Dear Families,


I imagine your kids are sleeping well this week after two engaging, blissful days back to school.  It is our hope that they love it and know they are loved.  Below are some bits of information about our week and what is coming up.


Spirit Time—

During the first 2 days of school, the students were introduced or reacquainted with Spirit Time. A jar with water and glitter was used to demonstrate how our minds our busy and when we become still we can become clear (taken from a picture book called Peaceful Piggy Meditation). The first 5 minutes of Spirit Time is for quiet stillness, or meditation, then the students are invited to do something else quiet and to themselves. We ask, “What does your spirit need?”  Students usually use this time for drawing, coloring, writing, resting, reading, or to continue meditation. After about 10 minutes, the students are invited to continue what they are doing or participate in an optional lesson. This usually involves reading a book and/or having a discussion or experience around a theme.

Next week we will be reading books on kindness and introducing the kindness wreath. The kindness wreath is a way for the students to recognize kindness in themselves and each other. The students can earn kindness ribbons when a teacher or another student notices them doing an an act of kindness for another classmate. The students can earn and collect kindness ribbons to be tied on to the class kindness wreath, which becomes a colorful, beautiful reminder of all of the positive acts of kindness. We also teach the students that not all acts of kindness will be noticed, and that doing something from your heart is the most important part of being kind, not being recognized.




Next week we will introduce simple machines through a problem solving activity that will require teamwork and creativity. On Thursday, Explora is coming to CSCA for hands-on simple machine activities!


Park Update—

On Thursday at Paradise Hills Park, we observed an incident that I would like to share with you, as my own daughter’s account of the incident to my husband was quite different than what transpired, oh my.  For about 20 minutes, we observed the fire department and police arrive to a scene on the nearby road where a mother had accidentally locked her keys in her car with her toddler in it.  Students watched, waited and hoped for the best, from a distance down the grassy hill.  A tarp was draped over the vehicle to offer shade, as the windows were all up.  Ultimately, the emergency team got in through the driver’s window and took the toddler and mother into the fire truck to cool down.  No ambulance was called, and the mom drove away with her child moments later.


…Back in the classroom

Primary class

  • We will be integrating an America theme into our math and literacy morning studies. This will include symbols, presidents, Olympics, and state fairs with simple machines.
  • We are beginning math with number concept methods using manipulatives. Many students will be ready for abstract levels and record their understandings on paper, as well.
  • In literacy, we will begin procedures for how to do various literacy centers. This will take several weeks to establish, but once that is in place, students can remain engaged while Ms. Judy and I read with small guided reading groups of students using a balance of meaning, syntax and visual methods.  We will begin with performance-based assessments to guide instruction.
  • Audrey, a parent volunteer, will take turns with small groups of students on Tuesdays during literacy on a process called Making Words, which is an approach to word-building using word families. She uses engaging, hands-on methods to make “fancy-word” phonics FUN at each group’s level of need.



Intermediate class

This week we will be focusing on literature genres so that we can become expert Librarians and be resources for other students in our classroom library. In addition, students will also be asked to find a biography/autobiography of a President or other important American for an upcoming book project.




Coming This Week



-Science with simple machines begins

-(Everyday) Please bring backpack, snack, lunch, water bottle with name.  Put sunscreen on your child for the park, or you can send it to school labeled with your child’s name to be applied before recess.



Art and music instruction begin!



Bring booster, swimsuit, towel, flip-flops, and anything you child needs for swimming (goggles optional, floaties not needed).  We will leave the school around 1:15 pm, and we will return by 3:45.  Please let me know if you would rather pick your child up from UNM, and one of us will stay with that group of students for pick-up.  FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE RETURNED FOR YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE PLEASE.  (Attached)



-Bring show and tell

-Explora is coming to us!

-Bring booster in case we can go to the Taylor Ranch Library.  PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD’S ABQ LIBRARY CARD WITH PIN, if you haven’t already.


Here are a few upcoming announcements and reminders for your convenience:



  1. Please sign and return the CSCA Family Handbook signature page to state that you agree to it.


  1. Field trip permissions slip DUE Mon, August 15 please.


  1. Please send your child’s Abq library card with PIN.


  1. We are collecting cleaned, recycled items for our simple machine (state fair-building) project. Please send all shapes of objects.


  1. We are also collecting old keyboards to use as a manipulative in our Keyboarding without Tears lessons. Each student has a software license and will soon begin supervised practice with keyboarding at school. Please let me know if you would like to receive an email with your child’s login information, so you can supervise home practice.  (This is optional.)


  1. Kathy Azar, our CSCA bookkeeper, will be working with us on Monday afternoons, and she will be available at the 4:00 pick up time, should you wish to talk with her. You can also reach her by call or text on the school phone on Monday afternoons, 850-7916.  Her email is


  1. Kathy will have CSCA t-shirts on-hand should you need to buy them. They are $12 for youth and $15 for adult.


  1. You can view photos of our class in action on Please feel free to post photos you take here.  We are not particular about how albums are organized or where photos are placed on this website.  Enjoy!


  1. Before/After/Friday: Thanks for keeping us in mind if you know of someone that may do a good job for our kids.  We are beginning to receive applications, and we welcome them in Divine timing.


  • Volunteers: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your time this week at orientation! It was a wonderful year last year with volunteers interacting with our precious students, and I am honored to partner with you all again. We love our kids!  Thank you again!


Field Trips at a Glance–


PE Wed                  Swimming at UNM Therapy Pool on Wednesdays: Aug 17, 24, 31, and Sept 7

PE Wed                  Little Gym PE dates TBA


Aug 11                   No field trip, REGULAR CLASS DAY

Aug 18                   Service Project Introduction; Problem Solving with Explora coming to us

(their simple machines kit); library

Aug 25                   Tinkertown in the Sandia Mountains, students bring quarters for


Sept 1                     Service Project and Problem Solving at school: Parks/Rec Walk This Way safety presentation, followed by bike safety with 3rd+ and stranger danger role playing with all students; library tentative

Sept 8                     NM School of Music; library

Sept 15                   State Fair (We decided chaperones will not be taking kids on rides, as there are so

many other things we plan to do at the fair, but parents may take their own children on rides.)

Sept 22                   Explora

Sept 29                   Santa Fe Children’s Museum for engineering

Oct 6-13                 No field trips due to Fall Break

Oct 20                     Service Project/Problem Solving, library

Oct 27                     Pumpkin Patch

Nov 3                     National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

Nov 10                   We are visiting a farm!  Library

Nov 17                   Problem Solving/service project, library

Nov 24                   Thanksgiving break

Dec 1                      Fall Out or Kid’s Gym (class will vote), library

Dec 8                      Popejoy or Problem Solving, library

Dec 15                    Problem solving/Service Project w/(Cuidando Los Ninos wrapping), library, Winter

break ahead





(505) 850-7916 school cell