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What’s in this issue for you! January/February 2022

Vol. 31 No. 1

REGULAR FEATURES

STORIES & SPECIAL FEATURES

Calendar pg 19

Community Schools pg8

Let’s Draw pg 20

Neighborhood Focus Saves Failing New Mexico Schools

Kids’ Crossword pg 24

Youth Poetry Thrives in New Mexico pg 10 BMX Kids! pg 14 Directory of Schools & Academic Support Programs pg 30

Young Scientist pg 26 Let’s Read pg 28

Cover Story I am Mateo Hurtado Castillo. I am 12 years old and love to play golf. Both of my parents are concert pianists so my house is always full of music. I started to play piano at age 4 and dream of becoming a concert pianist one day, too. I have won several international piano competitions. Drawing is another of my passions. I painted this cactus because it is part of the New Mexican landscape and its colorful sunsets. You can find me on YouTube as Mateo Hurtado Castillo piano.

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Community Schools

Three years ago, Hawthorne was labeled a failing school by the state. The community school model was adopted as a way to save it from closure. It’s working. The school has seen improved student test scores and better communication with families, Arango said. Hawthorne offers an on-site clothing bank, a full-time social worker

Neighborhood Focus Aims To Save Failing N. M. Schools By TANIA SOUSSAN When parents of students at Albuquerque’s Hawthorne Elementary School need help paying the rent, writing a resume or finding beds for their kids, they turn to Alma Arango. Arango, community school coordinator for Hawthorne, helps families access help for basic needs so that students have the stable environment they need to do well in school. “We’re like the go-to place,” Arango said. “They know they can come to us for anything they need and we’ll find the resource.” Hawthorne is one of an estimated 80 community schools in New Mexico that offer family and community engagement, collaborative leadership and extended learning that makes the school a neighborhood hub. Help accessing health clinics and food banks also is available. The community school model is a framework for transforming education, said Dave Greenberg, executive director of the Center for Community Schools at the National Hawthorne Elementary School student Rhychevy Yazzie, 9, helps Education produce a daily Dragon News broadcast as part of the Genius Association Hour extended learning program. Dragon News airs on the New Mexico. school's private YouTube channel as part of morning announce“This is ments. Courtesy photos. not just a special program. It is the way we want to approach education,” he said. “We’re really a state leader throughout the country in this movement, which is getting a lot of traction. We’re paving the way in a lot of respects.” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in 2019 approved the Community Schools Act and the first state funding stream for community schools, with $2 million in planning and implementation grants. That number increased to $4 million in 2020 and $5 million in 2021. Next year, advocates are asking the Legislature for $10 million. Funding also comes from other in-state sources, including local governments, businesses and nonprofits. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation gave $600,000 over two years for community schools in Las Cruces, for example. Hawthorne is in the third year of a state grant that has funded Arango’s position as well as a behavior redirector (a specially trained educational assistant who helps students with difficult behaviors) and adult education programs. Donors provide school supplies for all the students and other partners provide programs as well. Next year, Hawthorne will be seeking Albuquerque Public Schools funding.

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A comfortable lounge created in the Santa Fe High School library building by the community schools program gives students a place to hang out. In the past, students didn't have a good place to go during free periods.

and referrals to health care and other services in the community. Students take part in an extended school day called “Genius Hour,” in which they participate in six-week, non-academic programs such as a Lego Club; drama, art and dance classes and the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program. The Rio Grande Educational Collaborative provides before and after school care and homework help. In January, Hawthorne will add the Girls on the Run program and adult education classes for parents, including GED preparation, English as a Second Language, computer literacy, parenting and healthy cooking. Another foundation of the community school model is collaborative leadership. At Hawthorne, a council – including neighbors, a parent, a small business owner, school staff, district personnel, APS board member Barbara Petersen and state Sen. Mimi Stewart – works with school administration. “Stakeholders in our school and our community are able to have a voice and make decisions on behalf of the students,” Arango said. Although there is a general model for community schools, there is not one blueprint. Each is based on the needs and vision of the community. “Community schools all look a little bit different,” Greenberg said. “By design, they are locally customized.” At Santa Fe High School, seniors who have a free period often head to the warm and inviting resource room, which has beanbag chairs, plants, games and other homey touches. “The kids just love it,” said Tommy Rodriguez, who was hired as the community school coordinator in April 2020. “It’s been a huge success.” Although Santa Fe High is in the early stages of transforming into a community school, Rodriguez already has worked with staff to create a resource room and rebrand the library where it is housed as a student union. The building also houses college and career services, including help for families looking for financial aid. Rodriguez has forged partnerships with community groups such as the Santa Fe Food Depot, which launched a food pantry program in November. Starting in January, the Santa Fe Mountain Center will work with the most at-risk kids in the school’s senior mentorship program to provide experiences such as ropes courses, hiking and rafting. In addition, Presbyterian Medical Services offers counseling for students and families at the school’s Teen Health Center, which is open to community members. A needs assessment found that some students fell behind during the pandemic and need extra help. They can go to afterschool tutoring by teachers four days a week. “We’re really working hard to make sure we can get them back on track,” Rodriguez said. Santa Fe Public Schools has a districtwide goal to make each of its schools a community school, said Crystal Ybarra, district lead for community schools. Five schools are in the program so far.


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Youth Poetry Thrives in New Mexico

relations, diversity and education.” A panel of poets and educators selects the winner, who then may go on to compete for Regional Youth Poet Laureate and National Youth Poet Laureate, which resulted in Amanda Gorman’s appointment. The Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate receives a $1,000 scholarship and has five poems published in the National Youth Poet Laureate Annual Anthology, published by Penmanship Books, as well as a photo and a poem on the National Youth Poet Laureate website, and arrangement of

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Poetry Coach Manuel Gonzalez with young poets at ABQ Unidos Poetry Slam Project. Photo by Mercedez Holtry.

New Mexico has long been famed for its active literary community, and poetry comes naturally to many young people, so it is no surprise that the statewide New Mexico youth poetry scene is thriving. Kelsey Brown, executive director of the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry in Santa Fe, cherishes the links among poetry, song and popular culture, especially as manifested in youthful expressions such as slam poetry and hip-hop. “Among the programs we are proudest to support,” she said, “are those focusing on young people, including Santa Fe’s Youth Poet Laureate Program, Artworks Poetry and other poetry-inschools programs in Santa Fe and Pecos and Albuquerque’s Warehouse 508 ABQ Unidos Slam Poetry Project.” The foundation, which is dedicated to “perpetuating the art of poetry and its role in American culture,” was created in 1972 with a bequest from the late Santa Fe poet Witter Bynner, who died in 1968 at age 86. The city has crowned three youth poet laureates: Hannah Laga Abram (2019), Artemisio Romero y Carver (2020) and Oz Leshem (2021) of Taos. Candidates submit five poems and evidence of active commitment to “civic and community engagements, poetry and performance, human

Emily Jaramillo and Kayla Janae performing Missing Sisters on Brave New Voices Final Stage 2019. Courtesy photo.

reading and speaking engagements. The 2022 application process, open to poets ages 12 to 18, begins in February. In Albuquerque, Warehouse 508 offers arts programming for young people ages 12 to 21. “Poetry saves lives and it changes the way we communicate,” says Mercedez Holtry, Warehouse 508 poetry program director. “Our youth need this outlet now more than ever.” Holtry leads a team of poets through the ABQ Unidos Slam Poetry Project in schools and community organizations to conduct poetry slam workshops. “We then encourage the youth we work with to attend local events, especially the youth open mics hosted at Warehouse 508, and we send a youth team to the International Youth Poetry Festival, Brave New Voices, to represent Albuquerque on an international level,” she said. Holtry has been involved with Warehouse 508 since she was a teenager. “I attended the New Mexico State High School Poetry Slam as a student representing Albuquerque High,” she said. “At Warehouse 508, I was introduced to the amazing poetry community we have here. 508 cultivated my creative identity. I represented 508 and Albuquerque at Brave New Voices in 2012 in Berkeley and in 2013 in Chicago. After I aged out, I continued my poetry career. I won hometown slams and I won prizes for Albuquerque in international slam competitions, including Women of the World Poetry Slam. Warehouse 508 was a place I could be myself and be safe as a young person. In more recent times, she noted that her involvement with poetry and young poets continues. “As an adult and a recent mother,” she said, “I want to give back. I graduated from UNM in 2016, volunteered as poetry coach at Albuquerque High and then I was hired as director of the Warehouse 508 poetry program. My dream has come true!” Warehouse 508 classes Mercedez Holtry. Courtesy photo. focus on performance art and hip-hop culture “in all their creative aspects from poetry to dance to fashion,” Holtry said. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to work with our schools through continued on page 12

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poetry class taught at Albuquerque’s Native American Community Academy by author and former Albuquerque Poet Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez. “Our students receive college credits from Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe,” Lopez said. “I teach poetry-composition focused on oral storytelling tradition and real-world experience with a variety of poetic forms and styles. We collaborate with Warehouse 508, which sends poets into our classroom to teach performance skills and to be models for our students. Our students practice performing their poems and they can record them on an audio books blog. It’s very exciting to follow these Indigenous young people as they grow into poised and confident creators of poetry.” Reading and reciting great poetry by published authors is also an essential element of every young poet’s development. In New Mexico, the Poetry Out Loud program, part of a long running national arts education initiative, encourages youth to study great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students. State Finals take place March 6 in Santa Fe. More information on the Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate program: bynnerfoundation.org/ypl/index.htm or contact Kelsey Brown: (505) 6995178, witterb123@gmail.com. More information on Poetry Out Loud: nmarts.org/poetry-outloud.html. Bill Nevins is a published poet, retired UNM/CNM creative writing teacher, former chapter chair of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, programs director of the Irish-American Society of New Mexico and poetry editor of “Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture.” He lives in Albuquerque and the Angel Fire/Black Lake area of New Mexico.

