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Published: 11/12/17




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UPDATE: As of 3:43 p.m., the lockdown has been lifted at Lew Wallace ES. Parents may now pick up students with ID.

 


 

As of 3:30 p.m., Lew Wallace ES has been placed in a lockdown due to police activity in the area. Parents will have to wait to pick up students until lockdown has been lifted. Parents must show ID.

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Published: 10/10/17




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Published: 10/6/17




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Published: 9/28/17




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Published: 8/18/17




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Do you or someone you know have a kindergartener that would love to come to Lew Wallace? Send them our way!! We are currently admitting kindergarteners from the neighborhood and via transfer.

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Registration will be in your child's new classroom from 9am - 12 noon. Students new to Lew Wallace will report to the cafeteria. Parks & Rec and RGEC will also be registering kids for before & after school care on that day. 

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Registration will be in your child's new classroom form 9am - 12 noon. Students new to Lew Wallace will report to the cafeteria. Parks & Rec and RGEC will also be registering kids for before & after school care on that day. 

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Posted by: Anne Marie Strangio
Published: 5/24/17




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May 12, 2017

 

Dear Lew Wallace Families,

 

Today we passed out yearbooks for students who ordered them. We made sure that they each put their names in their yearbooks, but it is always a challenge to keep them from getting lost, mixed-up, and stolen once we’ve passed them out. Please encourage your students to keep them at home until the last week of school when we do signatures. If your student still wants a yearbook, they can be purchased from the office for $16. We will sell them until they’re all gone! Students who don’t purchase yearbooks can bring or make an autograph book here at school for collecting messages from their friends during the last week of school.

 

Our Free Grocery Store/Mobile Food Pantry is next Thursday, May 18th. We have been giving food away like crazy! Anyone is welcome who could use some extra food in the house. You do not need to register, or sign-up, or anything. Also, there are many summer sites for free lunches (and breakfasts at some sites). The closest ones to us are:

 

  • Tiguex Park-19th St. & Mountain NW, starting June 5
    Wells Park Community Center-500 Rosemont NW, starting June 12 (Breakfasts, too)
  • Eugene Field Elementary Playground- 700 Edith SE, starting June 5 (Breakfasts, too)
  • South Broadway Park-Garfield & John SE, starting June 5
    Dennis Chavez Community Center- 715 Kathryn SE, starting June 5

 

K3+ Summer School Families:  We are reeling with the frequent changes to our K3+ program by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The dates have changed again (yes – this is the third time), and now we’ll be starting on Thursday, June 15th, and ending on Friday, July 21st. While other schools are losing or cutting their programs, Lew Wallace will actually have additional classroom spaces, especially for incoming kindergarteners. So if you know of any little people planning on attending Lew Wallace in the fall, encourage them to come in and register for K3+ this summer!

 

A letter is coming home today for all students registered in our K3+ program. If you did not receive a letter, but you believe that your child should be in K3+, or you want your child to be in K3+, call or email right away so we can get them in!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

K3+ Summer School

Lew Wallace K3+ Summer School at Longfellow Elementary.

June 15 through July 21, 8:00-2:20 every day (July 3-4 is off).

RGEC available for before- and after-school care.

Open for students going into kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade.

 

 

The Family Dance is in ONE WEEK! Come for free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, books, bounce house, face painting, music, fun. We need a couple of volunteers who can bring a grill from home for the food. Would you be willing to bring your grill and propane to the school that day? If so, let the office know, or contact Dominica at dominica777@me.com, or Melanie at sunnymel42@yahoo.com.

 

 

Important Dates:

 

  • May 15-16, Children’s Librarian Kelly Brocklehurst from the Main Library here during library time
  • May 15-16, PE End-of-Course exams for 4th graders
  • Monday, May 15, Master Gardener visit to Ms. Ortiz & Mr. Chavez’s classes
  • Wednesday, May 17, Ms. Ortiz & Ms. Taylor’s class field trip to Wells Park
  • May 18-19, Music End-of-Course exams for 5th graders
  • Thursday, May 18, 3:30-5:30 Free Grocery Store/Mobile Food Pantry in our gym
  • Friday, May 19, 4th grade field trip to Popejoy
  • Friday, May 19, 5:30-7:30 Summer Literacy Kick-Off/Family Dance!
  • Monday, May 22, Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Montoya’s class field trip to Dion’s Pizza.
  • Tuesday, May 23, 5th grade fun day
  • Wednesday, May 24, 9:30, Kindergarten promotion
  • Wednesday, May 24, 1:00-4:00 Baskin Robbins Fund Raiser
  • Thursday, May 25, 9:30, 5th grade promotion
  • Thursday, May 25, Last day of school, 12:00 dismissal
  • Friday, June 2, office closes for the summer.

 

  • Thursday, June 15, K3+ Summer School at Longfellow begins
  • July 3-4, No school
  • Friday, July 21, Last day of K3+ Summer School

 

  • Monday, August 14, First day of school for 1st-5th graders
  • Wednesday, August 16, First day of school for kindergarteners

 

 

Talent Show Thanks: A HUGE round of applause to Ms. Taylor for putting on the LWES talent show, for our PTA for all their work putting dinner together and supporting our event, to Ms. Montoya and Ms. Thomas for all their help, and bouquets of roses for our AMAZING performers! What an amazing night it was!!!

 

Last Day of School: The last day of school is Thursday, May 25th, and we will dismiss at 12:00 that day. All students will eat lunch before dismissal. 

 

K3+ Summer School dates: K3+ is now 8:00-2:20, June 15 to July 21. Before and after school care is available through RGEC. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can get a form in the office. LWES teachers will teach the classes. There will be a school bus stop at Lew Wallace, but it will not be supervised. We have room in every grade level! 

 

Summer Programming: There will be no summer programming at Lew Wallace at all this summer. RGEC will be on-campus at Longfellow for before and after school care for K3+ students, and all day for 4th and 5th  grades. For more info, go to rgec.org or call 873-6035.

 

Attendance Through the Last Day: Data from the last two years shows a pattern of attendance dropping over the last two weeks of school.  Let’s “run through the finish line” by committing to show up every day until the bell rings on the last day of school. We’re hoping to end the school year strong!  

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Background clearance is good for 2 years, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, consider doing so for the next school year. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

 

 

 

 

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March 3, 2017

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

On Thursday, March 2nd, Lew Wallace students joined together with the young at heart across the world in celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss with Read Across America Day. An author who has inspired, has brought families together for reading time and time again and, of course, has never failed to tickle our imagination with his creative rhymes. Dr. Seuss saw potential, laughter, and a story in each of his drawings. He had a unique perspective and the confidence to try, try, and try again, even when his books weren’t published at first. Thank goodness, Dr Seuss never gave up!  Now today we can read and enjoy all 44 of his engaging children’s books as he reminds us, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book!”

