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Shaw Montessori Newsletter / Week of November 6th, 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Message From Principal Engdall
  • Arizona Tax Credit
  • Flag Football Playoffs
  • See Shaw Shine Reporters
  • Garden Update
  • Message From Shaw PTA
  • Shaw Calendar
  • November Meal Menu
  • District Information

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Message From Principal Engdall

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Greetings Shaw Montessori,


Montessori public school teachers are HARD to find. They are passionate about any and every child receiving the same quality Montessori as the private sector, they navigate federal/state laws and standards, must have dual certification and those are just a few of the hurtles.


Over the course of the last year and a half, Ms. Susan Cruz came out of retirement to fill a very important void in our community, that of a lower elementary teacher. We thank her for her willingness to help us move through this teacher shortage and come back from COVID.

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After quite a search we have identified and hired (pending governing board approval) a replacement. We are so fortunate and excited to be welcoming back to our teaching staff Miss Emily (Oakley) White!!! Miss Emily will be taking over the classroom beginning Monday, November 14th. She and Ms. Cruz will work to transition the children and environment seamlessly.


You will be reading this news prior to the children having learned about or meeting their new teacher. Please speak with them and assure them they will be meeting her very soon. Ms. Gina Ramirez will remain in the environment as instructional assistant. Ms. Cruz will assume her prior role of permanent substitute teacher at Shaw. Should you have questions please feel free to call me at 602-257-4069 or susan.engdall@phxschools.org


Friday November 11th school is closed. Enjoy the day and let’s celebrate our Veteran’s!


Wishing you the very best,

Principal Engdall

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AZ Tax Credit

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Tax credit donations help us provide for our children the incredible beauty that extends Montessori beyond the classroom walls. Field trips, sports teams, the field garden and the outdoor environment are not critical, but highly desirable. Without our tax credit donations, they will cease to exist. You may donate here: https://www.phxschools.org/tax-credit or in person in the school office (form attached below). Thank you!

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Flag Football Playoffs

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See Shaw Shine Reporters

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Site Council & PTA Babysitting


On November 16th, we will have Site Council from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M and PTA from 6:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. In the gym there will be SC/PTA babysitters from Middle School and Mrs. Wheelington’s class. There will be pizza and fun games for your kids to play while you're at the Site Council and PTA meetings.


This is what Ms. Craig’s class had to say about their experience: Most of them did like it but some had mixed feelings. We interviewed Elias, Azra, Maddox, and Charlie. They all agreed that the food was good and liked the games they played. They also agreed that they didn't know a lot of people which didn’t make it that fun for them. Even if you do not think you would know people you should still come. It’s a chance to make new friends.


This is what middle school and Mr. Leinbach’s class had to say about babysitting: In Leinbach's class, we interviewed Izabella, Evelyn, and Aolani. Some of them agreed that there were calm kids and their friends were there to babysit too. We interviewed the people from middle school, Evelyn and Phillip. Phillip said that some of the 8th graders were messing around but most of the kids were listening rather than the middle schoolers doing what they were supposed to do. Evelyn said that although it was fun and weird they were responsible babysitters. You can also comfort the kids to make them feel better. Most of her friends were there too. Some of the kids didn’t leave on time. It is important for parents to pick their kids up right away so the babysitters can go home.


Those were the experiences that were heard from students. So, will you come to Site Council/PTA so we can babysit your kids? It will be a pleasure for you to join us!


Written by: Quentin, Jazmine, Marisol and Eeshie.

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Garden Update

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Greetings!


I hope everyone had a great Halloween and Día de los Muertos! We wrapped our final lessons on the holiday and the interconnectedness of life and death. The students really enjoyed this block. Although there were some tears, most of the students walked away with a renewed perspective on the afterlife. And our new compost pile grew tenfold in the process!


We started construction on our worm bins this week. The 7th and 8th graders helped drill holes into the totes and lined them with compost and straw. Mrs. Wheelington, Mrs. Currie, Ms. Ashlynn, and Ms. Stephanie all received worm bins. The primary kids loved shredding apples and bananas for their new friends. We also crushed eggshells for them. This provides a grit for their gizzards. Both birds AND worms have a gizzard! Make sure to keep your worm bin moist and feed them once a week.


Thank you to everyone who has completed my Google survey! I’ve received great responses from everyone. If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so by clicking the link below: https://forms.gle/c7wrfvXK2jZik5meA


There are still some upper elementary classes that need vermicomposting bins. Here’s a link to the Home Depot totes if you would like to sponsor your child’s classroom:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-27-Gal-Tough-Storage-Tote-in-Black-with-Yellow-Lid-HDX27GONLINE-5/205978361


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.

If you have any flagstone cuts or wood cuts, we will also take them. We will also accept any tool donations for the field garden and/or ODE.


Thank you, Brian for the flagstone cuts! You’re awesome!


Enjoy your weekend!

Mr. Moench

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Message From Shaw PTA

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Shaw Calendar

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November Meal Menu

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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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