Monthly CEN Meeting
June 28th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Santa Fe Botanical Garden Pavilion
In Attendance: Addison Nace, SITE Santa Fe; Amy Pilling, Life Ark Laboratory; Diane Smogor, Santa Fe Alliance for Science; Elliot Stern, Warehouse 21; Helen Fabel, Santa Fe Science Initiative; Julia Sackett, Center for Contemporary Art; Karen Squires, STEM Santa Fe; Kemely Gomez, Museum of International Folk Art; Maddie Bavley, Santa Fe Botanical Garden/Cooking With Kids; Mollie Parsons, Santa Fe Botanical Garden; Mollie Toll, Office of Archeological Studies; Nadine Stafford, Teachers Night Out Committee; Patricio Pacheco, City of Santa Fe/Water Conservation; Rebecca Aubin, New Mexico Museum of Art; René Harris, New Mexico History Museum; Roey Valim, Hands-on Heritage; Ryan Williams, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; Shannon Bay, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; Sarah Canelas, Opportunity Santa Fe/AmeriCorps VISTA;
Welcome and Introductions
Sabra Romero, Volunteer Coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools—Santa Fe Public Schools Volunteer Policy
The definition of a volunteer: an unpaid individual who gives time to a school or department and accepts ongoing assignments, with established duties, times and days of performance.
Generally, if you’re in a school site for more than 1 hour per week, you must go through the approval process.
Sometimes this is stricter—such as twice a month, etc.; depends on the principal of the site.
The details for applying are available on the flyer.
The Volunteer Application is available on the Santa Fe Public Schools website.
This will require a background check.—The fee for this is $44.
Applying is a two-part process:
This is a part of the Santa Fe public Schools policy.
A charge doesn’t prevent you from volunteering.
Background checks can also be pulled from the Education Department.
How should volunteers in organizations function when doing work in public schools through Community Educator Network programming?
Could our volunteers go through the Santa Fe Public Schools background check and then request a copy for the organizations?
Conduct and Expectations.—These are extensive; included in the Volunteer Handbook.
Regarding being alone with the students: volunteers cannot be left alone with the students, no matter the circumstances.
Regarding gift giving to the students.
Regarding discipline and classroom management.—This is the teacher’s job, not volunteers.
Volunteers should step back regarding these situations.
If they have concerns relating to this, they can:
Contact other Santa Fe Public Schools members.
Support for volunteers is available through Sabra.—There is also a feedback form available on the website.
Regarding the current policy on touch.
For more information, the Santa Fe Public Schools website page for volunteering can be found here.
Teacher’s Night Out - Friday, October 4th, 2019
Katie Doyle has resigned from the planning committee.
Revised contract with the CCA has been received.
Work is being done regarding sponsorships and donations for the event.
Flyer is in progress.
Sweeney After School
21st Century Teacher’s Training
City Summer Program
Announcements & Wrap Up
Next Meeting: July 26th, Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo.
The Santa Fe Railyard Park Conservancy is having Leave No Child Inside, a hands-on training for early childhood professionals. (Receive 2 CYFD training credits!)
It is on Saturday, August 3rd from 9:30am – 11:30am at the toddler sand play area (in the Railyard Park).
RSVP is required.—Contact Ellen Biderman at email@example.com. (Or text her at: 505-670-9609)
The New Mexico History Museum has their A Walk on the Moon exhibit up from July 16th to October 20th.
This is for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing!
On display will be the Mercury Space Capsule 12B, created as a backup for the mission and on loan from the Smithsonian Institute.
Please see here for more information.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services are offering Free Healthy Meals at the Santa Fe Medical Center's cafeteria for children ages 1 through 18, seven days a week!
We received feedback from the Art Workshop, held at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on April 27th, 2019.
This was also handed out at the previous meeting, but there wasn’t enough time to go over it.
A reference to consider how to integrate more programming for this youth age range.