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• December Winners • January Giveaway: Minion Dvd

• “What Lifts You” Campaign • National School Choice Week

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Welcome to 2016! It’s a brand new year with new beginnings, new adventures, and new memories. Just one year can hold numerous milestones for your little ones. The start of a new year can be a scary reminder of how quickly time goes by. It’s always a reminder for me to take in every special moment. Turn off the TV, put down the phone, and spend some special time with your family. Create great memories for you and your kids.

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In This Issue School uniforms could be making a bigger impact on your child’s future than you know. For more information, check out Yvonne Vasquez’s School Dress Codes Can Be a Blueprint for Success. There are teaching moments in everything your child does. Learn how to help your child to look for these lessons in our article, Cultivating Curiosity by freelance writer Laine Lipsky. Do charts and researchers say your child is behind? You may be overstressing about your child’s development. Read, Child Development by Renee Haines for a reality check. Jessa McClure teaches how to attain Potty Training Success in her latest article. Turn to page 20 to learn if your child is ready, and when is the best time to start the process.

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Artist Kelsey Montague, a representative from District 1 Councilman Roberto C. Treviño’s office and partner organizations PHOTO CREDIT: FRED GONZALES, CITY OF SAN ANTONIO unveiled three public murals created as a part of Montague’s international “What Lifts You” campaign. The murals, commissioned by the City of San Antonio, are located at the Houston Street Garage, Travis Park and on East Houston Street across from the Majestic Theater (217 East Houston Street). “The ‘What Lifts You’ campaign gives people in our community the opportunity to become a living work of art and share what inspires them,” Councilman Treviño said. “I’m excited to have these murals gracing our public downtown spaces.” All the pieces are interactive, unique and filled with images that represent the San Antonio community. The Travis Park mural of balloons is the first color mural Montague has created for the “What Lifts You” campaign. The Navarro Street mural of butterfly wings depicts images of transportation and historic Houston Street. The Houston Street mural of doves sends a message of peace and love to our community. The public is encouraged to post pictures with the murals on social media using the hashtag #whatliftsyou. The murals will be up for at least 90 days. The downtown installation was created in partnership with Center City Development & Operations, the Office of Historic Preservation, the Department for Culture and Creative Development, Centro San Antonio, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Antonio Parks Foundation, GDC Marketing & Ideation, and The St. Anthony Hotel.

School Choice Week allows parents the opportunity to select the best K-12 education environments for their kids. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. National School Choice Week is held January 24-30, 2016. During this Week, millions of Americans celebrate these effective education options for their children. Held every January, National School Choice Week shines a spotlight on effective education options for children. Individual schools, organizations, and families hold independent special events to raise awareness about the benefits of empowering parents with the opportunity to choose the best educational environments for their children. With more than 11,000 events in 2015, National School Choice Week is now the world’s largest annual educationrelated celebration. School choice policies vary by city, county, or school district. To get a better sense of the options available to you, you need to look at local resources, such as your state department of education’s website, or the website of one of our partner organizations in your state. And be sure to check back in at schoolchoiceweek.com as schools start to register their public events towards the end of the year. For more information, visit https://schoolchoiceweek.com FRIEND US @ facebook.com/OurKidsMagazine210

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Cultivating Curiosity By Laine Lipsky

In the swirl of educational games, videos, apps, and specialized camps for even the youngest children, parents can feel confused about the best way for their children to learn new information. Reacting to cultural pressure to raise the next generation of geniuses, combined with the exhaustion of daily stress, parents tend to either overdo their own teaching efforts or shy away entirely from teaching. Finding the right balance is different for every family based on numerous factors, including each child’s temperament and readiness. The truth remains, however, that parents (and regular caregivers) are their children’s first teachers – and children’s best learning happens during the everyday routines, activities, and conversations that occur with the adults who spend the most time with them. This is good news, because it removes the pressure that every moment should be a “big teaching moment” and sets up the parent/child relationship for more positive, consistent connection. The best way to optimize everyday learning opportunities? Hook into the curiosity that is natural to each and every child. Curiosity is the key that opens a world of discovery and joy. Parents can easily support and tap into their children’s innate curiosity. With a playful mindset and an attuned presence, parents can find joy in teaching and learning along with their children. Read on for some ideas to engage in everyday learning. Be a Model and a Mirror. When parents demonstrate a genuine love of learning, children receive the

message that it’s good to be interested in life and tuned in to the world. Follow your child’s lead and trust that they will show you what they want to learn when they are ready to learn it. Model Curiosity: Make frequent, open observations about the immediate world. As in, “I’m curious why the line is so long at the bank today.” “That baby is crying, I wonder what’s wrong.” Or even, “What’s that smell?” Mirror Curiosity: Focus on the same thing that your child is focused on, at the same time she is focused on it. For example, if your child is watching raindrops roll down the window, just sit next to her and watch also—without speaking. Enjoy the stillness and feeling of connection, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

“ Curiosity is the key that opens a world of discovery and joy.”


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Take Your Child’s Point of View.

One of the most beautiful things about children of all ages is that they see everything with fresh eyes. When parents open themselves to share their child’s perspective, they too can enjoy simple things in a whole new way. Observe everyday objects as if seeing them for the first time. Such as, “Wow, that sunshine is super bright!” Or, “Taste this fresh banana!” When a child offers his perspective, honor his viewpoint instead of insisting on there being just one right way. As in, “OK, I never thought of it that way.” “Huh. Interesting.” Or, “Tell me how you see it.”

Treat “Why?” as a Good Question.

Although a child’s incessant stream of “why?” can test a parent’s patience, it’s important to value the seed from where it comes. Treat “why?” as a game. Your child may be after deeper knowledge but she also wants to see how many times she can get a response from you. Answer patiently as many times as you can and when you are through, gently end the game with something like, “That’s all I can do now, honey. Let’s talk about something else.” When parents answer the “why?” with frustration or negativity, they unintentionally teach that curiosity is bad. We impart the value of curiosity (even when we are


limited by time or energy) when we respond positively as in, “I’m not sure why—and when I have more time and energy I will look into it.”

Make the Most of Everyday Situations. Young children learn a lot during routines such as feeding, diapering, and bath time. For older children, daily routines provide a continued sense of stability and a chance to contribute to the family. When parents encourage honest conversation and allow children a chance to chime in as well, everyday activities provide wonderful opportunities to connect and learn from each other. During bath time, filling and dumping cups lets children learn about empty and full, and in and out. When your child makes the rubber duck splash, he learns about cause and effect. When the duck floats but the washcloth sinks, that’s another lesson. Let a young child help sort clothing into piles or the washing machine. Older children can run a load, with supervision. Hand her safe groceries to put on the conveyer belt. Sing a song about body parts as you change a diaper — it might be routine for you, but for your baby it’s all exciting and new! Laine Lipsky is a parent coach in San Antonio. She remains curious about education, yoga and nutrition as she and her husband raise their two children.