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BMX Kids! By EFRAIN VILLA

BMX racing is a sport for kids of all ages, even big kids with kids of their own. - USA BMX Being applauded by adoring crowds packing arenas in Las Vegas and farflung destinations in Europe and Canada may sound like the kind of celebrity treatment reserved for rock stars. But for several New Mexican athletes, it is just a regular part of being a kid on a bicycle – a BMX bike, to be specific. The term “BMX” is a hybridization of bicycle and motocross, alluding to BMX’s origin story. Although the exact location where the sport was invented is unsettled, it is generally believed to have been imagined into existence in the 1970s by kids imitating the stunts of their motocross idols. Since children’s access to motorcycles back then was limited, and to many parents’ relief remains limited to this day, kids would perform

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their improvised versions of motocross tricks on bicycles. The BMX riding landscape has figuratively and literally changed drastically from those humble beginnings. Whereas originally the twowheeled diversion mostly played out on America’s neighborhood backstreets and dirt lots serving as makeshift racetracks and obstacle courses for aspirational daredevils, it is now a sport enjoyed by all ages in state-of-the-art facilities scattered throughout the planet. What has not changed over the decades is that the fun is still powered by pedals instead of motors. Perhaps the biggest sign that BMX had matured into a full-fledged powerhouse sporting event came in 2008, when BMX racing earned a coveted spot in the Olympics. This year, the Olympics even added the BMX freestyle discipline to its blockbuster programming. BMX freestyling is scored by judges who award points for tricks, whereas BMX racing is as simple as winning by being the first to cross the finish line. Elite BMX riders enjoy endorsements, sponsorships and prime time television slots showcasing their feats of athleticism, fearlessness and creativity. However, whether jockeying to show off speed or maneuvering to land breathtaking tricks, even professional riders like to remind us mere mortals that BMX riding is ultimately about embracing the joy of

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Hannah Hawkinson and Myles Nyght, both 6.

play – a fitting reminder for a sport invented by children. In New Mexico, we are fortunate to have several places where children and adults can learn and practice BMX riding, including parks and USA BMX sanctioned tracks. Albuquerque is home to Duke City BMX, a nonprofit offering yearround opportunities to grow one’s BMX skills in the largest covered BMX facility in the country. Located just east of Isotopes Park, the track was recently renovated to compete with European tracks, which tend to be built to amplify technical difficulty. Although the track has been the host site for national competitions and is used by some of the best BMX riders in the world, several of whom call New Mexico home, the volunteers who staff the facility ensure it is also a very welcoming place for beginners of all ages. For parents who might be concerned after scrolling through social media feeds featuring death defying BMX acrobatics, it is worth noting that BMX riding is similar to many other sports: The level of intensity depends on one’s comfort and skill level. Justin Hawkins, president of the Duke City BMX board, stresses that safe enjoyment is always the top priority in operating and maintaining the track. “We take promoting safety very seriously,” says Hawkins. “You’re not allowed on the track without a helmet, long sleeve shirt and long pants to reduce injury if you do fall, and we inspect all bikes to make sure they’re safe.” Although it might seem intimidating at first, Hawkins says if you are able to ride a bicycle, you are already the perfect candidate for picking up BMX riding as a hobby. People can show up at the track without scheduling a visit any time the track is open to the public. There are even beginner clinics offered regularly for adults and children. If the idea of showing up at a world-class facility as a novice is still too daunting, there are also multiple BMX parks scattered throughout the state. In fact, Duke City BMX got its start at Albuquerque’s North Valley Bike Park, near Fourth Street NW and Alameda Boulevard NW. “We want people to know that this is our community’s track, and regardless of skill level, this is a low-pressure environment,” says Hawkins. “Our calendar is online but really, the best time to start is always today. You can bring your own bike, even if it’s a mountain bike. If you want to try a race bike before committing to purchasing one of your own, we offer a loaner bike program and helmet. We even have volunteers who can sometimes work with you one-on-one, and first-time visitors get a one-day free membership. All we ask is that you come with a good attitude, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Like all things, maybe it’s a little scary at first, but we’re all here to help you have fun and make friends.” Ten-year old Danica Appenzeller agrees that the track is an excellent place to ride and make friends, and as a nationally ranked rider who has had the opportunity to compete on some of the world’s most renowned tracks, she should know. continued on page 16


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“I was five-and-a-half when I started and at first, I mostly just screamed because it was pretty scary,” says Danica. “I kept going and everybody who was there said to just keep trying, and now it’s my hobby and I’ve met a lot of really cool people, like my coach Tomás (Fernandez).” When Danica mentions that she dreams of turning pro when she’s 19 years old, her mother, Shara Appenzeller, chimes in to point out that Danica’s pro BMX dreams depend on bringing home good grades. “School comes first, but she is very focused, and it’s been an amazing sport for Danica that has allowed her to make friends from all over the world, who she stays in touch with through FaceTime and their chats,” says Appenzeller. “In 2019, she made Team USA, and we went to Belgium. It was her first time out of the country racing and having everyone there to support each other was great. She has even been sponsored by Eldora Chocolate and Grassburger. So it’s really cool to say we’re from Albuquerque and local companies support kids like this. My advice to parents is to talk to everybody at Duke City BMX and even our sister track in Las Cruces, Wild Chile, because everybody is so friendly and will help you figure out if it is the right sport for your child.” Appenzeller says the risk of injury is a natural concern for parents, which is why she encourages families to go to the track and start off

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slowly to get comfortable. “There is a place for everyone in BMX, beginner to expert,” says Appenzeller. “There is a 2-year-old out there and a 73-year-old who rides, too. It’s about having fun, but they do take safety very seriously.” Andrea Gallegos, the mother of 7-year-old BMX racer Cruz Gallegos, says that as a nurse it was a bit hard on her nerves when Cruz first began to experiment with BMX riding at Duke City BMX at the age of 2. He quickly moved from a push bike to a pedal bike and now competes nationally. “The benefits outweigh the risks. He is learning sportsmanship. Win or lose, he has to be a good sport,” says Gallegos. “It helps that we are all like a family, so we are all close on and off the track.” The BMX community emphasizes that one of the best parts of BMX riding is that, unlike other sports, no one ever has to sit on the bench if they do not want to. However, for those who do prefer bench warming, parking and entrance is free at Duke City BMX for spectators. Also, the nonprofit is always seeking volunteers and no experience is necessary. For more information on BMX riding in Albuquerque and elsewhere, visit USABMX.com.

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Albuquerque Area Kids! Calendar Calendar Our calendar is as accurate as possible, but times, places & dates of events can change, so be sure to call ahead. To have your events listed free in our next calendar, fill out our calendar form at newmexico-kids.com, or send date, time, place, cost, description of activity, sponsoring organization and contact phone to kids@newmexicokids.com. The deadline is Feb 16 for listings in March/April. Calendar listings are not guaranteed because of space limitations. All phone numbers have a 505 area code unless otherwise noted.

Sat, Sun. This classic is transported to territorial NM in the late 1800s with elements of the state’s heritage and traditions. $49/$39/$29/$20/$14/$2 discounts for students, seniors and members, NHCC, ABQ Journal Theatre, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, festivalballetabq@gmail.com.

December Highlights

15, 22, 29, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 15-31, “The We Create Youth” Tile Mosaic Exhibit, -pm. Wild Hearts Gallery, Placitas, 221-B, NM-165, Placitas, 361-2710, wildheartsgallery-nm.com.

Arts & Crafts 18, Holiday Family Craft, 3:30pm. Enjoy creating holiday crafts. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 2916260, abqlibrary.org. 18, 25, Family Art Workshops, 12:30pm. Families try a variety of art mediums, materials supplied; all ages. Included with admission, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, cabq.gov. 21, Holiday Craft Lab, 2-4pm. Create crafty gifts or ornaments in this buffetstyle, free-for-all crafting extravaganza. Materials provided, ages 6+. Registration required, limited to 15. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

Classes & Workshops 19, 26, 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. Free, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar.

Cultural Centers & Museums 15-31, Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Display. Enter a Gingerbread house inspired by a Pueblo village, house, community church or historic building; a unique way to share and enjoy Pueblo culture. Included with admission/free members, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. 31, New Year’s Eve Before Dark, 10am-2pm. Create holiday-inspired artwork and tour the galleries, Free, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, 243-7255, NW, 764-6517, cabq.gov.

