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Registration Dates For Pre-K and Kinder Moved Up; Grab A Seat Now!ISubmitted By NISDn order to better serve our students and community, registration for the youngest students in Northside ISD isbeing moved to January 2019.Priority registration for current NISD runsfrom Jan. 7 – Feb. 1, 2019.Pre-Kinder pre-registration andKindergarten Roundup will be held Jan. 22 - Feb. 1 at your neighborhood campus. Pre-Kindergarten“What sets Northside’s Pre-Kinder program apart from other programs is the high quality of our staff and facilities,” says Tai-Nina Castaneda, instructional specialist for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs at NISD. “We teach a concept- based curriculum tailored to four-year-olds.”In Pre-K, students develop oral language and vocabulary skills, identify the letters of the alphabet, and develop critical phonological awareness skills and begin to learn foundational math and science skills. Children learn to interact with others and form relationships with fellow students and staff at the school which allows for an easier transition into Kindergarten the following year.In Texas, Pre-K is not a required grade; however, NISD offers half-day classes for children who are four years old on or before September 1 and meet certain criteria. To view the criteria go to prekinder.By Rhonda FayMost Insurances ACCEPTEDJoanna Ayala, DMD Board Certified Pediatric Dentist11590 Galm Rd #105, San Antonio, TX 78251 210-672-4200This year marks the 11th annual live Nativity re-enactment “Journey to Bethlehem” – a gift to the community of Helotes and San Antonio.It all began when Susan Flores, a member of Helotes Hills United Methodist Church, moved into the area from Galveston. She brought a vision of sharing the Christmas story in a way that young and old could enjoy, one that her previous church had done many times - something that was not just a drive-through, or a static set, but something a bit more interactive. After a couple of years, the idea took root with the new pastor at HHUMC and the “Journey to Bethlehem” was born!The HHUMC entire congregation (along with Troop 401 Scouts) pitched in to create sets and costumes. They wanted this Journey to be a fun time, in addition to celebrating the Christmas story, so a sing- along of carols was held before the Journey began. Then, they hosted a hot chocolate and cookie social time afterwards.In 2013, James Lee began approaching different churches in Helotes about having a community Nativity and was pleased to learn that HHUMC had been hosting one. His focus immediately changed, and together with HHUMC, they began working to make the Journey a bigger, more inclusive event. All churches in the Helotes area were invited to participate. Forest Hills Presbyterian and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints accepted the invitation!The Gardens at Old Town Helotes was gracious enough to allow the Journey to move to their location and helped to host the event for two years before popularity became too great. In 2015, the venue was changed to the center of Old Town Helotes to accommodate more participants.This wonderful, Christmas tradition continues in 2018 with two Journeys – 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. We hope you will join us in Old Town Helotes Circle!10 www.heloteshighlights.comDecember/January 18 -19

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