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School Dress Codes

Can Be A Blueprint for Success

By Yvonne Vasquez

When your child begins attending school for the first time, it is a very exciting occasion. As a parent, you will want to consider numerous factors when deciding what will be the best educational environment for your child. Whether you choose a private or public school is often determined by affordability, personal preference, religious beliefs or a combination of these. In light of this, what your child will be wearing to school will most likely be defined by school policy. Most private and parochial schools in San Antonio do require uniforms, and some public schools also have this requirement. The majority of schools who use uniforms implement them in the elementary and middle school grades. Many districts in San Antonio recognize that parents bear the primary responsibility for setting standards for their children’s dress and grooming. Although there are some variations among school districts, a good rule of thumb is that student dress and grooming should not be indecent, suggestive or offensive. The basic dress code followed by most schools in San Antonio consists of full length or capri pants and shirts with collars. Shorts and skorts may be worn at the elementary level, but grades three through five usually have specific lengths. Shorts and skorts are prohibited in grades six through 12. Tank tops are only available in certain districts provided that they are a certain width at the shoulder. Some prohibited items include suggestive or indecent clothing, torn or tight garments, body piercings (except ears), sunglasses, grills, heavy chains or spiked jewelry, glitter or bandanas. Accessories that are not allowed include anything that illustrates gang affiliations, sex, the occult, violence, death, alcohol, suicide or drugs. School uniforms have traditionally been favored by private and parochial institutions since the 1900s, but have been adopted by U.S. public schools in ever-increasing numbers. In the 1980s, schools in Washington D.C. and Maryland began introducing uniforms on a voluntary basis. 10

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY The history of mandatory school uniforms in U.S. for parents/guardians to opt out of the uniform policy public schools began in January 1994. At that time, a based on religious reasons or philosophical objections by school district in Long Beach, California implemented applying for a waiver. a uniform policy that required all K-8 students to wear Although the jury is still out on whether violence them. Although research studies regarding uniform decreases at every school as a result of wearing uniforms, implementation offer varying statistics, what has been most teachers and administrators seem to agree that revealed seems to be largely on the positive side. uniforms allow for more focus on learning. Schools In San Antonio, some public school districts make report less: aggression, property damage and discipline the uniform option available in selected schools. All problems among students. Moreover, uniforms seem to schools in the San Antonio Independent School District foster an attitude of teamwork, pride and respect in the require uniforms to be worn by students. Edgewood classroom. Independent School District requires uniforms for all The conflicting research available attempting to assess elementary and middle school students. Basic white long the effectiveness of school uniforms can be explained in and short-sleeved blouses and shirts with collars can part because so many variables are involved. For example, be worn with khaki and/or navy trousers, capri pants, educational trends, disciplinary policies and quality shorts, skirts, skorts and jumpers. of teachers can skew numbers that support academic Northside Independent School District and performance based on uniforms. Parents may also choose Northeast Independent School District have several to move their children in or out of schools based on elementary and middle schools that have elected to have whether or not uniforms are required, which can affect uniforms as a requirement. Wardrobe choices include research study findings. polo shirts in various specified colors. These are paired In addition, success stories may involve a range of with khaki, black or navy pants, walking shorts, skirts or positive or negative impacts based on gender and grade jumpers. Relaxed-fit blue jeans are also allowed at some levels. Generally, attendance seems to become more campuses. consistent after allowing one to two years for adjustment As specific uniform requirements may change from after the initial introduction of uniforms. year to year, it is best to check with your school district Although improvements seem to have a more immefor particular uniform guidelines. It should also be diate impact among middle and high school girls after the noted that the Texas Education Agency has allowed of uniforms, both boys and girls in these age Our Kids Janintroduction 2016 —-1/4 page

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY groups show progress after the adjustment period. Uniforms do appear to improve language scores among middle and high school girls. Advanced math scores seem to be more evident after two or more years of uniform adoption. One of the primary reasons cited for implementing a uniform policy is to decrease distractions in the classroom. Most parents are all too aware of how children compare themselves to other students and worry about fitting in with their peers. This competitive peer pressure is greatly reduced with the use of uniforms. Uniforms provide a more level social footing for students who are often judged by other students based on their appearance. For some families, the expense of constantly updating wardrobes with the latest fashions is not an option. Economic differences can cause division among students that is more readily apparent when children wear regular street clothing. The important social issue of bullying has gained prominence in recent years. Uniforms are often cited as an effective tool in the fight against bullying, since children are often targeted based on their appearance. Although bullying based on clothing or appearance cannot be completely eliminated, uniforms can go a long way towards curtailing this kind of negative behavior. Wearing a uniform can dramatically improve self-esteem and lessen feelings of inferiority among children. Economically, although the initial expense for uniforms may seem high, the overall cost is fairly low when compared

to average year-round clothing expenses incurred by parents. However, some school districts do have special funding and subsidies available for those families in need of assistance with purchasing uniforms for their children. Another advantage is that dressing for school becomes a much faster process with uniforms, especially for adolescent girls. Fewer decisions during morning preparations take less time and prompt attendance is more likely. Although it is challenging to get a definitive consensus regarding the impact of school uniforms, several proponents maintain that the most promising consequences may be the development of non-cognitive skills such as discipline, motivation, school engagement, leadership and self-esteem. Recent research has indicated that these areas may be just as critical as academic skills in helping students achieve future social and employment success. Opponents of school uniforms have concerns regarding the stifling of individuality and creativity among students who wear uniforms. Although it seems to be a matter of perspective, they also maintain that not wearing uniforms allows students to develop decision-making skills and learn to make responsible life choices. In any case, a uniform policy may have significant benefits, some of which are more apparent than others. If you are a parent considering schools for your children, these are key factors to consider while making your decision. Yvonne Vasquez is a San Antonio based freelance writer.


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For the Love of Learning: Four Ways To Teach Your Child To Enjoy School By Christina Katz

Raising engaged students is not only the responsibility of the teachers and the administrators at your school, it’s a job that starts at home with every parent. You may have anxiety, fears, or merely first-day jitters about your child going to school. But if you can muster up your courage and take a onegood-day-at-a-time approach, you will find that raising a child who loves school is easier than you might have imagined. Just follow these four simple guidelines, keep your interactions with your school’s employees constructive and upbeat, and watch the magic that occurs when your child loves learning.


Share to prepare. Tell your child what you enjoyed about school. If your spouse enjoyed school, encourage him to share stories, too. But if you had a difficult time in school, share those stories with someone who is not your child. Talk to another adult about the ways you struggled, and how those struggles might color your expectations of what school will be like for your child. Get your fears and biases about school off your chest and let them go so you won’t unwittingly pass them on. Remember, your child is not you. That was then, this is now. By confronting and releasing any back-to-school skeletons in your closet, you open the doors to a positive school experience for your child today.


Step back. Some parents have trouble trusting that a school will care about their child as much as they do. And it’s true-teachers won’t treat your child like a parent would. They will probably expect more. And they will care about your child as educational professionals, who want to challenge your child so they can realize their potential, so let them do their jobs. Smart parents know that school is not just about academics. When your child is in school, they are learning how to be a CAMP FAIR 2016 Infomation @ www.OurKids.camp

member of a community and how to socialize and enjoy playtime. They are learning how to express themselves through art, music and physical activity. So take a leap of faith. Remind yourself that the folks who run schools are trained professionals. Trust them with your child’s daily education and wellbeing. Then your child will experience every day as an adventure in learning and growing.


Be positive and proactive. Try to find something to like about your school on a regular basis. If you don’t know what to like then you might not be aware enough. Have a working knowledge of the school layout. Introduce yourself to teachers on open-house days and meet the folks who work in the front office, including the principal. Make sure the teacher knows you are on their team. If you have a miscommunication or misunderstanding with a teacher or administrator, strive to work things out in a calm, pro-active manner. Don’t hang on to negative perceptions or try to create negative consensuses with other parents. Confident, secure parents seek solutions, not squabbles. Put yourself in the teacher or administrator’s shoes before you pick up the phone or shoot off that email. Remember, the way you would like to be treated is the way to behave, always, no matter how you feel in the heat of the moment.


