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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week of August 21th, 2022

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Shaily Currie
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Shaw After-School Classes
  • Garden Update
  • Shaw PTA
  • August Meal Menu
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greeting Shaw Community,

Another successful week! We have finished the iReady assessment and now homework can begin. Please see Ms. (Shaily) Curries communication below for more information. We ask that our children in kindergarten through 8th grade follow their teachers’ directives with regards to the discipline, ELA or math, and times required on the platform each week. If you are in doubt, please email your child’s teacher.

Our new 3-year-olds also settled in nicely and we are ready for round 2 on Monday!

Our new line up of afterschool classes make their debut in this issue. You may begin enrolling with the vendors listed on the class description pages. I truly hope there is something for everyone. Classes will begin the week of September 12th and end the week of December 5th. I strongly encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. Class registration closes on September 9th.

Thank you for attending the Site Council and PTA meeting on Wednesday night. It was great to see so many of you! These meetings are the best way to stay connected to our school, meet great new friends, build climate and culture and show your child that being at school and participating fully is what we do. During our Site Council meeting, I presented our school safety plan. I have included some link on how to discuss this sensitive and difficult topic with your child: about-mass-shootings-and-attacks

Two important reminders,

1. The fire lane (student drop off) is a KISS AND DROP zone. If your student is not ready to exit the car, please, drive around again or park—but not in the handicapped space unless you have a placard!

2. Instruction BEGINS at 8:35, our on-time students are making their way to the classrooms at 8:30. 8:35 is not a drop off time, it creates stress for your student and you. Tardies are an ADULT issue, not a child’s. Please model the importance of timeliness and preparation for your child.

Should you have questions, please feel free to email me at:

Wishing you the very best,

Principal Engdall

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Message From Shaily Currie

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i-Ready Homework for K-8 Students

Students must work on teacher-assigned lessons or their 'My Path' as part of their assigned homework. 'My Path' lessons are sequenced based on students' i-Ready Diagnostic results. The intent is to fill in any skill gaps your child has and/or to challenge them with new learning if they have already mastered all previous skills.

If the homework session becomes stressful and frustrating, please reach out to your teacher for strategies to help your child accomplish their homework goals.

i-Ready login directions attached below

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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Helping your child have a successful school drop off

One of the most difficult things as a parent is seeing your child upset. When a child does not want to go to school and clings to us it can break our heart.

Here are a few tips to make the transition easier.

1. Make goodbyes prompt and positive. Give a hug or a kiss and a reassurance that you will see them after school. Don’t linger or look back as kids can interpret this as you not having confidence in the school.

2. Allow a staff member to assist with leading your child inside the gate if necessary. Most of the students quickly learn how to get to class on their own.

3. Trust your school staff. If you child continues to cry once you are gone, we will reach

out to you. Generally, within a few minutes of the transition, your child is fine and

engaged in the classroom routine

4. Establish an evening routine so your child gets enough sleep.

5. Create a morning routine so your child knows what to expect prior to and during drop


6. Talk to your student about school in a positive way. If you are anxious, they will pick up

on it.

7. At the end of the day ask your child about the best part of their school day.

8. Give it time, there will be ups and downs. Sometimes there is more clinginess after a

break or after a child realizes that school is a daily event. Children are resilient and

adaptable, and it generally will smooth out fairly quickly.

In the end it is often harder on the parents than it is on the child. They grow up fast but learning independence and how to navigate the world will serve them well. If you have questions or concerns please reach out to your child’s teacher or the school social worker, Laura Hildwein.

Here are a few titles to read with younger kids about transitions.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois

Together we can help your children succeed!


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Shaw Montessori After-School Classes

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Augustus H. Shaw Montessori After-School Classes

Classes begin the week of September 12 and end week of December 5, 2022

unless otherwise noted.

Class times are from 3:40-4:40

unless otherwise noted.

Register for Chess, ABSi Spanish, Manners, Mad Science, Lego, Yoga, Computers, Sewing, Robots, and Coding directly with the vendor.

Sign up for 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. Room 415. Register at See attached flyer.

Monday: Sewing School

Sewing is a useful skill and creative outlet that lasts a lifetime! Students will learn the fundamentals of hand stitching and machine sewing with a fun and practical project each week. This class is for grades 4-8 and all skill levels are welcome. Located in the Art Room-303. Cost is $175 which includes all supplies. Please contact Heather with questions and to register. 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. Room 202. Club is from 3:50-4:50 and is FREE.

Monday: Radical Robots Primary

1st and 2nd graders will be introduced to basic coding fundamentals and understand the structure of programming. Students will be using Sphero Indi robots to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They will program bots to navigate mazes and complete challenges with a series of tactile coding mats. Room 414. Register at_ See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Mindful Minis: Yoga and Mindfulness with Miss Emily

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 11-week program will cover an assortment of yoga poses, mindful activities, breathing techniques and various games incorporating all the above. Miss Emily is a Certified Yoga instructor and has been practicing for more than three decades. She is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine 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 5 students and will be capped at 12. Students will need to provide a yoga mat. Room 414. See attached flyer for information and email: Miss Emily at for registration, questions and payment.

