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Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of February 21st, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Jennifer Collier
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Shaw Art From Mikyuki Ketchum
  • Ms. Chan Robotics Team
  • Early Release Reminders
  • Yearbook Photos
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

Greetings Shaw Montessori,


It was great to see students on campus on Tuesday for school pictures. Wow, have they grown! Hands down, what they miss the most is one another! We do hope it is not long before there is student life on our beautiful campus again.


Signs of spring are here. Torty Banks, our resident desert tortoise, has come out of hibernation and is enjoying the desert honeysuckle that is blooming all around her habitat. The fruit trees are beginning to push out their spring flowers and the bulbs that the primary children planted have emerged.


On Thursday our upper elementary classes participated in the Mars Rover landing virtually. They tuned in for a special live stream event for students before joining mission control for the final countdown. They enjoyed learning all about this mission in lead up studies. Several of our students even submitted questions for the NASA experts.

Did you know that Ms. Roam is one of the founding staff members of our Montessori program? 25 years ago at Kenilworth Montessori when we were a program just beginning, she opened our first lower elementary classroom. Over the years as the need arose, she helped develop our upper elementary program. She created beautiful classroom environments through which hundreds of students have passed. After a full and fun career, Ms. Roam has decided to retire at the end of the school year and enjoy life on the other side of work! She will be remembered for her hard work, perseverance and vision. Thank you Ms. Roam for all that you have brought and given to our community in service of our students, you will be missed.


Wishing you peace and wellness.


Principal Engdall

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Message From Jennifer Collier

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A tip if you are having a google issue:

Due to some updates from Google, your student may be experiencing some issues with Google Classroom or Google Meet. One way to fix this is to do a "reset" in google chrome. Here are the steps to reset with some photos to help (please note: this will delete any extensions that have been downloaded):


1. In the upper right hand corner of Chrome, click on the three vertical dots.

2. Click "Settings"

3. On the left hand side click the arrow next to "Advanced"

4. Click "Reset and clean up"

5. Click "Restore settings to their original defaults"

6. Click the blue “Reset settings” button

7. Close your chrome browser

8. Sign in to your pesd1.org account again.


(Photo PDF's attached for reference)

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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Zoom Fatigue


Why do we find video calls so tiring? You would think sitting still and looking at a screen would not be so exhausting.


- Zoom is tiring because you cannot read others social cues or body language. You must rely solely on facial expressions and tone of voice.

- The constant gaze needed to intake information on Zoom is exhausting. In person, our gaze can take in things in our environment but, on Zoom you need to stare at the screen so other participants feel you are focused.

- Our brain gets fatigued because it has to work hard to process multiple backgrounds instead of one. It is looking at every square on the zoom call and trying to make sense of all that input.

- We worry about limiting distractions in our environment (barking dog, noisy kids, spouse walking around in the frame).

- There are also technology issues that we have to contend with. (Lag time, inadvertently talking over each other, the awkward pause while waiting for someone to respond).

- When we are on zoom we feel we must “perform”. We must look presentable, we must engage the others in the call with just our facial expressions and our voices and we need to struggle to hear over others background noises.


Brain fatigue leads to physical fatigue.


Ways to reduce Zoom Fatigue


1. Do not multi task- although it is tempting you will miss out on important information

2. Take mini breaks away from the screen- Try and schedule a few minutes to walk around or focus on something in the distance to give your eyes and mind a break

3. Try to take a short break between calls or lessons

4. Reduce onscreen stimuli- You may want to make it so you are not looking at your image. It distracts us as we critique how we are appearing on camera

5. Don’t work in your bedroom- it becomes hard to rest in a space that is associated with work

6. Try to limit social events on zoom- it is hard to say no, but set boundaries with social activities on zoom

7. Digital detox when you can- put away all electronic devices and get outside or talk to each other


Laura.Hildwein@phxschools.org

602-397-3405

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Shaw Art / Miyuki Ketchum

This week in art children learned about another surrealist, Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989). Dali was born in Spain and is one of the most famous surrealists. Ms. Ketchum
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Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Ms Chan’s Tom Foolery's robotics team. Last week they took 7th place

and are now heading to Arizona State Remote Championship in March!

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Reminders

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Yearbook Class Group Photos

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Still looking for headshots to use for class group yearbook pages.


If you participated in the Lifetouch picture day I can use that photo. If not, will need a headshot of your student (chest up, well lit).


New deadline is March 5th.


As always, please feel free to send any other additional photos - schoolwork, play time, day-to-day life, adventures...


Photos sent to: patricia.karnes@phxschools.org

Please include child's name and class, thank you!!

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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


Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

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

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