SABE Noticias Familiares

Vol. 2 No. 1 July/August 2023

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From: Mrs. Rodriguez, Executive Director/Head of School

Dear SABE Family,

Hello! We have missed you!!!

Welcome to our new kindergarten students and our new and returning first-eight grade students! It is with great honor and much enthusiasm that I write this letter entering my seventh year at Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education. This year, I will serve as the Executive Director/Head of School.

I am excited about some changes and all that we have been doing this summer to continue to serve our SABE community and make SABE the best dual language school in Rio Rancho! I want to thank Mrs. Reyes for taking on the role of our school principal. Her continued contributions to SABE are great and I know that by having her serve in this role, we will continue to soar to greatness! I want to clarify what this role change means and how it relates to my role as the Executive Director/Head of School. I am still involved in everything at SABE and I will be just as present and involved. Mrs. Reyes will be taking on some other leadership responsibilities in her role. She will also continue as our Special Services Director.

I am looking forward to meeting new faces, revisiting familiar ones, as well as hearing about your summer adventures! For those of you who have not met me, I am entering my twenty-sixth year in education. I have served in many roles during my 25-year career in education from classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and for the last eight years, I have been honored to work in the realm as a charter school leader. I am very excited to meet you all and continue working to make this a fabulous school year!

We are excited to report that we have a total of 255 students and hope to meet our goal for this year!

As I am excited to send you this letter, it is the face-to-face interaction that I value most. Please know that we have an open-door policy and welcome the opportunity to meet with you, me, and the teachers alike.

Teachers have already been coming this summer to prepare their classrooms and prepare for their students and we all look forward to seeing you at the SABE Social/Meet the Teacher Social event on Wednesday, from 5:30-7:30pm.

We are excited and looking forward to our collaboration in providing a safe and nurturing environment and a challenging and diverse curriculum for your children. We are very much looking forward to watching the scholars stream out of the cars and to having our school filled with the hustle and bustle that has been absent all summer. Old friendships will quickly be rekindled and new friendships will be made. Students will swap stories about their summers and show off their new backpacks.

Adelante SABE family!

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • August 2: SABE Social/Meet the Teacher Event at 5:30 p.m.
  • August 4: School starts (Full Day 3:11 p.m dismissal)
  • August 8: PTA Meeting (via Zoom)
  • September 4: Labor Day (School Closed)

Scholars' Schedule

Monday – Thursday

7:30-7:50 Drop Off
7:30-8:05 Breakfast in the Classroom
7:50 Instructional Day Begins
11:00-1:00 Lunch Block
3:11-3:26 Pick Up

7:30-7:50 Drop Off
7:30-8:15 Breakfast in the Classroom
7:50 Instructional Day Begins
11:00-1:00 Lunch Block
1:50-2:05 Pick Up

Driveline Tags For Afternoon Student Pick-up

New families that attended our new parent meeting already received your Driveline Tag. Those that did not pick it up then can pick it up from your child's teacher at the Social/Meet the Teacher Event.

Always make sure that you have your Driveline tag displayed on your rearview mirror. Cars that do not have a tag will be asked to exit the line and go to the office to pick up their child/ren. If someone else other than parents/guardians that are allowed to pick up children also need to display the Driveline tag. Contact Mrs. Almanza at the front office if you do not have a Driveline tag.

Bus Transportation

SABE has transportation services for student pick-up and drop-off. For the 2023-2024 school year, there will be 5 bus stops. Bus transportation for our SABE families is free of charge. Applications are available below. Only those returning students and their siblings that have registered prior can begin on August 4th. New families to transportation must submit an application to the school or send it to Mr. Esteban Cole at and will be contacted to begin on Monday, August 14th. The times below are departure times. The times can change due to traffic and the new bus routes. Your patience is appreciated while we finalize the actual times.

  • #1 Stop: Michael's at Cottonwood Corners (3701 Ellison Dr NW Ste B, Alb., NM 87114) @6:45am
  • #2 Stop: Defined Fitness, backside of Wecks, Hilltop Shopping Center (1620 Rio Rancho Blvd SE, RR, NM 87124) @6:57am
  • #3 Stop: Target (4225 Crestview Dr SE, RR, NM 87124) @7:05am
  • #4 Stop: Dollar General (1801 Pine Rd NE, RR, NM 87144) @7:25am
  • #5 Stop: Lowe's, West Parking Lot (3805 Northern Blvd NE, RR, NM 87124) @7:40am
  • Arrive at SABE @7:50am

School Breakfast and Lunch Program

SABE participates in the USDA's National School Lunch Program. While breakfast and lunch is free for all students in the state of New Mexico, you must complete a lunch application to participate. Instructions for the program application will be sent out very soon via our Mealtime system. While we are transitioning to this free program, every child can get a free breakfast and lunch beginning on the first day of school. Our school is provided breakfast and lunch by Bernalillo Public Schools. Students are able to bring their own lunch from home if they choose.

