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Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of May 3rd

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Article From Yolanda Wheelington
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • JumpBunch
  • Instrument Drop Off
  • PTA Announcement
  • Tax Credit
  • Information and Student Meal Resources

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greeting Shaw Montessori Community,


What do these words conjure for you?


heroic adjective

he-ro-ic

1 : of or relating to courageous people

3 : of great intensity

journey noun

jour-ney


1: travel or passage from one place to another


For the middle school student at Shaw Montessori it will conjure such things as a grudge walk, a letting go, a walk in someone else’s shoes, orgres and allies and a personal challenge. The Heroic Journey is a “ritual journey” symbolizing the passage from childhood to young adulthood, something that is not typically celebrated in mainstream America.


This year the students took on several social, emotional and personal growth projects. The projects took the entire year to complete. This week, via ZOOM they will be sharing their goals and projects as well as some of their art before a Council of Elders. It is a chance for them to prove to themselves and the Council that they are ready and willing to begin their journey into adulthood.


Congratulations middle schoolers! We honor your courage, perseverance, resilience and wish you the very best on your very bright life journey.


Be well,

Principal Engdall

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To Nationals and Beyond!

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From Shaw teacher Yolanda Wheelington: Back in April, before COVID put the breaks on all things normal, I had the opportunity to interview the dynamic bundle of intellect and inspiration that is 14-year old Xharia Washington. Xharia, an 8th grader at Shaw Montessori in Phoenix, AZ, recently placed second in the 2019 Arizona Regional Spelling Bee. This win secured her a position to compete in the Arizona State Spelling Bee which has been postponed. For many Arizonans, the Bee is a big deal and it is tough to secure a space on that stage. Let’s hear from Xharia as she shares her experience and insight.


Read the full article here: http://www.storiesfromschoolaz.org/nationals-beyond/

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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For many kids this pandemic may make them question their own safety, feel more anxious and be more withdrawn or needy. Be proactive and support your children by doing the following:


Limit media exposure. Don’t obsess over the latest breaking news or make the virus the topic of every family conversation.


Listen to your children. Let them express their emotions and try not to tell them how they should There is no right or wrong way to feel. Validate their feelings.


Stick to the facts. Your children may hear exaggerated, embellished or inflated stories. Don’t feed into the hysteria or the fear. Use concrete terms and be brief, like you’re reading about a world event from the newspaper.


Give your children a chance to ask questions. If they have difficulty communicating their feelings, encourage them to communicate in a way that works best for them – journaling or drawing, for example.


Show vulnerability; it’s okay. Your children learn through experiencing and watching. They can learn how to cope simply by seeing how you grieve and manage during difficult times. Stick to routines.


Be honest. Acknowledge the dangers but remind your children that you and others are doing what they can, including sheltering at home, social distancing and washing hands to keep them as healthy and safe as possible.


If your children tell you they’re fine but their behaviors say otherwise, try using TIME (Talk, Instruct, Monitor and Encourage).

  • T stands for talk. Be available to have conversations with your child or to just listen.
  • I stands for instruction. Teach your child social skills or coping strategies to manage stress.
  • M stands for monitor. Keep an eye on what your child does and who your child is around.
  • The E stands for encourage. Let your child know it’s okay to seek help or advice from you or another trusted adult, such as a family member or teacher.


Today’s mental health message…Unplug from the news and have the family practice one or more of these coping skills. They’ll help you get back to your happy place!​​

  • Shoot hoops, kick a ball
  • Try to make as many words out of your full name as possible
  • Rip paper into itty bitty pieces


If I can help you locate available resources or you have questions/concerns about your child please contact me at Laura.Hildwein@phxschools.org


Laura Hildwein

Shaw Montessori Social Worker

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JumpBunch

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Amy from JumpBunch shares some at home games and activities .


Video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/5sInwHVS10g

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Instrument Drop Off

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PTA Announcement

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Get emoji-tional with us and #ThankATeacher during Staff Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020!


Teachers and School Staff change the lives of millions of children every day—their immense work and impact moves us beyond words, so sometimes we need emojis to say how we feel. And with the abrupt end to the physical school year, our teachers and staff members have done even more to continue education with virtual classrooms and learning at home lessons. All to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Here are a few ways to show them we care. FYI – All staff email addresses are listed on their individualized Staff Favorite’s questionnaire included at the bottom of See Shaw Shine.


1. Email heartfelt letters, and messages of appreciation

2. Create artwork, poems and/or video messages to celebrate the staff

3. Send an eCard or virtual award from sites like smilebox or jibjab

4. Send a picture of a handmade gift that can be delivered to the staff in the fall

5. Send an eGift card for a food delivery service - Doordash, Grubhub, Postmates

6. Purchase an online gift card


  • a. Supporting local business like Changing Hands Bookstore
  • b. Support local restaurants like Pizzeria Bianco, Copper Star Coffee
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Tax Credit Information

Parents,

In regards to refunds:

Tax Credits cannot be refunded.

If you are interested in a refund to any “Gifts and Donations” payments made , please email Christina Girard, Office Manager Christina.Girard@Phxschools.org to start this process.

If you are not interested in a refund, and would like to roll over any field trip payments made for your student next year, please let me know that as well. Thank you!


Deadline for requesting a refund is Friday May 15th.

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Information and Student Meal Resources

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For more information, learning enrichment activities and student meal resources visit:

https://phxschools.org/

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Staff Favorite’s