Los Niños Kindergarten Center

Welcome to Los Niños Kindergarten Center "Home of the Dolphins" and located in the heart of the Espanola Valley. Los Ninos Kindergarten Center was opened in 1987, making our school 28 years old.  Los Ninos Kindergarten School is known as a "feeder" school that services kindergarten students from two surrounding elementary schools, (TEQ) Tony E. Quintana, and (JHR) James H. Rodriguez Elementary.  Los Niños Kindergarten Center is home to 7 Kindergarten classes and 6 Preschool classes. Los Ninos Kindergarten Center enrolls approximately 200 students in Preschool and Kindergarten.


LNKC: School Relocation Update: 8/28/14

Good evening parents of LNKC students.  We would like to thank all of the kindergarten parents who attended our Kindergarten meeting at JHR Elementary School.  Your input was appreciated. 

The Pre K parent meeting  at Alcalde Elementary has been scheduled for Tues… read more


LNKC: School Relocation Update: 8/27/14

Good evening parents of  LNKC students.  As of today we have begun the process to move LNKC classrooms  to their new school sites at Alcalde Elementary for Pre K students and  James H Rodriguez      Espanola Elementary for Kindergarteners.  We… read more


LNKC: School Relocation Update: 8/26/14


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Our kindergarten students participate in a rigorous academic program which is outlined and supported by the Espanola Public Schools curriculum.  LNKC students also experience hands-on Science through the Inquiry Based Science program in cooperation with the LANL Foundation.  This program provides students with the academic and social foundation necessary to meet the challenges that lie ahead. 

 

The LNKC Preschool program has been in existence for over 20 years.  This Preschool program serves students with special needs as well as typically developing students.  Classrooms are 4:1 ratio.  Breakfast and lunch are served in the classroom for preschool students. 

 

Both Kindergarten and Preschool students are afforded opportunities to participate in programs, and presentations such as Arts in the Schools, Field trips, Open House, Holiday programs, Field Day, health screenings, DWI, Fire Department to name a few.

Academic Programs


Core Programs Supplemental Programs
Literacy
  • Treasures Reading
  • Read Naturally
  • Bugles and Beezus (computer)
  • Triumphs
  • Title I tutoring
  • Imagine It (computer)
  • ABC Mouse
Math
  • Investigations (K)
  • Math Investigations
  • Shapes Software
  • Web based Interventions
  • Teacher made Interventions
Science
  • STC Science Kits
  • Scott Foresman (Kindergarten Science)
  • Scott Foresman  (kits)
  • Science Connection through Treasures Reading program
Social Studies
  • Social Studies Connection through Treasures
  • Reading Program
Spanish Literacy
  • SUBE
  • Santillanes

P.E.
  • NM Common Core State Standards PE Units
  • Tumbling and Yoga

   
  • F.A.C.T. (Preschool and Kindergarten)

 

 

Upcoming Events

Workshop-NM Middle School Electric Car Challenge - 09/13/2014 @ 9:00 am

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School Vision and Mission

Our vision at Los Niños Kindergarten Center is to create the conditions for positive learning, so that every child can learn and succeed. We, the staff at LNKC, hold the key to that success.

 

 

Our mission at Los Niños Kindergarten Center is to provide a basic educational foundation, with a risk free early childhood learning environment which promotes responsible, resourceful and respectful students. Our goal as educators is to be fair, firm and consistent.

 

School Beliefs

Los Ninos Kindergarten staff pride themselves in and operate on the following fundamental beliefs:

  • Student learning is the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of our school.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs.
  • Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school's mission.
  • Students are successful when they have appropriate learning opportunities and are actively engaged in the learning process.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • Curriculum should incorporate a variety of learning approaches to accommodate differences in needs, interests, and learning styles.
  • Challenging expectations increase individual student performance.
  • Curriculum should include the technological advances of an ever-changing world.
  • The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if a school is to enable students to become confident, self-directed, life-long learners.
  • Students will make the transition to becoming productive citizens by respecting individual rights and by recognizing their responsibilities in promoting a democratic society.

