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Alpha Xi offers scholarship

Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is looking for a woman student in a college of education at a New Mexico university who hopes to graduate in May 2003. If you are interested in the chapter’s $500 scholarship, you should have a good GPA and a strong desire to teach, in addition to financial need. If this description fits you, please call Betty Corliss in Albuquerque, 291-3266, ASAP.


Caves offers extreme thrills

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science invites moviegoers to experience the mysterious world of the underground with Journey into Amazing Caves in the Extreme Screen DynaTheater. Audiences can squeeze into Earth's alien, hidden realms guided by two women cavers on the quest of a lifetime—daring to enter caves so remote and so threatening that exploring them is like exploring a new planet. Journey into Amazing Caves will be shown in the Extreme Screen DynaTheater into mid-September 2002, although an exact ending date has not been set.


Student-exchange group seeks host families

World Heritage is seeking families, couples, and single parents, with or without children at home, who are adventurous, fun-loving, responsible, and—most of all—caring, and would be interested in hosting a high-school-aged foreign-exchange student. By hosting a student from another country, your entire family will discover a world of fun and enlightenment, and students who spend a semester or a year in the United States experience a lifetime dream.

If you share your home for a year you may enjoy a friendship for the rest of your life! To begin this exciting cultural experience, call Kathy, a World Heritage Area representative, at 800-888-9040 or visit


Head Start enrollment for fall 2002

Presbyterian Medical Services’ Sandoval County Head Start is accepting applications for the 2002-2003 school year. This federally funded program is for children three to five years old whose families are of low income. Classes run four days a week during the regular school year and are designed to provide a variety of educational activities to help children grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. Health, dental and nutritional issues are an important component of the program.

  • Family Services Assistance (FSA) staff will be at the following sites to hand out applications and answer questions:
  • Jemez—Monday, June 3 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Jemez Head Start, Canyon Tr. Box 4-4, Jemez Pueblo, (505) 834-7036
  • Bernalillo—Tuesday, June 4 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Bernalillo Office, 130 Calle Malinche (505) 267-3375
  • Peña Blanca—Wednesday, June 5 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Peña Blanca Head Start, #778 Highway 22, Building C-3
  • Rio Rancho—Thursday, June 6 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Rio Rancho Head Start, 4601 Pepe Ortiz (505) 891-5162

Founded in 1969, Presbyterian Medical Services is a nonprofit organization. PMS operates more than 50 community-based healthcare, children's and human service programs in New Mexico. The company staffs over 1,000 employees who live and work in the more than thirty communities in which PMS provides services. PMS is not affiliated with Presbyterian Healthcare System.


Plans for prekindergarten at PES

A group of parents is working to organize a prekindergarten program at

Placitas Elementary School. Plans are to integrate the program with the school facility and provide quality preschool for children ages three and four.

The core program will be part of an educational continuum developing socialization, daily structure, and education that will flow smoothly into kindergarten and subsequent grades.

The strategy is to lay out the foundation for the program, including curriculum, finances, and logistics, prior to determining what, if any, fees will be charged.

Names for a waiting list are now being taken by Kennie Warren, the principal of Placitas Elementary, at 867-2488. You can give her the date of birth of all your children under five years old, in case the program is not able to start this fall.

Committees are being formed now for curriculum, financial, and legal/administrative matters. If you are interested in participating in the development of this program, please call Snow Moore Watson, 867-2047, or E-mail


Child-care co-op includes parents

Barb Belknap

Mother’s Day Out is a nondenominational cooperative day-care program for children from eighteen months old to prekindergarten. A typical day, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes inside instruction, storytelling, and art projects, and outside play. The group is limited to about twelve children for two caregivers (one parent), and each child is allowed to attend a maximum of two days per week, Mondays through Thursdays. To fulfill the co-op requirement, parents are required to work approximately one day every eight weeks.

“We do lots of art projects,” said MDO board president Amy Coen. “It’s amazing how many creative things you can make with a paper plate!” Other projects have included painted cutout silhouettes of butterflies, peanut-butter bird feeders, and straw necklaces.

Amy is thankful to have the MDO program that her four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Shelby, has attended for the past three years. She said, “If I didn’t have this program, I feel that Placitas could be isolating for some parents. A lot of the MDO parents meet outside of the program for lunch and other activities. The children make wonderful friendships.”

Program coordinator Debbie Stueber hopes the program will help teach the children to be nice to each other and to accept one other unconditionally. She said, “The children at this age come in full of joy, ready for a brand-new experience every day.”

Recently, the students enjoyed a science experiment in which cut carnations were placed in cups of food-colored water to show how the flowers drink with their stems. One child exuberantly queried, “I make one, Debbie?” A little boy burst out, “If you drink this water, you’d be all green.” A little girl yelled, “Then I want pink!”

Outside activities include games in the courtyard playground such as Red Light Green Light, Duck Duck Goose, Simon Says, Handy Spandy, Hokey Pokey, and a noncompetitive version of Musical Chairs. When the weather’s right, the children splash in the ditch, go for walks around the church area, have picnics, and take parent-chaperoned outings to places like the Rio Grande Zoo, the Albuquerque BioPark, and the Butterfly Museum.

The program now includes twenty-seven families, mostly from Placitas, but also some from Albuquerque and Bernalillo. Grandparents and dads are welcome to participate, too.

Mother’s Day Out is presently filled, but has openings for the fall. To reserve a space, call 867-5718 and ask for Debbie Stueber.

Look for Mother’s Day Out parents in front of the church during the Placitas Fourth of July Parade—they will be selling sno-cones as a fund-raiser for the program.