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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week Of August 29th, 2021

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Shaw Covid Dashboard
  • Shaw COVID-19 pooled testing
  • Free Lunch Program
  • Garden Update
  • Shaw After-School Classes
  • Shaw PTA
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greeting Shaw Montessori,

Last night, our Governing Board approved changes to the mitigation plan that impact staff and student quarantine times. The new protocols are based on the Center for Disease Control and Maricopa County Health (MCDPH) recommendations. The changes are to procedures for returning to work or school after illness or close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The timeline for returning to work or school following close contact has changed from 14 days to 10 days. There was also a special exception adopted that allows individuals who had close contact to return after 7 days should they receive a negative PCR or antigen test result at least 5 days following an exposure and have no symptoms. Last night, the Board adopted the new timeline from MCDPH. Staff or students having close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and does not develop symptoms should stay home for 10 days and monitor symptoms.

After welcoming back our first quarantine group today, I was particularly thankful. They were missed by their communities and 14 days is a very long time. The recommended change only applies to individuals who quarantine due to close contact. Individuals who isolate due to a positive test result are not impacted by this recommended change.

We had a great week of learning this week, thank you for ensuring that we are keeping our children home when they are not feeling their very best. I know this is burdensome for many families but our vigilance and stellar mask wearing abilities are paying off. We plan to begin the pooled testing beginning the week of September 7th and have approximately 150 students and staff signed up.

Wishing you the best,

Principal Engdall

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Shaw Covid Dashboard

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Shaw Montessori Covid Pooled Testing is anticipated to start on 09/07/2021. Only students who have submitted a Consent Form will be tested.

If you have submitted a paper one, you do not need to resubmit.

Access Code: APC54P

1. Students Self-Swab

  • Our test uses short, easy-to-use swabs, not the invasive brain ticklers.
  • Each classroom combines its swabs into one tube. We provide shipping materials to send samples to our lab, where we run one test per classroom.

2. Get Results

  • If the result is negative, it’s unlikely anyone is infected. If the result is positive, someone in the classroom is most likely sick; then Shaw Montessori will test all of the students for Covid 19 using the BinaxNow Rapid Test. This will be done at school once the lab results are in which will be between 24-48 hours. All parents will be notified if the classroom(pool) they are in has a positive test.

3. Get Back to Learning

  • Our quick and easy process takes just minutes to perform, allowing students and teachers to focus on learning.

If you have any questions, please contact our Shaw school nurse:

Rosemary Prasad


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Free Lunch Program

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Hi Shaw,

We still have 180 families who have NOT filled out this application.

Reminder, even if your family packs a lunch, ALL Shaw families are REQUIRED to fill out.

It only takes 3 minutes and we can only offer free lunch if EVERY FAMILY completes the application.

Thank you in advance!


Click on "Apply For Meals Today" to fill out the application.

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Garden Update

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This week we stretched cloth under the field garden awning and spread chips along that area. The 7th and 8th grades brainstormed different plant groupings for the perimeter fence and finished their cladding blueprints. We are still waiting on donations for lumber and paint. So far, we have received only one donation: a $100.00 gift card to Home Depot via Jose Garcia Jr. Thank you Jose! Hopefully others will heed the call for additional donations.

Big thanks to Wheelington’s class for helping sieve compost and weed the field garden. They also raked legumes in the native habitat, built a concrete path to the book drop and planted some desert wildflowers in their pod. It looks fantastic!

We begin classes next week. We will learn about seeds for the month of September. This will include two weeks of planting during the second half of the month. There is still a lot of weeding to be done in the beds. We will use some special project time for this critical task.

Here’s the link to Home Depot gift cards:

Here’s my email:

Have a fantastic week!

Mr. Moench

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Augustus H. Shaw Montessori After-School Classes

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Classes begin the week of September 13th and run through the week of November 29th unless otherwise noted.

Class times are from 3:40-4:40 unless otherwise noted.

Register for Chess, ABSi Spanish, Yoga, JumpBunch, Gadgets and Gizmos and Mad Science

directly with the vendor.

