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Get Ready for School Year 2018/2019 with Free Services and School Supplies

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Get Ready—-Harmony Exploration School Supply Lists Are Here!

The Harmony Exploration School Supply List for Every Grade Level is Below

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Summer Fun Inside or Outside- High Tea Time Exploration Style

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Harmony Exploration Architects Inspire with Tinitopia

The Lines and Designs

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Harmony Exploration Architects Are Inspiring

Architecture Tells A City’s Story

A walking tour is a reat way to learn the history of an area. In Houston there are walking tours in many neighborhoods. Grab a water bottle and enjoy learning in MOTION!!

ArCH WalkingTours

Saturdays (10am) & Thursdays (6pm), September thru May

Reservations are recommended but not required for walking tours. Reservations are required for bicycle tours. Limited attendees per tour. Tours depart promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive early to allow time for check-in and parking. Weather permitting. Tours will take place in moderate rain. Pets are strongly discouraged and are not allowed inside buildings on tours.

$10
$5 for AIA Houston members
$5 for architecture students with current ID

Cash and check only at the tour. 
Credit card payments accepted online with advance registration. For more information contact mat@aiahouston.org or 713-520-0155.

Neighborhood walking tours explore the architecture, design and history of Houston’s urban landscape. Each two hour tour is led by an enthusiastic ArCH trained docent. Tours take place Saturday mornings at 10 AM and select Thursday evenings at 6 PM, September through May. Detailed descriptions of each tour are linked through the menu at the base of the banner image on this page.  Upcoming tours are listed on the bottom left of this page. A complete listing of our tours & public programs can be viewed in our online calendar.

We also offer special group tours for corporations, community groups, students, and conferences. If you are interested in a special group tour, would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any other questions, please contact Mat Wolff, mat@aiahouston.org or 713-520-0155.

Please contact Mat Wolff at 713-520-0155 or mat@aiahouston.org if you would like to learn more about becoming a ArCH Walking or Bicycle Tour Docent.

Houston Public Library Reading List- Relax and Read!!!

Houston Public Library Has Wonderful Books for Readers of ALL Ages!!

 

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Free or Affordable Ways of Staying Cool in Houston During the Dog Days of Summer

10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in Houston

By Vicki PowersFolks who live in and visit Houston know the summers can be brutal. We don’t get too many days over 100◦ like our Dallas neighbors, but the humidity kicks the temps into high gear. We can all use ideas for ways to beat the summer heat in Houston!

Houston has been dubbed the “most air-conditioned city in the nation,” (though it’s hard to prove) – with 95 percent of the homes having some form of A/C in 1980. Locals know to carry a sweater all summer for the freezing restaurants, malls, and theaters running air conditioning at full force!

Stay cool in the Houston heat with a few of these ideas:

Stay Cool in a Pool, Beach or Sprayground

Houston Parks & Recreation Department offers free access to 37 community pools and 24 spraygrounds. Pools are open from 1 pm – 8 pm Tuesday through Sunday from Memorial Day through mid-August. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Get fit and cool at the same time, thanks to free water fitness classes offered by City of Houston. These are limited to 20 folks per class. Aqua shoes, towel and water bottle are recommended.

Stay Cool in Houston_Beat Summer Heat
Photo credit: Quillian Recreation Center

Noah’s Ark Pool, operated by First United Methodist Church’s Quillian Center, is a big hit for young families with toddlers, pre-K and early elementary-aged kids. This West Houston facility has an ark and animals in the shallow pool with slides, mushroom water drop, and sprays from the animals. The area also includes a large swimming pool, outdoor basketball pavilion, indoor climbing wall, and gymnasium. Admission is $7 and includes swimming in both pools. Pack a picnic lunch and eat outside the gates at picnic tables to save some money! Or cheap concessions are available including hot dogs and pizza.

Stay Caool in Houston During Summer_Beat the heat
Photo credit: Discovery Green

Discovery Green’s Gateway Fountain offers free water fun right in downtown Houston at this 12-acre urban park. Kids love to keep cool with the 14-ft high arcing jets. Fountain hours are noon – 7 pm Monday and 9 am – 7 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Note: swim diapers are required for toddlers. These are available for purchase in the park office, if needed.

Stay Cool in Houston_ Beat the Heat in Galveston Beach
Photo credit: Galveston Chamber of Commerce – Vadim Troshkin

Take a day trip to Galveston Beachon the Gulf of Mexico, about an hour from downtown. The coastal winds can offer a nice breeze even though the water temperature isn’t always very cool! There are many things to do for free including playing on the beach, viewing the Victorian architecture, walking the Historic Strand of shops and restaurants, watching the sunset, fishing, or catching a free family movie or concert at Saengerfest Park. One of the most popular things for Galveston tourists is the free 20-minute ride on the Bolivar Ferry where you can often spot dolphins! Galveston Island State Park is just $5 per person with many options for free and cheap fun.