Contact Information

Principal:
Jule' Skoglund
jule.skoglund@k12espanola.org
505-753-6819

Office Manager:
Carolina Gallegos
carolina.gallegos@k12espanola.org
Phone: 505-753-6819
Fax: 505-753-3477  

General Information

Mascot: Dolphin

School Colors: Blue/White/Gray

Grades: Preschool and Kindergarten

Dress Policy: Standard Uniform Dress. Shirts/Tops: Any solid-colored (short or long sleeved) Polo shirt or turtle neck. Pants/Bottoms: Navy, black or khaki colored docker style (flat front or pleated) pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or capris.

School Hours:    Students:8:30am-2:50pm
Teachers:8:00am-3:30pm
Office 7:30am - 4:30pm

Child Find Dates 2013-2014

Child Find at Los Ninos is a process where students are screened to determine eligibility for our preschool program.  If a student shows a 30% delay in speech, cognitive, motor skills, health, or other social emotional abilities they may be referred for further testing.  If diagnostic testing shows a significant developmental delay they are referred to special education for an IEP to be developed.  Our goal is to identify special needs early enough to provide students with the early interventions necessary for their success. We will hold child finds at Los Ninos on the following dates:

May 16, 2014

Please contact Rosalie Jaramillo to make an appointment 367-7333

Staff

Jule'Skoglund

Principal

Carolina Gallegos

Office Manager

Paula Le Doux

Nurse

Carmen Martinez

Librarian

 Rosangela Rogers

Bilingual/Title Teacher

Lee Gonzales

Special Education Teacher

Susan Wright

Physical Therapist

Cathy Martinez

Speech Language Therapist

Theresa Martinez

Preschool Speech Language Therapist

Debbie Schmalbach/Suzie Chavirria

Occupational Therapists

 

 

Preschool Staff

 

Regan Archuleta-

Rm. J  

Preschool Teacher

Donna Babb

Instructional Assistant

Yolanda Martinez

Instructional Assistant

Rosabella Martinez

Instructional Assistant

Nancy Seno- 

Rm. D

Preschool Teacher

Victoria Lopez

Instructional Assistant

Matilda Montoya

Instructional Assistant

Victoria Gonzales-

Rm. I

Preschool Teacher

Roberta Manzanares

Instructional Assistant

Elvira Herrera 

Instructional Assistant

Maria Elena Salazar-

Rm. E

 Preschool Teacher

Rebecca Garcia

Instructional Assistant

Carol Campose

Instructional Assistant

 

 

Kindergarten Staff

 

Audrea Atencio-

Rm. A

Kindergarten Teacher

Carolina Lopez

Instructional Assistant

Carlos Villareal-

Rm. B

Kindergarten Teacher

Stephanie   Mondragon

Instructional Assistant

Natalie Gallegos-

Rm. F

Kindergarten Teacher 

Marlina Martinez

Instructional Assistant 

Janell Yazzie-

Rm. G

Kindergarten Teacher 

Marie Vasquez

Instructional Assistant 

Alexandra Naranjo-

Rm. H

Kindergarten Teacher 

Sabrina Dicken

Instructional Assistant 

Stephen Naranjo

Instructional Assistant

Vanessa Trujillo-

Rm. K

Kindergarten Teacher 

Andrea Gallegos

Instructional Assistant 

Elaine Espinoza

Instructional Assistant

 

 

Dolores Martinez

Custodian

Alvin Gomez

Custodian

School Supply List- Same for 13-14

LNKC School Supply List 12-13

Principal's Message

School Wide Early Intervention

  In this community we have students coming to us with a wide variety of needs.  Some come from disadvantaged home environments, some are mono lingual Spanish speakers, some have developmental delays and others just need a structured, nurturing environment to promote school readiness and learning skills.  We are working together as a team, communicating about student needs, and developing strategies to promote success for individual students.  In this place we have a unique opportunity because students who come in as three year olds may spend three years in this setting.  It is an advantage for our teachers to know the student’s behaviors, needs, abilities, and challenges and to communicate about strategies that are effective for individual students.  Also, our team has developed a unique set of teaching and classroom management skills to effectively teach a wide range of abilities.  As we work toward improving student success in this district I feel strongly that this opportunity to provide early intervention as a team is a great asset to the district.  


