscan end up in court and fi ned for being indifferent about attendance. “C hildren lose instruction. If excessive absences are noted, schools refer to truancy offi cers to investigate and follow-up,”explained G arden O aksElementaryPrincipalLindseyPollock.“As a principal, I also look for patterns to ensure that children are coming to school regularly and not always missing on a certain day of the week, such as M ondays or Fridays.” But what happens when you have multiple children at different schools, or you’re a single parent also getting ready for work yourself? There was a two-year period when I dropped off my four children off at four different schools and had to be to work myself by 8 a.m. O ur morning began at 5 a.m. Even in two-parent families,sometimes the morning duty falls routinely to one parent, as in my case. I asked several families of different sizes to share bits about their morning routine as well astipsfor making it through the morning more smoothly.

Follow A Routine O ne area mom, M onica Luna, bikes to son Rayden Morales’school each morning and he is treated to a ride behind her in a bicycle cart. M onica’s husband,Enrique M orales,works at NASA,and the family has only one car,so cycling is her only mode of transportation to get her son to and from school. She rides her bike 45 minutes each way, which means four trips taking 45 minutes each.She rides in sunny and cold weather, but on rainy days, her mother drives her son to school. M onica enjoysriding her bike and hasfound it makes her happy; she says it is good exercise and she loves the fresh air. She wakes up at 4:45 she can be fully awake and make breakfast, then wakes her son up at 6 a.m. and leaves by 6:40 a.m.Timelinessisnot a problem for her –and M onica’srelaxed and happy demeanor is a clue. She has a routine, and she sticks to it.

Be Organized & Cooperate Jeff and Laura Aldis’ family has a morning challenge to which many can relate in a district that prides itself on “school choice”: their daughters,14-year-old ninth-graderAbby and 11-year-old sixth-grader Emily,attend schools which are 20 miles apart.“Jeff and I switch off driving Abby to Westside H igh School,which is 20-plus miles one way,”explained Laura, then we drive 20 miles to work, and that equals 40 milesdriven each morning.”Fortunately,Emily is driven each morning to Frank Black M iddle School close to home. To make this work, Laura wakes up at 5:30 a.m., makes herself a cup of coffee which was set to brew the night before,and starts her daily routine which isgeared toward keeping everyone as organized as possible. For 30 minutes she makes or preps breakfast,makesa lunch or two,and doessome other things geared to keeping life streamlined. She may prep dinner or pop in a load of laundry – all necessary tasks she fi ts into a very small space of time. Jeff and Laura’s daughter Abby wakes up by herself at 6:10 a.m. and daughter Emily wakes up at 6:40 a.m. with a little help from her family.Each member of the family knowswhat they need to do in order to leave on time with the

Monica Luna and her husband have one car, and her husband works at NASA. That means Monica takes son Rayden to school each morning in a cart she pulls behind her bicycle – unless it’s raining.

proper items for the day.

Stick To Your Guns Says Laura Aldis: “W hen it is time to leave, the understanding is that whatever is not done when you need to leave either needs to go undone,or needs to happen in the car on the way.” In some families,that can mean dressing in the backseat – putting on clothes,shoes,socks and belt while staying safely seatbelted. Jane Ann Roberts,mother of three in G arden O aks, said,“I don’t know how many times we were carrying socks/shoes,breakfast (pop tart or banana),brush,etc.,out the door.When the car was scheduled to leave, it left.” Laura Aldis’favorite tips for smooth mornings:“M ake your family have everything ready and by the door the night before.No exceptions. H ave them show you their outfi tsfor the morning, including shoes and hair bows.” O ther tips are: H ave clocks visible in the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas in which your family gets ready for the day so everyone knows what time it is; 30 minutes before your departure time, call out the time in 10 minute increments,then 5 minute increments,alerting everyone to the exact amount of time they have left; and, the best advice for a smooth, calm morning:G o to bed on time yourself so you can be your best self for your kids in the morning.

Nighttime Planning, Bedtime Consistency Vanessa Weirich Koller and her son, 9-yearold River, go through his backpack every evening to make sure there are no surprises in the morning when they leave the house around 6 a.m. “I’m pretty strict about bedtime.I want River to have enough sleep because dealing with a tired child at 5 a.m. makes both of us cranky and everything takes longer,” Vanessa said. “I also give River time to wake up. I used to wake him up just in time to get dressed, brush his teeth and hair, and go... rush, rush, rush. It occurred to me that I set my own alarm early enough to snooze at least twice, and if I had to wake up and hit the ground running I would be unpleasant as well. Now I give him a warning wake up and let him know he has 5-10 more minutes until he has to get up and he responds so much better.” PrincipalPollock weighsin on theimportance of sleep and nighttime routines.“Ten hours is ideal, which means a wake-up of 6:30 a.m. is preceded by a bedtime of 8:30 p.m. I often see young children at the grocery store well past this time,” she said.

