See Shaw Shine

Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week Of August 15th, 2021

Big picture

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Shaw Covid Dashboard
  • iReady MyPath Homework at Home
  • Garden Update
  • Shaw PTA
  • Back To Cool Kids Clothing Swap
  • Tasty Tuesday Update
  • Early Student Pick Up Procedures
  • Lunch Program
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Message From Principal Engdall

Big picture

Greeting Shaw Montessori,


What a great first full week we have had! The energy that the children have brought back to campus is invigorating. They are settling into their classroom communities, enjoying one another immensely and getting their hands back on the Montessori materials.


This week we began taking the iReady diagnostic in kindergarten through 8th grade. The iReady program as we will use it is a computer based curriculum intended to be instructional as well as providing follow up homework activities for the lessons provided by the classroom teachers. By now, you should have instruction from your teacher on frequency and duration of use. This platform is not supported by mobile devices so your child will need to use a PC or tablet to work from home. The iReady diagnostics will replace the Galileo Benchmark testing and will be given again in November and May.


As you know, we had our first known brush with Covid on the Shaw campus. We send that family love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Some questions from our community arose around the definition of “close contact” exposure which would send the unvaccinated into quarantine.


Here is how “close contact” is defined by our district mitigation plan and the CDC:


Close contact is defined as:

- being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or longer during a 24- hour period, whether you were wearing a mask or face covering or not; or

- Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g. being coughed on)

This contact may occur with infected persons starting up to 2 days before the infected person began to show symptoms until the person is isolated or quarantined, or, for infected persons who have no symptoms, close contact may occur up to 2 days before the infected person was tested.


Note that if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, all children and adults living in the household are considered to have been in close contact with an infected person.


“What happens if my child has had close contact to a child who has a positive COVID-19 test while at school?” If your child experiences a close contact situation, you will be contacted personally by Nurse Rose or Principal Engdall prior to the information being released by general communication to the community. Your child will be out for 14 days from the date of the positive test to quarantine.


Should you have additional questions, here is the link to our mitigation plans: https://phxschools.org/update/


All the best,

Principal Engdall

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shaw Covid Dashboard

Big picture

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

iReady MyPath Homework at Home

Big picture

Step-by-step guide for parents to access student's accounts (Google Classroom, iReady, etc).

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Garden Update

Big picture

Greetings everyone! We are currently reviving the garden space and battling the voracious weeds that have taken up residence over the summer. The battle is nearly over, and the space is looking much better! Mr. Moench met with the 7th and 8th grades this week. They brainstormed some ideas and developed a special projects calendar for the upper grades. The first project is to install some rainbow cladding along the exterior of the garden fence. This will beautify the perimeter and fortify the trellis for future vines.


Things we need:

We are currently looking for lumber and paint donations for our rainbow cladding. Home Depot gift cards are preferred for these purchases. If you donate paint, please make sure it is a primary or secondary color, nontoxic and for exterior use. If any parent has access to free non-treated lumber, then please notify Mr. Moench by email. james.obrien-moench@phxschools.org


We also need some large Tupperwares (3- 6) for vermicomposting (worm boxes). Again, notify the garden faculty or staff if you have any of these items.


Garden Schedule update:

7th and 8th graders will participate in special projects ONLY this year. Those S.P. classes will occur on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30PM and have already begun.


1st through 6th grades will begin garden classes on August 30th. Planting will take place in mid-September.


Our garden motto is, “Care for yourself, care for others, and care for the land.” Please reiterate this to your children.


Cheers!

Mr. Moench

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shaw PTA

Big picture

At Back to School Night, it was so funny hearing people talk about the PTA Meetings.


“Oh don’t worry. Our PTA Meetings are actually fun”

“No, you will actually have a good time at our PTA Meeting”

“Yeah, usually meetings are the worst, but we have fun at our PTA Meeting”


I mean… I don’t want to oversell it, (and don’t tell anyone) but I really actually like going to the PTA meetings. I know, I know. I’m the President. I SHOULD like the PTA meetings. I run them after all.


And besides the obvious (like pizza and babysitting -- which I will get to in a bit), here are a few reasons why I like PTA meetings:

  • You get a say. We’ve got a lot of stuff to do this year and it’s really not up to me to decide. The PTA is about the community and the community votes on everything from the budget to the bylaws to the rules.

