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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week Of September 12th, 2021

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

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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Many of our students are experiencing anxiety. Here is an article that might help you understand ways to help your child cope.

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

How to respect feelings without empowering fears

by Clark Goldstein, PhD

When kids are anxious, it’s natural to want to help them feel better. But by trying to protect kids from the things that upset them, you can accidentally make anxiety worse. The best way to help kids overcome anxiety is to teach them to deal with anxiety as it comes up. With practice, they will be less anxious.

When a child gets upset in an uncomfortable situation and their parents take them out of the situation, they learn that getting upset is a good way to cope. Instead, it’s helpful for parents to let kids know that they’re going to be okay, even if they’re scared. You can’t promise your child that nothing bad will happen. But you can express confidence that they can face their fears and feel less afraid over time.

You can show your child empathy without agreeing with their fears. For example, you might say: “I know you’re scared to get this shot. It’s okay to be scared. You can get through this, and I’m going to help you.” It’s usually helpful to avoid leading questions (“Are you worried about the test tomorrow?”). Instead, ask open questions (“How do you feel about the test tomorrow?”). You can use your tone of voice and body language to show your child that you’re calm, which can help them stay calm too.

Parents can also help by keeping kids distracted before something that might be upsetting, like a doctor’s appointment. Sometimes it helps to talk with your child about what might happen if their fears came true. What would they do? Who would they ask for help? Having a plan can calm anxiety.

Finally, parents can model healthy ways of handling anxiety. Parents get anxious too, and that’s okay! The goal is to show your child that anxiety is normal and that it doesn’t have to be a big deal.

If you would like to read a more detailed version of this article, click on the link:

Laura Hildwein, LCSW


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Shaw Covid Dashboard

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Parents, we had a fantastic start to our Covid Pooled Testing on Tuesday. We will do this testing each Tuesday. Every classroom has a “Pool” which is the students/employees who signed up for the testing. One classroom has 2 pools due to high enrollment so we have a total of 16 Pools. We get the results before start of school on Wednesday and are able to do a Covid Rapid Test on any Pool that came back positive. All students who test negative go right back to class. All parents whose students are in a positive pool will be notified the day of results. On Tuesday we had 164 total sign-ups for the program and next week that number increases to 189 due to new enrollments! Sign-up for this program is always open. You can use the following to sign up electronically:

Access Code: APC54P

Thanks for participating! Rose Prasad RN

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After-School Classes

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Reminder: after-school enrichment classes begin this week

It is not too late, last opportunity to sign up before classes begin! To view classes and descriptions please visit last week's newsletter for info:

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Tasty Tuesday - This Week!

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Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Shaw Montessori PTA.

Come in to the Chipotle at 1515 N 7th Ave (7th ave and Mcdowell) in Phoenix on

Tuesday, September 14th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Shaw Montessori!


Use code GZBNC6P before checkout in 'promo' field. Orders placed on or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will count towards the fundraiser.

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Fun Run!

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Hey everyone! Fun Run kickoff is a week away and we've got all your pressing Fun Run answers right here!


Fun Run is a fundraiser for Shaw Montessori PTA where the kids run around on the field and have a fun time all while bringing in funds to improve our school! Kids in PK - 3rd grade do a fun run, and kids in 4th - 8th grade do a color run where they get non-toxic powder thrown at them (it sounds gross, but they love it, and there is an inner track if they don't want color thrown on them)


Each kid can receive pledges either based per lap or a flat donation. Those pledges can come from anywhere -- your neighbors, coworkers, relatives, family friends -- you name it!


It's super easy. You just have to register your child on Once they are registered, you will have a link that you can send out or share on social media. The more pledges they get, the more prizes they get and the more money they raise for the school!


Yes. There are prizes that the kids get. Just for registering, they get a bracelet, and from there the prizes get bigger. If they get enough pledges, they can get a drone or a motorized scooter. The prizes for color run and fun run are different, so check out the prizes available on your dashboard. While those bigger prizes are based on pledges, all students -- REGARDLESS OF MONEY BROUGHT IN -- receive a Fun Run TShirt from the PTA.


Super easy. Here's what you do:
1. Go to
2. Click on "I'm a Parent/Guardian
3. Search for and select your student's appropriate event (Fun run for PK-3rd Grade, Color Run for 4th and up). If you have multiple students you will need to add them separately.
4. Enter in your student's name and select their teacher from the drop-down list (If you don't see your teacher's name, make sure you are on the right run -- Fun run for 3rd grade and under, Color run for 4th and older.)