Dance 17-19, Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, 7pm, Fri, Sat, Sun; 2pm,

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Fairs & Festivals 15-17, 19-22, Trolly of Lights. See ABQ’s Holiday lights from the trolly. Tours last 75 minutes, please dress for 30 degree weather, visit website for times and details. $15-$30/Free lap sitters under age 5, Hotel ABQ, 800 Rio Grande NW, 200-2642, tourabq.com/abqtrolley. 15-23 & 26-30, River of Lights, 5-10pm (last entry 9pm). Millions of twinkling lights and nearly 600 holiday displays can been seen at the largest walkthrough light show in the state. Timed tickets can be purchased online. $7$17/Free ages 2 and under, ABQ BioPark Botanical Garden, 2601 Central NW, 7682000, cabq.gov, riveroflights.org. 15-31, Lights of Enchantment. A Community First program with more than 350 displays and more than one million points of light. Sandia Speedway, 100 Speedway Park SW, holdmyticket.com, lightsofenchantment.com. 15-31, Winter Wonderland, 6pm. A drive-thru holiday experience combining holiday spirit and NM culture into a family friendly attraction, with a walking section with vendors and Santa. A portion of ticket sales go to Carrie Tingley Hospital. $30/vehicle, Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, winterwonderlandnm.com.

Library Events 18, “Polar Express,” Rated [G], 2pm. Enjoy a reading of the book and a viewing of the movie, followed by a holiday surprise; registration required, limited to 20. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org.

Music 18, Holiday Pops!, 6pm. Holiday Pops! NM Philharmonic is joined by the Manzano Day School Chorus, and the ABQ and Youth Symphony with traditional sing-alongs; ages 2-11 must wear a mask, no children under 2. $24-$80, Popejoy Hall, UNM, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, unmtickets.com.

18, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, 10:30am. A 45-minute concert for all ages. Please consider bringing one or two non-perishable food items in support of the Cathedral of St. John's Food Pantry. Free, Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver SW 821-1956, polyphonynm.com. 19, Mariachi Christmas, 3pm. Join for a NM holiday tradition with swirling dresses, lively violins, horns. Children ages 2-11 must wear a mask, no children under age 2. $25-$65, Popejoy Hall, UNM, 203 Cornell NE, 277-3824, unmtickets.com.

School Break Camps 20-23, Arctic Adventure Winter Break Camp, JCC ABQ, 9am-4pm. Daily schedules include physical activities, arts & crafts, gaming puzzling, science experiments and Jewish culture; aftercare available 8-9am and 4-5pm. $65/$55 members per day, Jewish Community Center of Greater ABQ, 5520 Wyoming NE, 418-4455, jccabq.org. 20-23 & 27-30, “Science is Everywhere,” Winter Day Camps, 7:30am5:30pm. Multi-age collaborative camper experiences. Camp is 8:30am-3:30pm with free before an after care. Masks, daily COVID-19 screenings and registration required; as well as lunch, two snacks and refillable water bottle. Grades K-6. $70/$65 members per session, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org . 20-22, Winter Adventure Camp, Animal Humane NM. Dec 20 is ages 1113, 9am-3pm; Dec 21 ages 8-10, 9am3:30pm; Dec 22 ages 5-7, 9am-noon. Camps include virtual learning sessions, “Share Your Work Wednesdays,” Animal Art Poster Challenge and SNIFF FUNdraiser. $45/camp, Animal Humane NM, 615 Virginia SE,nmalhumanenm.org/winteradventure-camp. 20-22, 27-29, Explora School’s Out Camps, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. These halfday camps are multi-age collaborative camp experiences with STEAM engagement and include activities like making snowflake designs with reflections, creating animals with LEGO sets and solving puzzles. Camps are broken up into Pre K and K-5th. See website for details. $50/$45 members, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

Stage 16-18, 22-24, “A Christmas Carol,” 7:30pm; 1pm, Dec 24. A highly inventive adaptation of the classic Dickens story, pared down to its essential elements. At press time, COVID vaccinations or a negative COVID test result within 48 hours required to attend performances. $23/$21/$19/$15 ages under 13, ABQ Little Theater, 224 San Pasquale SW, 242-4750, Albuquerquelittletheatre.org. 17, “La Estrella”: A Flamenco Story of the King’s Quest, 7-9pm. Witness the story of the three kings told through flamenco. $35/$25 in person, $20 virtual viewing pass, National Institute of Fla-

menco, 1771 Bellamah NW, Suite A, 2427600, nifnm.org. 31, Opera Southwest: New Year’s with the Opera!, 2pm. A fun variety show featuring ABQ Youth Symphony and the Opera SW Chamber Orchestra, $49/$59/$69, NHCC, ABQ Journal Theatre, 11701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org.

Storytime 15, Pajama Storytime, 5:30pm. A cozy family storytime in the evening. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed friend. Stories, songs, rhymes and activities. Free, Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 291-6295, abqlibrary.org. 18, Stories by the Fireside, 5-7pm. Enjoy storytelling of a Pueblo tale around the bonfire as well as Pueblo dance performances. Admission is a new toy or clothing item for boys/girls ages 318 or three non-perishable food items, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW. 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. 25, Stories by the Fireside (Virtual), 5-6pm. Enjoy storytelling of a Pueblo tale online via Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, indianpueblo.org/stories-by-the-fireside2021.

Also of Interest 18-21, Santa’s Workshop Fiasco Escape Room, 2 & 4pm, Sat; 3pm, Sun; 4:30 & 6:30pm, Mon & Tue. Participants have 60 minutes to free santa from an escape room. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 31, Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, noon. Music, balloon drop, family fun, experiments and a raffle. Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

January Classes & Workshops 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Kadampa Center Meditation for Kids Online, 1011:30am. In this lighthearted and fun class, children build inner strength and confidence by developing good qualities with a short meditation, teaching & activities to help increase patience, respect, giving and kindness; ages 4-13. Free, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar.

Cultural Centers & Museums 1-6, Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Display. Enter a Gingerbread house inspired by a Pueblo village, house, community church or historic building; a unique way to share and enjoy Pueblo culture. Included with admission/free members, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, 843-7270,

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Albuquerque Area Kids! Calendar Calendar indianpueblo.org. 2, Visual Arts Museum: First Sunday Free Admission, 10am-4pm. Free for all NM residents, reserve tickets online, masks or cloth face coverings required. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org, my.nmculture.org/1097/4927. 5, Free First Wednesday, 9am-5pm. General admission is free on the first Wed of the month. Timed ticketing applies. Free, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, ABQ, 243-7255, holdmyticket.com. 5, 12, 19, 26, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. Explora is a learning place that welcomes visitors of all ages and provides real experiences with real things that put people’s learning in their own hands. Science, technology, engineering, art, math exhibits are designed for all ages. Open 10am-5pm, Tues-Suns, 1701 Mountain NW, ABQ, 600-6072, explora.us. National Hispanic Cultural Center offers virtual experiences including online building visits on its website, social media and YouTube channel. The Visual Arts Museum is now open 10am4pm, Tues-Suns; The Historic and Literary arts building is open 10am-4pm, Thus, Fris and a guided Torreón Tours of the “Mundos de Mestizaje” fresco are offered 11am, Thus, Fris. Timed tickets are limited and available online; those not fully vaccinated must wear a mask, 1701 4th SW, ABQ, 246-2261, nhccnm.org. NM Dept of Cultural Affairs has links with info like reopenings for museums, historic sites and other institutions that have resources, activities and exhibits online. The “Visit Virtually” section includes links to museums, cultural ctrs and libraries, newmexicoculture.org. NM Museum of Natural History & Science is open 10am-4pm, Weds-Suns and features eight permanent exhibit halls that take guests through time. Tickets must be purchased online, 1801 Mountain NW, ABQ, 841-2869, nmnaturalhistory.org/visitors/visitor-information.

Dance Ongoing, Cultural Dance Program, noon, Sats & Suns. Pueblo communities celebrate seasonal cycles through prayer, song and dance. These dances connect ancestors, community, and traditions while honoring gifts from the Creator. Included with admission, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW. 843-7270, indianpueblo.org. Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts has a YouTube channel for online dance classes for kids ranging from fitness to hip-hop and jazz. keshetarts.org.

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givers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

Fairs & Festivals 1, Lights of Enchantment. A Community First program with more than 350 displays and more than 1 million points of light. Sandia Speedway, 100 Speedway Park SW, ABQ, holdmyticket.com, lightsofenchantment.com. 1-2, Winter Wonderland, 6pm. A drive-thru holiday experience combining holiday spirit and NM culture into a family friendly attraction with a walking section with vendors and Santa. A portion of ticket sals goes to Carrie Tingley Hospital. $30/vehicle, Expo NM, 300 San Pedro NE, winterwonderlandnm.com.

