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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week of January 9th, 2022

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Nurse Rose
  • Message From Jennifer Collier
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Augustus H. Shaw Montessori After-School Classes
  • Garden Update
  • Shaw PTA
  • January Meal Menu
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Community,

Welcome back! The children were very ready for school to begin again and there were lots of joyous reunions among them on campus.

Recently I was reminded by a sign displayed in a fitting room of this simple act: Be kind to the folks that showed up today, the whole world is short staffed. In order for our community to keep one another safe and able to show up for one another, please practice increased vigilance when it comes to any cold/flu symptoms that your family or child may be experiencing. Err on the side of caution by keeping children home if there is the slightest doubt. For the kindergarten through 8th grade child, they may work in their classroom’s Google Classroom and there is plenty of work for them to do through their iReady account and reading, lots of reading should they need to be away from school. If you have any questions regarding the classroom work, please contact your child’s teacher for clarification.

Our mitigation plans remain the same however, we will be postponing a few of the school sponsored events. On Tuesday, January 11th we were scheduled to have an evening of observation called “Open House and High School Transition Evening.” This gives parents of students moving a level, i.e. primary to lower elementary, lower elementary to upper elementary and upper elementary to middle school the opportunity to view the “new” classrooms and talk with the teaching staff. We will reschedule this event for later this spring, stay tuned. The middle school students were also excited about their middle school dance to be held on Friday, January 14th. This event has a pending re-schedule for Friday, February 4th.

Our school office is also experiencing a major disruption in services and will be for the next week. Please be patient when contacting or visiting our office. Please report all absences to the mainline at 602-257-3914. You may still receive the robo call even if you have already called an absences in. If this is the case, you need not call back.

Below you will find a list of our spring afterschool enrichment classes that begin the week of January 24th and run until the week of April 18th.

Be safe, be well.

Principal Engdall

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Message From Nurse Rose

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Students who tested positive during our week back: 3

Parents: 4

Note from the nurse: We did our weekly Covid Pooled Testing on Tuesday with 183 students/staff participating. We had 2 Pools test positive out of the 20 pool total. We were very happy with this result! Just a reminder if your student gets any Covid symptom i.e. sore throat, new cough, runny nose, diarrhea etc. they will need to be out for three days from day of symptom start. Once you call a student out, I will do a follow up phone call to discuss the appropriate return date. Please report any positive Covid cases in your family or student to me as soon as possible. We have Protocols in place we have to follow and I will collect information and let you know when your student can return. For student’s out due to Close Contact, they have the option of getting student tested at Day 5 -7. And if the test is negative, student can return at day 8 as long as student has no fever for 24 hours. If student does not get tested they will remain out for the full 10 days. The District has not adopted the new CDC recommendations at this time. Thanks Rose Rn 602.257.3900

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Message From Jennifer Collier

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Beginning Monday, January 10th, our Kindergarten through 8th grade students will be taking the iReady Winter Diagnostic for both ELA and Math. Your student’s teacher will be informing you of their particular testing days.

We highly recommend that students bring headphones from home because they are much more comfortable than the district-provided earbuds.

This diagnostic will give teachers and students are current snap-shot of their grade-level progress and will also become the new baseline for the students My Path.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your student’s teacher.

Jennifer Collier, IEIS

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Message From Laura Hildwein

Hello Shaw Families! Welcome to 2022.

I wanted to share this district information with our families in case anyone is interested.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters available at several of our schools over the next two weeks. These are second dose events for the very successful first round of vaccines we distributed at schools in January. In total, more than 500 vaccines were distributed at these clinics to students, families, staff and community members, and we know that with the Omicron variant raging, distribution and participation is more important now than ever.

Vaccines are available from 2pm-7pm, and are free to anyone age 5 and up who is in need of a first-or-second-dose vaccine or a booster shot:

· Monday, January 10 @ Lowell Elementary School

· Wednesday, January 12 @ Garfield Elementary School

· Thursday, January 13 @ Dunbar Elementary School


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For additional convenient vaccination events, visit our website at

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Augustus H. Shaw Montessori After-School Classes

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Classes begin the week of January 24th and run through the week of April 18th

unless otherwise noted

Register for Chess, ABSi Spanish, Yoga and 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. Class will be held in room 414 from 3:40 pm-4:40 pm. Register with Chess Emporium at

For more information 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. Class will be held in room 202. Club is from 3:50-4:50 and is FREE.

