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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week Of September 5th, 2021

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Shaw Covid Dashboard
  • Fun Run
  • Shaw Picture Day
  • Garden Update
  • September Lunch Menu
  • Message from Shaw PTA
  • Shaw Diversity Committee
  • Shaw After-School Classes
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Community,

Happy September!

This week at Shaw Montessori the children began visiting the elementary (field garden) with Mr. Moench and taking part in special projects around the campus. The elementary garden serves as the ODE (outdoor environment) for the older child. The work is purposeful with the manual labor that they love at this age. Groups of 7 or 8 students from each classroom go to the garden either on Tuesday or Thursday. Ask your child about their visit.

The ODE for the primary child also opened this week. Teachers Stacie, Jessica, Bryce and Megan have prepared a beautiful space for the young child to experience gross and fine motor skill activities in our beautiful garden setting. The sensory rock box, tricycles and small shelf works are just a few of the activities that the children are enjoying.

I am attaching the famous “Park Book” made especially for the parents of Shaw as they become familiar with what is and is not acceptable when parking and dropping of your child. A special thank you to parent Krista Pacion, the author. I know it will amuse you!

Enjoy the nice long weekend. See you Tuesday, September 7th.

All the best,

Principal Engdall

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Shaw Covid Dashboard

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Fun Run!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Fun Run is an awesome way for the PTA to raise money for our school with a high-energy jog around our campus! Mark your calendars for September 29!. More pledges = more prizes for our students = more money for our teachers and = a step closer to reaching our 2021 Fun Run goal of $35,000!

Here are some Fun Run highlights you need to know:

* EVERY child (regardless of pledging) will receive a Shaw Fun Run T-shirt!

* Each child receives a prize just by registering on the website! (Registration info to come)

* Anyone can pledge for your child. We do this program so the burden isn't on our Shaw Families. Bosses, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunties, Family friends, neighbors... Everyone can pledge!

* Your child's teacher directly receives 10% of the class's pledges for the classroom.

More info about Fun Run will be coming home with your child and will be in See Shaw Shine in the coming weeks. Plus, there will be a full rundown at September's PTA Meeting! Let's make this Fun Run the best one ever!

Fun Run logo by Shaw Parent Rachel Dahl

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Shaw Picture Day

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Lifetouch Picture Day: Thursday 9/23/21

Retakes: Tuesday 11/2/21



Parent Helpers

Picture Day Heroes (volunteers) play an essential role in helping our school and students have a successful Picture Day. Looking for a couple of Picture Day Heroes to assist on event day. In return, you will receive a coupon toward the purchase of your child's portrait package.

Needed - 2 helpers to cover time slots from 8:45 until noon (or sooner if we get through all classes by then). Link to volunteer:

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Garden Update

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This week we started our garden curriculum! We are studying seeds for September. We looked at a variety of seeds, including moringa, wheat, cotton and corn. We learned a crucial term, diversity, and the importance of diversity in seeds, plants, animals and humans. The students brought home some of these seeds. I encourage the students to plant the seeds and start their own garden plot at home. Every home could use a moringa tree! We also sieved lots of compost in the field garden. We’re nearly done processing all the compost and will begin transferring it to the raised beds in the ODE and the various pods.

Special projects helped plant some agave pups in the native habitat. We learned that agaves prefer porous soil. We mixed some soil with some pebbles and planted them along the perimeter. Please tell your children to be mindful of the growing pups in our native habitat. They are very small and could easily get trampled if not careful.

We still need your Home Depot donations. Even $25.00 is a huge contribution. Another way you can help is to drop off used coffee grounds. You can ask your local Starbucks barista for their used grounds and they will happily give them to you. Used coffee grounds are high in nitrogen and will be used as an amendment to our soil. You may drop off these bags at the front office.

Here’s my email:

Here’s the link to Home Depot gift cards:

Have a great holiday weekend!

Mr. Moench

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September Lunch Menu

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Hello Everyone,

School Food Service is experiencing a nationwide food distribution issue with food manufacturers.

Due to lack of staffing and transportation; large and small companies that provide food to the school foodservice segment are not able to ship the quantities that are being ordered.

What that means on an everyday level is that the food orders are being constantly changed by our distributor Shamrock Foods depending on the trucks that make it to their warehouse.

The only thing consistent is the substitution of food items each week on every order and this is happening to all the school districts.

The menu is very simple in order to be flexible with the food substitutions.