Library Events Area Libraries offer activities like Lego Club, Book Groups, Read to the Dogs, Storytimes, Crafts, Movies and Knitting Clubs. Check websites for calendars and details: abqlibrary.org, riorancholibraries.org, placitaslibrary.com. 2, One Inch at a Time, 2:15-3:15pm. In this workshop, preschoolers will measure objects using a variety of tools, including "inchworms" as well as standardized tools like rulers and measuring tape. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org. 8, Chess Club, 1-3pm. Bring a chess set and learn game strategy from Coach Avery, all ages; registration required, limited to 20. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 9, Bright Light, Dark Shadows, 2:153:15pm. In this workshop, preschoolers will explore light and shadows using flashlights. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org. 10, Erna Fergusson’s Birthday, 2:305:30pm. Join for a celebration featuring an exhibit plus arts and crafts; all ages. Free, Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abqlibrary.org. 12, Mirror, Mirror, 3:30-4:30pm. Everything that is seen is because of light. If an object is smooth and shiny, a beam of light will bounce off in a predictable direction. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 16, Sound Sleuths, 2:15-3:15pm. Sounds are part of everyday experiences. Children can progress to sound sleuths who can listen to and describe all they see, feel and hear vibrating. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org. 20, Young Inventors, 3:30pm. Inventors find creative solutions for practical problems. Stories of young inventors and hands-on experience to inspire children. Free, South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta NW, 877-5170, abqlibrary.org. 22, Grow Your Own Garden Seedlings, 11am-12:30pm. Learn how to germinate and grow seedlings at home for yard and garden; registration

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required. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 23, A Balancing Act, 2-4pm. This workshop invites children and families to have fun exploring and manipulating the placement of weight in objects to learn about balance. Free, Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abqlibrary.org. 23, Do You See What I See?, 2:153:15pm. In this workshop, children and families use mirrors to bounce light all over the room to see around corners. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org. 29, Recycled Robot Revamp, 10amnoon. Bring creativity and ingenuity and rejuvenate recycled materials into robots. All materials provided, ages 5+. Free, San Pedro Library, 5600 Trumbull SE, 256-2067, abqlibrary.org.

Open Houses 22, Immanuel Lutheran School, 10am-noon. ILS is committed to providing children with a Christian education; ages two years old preschool through 8th grade; Christian teachers, small class sizes, challenging academics, K-8 sports, fine arts, before and after care. Free, 300 Gold SE, 243-2589, immanuelabq.org.

Science & Nature 15, Family Nature Club Hike, 10amnoon. Join an Open Space Educator on a family-friendly hike through the bosque and down to the river. Hands-on learning, natural history fun facts, storytelling and seek out wildlife. See website for what to bring. Registration required at play.cabq.gov. Free, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4955, visitalbuquerque.org/event/family-natureclub-hike/48655.

20, World Penguin Day, 10am-2pm. Learn more about penguins including the macaroni, king and gentoo penguins that live at the zoo. Included with admission, ABQ BioParkZoo, 903 10th SW, 768-2000, cabq.gov. 22, Grow Your Own Garden Seedlings, 11am-12:30pm. Learn how to germinate and grow seedlings at home. Instruction about heat mats, grow lights, seeds, fertilizing and planting. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 22, Sea Turtle Awareness Day, 10am. Activities, art, films, hands-on stations and a children’s sea turtle craft. Included with admission, ABQ Aquarium, 2601 Central NE, 848-7180, cabq.gov. 30, Science of a Simple Sort, 2:153:15pm. Use observation and classification skills to bring order to chaos. Free, Taylor Ranch Library, 5700 Bogart NW, 897-8816, abqlibrary.org. State Parks Free Entrance Days: schedules and details can be found at nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parksstate.htm.

Storytelling 18, Family Storytime, 10:30-11am. A program geared toward preschool/ kindergarten age children and their adults. English language with a Spanish language component. Free, Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales SW, 836-0684, abqlibrary.org.

Also of Interest 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.

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8, Get Crafty with a New Year Vision Board, 2pm. Start the year off with a vision of what the next 12 months will bring. Poster board, glue, recycled books and magazines for collage will be provided. Bring images or quotes and ideas. Limit 15, ages 12+. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 11, DIY Transfer Drawing Candles for Tweens and Teens, 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to add artistic creations to candles with this transfer drawing class; ages 10-18, registration required, limited to 12. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 15, NM Trivia, 2-3pm. Show off your knowledge of the Land of Enchantment, play alone or in a team up to five people. Prizes, registration required, ages 16+. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 587-8321, abqlibrary.com. 15, Steampunk Crafts, 2-4pm. Make a plague doctor mask for cosplay. Materials provided, registration required; ages 13+. Free, Tony Hillerman Library, 8205 Apache NE, 291-6264, abqlibrary.org. 19, 26, Project Atom, 4-5:30pm. This out-of-school-time club for high school students is an in-person program focusing on nuclear science. It is intended for high school students who want to expand their knowledge of nuclear science. Free, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, 2452137, nuclearmuseum.org. 29, Teen Volunteer Orientation, 10am-noon. Open to 14 years and older who would like to volunteer at the BioPark on weekends during the school year. Meet new people, learn about the natural environment and make a difference. Free, ABQ BioPark Education Building, 2601 Central NW, 848-7172, cabq.gov. Teen Artists. Teens & Tweens ages 9-17 have your art featured in the Teen Room white board for two weeks. Sign up at Central & Unser Library, 8801 Central NW, 768-4320, abqlibrary.org.

Especially for Parents 7, Kids’ Night Out, 6-10pm. Parents can have a night out while their kids enjoy recreation, games, dinner, a dance party and movies; grades K-8. $10, Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise, bernco.gov.

February Arts & Crafts 8, Acrylic Pour Painting for Tweens and Teens, 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to make an abstract painting using the Dutch pouring technique. Ages 10-18, registration required, limited to 12. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org.

12, Valentine’s Day Craft, 11am-noon. Make a fun valentine, a family event; registration required. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 12, Valentine’s Day Craft, 3:30-5pm. Free,Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 291-6295, abqlibrary.org.

Classes & Workshops 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. Free, meditationinnewmexico.org/calendar.

Cultural Centers & Museums 2, Free First Wednesday, 9am-5pm. General admission is free on the first Wed of the month. Timed ticketing applies. Free, ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain NW, ABQ, 243-7255, holdmyticket.com. 6, Visual Arts Museum: First Sunday Free Admission, 10am-4pm. Free for NM residents, reserve tickets online, masks or cloth face coverings required. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SW, 724-4771, nhccnm.org, my.nmculture.org/1097/4927.

Exhibits 2, 9, 16, 23, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1, Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us.

Library Events 2, Groundhog Day Adventures, 3:304:30pm. Celebrate Groundhog Day and learn about shadows with stories, activities and crafts. Free, Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE, 291-6295, abqlibrary.org. 8, Chess Club, 1-3pm. Bring a chess set and learn game strategy from Coach Avery, all ages; registration required, limited to 20. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 5, The Force is With You, 2-4pm. This workshop invites children and families to have fun exploring the magic of magnetic forces using common household objects. Free, North Valley Library, 7704B 2nd NW, 897-8823, abqlibrary.org. 9, Bright Light, Dark Shadows, 10:30-113:30am. In this workshop, preschoolers will explore light and shadows using flashlights. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org. 9, Hanging Out: Cantilevered Struc-

tures, 3:30-5pm. Using clay and toothpicks, how far can you make a stable platform with no support on one end? Put an engineering hat on and give it a try; ages 8+. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 12, Can You Hear Me Now? 2-4pm. This workshop invites children and families to have fun listening to and exploring sound and vibration. Free, North Valley Library, 7704-B 2nd NW, 897-8823, abqlibrary.org. 17, Gravity Tumblers, 3:30-5pm. Learn about the interaction between gravity, friction and inertia while making quirky examples of nonlinear motion to take home. Free, South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW, 877-5170, abqlibrary.org. 19, A Balancing Act, 2-4pm. This workshop invites children and families to explore and manipulate the placement of weight in objects to learn about balance. Free, North Valley Library, 7704-B 2nd NW, 897-8823, abqlibrary.org. 19, Innovation Station, 2:30-4:30pm. Drop by to experiment, make and discover STEAM project. Projects may vary; ages 9-18. Free, Main Library, 501 Copper NW, 768-5141, abqlibrary.org. 26, Do You See What I See? 2-4pm. In this workshop, children and families will enjoy using mirrors to bounce light all over the room to see around corners. Free, North Valley Library, 7704 2nd NW, 897-8823, abqlibrary.org. 27, The Force is With You, 2-4pm. This workshop invites children and families to explore the magic of magnetic forces using common household objects. Free, Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 888-8100, abqlibrary.org.

Science & Nature 2, 9, 16, 23, Toddler Time, 9-10am. Explora opens an hour early for caregivers and toddlers to enjoy early childhood exhibit areas, storytime and a music jam. Included with admission/free for members & under age 1,Explora, 1701 Mountain NW, 224-8323, explora.us. 9, Hanging Out: Cantilevered Structures, 3:30pm. Using clay and toothpicks, how far can ages 8+ make a stable platform with no support on one end? How will it be built, anchored? Kids can put on their engineering hat and give it a try. Free, Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE, 291-6260, abqlibrary.org. 12, Discover STEAM Day, 10am-3pm. A day of family fun with interactive STEAM activities. Included w/admission, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, 601 Eubank SE, nuclearmuseum.org. 12, Family Nature Club Hike, 10amnoon. Join an Open Space Educator on a family friendly hike through the bosque and down to the river. Hands-on learning, natural history fun facts, storytelling and seek out wildlife. See website for what to bring. Registration required at play.cabq.gov. Free, Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, 768-4955, visitalbuquerque.org/event/family-natureclub-hike/48655. 12, Growing and Maintaining Indoor Succulents, 6:30-7:30pm.

