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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week of August 1st, 2022

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Message From Nurse Rose
  • Message From Clair Kooyahoema
  • Montessori Tote Bags
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • August Meal Menu
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greeting Shaw Montessori Community,

We cannot wait to see you and the children again! I trust that there were adventures large and small that were enjoyed. On my way out of town I even saw some of our Shaw families at the airport!

It has been an interesting hiring season this summer for many reasons that have served to significantly decrease the pool of people entering the teaching profession and looking for jobs. Couple that with finding a Montessori teacher and it is the proverbial needle in the haystack. With that said, I want to update you on the staffing changes that have occurred over the summer.

Primary Teaching Staff: Ms. Marisa Punchios, Ms. Krista Whiting, Ms. Naomi Robert, Ms. Stephanie Van Boesschoten, Miss Tamara Cecala and Ashlynn Kahle and *new hire pending.

*Ms. Shaily will be opening/teaching Ms. Jodi’s classroom until our new hire is approved and on-boarded. She will be holding a Back to School Night meeting.

Lower Elementary Teaching Staff: Miss Caroline Campbell, Ms. Leisla Church, Ms. Paula Craig, Ms. Denise Hess and *new hire pending

*Ms. Cruz will be opening/teaching the lower elementary classroom until our new hire is approved and on-boarded. She will be holding a Back to School meeting.

Upper Elementary Teaching Staff: Ms. Yolanda Wheelington, Miss Fun Chan, Mr. Jim Leinbach

Middle School Teaching Staff: Ms. Jennifer Matthews & Miss Faith Willman

Reading Interventionists: Miss Crystal Graham and Ms. Debbie Carwitz

Exceptional Student Services: Ms. Shireen Wahid

Music: Mr. Eric Bonds

PE: Mr. Paul Wilfert

Art: Ms. Miyuki Ketchum

Social Worker: Ms. Laura Hildwein

We have also hired several new instructional assistants; some are parents from right here in our community! We are excited for this new year of learning.

See our PEER Club updates below: A BIG shout out to Mary Bankhead-Sheets for her support in helping ensure that every family that needed a space, had one.

Please join us on Monday, August 1st for Back-to-School Parent Night. This evening is designed for parent information purposes only. Children need not attend. Times are as follows: primary and middle school 4:00-5:00, lower elementary 5:00-6:00, upper elementary 6:00-7:00. Tables will be set up to assist you with PEER Club, bus schedules, PTA, Site Council, afterschool enrichment vendors and other important school information in the cafeteria.

Ms. Church and Ms. Craig’s Back to School Night has been postponed and will NOT be held on Monday evening. Each of these teachers will reschedule when they return. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Our district has made a few changes in our Covid Mitigation Plan. We have moved from a 10-day quarantine to a 5-day quarantine. Masking is optional but strongly recommended. Our full plan is here:

At Shaw, we will re-open the cafeteria at 8:05 AM. That means that the primary children (pre-k-k) will report to the cafeteria for breakfast or to wait for their teacher, not to the classroom at morning drop off. The elementary and middle school child will go directly to the playground until 8:30 or they may go to the cafeteria for breakfast before proceeding to the playground. The 1st-8th grade students will be having lunch in the cafeteria.

I will be presenting our School Safety Plan at our first Site Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, August 17th at 5:30. Please come with your thoughts, questions, and suggestions.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (602) 257-4069.

Wishing you the best,

Principal Engdall

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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Welcome back!!!

I hope everyone had a relaxing summer and are ready to return to the routine of school. This week I would like to provide some ideas that you can utilize to help smooth the transition from summer to school for both parents and children.

1. Have an evening routine-pick out clothes for the next day, make lunches and make sure homework and supplies are in your child’s backpack. Also, have a set bedtime to ensure your child is getting enough rest to reach their potential.

2. Have a morning routine-Make sure they know what they need to accomplish each morning. Are they eating breakfast at home or at school? Have they brushed their teeth? Have they taken care of morning chores? Nobody likes to start off their day rushed and missing steps.

3. Work with your child to set up a distraction free study space. Make sure necessary supplies are within reach. Set expectations on when homework needs to be completed each day.

4. Expect some anxiety about the return to school. Help your child express their feelings. What are they looking forward to? What are they worried about?

5. Children pick up on adults’ emotions. Keep calm and speak positively about the transition to school. Use a calm voice and have a relaxed body posture.

6. Work with your child on problem solving some of the concerns they have. Reach out to your child’s teacher by email if you have questions. Attend back to school night to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom. (Back to school night will be on Monday, August 1).