Give without strings. Whether you work full time or not, there are typically two types of parent volunteers: those who willingly pitch in and help and those who don’t want to spend time at school but do it for their kids. Be honest about the kind of parent you are, so you can find ways to be a cheerful contributor to the school. January 2016 | OurKidsMagazine.com



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Academy of Careers & Technologies Charter High School 210-437-0030 5300 Heath Rd. San Antonio, TX 78250 www.actchs.org

At ACT, our mission is to educate students while igniting a life-long interest in technology. ACT will provide an adaptive and effective learning environment which will prepare students to succeed in school, at home and in the workplace. Tuition-free (9th- 12th) college and career prep school with a focus on STEM, Technology, Business and Industry & Fashion Design.

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We realize that each child is unique with a specific set of needs. It is our sincere desire to accept the challenge and work toward the goal of meeting each of those needs. We offer Infant and Toddler care, PreK 3 and PreK 4 and Private Kindergarten, with breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided. We also offer Swimming lessons, Ballet, Gymnastics, Karate and Spanish for Tots.

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We strive to meet the needs of all children. Children are encouraged to explore their environment and think creatively. Teachers guide and enhance this process through materials and activities. Come out and take a tour of our beautiful facility. See our website for details on our security, facilities, curriculum and extracurricular activities. We are excited to announce that you will be seeing our newest location in Cibolo in late 2016! We welcome you to come out to meet our amazing staff!

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Country Home Learning Center provides the very best in quality childcare for ages 6 weeks to 13 years, with exceptionally small classes. We offer an innovative, comprehensive educational program in a first-class facility. Students enjoy our • Waterpark • Adventure Jungle Indoor Playground • Putt-Putt Golf Course • Gymnasium • 1950’s-Style Soda Shop • Movie Theater • Computer Lab • Horseback Riding at Country Home Ranch.

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Love to Learn Preschool is early child development with a twist! Using purposeful play, students develop academic, physical and social skills through activities that will prepare them for kindergarten. Love to Learn Preschool is offered Monday and Wednesday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM to pottytrained children ages 3-5 years.

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Parkhills Preschool is the weekday ministry of Parkhills Baptist Church for children ages 6 months through pre-kindergarten. We provide a program that allows children to grow and develop as Jesus did – “in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man� (Luke 2:52) Individual, small group and large group activities are planned to meet the specific needs and interests of each age group.

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Suburban School is a year-round School for two-year-olds through four-year-olds. An enriched pre-school and kindergarten program is conducted for all children from September through May. During the summer, programming varies according to age level. Summer months are optional for five through 10-year-olds in our Happy Acres Day Camp program. Suburban School, a place where children can learn in a unique, natural setting and are encouraged to become independent, caring individuals.

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Our mission is to provide a learning community in which each child is growing in all areas of development – social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language.

Trinity Preschool 210-653-2800 5415 N. Loop 1604 E. San Antonio, TX 78247 www.trinitypreschools.com

Trinity Preschool is a full and engaging educational and Biblical focus with our standard activities including Age Appropriate Curriculum, Bible Stories & Chapel and Pre-K Program for 4’s & 5s. Learning Centers offer preschoolers 6 Weeks thru Pre-K Art, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Library, Music, Science and

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY optional activities that include Computer class, Dance class, Gymnastics, Piano and Spanish.


MONTESSORI SCHOOLS Hill Country Montessori School 830-229-5377 50 Stone Wall Dr., Boerne WWW.hcmontessori.org

Nestled on 10 acres in the Texas Hill Country, our mission is to inspire your child to a lifelong love of learning. We put great emphasis on insuring we remain true to the Montessori philosophy and true to our mission. Serving children 18 months through 14 years.

Childcare for children from six weeks to twelve years and other select employers ★ Nutritious, homemade meals ★ Educational curriculum ★ Fitness and dance classes

The Monte Vista Montessori School is a traditional Montessori school founded by a team of Montessorians who together have well over a century of experience in Montessori education. It is an ungraded school that works with children from ages two to fourteen.

Since 1987 and formally known as Montessori Earth, our present name best describes the warm, home-like environment of our school-inspired by the first “Children’s House” opened by Dr. Maria Montessori. We offer an authentic Montessori education program for children 15 months to 6 years. Our Infant environment opens in January!


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Monte Vista Montessori School 210-737-6363 237 W. Magnolia, San Antonio www.MonteVistaMontessori. com

Montessori Children’s House (210)558-8339 4911 Golden Quail San Antonio, Texas 78240 www.MCHSA.com

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For more information call: 554-8440 141 Lavaca St., San Antonio, TX 78210

San Antonio Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Montessori Schoolhouse 341-0731 10711 Dreamland Dr. San Antonio, TX 78230 www.mymontessorischoolhouse. com

Montessori Schoolhouse provides a stimulating environment for children beginning at 12 months. We are located in a quiet four acre wooded setting. Our traditional Montessori curriculum includes Music, Spanish and Motor Skills Programs. Before and after school care available.

San Antonio Country Day Montessori School 496-6033 4194 Jung Rd. San Antonio, TX 78247 www.countrydayschool.net

San Antonio Country Day Montessori School is an academically rich Montessori environment for students 2 1/2 - 6th grade. Preschool programs include two, three, and five days per week. Call today to apply.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School 210-271-2861 1018 E. Grayson St. San Antonio, Tx 78208 www.Stpaulsmontessori.org

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School is to provide an outstanding Montessori based education, in the Episcopal tradition, to culturally and economically diverse groups of children, nurturing the child’s mind, body and spirit. The school opened in 2005 and now serves 120 students’ ages eighteen months to 12 years.

Keystone’s mission is to offer an accelerated PK3 – 12 curriculum that provides motivated students with a nationally recognized, well-rounded educational experience in a supportive, inclusive environment that encourages academic excellence, ethical growth, community involvement, and responsible leadership.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY The Montessori School of San Antonio 210-492-3553 17722 Rogers Ranch Pkwy, San Antonio Texas www.montessoriSA.org

At Sunshine Cottage, children with hearing loss and normal hearing grow and learn together in a nurturing and fun environment. All students experience the finest education available in South Texas with a low student-to-teacher ratio (6:1) and a hands-on approach to learning, encompassing all State standards.

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603 E. Hildebrand Ave. • San Antonio, Texas • 78212 www.sunshinecottage.org Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, OPTIONSchools International and is a TEA Approved non-public school. Sunshine Cottage is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit educational organization. We accept students regardless of sex, race, affiliation, disability, or national origin.



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Trillium Christian Montessori 210-354-7962 226 Fennel Drive San Antonio, Texas 78213 www.trilliumchristianmontessori.com

TCM believes that the child is a unique creation of God and is a naturally eager student, capable of taking ownership in their own learning in a supportive and well prepared environment. By using the Montessori method, students are encouraged to be independent and to grow intellectually, physically, and spiritually.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Discovery World Learning Center NORTHWEST 5455 Prue Rd. 210-691-0064 NORTHEAST 6020 Judson @ Nacogdoches 210-655-6941 DOWNTOWN 406 Cesar E. Chavez Blvd @ IH35 210-225-7464 www.discoveryworldsa.com

Voted Best of San Antonio, provides childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Educational curriculum, and fitness and dance classes provided. Nutritious and homemade meals served. Open M-F, 6:30a-6:30p with 3 convenient locations. Discounts available for Government and other select 9/22/2015employers. 10:10:38 AM Visit our website or call the location nearest you for more information.

