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Great Kids! pg 18

Holiday Gift Guide pg 8 Distance Learning Health Tips pg 14

Calendar pg 21

Help Your Kids Stay Healthy While Learning Remotely

Young Scientist pg 26 Kids’ Crossword pg 27

Enhancing Virtual Learning w/Music pg 24

Kids Art pg 28

Best Genres, Tips & Advice

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Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs pg 32

Let’s Draw pg 31

Cover Story My name is D'Shawn Velasquez and I love making art. I go to school at Algodones Elementary. I am in third grade. Art makes me feel good and relaxes me. I work hard to make art for other people to enjoy. I painted this picture of Pegasus while we were studying “Art Through the Ages" in my art class with Mrs. Patti Ball. It was fun using all the different colors in my painting. I wish I had a Pegasus. It would be fun to fly around on him.

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Holiday Gift Guide By KAY SNYDER Lullabies by Dave Brubeck (all ages) This just-released final solo recording from the late legendary jazz pianist includes a multi-generational collection of beloved childhood melodies along with original songs. Released by Verve Records, the album showcases Brubeck’s signature improvisational style. He recorded this collection at age 91 as a gift to his grandchildren. The set contains covers and originals that will appeal to existing jazz and Brubeck fans, as well as the entire family. At the time of the recording, Brubeck said, “I hope the littlest ones will respond to this music, and that parents and grandparents will enjoy it as well.” $25 at ververecords.com or davebrubeck.com. Dimpl Wobbl (babies) The Dimpl Wobbl from Fat Brain Toys combines the soft silicone and satisfying button popping of other Dimpl baby toys with the fun of making the toy wobble, twist and twirl. The bumpy texture also is soothing for teething babies to chew on. $12.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe. Oombee Ball (babies) This toy is a puzzle and a nesting toy in one. The Oombee Ball consists of four tethered balls, each with textured lines, swirls or dots. Babies can open up the balls and fit them inside one another. Great for developing fine motor skills and spatial reasoning. $24.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe. Rock ‘n Roller Piano (10 months to 2 years) New from Fat Brain toys, the Rock ‘n Roller Piano encourages babies to make music by using a mallet to hit the xylophone side of the toy. Babies can then flip the toy over and turn the wheels to make even more beautiful sounds. There is even a convenient place to store the mallet when baby’s not playing. $29.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe.

Topper Takes a Trip (2 years and older) With this game, children develop their problem-solving and social/emotional skills by helping Topper the Dog pack for a trip. Game includes destination cards, packing lists, packing pieces, parent guide and instructions. Topper Takes a Trip comes in a cute suitcaseshaped box that children might like to play with separately. $18.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe. Nee Doh: The Groovy Glob (3 years and older) Nee Doh is a stress ball that has a unique jelly-like filling that makes it satisfying to squeeze, squish or throw. This glob contains no BPA, phthalates or latex. Its small size makes it a great stocking stuffer. $3.95 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Face Masks (3 years and older) Wearing a face mask is more fun when they look this cute. There are many designs – and adorable characters – to choose from. $8.95 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. ¡Olé!: The Southwest Version of Mexican Bingo (3 years and older) This game by New Mexico native Gail Greengard is a bingo-like game that uses Spanish words with the corresponding images of familiar Southwest objects, such as roadrunners, hot air balloons and green chile. ¡Olé! takes 15 to 20 minutes to play and up to 20 people can play at once. This is a fun way for young children (and even high schoolers taking Spanish 1) to learn and practice Spanish. The game includes 20 game boards, 60 cards and 100 marker chips. $25 on loteriagaleria.com. continued on page 10


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Safari Adventure (3 years and older) Kids can pretend they are on an African Safari in their own backyards with these toys. This 12-piece set comes with a transport truck, safari vehicles and a variety of African animals. $34.99 at the Zoo Kids Shop at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Additional safari animals also are available in the “Safari Researcher” play set for $12.97. Aquatic Discovery Expedition: Great White Play Set (3 years and older) For children more interested in the ocean than the African savanna, Aquatic Discovery Expedition’s Great White Play Set offers imaginative fun for the water. Set includes a shark, diver and a diving cage. $19.99 at The Aquarium Shop at the ABQ Biopark Aquarium. Sea Turtle set and Manatee set also are available for $24.99. Explora @ Home Kits (3 and older) Families can still have educational fun at home with Explora @ Home Kits. These kits come with everything children need for scientific projects and experiments. The Engineer @ Home kit gives kids the opportunity to build and test various structures. The Colorful Kaleidoscope kit encourages experimentation with shapes, lights, colors and mirrors. Kits cost $25. The Make @ Home kit, which challenges children to make things using unconventional methods, is $30. Kits can be purchased at explora.us. Explora offers free curbside pickup for its online items. Mobi (4 years and older) This math game has been described as Scrabble with numbers. Players take turns connecting number tiles with operation tiles (+, -, =) to make simple mathematical equations. The first player to use all his or her tiles wins. $17.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe. Mobi for children 8 and older (includes times and division tiles) also is available for $20.99.

Tracer Bot (5 years and older) Children can command these robots with just a marker and some paper. Tracer Bots have light sensors on the bottom so they can detect and follow drawn lines in whatever loop or pattern children choose. Each bot comes with a washable marker, starter paper and test trail paper. $19.95 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Woolbuddy Needle Felting Starter Kit (8 years and older) Needle felting is something creative and fun children can do at home. This starter kit includes six felting needles, three thimbles, 16 packs of colored, hypoallergenic felting wool, a foam mat work surface and step-by-step photo instructions so children can take pride in making their very own adorable Woolbuddy creations. $28 at amazon.com. Paint Chip Poetry (8 years and older) Wall paints can have unique and funny names. Players of this game use these names to string together poems according to the theme on a prompt card. This game encourages creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Paint Chip Poetry is for one or more players and includes 400 paint chip cards, 40 prompt card and 10 variation cards. $14.52 at amazon.com. Creatto Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals (9 years and older) Think of this set as a fun craft project that lights up when it’s finished. Children assemble the pieces of blue and green chips, connectors and LED lights to form either a shark, octopus, fish or seagull. After it is assembled, the Creatto creation can then become either an art piece or a toy. Step-by-step photo instructions are included. $29.99 at Toyopolis in Santa Fe.

Air Screamer (10 years and older) No batteries are needed for this air-powered vehicle by Elenco. After children put together the 100-part Air Screamer using the instruction book provided, they can then pump it up with air and then watch it speed up to 45 miles per hour for more than 164 feet. $26.25 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque. continued on page 13


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Optical Illusions (10 years and older) Tricking their brains with optical illusions is always a fun pastime for children. This set includes 50 optical “phenomenons” that will cause children to wonder what is real and what is an illusion. $12 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque. Rational Thinking set with 50 challenging mind puzzles also is available for $12. UGears Models (14 years and older) UGears Models are made of intricate pre-cut wooden pieces that builders put together to make a beautiful 3-D creation. Each model is powered by a rubber-band motor that makes the pieces move. An instruction manual and tools are included (no glue needed). Prices range from $19.99 to $59.99 depending on the model. Several models, including a treasure box, flower and globe, are available at Toyopolis in Santa Fe. Black Cat Smart Phone Stand (preteen and teen) This stretching black cat is a beautiful work of art, but it also is a smart phone holder! Perfect for any teen or preteen who may need a reminder to set their phone down once in a while. $20 at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe or shopmuseum.org. Earth Ragz (teen) These hats are not only stylish for teens, but with a slogan like “Saving the Earth One Thread at a Time,” you can feel good about helping the environment with this gift as well. $24.99 at The Jungle Shop at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. Gloves also are available for $8.99. Book recommendations by Page 1 Books:

Board books (babies – preschool) Author Suzanne Lang’s grumpy Jim Panzee is back in Grumpy Monkey’s Little Book of Grumpiness. This time, Jim finds that nothing, not even a banana or a ball, can help his grumpiness as much as a friend. In My Favorite Color: I Can Only Pick One?, Aaron Becker encourages young children to celebrate colors in all their nature-inspired subtleties and hues. Follow Your Dreams, Little One by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison honors Black men throughout history, including civil rights leader John Lewis and artist Aaron Douglas. Picture books (ages 3 – 7 years) Children find out just how funny the English language can be in No Reading Allowed: The WORST Read-Aloud Book Ever by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter. This book uses homophones, homonyms and punctua-

tion in hilarious ways. Jan Brett, author of the bestselling children’s book The Mitten, introduces Cozy, a book in which animals must learn to share and live together harmoniously in the soft fur of a musk ox. All Because You Matter by Tami Charles is a beautifully lyrical book that reminds children of color that no matter what happens, they always have mattered and always will.

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Help Your Kids Stay Healthy While Learning Remotely By TANIA SOUSSAN

Forget trendy solutions like blue light glasses and go old school to keep your kids healthy through hours of computer use during remote learning. That’s the advice of pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Todd Goldblum of Family Eye Care and Children’s Eye Center of New Mexico. Occupational therapist Michael Hughes, director of Climbing Tree Therapy, Inc., also recommends some commonsense ways to combat the physical and mental strains of long hours of Zoom calls, Google Meets and online homework.


