February 10, 2021
February 2021
Palapa Society News
Please note, some of the photos in this newsletter are pre-pandemic.
Teacher Planning Week
Jan. 11 - 15, 2021
During our teacher planning week our Palapa School Committee created a document to better acquaint the new teachers with the school and The Palapa Society as a whole.

We thought there were some nice parts of this presentation that we would like to share with you.
The Palapa Society School's Mission, Vision and Goals
Mission: The mission of the Palapa School is to provide high quality, comprehensive education with emphasis on the academic and life skills thus preparing students for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Vision: It is the vision of The Palapa School to be a sustainable, accessible community institution in which educational programs empower choice-filled lives and create positive, transformational change for the youth of Todos Santos.

We believe in the potential of our students and the idea that an excellent education will allow our students to make their best life choices and establish habits as a life-long learner.
1. We believe in educating the whole student, understanding that students learn best when their physical needs are met, their emotional needs are heard, and their minds are stimulated and challenged.

2. We believe in personal responsibility. We desire as teachers to model the self-management skills we hope to foster in our students. We do not make excuses. Instead, we see each challenge as an opportunity to make improvements to our teaching in the service of our students. We believe in commitment to doing our personal best.

3. We believe in ethics and fairness. We believe in defending students’ rights of equal access to support, opportunities, materials, and interventions. We see this as forming the stable basis for a community of respect.

4. We believe in real work for real results to effect meaningful change in the life every student.
Student Project: Basics of Náhuatl
By Perla C.M.
During the week of January 25 - 29, 2021 our seventh grade students prepared presentations to share with their fellow classmates and present during classes.

Perla and her classmates prepared a presentation about the basics of the indigenous language of Náhuatl. It's so amazing to share such creative and talented work by our students with you.

Student Spotlight:
Victor E.
Victor enrolled The Palapa School at the last minute because he had previously planned to enter another school. There were changes that ended up giving him two other options, The Palapa School or public school. He decided on the one that best suited him overall and specifically in the educational sense.

He is in his first year of high school. What he likes most about high school are those moments when he participates with other classmates, friends, and teachers. Currently, he finds mathematics most interesting. Distance learning “at first was very confusing because everything that was used in school had changed. It is no longer face-to-face and less interaction with other students and teachers. Over time you get used to it, but it still feels weird for many people."

Victor plans to go to university but not sure what he wants to study. He has not yet thought extensively about his future, but he would like to work on something he likes, be it video games, reading, drawing, or something related.
Teacher Spotlight:
Armando Vasquez
Professor Armando Vasquez, is our Science, Chemistry and Biology Teacher, he comes from a background as food chemical engineer from the National Technological Institute of Mexico. He was a scientific researcher for the CONACYT program. In 2016, passion for teaching began, he decided to start on the path toward science in education. Professor Armando is a multi-instrumentalist and musical composer. He is proud of Latin American music and widely believes that art is an important part of every young student's education. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Education at the Escuela Normal Superior del Estado de Baja California Sur. 
Armando arrived in Todos Santos in June 2018 and is very excited to be part of the Palapa School. “The Palapa School is where minds and the desire to transform education come together. From that, incredible things happen, and I clearly see this happening at the Palapa School. The difference between the Palapa School and other schools is that enrollment acceptance is not solely based upon perfect grades. Instead, students must be willing to take on the challenges of the future and want to solve problems they observe in their community. We want students who reject inequality, raise their voices in the face of injustice, and put their principles forward. The Palapa School strives to go beyond a traditional education system. It is the very need for a better society. When a student breaks paradigm and manages to acquire new knowledge through their own means and cognitive possibilities, it makes me feel that I am in the right place.”
Regarding distance education, “The biggest challenge has been to maintain interest and assertive communication with each student. It is imperative we create and establish autonomous mechanisms where the student can manage their educational time. Distance education arrived as a necessity and did not ask permission. This caused stress and anxiety in students nationwide. It became a clash between a traditional education system and a new, distance model."
“It is clear both students and teachers were affected. However, nearly a year after establishing this type of educational mechanism, we are beginning to see positive results. Thanks to the innovation and creativity of many teachers, we are redesigning education, have become a part of history, and will leave an educational legacy, ‘We can!’ I believe there are lessons we can rescue from this: We must value education in a social setting as we knew it, value the spaces and technological tools The Palapa School offers each students, value the hard work of the students and teachers in the classrooms, and above all, to value the very need for education.”
Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska
February Update
The Biblioteca Elena Poniatowska and Children's Library remain closed to visitors. 

