Since DISD students are out of school this week, we wanted to provide a way for kids to get outside and give back to the community as a lead up to Thanksgiving.
We are partnering with the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks (FOCP) for a work day on a very beautiful trail in the Kiest Conservation Area. Read more about Kiest Park Conservation Area here → www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org/kiest-park-conservation-a
FOCP is a volunteer organization. We'll be carrying out sticks and brush, as well as picking up trash. FOCP will provide trash grippers to help with trash.
The holiday season is a joyous part of the year when we often spend time with our littles and extended family. With all the excitement, sometimes we become overwhelmed.
Occupational Therapist Melissa Weis teach the basics about our body's sensory system with some simple strategies to use this holiday season to help your kids (and you) keep calm.
☕️ Donuts and coffee provided by Oak Cliff Pediatrics
Be sure and check out our Facebook page to sign up for tickets.
Choosing a school for your child seems to be a lot more complicated than it used to be, right? After a short presentation, Oak Cliff parents will be on hand to share their experiences at a variety of DISD schools. If you are a parent who wants to share your experiences, we’d love to highlight your perspective; please contact us at presROC1@gmail.com (Amanda Reiter).
Snacks and babysitter will be available at no extra cost.
DISD District 7 trustee Ben Mackey will be there as well as representative from DISD’s Office of Innovation and Transformation and representatives from the Early Childhood Department (pre-k3 and pre-k4).
It would great to have all District 7 schools represented. I hope to have parents/guardians from the following schools participate:
Hogg (requested a representative)
Reagan (requested a representative)
Rosemont (requested a representative)
Stevens Park (requested a representative)
Winnetka (requested a representative)
I also hope to have parents/guardians who have sent their kids to the following schools
Dealey Montessori (requested a representative)
Harry Stone Montessori (requested a representative)
Hernandez Montessori (requested a representative)
Personalized Learning Prep at Sam Houston Elementary (requested a representative)
Solar Prep for Boys (requested a representative)
Solar Prep for Girls (requested a representative)
Raising Oak Cliff is excited to participate in this year’s North Texas Giving Day on September 19. Donations may be made as early as Sept. 9 at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/raisingoakcliff. With your help, we can continue to offer family-focused community programing for the Oak Cliff community and support DISD District 7 schools.
In Raising Oak Cliff’s inaugural year, we launched the ROC School Grant Program and awarded $6,000 to DISD District 7 Schools. We also hosted many community events, including a School Choice Parent Forum to help parents navigate school options, a Grant Writing Workshop for educators and parents, and GLOW CLIFF, a community dance party and fundraiser and many more.
With your support, we can continue to grow Raising Oak Cliff and do more for our children, parents and schools! Thank you!
Come meet other North Oak Cliff families with littles who aren’t quite ready for school. Davis Street has a few toys, but feel free to bring things to share. And we’ll let the kids explore the bus out back if it isn’t too crazy hot.
And yes, there is still construction going on, so make sure you park in the back.
Raising Oak Cliff invites you to our first annual fundraiser, GLOW CLIFF, a neon glowing dance party and dinner for kids and adults. It will be a night of fun for the whole family, including DJ-spun tunes, craft beer from a local brewery, wine, complete dinner and dessert, plus loads of GLOW fun for the kids. Ticket proceeds will go toward raising money for neighborhood public schools through a grant application process administered by ROC in the coming months and funding ROC community programming, such as the January Education Forum for Parents, our April Grant Writing Workshop, and more.
Looking to raise funds for your organization but don’t know where to start? Grant writing can feel overwhelming. Dr. Harriet Boorhem, president of Harriet Boorhem Consulting, will simplify the process and share tips and tricks for writing successful grants to benefit your local school or organization.
See you in the Sunset High School Library!
Christmas was so 4 months ago. Do you have toys or books sitting around the house that aren’t getting used? Bring them to our toy exchange! Do you have too many toys? Any items that aren’t selected will be donated to a local charity.
No fee to enter.
Please no children.
Bring a toy/book, take a toy/book home.
Drop off items prior to the event at 816 N. Windomere Ave., in King’s Highway. When you drop off, you’ll receive a ticket for each item dropped off. If you can, please drop off items in the morning.
Are you researching preschools for your little one? Spend some time with us at the Wild Earth Preschool at the Dallas Zoo, an educational program in its first year for children ages 3 to 5 years old. The teachers and staff will showcase its classrooms that have nature-based sensory play, art, STEM, blocks and dramatic play. There might also be small-animal presentation!