5. agree to the terms of participation and click on "Add Student"

That's it....You are ready to Run!


Adding the photo makes your friends and family more liely to pledge, because who can resist that cute face? Also (and this is pretty cool) there is this student star video where they put your kid's picture in the video. It's super cute and Grandparents especially love it. But if you don't have a photo, not to worry. You can add it at any time.


Good question. Doing a fun run is the easiest way to take some of the financial burden off our parents while still raising money for our school. Outdoor environment, the solar system model, the trees and all of the campus improvements we have made to the school have been able to happen because of the Fun Run. This year, we are raising money for our outdoor garden classroom!

PLUS, don't forget, your teacher receives 10% of the pledges brought in by the class!


Everything is happening Wednesday, September 29. In order to promote social distancing, we will have 2 different Fun Run times for the PK - 3rd Graders. Some will be running from 9-10, and some will be running from 10:15 - 11:15. The Color Run will happen on 2 tracks from 12pm - 1pm.


Well, not really. Because of COVID restrictions, only staff, kids and essential volunteers can be on campus. :(


YES. Yes you can. We need a few volunteers that day to help the kids stay hydrated at the water table. MASKS ARE MANDATORY.and it will be HOT! You will need a hat. If you are signed up for the color run, you WILL get dirty so dress accordingly.
Sign up to volunteer here:


The PTA Meeting this Wednesday at 6pm in the cafeteria is the PERFECT time to ask questions. If you are wondering something, chances are someone else is too. Otherwise, please send an email to Leigh Ann at


Love, Joy and Leigh Ann

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Shaw Picture Day

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Lifetouch Picture Day: Thursday 9/23/21

Retakes: Tuesday 11/2/21



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Garden Update

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This week we tilled the ground, pulled weeds and prepped the beds for planting. This consisted of sieving compost, adding fertilizer and coffee grounds. Next week will be our first planting week. We will continue to sow seeds into October.

We learned more about seeds and looked at the amazing moringa seed. These trees are native to Africa and have many medicinal and nutritional properties to them. Our campus hosts two mature moringa trees on the south side of our campus. We also looked at wheat and learned an important verb-THRESH. Quiz your children at home and see if they remember what it means.

Torty Banks has been very active these last couple weeks. Her biological clock is telling her to find a suitor. Sadly, Torty will never mate, but the students did let her traipse around the campus looking for another tortoise. They were very entertained by her adventures; however fruitless they may be.

We received the chickens on Friday! Please say hello to them as you walk by their enclosure next week. If you catch an insect (especially a garden foe, such as, a locust or caterpillar) throw them into the chicken pen. The chickens enjoy the extra protein.

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.

Big thanks to the anonymous parents that gifted us an additional $100.00 in Home Depot gift cards!

Here’s the link to Home Depot gift cards:

Here’s my email:

Mr. Moench

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Message from Shaw PTA President - Leigh Ann Dolan

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Meeting This Wednesday!

I actually can’t believe that it’s already time for another PTA meeting! It’s this Wednesday the 15th at 6pm!

It seems like just yesterday we were having our first PTA meeting of the year! But it wasn’t. It was a month ago. And, wow. A lot of things have happened in a month.

This year is going so fast… and yet so slow. It’s hard getting back into the groove of going to school, and for a lot of people, it’s hard to find time to fit in a PTA meeting on top of all of it. I totally get it.

I’d really like you to come to the PTA meeting in person. There are a million reasons why, but the main one is about staying connected. Look, you can get information from anywhere -- See Shaw Shine, your teachers, texts, robocalls. But those ways of communicating aren't really ways of staying connected.

So far, PTA meetings are the only times that parents are allowed at school. And I didn’t realize how disconnected I felt from the school until I stepped back on the campus. I mean, sure, I have small Bob telling me everything that went on in his class, and Josie … not telling me anything because she’s 10 and nothing ever happens at school. But I was missing that personal connection that is so special about the school.

So, yes. You can view Wednesday’s meeting on zoom, but I’d like to invite you to put on your mask, come in person and reconnect. I’ll bring the pizza.

-Leigh Ann

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Topic: Shaw Montessori Site Council/PTA Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

PTA Members, please review 2021/2022 Bylaws and Standing Rules. We will be holding a vote to approve at this Wednesday's meeting. To vote you must be a PTA member. If you have not yet joined for the 2021/2022 school year, you can do so online here: shawmontessoripta or sign up in person at the meeting.

Also attached, August PTA Meeting Minutes

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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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Shaw Calendar

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September Lunch Menu

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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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