 

In celebration, Lew Wallace kicked off a week long Read-a-thon with Family Literacy night this evening. Families gathered to enjoy pizza, engaging literacy activities and all students went home with a new book to read before bedtime. Watching our students reading with their families, I was inspired, wondering, which of our Lew Wallace students, will be the next Dr. Seuss? Which student will build the next bridge, or make a scientific discovery, which student will have the vision to be a leader in their community and which students will return to Lew Wallace as teachers to support future generations of readers? And as a community, we will support our students in never giving up on their journey, as they learn to try, try and try again, just as Dr. Seuss did. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

 

Erin Northern, Principal Intern

 

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences are next Thursday and Friday. There is no school for kids those days. Teachers have been madly setting-up conference times – please be in touch with your child’s teacher if you don’t yet have a conference time. We always work hard to get every single conference done during those days. While you are here, you’ll have some paperwork to fill out. The first is our annual Quality of Ed survey. It gives us really good feedback about what’s going well and what needs attention. The second is our K3+ Summer School information for K, 1st, and 2nd grade parents. Every child needs a signed form, whether or not they are going to attend. Our K3+ program will not be on our campus this summer – we will be combining our sites with Longfellow ES on the Longfellow campus at Edith and MLK.

 

I’m excited to see you all here next Thursday and Friday for parent teacher conferences!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • March 2-8, LWES Read-a-thon & Student Council Dr Seuss Week
  • Saturday, March 4, Honor Choir concert, Eldorado HS (8 students)
  • Thursday & Friday, March 9 & 10, Parent/Teacher Conferences: NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, March 15, Run for the Zoo Registration forms due
  • Wednesday, March 15, Sandia Labs Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:30 Mobile Food Pantry. Please contact Ms.Ori if you are able to volunteer and/or a family who could use the support. You can call the school, stop by in the afternoon, or email her at oriandi.delarosa@aps.edu.
  • Friday, March 17, STAR Student Lunches
  • March 20-24, Spring Break, no school
  • Monday, March 27, School resumes
  • Thursday, March 30, Kindergarten/Hernandez/Montoya Music Performances for families, 10:00
  • Thursday, March 30 PTA meeting 4:00
  • Friday, March 31, Taylor/Ortiz/Chavez/Thomas Music Performances for families, 9:30
  • Tuesday, April 4, Picture Day
  • Wednesday, April 5, National Day of Hope
  • Friday, April 7, Parent/Principal Coffee and STAR Student Lunches
  • Friday, April 14, Vernal Holiday, no school

 

 

Spring Music Concerts: Families are welcome to come enjoy our Lew Wallace K/1/2/3 Spring Music Performances on March 30th & 31st in the gym. See above for times.

Students have been singing away at school and can now practice at home as well! Families can visit Ms. Woodworth’s Music Website to practice their songs, just head to the Lew Wallace school website (lwes.aps.edu), click the ‘our school’ tab, then follow the ‘Music’ tab on the menu.

 

Dr Seuss Week, March 1-8: Our amazing Student Council is sponsoring a week of fun-filled Dr Seuss themed spirit days to support our school Read-a-thon!

 

March 6 Theme: Fox in Socks – Wear Crazy socks!

March 7 Theme: Cat in the Hat – Wear a crazy or favorite hat!

March 8 Theme: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Dress for the career/job you will have when you grow up!

 

 

 

Read-A-Thon: “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Remember, the Read a Thon started yesterday. Find some sponsors and READ, READ, READ!

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

 

Run for the Zoo…and walk with us, too! Ms. Ori is organizing a group of Lew Wallace teachers, staff, families and students, to join this year’s Run for the Zoo on Saturday, May 7th. For 32 years, Run for the Zoo has offered a fun-filled day at the ABQ BioPark Zoo featuring running & walking events for ALL ages & fitness levels. Each registered participant receives a T-shirt and FREE admission to the Zoo for the day. Applications are due March 15! Please ask Ms. Ori or the office for an application for your family. Registration fees begin at $12 for students and $30 for adults in the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Please visit runforthezoo.org for more info.

 

Pennies for Peace: Congratulations to Ms. Ortiz’s class for raising $215.85 for Pennies for Peace!!!

Pennies for Peace is a program that helps fund educational projects to break the cycle of extreme poverty, terrorism, and war. 

 

New Gaming Club: We’ll have a new club starting March 29, a Wednesday afternoon gaming club from 12:40-1:40. I’ll let you know as soon as those sign-up sheets are ready! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 24, 2017

 

Dear families,

 

As I scan the Lew Wallace calendar of upcoming events, I can’t help but be so grateful, excited and overjoyed for the variety of learning opportunities our students have at their fingertips. Whether it is a trip to see the ballet at the historic Kimo Theater, an afternoon spent with family using your new Explora pass or perhaps attending parent conferences to discuss academic progress, enjoying a student musical performance, or simply sitting down to relax with a great book during our school Read-a-thon, it is truly a myriad of magical choices! So, mark your calendars, families! We look forward to seeing you around campus, sharing and expanding our excitement for learning!

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Our hard-working 5th grade students will soon be looking toward the next steps in their academic journey. Next week, they will navigate the hallways of Washington Middle School on a guided tour led by Washington staff. They will visit classrooms and get a feel for a middle school passing period when students switch classes according to their individual schedules. They will learn about the choices and new opportunities middle school offers such as film, fine art, mariachi, orchestra and other academic electives. For a sneak preview, check out the Washington Middle School website to view a fabulous student-created film entitled, “This is Life: Middle School.” The middle schoolers in the film remind students that to achieve your goals you’ll need support from your family and friends and when you get there, the view is amazing! Of course, we’re not quite ready to say good-bye to our amazing 5th grade students, but we will be with them every step of the way as they climb toward achieving their goals!

 

And speaking of relentless support for students, Wednesday, is Educational Assistant (EA) Appreciation day. What a great reminder to take pause and say an extra huge thank you to our dedicated EAs: Ms. Mary Lou, Ms. Megan, Ms. Lupe, Ms. Elaine, Ms. Laura, Ms. Tina, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Judy, Ms. Melanie and Ms. Ori. They are truly gems; constantly giving, patiently listening, and always stepping up to take on any task that needs doing! On any given day, they can be found reading with students one-on-one, teaching children the responsibility of cleaning after themselves in the cafeteria, supporting small student groups with focused practice in math or reading, or comforting a sick child, and the list goes on and on. Please join us in expressing our heartfelt gratitude each and every day for the tireless work of our stellar Educational Assistants!

