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Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of August 19th, 2019

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  • Upcoming Events
  • Montessori Research Project
  • PTA / Site Council
  • PEER Update
  • UPDATE: Free/Reduced Meals Program
  • Shaw Fall After-School Classes
  • Phoenix Elementary District #1 Calendar


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Wednesday, August 21st - Site Council / PTA

Wednesday, August 28th - Parent Education Night (more info to follow this week)

Monday, September 2nd - School Closed / Labor Day

Week of September 9th - Fall After-School Classes Begin

Friday, September 13th - Bingo Night

Tuesday, September 17th - Literacy Night At Burton Barr Library

Wednesday, September 18th - Site Council / PTA

To volunteer please visit:


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Augustus H. Shaw Montessori School has agreed to assist the Riley Institute at Furman University and the Brady Education Foundation with a nationwide research study about the impact of Montessori education on children’s growth and development. Researchers are asking permission for your child to participate in the study. If you agree, a member of our team would spend 30-45 minutes with your child doing activities including naming letters, identifying pictures, and counting objects. These activities will take place twice in the 2019-20 school year, once in 2021, and a final time in 2022. We find that most children enjoy the activities. Please note that only those students entering the 3-year old program at Shaw Montessori are eligible to participate.Parents/guardians who return forms granting consent for their children to participate will be issued a $25 Amazon gift code via email. Once you affirm your child's participation in the link below, you will be prompted to enter your email address. This is necessary in order to distribute your gift code. If you have any further questions, please contact Brooke Culclasure at


PTA / Site Council

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PTA / Site Council: Meeting this Wednesday, August 21st

Held every third Wednesday of the month. Site Council starts at 5:30PM and PTA begins right after from 6-7PM. Shaw Montessori parents are encouraged to attend in order to stay fully informed as to what’s happening on campus. Free babysitting is available for children age 3 and older. Pizza is offered before the start of PTA.

Login to earn volunteer hours for attendance.

PTA Family Membership

PTA family memberships for 2019/2020 school year are now available. You can pay online at

We have a goal of 125 families joining us this year in making an impact on this vibrant community!

Please consider joining today!

If you have questions email Lauren Kutsko at


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Morning Care Update:

The school year has begun, and with it a few changes. As most PEER families already know, morning PEER has been eliminated. This will be the year for transitions, and we ask for the help of everyone in our Shaw community during this time.

Currently, we are able to provide assistance to those families that have a need for an early drop off by opening at 7:15 AM. In order to have a secure campus, the gates to campus will remain closed. The children will wait in the front office until office staff arrives at 7:45 AM. At that time, we will move the children to the cafeteria to eat breakfast.

If your child arrives prior to 8:05 AM they will need to enter campus through the school office. At 8:05 AM the gate beside the office will be opened and supervised by a staff member. This gate will remain open until 8:35 when school starts.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Claire Kooyahoema

Augustus H. Shaw Montessori




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Update 2019-2020 income applications needed:

Providing meals to children is a growing challenge and requires our taking advantage of all available funding resources. One of these resources is the reimbursement program for free and reduced-price meal benefits from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). So that we can keep our costs low and provide excellent food service for children, we need some information for USDA reimbursement purposes. Your cooperation is appreciated. Please answer all questions on the income application form. An income application which does not contain the requested information cannot be processed by the school.


Phoenix Elementary School district has begun utilizing a new system to submit meal applications. From your web browser, please visit the following site and follow prompts:


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Augustus H. Shaw Montessori After-School Classes

Fall after-school class information is here!!!

For more info, click on links or open flyers attached at bottom of newsletter.

Classes begin the week of September 9th and run through the week of December 6th

unless otherwise noted.

Class times are from 3:40-4:40

unless otherwise noted.

Register for Chess, ABSi Spanish, Chinese Arts and Culture, JumpBunch, Coding & Mad Science directly with the vendor.

Sign up for Homework Help Club & 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 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. Room 202. Club is from 3:50-4:50 and is FREE.