Jule' Skoglund, LNKC Principal

School Demographics

Enrollment:   197

Preschool-64

Kindergarten-111

Staff:
Preschool/Kindergarten Teachers
-10

Free/Reduced Lunch:
Bilingual Program:
Kindergarten:

Students Enrichment(1Hour)76%
Heritage Language Revitalization (2 Hour) 24%

Parent Advisory Committee

Good News! We have our officers on board and our PAC is ready to get to work. Please welcome our committed LNKC parents in the following positions:

President: Leslie Martinez
Vice President: Matilda Montoya
Secretary: Sabrina Sanchez
Treasurer: Sandra Alexander

K-3 Plus Summer School

We will have summer school starting on June 17th through July 26th.  It is designed for students coming into kindergarten to promote success through an extended school year.  Please contact the office if you would like more details.

August Board Report

Los Niños Kindergarten Center

Jule’ Skoglund, Principal

 

EPS BOARD REPORT

For the Month of:  August

Board Meeting Date: August 7, 2013

Start Dates:

August 15th  - Kindergarten Parent Orientation, student orientation in classroom

August 16th  - First full day for kindergarten

August 23rd – Child Find

August 26th – First day for preschool students with IEP’s

September 3rd – First day for Peer Model students

 

Kindergarten School Grade:

Overall C grade

Based on student performance of 3rd grade students that attended LNKC as kinders

·1.5 Bonus points awarded

·Opportunity to learn grade A

·School growth B

·Area of greatest need – growth of Lowest Performing Students (F district wide)

 

Preschool:

Will start the year with a new set of standards – Early Learning Guidelines

Early intervention has proven to be the most successful indicator of long term academic success for students with special needs

We will strive to maintain a 50/50 ratio of special needs students to peer models

Child find dates will be held monthly to screen students for special needs

 

Professional Development:

July 22- 23: NM TEACH – teacher evaluation

July 24-26:  New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators

August 1:  ISEC – Inquiry Instruction by LANL for administrators

August 2:  ISEC – Inquiry instruction by LANL for teachers

Grading System

 Will be working with Myra Martinez to develop a district wide grading system more aligned to proficiency.

Focus will be on reading comprehension as the main indicator of achievement

Child Find

 

Rosalie Jaramillo will be our contact person for familiies 367-3333Dates for the year will soon be posted to the LNKC website

The purpose of child find is to identify students that need early intervention in one or more areas including speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social-emotional support, cognitive or behavioral interventions.

Tech Purchases/Challenges

 At the end of the school year we purchased 12 new iPads with Title I funds, we are eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Ten iPads were stolen when LNKC was broken into during summer school. We will try to replace them with insurance if possible.

2013-2014 Motto – “Thriving in a Literature Rich Environment”


School wide nightly reading will continue.

Teachers have 10 new sets of decodable readers

Parents will be asked to come in and read their child’s favorite book (modeling literacy)

Teachers will introduce all letters and sounds from the start

Word walls will be emphasized

Free student/parent library will continue to be stocked

Library time will support classroom instruction with big books aligned to curriculum

Dibels testing will be consistently used to monitor student progress

Sept Board Report

Los Niños Kindergarten Center

Jule’ Skoglund, Principal

 

EPS BOARD REPORT

For the Month of:  September

Board Meeting Date: September 4, 2013

Student Counts

 

·         LNKC total enrollment for kindergarten 117

·         We have six kindergarten classrooms this year, one more than last year.

·         All kindergarten classrooms are full with at least 20 students per class.

·         Three of our preschool classrooms are full; we will be adding the fourth teacher soon.

Staffing

 

·         We have six kindergarten teachers, each class has one educational assistant

·         We have three preschool/special education teachers, and our Title I/Bilingual teacher, Maria Elena Salazar, will be moving to the preschool as a teacher in September.

·         We will need to hire a bilingual/Title I teacher to replace Ms. Salazar.

·         We have one full time special education teacher for kindergarten and he has three educational assistants under his supervision to meet IEP requirements of individual students.

