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Shaw Montessori Newsletter / Weeks of November 20th & 27th

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Arizona Tax Credit
  • Message From Shaily Currie
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • Shaw Holiday Concerts
  • Shaw Book Fair
  • Garden Update
  • See Shaw Shine Reporters
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • Shaw Calendar
  • November Meal Menu
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Montessori!


Last week our middle school students began a computer elective once a week with GenTech an educational STEM provider. They will be exploring programming, computer science concepts, digital citizenship, games, and new and emerging technologies. This incredible opportunity for our students was provided courtesy of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and our Federal Programs Department.


Our 4th grade students had a blast this past Wednesday as they visited our district office to share a collective essay, they have been working on titled Phabulous Phoenix. The objective of the project was to translate their writing on to a mural representing Phoenix for time spanning from 2020-2025. The students worked with Ms. Allison Young, parent, freelance food journalist, volleyball coach and substitute teacher at Shaw for 5 weeks on their creation. They brainstormed and wrote about the changes they have and believe they may see. The students then shared with artist and parent Darrin Wardle who came up with a painting based on their thoughts. All our sister schools participated in this fun activity. Our art is now hanging in our library! Our collective mural is set to be unveiled in April 2023! We will keep you posted!


Enjoy your time away with family and friends. When I count my blessings, each of you are there. See you when school resumes on Monday, November 28th for the quick slide to the winter holiday.


All the best,

Principal Engdall

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Arizona Tax Credit

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Arizona allows each state taxpayer to donate up to $200 per year to public schools in support of extracurricular activities and claim a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit.


For example, if you donate $200, your state tax credit will be $200. When you file your taxes in the spring, your state tax bill will be $200 less, or if you are receiving a refund it will be $200 more. Either way, you are sending dollars directly to the school of your choice instead of the Arizona Revenue Service.


Your tax credit donations help us provide for our children the incredible beauty that extends Montessori beyond the classroom walls. Field trips, sports teams, the field garden and the outdoor environment are not critical, but highly desirable. Without our tax credit donations, they will cease to exist. For more information and/or to donate online visit: https://www.phxschools.org/tax-credit or to donate in person, download the form below and drop off at school (form below). Thank you!

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Message From Shaily Currie

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Beginning Thursday, December 1, our Kindergarten through 8th-grade students will take the iReady Winter Diagnostic for ELA and Math. Please note that MyPath homework will not be available during the diagnostic window. Once a student completes the Diagnostic Assessment, i-Ready will use the student's new diagnostic performance to determine whether their placement in the MyPath needs to be adjusted.

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Spelling Bee

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Shaw will once again be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. We invite students to start preparing for their Classroom Spelling Bee, which will be held in the first and second week of December. Classroom Bee winners will advance to the School Bee. 3rd through 8th graders participate and have been given the study lists. You may access the study lists here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Zf_2SFzipGhktGRpVKfkmxTfNPdYsjnU?usp=share_link


The list is broken down by grade level, though students interested in competing should be familiar with all the words on the list, not just the words from their grade level.

Please visit Scripps website (https://spellingbee.com/) and check out the 'parents' tab. Here you will find resources of all kinds regarding the bee. It's free and easy!!

Fall break is a great time to practice for the bee.


Shaw school has made it to the State Level 3 times!! Dream on, Shaw Stars!!!

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Shaw Holiday Concerts

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For more detailed information, please view attachment below.

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Shaw Book Fair

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A preview of our book fair is now available online. Watch book trailers in the interactive book flyer for a sneak peek of our upcoming Fair!

bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/augusthshawjrmontessori


While checking out the preview, set up your child's eWallet. An eWallet is an easy cash-free digital payment method for kids to use at the book fair.

bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works


(We accept the following as payment at our fair: eWallet, cash, credit cards, or checks payable to Shaw Montessori.)

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Garden Update

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Greetings!


This week we revisited our garden creed and rules. There were a few students who were running through the garden, jumping over the rows, and treating the area like a playground. It was a perfect time to review some of the rules. Our two most important rules are: NO RUNNING and BE POSITIVE. The middle school really struggles with the latter. We can all remember when we were young teenagers. The world was stacked against us, we opposed anything and everything, and we never could find a silver lining. Thank goodness it’s just a phase. Our creed, CARE FOR YOURSELF, CARE FOR OTHERS, CARE FOR THE LAND, is prepackaged for lessons about the self, our community, and the Earth. Repeat it to your children at home. It’s a ubiquitous creed!


We practiced walking through the garden with mindfulness. We tried some of our leafy greens and even fed some to our chickens. I asked the students to tread lightly and gather their thoughts. They expressed gratitude to the plants and our garden. Hopefully this will help the behavior in the garden. It is really special to see the first graders move through the garden when our plants are growing. They find it so magical and adventurous!


When we return from Thanksgiving break, we will begin a cooking block. We’ll fire up our grill and do egg scrambles. Of course, we will use the eggs from our Shaw chickens. We will also use some of the green onions and beets that we’re growing. Demand will probably outweigh supply. In that case, we will purchase extra ingredients from our friends at Maya’s Farm.


GOATS ARE COMING SOON!!!!!

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There are still some upper elementary classes that need vermicomposting bins. Here’s a link to the Home Depot totes if you would like to sponsor your child’s classroom:

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 holiday break!

Mr. Moench

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See Shaw Shine Reporters

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Thanksgiving Break Activities


Thanksgiving Break is coming very soon and we have some fun activities/ ideas for you. You can read books we recommend: Harry Potter, Galactic Hot Dog, Manga, Dog man, and Mia Mayhem. Dont’s forget to check out the Reading Challenge posted in last week’s See Shaw Shine!


After you finish reading, you could bake a cake, cupcakes, cookies and you can also go to your friends house or play games. We also recommend playing sports to stay active. We suggest sports like volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, dance and soccer.


We also suggest doing these activities!

  • Children's Museum

  • Desert Botanical Garden

  • Trampoline Park

  • Legoland

  • Mall

  • Science Center

  • Castles And Coasters

  • Escape Room

  • Zoo

  • Mirror Maze

  • Laser Tag

  • Park

  • Aquarium

  • Butterfly Wonderland

  • Phoenix art museum

  • Musical instrument museum

  • Old town Scottsdale

  • Heritage Square


If you go to any of these places we hope you have a great time! All of these places are amazing. I bet you'll have a great time, and some are educational.


By: Marisol, and Jazmin

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Message From Shaw PTA

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Shaw Calendar

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November Meal Menu

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District Info

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• PESD #1 Website phxschools.org

Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

Meal Menus phxschools.org/shaw/meals

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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