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Shaw Montessori Newsletter / Week of January 8th, 2023

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Shaw Spring After-School Classes
  • Site Council - Focus On Literacy Night
  • See Shaw Shine Reporters
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • January Meal Menu
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Montessori!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Monday January 9th as school resumes. I hope that everyone is rested, healthy and ready for a dynamic spring semester!

Monday, January 9th Chess Emporium, one of our afterschool enrichment class vendors will be doing a demonstration during our lunch hour from 11:00-1:00 for our students.

January 16th we will observe Martin Luther King Day, school will be closed.

January 18th during Site Council from 5:30-6:00 our reading interventionists, Ms. Graham and Ms. Carwitz will share an overview of their services and discuss helpful hints when working with our young readers. The PTA meeting will begin at 6:00, pizza and childcare will be provided.

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Our district spelling bee will be held in the governing board room at 9:00! Good luck to our Shaw Spellers Declan McGrath and Jackson May! What a performance all of the spellers provided us on Wednesday, December 21st! Wow!

January 19th we will hold our Prospective Parent Meeting at 10:00 AM in the school cafeteria. This meeting is for parents interested in joining our community for the 23/24 school year.

Afterschool registration will be open through January 20th. Classes begin the week of January 23rd and run through the week of April 14th.

Wishing you the best,

Principal Engdall

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Shaw Montessori Spring After-School Classes

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Classes begin in 2 weeks, register today to secure your spot(s)!

Classes begin the week of January 23, 2023, and end the week of April 14, 2023

unless otherwise noted.

Class times are from 3:40-4:40 unless otherwise noted.

Register for Chess, ABSi Spanish, Theater, Lego, Yoga, Robots/Coding/Computers, Sewing

directly with the vendor.

Sign up for 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. Room 415. Register at: See attached flyer.

Monday: Sewing School

Sewing is a useful skill and creative outlet that lasts a lifetime! Students will learn the fundamentals of hand stitching and machine sewing with fun and practical projects each week. This class is for grades 4-8 and all skill levels are welcome. Located in the Art Room-303. Cost is $175 which includes all supplies. Please contact Heather with questions and to register. 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. Room 202. Club is from 3:50-4:50 and is FREE.

Monday: Radical Robots Primary

1st and 2nd graders will be introduced to basic coding fundamentals and understand the structure of programming. Students will be using Sphero Indi robots to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They will program bots to navigate mazes and complete challenges with a series of tactile coding mats. Room 414. Register online at: See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Mindful Minis: Yoga and Mindfulness with Miss Emily

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 11-week program will cover an assortment of yoga poses, mindful activities, breathing techniques and various games incorporating all the above. Miss Emily is a Certified Yoga instructor and has been practicing for more than three decades. She is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine 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 5 students and will be capped at 12. Students will need to provide a yoga mat. Room 414. See attached flyer for information and email: Miss Emily at for registration, questions, and payment.

Tuesday: Cool Coding Intermediate

3rd and 4th graders will be introduced to programming fundamentals using the Minecraft EDU coding environment. Students will focus on Python based block programming formats to develop and learn the Computer Science strand within the Microsoft Minecraft EDU environment. Room 415. Register at: See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Musical Theatre with Valley Youth Theatre

This engaging class is a Valley Youth Theatre tradition – and an excellent introduction to the world of musical theatre! Students will find self-confidence, discover natural talents, let their imaginations soar and start building their skills in acting, song and dance in this fun, foundational class. All experience levels are welcome, and the class will culminate in a musical performance. Grades K-4 welcome. Tuesdays from 3:40 – 4:40, excluding March 14th. Instructor: Alyssa Balogh. This class will be held on the stage. Register at: See attached flyer.

Wednesday: Spanish Club with ABSi Spanish, LLC

Time 1:40-2:40

ABSí is an interactive Spanish program that teaches students basic vocabulary including numbers, colors, animals and more. Students learn common phrases through hands-on activities that involve art, music, and educational games. This eleven-week session will focus on everyday phrases needed for everyday situations (i.e. ¿Cómo se dice___?” “¿Dónde está el baño? “Necesito ayuda” and more). Kindergarten through fifth graders welcome! Room 414. Register at: See attached flyer.

Wednesday: Crazy Computer Build Advanced and Intermediate


The Crazy Computer Build Course for the 5th and 6th grader covers computer hardware, components, processing, binary, networking and more! Students will build a computer to keep forever, what an opportunity! Room 415. Register at: See attached flyer.

Wednesday: Musical Theatre with Valley Youth Theatre


Students will explore ensemble and solo singing, choreography, staging a scene and character creation over the course of this fun and engaging class! Our teaching artist will sequence each class to help young people work together as an ensemble, as they build and rehearse their own musical review. Grades 5-8 welcomed. No class March 15th. Class held on the stage. Register at: See attached flyer.

Thursday: Exploration Through Creation

See the world through your creations in the Exploration through Creation after-school club. We will go on a fun-filled journey as they use creative play with LEGO bricks to explore and discover and share about themselves, their classmates, and their communities they live in through fun, collaborative, creativity-focused play and building. While the students enjoy go-at-your-own-pace activities and making new friends, projects will challenge them in ways that will develop STEM skills, problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, and how to be better communicators. Leave your LEGO at home, we’ll supply everything you need. There are no take-home projects. Parent’s guide for at-home activities will be available. For grades K+. Schedule will be Jan 26 to April 6, 9 classes, no class 3/9 & 3/16. Class will be held in 414.

Class flyers are available at the bottom of newsletter

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

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Site Council - Focus On Literacy Night

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See Shaw Shine Reporters

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TGen is a fun and educational field trip idea. Mrs. Wheelington’s class went for a visit in December. TGen is short for Translational Genomics Research Institute and it is located in Phoenix, AZ. While there, we did hands on activities, we went on a facility tour, and learned information from the guide.

The hands on activities were interesting and fun. The first was making DNA models. We made the double helix model and learned how to split DNA. The other activity was using a microtip pipet to color in pictures and DNA models with little bubbles. It was hard to get it correctly because some bubbles were big and others very tiny. Some people figured out that you can adjust the size of the tip to make it easier.

During the tour, we observed that the floor patterns on each floor was a double helix. We got to explore the labs and talk about what the scientists were doing. The guide told us what is studied in each area. They store their specimens in refrigerators and name the fridges after Disney characters. We thought that was a good way to label. The zebra fish were a big hit! We learned that zebra fish and humans share 70% of the same DNA!

Our guide was also our lecturer. She was energetic, kind and helpful. We learned that the facility is managed by one super computer. Without it nothing else would run. She shared a video about a girl name Shelby that had a very rare disease. TGen was able to analyze her body and find a treatment that matched her specifically. After that, Shelby was able to walk to school, run, have fun and live a more normal life.

Fun Fact: It took 10 years and 2.7 billion dollars to analyze the DNA of ONE person! Today, it takes 48 hours and it costs $700.00.

TGen is open to the public! You can go to their website to schedule a tour and learn all about this unique non-profit organization.

-Mrs. Wheelington’s Upper Elementary Class

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Message From Shaw PTA

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Sign up for meetings here:

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January Meal Menu

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Shaw Calendar

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District Info

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PESD #1 Website

Shaw Montessori Website

Meal Menus

PESD #1 Governing Board

2022-2023 PESD #1 Calendar calendar

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Spring After-School Enrichment Class Flyers