Early Intervention – Special Education

 

·         We have 60 students identified as needing special education services

·         Child find and C to B transitions  generate an average 5 new students identified as needing services each month

·         All students identified as meeting criteria must be provided services by their third birthday

·         By providing early intervention we are able to increase skills, develop age appropriate behaviors, and provide specific therapies as needed for individual students

·         NM Ped is funding Pre-K with grant funding and has found that this is the best “bang for the buck” educationally

Oct. Board Report

James H. Rodriguez Elementary School/ Los Niños Kindergarten Center

Principal Jule’ Skoglund

 

EPS BOARD REPORT

For the Month of: October

Board Meeting Date: October 2, 2013

 

Directions:Program/Education Updates (Directors – bulleted information on your Dept. program updates inclusive of routine site visits, findings, recommendation, etc., Professional Development/Evaluation/Federal, State & local directives/updates, other program initiatives relative to staff/students, etc.; Principals – bulleted information inclusive of EPSS/Instructional Audits/NCA/Data/Assessment/Curriculum/ Professional Development/Evaluation/Instructional Coaches Updates/other program initiatives relative to students/staff…attachments as necessary)

Directions:Management/Organization (Directors/Principals – bulleted information on challenges, issues, initiatives that your Dept. or School is developing to support your program or impact on the District…attachments as necessary)

·         Instructional Program: Teachers are implementing district adopted curriculum as soon as books and instructional materials arrive.  However, moral is down due to the new evaluation system and the fact that they will be graded on instruction without having instructional materials in place from the start of the school year.

·         DIBELs testing is wrapping up for Beginning of Year Bench Mark data. 

·         MAPS testing has begun

·         Grade level Professional Learning Communities will be comparing multiple data points next week while designing intervention strategies for skill specific needs.

·         Professional Development – Three teachers from JRH/LNKC attended the Lead Evaluator training in Albuquerque to prepare for accreditation.  Two teachers from attended the PLC training provided for our district.  These trainings will enable us to raise the bar for professional learning communities and be ready for accreditation.  Our half day district in-service on September 13th was held at Hernandez Elementary. We went over the new teacher evaluation system.

·         All classrooms have teachers in place at this time, with the exception of our need for a preschool teacher.  Our three year old classroom is overcrowded and should be split into two classrooms.

·         We will be using Achieve 3000, Accelerated Reader, Tumblebooks, and Fastforward as technology intervention s

 

 

 

 

Directions:Community/School Activity Updates (Directors/Principals - bulleted information on any public relation activities, events, printed information, signage, etc. that includes people outside of your Dept. /School…attachments as necessary)

 

 

·         Open Houses for both schools happened on September 11th, and we had a great turn out by parents.

·         PAC Meetings for both schools happened on September 10th, we have leadership in place for both JHR and LNKC.

 

·         We are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to join students up with role models for the lunch at school program.

·         “Foster Grandparents” are assigned to several students in individual classrooms for four hours of support per day.

·         Our students will compete to see which class has the highest turn out for the “Walk against Drugs” with the winning class receiving a pizza party. Pac president Patrick Baldanado and his wife Felicia Trujillo are encouraging our students to stay drug free.

·         Our PAC leaders are committed to giving back financially to our community out of the fundraising money that we raise.

·         Our sixth grade classes are participating in the Power to Change Program that helps students think critically about the challenges in their lives. It is run by Oscar Hokeah of the Santa Fe Mountain Center.



 

 

 

Directions:Marketing/Technology (Directors/Principals – (website updates…per Board request…make sure your websites are updated prior to school starting; recent tech. purchases and use, tech challenges, initiatives, etc.)

·         Los Niños is awaiting 6 computers to be set up in our newest kindergarten classroom.

·         We are negotiating with Dreambox to use some of the purchased annual licenses for students at JHR.

·         Students in grades 1-4 do not have classroom computers; some classes have one or two. We have a goal to purchase classroom computers for workshops at JHR if possible with fundraising money this year.

·         We are still having challenges with wireless connections in most buildings.

