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Dear Families and Friends of Sandia Prep,
Summer has greeted us with a bang. Following a week of quiet around campus, the sounds of young children delight us, with SummerPrep now well underway. One of the first conversations I overheard involved a Sandia Prep alumnus, surrounded by a dozen little kids who were squirming and jumping up and down, while chirping, “Where are the soccer balls? We want to start!” Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious.
Seventeen years ago, I started a new career as a teacher in the Science Department at Sandia Prep. I never would have guessed that I would still be here, beginning my eighteenth year. That alone speaks volumes about the special environment of this school and community. I have been fortunate to experience Sandia Prep in many ways — as a teacher, an administrator in various roles, and most importantly, as a parent and volunteer.
My two daughters, graduates from the Classes of 2007 and 2009, received a solid and engaging academic education that has served them well in college and beyond. They have embraced important life skills acquired and nurtured at Sandia Prep and have become independent, contributing lifetime learners in their communities. Each is now a confident young woman with a voice in this world. They grew up at Sandia Prep; and they benefited from their relationships with the adults at Prep who became a large part of their lives.
So many positive interactions occur between our students and faculty: a conversation during passing period in the hallway; a discussion of The Odyssey in English class; a coach working with an athlete on defense on the basketball court; an advisor visiting with an advisee regarding class choices for the next year; an art teacher showing a student how to work the wheel in a clay class. The opportunities for these interactions are endless; and the connections made, as a result, are special to see.
Over fifty percent of our faculty members have taught at Sandia Prep for more than ten years, providing our school with stability while continuing to help us grow and keep an excited outlook for current and future students. Our strength as a faculty is rooted in two things: our common goal of educating children; and our unity in this endeavor. Kids are the reason we are here, showing up each day with energy and focus. We work well together and hope to focus on cross-pollinating our many academic and student life programs. While many of these programs stand well on their own, together, they can blossom.
Sandia Prep has a long and rich tradition as a student-centered school. This tradition is at the core of what we do. We feel lucky to be part of our students’ lives as they find their potential, recognize their uniqueness, and embrace their passions — all while maturing through middle and upper school. I encourage you to ask your student — or any teacher — to share a story about a positive encounter they have had with one another. As those who teach your children, we are blessed to be able to have these exchanges with them, ones which cause us to walk away smiling.
This transitional year will be supported by our school’s remarkable history and our dedicated faculty and staff. I hope you are enjoying an enriched yet restful summer. I look forward to seeing you in August.
Interim Head of School
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Our 2013-2014 Annual Fund is coming to a close, as is my tenure as your volunteer Parent Annual Fund Chair. It has been a privilege to work with so many of you within the Sandia Prep community to generate support for our Annual Fund, that vital entity which covers the costs of all the facets of a Sandia Prep education not covered by tuition alone.
I have enjoyed getting to know many parents and faculty as a result of serving in this role. Many thanks to Julie Cook, Roxanna Caird and Courtney Haury for their efforts on the Annual Fund.
Our donations currently total $513,988 — towards our $630,000 goal; our parent participation is currently at 52%.
There is still more to do to reach our goal for this year and it is not too late! Donations for the 2013-2014 Annual Fund may be made through July 31, 2014. Click here to give now.
If you made a pledge to the Annual Fund, now is the time; pay your pledge through one of these convenient ways:
* Online via our secure giving website at www.sandiaprep.org/makeagift
* Send your check
* Call 505.338.3058 or 505.338.3029 to charge your gift
Thank you for supporting the Annual Fund and Sandia Prep!
Parent Annual Fund Chair
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Attention all Sundevil soccer players, their families and Sandia Prep alumni.
Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, July 12, 2014 for our 2014 Alumni Weekend. During the complimentary festivities, guests will enjoy:
*Thomas Ebel Alumni Soccer Games – All current and former Sandia Prep soccer players are invited to dust off their cleats and join us.
Women’s Game @ 5:00 pm
Men’s Game @ 6:30 pm
*Players: RSVP by Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to receive your team tee.
*Happy Hour – While you must be 21 to consume alcohol, Sandia Prep community members of all ages and their adult guests are encouraged to mingle with faculty and enjoy cold drinks during our Happy Hour festivities.
*Family Picnic – All SPS community members are invited to join us. We’ll have fresh pizza baked onsite, as well as generous amounts of side dishes, desserts and drinks.
