Welcome Back to School & Happy 25th Anniversary!

What a Magical Year it Promises to Be!

Welcome back, weeks into the school year? Well, yes, as of Monday Shaw Montessori’s last group of prek2 friends had their last staggered start. It is wonderful to have everyone on campus.

Twenty-five years ago already, the beginning of our Montessori program was created at Phoenix Elementary #1’s Kenilworth School. Twenty-six eager children and their amazing parents began the uncharted waters of a Montessori education. Staff, parents, and of course the children, were delighted to begin this new journey. Five very short years later our Montessori program outgrew those digs based on high parent interest. With the abundance of interest and the long list of new friends joining the nascent Montessori program, we joyfully moved to the lovely Faith North campus. What a happy group it was. So happy our parents kept spreading the word and four years in at the Faith North Campus we could not keep up with the demand and opened three classrooms at Monterey Park School. Five years later, we outgrew Monterey Park, and our rapidly growing program moved to the Augustus H. Shaw School, where we added four more classrooms. With a total of seven classrooms at Augustus H. Shaw and eight at Faith North, we operated on two campuses for 11 years. Today, after 25 years of growth, Shaw Montessori’s 16 classrooms are finally together, harmoniously engaging in their works on our beautiful campus. What a wonderful journey it has been. In “wedding years” the 25th anniversary is celebrated with the metal silver, as it represents radiance and brilliance. What a perfect representation of all the light, creativity, and intelligence that the children of Shaw Montessori bring with them each and every day. Congratulations on the Radiance and Brilliance of Shaw Montessori.

What a fantastic history we have. Not only is our Montessori program honored to be welcoming it’s 25th group of three-year-olds, it is also our 3rd year as a collective community—all together on one consolidated campus – so much to celebrate!

Good things do come in threes, and that especially applies to the three-year-cycles our students spend in their multi-grade level communities. Any Montessori teacher will tell you that the cycle of three is paramount in creating a solid Montessori foundation that will carry a child through an entire Montessori program. From this journey, teachers see their children begin as eager (& sometimes apprehensive) prek1 friends to confident, kind, extremely capable middle school student scholars. These three-year cycles also bring teacher training, the carefully prepared classroom environments and the lessons to a beautiful culmination and is a dynamic time in shaping a teachers craft and a child’s learning.

Our collective work on the grounds of the Shaw Campus has been mighty but is far from over. Our outdoor learning lab dreams this year are to install a weather station with all of the bells and whistles as well as a physics wall. The solar system is soon to be completed and if you have not met our new tortoise, Torty Banks, stop by and take a look! She is a beauty. We still have a whole lot to do concerning campus beautification. Join us on Saturday, September 16th for Parent Workday in the Gardens. This is a day of heavy lifting and moving to prepare the outdoors for the work that our children do. We will be here from 7 AM to 11 AM. Please go to SignUp.com to let us know you are coming: http://signup.com/go/JtJkcLi

We are so thankful that you are here and a part of our rich, diverse learning community. You will experience many school and PTA events where you will meet new friends, as well as your child’s friends. You will receive information weekly through the See Shaw Shine email that comes to your inbox every Monday or you can access the school interactive calendar on the school website at: shaw.phxschools.org Our school newsletter, The Montessori Messenger, is published every couple of months and offers a more detailed view into the children’s work in the classrooms and around campus, or join the Parent Facebook Page for a more social experience.

Our wonderful Montessori program would not be here without the commitment of past, current and future families.

Thank you for your commitment to Shaw Montessori.

All the best, Susan Engdall – Principal

Read the full Newsletter here

August is Attendance Awareness Month

Phoenix #1 proclaimed August “Attendance Awareness” month because we understand the strong relationship between good attendance at school and student achievement.
In fact, studies show that students with poor attendance in the early years tend to struggle with achievement throughout the rest of their school years. And, good attendance leads to high school graduation!

For more information, please read here about the effects of poor attendance.

Montessori Messenger – May 2017

Read a Special, Graduation Edition of the Montessori Messenger at the link below.

