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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week of August 14th, 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Shaw Family Guide
  • Garden Update
  • Meal Program
  • Tasty Tuesday
  • 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,


On Monday we welcome our first group of 3-year-olds to our campus community. You can bet you will hear/see some littles that might not think this is something they signed up for! Give those struggling parents a pat on the back and look of reassurance. We know they will be skipping in the gate within the month!


This week our children in 1st -8 th grade finished the first iReady diagnostic. However, the site is still locked until we have completed our makeup testing. Homework should begin later this week. Each teacher has provided you and our children with the iReady homework expectations and passwords. Should you have any questions regarding the requirements, please contact your child’s teacher. When our children use this platform, they experience much less test anxiety and truly feel ready for the diagnostics and the Arizona high stakes test (ASSA) in April. We thank you for your support.


Please join us on Wednesday evening for our first Site Council/PTA meeting. Site Council will begin at 5:30. I will be presenting our school safety plan. PTA begins at 6:00. Both meetings are held in the cafeteria. There will be childcare in the gym. Pizza is provided after the Site Council meeting.


Afterschool enrichment classes are in their final phase of planning. We will be sharing our offerings in the See Shaw Shine on August 28th. Classes are scheduled to begin the week of September 12th. There is a fun and varied line-up coming!


Wishing you the best,

Principal Engdall

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Message From Laura Hildwein

Hello Shaw Families!


I know the holidays seem very far away, but requests for holiday help need to be submitted by the end of September. I am including the letter from the Salvation Army that lists the criteria for being able to receive support. Please let me know if you are applying.


laura.hildwein@phxschools.org

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Holiday Resource for Families

2022 Salvation Army Christmas Angel Program


Dear Families,


Each year the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program offers donated gifts to children who could use some extra love during the Winter holiday season. This program has helped serve many families and you are invited to take advantage of this opportunity. Eligibility requirements include: children 12 years old and under, the family meets income guidelines, and is on the AHCCCS or has a school district letter for participation.


To help as many families as possible, the Salvation Army has created an online process. To apply, families can click the link provided below to begin the application process. We urge families who are interested in this program to complete the application as soon as possible because the Phoenix Elementary School District code is only active through September 30, 2022. There are a limited number of applications and they will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.


To begin the application process:

1. Go to this website https://saangeltree.org/

2. Use the Phoenix Elementary School District code: GZW39H4CH


Phoenix Elementary School District #1 neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this material. The distribution or display of this material is provided as a community service.

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Shaw Family Guide

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One thing that is special to Shaw is the culture and community. Though special, one thing that can be difficult is figuring out all of the ins and outs as new families to Shaw. Fun Run? Miss Beatrice? Site Council? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Well, to help welcome new students and their families to Shaw, increase community, and break down barriers, we families of Shaw have created The Shaw ABC's | A Guide for New Families, a parent led initiative that arose out of the Shaw Montessori PTA. More than a year of dedicated parent volunteers, teachers, administrators, and staff worked together to create this guide just for new families. Why? Because you and your student mean that much (and more) to Shaw Montessori.


Shaw New Families Guide: Click Here

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In case you did not know and need to enlarge the guide in your browser. Click on the + sign at the bottom of your screen.

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Garden Update

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Greetings!


Our first full week is in the books! It was great meeting some of the new first graders. They were so excited about garden class! I’m excited to have y’all in our program. Say goodbye to the ODE and hello to the field garden.


Our first garden curriculum block is on the controversial Bermuda grass. This is a pertinent study in all US regions, especially the Southwest. We have more Bermuda grass on campus than any other plant. It is an invasive species that most gardeners and landscapers detest. Still, it serves a purpose and has some perks-particularly it’s anatomy and adaptations. I’ve been indoctrinating our students to loathe their home lawns. If they come home protesting dad’s putting green, then you can blame me. Apologies ahead of time.


The 7th and 8th grades have been hard at work in the field garden. The rows are slowly transforming. Next week we will cover the beds with plastic and let them snooze for a few weeks. This will bring up the temperature and cook a lot of the unwanted seeds that are embedded in the soil. It will bring some healthy thermophilic microbes as well.


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: 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.


See you at the PTA meeting on Wednesday!


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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Meal Program

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2022/2023 sign up - free/reduced meal program


IF YOU HAVE NOT YET, please take the 3 minutes it takes to complete this application.


This application needs to be completed each school year.


Applications are available below or even easier, click: family.titank12.com/application/new to fill out your application online. Thank you Shaw Families!

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Tasty Tuesday - this week!

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Don't forget to mention that you are with Shaw Montessori! Shaw PTA will earn 25% of your order total. For online ordering click here: https://bit.ly/3hz5e5c

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Message From Shaw PTA

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We look forward to welcoming you to the first Shaw PTA meeting of the 2022/2023 school year!


PTA membership is open to the greater Shaw community and only costs $10 per family. There will be pizza and childcare provided.


Join today and we will see you there at 6pm in the cafeteria!


Reminder, sign up for your 2022/2023 Shaw PTA membership before our first meeting this Wednesday and your child's teacher could win $100 for their classroom. So far we have had 18 families sign up! You can sign up at the PTA meeting or online at: https://shawmontessoripta.memberhub.com/store

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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 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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