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Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of April 11th, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Jennifer Collier
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Tasty Tuesday
  • Shaw Talent Show
  • Library Books
  • April Meal Menus
  • Shaw Calendar
  • Shaw Covid Dashboard
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greeting Shaw Community,


Whew, a week of testing under our belt, three more to go! Thank you parents and guardians for being so accommodating. It was great to have our at-home learners back on campus, even for a few hours. My have they grown! They reported that they were excited to visit, missed their friends and were generally over the pandemic and held high hopes for an August return.


Last month Dave and Stacie Ricks, were back at work in our outdoor learning labs. Our field garden has a beautiful three sisters end of the year garden planted for the children to enjoy. A couple of our citrus trees did not make it through the heat last summer and were replaced and a new chicken coop has been built. We will adopt a new clutch in September.

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A big thank you to the Shaw PTA who provided us with 3 new shade sails for a few classroom pods that were receiving too much sun. The children are enjoying the extra coolness from the shade as we are spending more time outside working, eating and enjoying the beautiful weather.


Wishing you the very best,

Principal Engdall

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April Testing Schedule

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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Reducing Test Anxiety


A little nervousness before a test is normal and can help sharpen your mind and focus your attention. But, with test anxiety, feelings of worry and self-doubt can interfere with your test-taking performance and make you miserable. Test anxiety can affect anyone.

Here are some strategies that may help reduce your test anxiety:


1. Get a good night’s sleep.

Having adequate rest (9–10 hours per night) is likely to be beneficial.


2. Fuel up.

Eat a nutritious breakfast before the test and pack smart snacks for ongoing energy. Look for foods that offer a steady stream of nutrients, rather than a sugar high followed by a crash.


3. Get to class—or the testing site—early. Feeling rushed will only amp up the anxiety. Pack everything you need for the exam the night before and set the alarm, so you can get out the door on time.


4. Have a positive mental attitude.

Come up with a morale-boosting mantra like “I can do this” or “I worked hard and deserve this.” Recite your mantra, right before the test begins.


5. Read carefully.

Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before making a choice or starting the essay. Slowing down can help you stay focused.


6. Just start.

The blank page can maximize your anxiety. After you’ve read the directions, dive right in by making an outline for an essay answer. Or, find some questions you can ace to build up your confidence and momentum. You can always go back and change things later if needed, but a few quick answers can get the ball rolling.


7. Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing.

Pay attention to your own test and pace, and forget about the other students in the room.


8. Focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts.

Deep breathing can slow down a beating heart or a racing mind, so practice these techniques. To help you stay calm and confident right before and during the test, perform relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, relaxing your muscles one at a time, or closing your eyes and imagining a positive outcome.


Remembering that some test-taking anxiety is a normal part of school can help make it easier to handle. Just do your best, no one can ask for more than that.


Laura.Hildwein@phxschools.org

602-397-3405

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Shaw PTA

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For anyone that missed the last PTA Meeting which was held virtually via Zoom on March 24th, the meeting minutes can be viewed below. English and Spanish versions are available. Look forward to seeing everyone at the next and last PTA meeting of the school year which will also be held virtually on Wednesday, May 12th.
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MOD Pizza

Take-Out and Delivery Fundraiser!

Tuesday April 13, 2021

10:30am-9:00pm

3350 North 7th Ave.

Phoenix, AZ

Donating Back: 20%

https://www.groupraise.com/events/186115-shaw-montessori-pta-at-mod-pizza

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Shaw Talent Show

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Shaw Library Books

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With our abrupt at home last spring we were unable to collect outstanding library books from the 2019/2020 school year. Notices will be sent home over this week informing students who still have outstanding library books. Please take a moment and check your bookshelves. Book return boxes are located near the front office and primary gate. Thank you!!

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April Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Shaw Calendar

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District Info

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phxschools.org

District Updates phxschools.org/update

Health & Safety Mitigation Plan phxschools.org/healthsafety

Governing Board Agendas & Minutes go.boarddocs.com/az/pesd1#

District Calendar phxschools.org/calendar

Cafeteria Menus phxschools.org/meal-menus


Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

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

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