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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week of August 28th, 2022

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  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Message From Nurse Rose
  • Shaw After-School Classes
  • Garden Update
  • Media Center / Library Volunteers
  • 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,

On Monday, our last wave of pre-school children will arrive, these are our returning 4-year-olds. You can bet the cafeteria will have a lot more small bodies making a lot more joyous noise! You will also find it very difficult to find parking. Please plan to use street parking, either Monroe, Adams or along 13th Street where it is legal. Plan to arrive early as you will find us at maximum congestion from now until May! New families, welcome to Shaw and our big happy chaos of arrival and dismissal. Please do your part to practice patience and be extra safety conscious as there are a lot of valuable, irreplaceable moving parts. Thank you!

Earlier this week, the Governing Board approved changes to the District’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan that are now in effect. Per updated guidance from the CDC that was released on August 11, the following changes have been made to the Mitigation Plan:

  • Removal of requirement of staff and students to quarantine in the event of close contact to a positive COVID-19 cases
  • Removed information about “Test-To-Stay” protocols
  • Removal of recommendation to cohort students
  • Changed recommendation to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level, or in response to an outbreak

With these changes, the only time that a person must isolate away from school is in the event of that individual testing positive for COVID-19. If you would like more information on our COVID policies, you may visit:

Wishing you the very best,

Principal Engdall

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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The 988 Hotline

Anyone in the United States that is having a mental health crisis can now dial 988, 24/7, for support. 988 is not solely for suicide prevention. It is for anyone experiencing health related distress such as suicidal thoughts, mental health or substance abuse crisis or any other kind of emotional distress.

People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Calls will be routed to the closest center based on the area code of the phone being used. When you call, you will be asked where you are calling from so that you can be transferred to a counselor near your current location. That way appropriate referrals can be provided.

You can also text 988, but those texts will go to a centralized system and not to local crisis counselors.

You can also text 988 and then hit 1 to be transferred to a crisis line for veterans.

You can still call 800-631-1314 or 800-273-8255 for suicide prevention, but, 988 may be easier to remember and will allow you to access services for any mental health crisis.


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Message From Nurse Rose

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Note From the Nurse:

Healthy Verify updated Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures for students. If a student is a close contact of a family/house member who tests positive for Covid 19, and they do not have symptoms of Covid-19, they may come to school. If student is a close contact and has any Covid-19 symptoms (new cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell) they must stay home. If they test negative or do not get tested, they may return to school once fever free x 24 hrs without the use of anti-pyretics and/or symptoms are improving. If they test positive, they will need to stay out for 5 days from start of symptoms. Student should stop by nurse’s office before going to class for evaluation.

Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns.

Thanks! Rose RN 602.257.3900

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5th & 6th Grade Shaw Club Football

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5th & 6th grade club football season is here! If you are interested in signing up, please see Mrs. Christine in room 420 for a players packet or download the attached players packet to fill out at your convenience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

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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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Another week and a whole lot of happy and hard-working children. The 7th and 8th grades finished weeding their portion of the field garden. It was decided that we would not solarize the beds. We will sieve them instead and bring in some compost the following week. The week after that we will be seeding!

The students have developed a love/hate relationship with the Bermuda grass. It is hard not to respect the anatomy of Bermuda grass. It creates a tangled root system that look like a spiderweb. It is drought and heat tolerant and can grow in a variety of soils. It also comprises most of our sports fields, lawns and golf courses. Hopefully your children are belaboring you about destroying your lawn and replacing it with some sort of native landscaping. It sure would help our desert ecosystem and save you in utility expenses. Just a thought!

We are looking for flagstone donations for parent workday. I want to build a stone path around the east and south perimeter of the furrows. Last year, the parents excavated these areas and put down cloth and chips. It was a nice temporary border but now we must fortify it with stone and/or concrete. If we can not acquire enough flagstone then we will excavate everything and build some wooden squares for concrete steps.

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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Media Center / Library Volunteers

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This September I will be weeding our library's Non-Fiction section. Looking for a few parent volunteers to help cull our collection (removing outdated/disrepair research books). Volunteer hours are Monday and Friday 8:30-10:30 am. You can stay for a 1/2 hour or for the entire 2 hours. If this interests you, please reach out to me directly to schedule your volunteer visit. Thanks in advance!

Ms. Patti

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Message From Shaw PTA

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Your Shaw Montessori is hard at work planning our first big event, the 2 for 1 Back to Cool Clothing Swap and Bingo Night. It will take place on Friday, September 16 beginning at 4pm. Please see the flyers about what to donate to the Back to Cool Clothing Swap. After the Clothing Swap, we will have Family Bingo Night with Spaghetti dinners for sale. We are asking fellow Shaw Stars to donate to paper plates and plasticware to support the Spaghetti Dinner. Bring all donations, clothing or paper goods, directly to the PTA Office. Be on the lookout for volunteer shifts very soon!! THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!

Warmly, Mary

PTA Brainstorming: Fun Run Funds

We have a big problem at the PTA; that is, we need ideas on how to spend the money from this year's Fun Run. Should we spend it on a Home Ec room or science equipment? Espresso machines for Barista classes (yes, please!) or a taco truck (kidding!). You tell us!

Whatever your ideas, share them below! The PTA will review the responses and put it on the agenda for the next PTA meeting.

Google Form link:

September Fundraiser

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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

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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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