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Laura Hildwein

School Social Worker


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Message From Nurse Rose

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Welcome back parents and students! Please check the Phoenix School District 1 website for the Covid 19 Mitigation Plan. If a student tests positive for Covid 19, with or without symptoms, they will be out for 5 days. Day 0 is the date of symptom start or date of positive Covid 19 test if no symptoms present. For close contact, any student who has either had Covid 19 in the past 90 days or who is fully vaccinated for Covid 19 can remain at school and do not have to quarantine. If student has not had Covid-19 in the past 90 days and are not fully vaccinated, they will need to remain home for 5 days. We consider Close Contacts to be family members who live in the same household. Day 0 is considered day of last contact with person who is positive. We would ask that student’s returning to school after having Covid 19 or who have been exposed to Covid 19 to wear a mask when they return to school for 5 days.

Please report to nurse anytime a student or family member tests positive for Covid 19 or when a student has been exposed to a close contact who tests positive for Covid 19. I will let you know the return date to school.

Please remember that District Policy states a student must be out a full 24 hours if they experience a fever. If a student has a fever before start of school they may return the next day. If a student experiences a fever while at school, they will be sent home and will return after being out one full school day.

Parents, if your student uses an inhaler for Asthma, please bring one into the nurse’s office for student’s use. If your student has a severe allergy, please bring in 2 Epi-pens for use in an emergency. Remember, all medications brought in must be in the original pharmacy box/bottle they came in and must be properly labelled. I have Medication Permission Forms in my office to complete when bringing in medication.

Lastly, for Kindergartners and Preschoolers we can no longer give your student any kind of over-the-counter medication. You may bring in medication, as needed for student, to the nurse’s office and a Permission Slip will be signed allowing student to have that medication, for example Tylenol or Ibuprofen for ear infection pain, or antibiotics for infection. We now have the updated Emergency Health Card which reflects this, however, during registration you may have completed the older version which allowed you to designate what medications were permitted. That form is no longer applicable. Please call me anytime with questions/concerns Rose Shaw Montessori School Nurse 602.257.3900/rosemary./

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Message From Clair Kooyahoema

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This is your PEER Lead at Shaw Montessori, Claire Kooyahoema. Much has changed over the course of 2 months, and we are now pleased to offer our children on our waitlist a spot in PEER Club for the 2022-2023 school year! If you are still interested in using the PEER Club after school program, please reply to this email me at: or give the PEER Office a call, the number is provided below.

Applications will be available beginning Thursday, July 28th, starting at 10am. Please plan to stay and fill out the application on campus. Also, please bring a copy of your child/ren immunization card and proof of employment. We are not able to accept any copies of immunization cards made from the Nurse. PEER Club will also be available at the "Back to School Night" event held on August 1st, if there are any questions.

See you all soon, and enjoy the rest of your summer! We are very excited to see all the kids again, and even more excited that we can offer PEER to more families from our Shaw community.

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Montessori Tote Bags

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Need a tote bag for the upcoming school year? Ms. Chan had these great canvas bags made (pictured above). Bags are available for purchase in the front office while supplies last. $10.00 each.

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Message From Shaw PTA

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The main role of Shaw Montessori PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is to build a strong school culture among parents, teachers, and students. The PTA works to coordinate volunteers, organize school-wide events, improve the community, plan teacher appreciation activities and much more!

We need you to get involved and help our school community grow even stronger!


PTA meetings are a great way to keep informed as to everything going on at the school! Shaw Montessori PTA members also have a say on various school policies and financial decisions.

PTA meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month. Site Council starts at 5:30PM. PTA promptly follows from 6-7PM.

Plus, attendance counts as school volunteer hours.

No need to get a babysitter. Dinner is provided as is childcare for kids 3 and up courtesy of the PTA. (Babies and toddlers are welcome at the meeting!)


Support and service to an organization you believe in is not just something that we ask of Shaw Montessori parents; it is a core lesson we teach our students beginning at the earliest level. Shaw Montessori families are expected to volunteer at least 10 hours per year. We need your time and your talents. Sign up online to make sure you receive credit for your volunteer hours!


You may also wish to donate monetarily either directly to the PTA or to the school through an annual tax credit. These funds are vital to sustain the Outdoor Environment and other school programs.
Learn more at:


Many of your routine purchases (even back to school shopping) can support the school without any additional cost to you!

Box Tops are collected via the Box Tops app. Use it every time you shop.

Amazon: Log on to and choose Shaw Montessori

Fry’s: Sign up with your VIP card at (Our code is 84779)


The number one reason to join the PTA is so you have a hand in shaping the future of the children at our school. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education. You’ll be part of the solution, helping to make positive change in our community. This community is strong because of our PTA members – the teachers, parents, caregivers and staff who have made a commitment to our community.

A one year membership is only $10 per household.

Sign up today on
our website at

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August Meal Menu

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Shaw Calendar

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District Info

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PESD #1 Website

Shaw Montessori Website

Meal Menus

• PESD #1 Covid Updates

PESD #1 Governing Board

2022-2023 PESD #1 Calendar calendar

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