 

Thanks for all you do,

 

Erin Northern, Principal Intern

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • February 28, Multiple Class Field Trips to Coppélia Ballet at the Kimo Theater – please check your child’s backpack for permission slips & let teachers know if you would like to chaperone
  • February 28, end of second trimester
  • Wednesday, March 1, Educational Assistant Appreciation Day
  • Thursday, March 2, Read Across America Day, Family Literacy Night and Title 1 Family Engagement Policy and School Compact meeting 5:30-7:00. And pizza!
  • Thursday, March 2, 5th Grade Tour at Washington Middle School
  • March 2-8, LWES Read-a-thon & Student Council Dr Seuss Week
  • Friday, March 3, Parent/Principal Coffee, 9:00
  • Saturday, March 4, Honor Choir concert at Eldorado HS(8 students)
  • Thursday & Friday, March 9 & 10, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, March 15, Sandia Labs Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:30 Mobile Food Pantry. Please contact Ms.Ori if you are able to volunteer and/or a family who could use the support. You can call the school, stop by in the afternoon, or email her at oriandi.delarosa@aps.edu.
  • Friday, March 17, STAR Student Lunches
  • March 20-24, Spring Break, no school
  • Monday, March 27, School resumes
  • Thursday, March 30, K/1st Music Performances for families, 10:00
  • Thursday, March 30 PTA meeting 4:00
  • Friday, March 31, 2nd/3rd Music Performances for families, 9:30
  • Tuesday, April 4, Picture Day
  • Wednesday, April 5, National Day of Hope
  • Friday, April 7, Parent/Principal Coffee and STAR Student Lunches
  • Friday, April 14, Vernal Holiday, no school
  • Thursday, April 20, 3:30-5:30, Mobile Food Pantry in our gym
  • Thursday, April 20, Explora Night!

 

 

Pennies for Peace: After reading Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson, Ms. Ortiz’s class was inspired to get involved with the Pennies for Peace program, and they are inviting the school to join them. Pennies for Peace is a program sponsored by Central Asia Institute, in which school children in the United States raise pennies to help fund CAI's educational projects. Education provides the opportunity to break the cycle of extreme poverty, terrorism, and war.  If you wish to participate, they can place any change in the "Pennies for Peace" jars either in their child's classroom or in Ms. Ortiz’s room. They will be collecting money until April 1. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Dr Seuss Week, March 1-8: Our amazing Student Council is sponsoring a week of fun-filled Dr Seuss themed spirit days to support our school Read-a-thon! We hope you join the fun & creativity – Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!

 

March 1 Theme: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut – Wear a shirt you can read!

 

March 2 Theme: Book Character Day – Dress up as a favorite character!

 

March 3 Theme: Thing 1, Thing 2 – Dress up as twins with your BFF!

 

March 6 Theme: Fox in Socks – Wear Crazy socks!

 

March 7 Theme: Cat in the Hat – Wear a crazy or favorite hat!

 

March 8 Theme: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Dress for the career/job you will have when you grow up!

 

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

 

 

 

New Gaming Club: We’ll have a new club coming soon – a Wednesday afternoon gaming club from 12:40-1:40, led by Lew Wallace dad, Kenny Mahen. I’ll let you know as soon as those sign-up sheets are ready! 

 

 

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February 3, 2017

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

I am soooooo excited! After months and months and months of planning and dreaming and hoping and meeting and working together, we have arranged to have a mobile food pantry coming to Lew Wallace once a month! On the third Thursday of each month, Storehouse New Mexico will pull their big trucks in, transform our gym into a temporary grocery store, and APS families in need of food assistance will be able to come shopping after school. It has been a long-time dream of ours to significantly address childhood hunger issues downtown, so we’ll be partnering with other downtown APS elementary schools so we can widen the impact.

 

If you are a family who could use the support, be in touch with Ms. Ori right away. You can call the school, stop by in the afternoon, or email her at oriandi.delarosa@aps.edu. If you are able to volunteer to help set-up, carry food, talk to families, or just generally help out, also be in touch with Ms. Ori. We’re going to need lots of hands to do this wonderful work!

 

We anticipate that our first mobile food pantry will be a little crazy, since we’ve never tried anything like this before on our little campus. But the March mobile food pantry will be even better (3/16), and by April and May we will be total food pantry professionals (4/20 and 5/18). Our hope is to expand this program to other APS downtown school sites beginning in August – we are feeling ambitious!

 

This program will be funded by the money we received through the Ellen Degeneres Show, and through other donations. We will be looking for other streams of matching revenue over the next months so that we can hopefully keep the program running for a long, long time.

 

I’m so excited to begin this new adventure with our Lew Wallace community, and I am looking forward to building something great with all of you!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

The Albuquerque Bio Park, Aquarium, and Zoo are getting ready for the 2017 Run for the Zoo on Sunday, May 7, 2017. They have invited schools to send teams of students, parents, staff, and community members. We would love to participate, but we need someone to volunteer to organize it, sign us up, take care of communication, and lead our LWES run/walk team on May 7. Does this sound like you??? If you are willing to be our team captain, let me know, and I’ll forward all the information on to you!

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 6, National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Monday, February 6, 4th grade field trip to the CEC Planetarium
  • Tuesday, February 7, Lew Wallace mariachi club field trip to the National Hispanic Cultural Center for the Festival de Bellas Artes
  • Wednesday, February 8, 5 Star Burger Night fundraiser for LWES
  • Thursday, February 9, Festival de Bellas Artes field trip, all day, with evening concert, 4th/5th grade
  • Thursday February 9, 5:00 Free public performance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (starring our 4th and 5th grade students!)
  • Thursday, February 9, 10:30 Ms. Torres’ class field trip to the Off-Center Art Gallery
  • Friday, February 10, Family Valentine Dance, 5:30-7:00, sponsored by our Student Council
  • Friday, February 10, National Make a Friend Day
  • Tuesday, February 14, “Love Your Heart” walk day – all LWES staff and students are walking 20 minutes!
  • Thursday, February 16, Mobile Food Pantry!!!! (see back)
  • Friday, February 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day – No school
  • Wednesday, February 22, National Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Thursday, March 2, Read Across America Day, Family Literacy Night 5:30-7:00.
  • Friday, March 3, Parent/Principal Coffee, 9:00
  • March 20-24, Spring Break, no school
  • Thursday, March 30, K/1st Music Performances for families, 10:00
  • Friday, March 31, 2nd/3rd Music Performances for families, 9:30

 

 

 

 

Pennies for Peace: After reading Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson, Ms. Ortiz’s class was inspired to get involved with the Pennies for Peace program, and they are inviting the school to join them. Pennies for Peace is a program sponsored by Central Asia Institute, in which school children in the United States raise pennies to help fund CAI's educational projects. Education provides the opportunity to break the cycle of extreme poverty, terrorism, and war.  If you wish to participate, they can place any change in the "Pennies for Peace" jars either in their child's classroom or in Ms. Ortiz’s room. They will be collecting money until April 1. Thank you for your support!

 

Valentines Family Dance, Sponsored by our awesome student council! Next Friday, 5:30-7:00. Please do not drop students off – this is a family event, and every student needs to have an adult with them. Come enjoy fun music, boogie-ing with your kids, yummy pizza, and spending time with our student council and Lew Wallace community!

 

New Gaming Club: We’ll have a new club coming in a couple of weeks – a Wednesday afternoon gaming club from 12:40-1:40, led by Lew Wallace dad, Kenny Mahen. I’ll let you know as soon as those sign-up sheets are ready! 

 

School Board Elections: VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE! Early voting goes through tomorrow, February 4. The school board election day is February 7. Our closest early-voting locations are 4th & Candelaria (4212 4th St. NW), and CNM Main Campus, Portable BT 2A (1401 Baehart Rd SE).