*Shaved Ice Treats
*Children’s Soccer Clinic – Hosted by Lil’ Kickers, the 3rd annual activity area is open to children from two to 10 years old. Lil’ Kickers coaches will lead high-energy activities in age-appropriate sections. Plus, we’ll have face painters, a fun souvenir from the games and more! Please note, our children’s soccer clinic is limited to 40 participants.
To help with picnic quantities, etc., registrations are appreciated. To register your family, please visit: https://www.sandiaprep.org/forms/dynamic.aspx?action=ShowForm&FormId=18
Have questions? Want to pass along your alum’s contact info? Please email your Alumni Affairs Office at email@example.com.
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Textbook checkout for for the 2014-2015 school year for students in grades 7 through 12 will begin Tuesday, August 5 and continue through Friday, August 8; textbooks can be picked up on those days between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Students, please bring your schedule with you so we can get the correct books for your class/teacher.
After that week, the library will be open during our regular operating hours, which are 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
NOTE: 6th Grade Students: You will pick up your textbooks later, after classes begin and during the regular school day, with the help of your teachers.
J. Melanie Templet
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Students and Faculty: Mark your calendar; be sure to have your photo taken on Thursday, August 21.
Not only are the photos used to create the Sandglass yearbook, seniors may use them for next spring’s graduation program (in lieu of professional photos, if desired) and they are used to create Faculty/Staff identification cards.
Come see us August 21!
School Photo Committee
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Greetings from the Sandia Prep Parents Association! I would like to introduce the SPS Parent Association officers for the upcoming year.
- Kathleen Atkin, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Linda Kier, President-Elect , email@example.com
- Vicki Gale, VP, Volunteers and Nominatin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lisa Mitchell, VP, Supply Store, email@example.com
- Nadine Miner, Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jenny Williams, Treasurer, email@example.com
Sandia Prep has a wonderful Parents Association with many opportunities for you to meet other parents and participate. I have enjoyed volunteering on several different committees over our children’s years at Prep and have had the privilege to work with many exceptional parents! I look forward to my position as SPSPA President this year, and hope to meet many new parents.
The Parents Association meetings are held monthly, on the last Tuesday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Dick Heath Board Room (upstairs in the Russell Student Center). We do not meet during the months of December or March.
Everyone is welcome to come to the meetings. I hope to see you there!
Have a great summer. See you in August!
Sandia Prep School Parents Association (SPSPA)
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Used Book Sale
Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2
• Consign & Sell Your Used Textbooks
• Buy Used Textbooks at Reduced Prices
• And If Desired – Lend a Hand to Volunteer!
The Parents Association (SPSPA) welcomes all students and parents to the annual Used Book Sale in the Russell Student Center:
Consign your student's old textbooks (in good condition) and buy gently used textbooks at half the list price! This is a great way to get a head start on your Sandia Prep book shopping, while saving money and even earning some money by selling your own used textbooks.
We are offering the service of depositing funds, earned by consignment, directly to your student Supply Store account. You can still receive a check if you prefer, or you can make it a donation to the Parents Association.
The Used Book Sale is a volunteer service of the SPSPA for the Sandia Prep community. All money from consigned books goes directly back to you (or to the Parents Association as a donation, if you choose).
Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m
Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..
Pick up unsold books:
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you can lend a hand with the Used Textbook Sale, even for just a few hours, we can use your help. Please contact Starlit Babineaux at StarlitBabineaux@msn.com or Jeff Lewis at JLewis96@comcast.net .
We look forward to seeing you in August!
Used Textbook Sale Co-Chairs
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the enthusiastic parent volunteers who helped to make the May Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon a wonderful success. Without the parent volunteers, the set-up, cleanup and fantastic desserts would have been lacking. We are all so fortunate to have such gifted faculty and attentive staff to celebrate and appreciate. These are the people playing a major part in the successes of our children. We feel proud that our parent community came together to honor them with a delicious meal. Thank you!
Kathleen Atkin and Neoma Nevill
Faculty Luncheon Co-Chairs 2013-2014
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I hope you and your family are well into your summer vacation, taking some time to relax and have fun. Thank you to all the families who participated in the weekly snacks for SPS teachers and staff this past year. We managed to fill every slot on the snack calendar for the year, providing a weekly snack for our dedicated faculty and staff. Thank you so much. I could not have done this without you!
To the families with their last senior at Sandia Prep this year, thank you for having taken the time to participate in the snack program over the years. Enjoy this next step in life's adventures!
I’d like to extend a special thank-you to Deanne and Brian Smith, the Gills, and the Valentine Youngs for providing delicious snacks in May.
Chair, Faculty & Staff Appreciation Snack Program