Community Update: September 29, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Dear Advanced Learning Academy Families,

After a successful financial aid night last week, our College Bound Advisor, Faith Byrne will be hosting a Senior FAFSA Completion Night on Thursday, October 3rd, from 5:30-7:00pm in the Go Center on the 1st floor mall.  Seniors and their families will be able to complete their FAFSA with the assistance of the school.  Some financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis making the early completion of the FAFSA a critical first step.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Faith Byrne at

On Friday, October 4th, our K/1 students will take a field trip to the Texas Transportation Museum to view different modes of transportation from the past and present to supplement their current Transportation PBL. We know the students are looking forward to the field trip, and we look forward to hearing about all they learn.  

One of ALA’s unique offerings are Wonder Courses that occur every Friday for many of our ALA FT students.  A Wonder Course is similar to a special topics course in college built around teacher expertise and/or student interest.  Currently, many of our 8th-12th students are enrolled in the Running For a Cause Wonder Course focused on personal fitness, goal setting and contributions to the community.  Most Friday afternoons, students gather to train for various walks/ runs throughout the city.  The first walk/run will be in support of one of our students, Warren, who is battling epilepsy. The Running For a Cause students, Warren and his family invite the ALA community to join his team, Warren’s Warriors, at the  Walk to END Epilepsy on November 2, 2019, at the San Antonio Zoo. The registration fee is $15 and includes admission to the Zoo for the entire day. If you can’t make it the day of, please consider sleeping in for a cause and helping us earn the largest team award.  

On October 10th at 6:30-8:30pm, the theatre department will be hosting a showcase and fundraiser to support their productions and upcoming trips to Houston and Dallas.   Here is a flyer for the Ramen Night dinner and showcase performances in the ALA theatre!  Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door only. Please contact, or if you have ANY questions.   

As a reminder, Monday, October 7th, is Fall Break and for SAISD students and staff.  Here is the ALA 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar for your reference. 


Have a wonderful week!


Kathy Bieser 

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