 

Lew Wallace is in District 3. You vote for a candidate in your home area. District 3 candidates are Ali Ennenga, Lorenzo L. Garcia (incumbent), Amy Legant, Charles W. White, and Kathleen Chavez. 

 

Candle Fundraiser: Help us fund our amazing end-of-the-year Family Dance/Summer Literacy Kick-Off by purchasing a Gold Canyon candle. Brochures will come home next week. Or you can buy a candle at the Valentines Family Dance.

 

 

Smencils: Smencils (smelly pencils) are on sale in the office for $1 apiece.

 

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

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January 13, 2017

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

I hope that you received last week’s newsletter through email. If not, be sure we have a current email address for you so that you can receive important school emails. Due to the snow day, we weren’t able to get the paper newsletters out to you, but through the magic of school email, I was still able to send it out. Remember that the newsletter goes out every single school Friday!

 

You’ll see a link on the other side of the newsletter for nominating a teacher for Albuquerque The Magazine’s “Above and Beyond Teacher Awards.” The magazine does “Best of” editions frequently – Albuquerque’s best doctors, best businesses, best restaurants, etc. But this is the first time they’re doing a teacher edition! Please consider nominating a teacher that you know who goes above and beyond for their students. They are looking for area educators who make a difference in students’ lives. Abqthemag.com is the link, and then click on “Above and Beyond Teacher Awards” for the nomination form.

 

You can nominate any educators at all – classroom teachers, elective teachers, special education teachers, school counselors, speech therapists, any people at any school who educate children.

 

There are some neat things below that are going on in the community on Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Remember that school is closed. I’ll look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday! 

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 16, MLK Day. No school.
  • Thursday, January 19, Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, January 19, District Spelling Bee: Go Marcos & Brooklynn!
  • Thursday, January 19, National Popcorn Day
  • Friday, January 20, Mid-Term Report Cards come home
  • Tuesday, Jan 24, Ms. Ortiz & Ms. Taylor’s classes field trip
  • Thursday, January 26, National Green Juice Day
  • Friday, January 27, Star Student Lunches
  • Friday, February 3, National Red Day
  • Friday, February 3, Parent/Principal Coffee, 9:00
  • Monday, February 6, National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Thursday, February 9, Festival de Bellas Artes, all day, with evening concert. 4th/5th grade.
  • Friday, February 10, Family Valentine Dance, 5:30-7:00, sponsored by our Student Council.
  • Friday, February 10, National Make A Friend Day
  • Friday, February 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day – No school
  • Wednesday, February 22, National Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Thursday, March 2, Read Across America Day, Family Literacy Night 5:30-7:00.

 

 

School Board Elections and Candidates: January 18 to February 4 is early voting, and school board election day is February 7. Our closest early-voting locations are 4th & Candelaria (4212 4th St. NW), and CNM Main Campus, Portable BT 2A (1401 Baehart Rd SE).

 

Lew Wallace is in District 3. You vote for a candidate in your home area.

 

District 3 candidates are Ali Ennenga, Lorenzo L. Garcia (incumbent), Amy Legant, Charles W. White, and Kathleen Chavez.

 

District 5 candidates are Racheal Gonzales, Kayla Renee Marshall, Candelaria "Candy" Patterson, and Annie Sarah Rahman

 

District 7 candidates are Ian Burch, David Eugene Peercy, William H. Steinberg, and Brian David Tierney

 

District 6 candidates are Abbas A. Akhil, Elizabeth A. Armijo, C. Douglas Brown, Melissa Ann Finch, Paula M. Maes, and Paul Louis Sievert.

 

 

Albuquerque The Magazine, “Above and Beyond” Teacher Nominations : This April, Albuquerque The Magazine will recognize teachers in Albuquerque who really go above and beyond to educate our future generations.  Do you know of a teacher who goes above and beyond? Tell them about that teacher and they could be included in our Above & Beyond Teachers feature in our April issue. The link to nominate a teacher is: http://abqthemag.com/events/above-and-beyond-teachers/

 

 

APS Transfers: If you are considering a transfer for your students, the window is open now. Transfers would be for 5th grade students wanting to attend a middle school outside of their neighborhood boundary, or Lew Wallace students who have moved outside of our boundary who want to continue attending next year, or students considering moving to a different school. You can find the transfer application and information at www.aps.edu/schools/transfers.

 

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at:

http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

 

 

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Published: 1/13/17




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January 6, 2017

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

Our new Principal Intern, Erin Northern, began working with us this week. I am reprinting her words here (in case you didn’t see your newsletter right before winter break). We are so happy to have her!

 

My name is Erin Northern and I am honored to be joining Lew Wallace Elementary as a principal intern working alongside Principal Strangio beginning full-time on January 3rd. As a participant in the APS/UNM Aspiring Principal Graduate Program I am matched with a mentor principal in the district for this full-time internship throughout the entire Spring Semester that provides hands-on, comprehensive learning experiences of the principal role. As an educator, I am a Nationally Board Certified teacher with ten years of experience in APS having taught grades K-6. I am so excited to be welcomed to the Lew Wallace community and look forward to meeting and working with each of you and your students. Please take a moment to introduce yourself when you see me around school in January!

 

Next Wednesday, I will be meeting with any interested 5th grade parents at 5:30 p.m. in the library. We will be talking about middle school transition, different middle school options, the transfer process for students attending middle school outside of their neighborhood, and share information and stories. I’ll get pizza for any parents or students coming. Just drop me an email or a note, or ask your student to let me know so I have an idea of how much pizza to purchase.

 

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year already! Teachers and staff worked last Tuesday on professional development, and will be engaging in Instructional Rounds over the next weeks, observing each others’ classrooms, reflecting on student learning, and planning big plans for the remainder of the school year. I am grateful every day to work in a school where teachers are so dedicated, reflective, and crazy-hard working!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 11, 5:30, 5th grade Transition Meeting for families
  • Wednesday, January 11, National Milk Day
  • Thursday, January 12, 4:00 PTA Meeting
  • Friday, January 13, end of second mid-term
  • Monday, January 16, MLK Day. No school.
  • Thursday, January 19, Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, January 19, District Spelling Bee: Go Marcos & Brooklynn!
  • Thursday, January 19, National Popcorn Day
  • Friday, January 20, Mid-Term Report Cards come home
  • Thursday, January 26, National Green Juice Day
  • Friday, January 27, Star Student Lunches
  • Friday, February 3, National Red Day
  • Friday, February 3, Parent/Principal Coffee, 9:00
  • Monday, February 6, National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Thursday, February 9, Festival de Bellas Artes, all day, with evening concert. 4th/5th grade.
  • Friday, February 10, National Make A Friend Day
  • Friday, February 17, National Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day – No school
  • Wednesday, February 22, National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

 

Good Gate News! We finally got the buzzer installed for our back gate. It was installed with mobility-impaired people in mind, and now we can buzz people in the back gate during the school day from the office without having to walk all the way outside and across the playground.