First Baptist Academy of Universal City 210-658-5331 1401 Pat Booker Road, Universal City www.fbauc.com

The mission of FBAUC is to educate students for time and eternity by presenting God’s truth in all areas of education and character development. First Baptist Academy professes that the Bible is the standard for ALL truth and its source is in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Every subject, whether scientific, historical, mathematical, literary or artistic is taught with the consciousness that Jesus Christ is to be central in all living and learning. First Baptist Academy ministers to 455 children ages 3 through 12th grade.

The Tex Hill Scholarship Program provides tuition, fees, textbooks and uniforms to two fifth grade boys who will attend San Antonio Academy during their 6th, 7th and 8th grade years.

sa-academy.org 210.733.7331 San Antonio Academy admits students of all race, color, and national or ethnic origin. Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Member of the National Association of Independent Schools.




MSSA provides a personalized education using the Montessori method and philosophy to support each student’s development while fostering a love of learning. We partner with parents, guiding students to achieve their full potential in academic, social, physical, intellectual, aesthetic, and moral development from early childhood through adolescence.

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Holy Name Catholic School 333-7356 3814 Nash Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78223 www.hncstx.org

Educating children in Southeast San Antonio since 1961. We offer small classes for ages 3 years through 8th grade, teaching Catholic values Incorporated across the curriculum. Our goal is to educate the whole student. We offer a co-curricular sports program for 3-8th grades as well as Academic Teams. Our strong music program Includees all grade level. We encourage strong parental involvement. Call for a tour of our campus.

Holy Spirit Catholic School (210) 349-1169 770 West Ramsey, San Antonio, Texas www.hscssa.org Holy Spirit Catholic School was established to provide a quality education in a caring environment. An ongoing relationship with the parish family enriches the school and furthers the school’s endeavor to help others understand and grow in Catholic tradition. Holy Spirit Catholic School is a leader in its field and is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students to develop a spiritual, moral, and intellectual foundation which will enable them to realize their full potential for a lifetime of commitment and service.

Keystone School 210-735-4022 119 East Craig, San Antonio www.keystoneschool.org admissions@keystoneschool.org Accelerated curriculum. Plus art, music, dramatics, computer and science labs, library facilities, athletics, languages. Experienced teachers. Grades K - 12. Where academic excellence is a way of life.

Mount Sacred Heart School 210-342-6711 619 Mt. Sacred Heart Road, San Antonio www.mountsacredheart.com Mount Sacred Heart is a private, coeducational Catholic school committed to excellence in faith and education. A spiritually based community fostering personal uniqueness and development of the whole person.

Promise Christian Academy 210-732-3424 910 Manor Dr. San Antonio Promise Christian Academy, TX We offer an affordable education for students grades Pre-K – 8th grade using ABEKA Curriculum. Basic computer and music are included in our curriculum. Low student/ teacher ratio. Some openings available.

San Antonio Academy 210-733-7331 117 East French Place, San Antonio, TX www.sa-academy.org San Antonio Academy educates PreK thru eighth grade boys to succeed in life scholastically, emotionally and physically. At The Academy, boys discover that it is awesome to be smart, loving and hardworking.

San Antonio Christian School 210-340-1864 19202 Redland Road, San Antonio, TX www.sachristianschool.org San Antonio Christian School provides a Christ-centered, college preparatory education that integrates biblical truth, learning, and service into a student’s daily life preparation for college and beyond.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY St. Thomas Episcopal School 2 year olds through 5th grade

“We teach kids how to learn, not just what to learn.”

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Our preschool and elementary faculty, staff and administration will be ready to greet you and answer any questions that you may have about our school. Our PK2-5th grade classrooms will be open to view. Small class sizes and nut-free school campus.

210-494-3509 1416 N. Loop 1604 East Details on our website

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The Winston Difference

Advocating for minds that learn differently ®

The Winston School San Antonio provides a personalized, college preparatory education to students with high potential and identified learning differences. A Winston student is confident, well-rounded, and a life-long self advocate.

St. Anthony Catholic School 210-732-8801 205 W. Huisache Ave., San Antonio, TX www.stanthonysa.org

St. Anthony Catholic School educates a diverse student body in the Catholic faith, Christian values, and academic excellence. Dedicated to academic excellence and spiritual formation, St. Anthony Catholic School prepares students for success in high school, college, and throughout their lives. The school provides young people with an academically rigorous and doctrinally sound program of education and faith formation designed to strengthen their union with Christ and neighbors.

St. Monica’s Catholic School 210-658-6701 515 North St., Converse http://www.saintmonica.net/ office@saintmonica.net

At St. Monica our mission is to provide all students a challenging academic curriculum with in a program where Christian values reflecting God’s love are taught, practiced and ever present.

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St. Thomas Episcopal School 1416 N. Loop 1604 East San Antonio, TX 78259 210-494-3509 www.stthomaskids.com

St. Thomas offers a faith-based education for children ages 2 through 5th grade Our curriculum focuses on the individual child’s gifts and needs and is built on a strong foundation that includes mathematical thinking, interdisciplinary social studies, inquiry science and a multi-faceted language arts program .The St. Thomas Core Values emphasize commitment to Christ, honesty and integrity, inclusiveness, creativity, respect, and excellence. We offer small class sizes and are fully accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools.

Summit Christian Learning Center 210-402-0565 2575 Marshall Rd. San Antonio, TX 78259 www.summitsa.com/sclc/

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Now enrolling for ages 6 weeks – 5th grade. Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. We offer afterschool care and summer camp programs. Ask about our military, sibling and first responder discounts. Visit our website or call for details

Sunshine Cottage 603 Hildebrand, SATX (210) 824-0579 www.sunshinecottage.org

Founded in 1947 by John and Dela White, Sunshine Cottage offers a listening and spoken language environment for all children with hearing impairment as well as for typically hearing children. Sunshine Cottage provides students the opportunity to excel and experience new learning adventures each day. Pre-school through fifth grade. Contact: Executive Director Dr. Belinda Pustka, (210) 824-0579, bpustka@ sunshinecottage.org, www.sunshinecottage.org

The Clowvazar Academy (210) 690-4800 6391 DeZavala # 106 www.clowvazar.com

Science, Technology, and Anthropology are the main focus of our Year-Round General Education program. Now announcing our Fine Arts program for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit our YouTube channel and Facebook to see what our students are creating! We also have a Special Education program for high functioning children. Ages 5+.

The Winston School 210-615-6544 8565 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio, TX www.winston-sa.org

WSSA is a private, accredited school for students (K-12) of average to above average intellectual ability who have a diagnosed learning disability in one or more academic areas or a learning difference such as ADHD.

Trinity United Methodist School 210-684-5214 5319 Newcome Dr. www.trinityums.org

Affordable Private School education for 2 year olds through 5th grade. We offer a child-centered preschool program with music, All Aboard, motor skills and Spanish classes. Accelerated curriculum for 1st – 5th includes music, piano, theatre arts, technology, Spanish, Latin, art library and PE, Smartboard technology. I-pads are issued to 3rd – 5th grade students.

SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY SERVICE Education Liaison Services (210)859-0970

Education Liaison Services’ mission to help parents navigate the maze of special education services is to ensure that your special needs child receives the appropriate education geared to meet each child’s unique learning needs. Our skilled team of experienced special education teachers advocate for your child’s most appropriate educational experience.

