Manzano Day School
is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world.

MDSPA presents SPRING FIESTA

Friday, April 21st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. D.J., Karaoke, Classroom Projects, and Food Trucks

Click here to volunteer for this FUN event!

Don't forget to stop by the Library to view and bid on your child(ren)'s classroom projects! Classroom Projects will not be at the Gala, bidding will close at Spring Fiesta. Bidding begins at $250.00 per project. Click here for more Classroom Project information.

Dinner is picnic style so please bring a blanket. Entry fee is $5.00 per person and does NOT include dinner, Classroom Project, Raffle or treats.

Tickets will be on sale before and after school starting Tuesday, April 18th or at the gate the evening of the dance.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Click here to sign-up!

Sun Protection

Did you know a tan is actually a sign of skin damage? There is no "healthy" tan. The sun can damage the skin and cause sun spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Researchers agree that there are 6 ways to reduce the risk of skin damage and cancer.

  1. Wear sunscreen or sun block anytime you are outside. Apply a generous amount 20 minutes prior to sun exposure to ensure effective protection. Most dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. Be sure to reapply every 2 hours. MDS provides sunscreen for all students to reapply, especially in the afternoon.
  2. Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sun's ultraviolet rays are the strongest at this time. If you need to be outside in the sun, use sunscreen and other protective measures. For example, along with sunscreen:
  3. Wear a hat. The most protective hat shades your face, neck, ears and has a wide brim, like a cowboy hat. If you wear a baseball cap, apply sunscreen to your neck and ears. Students are encouraged to wear hats while outside. Wear protective clothing that covers arms, legs and trunk. A cotton shirt has an SPF of 7; a cotton/polyester T-shirt as an SPF of 15; a polyester/lycra surf shirt has an SPF of 35; and a denim shirt has an SPF of 95-100. c. Wear sunglasses that filter out UVA and UVB rays. Both rays are known to cause damage to the cornea and lens of the human eye.

Other long term prevention and like style measures which can reduce the risk of skin cancer include:

  1. Check your skin every month. Look for new growths or changing areas. Ask someone to check areas you can not see, like your back. Look for changes in color, thickness, size, texture, or border shape of all moles, freckles, and birthmarks. Any area that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, bleed or that does not heal, should be seen by a physician. If you have a history of skin cancer, see your doctor regularly.
  2. Do not smoke. Smoking doubles your risk of developing skin cancer.. Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds are UVA radiation which causes premature aging, eye damage, wrinkles, and skin that sags, is discolored and blotchy. It also impairs the immune system. Long term users have an eight fold greater chance of developing melanoma later in life.

6. Eat a low fat diet. Fat increases your risk of all types of cancers

Remember to take care of your skin, so that it can take care of you!

    • SatApr29 Gala - Hotel Albuquerque
    • FriMay05 Volunteer Reception
    • FriMay12 Musical
    • SatMay13 Musical
    • MonMay15 Cultural Celebration with 5th Grade
    • ThuMay18 Alumni Lunch - Class 2010

Manzano Day School gave me the foundation to be an engaged learner,

a curious citizen, and a compassionate community member and for that I will always be thankful.

- Katie Ogawa, trustee and alumna class of 2003

When our children are happy, learning, and engaged, it makes everything important in life radiate!

- Shari Stewart, teacher and parent of two students



My 25 years teaching at Manzano Day School

enabled me to share with so many students the "Joy in Learning" which our school embodies. As the Alumni Liaison, reconnecting with former students gives me the opportunity to see what awesome experiences our students are achieving in their lives as they become young adults.

Barb Shirrod, former teacher and Alumni Liaison

Katie Ogawa

Trustee and Alumna
Class of 2003

Shari Stewart

Current Teacher and
Parent of Two Students

Barb Shirrod

Former Teacher and
Alumni Liaison

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