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“There’s a lot of hype and advice out about blue light glasses,” Goldblum said. “That’s a huge media blitz by the optical manufacturers.” In fact, there’s no evidence blue light from Chromebooks and other devices will lead to eye disease, damage or even digital eye strain because the amount of blue light is low, he said. Digital eye strain is a very real problem, however. People don’t blink as often as usual when looking at digital devices, causing their eyes to dry out and leading to temporary blurry vision, tearing and headaches. Parents should watch for those signs and for general crankiness. Humans normally blink about 15 times in one minute. However, studies show that we only blink about 5 to 7 times in a minute while using computers and other digital screen devices. Goldblum recommends following the advice of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, including encouraging regular breaks using the “2020-20” rule: every 20 minutes look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to let the eyes relax. Parents also should help their kids: ] Blink often. continued on page 16


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] Use artificial tears. Once children understand that the drops make their eyes feel better and don’t sting, they should be willing to use them, Goldblum said. ] Reduce the brightness of the screen to match the level of the surrounding light and increase the contrast. ] Avoid using screens outside or in brightly lit areas and/or use a filter to reduce glare. ] Sit about 25 inches from the computer screen and position the screen so it’s just below eye level. ] Wear glasses instead of contact lenses to reduce dryness. Following those tips can help reduce eye strain, but parents also should know that sitting too close to the screen or using a small screen isn’t likely to actually damage their children’s eyes, Goldblum said. “What’s way more important than where you sit is too much screen time,” he said. Some experts do believe there is a small chance that looking at screens up close can cause increased risk for myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness. Having a screen closer than two feet away makes our eyes work harder to focus. When it comes to sitting ergonomically, 90-90-90 is the rule to follow for hips, knees and elbows, Hughes said. “You should have your feet on the floor and your elbows shouldn’t be bent more than 90 degrees,” he Ella takes an exercise break during the school day. said. But he agreed that kids should be allowed to work in different positions, particularly standing up. Sitting on the couch or the floor or lying on their stomachs also is OK, he said. If we sit too long, “we’re going to start feeling it in our bodies,” Hughes said, adding that young children might not be able to sit for long periods. “Young kiddos might need to move,” he said. “They might benefit from sitting on a wiggle cushion.” Sitting on an exercise ball or chewing gum also can provide some helpful physical input as long it’s not distracting from schoolwork, Hughes added. Just like their eyes, children’s bodies need frequent movement breaks. Think recess and get them up and moving, preferably outside when possible. Parents “really as much as possible need to give their kids opportunities to move and to have unstructured down time,” Hughes said. Problems might show up as aches, stiffness or tiredness. Other children might exhibit behavior or attention problems. Ergonomics also are important when it comes to cell phones. Just like adults, older kids are vulnerable to “text neck” and “selfie elbow” from using their phones for long periods. “We’re learning what’s not going to work, but we’re learning it the hard way,” Hughes said. “We have to learn how to be observers of our children.”



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Los Alamos teenager Lillian Petersen has been interested in computer programming and data analysis since she was in elementary school. “I started learning to program when I was in fifth grade and I thought it was really cool,” she said. Her interests led her to scientific explorations that earned her several honors. An avid skier, Petersen started by studying the correlation between the climatic condition El Niño and snowfall in 2015. That work showed her how data analysis and computer programming could generate conclusive answers, so she went on to apply her knowledge to other issues important to her, including climate change. Her work on predicting crop yields several months before harvest in developing countries attracted the attention of several professional organizations and won her the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes this year. Barbara Ann Richman, executive director of the prize organization called Petersen and her dedication “hugely heroic and inspiring.” “We’re thrilled to name Lillian one of this year’s Barron Prize winners,” Richman said. “She’s using her passion for technology to do innovative and critically important work that stems from her own life story. She is a deeply compassionate person who is committed to alleviating suffering and is working hard to do so.” Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 young leaders in the United



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States and Canada who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or for higher education. Petersen, 18, is using the prize money to help pay for her college education at Harvard University where she is a freshman studying applied math with an application to molecular biology, which she sees as the greatest opportunity for developing life-saving drugs and therapies. In a 2019 internship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she studied oncogene activation in leukemia patients. “I’m really excited to win this,” Petersen said. “I think it’s a great opportunity, especially to be connected with kids across the United States who are doing really impactful things.” Petersen used satellite imagery to create an early warning system to predict crop yields in every African country. Her model could help governments and aid organizations prepare for impending food crises and to transport food and supplies to where they are most needed. She presented her research at 11 aid and research organization conferences around the world and has published her work in the peerreviewed journal “Remote Sensing.” She started thinking about food insecurity nine years ago when her family adopted three children, all of whom had faced food insecurity in their former homes. She also heard about crop failures that had thrown Ethiopia into a state of emergency and left aid organizations unprepared. She resolved to help and put her love of technology to the task. Petersen worked with satellite experts at Descartes Labs in Los Alamos, who mentored her on everything from the science and how to work with large data sets to how to publish a paper. She wrote thousands of lines of code, then validated her method in Illinois before applying it to African countries with highly accurate results. Petersen also has studied cost-effective nutrition interventions in Africa. “My younger siblings opened my eyes to the hardships faced by the underprivileged all over the world,” she said. “I believe everyone has the responsibility to help reduce suffering. My goal is to unlock advances in technology and make them work for the world.” The Barron Prize was founded by author T. A. Barron and named for his mother, Gloria, who believed every person has the power to make the world a better place.



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New Mexico Kids! Calendar & Virtual Activities In addition to Nov/Dec events, New Mexico Kids! family magazine has compiled a list of virtual events, activities and resources for parents and children to turn to in November, December and beyond. Most businesses, schools, organizations and programs have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts as well as YouTube channels that are easy to find by searching the organization name. As of press time, these events and links were up to date, but as things are changing rapidly, sometimes daily, schedules and listings are subject to change. Fingers crossed, the usual calendar will return for our Jan/Feb issue. To have your events listed for free in that issue, fill out our calendar form at newmexicokids.com, or send date, time, place, cost, description of activity, sponsoring organization and contact phone to kids@newmexicokids.com. The deadline is Dec. 2. Calendar listings are not guaranteed due to space limitations. All phone numbers have a 505 area code unless otherwise noted.

Arts & Crafts Nov 8 & Dec 13, Virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art, 10-11am. This program features grab-and-go art kits and a Zoom program with the theme,“Weaving Worlds” as well as a story time and show-and-tell. Kits can be picked up prior to the Zoom meeting; register online. Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org. Nov 12 & Dec 8, Online: Watercolor Class, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 5:30-7pm. A workshop using watercolor paints. Look at and discuss O’Keeffe’s watercolor paintings, learn use of color, blending and paint application; ages 12+ are welcome with their adults. Advanced registration required. $5/$20/$30 sliding scale, okeeffemuseum.org. Nov 19, Pinecone Crafts (Trees and Gnomes): Virtual Program, 8am. Join via Zoom to create art. Registrants will be provided with a starter kit which can be picked up at either library after Nov 9; a family friendly craft but is geared toward adults. Free, rrnm.gov/4217/Library-Information-Services. Dec 16 & 17, Virtual Craft Party: Peppermint Bath Bombs, 6:30pm, Wed; 8:30pm, Thurs. Make three peppermint bath bombs. Upon registration a box will be delivered with all supplies needed to make bath bombs at home; use them as ornaments until you are ready to use them. A tutorial will also be available for those who can’t make the live event, abqtodo.com. Family Art from Home and Downloadable Coloring Pages can be found at ABQ Museum’s “Trending@abqmuseum” page, cabq.gov/culturalservices/ albuquerque-museum/trending. Museum of International Folk Art offers DIY projects to make at home, including “Corn Husk Dolls/Figures,” “Clay Animals”and “Amate Paintings.” Check for lesson plans, exhibits, blogs and virtual tours. Check the Facebook page for virtual “Family Mornings @ Folk Art” and other videos and activities, moifa.org/visit/online.html.

Classes & Workshops Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Creative Activities Online offer artistic and compositional techniques with familyfriendly activities like “Abstract Watercolors” and “Friends and Family Tree,” okeeffemuseum.org/education/ creative-activities. Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 13, 20, 27, Kadampa Center Meditation for Kids Online, 10-11:30am. In this lighthearted and fun class, children will build inner strength and confidence by developing good qualities with a short meditation, teaching and activities to help increase patience, respect, giving and kindness; ages 4-13; parents welcome. Free, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar. Nov 20 & Dec 18, Virtual Colcha Community Stich-Along, 1pm. This workshop is instructed by an award-winning artist who will demonstrate as well as answer questions. Free, register online nmnhcc.org/events.

Cultural Centers & Museums Albuquerque Museum Online has family-friendly activities including art projects made from materials around the house, coloring pages, art collections and podcasts as well as and family friendly activities on Facebook, cabq.gov/museumtrending. Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe is Now Streaming. CCA celebrates creativity across the arts, humanities and sciences with virtual programming, ccasantafe.org. El Ranchos De Las Golondrinas has added to their website trivia questions and profiles of famous faces in NM history, hands-on history activities, cultural crafts and traditional NM recipes, golondrinas.org. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Virtual Culture Guide offers a selection of resources including videos of the center’s cultural Native dance performances, suggested reading and a short feature on the exhibits, indianpueblo.org/ category/virtual-pueblo-culture-guide. National Hispanic Cultural Center offers virtual experiences including online building visits on its website, social media and YouTube channel, nhccnm.org. “NM Art Tells New Mexico History” is a journey through the NM Museums of Art’s rich collections of paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs bringing the state’s heritage to students, teachers, families and art and history lovers. Themes include: Pueblo People, Opening the West, Growing NM, People, Places and Politics, nmartmuseum.org/ nmhistory. NM Dept of Cultural Affairs has links with information about museums, historic sites and other institutions that have resources, activities and exhibits online. This includes info for Museum of Space History, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, NM Museum of Art,

NM History Museum, NM Historic Sites, NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, NM Art Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Libraries, Historic Preservation and Archaeology, newmexicoculture.org. NM’s Eight State Museums and seven of its historic sites are now partially open to the public. These facilities have resumed operation at 25 percent of normal capacity; for more info go to newmexicoculture.org/visit. NM Museum of Natural History & Science is now open from 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun, masks are required. The website has resources and educational material as well as Storytime, an online version of “Mineral Monday,”coloring sheets and online exhibits. Also check for content on social media, nmnaturalhistory.org. Santa Fe Children’s Museum Garden, 9-10:30am & 11am-12:3pm, Mon; 910:30am, & 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3:305pm, Fri-Sun. The Earthworks Garden is open, online reservations are required. The inside of the museum remains closed but “Museum From Home” is available one the website. $5/$4, if cost is prohibitive email children@santafechildrensmuseum.org, santafechildrensmuseum.org/ visit/museum-from-home. Wonders on Wheels is the mobile museum program of the NM Dept of Cultural Affairs. The “WoW” RV travels all over the state bringing museum exhibits to the people of NM. To schedule: jamie.brytowski@state.nm.us.