Make It Fun In the G riffi th family, it’s early-riser Ellie, 8, and tough-to-awaken D avid, 6, who require morning management.Ellie’sno problem,said dad William G riffi th, but getting D avid up required some creativity – a H omer Simpson alarm clock.“N ow he’s up at 7 a.m. on the dot every day to the soundsof,‘D onutsof the world beware, it’s judgment day!’ or ‘Awwww! I got

up yesterday!’plusseveral other Simpson-isms that get the three of us up with a laugh,” says dad. H e’salso an advocate of advance preparation. “Laying out clothes the night before is a plus, and they dressthemselves,though I sometimes have to move my youngest along in the sock and shoe department.The kidsare both in school on the same campus,so we walk to and from school every day. In the rain, sleet and snow.” William’sbest tip for getting out of the house on time for the 20-minute walk to school:“I just run it like a military exercise,‘You know what to do, so move, move, move!’” Still, there can be rough mornings,even with the best of planning and discipline.“It always breaks my heart when/if they go into school in tears. That’s a day full of‘what could I have done better?’guilt, though they always come out of school smiling,” said William.

Reward Success Jane Ann Roberts relies on a reward system for motivation.“The one that worked the best for us was making a deal (that you make them feel like they came up with) that if they are on time every morning,then you go for ice cream or whatever they want at the end of the week.And because this can grow old, I would then make it a 2 week thing, then a monthly thing, and the prize was bigger like a trip to the toy store or a special day at C huck E.C heese or whatever suits their fancy. “Eventually (every time) the‘chore’becomes habit and they no longer need the reward for that behavior.”

Be Considerate & Caring What isthe big deal about being tardy once in a while? Tardy students of all ages interrupt the fl ow of the classroom, educators complain. O nce the bell ringsand the teacher beginshis or her day, tardy students straggling in one by one continually break the concentration of both teacher and classroom.In addition,time spent by offi ce staff writing tardy slips wastes valuable time, literally costing the school money. C onsider a schoolof 1,200 students.O n average, 75-100 of those students are tardy daily,which means 75-100 tardy slips must be written. “Being on time to start the day with the class sets the stage for the rest of the day,” says Principal Pollock. “C hildren are relaxed, focused and secure when they have a smooth morning. We see improved behavior,focus,and academic outcomesin children who are at school every day and who are at school on time.” She says there are life lessons to be learned, that“being on time is an important life habit to supportresponsibility,reliabilityand long-term success at school, at work and in life.” Those sentiments are echoed by Jane Ann Roberts. “We all have to learn to live by the rules and function in society,” she said.“C hildren grow up and have to report to work on time.We have to do our part in helping them to learn how to do this and it starts with their fi rst ‘job’ – school.”

Stevens Update: School gets $5k for outdoor work As Stevens Principal Lucy Anderson wrote in an e-mail to supporters, it was the best C hristmas present ever. Last week she found out that H ISD has allocated $5,000 for the school to get a facelift. An H ISD contractor will remove the existing shrubsfrom the school and plant new more resilient shrubbery aswell as replace the landscape timber that borders the shrubs. Existing trees will be relocated to areas where they can thrive with more sunlight. “I know that this is not happening in a vacuum but is a result of the advocacy that Stevens is receiving,”Anderson wrote. “I am so grateful.” Volunteers are still needed for the school’s Beautifi cation D aysscheduled for January 12 and February 23.School tours are planned on January 26 and January 31. Raising C ane’son Ella hasreserved January 23 for Stevens and will share 15 percent of the profi ts with the school for anyone that mentions Stevens when they purchase meals. Those who want to read with students or serve as tutors can sign up in the front offi ce at Stevens.All volunteersmust fi rst have a background check completed by H ISD. A Facebook page hasbeen established for‘Stand with Stevens’and volunteersare pitching in to help with immediate needs.O ak Forest resident G lendaVann O gden isworking to get Stevensa Kroger C ommunity Share number so that a portion of Kroger purchasesby an individual can benefi t the school. Kroger isn’t accepting any more applications this quarter, but Vann O gden is going to try again in April. A book drive isalso currently underway.O ak Forest resident Nora Loera wasvery impressed with PrincipalAnderson at a recent O ak Forest H omeownersAssociation meeting and wanted to help with the drive, soliciting her offi ce for books and cash donations. “In addition I have begun to reach out to the neighborhood businesses in hopes of them allowing me to place a book drive box at their business,”Loera said.“Shawn Salyers,owner of Baskin Robbinsand MytiBurger immediately stepped up,and we hope more will.In our household,books are the key to learning and I wanted to help in whichever way I could.” To get involved,or to donate to the book drive via a C hipIn account, join Stand for Stevens on Facebook or e-mail for more information. – Betsy Denson