Choosing a school for your child seems to be a lot more complicated than it used to be, right? Join us for a parent-led conversation with fellow Oak Cliff families who will share their experiences at a variety of area schools. If you are a parent who wants to share your experiences, we’d love to highlight your perspective; please contact us at secretaryROC@gmail.com (Amanda Reiter). A representative from DISD will be available to answer any questions about navigating the DISD landscape.
As of Saturday, here are the schools that will be represented by parents:
The Kessler School
Personalized Learning Prep at Sam Houston Elementary
Solar Prep for Boys
Solar Prep for Girls
Winnetka Elementary School
Please join us for an Oak Cliff Polar Express ride on the Dallas Street Car. We will meet at the Bishop Arts Station near Zang and 7th to board the street car. We would like to board the 6:28 p.m. street car; this was a popular event last year, so we'll likely take the next train, too, which is scheduled to leave at 7:08 p.m. Because we are dependent on the street car schedule, it is important to be on time. We suggest getting to the station at 6:15 or by 7 p.m. for the second train to meet up with the group.
We will read stories on the train in both English and Spanish along with other holiday festivities. We hope you can join us for this fun holiday experience!
Join us for a morning of holiday cookie decorating and merriment! Children of all ages are welcome to participate in this free community event. We will be collecting gift cards and new toys for the teens and kids of Dallas CASA. Dallas CASA is a network of court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children in protective care. Let’s help to make their holiday season a merry one.
Sidney Lanier is located in the neighborhood behind Smoke Barbecue. At Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, our mission is to nurture our students, enabling them to achieve at a rigorous level academically, and to gain an understanding and appreciation for the arts.
The school will present The Nutcracker, a theatre, dance and art show.
Performances are 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The open house is 5-7:30 p.m.
Grade Levels: PK-5
Special Programs: Two-Way Dual Language, Arts Magnet
DISD launched Solar Prep for Boys at John F Kennedy Learning Center in fall 2018.
This campus currently serves children in pre-K to second grade and will expand one grade level each year up to eighth grade. Half the seats at Solar Prep are available to young men from across the city, and half are reserved for boys who live in the school attendance zone.
Raising Oak Cliff in collaboration with Oil and Cotton is offering a free event during Thanksgiving break. Come explore a new outdoor art space — Sweetpass Sculpture Park — a one-acre lot located two doors down from the Erin Cluley gallery. The park's normal hours are Saturday afternoons and by appointment only, so come check out this special event for those interested in being involved in Raising Oak Cliff.
The Oak Cliff-based art studio Oil and Cotton will provide a hands-on art activity.
The space is fairly wide open with a few art installations; feel free to bring a blanket. ROC will provide some snacks.
To see upcoming holiday camps at Oil and Cotton, visit: http://www.oilandcotton.com/all-workshops-and-classes?category=Kid%20Art%20Camps
Are you looking for something to do the week of Thanksgiving? Moms & Littles typically gather on Thursday mornings, but because of the holiday schedule, it has changed the day to Monday for this week only.
From the Facebook page: Bring your littles ages 5 and under and let them play while you enjoy a cup of coffee and community with fellow moms!
This gathering is hosted by Trinity Church Oak Cliff, which meets inside the Kessler Baptist Church. If you have any questions, check out the Facebook page.
To prepare all children for life-long learning through the Montessori and International Baccalaureate philosophies, fostering individual responsibility, mutual respect, self-discipline, and a passion for excellence in order to become compassionate, global citizens.
Grade Levels: PK-8
Pre-K3 through second grade.
Our guiding principle is learning through play and meaningful interactions.
The staff benefits from a partnership with Momentous Institute, which provides training on best practices to support our students’ social emotional learning.
The mission of George Bannerman Dealey is to provide an exemplary education that develops and empowers all students to become productive citizens in our global society.
Montessori: PK - 6
International Academy: 7-8
Eduardo Mata Montessori is DISD’s first Montessori School of Choice. As a transformation school, Mata offers the academic rigor of a magnet school to all students without admission barriers regardless of previous performance on standardized tests.
Serves Pre-K through sixth grade, with plans to expand to eighth grade by 2020.
Anna Kim, a Trust Based Relational Intervention practitioner at the Lifeologie Institute, will lead a discussion on how to create better trust with our children in order to improve their behavior. Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) uses empowering principals to address children’s physical needs and attachment needs, while correcting fear-based behaviors.