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Halloween safety tips

—Town of Bernalillo

For Parents

  • An adult should always accompany children under twelve years of age.
  • Do not use open flame candles in jack-o-lanterns; supervise children when carving a pumpkin.
  • Do not give out homemade or unwrapped candies to children.
  • Plan a route for your child to use while trick-or-treating and set an early return time.
  • To welcome trick-or-treaters, switch on any exterior lights.
  • Fall back: Remember to turn back the clocks one hour on November 1.

For Kids

  • Do not go inside anyone’s house or into a stranger’s automobile.
  • Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
  • Walk—don’t run; and use the sidewalk.
  • When crossing the street, look both ways. Do not cross in between cars.
  • Trick-or-treat on well-lit streets within your neighborhood and walk in a group.
  • When you return home, have an adult examine your treats. Never eat unwrapped treats.

Costume Tips

  • Only purchase and use flame-retardant costumes, but remember—‘flame-retardant’ is still not fire proof. Take precaution.
  • Children should wear white or reflective clothing or tape, and carry a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Costumes should fit properly. Avoid loose or baggy costumes. Stay away from any open flame.
  • Encourage children to wear face paint as opposed to a mask.
  • If a mask is worn, make sure that the eye, mouth, and nose openings are large enough.

Tips for Drivers

  • Look for children darting out between parked automobiles.
  • During twilight and evening hours, look for children in dark costumes.

iCarly star surprises grand prize winner of Kmart’s “Be a Schoolebrity” sweepstakes

Layla Wiscott, a student at Carroll Elementary school in Bernalillo, was surprised on October 28 at 10:00 a.m. at her school by the arrival of Jennette McCurdy, who is the star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly.

Kmart and Nickelodeon teamed up to offer one grand-prize winner the chance to “Be a Schoolebrity” and go on an ultimate shopping spree accompanied by Jennette McCurdy. Layla was named grand prize winner of the “Be a Schoolebrity” sweepstakes contest and was whisked away at 11:30 a.m. that day on her ultimate Kmart shopping spree with Jennette McCurdy. She also received a VIP trip for four to Los Angeles for a tour of Nickelodeon at Sunset studios where iCarly is filmed.

Kmart teamed with Nickelodeon to sponsor the contest, knowing it is important for kids to kick off the school year with everything they need to make it a success, especially in these tough economic times.

Pumpkins at Cochiti

Proud of their work; Students survey the progress of their pumpkin patch. Up next... A worm farm and compostion project.

Garden at Cochiti School yielding more than pumpkins

Many schools in Bernalillo Public School District have cultivated gardens as a means of engaging students in a very “hands-on” activity that teaches them science, mathematics, economics, horticulture, environmental stewardship, and other core subjects in a real-life setting. Cochiti Elementary and Middle School has focused their garden activities around a bumper pumpkin crop. The garden was planted last spring and is being planned and maintained by the entire student body.

Cochiti School Principal Michael Weinberg said, “The garden allows us to show students how produce is grown and we have discovered that the garden provides examples that can be applied to every core subject we teach. The outdoor classroom has really excited our students and our teachers.”

In addition to a gigantic pumpkin patch, thanks to a grant from the Rural Education Division of the New Mexico Public Education Department, this fall students will begin a worm farm and a composting project. The project began with the eighth graders measuring and mapping out the grounds in the spring of 2009. They built mounds, fertilized the soil, and then the District maintenance crews installed water lines. Once the garden was ready for planting, all teachers were invited to bring their classes to plant seeds in an area of the garden. Classes photographed their areas of the garden.

Now that the pumpkins have matured, the school is implementing a Pumpkin Patch lesson plan which involves eighth graders visiting all grade levels to run math measurement lessons in each classroom. The key components for the pumpkin exploration are the weight, the circumference, and the number of seeds in each pumpkin. Data will be collected and communicated through a beautiful display on school bulletin boards. Students will make produce stickers for pumpkins and sell them to the public. The proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will be reinvested in the school garden.

Additionally, a school-wide estimation contest is going on and the winner will be the individual that comes closest to guessing the weight and circumference of the “biggie pumpkin.”

School principal Michael Weinberg said, “Since the pueblos historically introduced farming in New Mexico, we’ve seen parental involvement increase as the pumpkin patch allows us the opportunity to reinforce farming as an important aspect of Cochiti Pueblo’s cultural heritage. Additionally, both teachers and students have noted that the application of math and science concepts to a real-life situation has significantly improved students’ comprehension of the academic topics they are required to master.”

Placitas Elementary Art in the School thanks community for support

—Ellen Faris

The Placitas Flea Market season draws to a close for another year. Thanks to all of our vendors and customers for supporting the Art in the School program at Placitas Elementary School. The $10 vendor fee helped to fund art projects and a field trip for the elementary school students. To the McCallisters and “The Merc” employees, a special thank you for allowing us to share your space. Your generous contributions have been a major factor in the success of our fundraising efforts.

This year, the school was able to purchase the curriculum and supplies for “A World of Art: Distant Shores,” an art education program that will send the children on a visual journey from an ancient palace in the Middle East to an African safari and then to the shores of Panama. These are just a few of the destinations the children will experience this year with our art program. The parent volunteers have started their training sessions and will be entering the classrooms to start the children on their journey through the world of art.

The Flea Market will reopen next spring, the second Saturday of each month, from May through October.

Bilingual story hour/ Una hora de cuento bilingue

The bilingual story hour is starting again at the Placitas Community Library on November 10 at 3:00 p.m. The book is A Gift of Thanks by Julia Alvarez. The story takes place in the Dominican Republic and is about the importance of giving thanks. We will meet again on December 8th for a Christmas story. This program is for elementary-aged children. After the story, there will be an activity. We hope you can join us on the second Tuesday of each month.

La hora del cuento bilingue comienza de nuevo a la Biblioteca Placitas el 10 de noviembre a las tres de la tarde. El libro es Un Regalo de Gracias por Julia Alvarez. El cuento tiene lugar en la Republica Dominicana y es de la importancia de dar gracias. El ocho de diciembre tendremos un cuento de la Navidad. Este programa es para los niños que asisten la escuela elemental. Despues del cuento hay una actividad. Ojala que puedan leer con nosotros el segundo martes de cada mes.         






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