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Sidney Olivas

February 9, 2024


Los Lunas Elementary will host a Family Dance on Friday, February 9, 2024. It will be in the cafeteria from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The cost is $5.00 per person (children under 3 years of age are free). A snack bar will also be available.

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Sidney Olivas

January 19, 2024

paint splatter

The Los Lunas Elementary PTC is hosting a Paint Party! It's taking place January 19, 2024 from 4:30pm-6:30pm. The cost is $15 per person. There are 25 spots available per session. Payment is required by January 17 to hold your spot. The money needs to be turned in to Room 702 to Mrs. Kristie or Mrs. Sylvia. See you there!

Sidney Olivas

Welcome, Matthew Pendrak!

Matthew Pendrak in front of inflatable tiger

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Principal of Los Lunas Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated and professional staff, and a supportive and truly special school community. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this school for the past year in the role of Assistant Principal and am excited and eager to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the momentum of success established by LLE by continuing to build and strengthen relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will continue to focus on character education initiatives such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), our TIGER Dads program, focus on high quality, rigorous, data-driven instruction, and to provide a place where our children can grow and blossom into people capable of achieving more than they ever thought possible, but which we as parents, teachers, and staff, have always known they are capable of.

All of us at LLE are eager and excited to begin what promises to be a fantastic school year. We will continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors is excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment, that has been the hallmark of the LLE culture for years. Most importantly, I, as well as the entire staff at LLE, believe that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to supporting our students. Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible.

With Warmest Regards and Deepest Appreciation,
Matt Pendrak
Principal, Los Lunas Elementary School

Sidney Olivas

Completed, Ongoing & Upcoming Projects at LLE

fence with tiger paws

Completed LLE Bond Projects:

  • Playground Repairs & Improvements
  • Secure Vestibule
  • Exterior Access Control
  • Automatic Vehicle Gates
  • Site Fencing
  • Security Camera Improvements
  • Track Surface Upgrades
  • Parent Drop-Off
  • Parking Lot Striping
  • Flooring Replacement
  • HVAC Upgrades
  • Concrete Repairs
  • Metal Canopy Structure
  • New Intercom

Ongoing LLE Projects:

  • Exterior Lighting Upgrades

Upcoming LLE Projects:

  • Site Fencing
  • Secure Vestibule
  • Access Control
  • Automatic Vehicle Gates
  • Security Cameras
  • Track Surface Upgrades
  • Playground Upgrades
Sidney Olivas

Get involved at LLE!

Totally Involved Guardians Empowering and Reinforcing Dads are fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father-figures who volunteer at school. Activities may include, but not limited to; assisting in the classroom. Help with setup and/or transition of lesson plans such as reading, flash cards, etc. Accompany students to recess and engage in positive play such as basketball, catch, etc.

Engage in positive conversations while you enjoy lunch with students. Assist with school safety as an extra set of eyes and ears. Observe activity at the school entrances and hallways, and assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities.

Primary Goals:

  • To provide positive male role models for students, reinforcing the importance of education
  • To provide extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security
  • To provide support to students in their pursuit to R.O.A.R. (Responsible, Ownership, Always Safe, Respectful)


Totally Involved:
Students gain a positive male role model. Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years. More positive male role model involvement is needed in the school setting.

Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of T.I.G.E.R. Dads can increase a sense of security at the building for staff and students and it helps enhance an environment conducive to learning.

Your "Total Involvement" pays dividends in many exciting and positive ways.

Studies by the U.S. Department of Education have demonstrated that a positive adult male role model has a positive impact on the development and educational success of a child. As a "Guardian" you dramatically increase a child's likelihood of advancement.

Fathers and father-figures can effectively "empower" a student by spending meaningful time with them in a school setting. Volunteering just a few hours as a T.I.G.E.R Dad will have a positive impact on a student's life.

When T.I.G.E.R. Dads invest a day at school, they can learn how to partner with the school in order to "reinforce" the educational goals of students.

If you are interested in signing up for this exciting program, please complete this online form.

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Matt Pendrak by phone at (505) 865-9313 or by email or C. Ramirez, Counselor by phone at (505) 865-5606 or by email.