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Shaw Montessori Newsletter / Weeks of Oct. 9th & 16th, 2022

Fall Break Issue - Next Newsletter October 23rd

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Arizona Tax Credit
  • Tasty Tuesday
  • Picture Retake Day
  • Shaw Literacy Night
  • Garden Update
  • Primary Garden Spotlight
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • October Meal Menu
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greeting Shaw Montessori!


What an incredible parent workday in the garden we had last Saturday! About 60 parents turned out to work. The garden looks promising and bountiful with the seeds the students have sewn in the last several weeks beginning to emerge. Thank you so much for all the work both seen and unseen that you do to make this school and community as exceptional as it is.


Did you know that your child’s attendance affects our school letter grade as well as your child’s ability to fully access the full and rich Montessori curriculum? The Arizona Department of Education factors our daily attendance rate into the calculation for our school letter grade. The difference between and A or B school is a slim margin, we need all our points. Every time your students arrives late or leaves early it contributes to an escalated rate of absenteeism for our entire community and causes your child to miss important lessons or work. Moreover, when a child is expecting to be picked up early, they are not fully concentrating on a full day of learning in anticipation.


I am attaching a school calendar for your reference. Please, when possible, schedule appointments and non-emergency events for one of the many days we are not in session. I know life is full of the unexpected however, we are experiencing an enormous number of late arrivals (adult problem) and early pickups. If they can be avoided, do your part to help our school and your child thrive and perform at optimum levels.


Some of our families will be receiving CUTS (Court Unified Truancy Suppression) letters this week as a result of excessive absences. Should you receive one of these notices and have questions, please feel free to contact me: susan.engdall@phxschools.org or by phone at 602-257-4069.


Wishing you a restful and fun fall break, see you on Monday, October 17th!

Principal Engdall

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Arizona Tax Credit

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Tasty Tuesday - October 18th

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Picture Retake Day

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If you would like picture retakes:

You must call the Shaw front office (602) 257-3914 to schedule.

Deadline to sign up for retakes is Monday, October 17th 4pm.

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Shaw Literacy Night

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We are looking forward to an evening of celebrating reading and books at the Burton Barr Library on Thursday, October 20, 4:00-6:45pm. All families are invited to join us for this event which includes student-led tours, puppet making, arts and crafts, read-aloud stories, and more!


Shaw families: We need your help to make Literacy Night a success!

Link to sign up to volunteer: https://signup.com/go/fXBFdFe


Burton Barr Library: 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Garden Update

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Greetings!


Parent workday was a huge success! We had about 60 parents show up on Saturday. They pulled all the Bermuda grass and excavated the west perimeter AND Torty’s habitat. They amended the soil with compost and fertilizer and planted some flowers. It looks fantastic! Thank you to all the parents who came. There were a lot of primary parents which I really appreciate. One day your children can enjoy the fruits of your labor!


The chickens have also returned to campus! They look a little bedraggled but don’t worry! They’re only molting. This is a common occurrence for chickens and other bird species. I will get a few more egg-laying hens over the break and a visiting rooster to keep all the ladies in line. We’ll have quite the family. Stay tuned for news on the goats.


I created a survey about our garden program! Please share your feedback with me by completing the Google survey below. Just click the link: https://forms.gle/c7wrfvXK2jZik5meA


I am asking for a classroom volunteer to purchase vermicomposting bins for their child’s classroom. Each class needs two totes. They both need to be the same size and can be anywhere from a 12 Gallon to a 27 Gallon. Here’s a link to the Home Depot totes:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-27-Gal-Tough-Storage-Tote-in-Black-with-Yellow-Lid-HDX27GONLINE-5/205978361


Here’s my email in case you need to reach me: james.obrien-moench@phxschools.org

Home Depot gift cards are always appreciated. Continue bringing your aluminum cans, coffee grounds, eggshells and bottle caps. You can leave them on the table outside the front office except for the bottle caps. Have your child drop them in their classroom bin.

If you have any flagstone cuts or wood cuts we will also take them. We will also accept any tool donations for the field garden and/or ODE.


Enjoy your fall break!

Mr. Moench


Thank you, Mario, for your donation of wheelbarrows!

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Primary Garden Spotlight

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Dear Primary Parents,


We are pleased to invite you all to an enjoyable Parent Night Out event in the garden. Come to see why your child loves the garden and meet the hard working staff that make the garden a special place at school. This outdoor environment and the hiring of staff is only made possible by the State Tax Credits contributed by parents like you! Mingle with other parents and relax in the much awaited cool evening weather.

Friday, November 4th

7pm - 8pm


Hope to see you all there,

ODE Primary Garden Teachers

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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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“What is it? A monthly meetup for the Shaw Community to discuss what Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion mean through a Montessori lens to our school and to collaborate with school staff to continually improve in these areas. You can just show up to one meeting to check us out, no long term commitment required :) Our first meeting this year is on October 23rd, come have some important conversations with us!


There will be a signup now formto log the hours for your community volunteer hours, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback through my personal email: diamondcuttingpath@gmail.com


-Melanie Harmann, proud parent of a Shaw Preschooler and Shaw JEDI chairperson


Join us On Zoom!

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/87935275684?pwd=cjhFNlcyQmJ6YUdubWVxWWl0T1NLQT09

Meeting ID: 879 3527 5684

Passcode: ra40BU “

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Message From Shaw PTA

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Please sign up for the meeting ahead of time,

as it helps the PTA know how much pizza to get!


Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/PyaqPxr

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October PTA Meeting

Fun Run trophy-winning class will be announced,

join us to find out who won!

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October Meal Menu

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Shaw Calendar

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District Info

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PESD #1 Website phxschools.org

Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

• PESD #1 Covid Updates phxschools.org/covid

PESD #1 Governing Board phxschools.org/board

2022-2023 PESD #1 Calendar phxschools.org/2022-2023 calendar

Previous Issues of See Shaw Shine phxschools.org/shaw-newsletters

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