Brighton Center (210)826-4492 265 E. Lullwood Ave San Antonio 78212 Brightonsa.org

This course can help parents understand their child’s rights to a free and appropriate education based on their needs and how to ensure that these needs are met by the school system. Parents are their child’s first and best advocate and we strive to empower them to be the best advocate possible to set their child up for success now and in the future.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS Brighton Center’s Special Education Training (210)826-4492 14207 Higgins Rd. San Antonio 78217 Brihtonsa.org

Brighton serves children with disabilities and delays and their families. Through inhome therapy programs, inclusive childcare centers and parent training and advocacy programs we empower parents and equip children so that they have the opportunity to love life to its fullest potential.

The Clowvazar Academy (210) 690-4800 6391 DeZavala # 202, San Antonio, TX www.clowvazar.com

Our General ‘Special’ Education program is designed for students with learning differences who can handle a general curriculum but need modifications and compassionate teachers. Ages 7+.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Sunshine Cottage (210) 824-0579 603 Hildebrand, San Antonio, Texas www.sunshinecottage.org

Sunshine Cottage teaches children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to listen and talk. Programs: Newborn Hearing Evaluation Center, Parent-Infant Program, Audiology, Speech-Language Therapy and Pre-K through fifth grade.

from Bored to BRILLIANT! Our Love to Learn Preschool program fosters development and learning in a creative atmosphere. Here, kids really grow!

TUTORING Brain Balance Achievement Center 210-670-2760 1742 N. Loop 1604 E. Suite 121 www.BrainBalanceCenters.com

The Brain Balance program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic and social challenges. We are specialized achievement centers that utilize a drug-free, multi-faceted approach to address the underlying issues in many of the behavioral, developmental, and learning disorders that plague so many children today.

Choose LOVE for Your Kiddo 100% Child-Centered Focus on Academic Readiness Mommy Owned and Operated Monday & Wednesday Classes

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Potty Training Success Child-Centered Trend Could Be Your Best Bet for Potty Training Success By Jessa McClure

After throwing away the fifteenth dirty diaper of the day, you are suddenly motivated to start potty training your toddler. But, even though you are ready to ditch the diapers and have them eliminating on your schedule, rushing the progression might be detrimental to the training process. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests waiting until the child shows an interest in the toilet or toddler-sized potty-chair before heading down the potty training road.

Here are few other signs that your child might be ready for that next step: ■■Can dress and undress themselves ■■Can follow simple instructions ■■Wants to wear “big kid” underwear

Pediatrician, Dr. Linsey Hawkins-Alprin, MD, FAAP, of Leon Springs Pediatrics, said readiness is really not about the age of the child, but where they are developmentally. “They have to be able to tell you that they have to go potty, be able to get themselves to the restroom, and be able to pull their underwear or training pants down,” Hawkins-Alprin said. One of the readiness signals that is commonly seen as potty training dysfunction is when the child seeks privacy to do their business. “The kid who goes behind the couch and squats and poops is actually normal and is showing that he is ready to start the potty training process,” she said. Hawkins-Alprin says if your child is showing these signs, even at a young age, go ahead and purchase a training potty to get them used to the idea. 20

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“They can sit on it fully clothed and read a book if they want to,” she said. “Then you can have them sit on it in a diaper or without any clothing, with no expectation to go poop or pee.” While the readiness signs can tell you that your child is ready to start potty training, it’s important not to push this milestone if there are outside stressors like a move to a new home or a new baby. “A lot of people, right around the 2 or 3-year mark get pregnant again and they’d like their first child to be potty trained before the next one comes along,” she said. “When I find out one of my moms is pregnant, I say start [training] now. Don’t rush it, but start it now. The child already knows something is going on and if you try to potty train further into the pregnancy, you’re adding stress to the process.” Potty training has come a long way from the 1800s when potty training began as early as a year old and was done for the parent’s convenience. Today, toilet training is more about waiting for the child to tell you when he or she is ready. The child-centered potty training mindset has given birth to new potty training trends where parents spend an entire weekend or holiday focusing on potty training. Hawkins-Alprin says this can be a successful method if the whole family is on board to make it happen. “I’ve heard of parents camping out in the kitchen or the bathroom and placing the child on the potty every 15 minutes,” she said. “They will probably poop or pee during that time and then it reinforces the connection between sitting on the potty and actually going to the restroom.” According to Hawkins-Alprin, if you want to attempt this Connect With US @ facebook.com/OurKidsMagazineSA

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method, make sure it is a string of several days where you don’t have to do anything or be anywhere. “This is not a time to have company over or go on vacation. You want to eliminate any distractions.” Once your child is consistently using the potty, you’ll want to watch for any setbacks that could be concerning. “If a child was fully potty trained and now they are not potty trained, that’s a big red flag for me,” she said. “There’s probably something going on. It could be medical, psychosocial or stressors at home. When they regress like that, I want to know about it.” “And even if the problem your child is having seems minor, sharing it with your pediatrician is a good idea,” Hawkins-Alprin said. “I always tell my parents to talk to me if there’s anything they don’t feel comfortable with,” she said. “You might be picking up on something that I’m not. Or I will say, no, that’s totally normal. Let me tell you a story. Then you can say, oh, okay, it’s no big deal.” Dr. Linsey Hawkins-Alprin recommends books like “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child,” which is put out by the AAP for parents who are looking for more information about potty training. “And if they’re not sure where to start, they can always ask their pediatrician.” Jessa McClure is a freelance writer, blogger, wife and mother of two.

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Child Development: A Reality Check for Parents By Renee Haines

So how does your kid measure up? It’s a question that can create anxiety attacks for some parents whose children don’t precisely meet the measure of today’s abundance of child development tests and learning milestone charts. What veteran educators and researchers say is: relax. Love and hugs count more than test scores when it comes to child development. “Children develop at different rates. They’re all unique,” says Terri Lopez, director of operations at San Antonio’s Madonna Neighborhood Center, which houses Early Head Start, daycare and after-school programs. Lopez’s philosophy is similar to that of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine in that a parent’s influence is more important than expensive gadgets.

“ Children develop at different rates. They’re all unique.” “We often think we need to run out and buy special toys, music and games to stimulate our child’s development, but we have to remind ourselves that it is more important to provide … every day activities you can do with your child to encourage brain development,” the Center reports. “Give your child lots of love and attention. No matter CAMP FAIR 2016 Infomation @ www.OurKids.camp

what a child’s age, holding, hugging and listening are important ways to show your child they matter,” the Center advises parents. Parents who tend to go online to see how their kids are doing should keep in mind that the glut of information available via the Internet can be good or bad. “In this age of the Internet, it can be a good resource, and it can also stir up a lot of anxiety,” says Sherry Rantz, a San Antonio therapist and clinical social worker whose more than three decades of experience includes former positions as a teacher and school social worker. “Every child is different,” Rantz says. What kids need to hear from parents is that “they’re okay just as they are. They’re just different,” she says. “Send a message to the child that we’re in this together. It’s up to us to assist them.” Parents who feel shame or guilt about a child’s failure to meet someone else’s measurement tools should recognize that in themselves and understand that such feelings can hurt a child’s sense of self worth, Rantz says. Or, she adds, some parents can succumb to “total denial and not seek any resources” to help a child. “They’re just continuing to watch the child struggle,” she says. Her advice to parents is to begin with accurate information for “a realistic look at how children develop differently,” she says. “You can start with your child’s pediatrician. Parents can access support services through January 2016 | OurKidsMagazine.com