Nov. Board Report

James H. Rodriguez Elementary School/ Los Niños Kindergarten Center

Principal Jule’ Skoglund

 

EPS BOARD REPORT

For the Month of: November

Board Meeting Date: November 6, 2013

 

Directions:Program/Education Updates (Directors – bulleted information on your Dept. program updates inclusive of routine site visits, findings, recommendation, etc., Professional Development/Evaluation/Federal, State & local directives/updates, other program initiatives relative to staff/students, etc.; Principals – bulleted information inclusive of EPSS/Instructional Audits/NCA/Data/Assessment/Curriculum/ Professional Development/Evaluation/Instructional Coaches Updates/other program initiatives relative to students/staff…attachments as necessary)

Directions:Management/Organization (Directors/Principals – bulleted information on challenges, issues, initiatives that your Dept. or School is developing to support your program or impact on the District…attachments as necessary)

·        Grade level Professional Learning Communities – have established SMART goals for reading and math as reflected in grade level PDPs.

·        Professional Development – Principal is participating in MC2 and sharing learning objectives with staff. Teachers are committed to trainings for common core, and differentiated instruction.

·        Teachscape evaluations are underway. The rubric for domains two and three are effective to provide detailed information on teacher performance. As of today the first round of observations have not been completed but will be in the near future. We are having technical difficulties with Teachscape, our teacher lists have not been corrected after a couple of requests.

·        EPSS plan – we are eagerly waiting for access to EPSs and will be working as a leadership team to include school wide strategies and interventions for student success.

·        Saturday school – is being implemented with students attending once a month to make up missed work. Students who have completed work during absences are not required to attend.

·        School teams are working on our Technology plan; Budget priorities, Safety plan, and our Leadership team will be outlining essential learnings with vertical academic alignment.

·        October 11th full day in-service was used to align accreditation strands with current practices at JHR, LNKC kinder teachers attended ISEC training at Buffalo Thunder.

 

 

 

 

Directions:Community/School Activity Updates (Directors/Principals - bulleted information on any public relation activities, events, printed information, signage, etc. that includes people outside of your Dept. /School…attachments as necessary)

 

 

 

·        Our sixth grade classes have attended field trips with the Power to Change Program at the Santa Fe Mountain Center.” With Mr. Lara’s sixth grade class winning a pizza party for the highest attendance.

·        JHR is planning a Harvest Festival on November 15th to promote parent involvement and fundraise.

·        We will also have a Winter Wonderland event with door receipts set aside for a charitable cause, our PAC is committed to teaching our children about admirable character and giving back to the community.

·        We are starting our canned food drive.

·        Basketball season is underway with girls and boys teams consistently showing great sportsmanship.

·        We kicked off our Red Ribbon Week with a Teacher/student basketball game after an encouraging talk from the coaches of the Eagles basketball teams. Students were pumped up and inspired to achieve their goals in life.



 

 

 

Directions:Marketing/Technology (Directors/Principals – (website updates…per Board request…make sure your websites are updated prior to school starting; recent tech. purchases and use, tech challenges, initiatives, etc.)

·        We are awaiting purchased iPads at both JHR and LNKC but anticipate their arrival soon.

·        JHR is planning to purchase six document cameras and projectors

·        18 old computers and flat screens have been salvaged and will be set up in JHR classrooms.

·        Our management team has set grade level printers as a priority spending item

·        Please see attached tech plan designed by Jimmy Lara and approved by JHR/LNKC Tech committee.

 

Directions:Other/Misc. (you decide)

We would like to know long term district plans for LNKC/JHR as soon as possible as we discuss spending of K-3 Plus funds earned at LNKC.

 

Dec. Board Report

James H. Rodriguez Elementary School/ Los Niños Kindergarten Center

Principal Jule’ Skoglund

 

EPS BOARD REPORT

For the Month of: December

Board Meeting Date: December 4, 2013

 

Directions:Program/Education Updates (Directors – bulleted information on your Dept. program updates inclusive of routine site visits, findings, recommendation, etc., Professional Development/Evaluation/Federal, State & local directives/updates, other program initiatives relative to staff/students, etc.; Principals – bulleted information inclusive of EPSS/Instructional Audits/NCA/Data/Assessment/Curriculum/ Professional Development/Evaluation/Instructional Coaches Updates/other program initiatives relative to students/staff…attachments as necessary)

Directions:Management/Organization (Directors/Principals – bulleted information on challenges, issues, initiatives that your Dept. or School is developing to support your program or impact on the District…attachments as necessary)

·        Grade level Professional Learning Communities – have developed grading criteria by grade level and are now working on grade level essential learnings aligned to CCSS.