Dance Dec 7-11, Shira Greenberg’s “Nutcracker on the Rocks,” Virtual Workshop, 5-7pm. Learn choreography from favorite scenes. All five workshops will be taught via Zoom and will be lead by Greenberg and a cast member. $25 single day/$100 full week, scholarships available, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts, 224-9808, KeshetArts.org. Dec 12, Shira Greenberg’s “Nutcracker on the Rocks:” A Reflection - Archival Footage and Behind-theScenes Stories with Alumni Cast +

Crew, 6:30-8pm. Gather via Zoom to watch selected scenes with live commentary and stories. Ask questions and watch clips from past years. Free-$10, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts, 224-9808, KeshetArts.org.

Education and Tutoring APS@Home supports at-home learning for grades K-5 and their families by broadcasting a weekday morning schedule of televised APS classes on their YouTube channel, newmexicopbs.org/ what-we-do/education/aps-at-home.

Exhibits Nov 1-22, “Ruminations on A Bosque Murmuration.” An installation celebrating the ever-changing Bosque by Sandria Cook is on display. Open Space Visitor’s Gallery, 6500 Coors NW, 8978831, cabq.gov. Nov 19, 3rd Thursday Online: “30 Americans,” 6:30-8:30pm. ABQ Museum highlights the exhibit with live streamed music and a virtual tour. Hosted by Cathryn McGill of the NM Black History Month Organizing Committee. Also, Join YogaZo for an hour of live streamed yoga from the museum. abq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum/events/ 3rd-thursday-online-30-americans-1. ABQ Museum Online Exhibition Page has links to the Sculpture Gardens, West Atrium and Lobby, East Atrium and Patio, Cuarto Centenario, Amphitheater and a comment book. cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum/sculpture-garden-exhibition/home. OffCenter Community Arts is open noon-2pm, Tues & Weds for art kit pickup, donations and art drop off. Open studio is open noon-3pm, Thurs with a limit of five participants, masks required. OffCenter Community Arts, 808 Park SW, 247-1172, offcenterarts.org.

Fairs & Festivals Nov 7-8, Cottonwood Balloon Glow, 7:30-9pm. Experience a hot air balloon

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New Mexico Kids! Calendar & Virtual Activities glow. Event entrance is on the north side of the mall by Fallout Trampoline Arena. Drive through and admire a night sky illuminated with tethered hot air balloons. $10 adv online/$20 at the gate, 10000 Coors NW, cottonwoodmall.com. Nov 8-14, Virtual Cosmic Carnival. Download the SkySafari app to view the stars and discover the cosmos, cabq.gov/cosmic, files.constantcontact.com/cd4453af201/d4 0491c8-c6a9-4f72-ba8d-62e871460afa.pdf. Nov 9-22, Friends of Folk Art World of Treasures Online Auction, 9am5pm. Browse premium, quality handmade art for purchase as a fundraiser for the museum’s education and exhibit programs; register at 9am. Free, Museum of International Folk Art, internationalfolkart.org. Nov 26, Gathering of the Nations Presents “Vintage Video Rewinds from the Vault,” 3pm. Tune in as the Gathering of Nations live streams videos from the Gathering of the Nations Pow Wow vault, gatheringofnations.com. Nov 27, Christmas Lighting at Santa Fe Plaza, 3-8pm. Watch fire truck parades and see Santa & Mrs. Claus. Free, Santa Fe Plaza, santafenm.gov. Dec 5, Twinkle Light Parade, 5pm. This family-friendly holiday event will roll through Albuquerque’s Historic Nob Hill on Central Ave between Washington and Girard and will feature hundreds of floats, marching bands, cars, bikes and Santa. Free, Nob Hill, 768-3556, cabq.gov/culturalservices. Dec 13, Railyard Market’s Virtual Holiday Market. Enjoy the best of ABQ’s local small businesses via virtual ordering, drive-thru to pick up crafts and made-from-scratch foods, railyardsmarket.org/holiday-market.php. River of Lights 2020, Check cabq.gov for information for the 2020 event. There will be 600 holiday displays at NM’s largest walk-through light show.

Libraries Nov 20, Doctor Who Day. Titan Comics has announced the return of “Doctor Who” Comics Day this year with a new comic collection and series. Celebrations at both Rio Rancho libraries; all ages. Loma Colorado Library, 755 Loma Colorado NE, 891-5013; Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree SE, 8915012, riorancholibraries.org. ABQ and Bernalillo Public Libraries: Most libraries are open with new hours and guidelines. There are lists on websites with links for book fans, homework help, exercise games & indoor activities, abqlibrary.org. Placitas Community Library offers material for pick-up during special operating hours as well as limited meeting room hours. Reserve items via the library catalog, email, phone or in person; “Children’s Virtual Programs” can be found at their site, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, 867-3355, placitaslibrary.com/programs/ childrens-virtual-programs-at-the-library. Rio Rancho Libraries has limited services and hours including hold & pick up,


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copy, scan and fax, laptop checkout, library cards and fine payments. The website offers educational games and study tools. Hold and pickup is by appointment only from 9am-3pm, 8968818, rrnm.gov/4217/Library-InformationServices. Santa Fe Public Libraries now offer curbside pickup of library materials and print jobs at all locations. The website offers home and online learning, eresources, links for card holders, webinars, live stream “Garden Sprouts at Home,” “Bilingual Books and Babies,” “Music Movement” videos & other activities on Facebook, santafelibrary.org/ library-services-during-our-closure, santafelibrary.org/e-resources. Vista Grande Public Library has programs for children and families including stories and online resources. It is open

Memphis to Muscle Shoals & More; all ages. $20-$40, ampconcerts.org. Nov 19-21, Lucinda Williams Live Stream, 6pm. “Bob’s Back Pages:” A Night of Bob Dylan Songs; all ages. $20$40, ampconcerts.org. Nov 22, SF Symphony Virtual Concert Series, 4pm. An environmentalthemed program alongside WildEarth Guardians. $20 per household, santafebotanicalgarden.org. Nov 29, NM Performing Arts Society 2020 Winter Solstice Concert, 5:307pm. Live streamed from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Santa Fe, 4-5pm. Ring in the holiday season with the Symphony; enjoy a chamber orchestra presentation of Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, conducted by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, as well as holiday favorites from The Santa Fe Symphony brass,

and ask questions, cec.aps.edu. Dec 5, Placitas Library Open House, 10:30am. This live program with storyteller and entertainer Shana Banana will celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas. Free, Placitas Community Library, 453 Hwy 165, Placitas, 867-3355, placitaslibrary.com.

School Break Camps Nov 3, Science is Everywhere Election Day Camp, 7:30am-5:30pm. Students K-7 can experience exciting science and fun activities; bring a lunch, two snacks and a refillable water bottle. Camp will maintain COVID-19 screenings. $75/$65 members, The National Museum of Nuclear Science, 601 Eubank SE, 2452137, nuclearmuseum.org. Dec 21-24 & Dec 28-31, Winter Camp at Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center, 9am-3pm. Art, science, cooking (within safety guidelines) and play for young learners ages 2-7. Stringent COVID guidance followed; all faiths and families welcome. $50 per day/$185 per week, Congregation Albert ECC, 3800 Louisiana NE, 883-0306, congregationalbert.org.

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for pickup service only noon-4pm, TueFri; noon-3pm, Sat; return items to outside drop box, free wifi 8am-8pm daily in parking lot, 14 Avenida Torreon, El Dorado, vglibrary.org.

Music Nov 6, Las Cafeteras, Virtual Concert, 6:30pm. This concert will be recorded for the La Cosecha bilingual education conference. Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories; all ages, ampconcerts.org. Nov 8, Ensemble Royales, 4pm. Rediscover a sense of child-like wonder, as The SF Symphony’s Virtual Concert Series moves to the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Intimate duets by Ravel, Hande and Piazzola. Explore the Museum’s Community Garden with four Symphony ensembles. $20 per household, santafesymphony.org/event/ensembles-royale. Nov 12, Byland Live Stream Album Release Experience, 7:30pm. This ABQbased band is the cinematic folk/indierock project of Alie Renee Byland; all ages. Pay as you feel/suggested donation $10, ampconcerts.org. Nov 12-14, Lucinda Williams Live Stream, 6pm. “Southern Soul:” From

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strings, santafe.com/event/christmastreasures. Dec 3-5, Lucinda Williams Live Stream, 6pm. “Funny How Time Slips Away:” A Night of ‘60s Country Classics; all ages. $20-$40, ampconcerts.org. Dec 17-19, Lucinda Williams Live Stream, 6pm. “Have Yourself a Rockin’ Little Christmas” with Lucinda; all ages. $20-$40, ampconcerts.org. Dec 31, Lucinda Williams Live Stream, 6pm. “It’s Only Rock and Roll” A Tribute to the Rolling Stones; all ages. $20-$40, ampconcerts.org. City of ABQ Virtual Cultural Experiences Webpage offers playlists packed with ABQ musicians, livestream concerts from past performances at the BioPark and DIY Video Media, cabq.gov/culturalservices/special-events-festivals/ virtual-cultural-experiences.