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local school districts. There are a lot of good, solid San Antonio agencies.” Or, parents can choose “a more personal and more private route” with an outside therapist, Rantz adds. UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has engaged the United States and more than 160 other countries in its “Education for All” global monitoring initiative to study child development from an international perspective. Not surprisingly, the organization acknowledges “each child’s unique developmental timing.” The organization recommends that child development tools in every country should take into account the different pace at which a child develops intellectual and social skills. “Not all children develop competencies on the same

“ The key thing to language stimulation is to turn off the TV.” schedule – the question is whether children’s development is on track when taken as a whole, rather than whether a child can ‘pass’ a specific item at a specific time,” the organization reports. The Madonna Neighborhood Center’s Lopez says parents can easily, inexpensively help children who are behind on language skills development. “Talk to them more. Describe things in more detail using words like large, small, oblong. Expose them to singing. Keep exposing them to different environments and different experiences,” Lopez says. “The key thing to language stimulation,” she adds, “is to turn off the TV. “ Also encourage children to talk, she says. “Ask them how they are feeling. Let them talk it through,” she says.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a one-stop clearinghouse for “things you as a parent can do to help your child grow and learn during each stage of development” as part of its ongoing Positive Parenting campaign. What’s handy for parents is that the organization has compiled development measurement trends, positive parenting tips and links to other resources for parents that are organized by specific age groups. For example, there’s information specific to parents of infants ages 0 to 1, toddlers ages 1 to 2, toddlers ages 2 to 3 and preschoolers ages 3 to 5. Information is compiled by 2-year increments for middle childhood ages, young teens and teenagers up to the 15 to 17-age bracket. For more information, visit cdc.gov/ncbddd/ childdevelopment/positiveparenting.

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January 8 through 19 DreamWeek San Antonio takes place January 8 through 19 this year. The annual event kicks off Friday, Jan. 8 with Opening Ceremonies featuring keynote speaker Martin Luther King III and a presentation by DreamVoice President Shokare Nakpodia. The ceremony is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Jack Guenther Pavillion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. DreamWeek was developed by DreamVoice, LLC, to promote an exchange of ideas on universal issues facing multi-cultural communities. DreamWeek provides an environment for a global exchange of ideas through a series of keynote speaking engagements, mixers, workshops and celebrations that will foster discussions centered on universal issues. The summit will revolve around the following themes: City, Health, Youth, Environment, Technology,

Education, Arts, Spirit, Justice, Business, Sports and Cuisine. Each event will inspire and motivate the community to action in creating a more tolerant and enlightened society. Volunteers are still needed. Go to http://dreamweek.org/ for more information.

January 16 Dream Leaders Of SA: Dream Leaders Of San Antonio: Local children will be recognized as Dream Leaders for their accomplishments in the various DreamWeek themes. Children from San Antonio who are engaged in their community and excel in one or more of the themes are nominated. Twelve children are selected, representing the twelve days of the DreamWeek summit. The recognition ceremony will be followed by activities in which children learn about historical and contemporary dream leaders, write about select dream week themes in creative writing workshops, and make Native American dream catchers. Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway. 210-212-4453. http://dreamweek.org/events/dream-leaders-the-doseum/


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1 Friday Cobweb Chaser 5K Run/ Walk: Celebrate the New Year with a 5K Fun Run open to all ages. $30 fee per participant with t-shirts for first 300. 10 a.m. to noon. 14405 Old Bandera Rd., Helotes. 210-887-4260. http://www. saroadrunners.com/ Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: Miss Anastasia combines story time and a delightful craft each Friday. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Twig Book Shop in the Can Plant Building, 306 Pearl Parkway Ste. 106. 210-8266411. http://www.thetwig. com/miss-anastasia

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Peanuts & Pajamas Matinee Party: Kids and their accompanying parents can kick off 2016 with a relaxing afternoon in their comfy pajamas, laying on a sleeping bag or blanket and enjoying Charlie Brown movies. Popcorn & drink provided. 1 to 4 p.m. Molly Pruitt Library at Roosevelt High School, 5110 Walzem Road. 210-6501122. http://www.mysapl.org/ calendar.aspx Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Zone: Before the bowl game, fans can participate in pre-game festivities in the Historic Sunset Station including a variety of interactive games that encourage fan participation and challenge their football skills and agility. Face painting, concessions, and visits with animals from Sea World will be available at this event. Free. Noon. Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St. 210-222-9481. https:// www.alamobowl.com/event/ valero-alamo-bowl-fan-zone/ Valero Alamo Bowl: Oregon State’s Ducks takes on TCU’s Horned Frogs in the Camp Fair 2016 | www.OurKids.camp

nationally televised 23rd Annual Valero Alamo Bowl. $50-$540. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and kick-off is at 5:45 p.m. Alamodome, 100 Montana St. 210-229-2100. https://www.alamobowl.com/ MarketPlace at Old Town Helotes: Music, food and a good time are served up at this event as local craftsmen offer treasures from across South Texas on the first Saturday of the month. Jewelry, arts and crafts, fresh produce and one-of-a-kind pieces are on display. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14391 Riggs Rd., Helotes. 210-695-5964. http://www.helotesmarketplace.com/ SAMA Tours for the Visually Impaired: Docent-led tours for the blind and visually impaired include descriptive language, touch, sound and smell to enhance the visitor’s experience with art. Guide dogs, sighted companions and others are welcome on the tours, as are wheelchairs and other walking aids. Free. 10 to 11 a.m. Call for reservations. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. https:// www.samuseum.org/



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SAMA Playdates: Toddlers can enjoy stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement and music during this event designed to cultivate, nurture and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Participants should meet at the front desk. 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. https:// www.samuseum.org/calendar/event Home School Programs: This session’s focus is “Mythbusters” and is geared to home-schooled children grades K-4 (Ages 6 and up) and no strollers will be allowed for this evening session. Cost is $15/member adult & child; $25/ nonmember adult & child, $10 per extra participant. 10 to 11:30 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210734-7184. http://sazoo.org/education/ school-age/ Astronomy in the Park: Join astronomers and other stargazers to observe the sky through large telescopes in an informational program with the San Antonio Astronomical Association. 8 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Lower Bee Tree soccer field parking lot at McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road. 210-710-4786. http://

The Valero Alamo Bowl’s Fan Zone takes place Sat, Jan. 2 before the game and gives fans the chance to participate in pre-game festivities in the Historic Sunset Station. The free event starts at noon. sanantonioastronomy.org/calendar/ Weed Wednesdays – Volunteer at PHP: Hardberger Park’s diversity of flora and fauna is being threatened by exotic invasive weeds and volunteers are needed to combat these weeds each Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. E-mail wendy.leonard@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-3292 for directions to

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JCC Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off Prequel: Opening event for the 15th Annual Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival featuring Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love. $10 a person includes pre-film dessert reception. Tickets for the Fil Festival will be available at this event. 7 p.m. Barshop Jewish Community Center,Holzman Auditorium, 12500 N.W. Military Hwy. 210-302-6828. http://www. jccsanantonio.org/arts-andculture/2016-barshop-jccjewish-film-festival/ 16th Annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl: The premier high school bowl game features the best 90 players in an annual East vs. West matchup. The history of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is highlighted by Heisman Trophy winners and more than 200 NFL players counted among its alumni. The game will be broadcast live on NBC. $15$30. Noon. Alamodome, 100 Montana St. 973-366-8448. http://www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/ 2016 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game: Onehundred and one student