Keep Cool with Ice

Memorial City Mall offers a chilly escape on the ice rink called Ice Skate USA. Public skating is available seven days a week. Admission is $14. Memorial City Mall is located at 303 Memorial City Way.

Keep Cool in Houston_Beat the Heat in Summer at Ice Galleria
Photo credit: Ice Galleria

Houston Galleria’s Ice at the Galleria offers public skating every day for $15 admission and skate rental. The Galleria is located at 5015 Westheimer.

The Aerodrome, where the former Houston Aeros often practiced, is another indoor skating complex perfect to stay cool. Public skating is available for $12 for admission and skate rental. Public skate hours are limited from around 11:50 am – 3:10 pm weekdays around skating lessons and practices.

Beat the Heat Indoors

Catch a Houston Astros game this summer and take advantage of some of their discount promotions: Double Tuesday, $1 Hot Dog Wednesday, Kroger Family Sunday, Coca-Cola Value Days, and Big & Bright Friday Nights. The Astros play downtown at Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford Street.

Enjoy seven museums for free each Thursday in Houston’s Museum District. Plan a special day and hit the highlights of the Houston Museum District – for free!

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Children’s Museum of Houston: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: 10 am – 9 pm
  • The Health Museum: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Holocaust Museum Houston: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Houston Museum of African American Culture: 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: 1 pm – 5 pm

Explore the Downtown Tunnel System, an often well-kept secret in Houston for folks who don’t work downtown. The seven-mile tunnel that dates to the 1930s features underground passageways that connect 80 buildings to government offices, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, banks, corporations and the Theater District. During business hours, head up to Chase Tower’s Sky Lobby on the 60th floor for a view of Uptown Houston and Memorial City Mall. The tunnel is open during business hours Monday – Friday. Explore this interactive map from Houston Downtown Management District.

Reprinted from Houston on the Cheap by Vicki Powers

Important Announcement

Due to STAAR testing all clubs and tutorials will be cancelled from Monday, April 9th – Friday, April 13th. All students should be picked up no later than 4pm, unless they are enrolled in Zenith Afterschool program.     

Saturday tutorials will still take place.

Debido a las pruebas de STAAR, todos los clubes y tutorias se cancelarán desde el lunes 9 de abril hasta el viernes 13 de abril. Todos los estudiantes deben ser recogidos a más tardar a las 4 PM, a menos que estén inscritos en el programa Zenith Afterschool.

Las tutorias de los sábados todavía tendrán lugar.

Urgent Announcement!

Dear parents;

All three campuses in our area is closed due to no water.

Please come and pick up your children.

School will be open on Monday, April 9.

 

Playground is closed!

Dear parents, school playground is closed due to maintenance.

Students will go to other locations around the building for recess until the playground is ready. 

Campus Improvement Plan Meeting

Dears parents please join us on Wednesday, April 4th at 8am to learn about our  for next school year. Your input is valuable and an important part of our planning process. Please contact April Kitchens at akitchens@harmonytx.org to rsvp.

School Supplies

Harmony School of Exploration is offering the EduKit School Supply program as a convenient and cost-effective option for busy families to order school supply kits for the 2018/2019 year.

EduKits are custom made for our school and contain everything that our students need to start the year off right!

Your child’s EduKit will be available to pick up at Back-To-School Night.

Extended online ordering is available through EduKit’s Last Chance program June 16 – July 20. Last Chance orders are subject to an additional fee and will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins.

This is not a fundraiser. We are offering EduKit as a time and money saving service to our families.

REMINDER: Order kits for the grade your child(ren) will be entering in the 2018/2019 school year.

Order Now!

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April Breakfast Menu
April Lunch Menu

Popsicle Bridge Competition

Attention 3rd-5th Grade Tiger Cub Parents:

Our Popsicle Bridge Competition is scheduled for April 27th, 2018. This competition is a fun way, for tiger cubs in grades 3-5, to show off their creativity and design skills. Any tiger cub in grades 3-5 can enter the competition and the supplies to build a bridge can easily be found for under $5. A flyer with information on the competition requirements will be sent home soon.
If you would like more information or have any questions, please feel free to join us on Wednesday, March 28th from 4:30 pm-5:00 pm in our cafeteria. We will have staff on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Your attendance at the information session IS NOT required for your child to enter a bridge in the competition.

Free Dress Day on Wednesday, March 28

Dear Parents;

Students have earned a free dress day on Wednesday, March 28th.

This is a gift to our students and staff for today’s great performance during Active Shooter and Fire Drills.

No School on Friday, March 30th

There will be no school this Friday, March 30, 2018.

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