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Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of September 20th, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • Reminder Dates
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Community,


Thank you to those parents who have already completed our learning options survey. If you have not yet responded to the survey, please take a few minutes to fill it out. We are looking for 100% of parents to respond indicating whether in-person learning or online best meets your family’s needs. This information will be used to help the district determine when students can return to school in person. Thank you for providing this valuable information as we plan for a safe return to school. The survey can be found here: parent survey


For the past month, the district has been monitoring COVID-19 data benchmarks released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. In all benchmarks, the district’s data continues to trend in the right direction. Districts must see a decline in the number of cases for two consecutive weeks, a percent positivity rate below 7%, and a moderate to minimal community spread in order to move to an in-person learning model.


The district is currently developing our Return To School Plan, which includes an in-person classroom instruction model and an online learning model. If data benchmarks continue in a positive direction, the district is targeting to bring students back to in-person learning around October 12.


The district will present our Return To School Plan to the Governing Board at an online virtual Work Study Session on Tuesday, September 22, at 6:15 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and we invite you to join the meeting to hear the recommended Return To School Plan. Click this link to view the Governing Board Work Study Session https://phxschools.org/live/.


Then, we anticipate the Governing Board taking action on our Return To School Plan at the Governing Board Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 6:15 p.m. https://phxschools.org/live


Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to monitor the benchmarks and plan for safe return to school.


All the best,

Susan Engdall

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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The Positive Effects of Laughter and Humor


Laughter is good for your health.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system.

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no replacement for working out, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.

Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations.

Laughter helps you stay mentally healthy.

Laughter makes you feel good. This positive feeling remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better.

Laughter stops distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.

Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.

Laughter draws you closer to others, which can improve all aspects of your mental and emotional health.


How to bring more laughter into your life Smile


Smiling is the beginning of laughter, and like laughter, it’s contagious. Instead of looking down at your phone, look up and smile, at people you pass on the street, the person serving you a morning coffee, or at your co-workers.

Count your blessings. Literally, make a list. The simple act of considering the positive aspects of your life will distance you from negative thoughts that block humor and laughter.

Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events.


So tell a joke, watch a comedy, play a silly game.


Remember, whatever life throws your way, laughter really can be the best medicine! Laura.Hildwein@phxschools.org

602-397-3405

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Message From Shaw PTA

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PLEASE JOIN US....

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020


Site Council 5:30 / PTA 6-7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86578647115?pwd=eFYvVm5FN2QzOGswQVlCbHhOTThRZz09

Meeting ID: 865 7864 7115
Passcode: 605130

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Phoenix Elementary #1 District Information

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Visit phxschools.org for information and updates

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