Garden Oaks planning for 19th annual pancake breakfast, silent auction O n Saturday,Feb.9,volunteerdadsand granddadswillfl ip thousands of free pancakes,serve up Katz’s hot coffee,and auction off thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in continuation of a 19-year tradition that hashelped set G arden O aksElementarySchool(G O ES) apartasan exceptional and diverse learning community. Thisyear’sevent will take place on Feb.9,2013 from 8:0011:00 G arden O aksElementary School,901 Sue Barnett. G olden brown pancakes,warm syrup,sausage,coffee, and juice are free to the community. In 2010, G O ES won the U.S. D epartment of Education M agnet Schools Assistance Program grant for approximately $3 million. The grant helped establish G O ES as a M ontessori M agnet School with Environmental Sciences. Enrollment has since increased by more than 30 percent. Sponsored by the G O ES Parent Teacher O rganization (PTO ), the breakfast helps cover funding gaps that the grant,state funding,and other public agenciescannot. We soon face the added challenge that our grant will run out and we have not yet secured additional funds. Key among the school’s funding needs are adequate staff and materialsto support the M ontessori teaching style,technology in the classroom,fi eld trips,and student art and enrichment programs.Each year we gather to show appreciation for our community and to come together to support our children and our school. We need your help to continue to achieve greatnessin our school.The call for silent auction donations and event underwriters for the 2013 edition is now well under way. To underwrite a portion of the annual breakfast or to donate auction items,please contact the silent auction coordinator,Jennifer Perry at 214-693-9030 or email gardenoaks. information aboutG arden O aks Elementary School, call (713) 696-2930.

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Page 10B â&#x20AC;˘ The Leader â&#x20AC;˘ December 20, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘

With no zoning, Blueprint Houston turns to concept of a master plan

Check your watch for 12

by Betty Martin For The Leader

Talk about incredible timing. Last week, on Dec. 12, 2012, (or 12-12-12), Delina Gonzalez and James Washington welcomed baby Maliyah Gonzalez-Washington to the world at Memorial Herman Northwest Hospital. The baby was delivered by Dr. H. Ahmed. Obviously, Baby Maliyah â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches â&#x20AC;&#x201C; wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only child born on that day. However, there likely werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many children who were born at 12:12 p.m. Just to be clear, Maliyahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday is 12-12-12 at 12:12 p.m. Wonder if this child will have a lucky number... (Submitted Photo)

A city that offershealthy neighborhoods and sustainable prosperity;an educated,skilled workforce; diversity of opportunity and an internationallyrecognized excellence in art and culture are all part of the vision Blueprint H ouston has for H ouston. Joe Webb,architect and chairman of the nonprofi t city leadership group Blueprint H ouston, along with representatives of some of H oustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s22 municipal management districts,presented Tuesday night an update on Blueprint H oustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sC itizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Vision for H oustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itisacompetition,â&#x20AC;?Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Houston iscompeting on aglobal level now.â&#x20AC;? Addressing about 50 people gathered at the United Way of GreaterHouston,50WaughDrive, Webb said a recent survey has shown that 83 percent of H oustonians say they want a strategic plan for the city, a city vehicle for growth with partnership from the municipalmanagementdistricts and the private sector. â&#x20AC;&#x153;C ities were created for commerce,sociability,to get to know your neighbors,for the common good,â&#x20AC;?Webb said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;H ow do we do that? By thinking and planning.â&#x20AC;? Within H oustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sroughly 600 square miles are areas in need of redevelopmentand areasin which the citizensfeel they are too much underthemicroscopeof development, he said. H e cited H oustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original 1836 plan of downtown Houston streetsthatâ&#x20AC;&#x153;workslike a champ,â&#x20AC;? but that a new strategic vision for the city is needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are we going to do something or are we going to fade away?â&#x20AC;?

Webb asked. Peter Brown,architect and former city council member, said thateven though acomprehensive plan iscalled for in H oustonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;scity code, the idea of such a plan has been met with resistance from Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sleadersand developers.

Job security for HISD chief Terry Grier H ouston ISD trustees voted 6-2 Thursday to extend Superintendent Terry G rierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;scontract through June 2016.Leader-area trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones supported the extension, while Trustee Anna Eastman was not present for the vote. O pposing the extension were board President M ichael Lunceford and Trustee Juliet Stipeche. It wasonly last February when the trusteeshad voted by a narrow

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margin to extend G rierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;scontract â&#x20AC;&#x201C;which pays$300,000 a year plus bonusesbased on student performance and other goalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;through February 2014.At that time,Eastman vigorouslyopposed thecontract extension. G rier began serving as superintendentin September2009 and became known for toughening teacher evaluations and principalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;accountability,for an Apollo 20 program to turn around

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underperforming schools, and for missteps â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such as trying to make sweeping changes in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;spopular magnet school programs. Since then, voters approved a G rier-engineered $1.9 billion bond package in November, largely designed to rebuild aging high schools, with 68 percent in favor. Skillern-Jonessaidshesupported D r.G rierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;scontract extension

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so that the superintendent can see the school building program through,and beheld accountable for getting the job done. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;simportant because the public has entrusted us with $1.89 billion of their hard-earned tax dollars,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Based in part on a news release from Houston ISD

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sapoliticalproblem,â&#x20AC;?Brown said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;The decision makersdonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wantaplan.D evelopmentdoesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wantaplan...Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;resufferingfrom double indemnity here. The city isnot growing and our unfunded debt is. The city isone of the slowest growing big citiesin America.â&#x20AC;?












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