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Sidney Olivas

July 30, 2024

school house, pencils

Please join us for the Ann Parish Elementary Open House:

  • July 30, 2024
  • 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Students will meet their teachers

Other News

Sidney Olivas

Generous Donations For Students

elementary students holding new shoes

KRQE Cares brought smiles to the faces of students at Ann Parish Elementary through a generous donation of shoes. The initiative, through the local television station KRQE News 13, aims to address a pressing need among the students, providing them with comfortable and appropriate footwear.

KRQE Cares, which is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in need, collaborated with Ann Parish Elementary to organize the event.

Lisa Begay, the principal at Ann Parish Elementary, said each student went home with a new pair of shoes, socks, books, snacks, and a hygiene it.

"The station was here recently and measured their feet and now they’re here today with about 400 pairs of shoes for the kids to choose from,” said Mrs. Begay. “It’s great to see the smiles on their faces.”

400 shoe boxes

Ann Parish Elementary, a Title 1 school, serves a diverse population of students. Among the challenges they face is access to adequate footwear, which can have a significant impact on a child’s well-being and overall school experience. Recognizing this need, KRQE Cares stepped in to make a meaningful difference in their lives.

Through their network of community partners and donors, KRQE Cares was able to secure an impressive collection of brand-new shoes in various sizes and styles suitable for children of different ages.

“We’ve been doing this for over a decade,” explained Bill Anderson, the general manager of KRQE News 13. “We started with larger school districts and have expanded to smaller ones, and we are thrilled to help the students here at Ann Parish.”

table of books

The generous donations from KRQE Cares serve as an inspiring reminder that small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities. By acknowledging the unique challenges faced by Title 1 schools, the program takes proactive steps to address them and plays a vital role in empowering students to succeed.

Sidney Olivas

Dual Language Education of NM

Ann Parish Elementary teachers

The Dual Language Education of New Mexico is featuring Ann Parish Elementary for supporting their teachers. In a social media post, the department says, "It is excited to see how Ann Parish ES in Los Lunas is supporting teachers in deepening their practice with Number Talks by visiting each others' classrooms and having vertical team reflective conversations!" 

The post went on to say, "The school is committed to building a culture of risk-taking and reflection for students and teachers."

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State officials visit APE classroom

“I want to start with our morning message, ‘Welcome, everyone!’” exclaimed Yvonne Warren, a preschool teacher at Ann Parish Elementary. “Wah, wah, welcome!” she expressed as her students repeated the “w” sound.

It was a big day in Ms. Warren’s classroom as she taught her four and five-year-old students while State Senator Mimi Stewart, other dignitaries, and Los Lunas Schools officials observed her lesson. The visit is part of a tour from the governor’s office to determine if New Mexico preschool children are learning language development.

“We have been looking at classrooms in New Mexico and other states to look at how our teachers are doing with the science of reading,” Senator Stewart explained. She was impressed with Ms. Warren, but also with her young students.

“We heard Ms. Warren was the best and we just had a great time in her class,” said Senator Stewart. “They were well organized and well-mannered. Ms. Warren is using the Heggerty curriculum, so her students are learning phonemic awareness, how they make up words. That’s what you do when you’re that little – you focus on the sounds that words make and then later you put those words into writing and reading.”

Mariana Padilla, the state’s Children’s Cabinet Director, agreed with Senator Stewart. As former educators, they said they want to make sure the little scholars are getting a great start to reading.

“We are just really making sure we are putting funding in the schools to support literacy. We know how important it is to make sure we are investing in training for our educators in elementary school and then next will be secondary schools,” stated Ms. Padilla. “We want to make sure that teachers are prepared and make sure they are getting the support they need to be effective.”

Senator Stewart said the tour of classrooms across the state is showing families that our teachers are stepping up to the plate.

“We are just really seeing teachers focus on learning and understanding the science of reading and once they put that into practice, then we will get over the 70-80% of our students not reading and it starts this early,” she said. “Our teachers are just doing a great job here in Los Lunas.”