 

When someone presses the button and activates the video camera at the back gate, we get a video connection in the office. If we recognize the person requesting access, we can push a button which will temporarily unlock the gate. The person just needs to pull the gate open, and be sure it is tightly closed behind them so it will re-engage the lock.

 

Please be mindful that, if you decide to buzz us at the gate, we cannot reach the button from our desks, so there may sometimes be a delay as we finish a phone call, or conclude our business with a person in the office. 

 

 

PTA Meeting: Our next PTA meeting is Thursday, January at 4:00 p.m. PTA will be planning events, coordinating classroom support, making budgeting decisions, and looking forward. Please join us!

 

 

5th Grade Families – We will be having an informal gathering on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:30 to talk about middle school options and the transfer request process.  Come hear what other parents have experienced, learn about your school options, and ask questions.

 

 

Snow Days: In the event of a 2-hour-delay (usually due to snow or ice) or school-cancellation, you can find that information on any local news station, at aps.edu, or on APS social media. If a 2-hour-delay happens on a Wednesday, then we do not do our regular early release, but instead we release at 3:35. For 2-hour-delay days, the first bell rings at 10:42, and the tardy bell rings at 10:47. Cancelled days have to be made up at the end of the school year.

 

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at:

http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

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Published: 1/6/17




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December 9, 2016

 

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

Saturday, December 10th is our Lew Wallace PTA Community Craft Fair. This is a tremendous fundraiser for Lew Wallace, and a way for us to support our local community by purchasing from local crafters.

 

‘Best of Burque’ Sean Wells will be there with her amazing art, Ozzie and her clay dolls, we’ll have Christmas crafts, wreaths, and ornaments, jewelry, glasswork, books being sold by local authors, woodwork, hand-knit and crocheted items, hair accessories, painted bags, make-up, beadwork, quilts, dog and pet accessories, folk art, 31 Bags, tin and metal work, Pampered Chef items, stuffed animals, floral arrangements, nightlights, picture frames, Steampunk pieces, whimsical art, Herbalife, candles, decorative pieces, arts & crafts from our own Lew Wallace students and staff, and so many other wonderful things!!!!!

 

The New Mexico Kettlecorn truck and La Riva’s food truck (Mexican food) will both be there, along with Flying Star coffee to purchase from our PTA. The Divas Albuquerque Dance Team will be performing at 2:00.

 

We’ll have a silent auction with amazing items to bid on – this will be a primary fundraiser for our PTA and Lew Wallace. You can bid on movie, restaurant (including The Cellar), balloon, floral gift-certificates, Betty’s Day Spa soaks, and a variety of art pieces and holiday crafts.

 

You will want to be here for sure!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Saturday, December 10, 10:00-3:00 Lew Wallace Craft Fair in the gym
  • Monday, December 12, Flu shot clinic for students
  • Wednesday, December 14, School office closed at 1:00 for our staff holiday party
  • Thursday, December 15, Longfellow buddies visiting
  • December 19 through January 3, Winter Break – No school
  • Wednesday, January 4 School resumes
  • Friday, January 6, Parent/Principal Coffee
  • Wednesday, January 11, 5:30, 5th grade Transition Meeting for families
  • Friday, January 13, end of second mid-term
  • Monday, January 16, MLK Day. No school.
  • Thursday, January 19, Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, January 19, District Spelling Bee: Go Marcos & Brooklynn!
  • Friday, January 27, Star Student Lunches
  • Friday, February 3, National Red Day
  • Friday, February 3, Parent/Principal Coffee
  • Thursday, February 9, Festival de Bellas Artes, all day, with evening concert. 4th/5th grade.
  • Friday, February 10, National Make A Friend Day
  • Monday, February 20, Presidents’ Day – No school

 

 

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at:

http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

 

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

 

Snow Days: In the event of a 2-hour-delay (usually due to snow or ice) or school-cancellation, you can find that information on any local news station, at aps.edu, or on APS social media. If a 2-hour-delay happens on a Wednesday, then we do not do our regular early release, but instead we release at 3:35. For 2-hour-delay days, the first bell rings at 10:42, and the tardy bell rings at 10:47. Cancelled days have to be made up at the end of the school year.

 

Y Ties: Please be sure to get your Y Ties orders in next week. We are all out of gold, but we have all the other colors still available as of today. These make great presents!

 

5th Grade Families: We will be having an informal gathering on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:30 to talk about middle school options and the transfer request process.  Come hear what other parents have experienced, learn about your school options, and ask questions.

 

Bio Park/Santa Visit: We had such a wonderful visit from Santa and the elves this week. The Bio Park and Ms. Lula have been delivering books and presents to every Lew Wallace student for TWENTY-FIVE years!!!! This was Ms. Lula’s last year directing the event, but she has arranged for it to continue for another 25 years through her trust and her elves. We are soooooo grateful to Ms. Lula and to the Bio Park for taking such good care of Lew Wallace kids!

 

New Staff: Principal Intern: Ms. Erin Northern will be joining our LWES Staff in January as a principal intern. She will be moving into the principal’s office, along with Mrs. Strangio, and will help assume all the duties of principal while she finishes her administrative licensure program. We are excited to have her joining us, and working with families and students. Look for more information in the next newsletter, and you’ll see her happy face when we return to school in January!

 

 

 

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Published: 12/9/16




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December 2, 2016

 

 

Dear Lew Wallace families

 

I am so, so, so, so proud of our spelling bee contestants from today’s school spelling bee!!! You coulda cut the tension with a knife, as students took on crazy-hard words. They all did an amazing job. Marcos Vargas was our grand prize winner, Brooklyn Augustine was our runner-up, and Will Taylor took third place. It was a close contest, with Marcos and Brooklyn going back and forth for a long time. All of our spelling bee participants were brave, and worked so hard, and spelled their hearts out!

 

Ms. Ori, our family liaison, had her baby yesterday! Mya Elise Mellas is 8 pounds, and 21 inches long, and absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to Ms. Ori and Mr. Ori, and we are so excited to have another new baby as part of our Lew Wallace community.

 

I hope to see you all next Wednesday at the Make ‘n’ Take and Book Fair from 5:00-7:00. There are so many fun projects and crafts to be done. I’ll be pounding carols out on the piano upstairs – come up and sing a verse or two! Then, Saturday, December 10th is our Lew Wallace PTA Community Craft Fair. This is a tremendous fundraiser for Lew Wallace, and a way for us to support our local community by purchasing from local crafters.

 

This week your student brought home permission slips for our Flu Immunization Clinic, which will take place on Monday December 12th. Please return the form as soon as possible in order to meet the December 5th deadline (so that the school has the correct number of vaccines). This is an injection, not the mist that was used in past years. The health department is encouraging all students to get the flu shot. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call our nurse, Carrie Pérez, at 848-9409.