Newsletter May 2017

Shaw’s 2017 Univision Student of the Week

The 2017 Univision Student of the Week is Brooke! Learn more about Brooke’s impact on Shaw Montessori in the video below.

2017 Flu Letter

February 21, 2017

The flu is hitting us late this year compared to the rest of the United States.   A combination of the following symptoms could mean you have the flu:

Fever (usually high)


Feeling very tired

Dry cough

Sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle aches

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are more common in children

In our schools we have been seeing a lot of students with fevers, coughing and with vomiting. We need to work together to keep our students healthy. The most important way to prevent the flu is to keep hands clean. We need to wash our hands often and thoroughly with soap and water. If this is not possible, then hand sanitizer can be used. Other measures to keep in mind to stay healthy include:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue, or use the inside of your elbow to block the cough/sneeze.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Do not return to school until you are fever free for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medications during those 24 hours.

Since the flu is contagious both before and after symptoms begin and end, it is best to stay at home until you are fully well and not experiencing a fever, vomiting or diarrhea at least 24 hours.

The best protection from the flu is receiving your flu shot. It is not too late to do this. To locate clinic near you visitwww.211Arizona.org/flu or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

Since you are contagious the day before you feel ill until the symptoms stop, it is best to stay home during this time of illness to help control the spread of the flu at school.

Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of our children healthy,

Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Health and Wellness Coordinator


Febrero 21, 2017

La temporada de gripe ha llegado tarde este año en comparación del resto de los Estados Unidos.  Una combinación de los siguientes síntomas podría significar que usted tiene gripe:

  • Fiebre (generalmente alta)
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Sentirse muy cansado
  • Tos seca
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Flujo nasal o nariz tapada
  • Dolores musculares náuseas, los vómitos y la diarrea son más comunes con los niños

En nuestras escuelas hemos visto que muchos de nuestros alumnos con fiebre, tos y vomito.  Necesitamos trabajar en conjunto para mantener a nuestros estudiantes sanos.  La forma más importante de prevenir la gripe es mantener las manos limpias.  Debemos lavarnos las manos con frecuencia y abundante agua y jabón.   Si esto no es posible necesitamos usar desinfectante de manos.  Otras medidas que pueden hacer para mantenerse saludable incluyen:

  • Cúbrase la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y deseche el pañuelo, también puedes utilizar el interior de su codo para bloquear la tos / estornudo.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, nariz y boca.
  • No regresar a la escuela hasta que esté libre de fiebre durante al menos 24 horas y no ha utilizado medicamentos contra la fiebre durante esas 24 horas.
  • Dado que la gripe es contagiosa tanto antes como después de que los síntomas empiezan y terminan lo mejor es quedarse en casa hasta que esté completamente saludable y no haya experimentado fiebre, vomito o diarrea por al menos 24 horas.

La mejor protección para la gripe es tomar una inyección contra la gripe.  No es muy tarde para hacer esto.  Para localizar una clínica cerca de usted visite www.211Arizona.org/flu, también puede comunicarse al 211 dentro del estado de Arizona o al número gratuito 1-877-211-8661 desde cualquier lugar.

Dado a que la gripe es contagiosa es mejor quedarse en casa al momento de sentir los síntomas hasta sentirse bien.  Es mejor quedarse en casa durante la enfermedad para ayudar a controlar la propagación de la gripe en la escuela.

Gracias por ayudarnos a mantener a nuestros niños sanos.

Lynette Wiltgen MSN, RN

Coordinadora de Salud y Bienestar

Flu Letter 2017

Share Your Thoughts in Our Strategic Planning Survey


Phoenix Elementary School District #1 wants your input for the 2025 Strategic Plan being developed.  It will be a plan that will identify our goals and strategies to deliver a 1st Class Education to our students and families. It will carry us through to 2025, but of course it will be edited along the years as things change and require updates and tweaks.