Unravel the mysteries of succulent houseplants like aloes, registration required. Free, Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, 857-8321, abqlibrary.org. 18, Great Backyard Bird Count, 810:30am. Volunteer with other citizen scientists around the country for this annual snapshot of migratory birds. Meet tour guides in front of the Botanic Garden. Free, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, 2601 Central NW, 848-7180, cabq.gov. 19, Container Vegetable Gardening with a Master Gardener, 10:30amnoon. Beginning gardeners interested in starting a vegetable container garden will learn the basics including proper container selection, what to grow and proper care. Free, South Broadway Library, 1025 Broadway SE, 764-1742, abqlibrary.org. State Parks Free Entrance Days: schedules and details can be found at nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parksstate.htm.

Storytelling 15, Family Storytime, 10:30-11am. A program geared toward preschool/ kindergarten children and their adults. English language with a Spanish language component. Free, Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales SW, 836-0684, abqlibrary.org.

Especially for Parents 4, Kids’ Night Out, 6-10pm. Parents can have a night out while their kids enjoy recreation, games, dinner, dance party, movies; grades K-8. $10, Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise, bernco.gov. 9, Healing Hearts Event & Silent Auction, 11am. The largest annual fundraiser for Children’s Grief Center. Check website for info, 323-0478, childrensgrief.org.

Also of Interest 6, Corrales Winter Market, 11am-1pm. Locally grown food and produce; see website for online store. Free, 500 Jones Rd, Corrales, corralesgrowersmarket.com. 15, Deadline for 2022 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest. The writing contest is divided into three levels: grades 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. Volunteer judges evaluates each essay about the topic “The Land Ethic.” Entries must be emailed to LeopoldWritingContest@usgo.net by 11:59pm, leopoldwritingprogram.org/ writing-contest.html. New Mexico Farmers’ Markets have ever changing information. Find the most up-to-date info at farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market. Ongoing, Kids’ Imagination Trail. Bring the kids to run, jump and play. Don’t forget to visit the other animals too. Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 N Frontage Rd, Edgewood, 281-7655, wildlifewest.org.

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Santa Fe Area Kids! Calendar Calendar December Highlights Music 18-21 & 23-24, A Baroque Christmas, 6 & 8:30pm. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents a holiday tradition in the festively decorated chapel. $20-$90, Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trail, lensic.org.

Open House 19, Holiday Open House, NM Museum of Art, noon-5pm. Enjoy a day of carolers, food and an appearance by Santa. NM Museum of Art, 107 W Palace Ave, 476-5072, nmartmuseum.org.

School Break Camps 20-22, Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Winter Break Nature Camps, 9am-3pm. Single-day winter exploration camps for 5-12 year olds; after care available for additional charge. $60 per day/$150 all three days, 1800 Upper Canyon, 983-4609, randalldavey.audubon.org. 20-23, 27-30, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, Winter Break Camps, 7:30-am-5:30pm. For ages 6-12. Please provide a full sack lunch and snack. Group activities include sports, games and arts and crafts $40-$15/per day based on sliding scale, 3221 Rodeo Rd, 955-4005, chavezcenter.com/youth-programs. 20-23, 27-30, Wise Fool’s Kids Circus Programs, 9am-3:30pm. For ages 7-12, no experience required for this space for kids to have fun trying circus in a safe, non-competitive environment. $285, Wise Fool New Mexico, 1131 Siler, Suite B, 992-2588, wisefoolnewmexico.org. 20-24 & 27-31, Santa Fe Children’s Museum Winter Camp 2021, 8:40am3:15pm. Ages 5-8 can explore the magic world of wizardry and adventure into the arctic. Week 1: Winter Wizard Lap, Week 2: Arctic Animal Adventure. Aftercare available, see website for details. 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org.

Also of Interest 17, 31, Music & Play in the Park, 4:306pm. An all-ages, family friendly event featuring live and recorded music, movement games, yoga and sound healing. $11$33 suggested donation, Alto Park, 1121 Alto, 428-8648, newmexico.org. 24, Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk, 5-8pm. This celebrated SF tradition begins at dusk, illuminated by candle-lit bags that line the streets and walls. Carolers will gather around bonfires to sing songs of the season

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Stroll Canyon Road by the light of the farolitos; caroling, and comradery. Free, visitcanyonroad.com/farolitos. 31, A City Different New Year’s Eve on the Plaza, 8pm. The Plaza will be warmed by stationary heaters and piñon bonfires. Three bands will perform on the Bandstand and the Kiwanis Club will provide free hot chocolate and biscochitos. At 11:45pm, Mayor Alan and city officials will host the countdown where a hand-crafted Zia symbol will rise against a backdrop of fireworks. Free, SF Plaza, 63 Lincoln, santafe.org.

January Arts & Crafts 8, Family Mornings at Folk Art: Light and Shadow, 11am-noon. Storytime, art activity and exploration in the galleries. Free, Museum of International Folk art, 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org.

Cultural Centers & Museums 2, NM Residents Free at Museum of International Folk Art, 10am-5pm. Ages 16 and under and foundation members are always free, 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org.

Exhibits Ongoing, “Clearly Indigenous,” 10am-5pm. A groundbreaking exhibit of works in glass by 33 Indigenous artists plus glass artist Dale Chihuly. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, 476-1269, indianartsandculture.org.

Library Events Area Libraries offer activities like Lego Club, Book Groups, Read to the Dogs, Storytimes, Crafts, Movies and Knitting Clubs. Check websites for calendars and details: santafelibrary.org, vglibrary.org. 5, 12, 19, 26, Kids Sing-Along with Queen Bee Music Association, 2pm. Singalong with Teacher Brian to fun tunes. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org. 5, 12, 19, 26, Children’s Chess Online, 5:45pm. Learn to play chess with other kids; a virtual event. Free, santafelibrary.org.

Music 16, Musical Performance by Euforia, 2-3:30pm. A Mariachi Norteño Fusion musical group with members from SF and Rio Rancho. Museum of International

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8, Little Earth Schoole, 7:30-am5:30pm. A multicultural and environmental curricula nurture life-long learners who will work to build diverse, just and peaceful communities; call to schedule. Free, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org. 18, Santa Fe Waldorf School, 9-10am. Pre-school through high school. 467-6431, santafewaldorf.org/visit.

School Break Camps 3, Winter Break Camps, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 7:30-am5:30pm. For ages 6-12. Please provide full sack lunch and snack. Group activities include sports, games and arts and crafts $40-$15/per day based on sliding scale, 3221 Rodeo, 955-4005, chavezcenter.com/youth-programs.

Science & Nature 1, Community Day at the Garden, 10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID. Free, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, SF, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

Storytelling 5, Silliness Storytime and Craft, 10:30am. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org. 6, Fun with Firefighters, 1-2pm. The Museum partners with SF Fire Department to bring a storytime where firefighters read some of their favorite books and everyone can go outside to see the firetruck. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 11, Penguin Theme Storytime and Craft, 10:30am. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

February Arts & Crafts 11, Valentine Creation Station, Create a valentine for someone you love. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org. 12, Family Mornings at Folk Art: Celebrations: Lunar New Year, 11amnoon. Storytime, art activity and exploration in the galleries. Free, Museum of International Folk art, 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org.

Library Events

2, 9, 16, 23, Children’s Chess Online, 5:45pm. Learn to play chess with other kids; a virtual event. Free, santafelibrary.org. 2, 9, 16, 23, Kids Sing-Along with Queen Bee Music Association, 2pm. Singalong with Teacher Brian to fun tunes. Free, Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org. 12, Turtle Talk! A storytime with NM Wildlife Center, 1pm. Hear stories about turtles and meet a turtle from the Wildlife Center. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org. 18, National Love Your Pet Day Craft Session, 2pm. Make a gift for the pet you love. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

Open House 26, Little Earth School, 7:30-am5:30pm. A multicultural and environmental curricula nurture life-long learners who will work to build diverse, just and peaceful communities; call to schedule. Free, 988-1968, LittleEarthSchool.org.

Science & Nature 8, Community Day at the Garden, 10am-4pm. Free admission to the Garden for NM residents and students with ID. Free, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, 715 Camino Lejo, SF, 471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org.

Storytelling 3, Fun with Firefighters, 1-2pm. The Museum partners with SF Fire Department to bring a storytime where firefighters read some of their favorite books and everyone can go outside to see the firetruck. Included with admission, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 989-8359, santafechildrensmuseum.org. 23, African American Authors Storytime and Craft, 10:30am. Celebrate African American Authors. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.

Also of Interest 6, Lunar New Year Celebration, 14pm. Celebrate Asian New Year traditions; all ages. the Lunar Year 2022 celebrates the Year of the Tiger. Free, Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, 476-1200, internationalfolkart.org. 8, Chinese New Year Storytime and Craft, 10:30am. Celebrate the Chinese New Year; 2022: The Year of the Tiger. Free, Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr, 955-2820, santafelibrary.org.


