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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico 6QUE PASA Sunday October 2 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN E5 r CLAUDETTE SUITON cafe A whale of an idea The whales of Clay Mow erys class are singing in a circle on the floor Ski ttam arkinkydinky croon these kinder gartners who chose die wise gentle sea animal as their mas cot I love you I visited Moweiys class at El Dorado Elementary to get a sense of how 5yearolds are adjusting to a full day in school with the first few weeks behind them After sev eral parents asked me whether children must attend kinder garten all day I asked school and community members what options and recommen dations they have for families The first month or two can be said Mowery who received a Teachers Who Inspire award from Partners in Education last year They get very tired After that they quickly adapt to a fullday Mowerys children are free to lie down in her class rest area when they need to If a child is that tired they cant she explained Id rather they take a 10minute rest and come back refreshed Sometimes they just need a little time to She rec ommends parents give chil dren unstructured time after school for the same reason Fred Nathan executive director of Think New Mex ico which spearheaded the lobbying effort for statewide fullday kindergarten referred to the statute that passed in 2000 It leaves fullday kindergarten fully voluntary though that fact is little known to parents or school personnel The district doesnt make people aware of the Nathan said and people dont read A small number of parents have contacted him concerned that their child needs extra time to phase into seven hours at school The only option principals offer them is picking the child up at noon parents would rather have a standalone halfday he said Vickie Sewing principal of Agua Fria Elementary said now that all schools offer fullday kindergarten she doesnt know what option she could offer Midday pickup is awkward for everyone she said You dont end up doing two halfday programs when theyre here full day You expand on activities so chil dren would be missing key By any account the num ber of parents who want parttime kindergarten is few Sewing said no parents have requested a shorter program at her school Parents who express concerns to Nathan early in the year eventually report back that their child has adjusted well YouTcnow who its really hard on Mowery says as the whales file off to lunch The parents I tell them I know how they feel my daughter went off to college this year Its the same thing They want to be assured that their child is going to be safe and taken care of and that if they need an extra hug or some time alone thats Claudette Sutton edi tor of Tumbleweeds family newspaper can be reached at email@example.com Clubs and organizations THE CHRISTIAN MOTORCY CLISTS ASSOCIATION Forming a chapter in Santa bikers and motorcyclists interested are welcome Meetings are the first Sunday of each month 2 Boys and Girls Club 730 Alto St For information ernail com or call 4719249 CLUB FRANCOPHONE DE SANTA FE Improve your French in a relaxed ambiance Beginner and groups meet at different times per person Includes the possibility of starting a French book club for the advanced group CallJ9897933 for more information UNIT 383 ACBL BRIDGE CLUB Open game at 1 at 3022 C Cielo Court Gall 4715941 for more information Etc ART IN THE PARK Juried arts and crafts shows 10 Cathedral Park corner of Cathedral Place and Palace for informa tion call 4241878 MULTITALENTED ROSES Presen tation display by Joyce DePow local author of Dandelions in My Wine includes useful recipes and how to make rosaries She will also be signing and selling copies of her book 2 Tropic of Capricorn 86 Old Las Vegas Highway adja cent to Harrys 9832700 no charge DINOSAURS AND MORE A pro gram for all ages seven days a week at a hands on educational organization work in the prep lab with fossils and learn about local minerals and meteorite composi tion 102 W San Francisco 9883299 SANTA FE CHILDRENS MUSEUM The Santa Fe Childrens Museum presents its Fall Festival from noon to 3 Visitors can card and spin wool make lavender oil pet goats and sheep bake bread cook tortillas make cider create beeswax art and enjoy musical entertainment Admission to the museum and the festivities is per person and SI per person for New Mexico For infor mation call 9898359 Children can construct scarecrows with Gordon McDonough from 2 to 4 at the Santa Fe Childrens Museum Free with museum admission 9898359 I Clubs and organizations SANTA FE HOST LIONS CLUB the oldest active Lions Club in New Mexico chartered September 10 1927 Currently meeting at the Des ert Moon Grill at the Holiday Inn 4048 Cerrillos Road