Sign up for Homework Help Club, Adolescent Study Habits, & 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. 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. Class will be held in room 202. Club is from 3:50-4:50 and is FREE.

Tuesday: Sprouts (Intermediate)

Spanish Class with ABSi Spanish, LLC

The Sprouts class is designed for third through fifth grade students. Participants in this group have a good Spanish vocabulary due to previous class enrollment- have experience with Spanish at home- or are proficient readers in the English language, and can learn to translate words easily. Children will listen to bilingual books, learn songs and chants, and do art activities to stay engaged! They will be encouraged to read and write in Spanish. Class size is limited. A book “Teach Them Spanish Grade 3” will have to be purchased. Visit to enroll. Class will be held in room 414. Class begins September 14th and runs through December 7th; no class on October 5th and November 23rd due to school breaks. See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Mindful Minis: Yoga and Mindfulness with Miss Hayley

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 10-week program will cover an assortment of yoga poses, mindful activities, breathing techniques and various games incorporating all of the above. Miss Hayley is a Certified Yoga instructor and has been practicing for 5 years. She has a B.A. in Integrative Health & Nutrition 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 4 students and will be capped at 12. Please contact Miss Hayley at with any questions. Students will need to provide a yoga mat. Class will be held in room 415. See attached flyer for information and email: for registration and payment.

Tuesday: Super Soccer Stars

Super Soccer Stars is the premier nationwide youth soccer organization now offered to select Phoenix area schools! The program, developed over the past 20 years, provides students with positive reinforcement while building soccer skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive, and educational environment. Classes consist of a warm-up, stretching, individual skill building, and team skill building.

Classes held every Tuesday from 12:45-1:30 for preschool students

Fall 2021 session dates: 9/7-12/14 (no class held 10/5, 11/23)

Price: $195 or 4 equal payments of $50 Register online at Contact Super Soccer Stars at 480-664-1187 or with questions see attached flyer.

Wednesday: JumpBunch Sports & Fitness for Kids

Are your ready for sports, fitness, and fun! With over 70 different activities, JumpBunch is the only sports & fitness program that introduces children to a wide variety of activities, all while encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. All classes begin with warm-ups, then move on to the featured activity of the day, followed by a cool down and closing huddle. The age-appropriate curriculum guides each child through all phases of physical development such as eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance, and agility. Children participate in a different activity each week which includes popular sports such as soccer, tee ball, volleyball, and tennis along with fun fitness activities such as parachute, agility training, yoga, and hopscotch.

Class held every Wednesday from 11:45-12:30 for preschool students

Fall 2021 session dates: 9/8-12/15 (no class on 10/6, 11/24)

Price: $195 or 4 equal payments of $50 Register online at Please visit for additional information. Contact JumpBunch at 480-664-1187 or with questions see attached flyer.

Wednesday: Seedlings (Beginning)

Spanish with ABSi Spanish, LLC/Time 1:45-2:45

The Seedling class is designed for preschool-second grade students. This group 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! Class size is limited. Class will be held in room 414. Visit to enroll and view flyer. See attached flyer. Class begins September 15th and runs through December 8th; no class on October 6th and November 24th due to school breaks. 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. 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. Designed for grades K-5, though all ages welcome. $81.00 for 7 weeks. Class will be held in room 415.

Register at see attached flyer.

Study Habits Group for the Adolescent: Mondays with Ms. Faith (7th – 8th grade)

The cost is $75.00 payable to Shaw Montessori. Class will be capped at 12 students in room 215 from 3:45-4:45. May use tax credit. Please sign up in the front office.

Homework Help Club: Tuesdays with Ms. Church (1st -3rd 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. See attached flyer.

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

Flyers are located at bottom of newsletter

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Shaw PTA

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Wednesday, September 15th

Site Council 5:30 pm

PTA 6:00 pm

PTA contacts:

Leigh Ann Dolan:

Mary Bankhead:

Silvana Lawrence:

Steph Gillum:

PTA Membership:

Tara Kerwin:

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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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