The information coming from the food industry is manufacturing problems will continue for the entire school year.

Please be patient with your cafeteria staff when what is being served does not match the menu because this is beyond their control.

Thank you so much for supporting the ladies in the cafeteria.

Michelle Burkhart-Navarro

Director of Child Nutrition


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Message from Shaw PTA President - Leigh Ann Dolan

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So, how do you like drop-off? It’s the best, right? (that was sarcasm, BTW).

What? You haven’t had the pleasure of dropping your child off yet? Oh, it’s everything you hoped it would be.

As a reminder, we still don’t have all of our kiddos on our campus together yet! That’s not even going to happen until later this month!

There are approximately 2.7 million memes on the internet about school drop-off and pick up -- and none of them are about how awesomely fun and relaxing pick up and drop-off are. Everyone agrees -- it’s literally the WORST!

With that being said, do you realize how stressful it is for the teachers and staff members who are out there every morning? Their entire jobs are to keep our kiddos safe and yet they are often seen by us parents as an annoyance. Talk about a terrible way to start your day!

Last week alone, I saw staff members get ignored, told that their concerns weren’t really an issue and even yelled at.

Yelled at. Because of drop off.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about swimming your own race, but we have to realize that our teachers and staff members are swimming their races as well. One of the things I love about a Montessori education is the focus on kindness and respect for ourselves, our community and our world.

Our kids are taught that at school every day and they look to us to continue those lessons outside of the classroom. We need to be role models even if that means taking a breath when we are told not to leave your car in the drop-off line, or going and parking on the street instead of double parking in the parking lot.

Let’s all agree to approach pick up and drop off with kindness and respect -- maybe even a thank you.

I’m not saying pick up and drop off are going to be the best part of your day -- they aren't. But if we approach it with kindness, it won’t have to feel like Sparta.

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Wednesday, September 15th

Site Council 5:30 pm

PTA 6:00 pm

Leigh Ann Dolan:

Mary Bankhead:

Silvana Lawrence:

Steph Gillum:

PTA Membership:

Tara Kerwin:

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Shaw Montessori Diversity Committee

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Want to help us ensure events and our campus are accessible and equitable for everyone in our community? Join the Shaw PTA Diversity Committee.

The Shaw PTA Diversity Committee is open to all Shaw families.

Send a message to Mary l. Bankhead, PTA Vice President at: by 5 pm on Sept 10 to join before our next PTA meeting.

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Augustus H. Shaw Montessori After-School Classes

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Classes start next week

Register for Chess, ABSi Spanish, Yoga, JumpBunch, Gadgets and Gizmos and Mad Science

directly with the vendor.

Sign up for Homework Help Club, Adolescent Study Habits, & Practice Club in the school office.

Monday: Chess Club with the Chess Emporium

Great chess players are great thinkers. The strategy and understanding that children learn from chess allows them to have higher intellect, improved self-esteem, and concentration. Chess helps them to make better decisions in all aspects of their life & most importantly children have fun while learning. Grades K-8 welcome. Class will be held in room 414. Register with Chess Emporium at See attached flyer.

Monday: Practice Club

4th-8th grade Band, Strings, and Choir students can sign up for practice club. Students can work on any music they are studying in class, work with other students, prepare for auditions, and receive assistance from Mr. Bonds. Please sign up in the front office. Class will be held in room 202. Club is from 3:50-4:50 and is FREE.

Tuesday: Sprouts (Intermediate)

Spanish Class with ABSi Spanish, LLC

The Sprouts class is designed for third through fifth grade students. Participants in this group have a good Spanish vocabulary due to previous class enrollment- have experience with Spanish at home- or are proficient readers in the English language, and can learn to translate words easily. Children will listen to bilingual books, learn songs and chants, and do art activities to stay engaged! They will be encouraged to read and write in Spanish. Class size is limited. A book “Teach Them Spanish Grade 3” will have to be purchased. Visit to enroll. Class will be held in room 414. Class begins September 14th and runs through December 7th; no class on October 5th and November 23rd due to school breaks. See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Mindful Minis: Yoga and Mindfulness with Miss Hayley

The Mindful Minis program is created to connect children with their body, breath and mind to benefit their learning through gaining focus, clarity, stress relief and more! This 10-week program will cover an assortment of yoga poses, mindful activities, breathing techniques and various games incorporating all of the above. Miss Hayley is a Certified Yoga instructor and has been practicing for 5 years. She has a B.A. in Integrative Health & Nutrition and is passionate about guiding students to becoming the best version of themselves. Mindful Minis is open to K-3rd grade. Class will run at 4 students and will be capped at 12. Please contact Miss Hayley at with any questions. Students will need to provide a yoga mat. Class will be held in room 415. See attached flyer for information and email: for registration and payment.

