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Second graders on an Art in the School field trip to the Albuquerque Museum:

Second graders on an Art in the School field trip to the Albuquerque Museum: (l. to r.) Brooke Reiche, Matthew Fisher, Rachel Baltz, Ursula Bowers

PES students view museum exhibit of French paintings

In April, all Placitas Elementary School students from kindergarten through fifth grade attended the exhibit “Millet to Matisse: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century French Painting from Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow” at the Albuquerque Museum.

Dating from approximately 1830 to 1930, the sixty-four paintings in the exhibition include landscapes, townscapes, seascapes, portraits, interiors, and still lifes that offer a comprehensive view of developments in French painting of the era.The students had previously studied the paintings of Monet and Van Gogh in their Art in the School lessons.

The museum visit was funded by Placitas artists Greg Reiche and Laura Telander, who donated a portion of their sales from the 2003 Placitas Studio Tour to Art in the School and have committed to make another donation to AIS after this year’s tour.


Bernalillo Public Schools and UNM offer free physicals, immunizations for camp, sports

Bernalillo Public Schools Spartan Wellness Center and the University of New Mexico will sponsor a free sports/camp physical and immunization clinic at the Spartan Wellness Center at the Bernalillo High School on May 28. UNM nurse practitioner students will perform all physicals. Hepatitis A vaccine will be available for children under eighteen whose parents want them to receive it.

Hepatitis A is a serous liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus being spread by close personal contact and by consuming food or water containing the virus. You do not need to be a Bernalillo Public Schools student to participate in the health clinic. For an appointment, call the Spartan Wellness Center at 867-7831.


Placitas Pre-kindergarten students on a field trip to El Rincon Pet Hospital

Placitas Pre-kindergarten students on a field trip to El Rincon Pet Hospital

Placitas Pre-Kindergarten plans for 2004-05

—Suzann Owings

Because of the extraordinary efforts of our parents and community, the Placitas Pre-kindergarten finishes its second year ready for more staff. After searching this summer, we will add to our professional staff a paid part-time director position. Our wonderful volunteer director, founder, parent, and architect, Snow Moore Watson, moves on to focus on building the new school facility at Placitas’s Walden Park. Additional assistance from community members interested in design and construction would be very much appreciated.

The state-certified Placitas Pre-kindergarten School is a parent cooperative that requires part-time supervisory support to help direct its growth and improvement. Additional paid staff coincides with our ongoing expansion. During our second year, we moved from one full-time teacher to two part-time teachers, whose time could overlap as they shared the teaching and curricular responsibilities.

This school year concludes with graduation ceremonies on Saturday morning, May 22, at the old Placitas Elementary School, which now is the Mission San Antonio Church’s social hall.

For further information, please contact Snow Watson, 867-2047.


School year ends, Optimists begin summer fun

Suzann Owings

‘Friend of Youth,’ the Optimist motto, certainly holds true for Optimist Club de Sandoval. We recess our junior-club and pre-kindergarten activities for summer, and step into our annual bike rodeo and summer camp programs.

Bike-safety activities begin May 15 at Placitas Appreciation Day. Several bikes, reconditioned by OCdeS member Frank Hawks, will be raffled off throughout the day as our pre-kindergartners staff their lemonade stand.

At Placitas Appreciation Day we also will provide information on several club projects: the Placitas Preschool, the free Senior Wellness Clinic, Optimist summer camp (July 5-9, with trips planned to Explora and the Atomic museum), the bike-safety essay contest for new bikes, and the very much needed car for the Kasey program.

Junior Optimists at Placitas Elementary School finish their weekly program with Teddy Bear Camp on Wednesday, May 5, and a bowling party May 12 at Santa Ana bowling lanes.

The Optimists turn their attention to political matters affecting Placitas with a meet-the-candidates forum for New Mexico House seat 22, on Sunday, May 16, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Placitas Fire Station on 165. Two candidates from the east mountains and one from Placitas will explain their views.

Former charter club president Nancy Hawks continues St. Vincent de Paul’s monthly free Senior Wellness Clinic at OLOS Social Hall, noon to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 20. Blood pressure, diabetes, and overall wellness are checked and free massages are provided. Nancy can be reached at 771-1786.

Our state-certified Placitas Pre-kindergarten School will hold graduation ceremonies Saturday morning, May 22, at the old Placitas Elementary School, which now is the Mission San Antonio Church’s social hall. For specifics, please contact Snow Watso, 867-2047.

The OCdeS Bike Safety Rodeo will meet at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 22, in the Merc parking lot at Homestead Village. Youngsters should bring their bikes (and we will have loaners) to ride the obstacle course and win prizes. Student essays of fifty words or less on “Why I Need a New Bike” will be judged, and two new bikes awarded, thanks to the Placitas Chamber of Commerce.

Further information about the Optimist Club de Sandoval and our activities is available by phoning Suzann Owings, 867-0567, or Elaine Sullivan, 771-1171.




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