Monday: Chinese Arts & Culture Classes

These classes offer exciting, fun and hands on experiences with Chinese Arts and Culture. The curriculum includes; folk arts, Chinese yo-yo, paper folding, 3D arts and crafts, paper cutting, wisdom games, Chinese dance, Chinese calligraphy and painting, kung fu and straw arts. All teaching materials and culture materials are provided. The instructors have been involved in Montessori and American Schools and ASU’s Talented Youth Mandarin and Culture Program, and teach in many American schools and Chinese schools, have 25 years of experience in teaching with hands-on classes. Instructors have received many cultural and educational awards. Class open to Kindergarteners through 8th grades and will be held in room 415. Cost: $110 per student. Questions? Please call: 602-738-0429 Or email: Please mail registration form and check to: Arizona Chinese Mandarin and Culture Academy (AZCMCA) 1318 East Captain Dreyfus Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85022

Tuesday: Sprouts Spanish Class with ABSi Spanish,

The Sprouts class is designed for first through fifth grade students. This group will continue to reinforce academic vocabulary (numbers, colors, food, etc.) and basic phrases (hola, adiós, me llamo, ¿cómo estás?) through thematic units. Children will listen to bilingual books, learn songs and chants and do art activities to stay engaged! They will be encouraged to write, read and occasionally complete practice pages to demonstrate their learning. Parents will be updated on themes via email. Class size is limited to 13 and will be held in room 415. Visit to enroll. See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Robotics For Little Coders
Robotics for Little Coders with Ozobot is an opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends! Ozobot's programming is designed specifically for early readers, taking into account the cognitive abilities and typical attention span of children ages 5-7. Students are introduced to basic coding concepts with simple tasks, such as customizing their Ozobot and assigning commands through different colors, then build up to more complex tasks with Ozobot's simple drag-and-drop language. Grades K-2. Room 414. See attached flyer or visit:

Tuesday: Animation/Beginner
Enter the world of movie and game animations! Students will learn the core skills of creating simple animated movies, creating 2D and 3D characters and animating those. Take your learning beyond stop-motion animation with real animation design tools. You will get to create real computer graphics and build animations like the pros! Grades 3-5. Room 445. See attached flyer or visit:

Wednesday: JumpBunch Multi-Sport

Students learn something new each and every week, and not just the same team sports! These multi-sport classes offer a high level, fun introduction to a new sport or fitness activity each week and with over 70 different lesson plans, there is something for everyone. The rules and skills of each activity are introduced through hands-on exercises, so kids begin playing and improving right away. We keep it fun, but at these ages, children appreciate a bit of competition too. The goals are to help make every student comfortable trying new sports, to give them a basic understanding of popular sports, and to help them appreciate the fun and rewards of regular physical activity. Classes are held at Shaw Montessori for grades K-4 every Wednesday from 1:45-2:35. See class flyer for additional information. Signup online at GYM when hot.

Wednesday: Seedlings Spanish with ABSi Spanish, LLC. Time 1:45-2:45

The Seedling class is designed for kindergarten-first grade students. Like the Tuesday class, this group will learn academic vocabulary (numbers, colors, animal names, etc.) and basic phrases (hola, adiós, me llamo, ¿cómo estas?) through thematic units. Children will listen to bilingual books, learn songs and chants, create art, and move around to stay engaged! Parents will be updated on what students are learning via email. Class size is limited to 13 and will be held in room 415. Visit to enroll. See attached flyer.

Thursday: Mad Science Preschool Program:

Mad Science programs spark imaginative learning when school is out! Preschoolers are natural scientists, and we feed their curiosity with sensory activities, guided exploration, and age-appropriate science vocab. Each class comes with an official Mad Science take-home project to keep the learning going after class. Room 414 12:40 – 1:40. Register with Mad Science at and select After School Programs. 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 445. Register at Mad Science at and select After School Programs. See attached flyer.

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

The cost is $75.00, payable to: Phoenix Elementary School District. Room 427/428. May use tax credit. Please sign up in the front office.

*Children may not be excused from after-school classes without prior written permission from parents

Phoenix Elementary School District Calendar 2019 - 2020

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