See Shaw Shine

Shaw Montessori Newsletter Week of March 21st, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Jennifer Collier
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • March Menu
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

Greetings Shaw Montessori,


What an exhilarating week it has been both in-person and on-line! Thank you all for your patient kindness as we recalibrate our systems. We will continue to refine our delivery over the next week. We also really appreciate all of the hand soap, hand sanitizer, snacks and extra masks you have provided.

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A great big shout out to you and the Shaw PTA who provided a delicious, healthy breakfast for the staff on Monday as they returned to the campus. Sana Sana Chef Maria Parra-Cano treated us to some delicious breakfast burritos and morning beverages.
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You will notice a new face on campus! Benita Meza has joined our evening custodial staff. Benita is the parent of a 28-year-old Montessori child who attended Kenilworth Montessori. It is wonderful to have her back in our community. We appreciate all of the work she is doing on our campus as she ready’s the classrooms each evening for a safe day of learning for our children and staff.


Please join us for Site Council (5:30) and PTA (6:00) this Wednesday, March 24th. You will find the ZOOM link to the Site Council Meeting in Ms. Jennifer’s message and the ZOOM link for PTA in Addie Weddington’s PTA message. I look forward to seeing you then.


All the best,

Principal Engdall

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Message From Jennifer Collier

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Dear Parents and Guardians of our 3rd to 8th Grade Students,


By now you all have been informed that we will be going ahead with the AzM2 test this spring, beginning on April 5. Please reference the communication from our district in the event you missed this (attached). Now that we have students learning on campus and students learning online, we have been strategically planning how we will go about administering the AzM2 test on campus while ensuring the health and safety of all students and staff. As a reminder, all 3rd to 8th-grade students must take the AzM2 on campus for test security and validity reasons. Our school funding is directly linked to test completion, therefore, it is imperative that we work together to accomplish the goal of all 3rd to 8th-grade students participating in the AzM2!


In order to accommodate both groups of students, our in-person students will test in the classroom and our online students will test in the cafeteria or other designated space, depending on the number of students. All health and safety mitigation procedures will be followed including social distancing, masks, and disinfecting of all surfaces and shared spaces. Both in-person and online students will test on the same days. Our Shaw Montessori teaching staff will be meeting on Monday, March 22 to discuss the schedule. Your student’s teacher will share the schedule with you and we will both it in next week’s See Shaw Shine. We will also be discussing testing procedures, protocols and schedules at our Site Council meeting this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.


We look forward to collaborating with you to make this process as smooth and seamless as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Collier Jennifer.collier@phxschools.org with any questions you may have regarding our upcoming tests.

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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Things are changing so fast you may be finding it hard to cope. Change may cause us to feel out of control and overwhelmed. Here are some ways to counteract those feelings.


1. Think things through and ask, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’

We're often scared of change because we’re afraid of the unknown. A good way to deal with the unknown is to think things through carefully. Imagine all of the different possible outcomes, and then decide what would be your best- and worst-case scenarios. Another great strategy is to think about the last time you were faced with a big change and got through it okay. Remember how scary it was starting high school or learning to drive? Sometimes it’s not as bad as it seems at first, and may just take a little time to get used to.


2. Ask yourself how much you can control

When a big change occurs, it’s important to figure out how much control over the situation you really have. Understanding your role and what you can and cannot control can help you put things in perspective.


3. Accept and reframe

If the unwanted change is beyond your control, try taking a reflective approach. Accepting that there are things beyond your control, and choosing to be comfortable with that fact, is likely to bring greater peace of mind than waging an unwinnable war. View change as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than as a setback.


4. Celebrate the positives

Even though it can be a tough task, focusing on the positives can really help you manage change. While the positive aspects of a situation might not be obvious to begin with, it’s worth seeking them out – no matter how small they might be. Try to make the best of the situation.


5. Take action

If the unwanted change is within your control, take an active approach to dealing with it. Try some problem-solving techniques, or set some goals to proactively address any challenges. Focusing on the problem at hand, developing a plan of action, and asking for advice are useful active strategies.


6. Manage your stress

Improving your ability to handle stress will go a long way to helping you deal with change. Try engaging in relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation and grounding techniques.


7. Seek support

It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed when things change. If you feel overwhelmed, it might be best to seek support. Consider asking friends or family for help or emotional support. If you need more support you can look at some options for getting professional help.


Laura.Hildwein@phxschools.org

602-397-3405

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Shaw PTA

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Thank you to PTA member, Candice Norman for creating this fun “Welcome Back” sign and amazing balloon décor to help celebrate the return for staff and students to campus! We appreciate everyone who went out of their way to make the day special.

**REMINDER**

SITE COUNCIL (5:30PM) & PTA (6:00PM) MEETINGS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24TH


PLEASE NOTE

This month's meetings will have two separate zoom meeting's links you can

access at their scheduled times.

Zoom Meeting Info

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Topic: SITE COUNCIL MEETING, March 24, 2021

Time: Mar 24, 2021 05:30 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/93991546761?pwd=NFJOZm1zSy9BYXhIeWJqdGM4MHI5dz09

Meeting ID: 939 9154 6761

Passcode: J95dJs

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Topic: PTA MEETING, MARCH 24, 2021

Time: Mar 24, 2021 06:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6361898448?pwd=d0h2WjAxd2diWlNpaHBVa2pOSUljQT09

Meeting ID: 636 189 8448

Passcode: VFGn71

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Reminder

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March Menu

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At Home Students / Grab & Go Meals Pickup

Wednesdays: 7 am to 8 am and 3 pm to 5 pm

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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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