Newsletter – May 2019

NEWSLETTER                                                May 2019                                                 Volume 27 Number 3

It is unbelievable, but the school year is almost over. Not only that but we actually have a spring this year, not a surreptitious slide from winter to summer. This has been a wonderful year and the students have grown and learned so much about themselves. They know how to be in community and to make decisions together while sharing power. It gives us great joy to experience this.

Tuesday, May 14th to Thursday, May 16th we will be on a school camping trip to Panchuela Campground in the Pecos Widerness area. Students who are coming will need to be at school by 10:30 am on Tuesday. The school will not be open for a half day on Tuesday and no school on Wednesday and Thursday. If your child is going please see the attached list of necessities.

Our graduation process is an amazing, challenging, and growth-filled time for our graduates. See the fruits of their labor at the Thesis Defense Tuesday, May 21st at 5:30pm. This will help you to understand the learning that happens at The Tutorial School. You will be amazed. Then join us Thursday, May 23rd at 5:30pm for the graduation. Help us to celebrate and to send our graduates off into the world.

Pending approval from the All School Council, the first day of school next year will be September 3rd. Work week will tentatively be August 26th to the 31st. As always, Moe will cooking up his vegan red chile potato stew and his green chile chicken pozole. Please join us to make the school and grounds beautiful and safe for our children. This is also a good way to get your work/trade hours done. Help us devote all our time to the school by registering your child this spring.

Measles outbreaks have been in the news lately, as have other diseases. As a result the State of New Mexico Department of Health is being proactive to make sure schools are in compliance with state laws. If you have any questions about whether or not your child is up to date with vaccinations please talk to Moe. Also, exemptions from vaccination will need to be approved by the Department of Health. If you have any problems please come to the school to talk to Moe.


An education is the capacity to author your own life instead of merely accepting the one handed to you.

— Blake Boles


Things to bring for camping

$15 per person for gas money and food
Tent if available
Sleeping pad and pillow (the ground will be cold)
Warm sleeping bag and a warm blanket
Lantern or flashlight
Folding chair if you don’t want to sit on the ground
Water bottle (non-disposable kind)
Individual plate, bowl and utensils
Swimming suit
Sunblock/Bug spray
Rain gear/poncho
Sun hat
Good shoes for hiking
Water shoes or shoes that can get wet
Change of clothes and socks (two pairs of pants, one pair shorts, at least four pairs of socks)
Warm jacket
Toothbrush, toothpaste
Snacks and juices
Bring a trash bag for candy wrappers, litter, and other trash.