A lunch menu will be posted on ClassDojo on a monthly basis.

Mrs. Lugo is our food program coordinator!

Before/After School Program - Starts August 14th

Our Before/After School Program will begin on Monday, August 14th.

Applications will be available at the SABE Social/Meet the Teacher Event and at this link. The program will begin on Monday, August 14th. All families must submit an application to the school or send it to Mr. Esteban Cole at

Program Hours:

  • Before School 6:45 - 7:30 a.m.
  • After School Program is from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Starting this year there will be a fee for the program. If your family is experiencing financial difficulty and you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact Mrs. Rodriguez at

If you need information or have any questions please email our Operations Coordinator, Mr. Esteban Cole at

Scholar & School Safety

We know your child's safety is very important to you. It is to us as well. Here are some ways we ensure safety.

All doors at SABE are secured and there is only one point of entry. All visitors are required to sign in at the front office and we use a system that scans drivers' licenses. Unauthorized persons are not allowed in our building. We follow all state-required safety plans and have a School Safety Plan. All SABE staff are trained in how to respond in emergency situations and follow protocols as aligned with our state-approved plan. Additionally, all staff are trained in both health and safety as it relates

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Supply List - Where can I find one?

Here at SABE parents/guardians pay a $75 supply fee. This fee covers all materials that students will need throughout the school year and a SABE Spirit Shirt. The supply fee will be paid through MealTime. This is an online payment system that our school uses. More information will be sent out very soon how to login to that system.

How can I contact my child's teachers?

SABE uses ClassDojo to keep families informed. ClassDojo is an app that can be downloaded to your phone, iPad or computer. We use ClassDojo for several different purposes. Families are encouraged to check ClassDojo regularly for school and classroom news.
  • Students are able to earn points for class/teacher rewards or Principal Awards.
  • Teachers are able to monitor and give students points, communicate with all parents through a class story, or send/receive private messages.
  • Important school-wide events and dates are posted on School Story along with other important announcements.
  • Parent and Class Newsletters are shared through ClassDojo.

Use the link below to use ClassDojo on your computer.


We also use SchoolMessenger for communicating messages including emergency messaging via email, telephone, and text. You will be receiving a text message on Friday, August 11th to opt into this service. If you want to receive these messages, please make sure you opt-in. If you do not receive a message to opt in, please contact our school registrar Mrs. Almanza via telephone and she can make sure we add you to the list. See the information below:

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Do students wear uniforms at SABE?

Yes. Students at SABE wear uniforms. The picture shows the uniform options for our school. You may also see this on our school website, .

Our SABE PTA will also send home information about uniform exchanges.

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How do I know who my child's teacher is?

Students and parents will be able to meet their child's teacher prior to school starting. We will have a SABE Social/Meet the Teacher event on August 2nd at 5:30 pm. In Kindergarten through third grade, all students have two teachers. The students have an English and Spanish teacher. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade have one teacher that will teach both English and Spanish. In our middle school grades students will also have a Spanish and English Teacher.

In addition, when you visit to your child's ClassDojo class, the teacher's name will appear there as well.

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SABE PTA is excited to welcome you to the new school year!

We are busy planning some great events for this year.

With all your support last year, we were able to raise over $11,000 to support our teachers, families, and most importantly our students.

  • We were able to help with transportation costs for field trips, provide grants for teachers to purchase supplies, and show the staff and teachers how much they are appreciated.
  • For our families, we had a tech night with internet safety information, a Healthy Minds presentation, and the uniform bank.
  • Our students enjoyed events like Fall Fantasy, Read-a-Thon, and Festival de Colores along with monthly treats and books for all students.

As we get ready for the upcoming year. You can help by joining the PTA (, volunteering at an event, supporting our initiatives like Box Tops, Dress Down Mondays, Smith’s Community Rewards, and much more!

Please join us for the first PTA on August 8 via zoom. We look forward to another great year!

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Other Parent Resources

Parent Handbook

Scan the QR code to access SABE's Parent and Student Handbook. If you would like a physical printed copy, please inform your child's teacher and we can get you a copy printed from the front office.
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