Open Houses Nov 19, Early College Academy/ Career Enrichment Center Virtual Open House, 5:45-7:15pm, ECA is an APS magnet high school. CEC provides indepth career-focused learning opportunities. Information, schedules, virtual room visits available, plus meet teachers

Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Dec 7 & 14, Virtual STEM Nights, 6-6:30pm. Explora educators create activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends, explora.us/programs/virtual-stem-nights. Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4, 11, Garden Sprouts Live Stream, 10-11am. Livestream on Zoom. Free, santafebotanicalgarden.org. Nov 19-21, Crane Festival 2020, Virtual Event. Enjoy festival events from home like the Expo Tent, premium photo and bird webinars and the Wildlife Zone. Visit the Facebook page or FriendsofBosquedelApache.org. Nov 21, Return of the Sandhill Cranes Virtual Event, cabq.gov/cranes. Nov 27 & Dec. 4, Community Day at the SF Botanical Garden, 10am-4pm. Bring the family for free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students. Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org. ABQ BioPark Limited Reopening. The Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and the Zoo are now open with online timed ticketing, one-way paths and increased frequent cleaning of touch-points. The Zoo is open 9am-5pm Tue-Sun; The Botanic Garden is open 9am-5pm. TueSun; Tingley Beach is open, all visitors must wear a mask, Aquarium and indoor areas remain closed, cabq.gov. Audubon NM Offers Audubon Kids is an online space available in English and Spanish that provides new, fun activities each week, including nature activities, games, quizzes and DIY projects as well as virtual events and activities on social

New Mexico Kids! Calendar & Virtual Activities media sites, nm.audubon.org/camp-programs. BioPark Connect has interactive educational resources for parents and teachers about ABQ BioPark’s plants and animals with activities and resources focused on things that can be done at home, cabq.gov/culturalservices/ biopark/biopark-connect.

Fractal Fridays Online, some of the same fractal graphics shown under the planetarium dome can be enjoyed on a computer monitor at home. See Facebook and YouTube, nmnaturalshistory.org. NM Wildlife Center in Española, 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat. Temporary changes include calling ahead for reservations strongly recommended, groups limited to 10, masks required (available for purchase) and indoor spaces will be closed including restrooms. $5/$3 children/free under age 4, NMWC, 19 Wheat Street, Española, 753-9505, newmexicowildlifecenter.org. Santa Fe Botanical Garden is open 9am-noon & 2-5pm, Thu-Mon. All tickets must be reserved in advance. Sky Maps, the monthly map usually available outside of the planetarium entrance at the Natural History Museum, can be printed at home and includes a list that points out events happening each night, Skymaps.com. Take It Outside! The Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos has an online series with daily activities and challenges for all ages, peecnature.org/take-it-outside.

Stage Nov 7 & 8, “Songs for a New World,” Online Event, 7:30pm, Sat; 2pm, Sun. This is the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (“Parade,” “Bridges of Madison County”). It’s a moving collection of powerful songs that examine life, love and choices. $15-$45, abqlittletheatre.org. Nov 13-15, Monte Python’s “SPAMALOT” Socially-Distant Concertish Version. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention

cows, killer rabbits, and French people. $15-$25, mtsabq.org.

Storytelling Nov 1-30, Online Storytimes. During November, The Placitas Community Library’s children’s committee will present recorded story times on the website to appeal to pre-K through 5th grade. Books are still being ordered and can be reserved at the online catalog. placitaslibrary.com, 867-3355. Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Zoom into Storytime! with Ms. Nicole and the Santa Fe Public Library, 10:30am. Join Ms. Nicole for interactive stories, rhymes and songs; all welcome but aimed at newborns to age 6. Register to receive weekly invitations, docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nl3jVsGOeoIdGlWuXd9InvTM58I3ujK5AvO01euy U4Y/viewform?edit_requested=true. Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Stories in the Sky & Music in the Sky Online, 9:30-11am & 12:30-1:30pm. Enjoy stories, music and movement, including a hands-on craft. Free, facebook.com/groups/BalloonMuseumStorytime. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages caregivers to read books to newborns, infants and toddlers regularly. Sign up children ages 0-5 for the Beanstack app or ask for a reading log at curbside pickup to earn prizes for reading and raising strong readers, santafelibrary.beanstack.com/reader365. Story Time, NM Museum of Natural History & Science. Museum educator Misty Carty reads weekly Storytime books and demonstrates related activities on Facebook and YouTube, nmnaturalhistory.org.

Also of Interest At Home Activities for Families. Find activities from local organizations to help keep families engaged, learning and having fun. Make slime with Explora, try Can Activism with the ABQ Museum, learn about geocaching with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and make ice cream in a bag with the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Find these plus the rest of the list at abqtodo.com/try-this-at-home. DIG: A New Mexico History Remix on YouTube, features Hakim Bellamy & New Mexico Youth, search African American Performing Arts Center New Mexico or AAPAC New Mexico. Nov 5, 12, 19, “Jeopardy!” with ABQ Little Theatre Online, 7pm. Hosted by ALT executive director, viewers can watch or register to be randomly selected as a contestant, abqlittletheatre.org. Nov 6, “Mighty Ducks,” Drive-In Movie, 7pm. A 1992 American sports comedy-drama film about a youth league hockey team. Rio Rancho Events Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho, 8917300, santaanstarcenter.com. Nov 7, Downtown Growers’ Market Farm to Car Last Day, 10am-1pm.

Order products online and pick them up in your car; detailed instructions on website. Pick up at Fusion Theatre, 708 1st NW, ABQ, downtowngrowers.org/ farm-to-car.html, 252-2959. Nov 7, Motorama at the Downs Santa Fe Drive-In Event: “Selena,”4:30-5:45pm entrance time (gates close at 5:45pm), 6pm movie starts. $25$40, The Downs Santa Fe, 27475 W Frontage Rd, Santa Fe, eventbrite.com/o/motorama-at-thedowns-santa-fe-30858889653. Nov 8, NMCCC Cruise and Scavenger Hunt, 2-4:30pm. NM Council of Car Clubs & ABQ Museum Old Town Area’s Fall Cruise and Scavenger Hunt starts at the ABQ Museum parking lot for a leisurely drive through the Country Club area. Dash plaque for the first 100 entrants, three winners get cash awards. Free maps and driving directions/$5 optional scavenger hunt/trivia quiz entry, 2000 Mountain NW, cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum/events/ nmccc-cruise. Dec 3, “Jeopardy!” Champion Showdown with ABQ Little Theatre Online, 7pm. Hosted by ALT executive director, viewers can watch or register to be randomly selected as a contestant, abqlittletheatre.org. Dec 6, ¡Illuminarte! Live via Zoom. Check website for updates about this winter celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos, National Hispanic Cultural Center, nchhnm.org. Dec 24, Christmas Eve Canyon RoadWalk, Santa Fe, twilight. Farolitos, Christmas carols, cider and goodies. Canyon Road, visitcanyonroad.com/farolitos. Escape in Time Field Trip Fridays, every other Fri. All ages can learn about escape room tricks and visit with special guests. $15 per child; $50 family cap with RSVP/$20 child, $70, family cap at the door (no guarantee without RSVP), facebook.com/EscapeintimeABQ, 386-1386. NM Farmers’ and Growers’ Markets schedules, rules and availability are updating on a regular basis. Find a list of all NM locations, websites and contact info in one place. Check with each market each weekend for updated info, farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market. The Children’s Hour provides weekly educational and entertaining public radio programing and podcasts for listeners of all ages, created by and for kids and families, ChildrensHour.org, 89.9 fm KUNM. VisitNewMexico is NM True’s YouTube channel which features stories, experiences, TV, overviews and TRUE 360 degree views of places and events.

For Teachers ABQ Public Library has a resource area on its website for teachers and educators. Find “Teach This From Home” projects like “BioPark Connect: African Serval,” from the ABQ BioPark, “Ecosystems: Producers, Consumers & Decomposers” from the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and “Adinkra Banners” from the Museum of International Folk Art, abqlibrary.org/teachers. Virtual Classroom Visits: DCA Educates is a new website devoted to the “Invite a DCA Educator program.” This online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs into a virtual classroom setting, newmexicoculture.org/libraries/invite-a-dcaeducator.

Especially for Parents Nov 3rd, Election Day. Find information at nmvote.org. KidX Club, Supporting “On Our Sleeves” is a mental awareness campaign that provides free resources necessary for breaking child mental health stigmas and educating families and advocates – because no child or family should struggle alone. From educational content to daily kindness challenges, there are plenty of fun ways to educate children and families on the importance of child mental health, kidxclub.com. The City of ABQ offers info regarding COVID health, status of City Services and community resources can be found on the website and briefings and updates can be found on YouTube under One Albuquerque Media Gov-TV 16, cabq.gov. The City of Santa Fe and Bernalillo County offer Covid-19 updates and information regarding playgrounds, cancellations and other info regarding city closures, santafenm.gov, bernco.gov/coronavirus. Santa Fe County Meal Program is a partnership with World Central Kitchen, SF Community College, Salvation Army, YouthWorks and Street Food Institute that distributes meals at no charge to community residents with no qualifications needed or questions asked. Find schedules and locations at santafecountynm.gov/connect, 995-2735.

Just for Teens ABQ Teen Corner is a resource for teen artists offered to expand art making abilities or to try something new. Browse video lessons that explore a variety of techniques, artist designed color pages and creative exercises. cabq.gov/culturalservices/albuquerque-museum/education/teen-corner-1/teen-corner.

