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Shaw Montessori Newsletter - Week of March 20th

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Message From Jennifer Collier
  • Message From Nurse Rose
  • Message From Laura Hildwein
  • Shaw Open House Classroom Transition Tour
  • Phoenix Elementary Community Picnic
  • Superintendent Search Survey
  • Talent Show
  • Household Cap Drive
  • Garden Update
  • March Tasty Tuesday
  • Shaw PTA
  • Shaw Calendar
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Community,


Great to see so many of you at our PTA meeting this week. We have returned to in-person only meetings and look forward to being together again in community! We do offer babysitting in our gymnasium for children that may need to accompany you. We also serve delicious cheesy pizzas!


We will hold an April Site Council meeting where we will share summer homework and resources. Please plan to attend on April 20th at 5:30-6:00. PTA meeting immediately following.


Join us Tuesday, March 22nd for our Open House Transition Night. This evening is designed for parents with students moving to a new level i.e. Kindergarten to lower elementary (1st-3rd grade), 3rd graders moving to upper elementary (4th-6th grade) and 6th graders moving to middle school (7th-8th grade). This is a self-guided tour where you may view classrooms and chat with teachers. School maps will be available and teacher names will be posted outside of the classrooms.


It’s that time of year again! We are planning to have this year’s talent show in person. The show is to be held on Friday, May 13th from 6:00-7:30, fingers crossed—save the date! Themed baskets, created by each homeroom classroom are raffled that evening as a PTA Fundraiser and WOW do we have some beautiful baskets. All of the items in the baskets are donated by our community or business sponsors. If you have not been in communication with your child’s classroom Room Parent or teacher, you will be shortly. Parent Erin Raczynski has volunteered to lead this project! Thank you Erin! Erin can be reached by email at enurss@gmail.com should you have any questions. Baskets will be displayed prior to the show. As the event gets closer, raffle tickets will be sent home and you may purchase them by sending money and one part of the ticket back with your name and phone number on it. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets will also be on sale in the school office, before and after school. We promise a phenomenal show full of talent from our bright and beautiful children. It is a much loved event for our community.

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This week we received the donation of a metal River Model which was fabricated and installed by the Parra-Cano family and Ironwood Metal Works. The River Model is one of the elementary lessons that allows the children to build the model of a river and watch the work of water on earth! We are so thrilled with this installation and look forward to some incredible lessons—a great warm weather Montessori work. Thank you Brian, all of the Cano’s and Ironwood Metal Works!


Suntec Concrete donated all of the items on Gardener Moench’s Amazon wish list for our field garden. A huge shout out to parent Will Novak and his company for supporting our school garden’s and outdoor kitchen! See More in Mr. Moench’s garden update.


Wishing you the very best,

Principal Engdall

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Message From Jennifer Collier

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Spring State Testing


Every April, our 3rd to 8th grade students are required to take the state assessments. This year's assessments will be AzSCI (Science) for 5th and 8th grade students only and AASA (Writing, Reading, and Math) for all 3rd to 8th grade students. These standardized tests provide a snapshot of how students place on grade level standards. For information about the tests, including access to the online sample tests please click the following link: https://www.azed.gov/assessment/aasa


The testing calendar has been provided in this issue of SSS. Your child's teacher will also be reaching out to you prior to testing. To prepare for testing, we recommend students get a good night's rest, have a healthy breakfast, as well as bring headphones, snacks, and water. Please reach out to Jennifer Collier jennifer.collier@phxschools.org or your child's teacher with any questions you may have.


Important note: students must submit the test on the same day they start the test. Please do not plan doctor's appointments or early pick-ups on the day of your child's scheduled test.

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Message From Nurse Rose

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Covid Update: For the 3rd week in a row, we have had only 1 Covid positive case per week in our school. We hope this trend continues as we head into April. There were no reported Covid 19 close contacts this week. Overall, it’s been a healthy week for Shaw Montessori.


Just a reminder, we no longer keep children home for 3 days if they have any Covid symptoms and they will not be sent home if they have any Covid symptom. The only exception is a fever of 100.0 or more. Students must remain out 24 hours after their last fever without the use of fever reducers. If you have any questions about whether your student should be kept home, please call me at 602.257.3900 thanks! Rose School Nurse.

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Message From Laura Hildwein

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The Benefit of Hugs


Hugs can help improve our physical and mental health. They are a form of communication and convey feelings of safety, love and security. Hugs ramp up the body’s production of oxytocin(reduces stress and anxiety) and lowers levels of cortisol (stress hormone).


