January 15, 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians,

“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail.
If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail.
Be the best of whatever you are.”
-         Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hope all of you are doing well. We are prepared and excited to have in-person charter students back on campus starting Tuesday, January 19. The school is closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We believe the last two weeks offered a buffer period from the impact of potential holiday exposures and that most students who tested positive or who were exhibiting symptoms during those two weeks are now well enough to return to school.

We will only be able to continue in-person learning if all of us do our part in mitigating the virus: avoid gathering with people outside of our “bubbles”, faithfully wearing our masks, social distancing, and keeping children at home who are showing ANY of the COVID-related symptoms:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
COVID DATA (as of this writing)

Toddler 2: 1 student to be tested on Monday 1/18 (symptomatic)

Primary: 2 students have tests pending (symptomatic), 1 staff tested positive; 1 staff possibly quarantining

Elementary: 1 staff is currently positive

Middle School: 1 positive student, 1 student pending results (asymptomatic)

Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism (ABAR)

Villa Parent, Nicole Newhouse, is the executive director of the Association for Supportive Child Care. The organization is hosting a virtual round table discussion about how to talk to our kids about race on Thursday, January 21 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The panel of parents talking is diverse and the discussion is not scripted – it’s just going to be a discussion to promote understanding and recognition that all parents sit in a place of struggle when talking to our own kids about these really important matters.

Here is the link to RSVP to the live event. There will also be a recording of the event that Nicole will forward to me when it is available.

Other ABAR news:

  • We met with Eric Bailey (the presenter of November’s “Unconscious Bias and Discrimination” conversation) today and will be scheduling board and staff events for the very near future.
  • We are looking into a certification program from the American Montessori Society. It is an opportunity to “provide a thorough examination of Anti-bias/Anti-racism education to support Montessori schools in creating equitable and just spaces for all.”
  • I am participating in a webinar called, Your Antiracism Toolkit: The Educator’s Playbook to Talking Diversity”.
  • We have added books for both staff and students to our resource library.
  • Teachers are discussing topics around ABAR at their weekly team meetings and implementing lessons and activities in their classrooms.
  • Teachers are also focusing on gathering resources and creating lessons to celebrate Black History Month as well as MLK, Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
-         Martin Luther King, Jr.

On-site Support Services

Our on-site support services went well in these past two weeks. Our staff did a great job.

We can’t wait to hear more student voices on the elementary and middle school campuses next week.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Villa Montessori Tax Credit Campaign-Thank you! ... For contributing toward Villa's 2020 AZ Public School Tax Credit campaign! So far we raised $61,375.05!!!!
In past years, tax credit funds were limited to a small number of ways the funds could be used. Recent changes in Arizona Law now permit greater use of these funds, such as Computers & Software, Library & Text Books, Health Care Supplies, Playground & Shading Equipment, Furnishings & Athletic Equipment, and Bond Principal/Interest Payments!! Which will allow us to use these dollars in broader ways to raise more for our classrooms! You benefit and Villa benefits.

This year has been very different, for everyone and for Villa as well. Generous contributions like yours make it possible for us to continue to serve an enriching, meaningful, authentic Montessori education and help us deliver the best possible experiences for all of our students. Thank you, again!

If you haven’t got a chance to re-direct your state tax dollars yet, there’s still time! April 15, 2021, is the official cut-off date to make your AZ Public School Tax Credit donation to Villa Montessori School.
To make the largest impact in our classrooms, Villa Montessori introduced “Three + Me” as our slogan to inspire Villa's community to encourage three loved ones, friends, and or neighbors to donate. Please consider asking three people to also support Villa's AZ Tax Credit Campaign. They benefit and all of our students directly benefit.
Go online and give your tax dollars today! https://www.villamontessori.com/donate
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express.
Please follow these 3 easy steps:
2.  Keep your receipt. 
3.  Claim your tax credit when you file! This means taxpayers may help Villa and reduce their state tax bill dollar-for-dollar at the same time. It’s that easy! Hurry! Don’t wait!
We thank you for your ongoing support!

Our Villa community raised $3,380.67 through AmazonSmile since November 2020!
Thank you all so much!

Don’t stop now! Please set your web browser to AmazonSmile.com to make the largest impact in our classrooms! See instructions below if you’re just getting started. 

Anytime you shop Amazon, use amazonsmile.com and Amazon gives 0.5% of your purchase price to Villa.

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:

1 Join AmazonSmile
If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select Villa Montessori Inc. charity to start generating donations, at no cost to you.

2 Get the app
Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

3 Turn on AmazonSmile
Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
Thank you for helping Villa!
Athena Moskoyes
Fundraising and Development Specialist
The Villa Girl Scout troop received the below email from St. Vincent DePaul! The email does not mention it but the troop raised $495.

Happy New Year!

I wanted to send you a quick note of appreciation for supporting us this past month. Because of your generosity and teamwork, your team collected 271 pounds of food, which will help the families and individuals experiencing homelessness that we serve here at St.
Vincent de Paul. We can’t thank you enough for your compassion and dedication to our mission!

Again, thank you for being a hero to those in need. And, please, pass along our thanks to all the heroes on your team. We can’t do what we do without all of you!

Be Well.

Community Drives Manager
St. Vincent de Paul
420 W Watkins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85003
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