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With so many kids learning from home during this unprecedented school year, many students are in desperate need of help concentrating, staying focused and remaining in good spirits. Music might be just what the doctor ordered, according to the parenting experts at Brainly— an online learning and homework help community. Soothing, relaxing music can help students minimize stress or anxiety while learning virtually. During long study sessions, music can also aid endurance. And in some cases, music can help kids with memorization. The 5 main benefits of listening to music while learning from home include: 1. Helps with concentration. When we listen to music, it can help us block out surrounding noise that may distract us. By doing so, it can help us to focus better, improving our concentration. 2. Stimulates the brain. The tunes and rhythms of music can help to stimulate your brain, and research has found that certain music can even enhance your creativity. 3. Improves motivation. It can be hard to stay motivated during virtual


Celebrate Keshet’s 25th Anniversary Season Dec 7-11, 2020 (Mon-Fri); 5-7pm MST Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks - VIRTUAL WORKSHOP Learn choreography from your favorite Nutcracker on the Rocks scene or scenes! All 5 workshops will be taught via Zoom, and will be led by Nutcracker on the Rocks creator and choreographer, Shira Greenberg along with original cast member, Sarah Elizabeth Bennett. $25 for a single workshop; $100 for the full week (5 workshops); Scholarship options are available

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learning, and at its core, music has the ability to alter your mood. As you listen to a specific type of music, your mood can become more positive, which in turn can improve your motivation. 4. Lowers stress. Music’s mood-altering ability can help to lower your stress. Not all types of music will help to lower your stress, though, so that’s why it’s important to find the right type of music. 5. Eliminates boredom. When you’re doing schoolwork alone at home, it can seem like nothing new or interesting is happening, and things can start to feel stale. Listening to your favorite music can make it easier for you to stay interested and energized. When it comes to the type of music that works best, Brainly’s Parenting Expert Patrick Quinn says, “Everyone is different and every situation is different. Watch your children, see how they respond, and experiment. If a piece of music doesn’t evoke the right mood, try something else.” Keep in mind that some kids may find music distracting. “Ask them how loud or soft they want the music — or if they want it at all,” Quinn says. So what types of music are best for improving cognitive ability and mood? “In our own experiences, music with little or no lyrics works best for home learning because it is less distracting, but it depends on the situation and student,” he says. Here are the five best music genres for learning from home: 1. Classical Music. If you or your kiddos are trying to tune out distractions like the leaf blower next door or people in your household using a loud "Zoom Voice" in their own virtual meetings, classical music may be exactly what students need to focus. 2. Ambient/Chill. When your home environment is bustling, your brain will try to process all the sound as data. In that case, it’s a perfect time to slip on your headphones and some mellow, ambient feel-good music. This helps decrease stress (cortisol) and increase dopamine, so you can keep calm and focused 3. Nature Sounds. Effective studying requires a relaxing, stress-free environment. What better way to create this than to listen to calming nature sounds? From gentle rainfall to jungle canopies, the natural world has no shortage of soundscapes to get lost in. 4. Modern Electronic. This type of music is known to trigger neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine, resulting in faster results with fewer errors. It’s particularly helpful for labor-intensive research projects or tasks that require memorization. 5. Video Game Music. Listening to video game music can help you focus and stay motivated. Have you ever seen your children get excited when they’re playing video games? This is an effect of the music crafted for video games, and it can also provide the same effect for students doing tedious or monotonous assignments. Volume can be just as important of a factor as the genre. Kids should listen to music at a moderate volume because the louder it is, the more likely it is to distract them. Encourage your children to pre-make their playlists for the school day ahead of time and let them play all the way through. The whole point of listening to music while learning from home is to get in the zone and limit distractions, and nothing is more distracting than having to change the song every few minutes. The ideal playlist should last for 40 to 50 minutes. When the playlist ends, this will act as a reminder to take a short break from learning or switch to a new subject or task. And perhaps the most important thing to remember: Listening to music alone is not sufficient for effective home learning. Students also need to incorporate other healthy home learning habits and practices such as having a clear objective, taking breaks, getting sufficient amounts of sleep, exercising regularly, and eating well.



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The Young Scientist By AILEEN O’CATHERINE Ships pull into ports to dowmembers, explore interactive exhibits, and experience the G-Shock simulator, which allows riders to feel the rapid acceleration of a space flight. Although the spaceport is a secure facility, there are Open Houses. Check the calendar at spaceportamerica.com/visit/#visitors.Humans have long asked the question: “Is there life on Mars?” More than 40 years ago, NASA set out to find an answer, and sent the Viking 1 and Viking 2 spacecraft to the Red Planet to probe for evidence of life. The data from the Viking missions helped scientists realize that Martian soil was nothing like the soil found on Earth. A new understanding of how liquid water may exist on Mars was an important discovery that made scientists want to learn more. NASA launched a follow-up astrobiology mission on July 30, 2020, to seek more information on whether life on Mars ever existed. The Mars 2020 mission will land on Mars in February 2021, containing within it the Perseverance rover, which will be activated after touchdown. The small car-sized robotic rover is tasked with the ongoing mission of looking for signs of life. Attached to Perseverance is a four-pound (1.8 kilograms) helicopter named Ingenuity that will test, for the first time, whether powered flight can occur in the thin atmosphere found on our planetary neighbor. Exploration is learning about the unknown. For the Mars 2020 mission, there will be many unknowns. Will Ingenuity achieve liftoff? The Red Planet has a lower gravity than Earth, about one-third the amount, and an atmosphere that is about 1 percent as thick as Earth’s. Will the helicopter achieve lift under those conditions? Engineers made Ingenuity lightweight to demonstrate flying technology on another planet. But


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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will store rock and soil samples for future missions to retrieve, as seen in this illustration. Courtesy NASA.

before its test flight, Ingenuity must pass several milestones. Will it survive the launch and landing? Will it safely deploy to the Martian surface from the underbelly of the Perseverance rover? Will it be able to keep warm through the cold Martian nights that dip as low as minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit? If Ingenuity can charge its solar panel and achieve liftoff, will it be able to fly and successfully land? The tiny helicopter will attempt up to four test flights. After that, Perseverance will move on to conduct its science operations. The Perseverance rover builds upon the success of NASA’s Curiosity rover. Since Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, it has gathered evidence to suggest that salty, shallow ponds once dotted the Gale Crater. Scientists wonder if the ponds on the Gale Crater floor had water 35 billion years ago. If so, were there microbial forms of life? Billions of years ago, Earth and Mars were far more similar than they are today. Both planets had liquid water on the surface, and magnetic fields to protect their surfaces from the Sun’s radiation. If life developed on Earth under those conditions, it’s fair to ask if life also developed on Mars. Perseverance will explore the planet, collecting soil and rock samples that will help scientists back on Earth understand the geology of the Jezero Crater, its landing site, and look for evidence that ancient life may have been left behind. Like the Curiosity rover, Perseverance has a robotic arm that will drill rock and collect samples from materials that have the highest potential to preserve signs of life and planetary evolution. The rover will characterize the Martian climate and geology. But in addition to understanding the climate and geology of Mars, the Mars 2020 team has a mission objective to prepare for future human explorations of the planet. It will conduct investigations to test the feasibility of a Martian outpost. The Martian atmosphere of carbon dioxide will be converted to oxygen, for possible use by astronauts. Martian weather will be studied to determine its effects on human explorers. As the spacecraft descends through the planet’s atmosphere, scientists will study the possibility of landings for future astronauts. Scientists from New Mexico have long played a part in the exploration of Mars. Dr. Larry Crumpler, research curator for volcanology and space science at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, was involved in the Viking Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Exploration rover missions. Roger Wiens of Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico is the principal investigator of the SuperCam located on Perseverance’s mast. The instrument uses pulsed lasers to study the chemistry of rocks and soils. To find out more about Perseverance and its scientific goals, visit Nasa.gov/perseverance.


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Let’s Read Let’s Read Let’s Read These book reviews were written by Christine Laffler’s 4th grade students at Manzano Day school. sky with the kids riding them like horses. I also like that everyone in the book looks like they are happy and having fun. This is a great book to read if you like dancing and singing, too!

Work It, Girl: Become a Leader Like Michelle Obama Author: Caroline Moss Illustrator: Sinem Erkas Ages: 8-12 Publisher: Frances Lincoln This book is about Michelle Obama and her life. In the book, it talks about what it’s like to be the first African American First Lady. The book talks about her childhood and what it was like to grow up being Black in Chicago. I learned that Michelle was not challenged enough by second grade work, so her teacher moved her up a grade! My favorite quote in the book is, ”I thought being smart was cooler than

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Remember to Smile Author: Shannon Q. McDonald Ages: 2-11 Publisher: McDonald and Associates If you have ever felt sad about having to wear a mask, this book will surely bring a smile to your face! The song lyrics tell the tale of someone who has had enough of the bad behavior of her partner and is doing her best to forget it. The book shows a pet cat whose human gets a new puppy and the cat is jealous! If you like metal, pop, rock, punk rock, country, dance, or industrial music, I think you should read These Boots are Made for Walking and maybe even listen to the song while you do!

book, one little item goes a long way through many different places and helps many different people. Each giving something in return for a fantastic ending. So if you want to see a small thing go a long way, read The Mountain And The Goat to find out!

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Good Night Los Alamos Author: Whitney Spivey Illustrator: Brenda Fleming Ages: 6-12 Publisher: Whitney Spivey LLC This is an enchanting book about the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. I loved this amazing book because it has beautiful pictures. The illustrations are made out of digital charcoal and digital watercolors and make you feel like you’re really there! The author did a great job rhyming to talk about places like

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anything in the world.” In her life, Michelle had to face things like an adviser who said that she was not Princeton material (but look where she is now!). Michelle Obama is a role model to me because she did not let anybody say no to her dreams. In my opinion, this book is for all ages. After reading this book I felt like I should follow my dreams more and have more confidence in myself and know that I can do anything!

Author: Charlotte Caffey Illustrator: Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor Ages: Baby - 7 years Publisher: Akashic Books This book uses the words of a song made by a band called the Go-Go’s. The book is mostly pictures with

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These Boots are Made for Walking: A Children’s Picture Book (LyricPop) Lyricist: Lee Hazlewood Illustrator: Rachel Moss Ages: Baby - 7 years Publisher: Akashic Books This book is based on the song, These Boots are Made for Walking, made popular by Nancy Sinatra. There are beautiful illustrations that tell what's happening in this book.