Books can be returned and/or donations received every Monday 10-1pm drop off only, no library entry will be allowed.
 Results Season of Giving
Our Season of Giving Donors
Andy Boretto
Ann & Tom Rader
Ann Hazard
Ariela Gross & Jon Goodman
Austin & Margaretta Caesar
Barbara B. Frank
Berry & Bambi Jones
Bertis Downs
Betsy Walters
BJ Semmes
Blair Jenkins
Bond ward
Carol Bartell
Carol Mcquirk
Cathryn Williams
Charles Herren
Charlie & Karen Haley
Chaz Holesworth
Chloe Johnson
Chris Girlamo
Chris Hamer
Christine Satterfield
Christopher & Elizabeth Day
Christopher H Sikich
Cindy & David Higgins
Claudia Kopkowski
Colleen Suche
Connie & Andy Mical
Constanza Alberecht
Craig Laskey
Daniel Dwyer
Daria knowles
David & Cindy Higgins
David Brower
David Carpenter
David Fleming
David Merrill
David Puckett
Debbie Armstrong
Deborah Parrish & Marc Hankin
Denise & Bill Steffenhagen
Dennis & Nancy Naigle 
Don & Polly Dooley
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Dr. Mary Wagner & Rich Carlblom
El Pescadero Stupa
Elizabeth Goodman
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Jane Hall
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Janna Kinkade
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Jennifer Eastwood
Jerry Back & Heather Bauer
Jim & Kristin Bender 
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John Staley
John Wallen
Judith Buckley
Karina Edwards
Kate Ecker & John Mackie
Katherine Fredrich
Katie Quackenbush
Katie Thompson
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Kim & Pierre Pellisier 
Kim Boyd
Kristen & Rick Friedman
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Lynn & Dan Moyle
Lynn Henderson
Marc Hankin
Marcel & Jill Valliere
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Margot Hampleman
Marie Maxwell
Marilyn Jacques
Martha Garza-Laird
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Nan Kennedy
Nancy Gobel
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Ole Skjefte
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Patricia Deuster
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Rome Chelsi 
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Sally Jones
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Sharon Morris
Susan & Jim Smith
Ted & Kim Higgins
Terry & Mike Hawes
Terry R Adcock
Thatcher Alexander
The Chip Conley Foundation
The Russo Family
Tim & Susan Doyle
Tim Ringberg
Todd & Lisa Glanzer
Tom Clark
Tori Sepulveda
Virgina Gollery
William David & Cathy Cate
William Tonks
In Honor of Tori Sepulveda's 75th Birthday
Alan Hale
Cathryn Williams & Greg Broughton
Cindy Higgins
Claudia Kopkowski
Deborah Parrish
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Jamie Sechrist
Jane Gehring
John Batson
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Lou and Garth Pearson
Marie Maxwell & Susan Smith
Marilyn Jacques
Martha Garza Laird
Melissa Einspenner
Patricia Kern-Cardillo
Rob & Maura Walker
Susan & Burt Mittlestadt
Susan & Tim Doyle
Suzette Curtis
Terra Omni
Tracy Smith
Trudy Arriaga
Wendy Kruthers
In Honor of David Rabinovitch
Collen Suche
Nicholas Rice
Roberta Albert
Our Monthly Donors
AJ & Bonnie Johnston
Ann Hazard
Bill & Christine Durboraw
Cheri Myers
Connie & Andy Mical
Dr. Bill & Cathy Nation
Dennis & Nancy Naigle
Eleanor Andrews
Gail & Scott Bosch
Grace Tuttle
Hal & Vickie Butler
Heather & Jerry Bauer
Jane Gehring
Janna Kinkade
Jessica Spencer
Jim & Lynn Kuske
Judd & Karin Cuenin
Karen & Charley Haley
Kathy Warnert & Tod Diamond
Kristin Rust
Lee Purser
Liane Collins
Lisa Goodman
Margot & Dick Hampleman
Maria Olaisen & Mike Block
Marjolean Brugman
Marshall Laird
Nancy & Dennis Naigle
Nancy Simpson
Pam & Paul Bumann
Paty Rains
Ryan Casey
Sharon Morris
Stephen Nicholas
Susan & Jim Smith
Suzanne & Rick Arnold
Sydney & Greg Schweitzer
Tori Sepulveda & Oscar Rosales
Virginia Gollery
January 2020 Donors
Jimena Garcia
Guillermo Bejarano
Special Thank You
To Barbara Manfrediz for her continued donation of our water systems and annual maintenance!

Thank you for ensuring our students have access to clean drinking water year after year
Monthly Gifts Help Make a Big Impact!
Becoming a monthly donor helps to stabilize our annual revenue needs.

How Far Can Your Gift Go?

  • $50 USD per month = 1/4-year scholarship*
  • $100 USD per month = 1/2-year scholarship*
  • $200 USD per month = 1-year scholarship*

Please consider becoming a part of our family of monthly donors today.
The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. exists to make a positive difference in people’s lives through inspirational quality education and timely support through community service and programs.

It is the vision of The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, A.C. to be a sustainable, accessible community focused organization in which quality educational programs empower choice filled lives and create positive transformational change.