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 12-week program will cover an assortment of yoga poses, mindful activities, breathing techniques and various games incorporating all of 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. Please contact Miss Emily at with any questions. Students will need to provide a yoga mat. Class will be held in room 415, from 3:40pm-4:30pm.

For more information see attached flyer.

Wednesday: Seedlings & Sprouts Spanish with ABSi Spanish

The Seedling and Sprouts classes are designed for preschool-fifth grade students. Students will learn academic vocabulary (numbers, colors, animal names, etc.) and basic phrases (hola, adiós, me llamo, ¿cómo estás?) through thematic units. Children will listen to bilingual books, learn songs and chants, create art, and move around to stay engaged! *Materials will be differentiated, and classes will be split based on enrollment. Cost is $179 and materials are included. Visit to enroll. Class meets 1:40-2:40. For more information see attached flyer.

Thursday: Gadgets and Gizmos

Teach your LEGO bricks cool new tricks in the LEGO Gizmos and Gadgets after-school club! Use the LEGO we provide along with some extra supplies like marbles, balloons, rubber bands, and more to make exciting projects that are guaranteed to do something cool. Projects will “sail”, “take off”, “fly”, “catapult”, and “race”! In every class we will build a functioning model while we learn the STEM skills behind how they work and practice problem solving, teamwork, and communication.

Leave your LEGO at home; we’ll supply everything you need. No take-home projects. A parent’s guide for at-home activities will be available to interested parents. Register at Class will be held in room 415, from 3:40pm-4:30pm.

For more information 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 414. Register at Mad Science at and select After School Programs. Class will be held from 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm.

For more information see attached flyer.

Homework Help Club

Tuesdays OR Thursday with Ms. Church (1st -6th grade)

The cost is $75.00 payable to Shaw Montessori. Class will be held on room 427/428. 3:45-4:30. May use tax credit. Please sign up in the front office.

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

For more information see attached flyer.

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Garden Update


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break! We started a new curriculum block this week-WORMS! We learned about the strange anatomy of a worm and the importance of their castings (worm poo). The students helped make a few worm habitats in the garden. This consisted of leaves, eggshells, coffee and vegetation. The Arizona Worm Farm is closed until January 15th. After the 15th we will purchase a couple thousand red wiggler worms for our worm habitats. Stay tuned on the worms!

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Next Wednesday (01/12) we will host another market table at pickup! We will be selling eggs, herbs and bouquets! Please bring cash. The table will be on Monroe St. from 1:30 until 2:45. Last time, there were a couple patrons who did not have cash but wanted to make a purchase. We took IOUs from these patrons and they brought cash the following day. That’s fine, but please make right on your IOU or else Mr. Moench will come looking for you!

We have scheduled another parent workday for Saturday January 29th from 9 AM until 2 PM. I have asked our volunteer coordinator to make a sign-up webpage for this workday. I will include it in next week’s newsletter. Please bring a shovel and/or wheelbarrow if you have one. See you all there!

Our tree planting has been placed on hold until February/March. Please be wary of the holes on campus. We don’t want any accidents.

We can always use coffee grounds and can donations. Please make sure the coffee grounds have been brewed. You can pick up used grounds at Starbucks for free. NO MORE SINGLE BREW PLASTIC CUPS PLEASE! We also prefer that your cans are uncrushed (the small kiddos love this task), however, we will accept crushed cans as well. You can drop them off at the table outside of the front office entrance.

We still need your Home Depot donations. Even $25.00 is a huge contribution. Here’s the link to Home Depot gift cards:

Here’s my email:

Mr. Moench

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Shaw PTA

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Parents are encouraged to attend to stay informed and participate in what’s happening on campus.

Don't forget to record your attendance for upcoming site council and PTA meetings by clicking here. Attending meeting counts towards your family's volunteer hours!

Attending via Zoom?

Meeting ID: 988 2340 2022

Passcode: 384907

Site Council 5:30pm

PTA 6:00pm

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January Meal Menu

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Shaw Calendar

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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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