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Sensory-Friendly Films: Partnering with the Autism Society, AMC Theaters brings Sensory- Friendly Films to families affected by autism in the San Antonio area. The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and On Sun, Jan. 3, the San Antonio Museum accepting environment. of Art presents First Sundays for Families The auditoriums dedicated to the program have featuring aspects of the exhibition “28 Chinese”. Various activities, including a their lights up, the sound turned down and audience tour of the exhibition, take place from members are invited to 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp Fair 2016 | www.OurKids.camp

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get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Today’s feature is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Dates and films are subject to change so be sure to verify in advance. $4 per person. 10 a.m. AMC Rivercenter 9, 849 E. Commerce St. https:// www.amctheatres.com/programs/ sensory-friendly-films Nature Walk along the Medina River: Presenters Thomas Paine and Susan Campbell, Natural Area Staff, will provide a walk and talk for families with children along the Medina River. The walk includes viewing large Bald cypress and huge Pecan trees and talking about what are the signs of a healthy river. The walk will start at 9:15 a.m. at the pavilion. No registration required. No registration required. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. 9 to 11 a.m. Medina River Natural Area, MRNA Pavilion, 15890 State Highway 16. 210-207-3103. http://www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/NewsEvents/ Events.aspx

The Wild Kratts Live! presents “To the Creature Rescue!” at the Tobin Center on Jan. 24. Shows are at 2 and 6 p.m. and tickets start at $22.50. Elf, the Musical-Junior Edition: Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. $15-$20. Jan. 2. 2 p.m. Cameo Theatre, 1123 East Commerce St. 210-212-5454. http://www.cameotheatre.org/ James and the Giant Peach: When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach on a journey with human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Thanks to James’ quick wits and creative thinking, the travelers learn to live and work together. $15 adult and $12 child admission. Show times vary by date. Runs Jan. 22 through Feb. 28. Magik Theatre, 420 South Alamo. 210-227-2751. http://www.magiktheatre.org/ The Wild Kratts Live!: Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. Please note: everyone that enters the theater needs a ticket including infants and children that might sit in a lap. $22.50-$49.50. Shows at 2 and 6 p.m. Jan. 24. The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-223-8624. https://www.tobincenter.org/ box-office/2016-01/wild-kratts-live


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Beginners’ Bird Walk: Meet the San Antonio Audubon Society (SAAS) trip leader at the Judson Nature Trail in Alamo Heights on the second Saturday of each month. Nonmembers are welcome and binoculars with instructions can be provided. Free. 8 a.m. 246 Viesca, Alamo Heights. 210-342-2073. http:// www.saaudubon.org/ Boerne Market Days: On the second Saturday and Sunday of each month, families can enjoy shopping in an outdoor setting with artists and craftsmen showing their creative talents and wares. Live music, food, kids’ activities and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Boerne, Main Plaza. 210-884-8193. http:// www.boernemarketdays.com./

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Spanish Brunch at the McNay Paella & Flamenco: A celebration of Spanish art, dance, and food for the whole family. The McNay partners with Casa de España for this Sunday brunch featuring Spanish fare and a flamenco performance. Join us as we say adios to Miró: The Experience of Seeing on the last weekend of the exhibition. Featuring paella, sangria, aguas frescas, and a flamenco performance by Sonya Jimenez and Fandango Dance Troupe. Tickets include admission to Miró: To Advertise Call 305-4181

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The popular “Bodies Revealed” exhibit continues through Jan. 31 at the Witte. Visitors can learn about the body’s complex internal structure in galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, respiratory, reproductive, muscular, digestive, ner¬vous and circulatory systems.

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Miro: The Experience of Seeing features more than 50 remarkable paintings, drawings, and sculptures created by Joan Miro between 1963 and 1981. Miró: The Experience of Seeing is drawn entirely from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. The exhibition features bold, colorful, and often playful compositions that highlight the artist’s ingenuity and offers a fresh assessment of the late period of Miro’s work—something that audiences in the United States have not yet had the opportunity to explore in depth. The McNay is the only southwest venue and final stop of the exhibition’s U.S. tour. Exhibit runs through Jan. 10. Admission: $10 for adults (12-64); $5 for seniors (65+), students with I.D. (13+), and active duty military; and free for children ages 12 and younger and to all museum members. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels. 210-824-5368. www.mcnayart.org

San Antonio Botanical Garden

Wings of the City showcases eight bronze sculptures by internationally renowned Mexican Artist Jorge Marín. For the past 24 years, these contemporary sculptures have traveled throughout the world, as cultural outreach from Mexico. Public reception/opening: September 9, 5:30-7:30pm at the Botanical Garden. Exhibit runs through Feb 14. Admission: $10 adults (14-64); $8 students, seniors, military; $7 children age 3-13; free for children under 3 and all members. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. www.sabot.org

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States military and their families. The ITC has teamed with 11th grade AP History students at Brandeis High School for this latest student exhibit. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s “Our Part of Victory: Texans in World War II,” the student exhibit expands the scope of service, with profiles of Texans who served in any era. The class has produced some 25 shadow boxes, with artifacts, images and text from oral histories, citations and biographies. Among those commemorated are sniper Chris Kyle of Odessa, San Antonio native Oliver North, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower of Denison. Exhibit runs through Feb. 14. Admission: $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. 210-458-2300. www.TexanCultures.com

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Bodies Revealed features real human bodies donated for science education and then preserved, dissected, and respectfully and artistically displayed. Explore and experience the wonder of the human form in person and discover how the human body works. Learn about the body’s complex internal structure in galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, respiratory, reproductive, muscular, digestive, nervous and circulatory systems. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members, plus general admission. Exhibit runs through Jan 31. Admission: $10 for adults (12-64); $9 for seniors (65+) and active duty military; $7 for children (4-11); and free for children ages 3 and younger and to all museum members. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210-357-1900. www. wittemuseum.org To Advertise Call 305-4181


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some basic yoga moves with participating children and caregivers. Then they will walk with participants to meet the inspiration for the exercises. Open to children ages 2-6 years old. Cost per person is $7 for members and $17 for nonmembers. 10 to 10:45 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. http://www.sazoo-aq.org/ education/young-children/

Little Sprout Mondays: Program for ages 3-4 includes storytelling, kids’ crafts and hands-on explorations at the child’s pace. Early registration encouraged. $7 fee includes one adult and one child. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. 10 to 11:30 a.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-536-1412. http:// www.sabot.org/education/childrens-education/ little-sprouts/

Art Fit at SAMA: Runners of all levels can come to the museum on the second Tuesday of each month for a leisurely run or walk and a tour of the museum. Enjoy a 5-10 minute talk on fitness, a yoga stretch and a run or walk with professional coaches and runners from Run Wild Sports. Free and runners also get free admission to the museum. 6 to 7 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. https://www.samuseum.org/ calendar/events-calendar

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FREE THINGS TO DO IN SA Briscoe Western Art Museum

Free Story Time Stampede on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Explores the American West through story and art. 210 W. Market St. 210-299-4118. www.briscoemuseum.org

Downtown Tuesdays

Free parking at city facilities, restaurant deals and special events can be found downtown every Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Information is available online. www.downtowntuesday.com.

Institute of Texan Cultures ITC offers complimentary admission on the Second Sunday of every month. 210-4582300. www.texancultures.com

Inspire Community Fine Art Center

Free Family Art Day on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 200 Queen Anne Court. 210-829-5592. www. inspirefineart.org

McNay Art Museum

Free admission the first Sunday of each month from noon to 5 p.m. and every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-805-1768. www.mcnayart.org

New Braunfels Railroad Museum

Free Admission every first and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids of all ages run the train and become a junior engineer. 302 West San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830627-2447. newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org

San Antonio Museum of Art

Free admission every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org

The Alamo

Free interactive living history event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Includes live demonstrations, living history and history talks. 300 Alamo Plaza. 210-225-1391. www.thealamo.org.