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The Young Scientist By AILEEN O’CATHERINE How do planes that weigh millions of pounds lift into the air? What are the principles of flight? The aerodynamics pioneered by the Wright brothers in 1903 are the same ones used today. To understand flight, it is important to understand the four forces of flight: lift, weight, drag and thrust. It’s also good to understand the Bernoulli Principle and Newton’s first and third laws of motion. Lift and gravity, two of those four forces, act on an airplane when it is in the air. We’ll look at just one element of flight, Bernoulli’s Principle, to get a better understanding of how planes manage to lift off the ground. Daniel Bernoulli was born Feb. 8, 1700, into a family of well-known Swiss mathematicians. His father, Johann Bernoulli, was an early developer of the field of calculus, and his uncle Jacob Bernoulli was the first to discover the theory of probability. Although Daniel Bernoulli studied medicine and business, his real love was mathematics. He was known for his work with applied mathematics, especially in the field of fluid dynamics, the study of how fluids such as air move. Like water, air is a fluid, but unlike water, which is a liquid, air is gaseous. Air is considered fluid because it takes on different shapes and can flow. In 1738, Bernoulli published “Hydrodynamica,” his study of how fluids behave when in motion. He developed the principle that a fluid’s energy equals the fluid’s pressure times its speed. His principle states that the speed of a fluid (in this case, air) determines the amount of pressure that fluid can exert. This is called Bernoulli’s Principle. Bernoulli experimented with something called a venturi tube, a tube that varies in width. Think of a straw that becomes narrower in the middle and you have an idea of what a venturi tube looks like. Air particles that pass through the tube must move at a higher speed to pass through the narrower area. When that occurs, pressure is reduced. For a realworld example of a venturi tube, think of a car passing a truck on the road. The wind that moves between the two vehicles acts as a kind of venturi tube. The air moving between the vehicles must move at a higher speed as the space between the vehicles narrows, which creates less pressure between the vehicles. Because of this, the car is pushed toward the truck by the air pressure on the other side of the car. High pressure always moves toward low pressure. Several forces work to get an airplane into the air. It takes thrust to get the plane moving and this is Newton’s first law of motion: an object at rest remains at rest, but an object in motion remains in motion unless acted upon by an external force. An airplane wing is called an airfoil. Because of the shape of the airfoil, the air into which the plane flies is split at the wing’s leading edge, passing above and below the wing at different speeds so the air reaches the same endpoint along the trailing edge of the wing at the same time. The curved upper surface of the wing forces the air rushing over the top of the wing to speed up and stretch out, decreasing the air pressure above the wing. The air below the wing flows in a straighter line, so its speed and pressure remain about the same. High pressure always moves toward low pressure (think of the car passing the truck, above, where the high pressure on the outside of the car pushed it toward the low pressure between the vehicles), so the air below the wing pushes up toward the air above the wing. The wing or airfoil in the middle is then lifted by the force of the air that is perpendicular to the wing. The faster the airplane moves, the more lift. Finally, when the force of lift is greater than the force of gravity, the plane takes off. The thrust of the engine moves the plane forward in flight. Although we can learn of all the forces that create flight, getting to know Bernoulli’s Principle provides insight about how a large object such as a plane can lift off into the air.


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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.

Meditation Station Author: Susan B. Katz Illustrator: Anait Semirdzhyan Publisher: Bala Kids Ages: 4-10 years This is a book about how to be mindful. Take the train of thought,

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Onyx: The Wolf Who Found a New Way to Be a Leader Part of: True Stories of Animal Heroes

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Author: Vita Murrow Illustrator: Anneli Bray Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Ages: 4-7 years This book is about a small wolf pup. Onyx is small and shy. He is the runt of the litter and is bullied by his siblings for being so small. But Onyx thinks differently and knows he can still be a good littermate. He meets a family without a father and plays with the pups instead of fighting them. One of the pups is small but strong. This pup named Bravo doesn’t listen and snarls, sulks and bites.

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Author and Illustrator: Jesse Lavison Publisher: Pow! Kids Books Ages: 2-5 years If I was 3 years old, I would love this book. It teaches younger kids about the alphabet with some very silly

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Jim Curious & the Jungle Journey Author: Matthias Picard Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Ages: 4-8 years Have you ever been on a mysterious jungle journey? Well, if not (or even if you have), you should read this book. It includes 3-D glasses and a fellow to go with you. His name is Jim Curious. This is an awesome book and has no words (except for the cover). There are some monsters, lots of butterflies and lots of adventures. Read the book if you want to see if he gets home from his jungle journey! The publisher recommends this book for ages 3-8, but I am 10 and I think this book is perfect for any age. This book shows how you can be imaginative and curious about the world around you, just like Jim Curious. By Craig.W, 10


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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 Schools Fayette Street Academy, 830 Fayette St., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-982-3396; Email: info@fayettestreetacademy.org; Website: fayettestreetacademy.org; Ages: 5-12; Enrollment: 42; Average Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Cost: $9,750. For over 40 years, we have offered high quality, individualized education with a small student-to-teacher ratio. Our scholar citizens, ages five through twelve, are 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. Little Earth School, 321 West Zia Rd., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-988-1968; Email: ellen@littleearthschool.org; Website: littleearthschool.org; Contact: Ellen Souberman, Director. Grades: Preschool-Elementary; Ages: 2 – 9 years; Enrollment: 40; Established in 1978, Little Earth School provides a successful program of academic excellence for children preschool through elementary. Children learn through an integrated, developmentally appropriate and experiential curriculum which includes art, music, Spanish, yoga, environmental and multicultural studies and which emphasizes respect for self and others. Tuition assistance and before and after care available.

chess, acting, and more. 165 students, pre-K through sixth grade; 43% boys, 57% girls. Student-Educator ratio is 6:1. Capacity is 16 Pequenos, 18 Grandes and 20 in Kindergarten through sixth grade. 39% of students receive tuition assistance between 10% and 90% of the cost. Santa Fe Girls’ School, 310 W. Zia Road, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-820-3188; Email: admissions@santafegirlsschool.org; Website: santafegirlsschool.org; Contact: Rosie Williams, Co-Director. Grades: 6, 7, 8; Enrollment: 45; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:7; Cost: $15,000. Santa Fe Girls' School is a small, allgirls 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, 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. Financial Aid. Enrichment programs: Self-defense, electives. Call or email to schedule a 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: $4,950 $20,300; Accredited by AWSNA/WECAN. Discover a school where the arts, academics and athletics come alive in a truly integrated curriculum that mirrors the child’s inner development and carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to prepare the child as thoroughly as possible for all life experiences. An international network of mindful education, Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational movements in the world, with 1,200+ schools operating worldwide. Parent & Child classes also available. Scholarships, Financial Aid and Before and After Care available.

May Center for Learning, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-983-7407; Email: Temple Beth Shalom Preschool, 205 E. patty@maycenter.org; Website: maycenter.org; Barcelona Rd., SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-982Contact: Yohta Namba, Executive Assistant. 6888; Email: preschool@sftbs.org; Website: Grades: prek-8th grades; Enrollment: 70 sftbs.org; Contact: Paula D. Gorman, students in the school, 40 students in tutoring Preschool Director. Ages: 18 mo.-2 1/2 yrs, programs; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6; Cost: Botany in the Bosque: Sofia Torrebiarte, 9, a 4th-grader at Cottonwood 2 yrs-3 1/2 yrs, 3 yrs-4 1/2 yrs, and 4 yrs$65/hour for tutoring; Accredited by AdvancED. School ini Corrales participates in a hike to the nearby bosque to sketch 5 1/2 yrs. Teacher/Student Ratio: 18 mo.-2 1/2 May Center for Learning is a nonprofit outand identify local plant species. Photo by Julia Hayes, teacher. yrs-1/6 ratio, 2 yrs-3 1/2 yrs-1/7 ratio, 3 yrs-4 reach organization providing a school, summer 1/2 yrs-1/9 ratio, and 4 yrs-5 1/2 yrs.-1/10 ratio. programs in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, tutoring, evaluation, and teacher proCost: 3 days-$809; 4 days-$926; 5 days-$1,049. Accredited by NAEYC (We are a 5 fessional development. We specialize in best practices for students with learnSTAR Preschool). We are committed to providing children and their families ing differences, supporting literacy skill development, and executive functionwith a caring, creative, enriched environment involving music, art, and science. ing skills. Scholarships/Financial Aid. We have a passion for supporting children's innate joy of learning, and in which allowing them to reach their full potential. Scholarships/Financial Aid; Rio Grande School, 715 Camino Cabra, SF, NM 87505. Phone: 505-983-1621; Before and After Care. We are licensed by Early Childhood Education and Care Email: admissions@riograndeschool.org; Website: riograndeschool.org; Contact: Department. Rachel Gantt, Associate Head of School. Grades: Preschool through 6th Grade; Ages: 3-12. Enrollment: 165; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6; Cost: 15K-21K; Accredited by: NAIS, ISIS. 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 K-6-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: Soccer, swimming, science, clay, running,

Wonderschool, Website: wonderschool.com; Contact: hello@wonderschool.com. Ages: 0-5. There Is No Greater Sense Of Relief Than Finding The Right Child Care. You want a place where your child is excited to spend time, where friendships are made, and where the world is safely explored. You want a provider who really listens to you, and connects with your child in a magical way. Wonderschool supports dedicated providers in creating and sustaining these programs and helps families find and connect with directors every step of the way. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. continued on page 32

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Albuquerque Area 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. ACES Technical Charter School, 4501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Ste. C1, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505-506-1186; Email: jeron@acespublicschools.org; Website: acespublicschools.org; Contact: Jeron Campbell, Ed.L.D., Founder and Principal. Grades: K-2, 6-8. Enrollment: 72; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12; Cost: Free. At ACES Tech, our students receive excellent STEM-focused instruction from our highly qualified and motivated team of teachers. We provide a safe, modern and inspirational educational environment. ACES Tech offers a well-rounded curriculum where each student is challenged to develop a variety of their personal skills. Our daily schedule includes additional built-in time for teachers to provide students with academic support and implementing hands-on STEM projects. Enrichment Programs: STEM, chess, basketball.

