Update – Taos CREATE Out-of-School-Time Programs

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

The Taos C.R.E.A.T.E (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Technology Experiences) Out-of-School Time program at Taos Day School is primarily funded by a reimbursement program through New Mexico Public Education Department {PED). Receiving reimbursement from the State PED has proved to be extremely difficult and fraught with delays. For last school years reimbursement we began submitting reimbursement requests to the State PED in March 2014. To date we have not received any reimbursement, and only received one request for additional information in June, which was provided immediately. We email the State PED weekly,but rarely hear back. All we have been told since March is that we are being audited and we have to wait until they contact us. The delay in receiving reimbursement has of course negatively affected the schools funding, and we are very concerned as we enter the 6th month of waiting for reimbursement.

We cannot begin the Out-of-School Time programming until we receive a signed contract from the NM Secretary of Education Designate, Hanna Skandera. Just a few days ago we received the unsigned contract from the State. We signed it and sent it to Ms. Skandera for her signature. In the past two years it has usually taken the State PED a month to get Ms. Skandera signatures and notify us that we can open. So if past years are a predictor of what will happen this year, I expect we will be able to open October 1st, 2014. We are also very concerned about opening before we are reimbursed for last year.

We have asked Dean Hopper, the Director of Coordinated School Health and Wellness at NM State PED, to rush our paperwork for Ms. Skandera’s signature and to update us on our reimbursement requests, but have not heard back from him. Mr. Hopper’s email is dean.hopper@ state.nm.us and his phone number is 505-827-1806 if you want to contact him yourself.

We are preparing and hoping to open on September 15th, but we cannot say for sure until we receive the signed PED document and reimbursement from last year. When these issues with the State PED clear up, we will send out the After School Applications with students and announce our opening at school and on our web site tdsafterschool.org. Please check out the web site if you haven’t been on it!

We do hope to start soccer practice next week, even though after school is unlikely to be open. If that is the case you will need to pick up your child directly after practice and sign them out with the coach. Soccer information will be sent out by the end of this week or early next week.

Thank you for your support of the Taos C.R.E.A.T.E (Culture, Recreation, Education, and Technology
Experiences) Out-of-School Time program and we hope to see you all soon! Sincerely,
Colleen Durocher
Out-of-School Time Coordinator

Fall Program Summary

C.R.E.A.T.E. Taos Day School
Out-of-School Time Programs at TDS

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:00-5:30pm and Wednesday 1:30-5:30pm. Who can attend: Taos Day School Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

To sign up: Turn in an After School Application.
Direct phone line is 758-1959. School number is 758-3652
Website: tdsafterschool.org

C.R.E.A.T.E. success after school!

• Tiwa Language & Culture Club once a week.
Tiwa language and more for 2nd–8th grades

• Supervised playground every day after school
• Team sports:
Soccer for Kinder-8th grades in the spring and fall
Basketball for 3rd-8th grades in the fall and winter
Volleyball for 5th-8th grade girls in the fall
• Recreation Clubs:
Mountain Biking Club spring & fall 3rd-8th grades
Ski/Snowboard Club winter 4th-8th grades
Kung Fu weekly for 2nd-8th grades

• Tutoring and Homework Help for 2nd-8th grades every Monday-Thursday
• Music classes divided by grade every day after school
• Enrichment for Kinder and 1st every day after school
• Friday Enrichment: Sewing; Art; Computer Lab, Video Club, Educational Board Games

• Video and Photography Clubs

• Pool table, Foosball, Air Hockey and Bumper Pool tables for all ages
• A separate room for 6th-8th graders with an XboxOne