Tuesday: Super Soccer Stars

Super Soccer Stars is the premier nationwide youth soccer organization now offered to select Phoenix area schools! The program, developed over the past 20 years, provides students with positive reinforcement while building soccer skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive, and educational environment. Classes consist of a warm-up, stretching, individual skill building, and team skill building.

Classes held every Tuesday from 12:45-1:30 for preschool students

Fall 2021 session dates: 9/7-12/14 (no class held 10/5, 11/23)

Price: $195 or 4 equal payments of $50 Register online at Contact Super Soccer Stars at 480-664-1187 or with questions see attached flyer.

Wednesday: JumpBunch Sports & Fitness for Kids

Are your ready for sports, fitness, and fun! With over 70 different activities, JumpBunch is the only sports & fitness program that introduces children to a wide variety of activities, all while encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. All classes begin with warm-ups, then move on to the featured activity of the day, followed by a cool down and closing huddle. The age-appropriate curriculum guides each child through all phases of physical development such as eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance, and agility. Children participate in a different activity each week which includes popular sports such as soccer, tee ball, volleyball, and tennis along with fun fitness activities such as parachute, agility training, yoga, and hopscotch.

Class held every Wednesday from 11:45-12:30 for preschool students

Fall 2021 session dates: 9/8-12/15 (no class on 10/6, 11/24)

Price: $195 or 4 equal payments of $50 Register online at Please visit for additional information. Contact JumpBunch at 480-664-1187 or with questions see attached flyer.

Wednesday: Seedlings (Beginning)

Spanish with ABSi Spanish, LLC/Time 1:45-2:45

The Seedling class is designed for preschool-second grade students. This group will learn academic vocabulary (numbers, colors, animal names, etc.) and basic phrases (hola, adiós, me llamo, ¿cómo estás?) through thematic units. Children will listen to bilingual books, learn songs and chants, create art, and move around to stay engaged! Class size is limited. Class will be held in room 414. Visit to enroll and view flyer. See attached flyer. Class begins September 15th and runs through December 8th; no class on October 6th and November 24th due to school breaks. See attached flyer.

Thursday: Mad Science Elementary Program:

Mad Science programs spark imaginative learning when school is out! Let your child experience first-hand how much fun science can be. Mad Science class is packed with fascinating demonstrations and hands-on activities to let kids explore scientific concepts for themselves. Our curriculum correlates with AZ State Standards in Science and each class comes with an official Mad Science take-home project to keep the learning going after class. Grades K-5th. Class will be held in room 414. Register at Mad Science at and select After School Programs. See attached flyer.

Thursday: Gadgets and Gizmos

Teach your LEGO bricks cool new tricks in the LEGO Gizmos and Gadgets after-school club! Use the LEGO we provide along with some extra supplies like marbles, balloons, rubber bands, and more to make exciting projects that are guaranteed to do something cool. Projects will “sail”, “take off”, “fly”, “catapult”, and “race”! In every class we will build a functioning model while we learn the STEM skills behind how they work and practice problem solving, teamwork, and communication.

Leave your LEGO at home; we’ll supply everything you need. No take-home projects. A parent’s guide for at-home activities will be available to interested parents. Designed for grades K-5, though all ages welcome. $81.00 for 7 weeks. Class will be held in room 415.

Register at see attached flyer.

Study Habits Group for the Adolescent: Mondays with Ms. Faith (7th – 8th grade)

The cost is $75.00 payable to Shaw Montessori. Class will be capped at 12 students in room 215 from 3:45-4:45. May use tax credit. Please sign up in the front office.

Homework Help Club: Tuesdays with Ms. Church (1st -3rd grade)

The cost is $75.00 payable to Shaw Montessori. Class will be held on room 427/428. 3:45-4:30. May use tax credit. Please sign up in the front office. See attached flyer.

*Children may not be excused from afterschool classes without prior written permission from parents

Flyers are located at bottom of newsletter

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Shaw Calendar

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District Info

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District Updates

Health & Safety Mitigation Plan

Covid Updates

Governing Board Agendas & Minutes

District Calendar

Meal Menus

Shaw Montessori Website

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