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • All next week is the School Book Fair!!!
  • Monday, December 5, Book Fair open 8:00-4:00.
  • Tuesday, December 6, Book Fair open 8:00-4:00
  • Wednesday, December 7, BioPark holiday visit and thank-you tea for Ms. Lula
  • Wednesday, December 7, Book Fair open 8:00-1:00 and 5:00-7:00
  • Wednesday, December 7, 5:30-7:00 Family Night: Literacy Make ‘n’ Take and Book Fair
  • Thursday, December 8, Ms. Talley’s class field trip to Kuau Ruins.
  • Thursday, December 8, Book Fair open 8:00-4:00
  • Friday, December 9, 9:00 Principal/Parent Coffee
  • Friday, December 9, Star Student Lunches
  • Friday, December 9, Book Fair open 8:00-1:00
  • Saturday, December 10, 10:00-3:00 Lew Wallace Craft Fair in the gym
  • Monday, December 12, Flu shot clinic for students

Wednesday, December 14, School office closed at 1:00.

  • December 19 through January 3, Winter Break – No school
  • Wednesday, January 4 School resumes
  • Friday, January 6, Parent/Principal Coffee
  • Monday, January 16, MLK Day. No school.
  • Thursday, January 19, Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Friday, January 27, Star Student Lunches

 

 

 

Ms. Lula: Ms. Lula has been bringing Santa Claus, elves, presents for the school, presents for every student, and bags of coats and gloves to Lew Wallace for TWENTY-FIVE years!!! We will be honoring her with a thank-you tea after their visit next Wednesday. If you would like to send her a thank you note, or bring in something yummy to share next Wednesday, please be in touch with us in the office. We are so grateful for Ms. Lula and her dedication!!!

 

Snow Days: In the event of a 2-hour-delay (usually due to snow or ice) or school-cancellation, you can find that information on any local news station, at aps.edu, or on APS social media. If a 2-hour-delay happens on a Wednesday, then we do not do our regular early release, but instead we release at 3:35. For 2-hour-delay days, the first bell rings at 10:42, and the tardy bell rings at 10:47. Cancelled days have to be made up at the end of the school year.

 

Make ‘n’ Take and Book Fair: Be sure to join us next Wednesday night, between 5:00 and 7:00 to make fabulous holiday crafts, join in for a sing-along, shop at our Lew Wallace Book Fair. You can purchase a Del Taco dinner plate for $3/person.

 

Nightly Reading: One of the most powerful ways families can support their kids is with nightly reading. 20 minutes of reading every night adds up to 121 hours of reading per year, nearly 2 MILLION words for an average 3rd grader. For younger students, reading with an adult is powerful, while older students develop strong habits reading independently.

 

Bio Park/Santa Visit: On Wednesday, December 7th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Lew Wallace. Ms. Lula has been sponsoring this event at Lew Wallace for 25 years!!! We will be celebrating her, and her dedication to Lew Wallace kids this year. If you would prefer that your child not receive a visit from Santa or an Elf, please let me know. Each child will be given a book and a gift – let me know as well if you would prefer that your child not receive a gift.

 

Craft Fair Booths Available for Vendors and Crafters: Saturday, December 10th is our Lew Wallace Craft Fair! This is an awesome event for our community as a fund raiser, as a get-together, and for folks to do their holiday shopping from local artists and small businesses. We are still looking for artists, vendors, crafters, local artisans, food trucks, etc. 8x8 booth rentals are $30 and we have a few left. If you or someone you know is interested in having a booth, contact Dominica Rivera at dominica777@me.com or 270-9401.

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Published: 12/2/16




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November 18, 2016

 

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

My heart is so full tonight! I just got home, thoroughly exhausted, after our most-incredible New Mexico Family Culture Night. Two of our fabulous Lew Wallace Students, Adriano Begaye and Lafadrian Tsosie, along with their mom Earlvandaline, and lots of extended family and friends, delighted us with drumming, singing, and dancing, representing the Navajo Nation, the Pueblos, and the Sioux Lakota tribe. They were truly amazing, and had me crying happy tears much of the night. They ended by leading us all in a circle friendship dance, and we were an amazing blend of cultures, experiences, and backgrounds, all united as the Lew Wallace community.

 

We also made cornhusk dolls, punched tin, made crafts, rolled out homemade spaghetti, and had a wonderful time coming together and celebrating our diversity and our unity. Thank you so much to our teachers, staff, and volunteers who made this happen!

 

Our Thanksgiving lunch earlier in the day was also a celebration of our community, and a chance to be thankful for each other. And Wednesday morning, students got to enjoy Cocoa with a Cop, get autographs, meet a police therapy dog, and ask questions. Thank you to Melanie Lewis for arranging that, and thank you to our volunteers that helped pull it all together.

 

We have so much to be thankful for at Lew Wallace – families, teachers, a beautiful school, a great staff, heat, food, security, and most of all, each other. I am grateful for every one of you and for your beautiful children.

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday week with your families, and I will hold you all in my heart until we are back together again.

 

Very truly,

 

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & 21, Parent/Teacher Conferences. No school.
  • Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, November 22/23/24, Thanksgiving Break. No school.
  • Monday, November 28, School resumes
  • Tuesday, November 29, 4th grade bike rodeo
  • Wednesday, November 30, Fire Marshal assemblies
  • Thursday, December 1, National Eat an Apple Day
  • Friday, December 2, School Spelling Bee (3rd/4th/5th graders)
  • December 5, School Book Fair opens!
  • Wednesday, December 7, BioPark holiday visit
  • Wednesday, December 7, 5:30-7:00 Family Night: Literacy Make ‘n’ Take and Book Fair
  • Thursday, December 8, Ms. Talley’s class field trip to Kuau Ruins.
  • Friday, December 9, 9:00 Principal/Parent Coffee
  • Friday, December 9, Star Student Lunches
  • Saturday, December 10, 10:00-3:00 Lew Wallace Craft Fair
  • December 19 through January 3, Winter Break – No school
  • Wednesday, January 4 School resumes
  • Friday, January 6, Parent/Principal Coffee
  • Monday, January 16, MLK Day. No school.
  • Thursday, January 19, Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Friday, January 27, Star Student Lunches

 

 

Thanksgiving Lunch Thanks

A HUGE thank you to Ms. Gabby, our amazing kitchen staff, and all the LWES staff and volunteers for such a great Thanksgiving lunch. The food was delicious, the company was delightful, and decorations were perfect. What a beautiful time for all of our community to come together. Another thanks to Ms. Sandra Abruzo who purchased tables for us so we could have all of the kids eat in the cafeteria!!!

 

No School Next Week

Parent/Teacher conferences are Monday and Tuesday, and Thanksgiving break is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We’ll see you back for school on Monday November 28th

 

School Spelling Bee: Our school spelling bee will be Friday, December 2nd at 9:00 at the First Spanish Fruit Avenue Baptist Church. All are invited!   

 

Thank You to our Downtown Neighborhood Association: Our Downtown Neighborhood Association donated $1000 to Lew Wallace, through our PTA. This will be used to support classrooms, with a focus on more access to art and music. We are grateful for their support!

