SABE Monthly Parent Newsletter

Volume 1 No. 5 January 2023

Principal's Message

Happy New Year!

I want to extend my best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. I am excited to see all the children, teachers and staff back at school after a long, well-deserved break. Just a reminder that as the snow flies and the temperatures dip, children need to be dressed appropriately to come to school and to play at recess time. Coats, hats, mittens or gloves, and boots are a must this time of year. Additionally, should there be a snow delay or school cancellation, please watch your local news channels (KOB, KOAT, KRQE, FOX NM) for those messages. We also use School Messenger. We do not follow just one local district's lead, as we have students that come from as far as Albuquerque and Algodones and take all of that into consideration. The safety of our students, their families, and our staff is of utmost importance. We appreciate your understanding when it comes to these decisions.

On a negative note, I did need to inform our SABE family of a change in our staffing. Mrs. Guerrero, our PE teacher, has resigned from her position and will not be returning now in January. Due to a lack of budget for this year, I have decided to not rehire for this position for the second part of the school year. The classroom teachers will continue to provide the physical education program during the students' original PE time. We are saddened to lose Mrs. Guerrero but hope she can rejoin us in time. We are hoping that we can see an increase in our budget or receive funding from the NMPED for physical education to bring back this much-needed program in future years!

Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick. Please consult with Mrs. Almanza regarding the COVID protocols and when it is appropriate to send your child back to school. The requirements if your child is showing COVID symptoms is to either take a COVID PCR test and if it is negative, they can return to school, but it is highly recommended they wear a mask to keep others safe, or they can remain out for five days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. Please see the link far below for testing locations. These tests are covered by health insurance.

Below is a link for a short parent survey. Please complete this survey as soon as possible so that we have parent input for our programs and priorities. This survey will close on Wednesday, January 11th.

At SABE we continue to strive to become a school focused on educational equity and find unique and innovative ways to partner, support and create opportunities that make our school a place where all children enjoy learning, develop strong relationships, and continue to grow each day socially, emotionally, and academically. As always, thank you for your continued support

Kind regards,

~Mrs. Rodriguez

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Important Dates

January 4-5: Teacher Professional Development (no school)

January 6: Students Return: we will not have lunch service so please remember to send your child with a lunch or plan on them having lunch when they are picked up (maybe send a snack to keep them going)

January 10: PTA Meeting (in person in school cafeteria)

January 16: No School in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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SABE School T-Shirt

Last call for t-shirt sizes. We need to place the SABE School T-Shirt order but we are still missing some orders. There are still some families that have not provided our office with shirt sizes for their students. Use the link below to provide us with your child's name and shirt size. The last day to provide us with shirt sizes is Monday, January 9th.

If you have already completed the form you do not need to fill out the form again.

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SABE Partners with Explora

It's not too late to sign-up!

SABE has been able to partner with the Explora Science Museum as a Community Partner. Part of this partnership includes a free membership for our SABE families. Use the link below to sign up for the free membership. The school will send your information to Explora and you will be contacted via email. Thank you to the PTA for making this possible. If you have any questions, contact the school office.

SABE/Explora Membership:

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School attendance is very important. When your child(ren) is going to be absent contact the school office. If your child has a doctor's appointment, ask the doctor's office for a note.

The attendance law changed in 2020 and now all absences, excused or unexcused, need to be reported. Our school has developed a tier system of support depending on the number of absences a student has. If you have received a letter from the school or you have questions, please contact Mrs. Reyes by calling the school office or sending a private ClassDojo message.

While these letters seem extreme, we are compelled to follow the law and again, we work with our families, and meeting to discuss a child's absences allows us to provide you resources and understand and provide support as necessary for excessive absences. At times, things are brought to light, like medical conditions or hurdles that we can assist with.

Thank you for all that you do to have your child in school!

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Parking Lot Etiquette

As adults we are models for our students, please be respectful of other cars and parents while in the parking lot. We ask that parents follow the flow of traffic during morning drop off and afternoon pick-up times.
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My Mealtime

We ask our families to please make all payments online when possible.


$75.00 Supply Fee

School Breakfast & Lunch Program

Chocolate Fundraiser


Please click on the link to access your account:

If you need your child's school identification number, please call Mrs. Almanza, our school registrar.

Please Note: Because we have American Rescue Plan funding, we will not be issuing fees for our before or after-school programs this year. If you have already made payments, please call Mrs. Rodriguez to discuss how we can move this into your child's meal account.

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Breakfast & Lunch Program Fees

You will be receiving a statement of what is due on your child's breakfast and lunch program. It is critical that you make these payments so that we do not have to use other programming funds to cover these costs. Thank you in advance for your payment and understanding. If you are having financial hardship, please contact Mrs. Vaughn to resubmit a USDA application for reduced or free meals, otherwise, it is your responsibility to pay these costs.
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School Chocolate Fundraiser: PRIZES COMING SOON!

Top sellers will be announced on ClassDojo. Students will also be receiving their prizes for the boxes that were sold.

Payments can be made on . All chocolate fundraiser money is due by January 9th.

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Things to Know

School Program Contacts and Links

SABE Website:

Meal Time Online Payments:

Before/After School Care:

Bus Transportation:

PTA Membership:

2022 New Mexico Measures of Student Achievement (NM-MSSA) and New Mexico Assessment of Science Readiness (NM-ASR)

This is to let you know that the NM-MSSA and NM-ASR individual student reports will be sent home to families of those students who took the test last school year with SABE. This is for our 3rd-7th grade students. Please keep an eye out for these reports! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Alice Banks.

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PTA Information

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you all had a great winter break.

Below are the PTA events coming up for the month of January:

  • Tues, Jan 10, PTA Meeting @ 5:30 PM
  • Fri, Jan 27, Reflections Awards Ceremony
    • Time TBD
  • January staff lounge snack donations
    • We are asking 4th grade families (if you are able to) to donate snacks & refreshments to the staff lounge during the month of January

Thank you as always for your support!



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Covid Information

While we continue to navigate living with the Coronavirus/COVID, it is very important that we continue our successful efforts in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.

Please DO NOT send your child to school if they are sick. Mrs. Almanza, our health assistant, will likely be calling you back to pick them up. While we do not require COVID tests to return to school, we do have to follow the state (NMDOH & NMPED) guidelines. In the event that your child shows COVID symptoms, you have the choice of keeping your child home for 5 days of isolation (no school) and can return to school with 5 additional days of wearing a mask, OR taking them for a PCR test. At this time, we are not If that test is negative, they can return to school. If it is positive, the requirements are 5 days of isolation and 5 additional days of wearing a mask, but they can come to school.

Below are some links provided by our NMDOH contact on where to locate PCR tests, especially for those with no health insurance.

We appreciate your support and understanding. If at any time you have questions, please contact Mrs. Almanza our school health assistant at 505-771-0555.