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

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