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This book is about finding the bright side to wearing masks in fun ways, with a dachshund as your guide. With just one reading, you will love it, and you can choose your favorite mask as you read! This creative, cute and silly book is great for families and kids of all ages. I hope you read it and that it puts a smile on your face, too.

lyrics for the words. It is all about dancing and singing with friends. The pictures are creative and fun to look at. They match the lyrics, and the characters do the things that the lyrics are saying. This book is a great book to sing and dance along to as you listen to the original song. I like this book because there's lots of dancing in it! My favorite part is when the flamingos are flying in the

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Author: Siamak Taghaddos Illustrator: Zachary Cain Publisher: Poetti Ages: 5-8 Are you ready to see what one small thing can do? How one simple thing can do so much for you? Then this is a perfect book for you. In this

Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos National Laboratory. I really love the way that the illustrator made the pictures correspond with the writing. I also love the characters in the book. They are very cute as they say goodnight to place all around Los Alamos.

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S c h o o l s & A c a d e m i c S u p p o r t P r o g ra m s Santa Fe Area Private Schools Camino de Paz Montessori Secondary School, 1604 Paseo de Peralta, SF, NM 87567. Phone: 505-231-2819; Email: admin@caminodepaz.net; Website: caminodepaz.net; Contact: Carolyn Brandi, Administrative Director. Grades: 7-12; Enrollment: 24; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/6; Cost: $8,000-$11,000/year; Accredited by National Private School Accreditation Group. Camino de Paz supports adolescents as emerging adults with pathways to meaningful work and real-world engagement as they develop skills, perspectives, and competencies that prepare them to address contemporary local and global challenges. We challenge each learner academically, socially and spiritually through inquiry-based scholarship, creative expression, and manual work that incorporate values of cultural diversity and preservation, local economies, service and social justice. Scholarships/Financial Aid. Classical Conversations of New Mexico, Phone: 505-294-1941; Email: dbyers@classicalconversations.com; Website: https://www.classicalconversations.com; Contact: Daniela Byers, Area Representative. Grades: Kindergarten through College Credit; Enrollment: 700+; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8 or 1/12. Have recent events got you wondering about homeschooling? Do you need encouragement, accountability and support to homeschool? Our mission is to know God and to make Him known. We do that by teaching parents and students the classical tools of learning so that they can discover God’s created order and beauty - and then - enable others to do the same. With locations around NM, if YOU want to homeschool with a Classical, Christian focus, WE can help!

covery that empowers students to find their own true passion and transforms the way they think about, engage with, and impact their world. At Rio Grande School we combine academic rigor and excellence with a collaborative, experience-based education. We bring learning to life through a challenging, integrated curriculum enhanced by differentiated instruction from master educators. We fully prepare students for the next phase of learning. Our 3-year-old through 6th-grade quality curriculum taught by master educators enables preschoolers to make strong/seamless transition to elementary while our K-6 program provides a solid foundation for students to advance into middle school with skills/spirit that enable them to excel. Financial Aid; Before and After Care; Enrichment programs. Santa Fe Girls’ School, 310 W. Zia Road, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-820-3188; Email: admissions@santafegirlsschool.org; Website: santafegirlsschool.org; Grades: 6, 7, 8; Santa Fe Girls' School is a small, all-girls middle school designed for this critical period of development. We provide a culture where girls develop into self-advocating, confident, and academically prepared high school students. Our thoughtful academic curricula engages our students' curiosity and excellence; our small class size ensures that each student's abilities, weaknesses, challenges and accomplishments are recognized by her teachers. Our graduates go on to the public and private high schools of their choice as academic and social leaders. Scholarships. Schedule a virtual visit!

Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, SF, NM 87508. Phone: 505-467-6431; Email: kpavuk@santafewaldorf.org; Website: santafewaldorf.org; Contact: Kate Pavuk, Admissions Coordinator; Grades: PreK – 12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Cost: $4,150 - $19,900; Accredited by AWSNA/WECAN. Discover a school where the arts, academics and athletics come alive in a truly integrated curriculum founded 100 years ago. Imagination, creativity, develFreshmen chemistry students analyze a McDonald’s Fun Meal at Media Arts Collaborative opment of empathy and engagement Charter School in Albuquerque. Courtesy Photo. all describe a Waldorf Education an independent philosophy of teaching empowering and stimulating young minds, inspiring students to Fayette Street Academy, 830 Fayette St., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-982-3396; stay fascinated with learning throughout life. An international network of Email: info@fayettestreetacademy.org; Website: fayettestreetacademy.org; mindful education, Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational moveAges: 5-12; Enrollment: 35; Average Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Cost: $9,750. For ments in the world, with 1,200+ schools operating worldwide. Parent/Tots class40 years, we have offered high quality, individualized education with a small es also available. Scholarships, Financial Aid and Before and After Care availstudent-to-teacher ratio. Our scholar citizens, ages five through twelve, are able. divided between a kindergarten and three multi-age classes, based on levels of neurological development. Our curriculum is constructed to match these different stages. Piaget was correct when he stated that children are not simply little adults, they actually perceive the world in different ways at different ages. We hope you will join us for a tour, at our wonderful campus in Santa Fe! Fayette Street Academy is currently discussing enrollment for the coming year, for all ages. Rio Grande School, 715 Camino Cabra, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-983-1621; Email: rachel_gantt@riograndeschool.org; Website: riograndeschool.org; Contact: Rachel Gantt, Director of Admissions. Grades: Preschool-6th Grade; Ages: 3-12; Enrollment: 165; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/6; Accredited by ISAS and NAIS. Rio Grande School is a small, coeducational, nonsectarian independent school. We strive to inspire a lifelong journey of learning and self-dis-


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Santo Niño Regional Catholic School, 23 College Ave., SF, NM 87508. Phone: 505-424-1766 Email: rchavez@santoninoregional.org; Website: santoninoregional.org; Contact: Robin Chavez, Principal. Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade; Ages: 3 year olds to 6th grade; Open enrollment; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/20; Cost: Pre-K $6,000/year grades K-6 $5,900; Accredited by Western Catholic Educational Association. On-site Catechism Classes. Before and After Care available. SNRCS offers financial Assistance. Please give us a call today or stop in for a visit. We are located across from the Santa Fe Community College and behind Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community. Scholarships; Financial Aid; Before and After Care. We are offering both full-time in person classes and on-line classes for Fall 2020.

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Public/Charter Schools New Mexico School for the Arts, 500 Montezuma, SF, NM 87501. Phone: 505629-9245; Email: francesca.rodriguez@nmsa-ai.org; Website: nmschoolforthearts.org; Contact: Francesca Rodriguez, Director of Admissions and Community Engagement. Grades: 9 - 12; Enrollment: 300; Cost: Free. NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA-Charter High School, an accredited New Mexico state charter high school. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts with rigorous academics leading to a high school diploma. Residential scholarships/Financial Aid. continued on page 34

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East Mountains Private Schools Prince of Peace Lutheran PreSchool, 12121 N. Hwy 14, Cedar Crest, NM 87008. Phone: 505-281-6833; Email: popschool14@gmail.com; Website: pop14.com; Contact: Debbie Schuetzler, Program Administrator. Infants, Toddlers and PreSchool children welcome! Enrollment: 36; Teacher/Student Ratio: About 1/6. Prince of Peace has been serving the East Mountain community for over 25 years. We are a Christian based early childhood center and preschool that encourages age appropriate learning in a safe, rural setting. Our teachers and assistants are well prepared and offer loving attention to their students and parents. We enjoy a campus filled with music, laughter and creative minds; we are surrounded by the beauty of the east mountains. Prayer, Bible Study and learning to honor the Lord and each other are the centers of our curriculum. Before and After Care available. Enrichment programs include: Art, Life Skills, Conversational Spanish & Music.

Albuquerque Area Private Schools 1st Class Learning Center, 5111 Homestead Circle NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505898-5702; Email: 1stclasslearningcenter@gmail.com; Website: 1stclasslearningcenter.com; Contact: Leann C Gordinier, Owner/Director. Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years Old. Mission Statement: To provide a learning environment that is safe, enjoyable, interesting and peaceful for all children, their families and community. Our philosophy: We believe in our curriculum where each child develops according to age and capacity, having the freedom to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually without any pressure. We also believe children learn best when rules and limits are clear and consistent. Most importantly, we believe that children learn best by staff members who create an atmosphere that is loving, warm, caring and friendly by which all children feel accepted, safe, and a part of 1st Class Learning Center. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: FOCUS. Reasonable childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. CYFD subsidized care is also available and we do not charge sales tax. Discounts are also available. We have an age appropriate curriculum We serve nutritional meals mandated by CACFP. All staff are CPR/First Aid certified and have their background clearance. Staff also takes child care training mandated by the CYFD. ABC Preschool Rio Rancho, 1080 15th Street SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Phone: 505-999-1459; Email: abcpreschoolrio@gmail.com; Contact: Natasha Gacinski, Director, Ages: 6 months to 12 years old, Enrollment: 99; Teacher/Student Ratio: 5 star ratio; Accredited by FOCUS. We are FOCUS 4-star accredited and we follow 5star ratios. Our teachers are highly educated with many years of experience. We accept private pay and CYFD assistance. Discounts for APS/RRPS, nurses, veterans and first responders. Before and After Care available. Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109; Phone: 505-8283208; Email: admission@aa.edu; Website: aa.edu; Contact: Amy Eglinton Keller, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management. Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 1,169; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Cost: $25,390 (including lunch); Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Like our teachers, Albuquerque Academy students are world-class artists and athletes, scholars and explorers. The Academy is one of the top schools in the country, and we set each student on their own lifelong path of learning and doing. Through challenging coursework, deep connections with faculty and friends, and meaningful experiential education, our students grow to understand the greater world and how they can go out and serve it with wisdom, conviction, and compassion. Enrichment programs: Think Summer, ThinkIt!, Multicultural Summer Honors Program, Community Builders, Community Academy, Charger Aquatics. Devoting our resources to ensure economic accessibility to our students and to support the wider community through outreach and community service, we award more than $4.5 million in need-based tuition assistance each year. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are available at aa.edu. Application fee is $65. Application deadline for early decision is Nov. 20, 2020, and regular applications for admission are due Jan. 29, 2021. Financial assistance is a separate application and the deadline is Feb. 22, 2021. Applicants are invited to experience the Academy by watching the virtual open house on our website or by taking a private campus tour.

