It’s ALL About the Schools…Highlighting GARLAND ISD!

Want to know more about GISD?  Read on or call me….let’s chat – 214.769.2142

Garland Independent School District
Exceptional Education
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Diverse Community
Shared Vision

About GISD: Educating 57,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th-largest in Texas, and is among the 70-largest in America. The district spans the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, yet maintains a small town, family feel. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.

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Link to District Map: http://www.garlandisd.net/about/gisdmap

Choice of School: In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org. In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

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School Meals: Choose 3-5 options for a full lunch meal: an entrée, one selections of fruit, two selections of fruit in high school, two selections of vegetables, a grain/bread which may be part of the entrée or separate, milk. Choose 3-4 options for a full breakfast meal: two entrées which is a combination of grain/breads and meat, two selections of a fruit or juice, milk.

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Parent Workshops: GISD offers workshops throughout the year with effective parenting strategies, ideas on how to get more involved and information to help your child be successful in school and in life. Past workshops have included topics such as:
• bullying
• guide to STAAR
• parent involvement
• motiving children
• cybersafety
• teen dating violence
• substance abuse
• anger management

Safety and Security: We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security cameras, controlled building access and a visitor registry system help ensure our students have a safe place to learn. Police officers are assigned to our schools to provide security, counseling and education. Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated properly to the community in a timely manner.

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For more information about GISD or anything related to Real Estate, feel free to contact me!

No Time to Work-Out? Try this….D-I-Y Home Gym

Everyone is so busy…I know it is so hard to get to the gym! Why not make a gym in your own home? This is definitely more convenient and comfortable. Also, this will save you time and money in the long run.

Not enough space for a home gym?  Call me, I can help with this too!  214.769.2142.

Tips:

  1. Pick a good space. You want to feel relaxed in this space with minimal distractions. Have a garage, basement or guest room available?
  2. Buy some wireless speakers so you can get your groove on! They also can block out other noise and keep you from getting distracted. speakers
  3. Install mirrors and good lighting. Not only do you want to see your hard work but it helps to prevent injuries by watching your technique.
  4. Flooring is key. One reason is you want to protect the floor you have from scratches and wear/tear, but also a good gym floor will help your joints when jumping and also more comfortable when on the floor stretching.full
  5. Equipment, of course. Think dumbbells? Treadmill? Stationary Bike? The options are limitless. Just decide what works for you and what can motivate you!dumbells
  6. Optional – if you are trying to lose weight you could put a scale in the room as well.scale

Don’t forget to clean your equipment regularly and remember “the best workout for you is the one that motivates you to be healthy and happy.”

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If you know me, you know I LOVE our D.FW high-rises! There’s a new Skyscraper in our future…

Downtown.

North side.

Field Street.

45 story apartment high-rise.

Will be the tallest in 3 decades!

Call us to find out more about other great Developments happening in our great Metro!  214.769.2142.

Chicago-based company, Amli Residential is the developer. They hired Austin-based architect Page Southerland Page, Inc. to be the architect. They wanted something different…not the typical glass and concrete box. “It was of the utmost importance we do something unique and different being next to I.M. Pei’s Fountain Place,” said Amli executive vice president Taylor Bowen. “We want to have one of the premier timeless buildings downtown.”

Will be the tallest building next to the 55-story Chase Tower (opened in 1987).

Design: Pointed Prism of Green Glass.

This complex will hold 367 apartments, each unit about 1,250 square feet and will take 2 years to build.

Can’t wait to see the final product!

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Article by DallasNews.

LOOK where the Dallas Metro ranks! – Top 5 Cities to Invest in Housing 2017

Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor, a North Carolina-based company that tracks more than 300 housing markets to gather data for these results. Jobs and home prices are growing in these markets. Each city listed still is predicted to grow 17% by 2020.

Call our team to find out more about our great D.FW – 214.769.2142

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Dallas takes spot #1 after being #6 in 2016.

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Jacksonville is the first of 3 Florida cities on full list of 20.

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Local Market Monitor CEO Ingo Winzer says “With a falling economy it doesn’t matter if things are good right now, they are not going to be good in a few years.”

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Prices in Seattle rose 12% last year the most of any list city.

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Despite the major rise in prices, homes here are not yet over valued.

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Dallas is still SIZZLING and if you want to buy or sell a home, call us for help!

-Cynthia & Diego Lopez @ 214.769.2142

Have plans this Memorial Weekend?

There are many things to choose from (starting today!) to celebrate this Memorial Day and weekend! Thanks to D Magazine for the ideas…

Want to know more about what is going on in our Fantastic D.FW Metro?  It’s easy – just call me:  214.769.2142

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Friday (05/26)

Tickets are sold way the heck out but you, too, can see U2 at the Death Star if you scrounge the secondary market. It’s an anniversary tour for Joshua Tree, so maybe it’s worth it.

Van Zweden conducts Elgar with the Dallas Symphony as part of the Soluna Festival. A second performance is Saturday night at the Meyerson.

Saturday (05/27) from 2-4pm

OPEN HOUSE at 7606 Azalea Lane in Dallas amazing community of Northaven Meadows! This home is perfection with a backyard oasis! Ideal for family, friends & entertaining. This mid-century modern ranch flows easily from its multiple living areas, it has a large and bright sunroom with a wet bar out onto the expansive private back lawn area. Backyard has a diving pool, half-court basketball area, multi seating areas, mature shade trees and so much more!  Click here to see video:  7606 Azalea Lane

Lupe Fiasco plays the Granada Theater.