The Witte Museum

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On Jan 28, the Harlem Globetrotters bring their magic to the AT&T Center as they celebrate their 90th anniversary with a world tour! Tickets range from $18-$155 and the game begins at 7 p.m.

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Art Crawl: Moms, dads and caregivers can put their babies in slings and take a walk through the museum galleries for a guided tour. Talks are geared toward adults while the art selections are chosen to engage the adults and infants 0-18 months. Free with museum admission. 10 to 10:45 a.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. https://www.samuseum.org/calendar/ event-detail?eid=6631

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Starting Out Wild-Camouflage: Learn how animals camouflage themselves through stories, songs, and hands-on fun. These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world for children ages 1-3. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or caretaker attend with each child. Most classes will take place outdoors. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family. RSVP required, e-mail nicole.mcleod@s​a​nantonio.gov. 10 to 11 a.m. Friedrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa Drive. 210-207-3782. http://www.sanaturalareas.org/ssp.html

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Dream Leaders Of San Antonio: see lead-off pg 26 Kick Childhood Cancer Soccer Clinic: The San Antonio Scorpions, the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund, sports broadcaster Glenn Davis, and Team Nico have teamed-up to host the 3rd Annual Kick Childhood Cancer Soccer Clinic. The Clinic brings together children and youth for soccer training with professional, collegiate and club coaches while raising awareness and funds to support childhood cancer research. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $55 for ages 5-18, $25 for 5 and under. Star Soccer Complex, 5103 David Edwards Drive. http://dreamweek.org/events/secondannual-kick-childhood-cancer-soccerclinic/ Winter Paws - Dog Days at the Botanical Garden: Dogs on a leash are welcome during this special weekend at the garden. Dog treats and pools of water will be available for the pups as they stroll and enjoy the seasonal décor and sights and sounds of nature in winter. $5 donation per dog To Advertise Call 305-4181

benefits local animal friendly charities. Regular admission for humans. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. http://www. sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/ NewsEvents/Events.aspx Bird Walk: Look for birds in their native habitats. An experienced guide leads this walk every third Saturday of the month. Featured birds include hummingbird, Longbilled Thrashers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Green Heron and the Common Moorhen. Take binoculars. For ages 10 and older. Participants should meet at the Carriage House. Walk is free with garden admission. 9 a.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-536-1400. http://www. sabot.org/plan-your-visit/ walks/

18 Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr. March: The signature event to San Antonio’s 12-day “Dream Week” celebration takes place downtown as marchers gather to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The march begins at the MLK Academy, proceeds down MLK Drive, and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park. At over 100,000 marchers, San Antonio typically hosts one of the largest MLK marches in the United States. 10 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 3501 Martin Luther King Drive. 210-2075093. https://www.sanantonio.gov/mlk/

20 Wednesday

SAMA Playdates: see Jan 6 Astronomy in the Park: see Jan 6

22 Friday

Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Jan 1

23 Saturday

Piratefest 2016: Meet and take pictures with the band of pirates at this one-day Big Camp Fair 2016 | www.OurKids.camp

Bang Bazaar family event. Vendors and artisans will be on hand with items ranging from the whimsical to the practical and craft classes will be offered to the public. Free. Starts at 10 a.m. with a Children’s Pirate Costume Contest at 4 p.m. Big Bang Bazaar, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd. 210-300-7237. https:// www.facebook.com/ events/947711131947566/ S.A.Fari Adventurers: Although similarly structured to the S.A.Fari Kids and S.A.Fari Explorer clubs, the new Adventurers program is designed specifically for middle and junior high students who are really interested in animals, the environment and the Zoo. Like the other programs, participants will discuss and investigate a topic, meet animals and tour the Zoo, but will also have the opportunity to talk to Zoo Experts and explore their passions and questions. This month’s topic is “Zoo Keepers, Vets and Careers”. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend regularly for a continuous learning and relationship experience. Drop-off program, adult attendance is not required. $15/members; $19/ nonmembers. 2:30 to 4 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. http://sazoo.org/education/ school-age/ Evening Adventure Tour: What really happens at the San Antonio Zoo after hours? Find out on the Zoo’s Evening Adventure Tour. During this program, you’ll find out which animals are “night owls” and which animals are “early nappers.” Participants meet an animal ambassador up close. Admission is $20 for adult members; $15 for child members; $24 for adult nonmembers; and $19 for child nonmembers. 6:30 to 8 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-7347184. http://www.sazoo.org/ education/after-dark/ Monster Jam 2016: Starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall,

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The Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) will present “Danzas de las Americas” at 7 p.m. at the Tobin Center on Jan. 31. Tickets are available for $5-$25. ten-thousand-pound machines will bring crowds to their feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. $5-$25. Sat. at 7 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Alamodome, 100 Montana St. http://www.monsterjam.com/ Events/2016/01/23/San_Antonio,_TX/

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27 Wednesday

Picture Your World: Open to youth ages 8-18, the Picture Your World weekend workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration, and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. The workshop is led by a professional photographer, Carra Garza, Program Manager, and a Master Naturalist. Participants may bring their own digital camera or one can be provided for

Looking Ahead to February

The 2016 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off on Feb. 11 and runs through Feb. 28. Also, catch Clifford The Big Red Dog Live! for the whole family at the Tobin on Feb. 19.

Monster Jam 2016: see Jan 23

SAMA Playdates: see Jan 6 Astronomy in the Park: see Jan 6

28 Thursday

Harlem Globetrotters: The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and oneof-a-kind family entertainment to thrill fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans. $18-$155. 7 p.m. AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy. http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/

29 Friday

Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Jan 1

30 Saturday

Miss Anastasia Costume Character Visit! Llama Llama: This free children’s event includes a live Miss A Costume Character, Storytime, good old-fashioned crafts and a simple snack. Free. 10:30 a.m. The Twig Book Shop, 306


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Pearl Parkway, Suite 106. 210-826-6411. http://www.thetwig.com/event/2016-01 11th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade: Enjoy live Cajun & Country music, Cajun food, gumbo cook off, costume contest, canine costume contest and much more. Saturday at noon, claim a spot on Main Street for the Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade featuring floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks and plenty of beads. Main Street, Bandera. http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/ Bandera Wild Game Dinner: All you can eat, expertly prepared wild game will be available for dine-in or take-out. $15. 4 to 7 p.m. Mansfield Park Show Barn, 2886 Texas 16 N., Bandera. 830796-3091. http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/

31 Sunday

Olate Dogs - Winners of America’s Got Talent: see lead-off pg 26 Danzas De Las Americas - YOSA Gold Series: As part of the San Antonio Symphony’s 2016 Las Americas Festival, Youth Orchestra of San Antonio presents an electrifying evening of irresistible dance music from the USA, Mexico, and Argentina. $5-$25. 7 p.m. The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-223-8624. https://www. tobincenter.org/box-office/2016-01/ danzas-de-las-americas Family Art Play: The last Sunday of every month, the McNay offers a program for families that involves looking carefully at works of art and investigating a studio or performance component afterwards. Free with museum admission. 1 and 3 p.m. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-8245368. http://www.mcnayart.org/learn/ family-programs To Advertise Call 305-4181

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