To help in this process, we want to understand your perspective to help us build a better future for the students in this district. Please take a bit of time to help by completing this survey.  If you would like to arrange for an individual discussion or serve in a focus group, please e-mail kay.coleman@phxschools.org

Our survey timeline is between Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 and Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

You can complete the survey at http://phxschools.org/2017survey

El Distrito Escolar Primario #1 de Phoenix desea su opinión para el Plan Estratégico 2025 que está siendo desarrollado. Será un plan que identificará nuestros objetivos y estrategias para ofrecer una Educación de 1aClase a nuestros estudiantes y familias. Nos llevará hasta el año 2025, pero por supuesto será editado a través de los años conforme cambien las cosas y requieran actualizaciones y ajustes.

Para ayudar en este proceso, queremos entender su punto de vista para que  nos ayude a construir un futuro mejor para los estudiantes en este distrito. Por favor saque un poco de tiempo para ayudar a completar esta encuesta.  Si desea organizar una discusión individual o servir en un grupo de enfoque, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a kay.coleman@phxschools.org

Nuestro período de tiempo para la encuesta es entre el martes 21 de febrero de 2017 y el jueves 2 de marzo de 2017.

Gracias por compartir sus ideas.


Phoenix #1 wants to hear from you! Please Join Us Feb. 23 – Select Schools


Parents, Community Members, and Staff

Phoenix Elementary School District #1 wants your input for the 2025 Strategic Plan being developed.

Please join us
at Garfield School
Thursday, February 23
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Nachos will be served!

Share your input on how the district can look to the future to provide the best education possible and attract students and families to our schools!

School Bus Transportation provided to and from Garfield and schools listed:
Faith North
Bus pick-up at each school will depart at 4:45 PM.

ANYONE ASSOCIATED with Garfield, Edison, Emerson, Faith North ELCC, Herrera, Shaw and Whittier are invited and encouraged to attend. We would love to hear from you!



Padres de familia, miembros de la comunidad y Personal

El Distrito Escolar primario de Phoenix #1 quiere invitarle a que participe en el desarrollo de plan estratégico 2025.

Por favor de acompañarnos
en la escuela Garfield
el día Jueves, 23 de febrero
a las 5:00 a 6:00 PM
¡Habrá Nachos!

Nos gustaría escuchar sus opiniones en como el distrito se podría mirar en el futuro para proveer la mejor educación posible y atraer estudiantes y familias a nuestras escuelas.

Transportación será proveída hacia Garfield y de Garfield a las escuelas mencionadas en la lista:
Faith North
El autobús saldrá de cada escuela a las 4:45 PM.

Cualquier persona asociada con Garfield, Edison, Emerson, Faith North ELCC, Herrera, Shaw and Whittier Son invitados y animados a asistir. ¡Nos encantaría escuchar de ustedes!

Download event flyer (English/Spanish)

Plant Your Tax Dollars in Shaw Montessori’s Outdoor Environment


Students at Shaw Montessori School enjoy this beautiful outdoor space on campus. It includes a vibrant community garden that the students help grow and maintain. The space also offers a place for work and play in the natural environment.



This garden is funded solely by tax credit donations. We need contributions from our community to keep providing Shaw Montessori students this important connection with the natural world.


Value to Students

Thanks to community members like you, students have the daily opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that cultivate respect for the environment, their peers and their school.


How to Donate

Please consider making a tax credit donation today! You can donate at Shaw Montessori’s front office or online at http://phxschools.org/district/tax-credit/

  1. On the right-hand side of the page click “donate online”
  2. Click the “tax credit donation” box
  3. Select the school you would like to donate to (Note: select the school with current tax year)
  4. Under Program select which program you would like to donate to. (Note: if you would like to donate to a specific club, select “other” and write the club name in the text box)
  5. Write in the amount you want to donate
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 if you would like to donate to multiple clubs or schools
  7. Click “Continue” and follow directions to enter personal information


Don’t understand AZ Tax Credits?  Not a problem. We have a quick little video that explains the opportunity.


Augustus H. Shaw Jr. Montessori School

123 North 13th Street

Phoenix AZ 85034