Physical Benefits

-hugs can help improve our sleep

-hugs can reduce our reactivity to stress

-hugs can help us fight off infections

-hugs can lower our blood pressure and heart rate

-hugs can give our immune system a boost

-hugs can release tension in our muscles


Mental Health Benefits

-hugs can build trust and a sense of safety

-hugs can reduce loneliness, feelings of isolation and anger

-hugs can boost self-esteem

-hugs can strengthen our relationships

-hugs can help us feel calm and relaxed

-hugs can help us feel supported

-hugs can decrease depression

-hugs can help lower our stress level throughout the day


So hug away!!!


Laura.Hildwein@phxschools.org

602-523-8965

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Shaw Open House Classroom Transition Tour

This Tuesday!

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Phoenix Elementary Community Picnic

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Superintendent Search Survey

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The Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) was selected to conduct a superintendent search for the District. ASBA is conducting a survey to gather parent, staff, and community input concerning the leadership qualities desired in a superintendent. ASBA and the Governing Board will use your feedback during the applicant screening and interviewing processes.


To complete the superintendent survey online, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhoenixESD_Comm_ESurv

by Thursday, April 7, at 12 noon.

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Talent Show

If you have any questions, please contact Eric.BONDS@phxschools.org

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Household Cap Drive

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Thank you to all who have donated bottle caps so far! The collection will continue until the end of March. Mr. Moench stated that we now have more than enough of the clear & white caps but are still in need of colorful caps. Caps can be dropped off during school hours in the designated receptacles found outside the front office or in your child's classroom. Thank you!

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Garden Update

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Greetings!


Our seedlings have sprouted! We planted all sorts of delicious veggies and beautiful flowers. It will be fun to watch our little plants grow over the next couple months. We will begin cooking in April. We have a pending bid on our kitchen sink install and we just received all our kitchen supplies from Amazon, including a sweet pizza oven! Thanks Will!


The 7th and 8th grade garden cohort competed in the Feeding the Future food competition. It was a blast! They were awarded second place for their strawberry and apple oats breakfast. There was some serious competition from a few culinary schools. The food was excellent, and the vibes were great. We will surely return next year.


Our tree plantings on Monroe are complete! The 10 trees along Monroe St are called sissoo trees. They are an Indian rosewood with a large canopy for shade. These trees are mere saplings now. In 10 years, they will provide pick-up the shade they have wanted for years…for the next generation of Shaw stars.


The remaining 16 trees are scheduled for March 30th. The students will plant with Trees Matter personnel and APS volunteers. Some City of Phoenix admin will attend as well. Please mind the tree holes and this operation day.


We can always use coffee grounds and can donations. Please make sure the coffee grounds have been brewed. You can pick up used grounds at Starbucks for free. NO MORE SINGLE BREW PLASTIC CUPS PLEASE! We also prefer that your cans are uncrushed (the small kiddos love this task), however, we will accept crushed cans as well. You can drop them off at the table outside of the front office entrance.


The garden program has partnered with a muralist and Ms. Ketchum to create a bottle cap mural in the field garden. We will be collecting bottle caps until March 31st. Please drop off all multi-colored plastic caps at the front office or send them to school with your child. After the 31st there will be color sorting, design and installation of the mural. SUPER COOL!


We still need your Home Depot donations. Even $25.00 is a huge contribution. Here’s the link to Home Depot gift cards: https://www.homedepot.com/c/Gift_Cards

Here’s my email: james.obrien-moench@phxschools.org


Huge thanks to Will Novak for working with Suntec to purchase our Amazon wishlist order. This was approximately $2,500.00 of goodies. You’re the man, Will.


Mr. Moench

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March Tasty Tuesday

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Shaw PTA

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March Meal Menu

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Shaw Calendar

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Phoenix Elementary 2022-2023 Calendar

to view on website:

http://phxschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/22-23_Calendar.pdf

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District Info

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phxschools.org

District Updates phxschools.org/update

Health & Safety Mitigation Plan phxschools.org/healthsafety

Covid Updates phxschools.org/district/families/covid-updates/

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

2021-2022 District Calendar phxschools.org/2021-2022 calendar

2022-2023 District Calendar phxschools.org/2022-2023 calendar

Shaw Montessori Website phxschools.org/shaw

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

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