Albuquerque Christian School, 4931 McLeod Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505872-0777; Website: acsrams.org; Grades: PreK3 - 8th Grade; PreK3 students must be 3 by Sept. 1; PreK4 students must be 4 by Sept. 1. Enrollment: 101; Teacher/Student Ratio: PreK3, PreK4, & Kindergarten 1/12, First through 8th 1/20; Accredited by ACSI. Albuquerque Christian School has been providing Christ-centered, quality academics since 1982. Welcome to a safe, nurturing learning environment for your student with small class sizes and an advanced academic program. Our exceptional faculty and staff are waiting to support and inspire our students as they become lifelong learners and community leaders. ACS features dynamic enrichment programs in Art, Music, Computer, Library, Physical Education, interscholastic sports programs, and a licensed before and after care program. Financial Aid is available. Contact Hayley Rossi, Admissions Coordinator at 505-872-0777 for more information about enrolling. Bosque School, 4000 Bosque School Rd. NW, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-898-6388; Email: admission@bosqueschool.org; Website: bosqueschool.org; Contact: Ryan Hannon, Director of Enrollment. Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 470; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/9; Cost: $24,000; Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Bosque School is a college preparatory school situated on 45 acres alongside the Rio Grande. Our mission is to create transformative learning experiences that empower a diverse community of students to lead lives of intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and compassionate contribution to a more just world. We manifest our mission through our core values of inspiring academic excellence, cultivating community, fostering integrity, and learning from place. Explore Bosque School and experience Challenging Education in action. Financial Aid and Before and After Care are available. Enrichment Program: Bosque Learning Center. Apply by Nov. 20 to be considered for early decision. All early decision applicants will receive a priority decision by Jan. 21. Regular decision applications are due Jan. 29. Classical Conversations of New Mexico, Phone: 505-294-1941; Email: dbyers@classicalconversations.com; Website: https://www.classicalconversations.com; Contact: Daniela Byers, Area Representative. Grades: Kindergarten through College Credit; Enrollment: 700+; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8 or 1/12. Have recent events got you wondering about homeschooling? Do you need encouragement, accountability and support to homeschool? Our mission is to know God and to make Him known. We do that by teaching parents and students the classical tools of learning so that they can discover God’s created order and beauty - and then - enable others to do the same. With locations around NM, if YOU want to homeschool with a Classical, Christian focus, WE can help! Congregation Albert Early Childhood Center, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-883-0306; Email: ecc@congregationalbert.org; Website: congregationalbert.org; Contact: Dale Sides Cooperman, Director of Early Childhood Education. Ages: 2-kindergarten; Accredited by FOCUS. Welcome to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our 5 Star FOCUS school strives to make your child’s first school experience a happy and secure one. We offer a positive foundation for all future learning, creating that joyful, lifelong learner, where our students learn that education is both fun and important. We believe in sustaining a culture of inquiry, with licensed early childhood educators who partner with families and children, and where together we listen, wonder and reflect. Committed to providing an emergent and inspiring learning environment for a diverse population of young children, we provide classes for two through five year olds and an accredited kindergarten where Jewish culture, values and holidays are gently integrated. We are play-based and child-centered, supporting the uniqueness of our students and families. Joyfully, we welcome all families and all faiths. Call and inquire about full or part time choices. Limited scholarships may be available. Stringent COVID guidance is followed in our efforts to provide a safe space for you and your children. Come learn, play and grow with us! Escuela del Sol Montessori, 1114 7th St. NW, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-242-3033; Email: office@edelsol.org; Website: escueladelsol.org; Contact: Friedje vanGils; Head of School. Grades/Ages: 18 months thru 8th grade; Enrollment: 200; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6 Toddler, 1:12 Primary, Elementary & Jr. High. Accredited by American Montessori Society, National Council on Private School Accreditation. Escuela del Sol Montessori is an independent not-for-profit school that provides the best educational conditions to engage and nurture every child's innate passion to learn. Fundamental skills are integrated into an interdisciplinary program to nurture creativity and enthusiasm for learning while fostering critical thinking and social responsibility. Learning in an environment of kindness, courtesy, self-respect, and consideration for others is crucial to moral development, a sense of dignity, and academic success. In-person and distance learning available. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Spanish, Music, Art, Gardening. On-site chefs provide delicious and nutritious lunches and snacks. continued on page 36


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Family Enrichment Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505336-1150. Email: elynnf@jccabq.org; Website: jccabq.org; Contact: Elynn M. Finston, Director. Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years; Enrollment: 65; Teacher/Student Ratio: Compliant with NM State 4 STAR ratio requirements; Cost: $448 - 1169/month. Varies by age and schedule. Now in our 2oth year, we are a 3 STAR FOCUS program, providing a developmentally appropriate, Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum year round, which includes celebration of Jewish holidays and culture. We are a fully enclosed, secure facility with access to JCC indoor and outdoor campus as well as our own three playgrounds. Weekly KidFit program for our three and four year olds. Morning and afternoon snack provided. Scholarships available. Enrichment programs: weekly KidFit program. We are fully COVID-19 compliant and our small class sizes create intimate classroom learning environments for each age group. Our program is open to the entire community. Hope Christian School, 8005 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505821-2513; Email: admissions@HCSNM.org; Website: HCSNM.org; Contact: Admissions. Grades: Preschool through High School; Ages:3-18; Enrollment: 1175; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:16; Accredited by ICAA, AdvancEd, NMPED. HOPE is a private, non-denominational Christian school serving students on three campuses in NE Albuquerque. Our mission is to pray for, equip, and send Christ-centered, passionate leaders to change the world. Since 1976, Hope has sent out more than 2,700 graduates, with 98 percent going on to college or military service. Our advanced curriculum, with a Biblical worldview, is offered alongside comprehensive Athletics and Arts programs on all three campuses. Scholarships/Financial Aid. Before and After Care. We have been OPEN for five day per week in-class learning since August 17 for the 2020-21 school year, abiding by all government mandates with respect to COVID! Manzano Day School, 1801 Central Ave. NW, Abq, NM 87104. Phone: 505-243-6659; Email: evillegas@manzanodayschool.org; Website: manzanodayschool.org; Contact: Emily Villegas, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Grades: Pre-K through 5th; Enrollment: 460; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/10; Cost: $12,270-$15,670; Accredited by: ISAS and NM Department of Education. Manzano Day School, founded in 1938, is an independent, nonsectarian elementary school dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching and Joy in Learning to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world. Applications for 2021-22 are now being accepted. Financial Aid; Before and After Care.

Salam Academy, 8015 Mountain Rd Pl NE, Abq, NM, 87110. Phone: 5058887688; Email: fedah.abdelhack@salamacademy.org; Website: www.salamacademy.org; Contact: Fedah Abdelhack, Administrator/Director; Grades: Daycare, NM Early PreK, NM Pre K and K-HS; Ages: 6 months and up; Cost: Tuition based, CYFD accepted, Scholarships; Accredited by NCA and NECPA. Salam Academy is a NCA AdvancED and NECPA accredited school. We have a 5 STAR Early Childhood program and FREE NM Early PreK and NM Prek programs. Our Kindergarten and above classrooms have small teacher to student ratios and excel in all areas of Academics. Scholarships, Financial Aid and Before and After

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Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505-3383007; Email: admission@sandiaprep.org; Website: sandiaprep.org; Contact: Laura Fitzpatrick, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management. Grades: Grades 6 – 12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Enrollment: 500. Accredited by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Sandia Prep is an independent, college preparatory school. Your student will take meaningful risks in a supportive community while learning who they are and who they want to become. Through a blend of contemporary and traditional education, your student will think creatively, critically, and without limits. They will grow in confidence and resilience as they navigate the world. Our cohesive community means no one goes overlooked or unnoticed. "Small by design" means greater opportunities . for each student to grow as a leader. Financial Aid. Enrichment Programs: The Center for Learning Excellence (CFLE) at Sandia Prep offers academic services to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students. It is our philosophy that all attending students should be afforded opportunities to succeed academically. The Center for Learning Excellence offers Accommodation Plans, Academic Coaching, Structured Study Hall, Academic Skill Intervention, Study Strategies Support, Assistive Technology Support, ACT/SAT Standardized Test Accommodations, and Academic Screening and Evaluation Consultations. Southwest Secondary Learning Center, 10301 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Phone: 505-296-7677; Email: hriley@sslc-nm.com; Website: sslc-nm.com; Contact: Heather Riley, Business Office Clerk; Grades: 9-12; Enrollment: 175; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/16; Cost: Free; Accredited by AdvancED. Southwest Secondary Learning Center uses a highly successful educational reform model that integrates technology, and personal responsibility to motivate and educate students. With the use of a computer-based educational delivery system, and the help and guidance of a highly dedicated and professional staff, students receive an education that is focused on their individual needs. Pioneer in online/remote learning since 2001. SpringStone Montessori Schools, Abq and Rio Rancho, NM. Website: springstonekids.com. Nationally-accredited schools accepting children infant–6 years. Schools are open Mon-Fri, 6:30am– 6pm. Four state-of-the-art facilities: N. Abq Acres– 7940 Carmel Ave NE, 505-821-8181; UNM Area–1615 Randolph Ct. SE, 505-242-1234; Paradise Hills–4598 Paradise Blvd. NW, 505-8978111; Rio Rancho–2441 Grande SE, 505-994-8111. Enrichment Programs.

