I have lived in San Antonio for over ten years, and I am just now beginning to feel like I truly live here. Since starting at KLRN, I have had the opportunity to visit parts of the city I had never been to before. Like many students in your classrooms, I had not gone outside of my own neighborhood often to see what this city had to offer. I have only been to one Fiesta event and that is only because it is held at the university where I went to school.
Every April, the city of San Antonio starts buzzing with all the fun of Fiesta. This eleven day event takes our fair city by storm with numerous events that can be enjoyed by all. Students will come into your classroom talking about the carnival, the parades and the delicious foods (can you say Chicken-on-a-Stick) that they will enjoy during this time. However, many students do not know the origins of this city-wide celebration. Here is a brief history lesson.
In 1891 a group of San Antonians decided to pay homage to the heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and the Alamo. The first parade consisted of horse-drawn carriages decorated with fresh flowers, and the people watching would throw flowers at the floats to symbolize a battle. This parade was such a success that within in a few years more events and a royal court were added to the celebration.
Fiesta San Antonio is a wonderful time not only to celebrate our city’s heroes, but also our fair community. There are many things to do and explore in San Antonio beyond the Alamo--there are four other missions to discover: San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, and Espada. Challenge your students to explore the history and sights of San Antonio.
If your students have Fiesta plans, there is little you can do to keep their attention as their minds wander to the fun that will be had. So why not take a few moments from all the hustle and bustle of TAKS and district assessments/benchmarks this month and include Fiesta San Antonio into your daily routine for those eleven days? Have your students write about their favorite Fiesta event before the festivities begin. Or, begin your day with a Fiesta Fun Fact to teach them about the history of Fiesta.
This April, I will be going out and exploring the new San Antonio River Walk expansion as well as some of our city’s parks. Take time to enjoy the lovely spring weather and all that San Antonio has to offer. Ask your students to do the same and allow them to see why we are one of the favorite destinations for visitors from around the United States. Let us all take time this month to celebrate our community.
How will you incorporate Fiesta San Antonio in your classroom?
(Grades 7-12) Café College: Your Future Is Brewing
Thurs., April 28 at 8:00 PM
Café College: Your Future is Brewing is an hour your students can’t afford to miss. Taped at Café College, the program addresses frequently asked questions about college admissions, financial aid, college applications, SAT and ACT preparation as well as campus life. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives from participating institutions of higher learning tackle need-to-know questions about getting into and paying for college, while current college students answer questions about campus life.
Thank you to our sponsors: Alamo Colleges, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Federal Credit Union, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word, and University of Texas at San Antonio. Also, a special thanks to our co-hosts, Chuck Cureau and Karen Grace, and to Eyra Perez and all the folks at Café College!
(Grades K-12) Fiesta Parades
Texas Cavaliers River Parade - April 11, 7:30 PM
Battle of Flowers Parade - April 15, 1:00 PM
Fiesta Flambeau Parade - April 16, 8:00 PM
This year, the Fiesta Parades return to KLRN. William Moll, President of KLRN-TV, said, “KLRN is proud to be designated “The Official Television Station of Fiesta.” It is our goal to bring more unique local television programming to our viewers. And there is nothing more central to the life and culture of San Antonio than Fiesta. We’re grateful to the San Antonio Fiesta Commission for their confidence in us to deliver all three parades in glorious High Definition – for the first time ever! Tens-of-thousands throughout San Antonio and South Central Texas – from Laredo to Kerrville - from Del Rio to Victoria – and everywhere in between - will be able to enjoy Fiesta and see it all commercial free. Viva Fiesta!”
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Use these KLRN Connect clips as you celebrate “community” in your classroom. Note: You will be prompted to log-in when you click the links below.
(Grades K-2) A Segment of: Unity in a Community: The Ant Show
A wise ant from the classroom ant farm speaks to an unruly class about the value of a community that works together.
(Grades 3-5) A Segment of: City, Suburb, and Rural Communities
City, suburban and rural communities are each defined and shown briefly in relationship to each other.
(Grades 6-8) A Segment of: Enviro-Tracklebox:Module 03: Topics and Issues in Environmental Science: Spin on Sprawl
Celebration, Florida, is a planned community that protects natural habitats while taking into account human needs.
(Grades 9-12) A Segment of: Build it Bigger: Rebuilding Greensburg: Rays of Sunshine For entrepreneurs like Scott Reinecke, the business incubator will not only draw new commercial interest to Greensburg, but also reignite a sense of community that was lost after the tornado.
Every Day is Earth Day (K-2)
Identify the importance of Earth Day and learn how individuals and communities can affect the environment. Create a plan for a community garden and understand the basics of how plants grow and thrive.
City, County, Community (3-5)
Identify features and characteristics of a desirable community, and examine city government, services and location. Create two brochures: one about a randomly selected city, one about the students' own city.
Community Organizations (6-8)
Learn about the democratic process as it relates to community organizing. Investigate a community problem and decide what the government would need to do to resolve the problem.
In the Community: Honoring Those Among Us (9-12)
Explore local heroes and define valor within the context of community service, including heroism and voluntarism. Design and establish an annual civic award for community members that honors an outstanding act of public service.
This Month’s Activity Pack: Earth Day
Explore educational resources and activities from PBS Teachers with Activity Packs. Each one focuses on a curricular theme and includes links to great PBS resources and supplemental activities. In the Earth Day Activity Pack, your students will learn that every day is Earth Day if we take care of our planet, make wise decisions about legislation and solve local environmental problems. When our community comes together to bring awareness to the conservation of our planet, we can help make a difference. This is a wonderful resource for teachers, parents and students alike.
PBS TeacherLine—Online Learning for Teachers
PBS TeacherLine online courses are approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and count towards required CPE hours. You can take our free, two-hour orientation course, Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine, to prepare for online learning. Enter the course through your My Courses page. In order to take the free orientation course, you must first join PBS TeacherLine. Join for free
2nd Annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
The deadline for our 2nd Annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is quickly approaching! Open to students in K-3rd grade, the contest makes a terrific way to promote and practice writing in your classroom! Your students can submit their stories for judging, and a chance to win some great prizes, including Laptop Computers, Reader’s Tablets, and Digital Cameras! Plus, everyone who enters gets a Certificate of Achievement and is invited to our “Celebration of Young Writers” family event in May. Click here to download our helpful Writer’s Guide. Hurry! Contest ends April 27.
Special thanks to John and Cheryl Vollmer for generously donating this year’s 1st Place laptop computers and to the Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust for their support of the contest. Click here to learn more or call 210.270.9000.
Kids Day in the Park
Be sure your young students know about our upcoming Kids’ Day in the Park event—with Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby! This free family event is Sat., April 9 from 10AM-2PM at San Pedro Springs Park (1315 San Pedro). There will be lots of activity booths, giveaways, and entertainment. Click here to learn more or call 210. 270.9000.