·        Professional Development – MC2 team provided a Saturday In-Service on November 16th to review Domains 2 and 3 on Teachscape, and to work collaboratively on math planning aligned to CCSS.

·        Teachscape: Most observations for round one have been done but putting them into the computer is a time consuming process and is not completed yet.

·        EPSS plan – we are waiting for access to EPSs and will be working as a leadership team to develop it.

·        Saturday school – was cancelled in November due to impending weather, it will be rescheduled for December 14th.

·        Title I tutoring has been offered for a couple of weeks now with approximately 30 students participating from LNKC and 90 from JHR. We had to narrow down the number of students allowed to participate due to high numbers of requests.

·        We are working with Dr. Trujillo to order the books that we still need.

·        LNKC/JHR teachers grades K-3 met to discuss comprehensive implementation of Dibels progress monitoring.  Over all we agreed to test intensive (high need) students weekly, and strategic (mid performing) will be monitored every other week. All students performing on benchmark will be tested only at the beginning, middle and end of year.

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:Community/School Activity Updates (Directors/Principals - bulleted information on any public relation activities, events, printed information, signage, etc. that includes people outside of your Dept. /School…attachments as necessary)

 

 

 

 

·        JHR’s planning Harvest Festival was a huge success, with numerous booths, games and activities for the children. The gym was decorated by our PAC with a huge “JHR family tree” made with leaves decorated by students, balloons, hay bales, and other fall decorations.  Many parents commented that this is the best PAC ever. They went above and beyond to make it a special night for the kids.  Fifteen families went home with turkeys for the holidays after winning at Turkey Bingo. 

·        Our basketball season ended on a positive note, with students developing skills and sportsmanship.  JHR’s girl’s A team won the Holy Cross tournament and brought home a humongous trophy.

·        LNKC is planning to sing Christmas carols at a local retirement home and take little gifts to the residents.

·        LNKC hosted a solar system day with the Bradbury museum. They brought a portable star gazing lab that students walked inside of to learn about the stars.

·        Our Thanksgiving feast was delicious, a big Thank You to our cooks, Ms. Michelle Martinez and Sennie for making it so enjoyable. 

·        Mr. Lara’s class represented JHR well at the Hydrogen Challenge.

·        We met with the Architect team on November 18th to review their plans and brainstorm possible strategies for more effective traffic flow.

·        Mr. Lara's 6th grade class from JHR is participating in the Future City Competition and is being featured on their website. Check out the website for more information!

·        http://futurecity.org/new-mexico





 

 

 

Directions:Marketing/Technology (Directors/Principals – (website updates…per Board request…make sure your websites are updated prior to school starting; recent tech. purchases and use, tech challenges, initiatives, etc.)

·        Ipads just needed cases put on them, and they will soon be distributed.

·        It turns out that only 2 of the 18 old computers will be supported by the technology department. We will try to find a way to purchase classroom computers.

·        We have scheduled training for MAP data review just after the Thanksgiving break.

·        Phones continue to go down at JHR.

·        LNKC is waiting for the Fax machine to be fixed.

 

Directions:Other/Misc. (you decide)

We are starting to discuss possible placement of LNKC students for 6-8 months during construction.  We do not have enough rooms for all of the classes at JHR. We currently have two classrooms that we are not using, and one classroom in the portable that is using for storage. LNKC has 6 kinder classrooms, and 4 preschool classrooms.  Our projected start date for construction is May 2013, we have discussed possibly ending the school year early at LNKC.

 

Dress Code

LNKC now has a casual dress policy. Students may wear any clothes that are modest ( no shorts above fingertip length, no spaghetti straps) and school appropriate. Also, t-shirts should not reference drugs, alcohol or gang affiliation.  If students fail to comply with this policy we will ask them to wear pants and shirts that we have in the office. This dress code was change was grandfathered in when JHR and LNKC merged during the 2013-2014 school year.