Tuesday: Cool Coding Intermediate

3rd and 4th graders will be introduced to programming fundamentals using the Minecraft EDU coding environment. Students will focus on Python based block programming formats to develop and learn the Computer Science strand within the Microsoft Minecraft EDU environment. Room 415. Register at: See attached flyer.

Tuesday: Manners Class

Parents, would you like your child to get helpful lessons in manners and proper etiquette? As much as you try teaching proper manners at home, sometimes children just need to learn these important lessons from another adult. Certified Etiquette Instructor, SueAnn Brown, owner of It’s All About Etiquette, will offer a wonderful, five-week etiquette course for children, ages 6 to 9, The etiquette classes are fun and interactive.

The topics covered will include: Self-introduction and introducing others, handshaking, eye contact and smiling, saying “please, thank you, you're welcome,” making mistakes and apologizing, avoiding rude behavior, table skills and dining manners, behavior at the table, proper hygiene, telephone etiquette, writing thank you notes, and more.

Room 405. Register at: See attached flyer.

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

ABSí is an interactive Spanish program that teaches students basic vocabulary including numbers, colors, animals and more. Students learn common phrases through hands-on activities that involve art, music, and educational games. This eleven-week session’s theme is Passport to Colombia. Students will learn about Colombia’s geography, culture, and complete crafts inspired by the movie ENCANTO. Students will be divided into two groups based on age and prior participation in the program. Room 414. 4-10 year old’s welcome! Register at See attached flyer.

Wednesday: Crazy Computer Builds Advanced and Intermediate 1:45-2:45

The Crazy Computer Build Course for the 5th and 6th grader covers computer hardware, components, processing, binary, networking and more! Students will build a computer to keep forever, what an opportunity! Room 415. Register at: See attached flyer.

Thursday: Make Movies with LEGO

Bring your LEGO bricks and figures to life in the Make LEGO Movies after school club. Using LEGO pieces we provide and Apple iPad computers with special software, we will learn how to create short movies featuring our LEGO characters using stop-motion animation. While we learn how to make our movies, we'll also learn about the history and the math and science behind the animation and film industry and practice problem solving skills, teamwork skills, and how to become better communicators.

Leave your LEGO at home, we’ll supply everything you need. No take-home projects. Please see parent's guide or our website for information on student project files availability following class. Parent’s guide for at-home activities will be available. For grades 2nd Grade and above. $112 (payment plan available, see registration site)

Meets: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, NO CLASS 10/6, NO CLASS 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 (8 total). Room 415. Register at 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 and select After School Programs. See attached flyer.

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


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Garden Update

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Our third week around the Shaw Montessori sun! The students have been hard at work removing the dreadful Bermuda grass from the field garden. We’re nearly finished with all the furrows. Go take a look at the transformation.

We will cover our beds next week and leave them covered for until September 12th. That’s when we will start seeding. We plan on growing all sorts of salad favorites this year: kale, butter lettuce, broccoli, carrots, etc. Each row will be designated for one crop. Last year we did a lot of companion planting. We let some things go wild and the garden nearly got out of control. Not this year. This year we will have a neat and orderly garden. Hopefully the new organization will instill order in some of the rambunctious kiddos.

The chickens will return in October, and we will have two new animal visitors in the fall. They will live with the chickens for a couple of months and then return to the farm. Any ideas on what animals may be coming to Shaw Montessori?

We will have a parent workday on October 1st , 2022, from 8AM until 12PM. Stay tuned for more on that. I will make sure we post the sign-up link to See Shaw Shine and the Facebook page.

Here’s my email in case you need to reach me:

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.

Mr. Moench

P.S. The class winner of the bottle cap drive will be rewarded with an ice cream and popsicle party in the spring!

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Shaw PTA

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Clothing Swap & Bingo Night

Back by popular demand, your Shaw PTA is hosting the Back to Cool Clothing Swap & Bingo Night on Friday, September 16. Join your community for a 2-for-1 night of fun beginning at 4pm for the Back to Cool Clothing Swap followed by the Bingo Night at 6pm. We look forward to fun and memories with our Shaw Scholars!

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PTA Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in serving the Shaw Community? If so, then we have some new Volunteer Opportunities below just for you! If there is an opportunity that interests you, then please email with your name, phone number, and position(s) you are interested in serving.

PTA Membership

Fantastic turnout at our first Site Council/PTA meeting of the 22/23 school year!! Thank you to all who came. We have now begun our school year 103 PTA Member Families strong. Meetings, as always, are open to ALL Shaw families and you are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings to keep up to date on school events, initiatives, and volunteer opportunities. By signing up to be a PTA Member, you guarantee your voting rights and also help pay for pizza & water given at each meeting throughout the school year. Membership is $10 per family (yearly). If your family would like to join the PTA but need fee assistance, contact Principle Engdall This assistance is confidential and guaranteed.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Chan and class for having the most family PTA members sign up (17) before our first meeting. $100 will be awarded to her class for any fun and exciting projects they have coming up!

sign up available all year:

PTA Meeting Minutes

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August Meal Menu

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Shaw Calendar

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Shaw Fall After-School Class Flyers

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District Info

PESD #1 Website

Shaw Montessori Website

Meal Menus

• PESD #1 Covid Updates

PESD #1 Governing Board

2022-2023 PESD #1 Calendar calendar

Previous Issues of See Shaw Shine

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