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Albuquerque School of Excellence, 13201 Lomas Blvd NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-261-3949; Email: hkomiske@abqse.org; Website: abqse.org; Contact: Hannah Komiske, Outreach. Grades: K-12. Enrollment: 1,100, Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:25. Accredited by: NMPED. Albuquerque School of Excellence is a tuition free college preparatory charter school that was founded in 2010. Our mission is to provide a safe and collaborative environment that will cultivate the academic and social development for all students regardless of their socio-economic status by emphasizing math, science, and technology for the purpose of students setting and meeting higher education goals. ABQSE is a spotlight school that was selected by New Mexico Department of Education. After care. Variety of school clubs such as journalism, coding, robotics, basketball, volleyball, and others! Alice King Community School, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-344-0746; Email: akcs@akcs.org; Website: akcs.org; Contact: Kristi Collins, Head Administrator. Grades: K - 8; Enrollment: 450; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15; Cost: Free. Alice King Community School (AKCS) is a K-8th grade tuition-free public charter school. AKCS has an extended school year and a 4-day school week. Students attend school Monday-Thursday, and Friday is an at-home learning day. The mission of AKCS is to provide a school where students thrive academically and socially in a multiage setting. AKCS provides a rigorous curriculum with hands-on project-based learning and social-emotional learning. Students learn presentation and listening skills while collaborating and problem solving with one another on school and home projects. Art, music, technology, and PE are taught on a weekly basis to all students. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom. Before and After Care. Lottery applications for the 2022-2023 school year are available on the school's website at www.akcs.org beginning January 5, 2022. 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: 440; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:10; Cost: $24,960; Accredited by Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS). Bosque School is an independent college preparatory school in Albuquerque, NM, serving students in grades 6–12. We 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. Our dynamic, immersive, interdisciplinary learning environment challenges each student to think critically, creatively approach problems, and collaborate effectively with cultural competence. Experience Challenging Education in action by visiting our 42acre campus alongside the Rio Grande or online at www.bosqueschool.org. Financial aid is available. Before school care and after school care are available. Enrichment Program: Bosque Learning Center. Apply by January 7, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision on February 25, 2022. 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, Early Childhood Director. Ages: 2-kindergarten; Accredited by FOCUS. Welcome to Congregation Albert’s Early Childhood Center, established in 1982. Our 5 Star accredited early learning environment 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 2-5 year olds and an accredited kindergarten where Jewish culture, values and holidays are gently integrated. We are play-based and child-centered. Joyfully, we welcome all families and all faiths. Full & 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! Corrales International School, 5500 Wilshire Ave. NE, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505344-9733; Email: info@corralesis.org; Website: corralesis.org; Contact: Mark Tolley, Head of School. Grades: K-12. Enrollment: 260; Teacher/Student Ratio: varies, average 1/21; Cost: None; Accredited by: New Mexico Public Education Department. Corrales International School (CIS) is a tuition-free public charter school serving K12 students in Albuquerque. CIS offers a Bilingual (Spanish) education and International Baccalaureate Primary and Middle Years programs. Students also engage with a comprehensive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum geared toward biomedical sciences. Students follow an advanced curriculum and upper-level students are able to earn college credits from CNM and UNM. Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Tutoring and Community for Learning. K-2 90-10 Spanish Immersion. continued on page 34

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Cottonwood Montessori School, 3896 Corrales Rd., Corrales, NM 87048. Phone: 505-239-1765; Email: trish@cottonwoodschool.org; Website: cottonwoodschool.org; Contact: Trish Nickerson, Executive Director. Grades: Toddler-6th Grade; Ages: 18 month to 12 years. Enrollment: 160; Cost: $8,000-$14,000. Accredited by: COGNIA and ECECD. At Cottonwood School, how children learn is as important as what children learn. We partner with parents who believe that the early years are the most important. Together we cultivate each child's talent and character by nurturing their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Our high quality, state accredited programs unleash the potential of every child and develop a foundation for academic achievement and lifelong success. Our faculty is comprised of dedicated Early Childhood and Elementary teachers and aides whose common goal is to encourage the development of each child through individualized learning opportunities. Our dynamic hands-on Montessori curriculum also includes weekly enrichment programs in Art, Drama, Music, P.E., Steel Band and Environmental Education. Our unique children’s garden, working greenhouse, chicken coop and apple orchard are mini-land labs which take science out of the textbook and into the hands of our students. Our classrooms are warm, open environments conducive to exploration and collaboration as well as independent study. Our students are grouped in multi-age clusters which facilitate optimal learning through peer mentoring, teamwork and community building. We consistently maintain low studentteacher ratios of 14-1 in Early Childhood and Elementary programs and 8-1 in Toddler classes. Cottonwood School is located 5 minutes from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho in the historic Village of Corrales and is housed in several beautiful Southwestern buildings. A 15 minute walk from the Rio Grande, our cozy campus is situated on 7 acres of bosque land. Before and after care available. We utilize both indoor and outdoor classrooms while safely distancing our students and their families. Our faculty is 100% vaccinated and we use mask wearing protocols inside and out, along with classroom and playground pods, heavy cleaning and daily sanitizing. Early College Academy, 807 Mountain Rd. NE, Abq, NM 87102; Phone: 505-2473658; Email: arguelles@aps.edu; Website: cec.aps.edu; Contact: Patrick Arguelles, Principal; Grades: 9-12; Enrollment: 200; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/13; Cost: FREE; Accredited by: NM PED. We are an APS Early College Magnet HS and School of Choice offering rigorous academic curriculum with opportunities for dual credit 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.

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Escuela del Sol Montessori, 1114 7th St. NW, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-242-3033; Email: office@edelsol.org; Website: escueladelsol.org; Contact: Elizabeth Marcilla; Administrative Director. 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. Hoffmantown Kids Express, 8888 Harper Dr. NE, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505858-8602; Email: janicef@hoffmantown.org; Website: hoffmantownchurch.org; Contact: Janice Faulkner, Director of Kids Express. Ages: 2 years to Pre-K; Enrollment: 182; Teacher/Student Ratio: 2/14. Kids Express provides quality care in a positive, Christian atmosphere which promotes the spiritual, cognitive, and socio-emotional growth of children. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum along with Bible stories and activities helps provide educational fundamentals and social experiences that prepare our students for greater success in Kindergarten. Cost varies with program. Each classroom provides playing and learning centers where children can participate in individual or group educational play so that each child can learn about their world through exploration. HOPE Christian School, 8005 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87109. Phone: 505822-5399; Email: admissions@hcsnm.org; Website: HCSNM.org; Contact: Roxann Vineyard, Director of Enrollment Management. Grades: PreK-12th; Ages: 318. Enrollment: 1,200+ (623 in Preschool/Elementary); Teacher/Student Ratio: Preschool 1:12; K-12th 1:20; Cost: $4,965 - $10,075; Accredited by: ICAA, AdvancEd continued on page 36

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(Cognia), and NMPED. We offer three beautiful campuses that serve children from Preschool through 12th grade. At Hope we are a family, providing academically challenging curricula from a biblical worldview, full sports program from 1st grade, music and arts. Our mission is to pray for, equip, and send Christ-centered, passionate leaders to change the world. Teaching children from the youngest ages to know and love their creator, and to honor and serve others, is a focus throughout. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Full sports program 1st - 5th grade; After school music. Spacious NEW state-of-the-art building for preschool and elementary!

garten. 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.