The Thai Culture and Food Festival, which tastes, sounds, and looks better than just about every festival in Dallas, is at the Buddhist Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday (05/28)

At last, a five-year project to stage readings of Shakespeare’s entire body of work concludes with the Bard’s sonnets at the Wyly Theatre.

Drink and judge margaritas at the Margarita Meltdowncompetition in the West End.

The Mountain Goats play Trees.

Monday (05/29)

The DSO kicks out the patriotic jams before a fireworks show at Flag Pole Hill for Memorial Day.

For more to do, go here. Enjoy your long weekend!

Relocation to Dallas

The Dallas News posted an article last week about the lack of houses in the D/FW area. Why aren’t there enough houses? The answer is because dozens of corporations are moving their headquarters to North Texas. For example, Toyota is moving 250 employees a week!

Each year, D/FW will receive about 60,000 new residents. Toyota alone is bringing 4,000 of those numbers! This is why the housing market is on fire right now. Home prices have risen to unheard of levels, with such a shortage of homes as well…one of the worst in decades.

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While some find the home prices completely over-priced, some residents from the West Coast think it is a bargain.  New home builders are also happy with all the change. This has really helped their sales.

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So what about the traffic? The ones that aren’t bothered by the extra traffic is again the West Coast transfers. One person said “it’s nothing like L.A. traffic.”

Realtors like me love working with Relocation clients! I love the challenge of that short window of time to find and close on a home. It’s hard work because you are educating them on the area and answering so many questions but it is rewarding in the end. If you, a friend, or a family ever needs help selling or buying a home, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Cynthia Lopez, TLG Real Estate Advisors | Ebby Halliday Realtors

Best D-FW Festivals to Attend This Spring

Call me to find out more about what great SPRING happenings are taking place around the D.FW!  214.769.2142

D-FW is such a culture melting-pot and there so many festivals and activities celebrating everything you can imagine at any given time. The weather is nice now, not too hot yet, so how about checking out one (or two) of these festivals happening over the next few months! Here is a list of my favorite taken from D Magazine.

Dallas Book Festival & Dallas Festival of Ideas | Apr. 29 | Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Public Library – Taking place across the street from each other downtown, these symbiotic festivals have more on their mind than most. At the library’s central branch, nationally acclaimed authors (Kristin Radtke, Jef Chang, others) speak while various panels pay testament to the city’s ongoing literary renaissance. At city hall, thinkers from around the country talk about innovations in a number of fields — education, health, the arts — can be applied to better our city. The two festivals unite to hear from author Yaa Gyaasi, whose Homegoing was one of the most talked about books of 2016. You can also expect performances and other activities on the city hall plaza, including an evening show by the Polyphonic Spree. Both festivals are free.

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival | Apr. 28-30 | Quakertown Park – This long-running, free event in Denton is a testament to the city’s love affair with jazz music, with a busy lineup and seven stages of local and national performers that will knock your socks off, as well as plenty of other options for festival fun.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival | Through May 29 | Fair Grounds in Waxahachie – The Renaissance and Late Middle Ages: like Game of Thrones without the dragons. The jousting, turkey legs, Renaissance dress-up, and mermaids (yes, mermaids) stick around every weekend through the end of May.

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ChocolateFest | May 5 & 6 | Grapevine Convention Center – If the name hasn’t already done it for you, know that North Texas chocolate-makers dish their best wares on both days. Wine and art help sweeten the deal.

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Texas Frightmare Weekend | May 5-7 | Hyatt Regency DFW Airport – The massive horror convention boasts a number of celebrity guests: famed director Dario Argento (Suspiria), actor Freddie Highmore, wrestler Sting. It also has movie screenings (The Shining, The Thing), lots of terrifying vendors, and panels on horror movie filmmaking.

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Off the Rails Country Music Fest | May 6 & 7 | Toyota Stadium – Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and all the other popular country musicians you can handle at this Southern-certified blowout in Frisco.

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Bugs and Brews | May 6 | The Granada Theater’s Parking Lot – The music (Big Ass Brass Band and Freeloaders, among others) conspires to set a New Orleans vibe, as does the spread: chow down on all the crawfish you can handle here.

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Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival | May 19-21 | Galatyn Park – The family-friendly Richardson festival has The B-52s on Friday, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, and Shooter Jennings on Sunday. More live music, art displays, and tons of carnival-ish food and fun are all weekend.

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Thai Culture & Food Festival | May 27 & 28 | The Buddhist Center of Dallas – Visit the inspiring Buddhist temple, watch Thai dancers and other authentic performances, and feast to your heart’s content after selecting a mix of eats from the food bazaar.

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Dallas Margarita Meltdown | May 28 | West End – North Texas’ best purveyors of the margarita sling their beverages in the most important competition of the summer. Tequila lovers are the default winners.

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A-Kon | June 8-11 | Fort Worth Convention Center – The 28th edition of this storied anime convention, billed as the oldest in the U.S., moves out to Fort Worth, where you’ll find just as many cosplayers, anime nuts, and celebrity guests as ever.

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Thanks to D Magazine for always having the best articles, stories and information to read!