Sixth-grader Benjamin G. studies on the Sandia Prep Quad. Sandia Prep families can choose from hybrid learning or virtual at-home learning. Courtesy photo.

Our Montessori School, 1111 Eubank Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-2756111; Email: roxanne@ourmontessori.com; Website: ourmontessori.com; Lisa Seider, Administrative Assistant; Ages: Infant - 6 years; Teacher/Student Ratio: Infant, 1-4 ratio / 2 & 3 yr 1-6 ratio / 3-6 yr 1-10 ratio; Cost: Varies per program; Accredited by: FOCUS 5 STAR. Welcome to Our Montessori School (OMS), a not-for-profit organization, and the world of Montessori Education! We are a 5Star Facility! The purpose of Our Montessori School is to provide a unique, authentic Montessori education for infants - 6yrs, infant, preschool & kindergarten. We believe that appropriate education received at these early ages creates a love of learning for a lifetime. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Art, Music, Cooking, Science, Spanish, Yoga, P.E., Peace Curriculum. Our Montessori School has been in business for over 25 years! We accept families with CYFD assistance. We follow a non-discriminatory policy; accepting children and families of all races, creeds, social and economic status. We will coordinate and work with families and outside resources in the community to include necessary modifications to ensure full participation of your child.


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Sunset Mesa School, Northeast Heights, Morris & Candelaria, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-298-7626; Website: sunset-mesa.com; Contacts: Rebecca Toevs or Kim Leifeste, Directors of Admission; Email: admissions@sunset-mesa.com. Preschool Programs: (Ages 2½-PreK); Elementary School: (K-5); Preschool Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/8, with no more than 16 per class; Elementary School Ratio: 1/16; Accredited by State of NM, National Independent Private Schools Association. Sunset Mesa School is a family-owned private school established in 1948. Students participate in a broad range of intellectual, artistic and physical activities. They are challenged to become productive, responsible and caring people by learning sound values, compassion and ethical behavior. Students are encouraged to think and act independently, develop strong study habits, solve problems and think critically. Student achievement test scores are in the top 1 percent nationally for grades 1-5. Before and After Care available. Call for more information today!

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course work. ECA was awarded 2019 National Blue Ribbon HS status as an exemplary high achieving HS. ECA has the highest graduation rate and PARCC scores in district, highest ACT scores in city. We transport students from every part of the city everyday to the best high school in NM! Financial Aid. We are a College Preparatory School. If you would like your 8th grade student to get a closer look at our amazing school and shadow a current student, please call 505-247-3658 today to schedule. We are the sister school of the Career Enrichment Center and all ECA students have access to many unique academic opportunities. Visit cec.aps.edu to learn more. Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, 4401 Central Ave. NE, Bldg. 2, Abq, NM 87108. Phone: 505-243-1957; Email: jdooley@nmmediaarts.org; Website: nmmediaarts.org; Contact: Jonathan Dooley, Principal. Grades: 6-12; Enrollment: 222; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:22; Cost: No Charge; Accredited by Public Education Commission. Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) offers secondary students a comprehensive, project-based, cross-curricular education centered in the Media Arts. We prepare our graduates for positions in the media industries and for the rigor of post-secondary education. AfterSchool Clubs. MACCS is a tuition-free charter school that focuses on projectbased learning in the Media Arts. Our campus includes a state-of-the-art film production studio with a green screen, animation lab with 3D modeling software and 3D printers, and a photography studio with the latest editing and design programs. MACCS teachers work together to create a robust cross curriculum program. MACCS has a strong core curriculum program including a STEM program with a robotics lab. MACCS students win national awards, including nine Emmy awards and National Geographic photography awards. Our teachers have developed rigorous online curriculum programs that fit to educate students on the Media Arts and core subjects. Because we’re teaching online, students across New Mexico (not just in Albuquerque) can attend our school. MACCS is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year now. Apply at www.NMMediaArts.org/apply. Nex+Gen Academy High School, 5325 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-878-6400; Email: david.lynch@nexgenacademy.com; Website: nexgen.aps.edu; Contact: David Lynch, Principal; Grades: 9-12; Enrollment: 400; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/15; Accredited by Advanced Ed. Nex+Gen Academy is a small public school of choice. We have rigorous, standards-driven instruction supported by 1:1 technology in a project-based learning environment. Our students take ownership of the school culture and their own learning to meet high expectations and solve complex real-world problems. Enrichment programs: MESA, Robotics.

Academic Support Programs ABC Wellness, 324 Adams SE, Abq, NM 87108. Phone: 505-266-6039; Website: abcwellness.com; Contact: Mae Lynn Spahr, MA, Owner/Counselor. Ages: 18 months–adult. Mae Lynn Spahr, MA, provides a drug-free treatment alternative for children and adults who have ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, headache/migraine and chronic pain. Career Enrichment Center, 807 Mountain Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505247-3658; Email: arguelles@aps.edu; Website: cec.aps.edu; Contact: Patrick Arguelles, Principal. Grades: 9-12; Enrollment: 1,500; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:20; Cost: FREE; Accredited by: NMPED; APS; USEdDept. The Career Enrichment Center provides hands-on 21st century elective courses for APS HS, APS Charter and home-schooled students. We are teaching tomorrow's leaders: LPN nurses, EMTs, engineers, doctors, computer programmers, policemen, fire fighters, hair stylists, animators, architects, mechanics, film makers, entrepreneurs, researchers and more. We also have over 50 dual credit offerings, 8 World Languages, internships, apprenticeships and more! We provide FREE transportation from 18 APS high schools for all sessions of classes. Financial Aid; Enrichment programs: Dual Credit, AP, Advanced. CEC offers Education the way it should be: Rigor, Relevance, Family Engagement and Meaningful TeacherStudent Relationships. Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services of Albuquerque, Phone: 505-313-0073; Email: shageman@clubztutoring.com; Website: clubztutoring.com/albuquerque; Contact: Sue Hageman, Owner. Grades: Pre-K through Adult; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/1. Club Z! provides one-on-one tutoring in an environment highly conducive to learning — the comfort and security of each student's home. It is this combination of individualized attention and secure learning environment that will enable any child to quickly get back on the academic track and reach his or her full potential. Our tutors are vetted and qualified professionals with a passion for education. During the COVID-19 pandemic we follow CDC guidelines when working in students' homes. We also offer virtual tutoring for those families who prefer it.


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Huntington Learning Center, 8201 Golf Course Rd. NW, Ste. B-3, Abq, NM 87120. Phone: 505-797-3073; Contact: Sohale Mufti; Website: huntingtonlearning.com. Grades: K-12; Days/Hours: Monday to Saturday. Year after year we continue to offer children, ages 5-17, supplemental instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, phonics and related areas, as well as SAT/ACT test preparation. The positive encouragement of our staff and certified teachers combined with individualized instruction based on our diagnostic testing, is what we believe sets us apart and continues to make our program a success. Rio Grande Learning Solutions Beyond Tutoring! 10401 Montgomery Parkway NE, Abq, NM, 87111. Phone: 505-321-4486; Email: riograndelearningsolutions@gmail.com; Website: riograndelearningsolutions.com; Contact: Melanie Overbay, Owner/Facilitator; Grades: K-12; Ages: 6-99; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/1. Beyond tutoring! Helping with difficulties in reading, math, focus, attention, handwriting, organization, and more! Empowering individuals to take ownership of their learning by using their own unique strengths to do so. Rio Grande Learning Solutions, LLC, 10401 Montgomery Parkway NE, Abq, NM, 87111. Phone: 505-321-4486; Contact: Melanie Overbay, Owner/Facilitator; Email: riograndelearningsolutions@gmail.com; Website: riograndelearningsolutions.com; Grades: K-12; Ages: 6-99; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/1. The mission of Rio Grande Learning Solutions is to provide clients with highly effective, lifechanging tools, which enable each individual client to understand his/her learning style and take ownership and responsibility for correcting their learning difficulties. Facilitated one-to-one in a fun and supportive setting, clients leave with life-changing skills, such as Focusing techniques, Self-regulation tools and Reading exercises that eliminate guessing and promote comprehension. We work with individuals with and without a diagnosis in Dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Executive Functioning & Autism. Rocket Tree Studio, 12421 Placid Ave NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 864-561-5448; Email: rockettreestudio@gmail.com; Website: rockettreestudio.com; Contact: Lynn McColl, Instructor; Grades: 6-12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/1 for tutoring or 6 student max small class; Cost: $50 hour for private tutoring. Rocket Tree Studio is a lovely private teaching center surrounded by mountains and treetops, where students can relax as they acquire new skills and gain expertise and confidence. Instructor Lynn McColl has 32 years teaching experience for both Middle and High School students. She has taught varied English courses from Advanced Placement and Honors to ESL and remedial levels. Instruction is highly individualized, based on mutual respect, humor and belief in growth and accomplishment. Ms. McColl specializes in helping students learn effective methods for writing analytical and personal essays, with particular emphasis on the college essay. Your student will thrive at Rocket Tree Studio, in a nurturing, joyful atmosphere designed to cultivate excellence and inspire! Scholarships and Financial Aid available. Tutor-Me, 5528 Eubank NE, Ste. 6, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-307-4170; Contact: Sandra Akkad, Founder. Website: mytutorme.com. Tutor-Me is currently offering live COVID-safe in-house sessions as well as online ZOOM classes in all subjects specializing in grades K-12. Call for special COVID rates. Tutor-Me is a premier learning center that offers a hands-on approach when helping students with all math, English, reading comprehension, phonics, science, ACT, SAT, PSAT, Arabic, Spanish, French and more. We stimulate & motivate while enriching and helping our students. Tutor-Me provides a safe, conducive, and nurturing environment. We offer a free trial. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mytutorme. Information for this directory comes from the advertisers and does not constitute an endorsement by New Mexico Kids!

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