at 6pm on the 1st 3rd Mondays of each month Contact Vic at 9898474 BOOK CLUB Held at Santa Fe Womans Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail 1st Monday of each month at noon Bring a sack lunch and beverage No charge Free parking 4668815 MONTEZUMA LODGE NO 1 AF AM Regular communication first Monday of every month 431 Paseo de Peralta 9820971 Etc SANTA FE COMMUNITY COL LEGE PLANETARIUM Experience Santa Fes spectacle of stars and scope out the planetariums new live shows four nights each month Upcoming show themes included gravitational waves black holes dark matter galactic evolution and archaeoastronomy Shows are also presented in Spanish For more information or 4281777 and choose option No 6 for details about programs and cur rent night skies Pets of the week Vanessa from Espanola Jim Bob from Santa Fe Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society Jim Bob is a neutered 8yearold black and white cattle dog mix He has personality and a great grin He gets along well with other dogs Hes a oneowner dog who will make a great companion Dogs and cats are available for adoption from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society 100 Caja del Rio Road in Santa Fe The shelters hours are Tuesdays through Gina from Espanola Sundays 11 to 6 closed on Mondays Visit the Web site at org or call 9864309 Espanola Animal Shelter Gina is a calico kitten Shes friendly and trusting Vanessa is a 3monthold cat who likes people and other cats Cats and dogs are available for adoption from the Espanola Animal Shelter 108 Hamm Parkway The shelter is open from 10 to Monday through Saturday It open on Sundays from noon to The shelter has a lowcost spay and neuter clinic For information call 505 7538662 Visit the Web site at Pecos People for Animal Welfare Society Lowcost spay and neuter assistance is avail able from Pecos People for Animal Welfare Society Human education programs for your school or organization also can be scheduled Call 505 4661525 for to volunteer Two Great Ways to Increase Holiday Winter Sales Santa Fes most complete The holiday season guide for winter visitors guide Northern New Mexicans copies total Over readers 5month shelf life Advertising deadline Wednesday October 19 Publishes Saturday November 12 copies total Over readers Complete coverage of holiday events Advertising deadline Friday November 4 Publishes Saturday November 26 For more information and to find out how to get a free ad in The New Mexican call your Account Executive today 9863082 THE SANTA FE Gel the whole story Clubs and organizations LAS TEJEDORAS FIBER ARTS GUILD Open to all who are inter ested in the Fiber Arts Caria Gomez of Mora the founder of Tapetes de Lana a nonprofit orga nization devoted to preserving the values of that area as well as pro viding employment will speak at Unitarian Church of Santa Fe Barcelona and Galisteo For further information 9898407 or CAPITAL CITY LIONS Men and women dedicated to serving those in need In doing so they enjoy fel lowship and develop leadership Our primary aim is to our commu nity then to those in need wherever they may be Our club meets on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month at the Route 66 Sand wich Shop 4714813 NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN Meets the first Tuesday of the month call Dana at 9821823 for information NOW chapters in New Mexico will hold the annual state conference in LIONS INTERNATIONAL Meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Pantry Restaurant 1820 Cerrillos Road at 6 For more information call 4380256 Teachers Pet The Santa Fe New Mexican is not only a big favorite of teachers Teachers and students alike tell us they prefer it to many other learning tools In the classroom The New Mexican is used Not just for current events and civics but also math social studies and reading comprehension and a host of topics The New Mexican pays 49 of the costs associated with supplying newspapers to hundreds of classrooms in Northern New Mexico schools through the Newspaper in Education NIE program The remaining 51 of the cost for NIE is covered by local business donors If youd like to be an NIE classroom sponsor please call Caralea Page The New Mexicans NIE coordinator at 9953851 As an NIE sponsor you will be helping classroom teachers and providing students with a learning tool they love And youll be helping NIE build belter citizens And well let the community know about sponsors NIE participation in regularly scheduled NIE thank you ads in the pages of The New Mexican Its good for sponsors good for the schools and good for students NIE is a teachers pet that everyone likes to be around Northern New Mexico THE SANTA FE NEWSPAPER il IN EDUCATION Get the whole story
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