Community Update: October 20, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dear Advanced Learning Academy Families,

Under the leadership of Chrissy Leal, a new teacher at ALA, we are launching Out & About Family Field Trips, a monthly program to further build connections across the ALA community to promote civic and volunteer engagement in San Antonio. We will be sharing details about free or low cost weekend family field trips and volunteer opportunities through SeeSaw and through our community updates.  Families may reach out to Mrs. Chrissy at with questions and/or to share any ideas about possible events!

As we prepare to graduate our 2nd class at ALA, our seniors have been working hard on their college application process and some still need to complete their FAFSA. Families may stop by room 320 from 5:30-7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22nd, to complete their financial aid for college. Families need to bring their 2018 tax returns and W-2s. Please remember, that some financial aid is awarded on a first come first serve basis, so the earlier we can complete their FAFSA the better! To get more information, please contact our College Bound Advisor, Faith Byrne, at

On Wednesday, October 23rd,  ALA at Fox Tech our 8th and 9th grade students take the PSAT Preliminary SAT test. The PSAT test is designed to help students understand their readiness for taking the SAT exam during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. Junior year PSAT scores are also used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to select next year’s National Merit Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars, both distinctions that can earn students valuable scholarship dollars for college. We, along with all of SAISD, are committed to opening doors to higher education for every student in our community.

We have two exciting exhibitions at ALA this week. On Thursday, October 24th, our 8th-12th grade art students under the leadership of Galen McQuillen, invite you to the ALA Art Fashion Show from 5:30-7:00pm in the fine arts/music building. Students created wearable pieces of art commenting on a particular issue or telling an interesting story. Families are invited to see how their designs evolve and stay for the runway presentation at 6:30pm.

The following day, on Friday, October 25th, we will end the school week with the Hey, Little Ant PBL Exhibition” at our Euclid campus. Our 2nd and 3rd grade families are invited to view the exhibition and eat a picnic lunch on the playground with their child to discuss student research and view displays exploring the projects driving question: How can we, as scientists, observe and communicate whether or not certain species of  ants are of value to our community? Below is Friday’s lunch schedule. Lunches may be tray lunches bought in the cafeteria or brought from home.

Village A: Hallway exhibition: 11:00-11:20      Picnic lunch: 11:20-11:50

Village B: Hallway exhibition: 11:35-11:55       Picnic lunch: 11:55-12:25

Village C: Hallway exhibition: 10:25-10:45      Picnic lunch: 10:45-11:15

On Saturday, October 26th, our 8th, 9th and 10th grade students are invited to an Academic Saturday School to work with teachers from 9am to noon in support of upcoming work deadlines.

The 7th grade asked me to share this letter about our our annual 7th grade trip to H-E-Butt Foundation Outdoor School in Leakey, Texas, from December 4th-6th. We want to remind families who were unable to attend the “Stories That Shape Us” exhibition last wee,k that the trip permission slip is being sent home with students and needs to be returned no later than Friday, October 25th.

Looking ahead, please save the date for our 4th Annual Fall Festival on Friday, November 22nd at our Euclid Campus.  Once again, we will also be hosting Thanksgiving Luncheons at ALA Euclid and ALA FT the week before the holiday.  More details will be shared about both of these November events via SeeSaw and the weekly community update.

Have a wonderful week!


Kathy Bieser


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