 

Nightly Reading: One of the most powerful ways families can support their kids is with nightly reading. 20 minutes of reading every night adds up to 121 hours of reading per year, nearly 2 MILLION words for an average 3rd grader. For younger students, reading with an adult is powerful, while older students develop strong habits reading independently.

 

Craft Fair Booths Available for Vendors and Crafters: Saturday, December 10th is our Lew Wallace Craft Fair! This is an awesome event for our community as a fund raiser, as a get-together, and for folks to do their holiday shopping from local artists and small businesses. We are still looking for artists, vendors, crafters, local artisans, food trucks, etc. 8x8 booth rentals are $30 and we have a few left. If you or someone you know is interested in having a booth, contact Dominica Rivera at dominica777@me.com or 270-9401.

 

Bio Park/Santa Visit: On Wednesday, December 7th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Lew Wallace. Ms. Lula has been sponsoring this event at Lew Wallace for 25 years!!! We will be celebrating her, and her dedication to Lew Wallace kids this year. If you would prefer that your child not receive a visit from Santa or an Elf, please let me know. Each child will be given a book and a gift – let me know as well if you would prefer that your child not receive a gift.

 

 

 

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Published: 11/18/16




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October 28, 2016

 

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

Tonight is Fall Festival, and we are all a-quiver with excitement. This spirit week has been so much fun – there is nothing better than coming to school in pajamas! Today was Fall Festival Dress-Up Day, and kids and staff had fun showing off their outfits. Thank you to our amazing Student Council members, and their teacher Ms. Taylor, for organizing such a fun week! On Monday, Halloween Day, we will not be in costume – As much as is possible (hahaha!), we will have a nice, quiet, normal day.

 

Our PTA members and school staff have been working like crazy getting ready for Fall Festival. The school looks amazing, with decorations everywhere. Booths are built, tickets were sold, food was ordered, a million bazillion details were taken care of. Please give them a big thank-you for putting together such an amazing event. They have been at the school until late into the evenings getting things together. The Fall Festival is our biggest PTA fund raiser. All of the money raised by our PTA goes directly back to the school by way of paying for field trips, busses, and classroom supplies.

 

And thank you to YOU, Lew Wallace families who generously support the PTA, the school, and Fall Festival. It wouldn’t be the success that it is without your purchasing tickets, donating items, and showing up. I can’t wait to see you all at Fall Festival tonight!!!!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Tonight -- Friday, October 28, 5:30 Fall Festival!!!!!
  • Monday, October 31, Normal, quiet, regular ol’ day
  • Tuesday, November 1, 5th grade climbing wall activities
  • Wednesday, November 2, Picture Re-takes
  • Thursday, November 3, National Sandwich Day
  • Friday, November 4, Parent/Principal Coffee and Chat
  • Friday, November 4, STAR Student Lunches
  • Tuesday, November 8, Election Day – No School
  • Wednesday, November 9, Science Assemblies with awesome Dr. Duda
  • Friday, November 11, Veteran’s Day – No School
  • Monday, November 14, World Kindness Day
  • Tuesday, November 15, 5th grade field trip to Popejoy for the New Mexico Symphony
  • Wednesday, November 16, 8:30-10:00, Morning Cocoa with a Cop
  • Thursday, November 17, Thanksgiving Lunches
  • Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m. New Mexico Culture Night for families
  • Friday, November 18, Roots of Jazz Assembly for 3rd/4th/5th grades
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & 21, Parent/Teacher Conferences. No school.
  • Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, November 22/23/24, Thanksgiving Break.
  • Monday, November 28, School resumes
  • Tuesday, November 29, 4th grade bike rodeo
  • Wednesday, November 30, Fire Marshal assemblies
  • Thursday, December 1, National Eat a Red Apple Day
  • Friday, December 2, School Spelling Bee (3rd/4th/5th graders)
  • December 5, School Book Fair opens!

 

 

Cocoa with a Cop!

Members of the APS Police Department are coming on Wednesday, November 16, from 8:30 to 10:00 to meet and greet parents and community, and then have a cup of hot chocolate with kids. Parents and kids are welcome to drop in to the gym before school to meet some of the awesome people who help keep our schools safe, ask questions, and find out more about our APS Police. Students will also get to visit once school begins.

 

 

No School 11/8 & 11/11

All APS schools will be closed for Election Day on November 8th, and for Veteran’s Day on November 11th. That means we’ll only have school on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week! 

 

 

No Toys at School

Please help your little ones remember not to bring any toys to play with at school. They are easily lost, broken, and stolen. 

 

 

Have you Liked us on Facebook???

Not only will you find this amazing weekly newsletter there, but you’ll get up-to-the-minute information, see fun pictures, and always have the latest scoop! 

 

 

Background Checks

In order to volunteer at the school, or work in a classroom, or be a chaperone on field trips, adults must be cleared through APS with a background check. All background checks are done online. They cost $12 and are good for two years. The website is: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

Navigating the system can be tricky – if you have trouble with it, I am happy to sit with you and help you get through it quickly. It generally takes 1-2 weeks to get your clearance, so be sure to plan ahead for any upcoming field trips.

 

If you do not have APS background clearance, you may not attend a school field trip. Please do not put our teachers or students at risk by showing up for a field trip without it. 

 

 

Looking for Volunteer

Do any of you speak Navajo (Diné bizaad) or Tewa? Or are you a Native person who would be willing to share about your culture? Would you be willing to lead an after-school culture or language club? We have a growing population of Native students, and we would love to offer more opportunities for them to explore and share their culture at school. Please let me know if you are willing to come and help us with this!

 

 

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Posted by: Mike Suarez
Published: 10/28/16




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October 21, 2016

 

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

Fall Festival is right around the corner, and we are busy getting ready for tons of fun and playing. We’ll have game booths in every room, a cake walk, jack-o-lantern contest, pizza, caramel apples, and cotton candy to purchase, and fun at every turn. Families are welcome to come in costume, but please nothing too scary for our littlest ones, and absolutely no pretend weapons at all.

 

This week I went down to the City Annex (next to the Palms on Lomas) and voted. It was fast and convenient, and so close to school! All other early voting sites will open on Saturday, October 22nd. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, all schools are closed for voting (although Lew Wallace will not be a voting site). Later that week, Friday, November 11th, is Veteran’s Day, and schools are closed again. What a weird week! So, we will have school only on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday that week. Please be sure not to send kids to school Election Day or Veteran’s Day since nobody will be here at the school.

 

Our afterschool clubs are well underway, and are mostly full. We are looking for a community member who might be willing to teach a Native Culture club. If you are willing, or if you know of anyone who might be, please let us know. Also, if you happen to have any extra guitars, violins, or trumpets in your attic, our mariachi club needs more instruments, either to keep or borrow.

 

I hope to see you all next Friday at our awesome Fall Festival. This is our biggest event of the year, and is a great time to connect with our community.