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool, 300 Gold Ave SE, Abq, NM, 87102. Phone: 505-243-5665; Email: admissions@immanuelabq.org; Website: immanuelabq.org/academics/pre-school/. Contact: Vivian Rindone, Preschool Director. Ages: 2 years old through 5 years old. Enrollment: 40. Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:8. Licensed with the state of New Mexico and participates in FOCUS through the state for quality improvement and quality achievement. Immanuel Lutheran Preschool is a Christian preschool where your child will learn about God and Christ. We instruct using Bible stories that teach your child that God’s gifts through His Son are faith, forgiveness, love, listening, patience, and prayer. We share Christ with your child through the Holy Spirit. ILP is a part of ILS – Teaching a Changing Christ to a Changing World. Your child will be welcomed into a caring community of learners. Your child will be taught by Christian teachers who hold degrees in early childhood education. Learning through play helps all of your child’s developmental domains, social/emotional, cognitive, fine/gross motor, creative and language. Scholarships, Financial Aid, Before and After Care available. We are open from 7am-5:30pm. Full and part time schedules for 1-5 days a week. CYFD accepted

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 6 – 12; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1/7; Enrollment: 514. 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 and ACT/SAT Standardized Test Accommodations. Fall 2022 applications now open for grades 6 – 12 at sandiaprep.org/apply.

Immanuel Lutheran School, 300 Gold Ave SE, Abq, NM 87102. Phone: 505-2432589; Email: admissions@immanuelabq.org; Website: immanuelabq.org; Contact: Michael Brandon, Principal. Grades: Kindergarden through 8th grade. Enrollment: 140; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:15. Accredited by State of NM and National Lutheran School Accreditation. ILS is committed to providing your child with a quality Christian education. More importantly, Immanuel Lutheran School allows your child to study God’s Word daily, to see how it relates to other areas of the curriculum and incorporate that message into his or her daily life. A committed congregation, a dedicated faculty and staff, supportive parents, caring students, and a family atmosphere make ILS a place where your child can grow in knowledge and faith. Challenging academics, athletics and fine arts along with Student Council led after school clubs round out your child's whole person education. Scholarships/Financial Aid available; Before and After School Program; State lunch program. Manzano Day School, 1801 Central Ave. NW, Abq, NM 87104. Phone: 505-2436659; Email: evillegas@manzanodayschool.org; Website: manzanodayschool.org; Contact: Emily Villegas, Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Grades: Prek 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 2022-23 are now being accepted. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Montessori ONE Academy, 9360 Holly Ave. NE, Abq, NM 87122. Phone: 505822-5150; Email: director@montessorione.net; Website: montessorione.net; Contact: Tina Patel, Founder. Grades: Infant, Preschool, Elementary; Ages: Six Weeks – 11 Years. Enrollment: 200; Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:12; Infants: 1:4. Cost: $1,250/Month (Average); Accredited by: Association Montessori Internationale. Montessori ONE Academy is an AMI-recognized (Association Montessori International/USA), authentic Montessori infant care, preschool and elementary academy. Children at Montessori ONE Academy are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Under the guidance of our AMI-recognized Montessori teachers, children develop at their own pace and learn that school and learning can be a fun and exciting adventure, thus creating lifelong learners. Before and After Care. Enrichment programs: Drama, Music, Physical Education, Spanish and more. Enrollment is on a rolling schedule based upon availability. 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 & kinder-

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Southwest Child Care, Abq, NM. Website: southwestchildcare.com; Ages: 012. 5-Star Child Care; Nationally Accredited; Infant & Child Care; Preschool & NM Pre-K; Before & After Care; USDA Food Program and Nutritious Meals. Professional, caring, and highly-trained staff provide a nurturing, fun, and safe environment for children to socialize, learn, and grow. Low child-to-staff ratios. Enriching classrooms and playgrounds. Financial Aid. And much more. Three ABQ Locations–Wyoming location: 4802 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-296-3121. Lomas location: 11800 Lomas Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87112. Phone: 505-294-2233. Uptown location: 2626 Texas St. NE, Abq, NM 87110. Phone: 505-293-2626. 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, 505-897-8111; Rio Rancho– 2441 Grande SE, 505-994-8111. Enrichment Programs. Sunset Mesa School, Northeast Heights, Morris & Candelaria, ABQ, NM 87111. Phone: 505-298-7626; Website: sunset-mesa.com; Contacts: Kateland North, Director 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 National Independent Private Schools Association, State of NM. A Blue Ribbon School. Sunset Mesa School is a nonsectarian, private school for preschool, Pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary school-aged children through grade 5. In Preschool, parents have the option of an Early Childhood program or a Montessori program, in addition to a variety of schedules. At our elementary school, Sunset Mesa has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence, fostering independent thinking, and applying foundational skills to real world problems. Our students also enjoy weekly enrichment classes in science, art, music, Spanish, technology, PE, and library; thus, broadening their experiences. For decades, our successful approach to learning, coupled with small class sizes, allows our teachers to know and differentiate for their students. Our students successfully strive to achieve high standards in math, novel studies and writing. Sunset Mesa students are encouraged and challenged daily to become creative, responsible, and caring people by learning in an environment where values such as mutual respect, compassion, and ethical behavior are modeled. Give your child a soaring start at Sunset Mesa School! To learn more, please call 505-298-7626 to schedule a tour. The Montessori Elementary & Middle School, 1730 Montaño Road NW, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-796-0149; Email: msams@tmesnm.com; Website: tmesnm.com; Contact: MJ Sams, Development Coordinator. Grades: Kindergarten - 8th grade. Enrollment: 440. Cost: Free! Accredited by: continued on page 38


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NMPED. Established in 2005, The Montessori Elementary & Middle School (TMEMS) is a charter school authorized by the New Mexico Public Education Commission. TMEMS currently serves students from Kindergarten through eighth grade from Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. TMEMS classes incorporate the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, with weekly Suzuki Strings, General Music and Visual Art classes. Before and After Care available. We are a FREE Public Charter School. UNM Children's Campus, 1210 University Blvd. NE, Abq, NM 87102, Phone: 505277-3365; Email: wecare@unm.edu or unmccenrollment@unm.edu; Website: childcare.unm.edu; Ages: 6 Weeks - 14 Years; Cost: Free to low-cost options for eligible UNM students, staff & faculty (see our website for tuition rates & eligibility info); Accredited by NAEYC Early Childhood Program. The UNM Children’s Campus is a licensed, five-star, nationally recognized program that provides the children of UNM’s students, staff, and faculty parents with a highquality early childhood experience. We are the only childcare provider on UNM’s Main and North Campuses and serve as a site for cutting-edge student and faculty research, observation, student teaching, and practicum for UNM and the community. Financial Aid; Before and After Care and Summer Camp options for children 5 to 14 years old. Wonderschool, Website: wonderschool.com; Contact: hello@wonderschool.com. Ages: 0-5. There Is No Greater Sense Of Relief Than Finding The Right Child Care. You want a place where your child is excited to spend time, where friendships are made, and where the world is safely explored. You want a provider who really listens to you, and connects with your child in a magical way. Wonderschool supports dedicated providers in creating and sustaining these programs and helps families find and connect with directors every step of the way. Financial Aid; Before and After Care. Youth Development Inc. Head Start, 3451 Candelaria Rd. NE, Ste. A, Abq, NM 87107. Phone: 505-212-7239; Email: epadilla@ydinm.org; Website: ydinm.org; Contact: Ernestine Padilla. Early Head Start/Head Start are 2 of the most successful federally funded childhood education programs ever created. They promote the school readiness of children ages 6 weeks-5 years from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. YDI has more than 30 centers throughout New Mexico and is completely free.

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. Autism Learning Collaborative, 8300 Jefferson St. NE, Suite B, Abq, NM 87113. Phone: 505-225-5323; Email: info@autismlearningcollaborative.com; Website: autismlearningcollaborative.com/albuquerque-autism-therapy; Contact: Aaron Betts, Marketing Director. Ages: 18 months-16 years. Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:1. Cost: Insurance Pays (Call For More Information). Autism Learning Collaborative (ALC) provides personalized ABA therapy for children with autism between the ages of 18 months to 16 years old. Our therapy programs work on a variety of skills including: Language & Communication, Self-Help, Fine & Gross Motor Skills, Behavior Therapy, Play Skills, Pre-Academic Skills, Social Skills, And More! Financial Aid; Before and After Care. No Wait List For Center-Based Services. Required: Insurance (We Accept Medicaid) & Autism Diagnosis (We Can Assist in Obtaining). 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. ExplorAbilities, 5006 Copper NE, Abq, NM 87108. Phone: 505-268-7988; Email: info@ExplorAbilitiesTherapy.com; Website: ExplorAbilitiesTherapy.com. Ages:

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0-99. ExplorAbilities is a leading rehab center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Started nearly 40 years ago, it has served a countless number of children with Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It is well known as a premier agency that works closely with the community and cares deeply about children with special needs. Counseling services have been added so that a full spectrum of services can be provided to clients. 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. Tutor-Me, 5528 Eubank NE, Ste. 6, Abq, NM 87111. Phone: 505-307-4170; Contact: Sandra Akkad, Founder. Website: mytutorme.com. Daily Covid-safe live in-house sessions. Ongoing online tutoring. Watch for our new Online and Inhouse Classes! Focusing on K-12. Homework Help and Enrichment in All Math: Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Chemistry, Biology. Tutor-Me is a premier learning center that offers a hands-on approach when helping students. We stimulate & motivate while enriching and helping our students. Tutor-Me provides a safe, conducive, and nurturing environment. We offer classes in all Math, Reading, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, English, Science, standardized testing, PSAT, ACT, SAT and more. We also have classes in Spanish, French and Arabic. 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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