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Posted August 3, 2018

Get Your APS Calendar!

Thanks to a decade-old partnership with Albuquerque the Magazine, APS once again is able to distribute about 90,000 free wall calendars to its community.

Note: There is an error in November (what is it about November!) The Thanksgiving holiday for schools in from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Friday, Nov. 23. Administrative offices are open on Nov. 21, closed Nov. 22 and 23.

School holidays. Fall, winter and spring break. Grading periods. Art shows. Sports championships. Testing windows.

The Albuquerque Public Schools wall calendar provides these dates and more at no cost to families and employees thanks to a long-standing partnership with Albuquerque the Magazine.

For a decade now, Albuquerque the Magazine has worked with the APS Communications Office on designing and printing calendars at a minimal charge to the district, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. 
The APS Mail Center is currently distributing the calendars to schools, so families and staff will have them before the school year begins on Monday, Aug. 13.

Extra copies may be available by contacting the Communications Office at 881-8421. The calendar also may be downloaded.

The theme of this year’s calendar is A Day in School and features some of the photographs taken by school administrators as part of a Twitter campaign earlier in the year. Thousands of photos and messages were tweeted during the monthlong #ADayInSchool campaign designed to celebrate the important work that is happening in schools on a daily basis. About three-quarters of APS schools now have Twitter accounts and many continue to tweet positive messages.  
“The wall calendar serves as an essential planning tool for so many of our families and staff members,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “But it isn’t cheap or easy to produce, and I’m not sure we could do it without the help of our long-time partners and friends at Albuquerque the Magazine." 

In addition to important dates, the calendar includes helpful tips for parents on topics such as online grades and attendance, school meals, delays and cancellations, school transfers and more.
For the past several years, the APS Education Foundation and area businesses have contributed to the calendar, making it possible to continue this longstanding tradition.
Here are some important dates highlighted in the calendar: 
 
Aug. 6, 2018 First day back for teachers, school staff
Aug. 13

First day of school

Sept. 3 Labor Day (schools and administrative offices closed)
Oct. 11-12

Fall break (administrative offices open) 

Oct. 30-31 Middle School student-led conferences
Nov. 19-20 Elementary School parent/teacher conferences
Nov. 21-23 Thanksgiving break (schools closed; administrative offices closed Nov. 22-23)

Dec. 21-Jan. 4

Winter break (schools closed; administrative offices closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1)

Jan. 4

Professional development day for school staff (no school for students)
Jan. 7, 2019 First day of second semester
Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (schools closed; administrative offices open)
Feb. 18 Presidents Day (schools and administrative offices closed)
March 7-8 Parent conferences for all three levels (elementary, middle and high school)
March 11-15 Spring break (schools closed; administrative offices open)
April 19 Vernal Holiday (schools and administrative offices closed)
May 13-18 Graduation Week
May 22 Last day of school
May 23-24 Weather make-up day
May 27

Memorial Day (schools and administrative offices closed)