Hello Primary 2!

Howdy From Your Resident Room Parent!

Quick Intro

Hi Everyone. I'm Amy B, Ruby Chu's Mom, and I'm on board to help coordinate our P2 community this year. I'm excited to connect with everyone here and am looking forward to a great year!

I'll be reaching out to you all periodically about a variety of things including:

  • Athena community and fundraising events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Classroom 'wish-lists' and needs
  • Staff appreciation opportunities
  • Holiday gift-giving for the staff
  • and P2-specific events and activities



Cultural Fest is Athena's annual potluck held for families and staff celebrating our diversity. Each family is encouraged to bring a dish representative of their family.

This year, Primary 2 will be responsible for running the portrait station. Athena will provide the backdrop and the camera--We need photographer volunteers to man the camera and snap pictures in 30 minute shifts. No fancy camera knowledge necessary. Really.

Sign up NOW at Athena's Sign Up Genius website!

  • Volunteer at the Portrait Station
  • Bring a dish for the food table that represents your heritage
  • Bring a cake or cupcakes for the cakewalk!

This is also the first year that we'll be doing an 'Open Mic' at the fest. Given the diversely talented parent community of P2 (chefs, artists, entrepreneurs), my hunch is that we probably have a performer or six among us. Hide your talents no longer and sign up for Open Mic at Cultural Fest!

Sign up now by emailing Laura: Laura@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com

Classroom Support Needed

The staff recently discussed their desires and goals of the parent volunteers and made a list of ways we could best support them, including:

  • Laundry angels
  • Library runners
  • Holiday celebrations and decorations
  • Organizing donated items for holiday or other lessons, such as apples, pumpkins, fresh flowers
  • Organizing class play dates
  • Helping make materials/cut paper/arts and crafts
  • Support with making copies, laminating, etc.
  • Managing Wish List for classroom items

We'll hear from our Guides in the next few weeks with details about these efforts. I'll keep you posted!

Phoenix Nest Old School "Facebook"

Finally, if you're anything like me, you may have a tough time putting together all the names & faces of our P2 kiddos. I think it took me most of the school year last year to get it all straight. Granted, I'm slow like that....

This year, I put together this old-style 'facebook' with pics of our kiddos from the P2 picture library. Have a look! I'll also send this as an attachment in a separate email in case you have a hard time accessing it here.

Keeping our Phoenix Community Strong

It's no secret: Family and community engagement is a vital part of any truly successful school. Research shows that parent-school partnerships improve schools, strengthen families, build community support and increase student achievement and success.

I'd love to hear your ideas about how what we can do to further strengthen the parent community for P2. Please send me your ideas!


Email, text, phone call, or a good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation on the playground---It's all good. Give me a shout!