October 2020
So Long Summer, Hello Fall!
Santa Fe's first cold snaps have been followed by warmer days, and even in the midst of 2020's uncertainties, we're looking forward to the changes that fall brings: the smell of piñon wood drifting out of chimneys, the burst of yellow aspen groves on mountainsides, and the sound of crisp leaves underfoot on sidewalks.

Change seems to be a theme for 2020. You will notice a few changes on our newsletter format this month - we hope you find it streamlined and enjoyable to read. Throughout these challenging times, Partners in Education continues to adapt and stay true to its mission: supporting our public school teachers and students.
A Return To The Classroom?
The Santa Fe Public School District has announced plans to begin hybrid learning beginning October 26th.

The viability of this depends on teachers voluntarily electing to return to classrooms, as well as the current positive testing rate. The District outlined details during a school board meeting on October 1st.

Support Our Students: Update
A new Partners initiative is helping to keep students literally connected to their education. The Support Our Students (SOS) Project is raising funds to help families who can't afford internet service and school supplies.
The SOS Project is off to a great start with over $15,000 raised, but we need $48,000 to make sure all 200 families have the access they need.

Follow the link below, and be sure to designate "Support Our Students Project" from the drop-down menu.  

Thanks to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and several private donors for helping us get off to a great start!
Over $5,000 Awarded!
Congratulations to six SFPS teachers who won Teacher Grants from Partners in Education!

For 32 years, Partners has given grants to teachers for innovative, creative, curriculum-based classroom projects that the school district can’t afford to fund. 

This year's grants include funding for classroom sets of graphic novels, robotic engineering kits, and more!

Field Trip Directory
Curious about Carlsbad? Itching for the ocean? You read about it in the last newsletter, and now it's official!

Partners has compiled a list of virtual field trip opportunities for the home-weary to explore. Check it out and travel near OR far, all from the comfort of your own home!

What Else Do We Do?

Partners in Education has been supporting teachers in our public schools for 32 years. That's all we do. We invite you to read on to see how our programs help teachers to make a difference in the community. Your donation can be directed to a specific program or to Partners in Education in general.

Have you ever seen a big yellow school bus outside the Lensic or a museum? Each year, donors like you provide the funding for buses for nearly 600 public school classes to go on transformative educational adventures.
The Teacher Warehouse is a resource for teachers to "shop" for free and take great things back to their classrooms. Local businesses and individuals donate office supplies, art supplies, books, and more.  

Due to the pandemic, The Teacher Warehouse is currently closed until further notice. We will update you when we're able to reopen.

ArtWorks is an aesthetic education program that builds critical thinking skills and frees young imaginations. ArtWorks makes the arts personally meaningful to over 1,800 public school students and teachers through an integrated program of art-making, viewing live performances and exhibits, and achieving understanding through inquiry and reflection.
Through the generosity of donors like you, classroom teachers receive grants for innovative, curriculum-based projects. Partners in Education awards over $50,000 to about 60 teachers each year.  

Partners in Education also honors seven Santa Fe Public School teachers each year with the Teachers Who Inspire awards. 
The Partners in Education Foundation for the Santa Fe Public Schools seeks to marshal resources and create alliances to foster excellence in Santa Fe's public schools.

The mission of ArtWorks is to make the arts personally meaningful to children and elementary school teachers through an integrated program of art-making, viewing virtual or live performances and exhibits, and achieving understanding through inquiry and reflection.