  • They are one one hour long once a month. Ok, the first one may be a little longer if there are questions, but an hour is about all any of us can do.

  • You learn what’s going on. There’s a lot of stuff happening at the school and the PTA meeting is a great way to learn from the source. From Outdoor Environment and Parent Workdays in the Garden to our Clothing Swap and school updates, you will hear all about it at the PTA Meetings.

  • You get to ask questions. Wonder why we do the fun run the way we do? Curious as to what International Day of the Child is all about? Have there been any changes to the school schedule? You can find out and ask those questions in person!

  • You get volunteer hours! Sign up for the PTA meeting and for the Site Council meeting before the meetings at shawmontessoripta.com/volunteer and then sign in at the meeting when you get there. If you will be at site council, sign up before the meeting for that and sign in at the meeting.

  • You can win stuff. Ok. That’s not always true. But it’s sometimes true. The PTA is only as strong as its membership and sometimes we give things away. I’m not saying it’s going to happen at the first meeting… but I’m not saying it’s not either.


So remember how I said there was pizza and babysitting? Well, this month, there’s pizza, but not so much on the babysitting. Since PEER hasn’t started yet, the school decided that the kiddos from different cohorts should not all be in the gym while the parents are in the PTA meeting. It’s a little too much. They can sit with you in the meeting, if you’d like, or they can stay home. We will have some coloring pages for the small friends that will need to attend.


SO, in summary:


PTA Meeting

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

At school. In person.

6pm - 7pm (Right after Site Council meeting at 5:30)

YES pizza. NO babysitting this month.

Masks are mandatory.


See you on Wednesday!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

PTA Membership

Big picture


Reminder, 3 days left in the PTA Membership teacher competition.


As of today, we have 81 families who have joined for the 2021-2022 school year. ONE MEMBERSHIP can change the outcome!


One teacher from each grade level with the highest amount of family PTA members will receive $100!


Not a PTA member yet? The Membership competition is on until our meeting is called to order this Wednesday night at 6PM. It's only $10 per household. You can join right now in your jammies at www.shawmontessoripta.com or in person before the meeting. Only those who joined before the meeting will count in the competition.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shaw Back To Cool Kids Clothing Swap

Big picture

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Tasty Tuesday

Big picture
I am sorry to report that August’s Tasty Tuesday is CANCELLED. The ice cream shop the event was planned at is now permanently closed. Unfortunately, there is not a backup plan. So… stay tuned for the next Tasty Tuesday in September!

Stephanie
Tasty Tuesday Volunteer

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Early Student Pick Up Procedures

Big picture

From the office:

Here at Shaw, we discourage picking up your child early. We also understand that life happens and sometimes you have to. In the event you have to pick up your student early, please note:

Beginning August 5, 2021 Early Student Pick Up Procedures will be enforced.


It is important for parents to know to plan accordingly in the event you need to pick your child up early from school:


Parents or adult needs to PHYSICALLY be present at the office BEFORE we will call a child out of class. You may not phone the office prior to your arrival to have your student waiting. For full-day schedule students, you must be present prior to 3:10pm in order to retrieve your child early. If you arrive after 3:10pm we will not be able to process your request and you would need to wait until the official end of the school day to pick up your student. On early release days, this time would be 1:15pm.


For preschoolers with a pick up time of 12:35, the cut off for early pick up would be 12:10pm. On preschool early release days that time is 11:10am.


Please plan accordingly for doctor and dental appointments or other obligations that may require you to pick up your child early from their instructional day.

Thank you for your cooperation.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Lunch Program

Big picture

ALL Families are required to complete.

Visit: https://family.titank12.com/

Click on "Apply For Meals Today" to fill out the application.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shaw Calendar

Big picture

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

District Info

Big picture

phxschools.org

District Updates phxschools.org/update

Health & Safety Mitigation Plan phxschools.org/healthsafety

Governing Board Agendas & Minutes go.boarddocs.com/az/pesd1#

District Calendar phxschools.org/2021-2022-calendar

Meal Menus phxschools.org/district/meal-menus


Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

Previous Issues of See Shaw Shine phxschools.org/shaw-newsletters

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Big picture