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 24, Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday, October 25, Sports Jersey Day
  • Wednesday, October 26, School Colors Day (royal blue and silver)
  • Thursday, October 27, Pajama Day
  • Thursday, October 27, Ortiz & Taylor’s class field trip to Wagner Farms
  • Friday, October 28, Fall Festival Dress-Up Day
  • Friday, October 28, 5:30 Fall Festival!!!!!
  • Tuesday, November 1, 5th grade climbing wall activities
  • Wednesday, November 2, Picture Re-takes
  • Thursday, November 3, National Sandwich Day
  • Friday, November 4, Parent/Principal Coffee and Chat
  • Friday, November 4, STAR Student Lunches
  • Tuesday, November 8, Election Day – No School
  • Wednesday, November 9, Science Assemblies with awesome Dr. Duda
  • Friday, November 11, Veteran’s Day – No School
  • Monday, November 14, World Kindness Day
  • Tuesday, November 15, 5th grade field trip to Popejoy for the New Mexico Symphony
  • Thursday, November 17, Thanksgiving Lunches (see attached)
  • Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m. New Mexico Culture Night for families
  • Friday, November 18, Roots of Jazz Assembly for 3rd/4th/5th grades
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & 21, Parent/Teacher Conferences. No school.
  • Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, November 22/23/24, Thanksgiving Break.
  • Monday, November 28, School resumes
  • Tuesday, November 29, 4th grade bike rodeo

 

Spirit Week Next Week! Our Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Week, and every day next week will have a theme for kids to participate in, if they choose to.

Monday: Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday: Sports Jersey Day

Wednesday: School Colors Day (royal blue and silver)

Thursday: Pajama Day

Friday: Fall Festival Dress-Up Day (nothing gory or scary, no pretend weapons, nothing that will interfere with learning)

 

Fall Festival Donations needed

We need lots of cheap little trinkets/toys (like dollar store stuff), 12 packs of soda, bags of candy, jars of large whole pickles, and bottled water. 

 

No Toys at School: Please help your little ones remember not to bring any toys to play with at school. They are easily lost, broken, and stolen. 

 

Have you Liked us on Facebook??? Not only will you find this amazing weekly newsletter there, but you’ll get up-to-the-minute information, see fun pictures, and always have the latest scoop! 

 

Background Checks: In order to volunteer at the school, or work in a classroom, or be a chaperone on field trips, adults must be cleared through APS with a background check. All background checks are done online. They cost $12 and are good for two years. The website is: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

Navigating the system can be tricky – if you have trouble with it, I am happy to sit with you and help you get through it quickly. It generally takes 1-2 weeks to get your clearance, so be sure to plan ahead for any upcoming field trips.

 

If you do not have APS background clearance, you may not attend a school field trip. Please do not put our teachers or students at risk by showing up for a field trip without it. 

 

Do We Have Your Email Address On-File??? Every Friday your child comes home with a school newsletter. If you have your email address in our system (on the registration card), you will automatically receive the newsletter by email each Friday. This is especially useful when there are two households, or if your child has a black hole in their backpack. Be sure we have updated email addresses so you are always in-the-loop.

 

 

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Posted by: Mike Suarez
Published: 10/22/16




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October 14, 2016

 

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

We are seeing some awesome things happening around Lew Wallace as a result of proposals for increased safety measures. One of those is having two crossing guards before- and after-school at the corner of 7th and Fruit. Fruit Street is our scariest area, and I am grateful to have these wonderful guards slowing down traffic, crossing children and families, and keeping us safer. Please give these women a wave and a thank-you when you see them, and be extra-alert as you come for pick-up and drop-off.

 

There are a few other initiatives that we have requested that are being worked on by the city of Albuquerque and APS Maintenance and Operations:

  • Locking the front door with a doorbell and buzzer so we can buzz parents in during the day;
  • Turning the Fruit Street curb into a no-parking zone so kids don’t have to dodge between cars before- and after-school;
  • Increased video coverage of the campus;
  • Installing a buzzer on the back gate so we can buzz parents in after we make identification via video confirmation.

 

Being in a downtown school means we have lots of extra excitement in our periphery – news helicopters when there’s a breaking story, the sounds of sirens when APD heads out on a call, community members walking by, etc. We live in a sweet little parallel universe here in the school – we are always close to the action, but rarely a part of it (thank goodness!). Our increased security measures come out of a desire to stay ahead of any potential problems and continue to keep our children and our community safe, healthy, and thriving!

 

I’ll keep you posted as to the progress of these initiatives in the coming weeks!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Sunday, October 16 5:30 p.m., Lew Wallace staff is participating in the Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) at UNM. Let me know if you’re interested in joining us!
  • October 17-21 is Safe Schools Week.
  • Thursday, October 20, 3rd grade field trip to the CEC Planetarium and Albuquerque HS
  • Thursday, October 20, 4:00-7:00 Lights on Afterschool and School Choice Fair, Convention Center (see below)
  • October 24-28, National Red Ribbon Week
  • Thursday, October 27, Ms. Ortiz & Ms. Taylor’s class field trip to Wagner Farms
  • Friday, October 28, 5:30 Fall Festival!!!!!
  • Tuesday, November 1, 5th grade climbing wall activities
  • Wednesday, November 2, Picture Re-takes
  • Friday, November 4, Parent/Principal Coffee and Chat
  • Friday, November 4, STAR Student Lunches
  • Tuesday, November 8, Election Day – No School
  • Wednesday, November 9, Science Assemblies with the awesome Dr. Duda
  • Friday, November 11, Veteran’s Day – No School
  • Monday, November 14, World Kindness Day
  • Tuesday, November 15, 5th grade field trip to Popejoy for the New Mexico Symphony
  • Thursday, November 17, Thanksgiving Lunches (see attached)
  • Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7:00 p.m. New Mexico Culture Night for families

 

 

Box Tops: Box tops need to be turned in by October 28th to be counted for this semester’s contest. The class with the most box tops will win a pizza party! 

 

Background Checks: In order to volunteer at the school, or work in a classroom, or be a chaperone on field trips, adults must be cleared through APS with a background check. All background checks are done online. They cost $12 and are good for two years. The website is: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

Navigating the system can be tricky – if you have trouble with it, I am happy to sit with you and help you get through it quickly. It generally takes 1-2 weeks to get your clearance, so be sure to plan ahead for any upcoming field trips.

 

If you do not have APS background clearance, you may not attend a school field trip. Please do not put our teachers or students at risk by showing up for a field trip without it. 

 

Fall Festival Donations needed: We need lots of cheap little trinkets/toys (like dollar store stuff), 12 packs of soda, bags of candy, jars of large whole pickles, and bottled water. 

 

Entertainment Books: Please be sure you have turned in any unsold Entertainment books and order forms. We will be turning everything in to the fundraising company on Monday morning. 

 

School Choice Fair/Lights On After School: On October 20th, 4:00-7:00, you can find Lew Wallace staff at the Convention Center, along with folks from a variety of other APS and charter schools. If you are thinking about your middle school options the next years, this would be a great place to come and see what options are out there. Besides showcasing our wonderful little school, we will also be showing off our clubs program, answering questions about after-school clubs, and talking about the need for strong after-school programming and options for keeping kids busy.

 

 

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Posted by: Mike Suarez
Published: 10/14/16