Dear Villa Community,
Despite this being one of the most challenging and unusual school years in my 31-year history at Villa, there is much to be grateful for.
To the staff - I am extremely grateful for the resiliency, courage, and skill you showed navigating the many challenges you faced over the last year. A lot was asked of you. You handled it all with grace and patience. Thank you.
To the parents – Thank you so much for having the faith in us to continue to offer your children a safe, high-quality Montessori learning experience. Your understanding and loyal support mean so much.
To the board – We had a record number of board meetings this year, yet all of you continued to show up time after time. I am very grateful for your wisdom and guidance as we faced many difficult decisions.
End of Year Activities
- 6th graders tour the middle school campuses next week
- 3rd graders met their E2 teacher and received summer homework
- K’s met their first-grade teachers
- All students enjoyed a sweet treat- ice cream truck, shaved ice, or popsicles
- Promotion celebrations for 3rd and 6th graders with families invited to attend virtually
- Promotion celebrations for 8th graders next week
- Elementary classrooms found ways to have fun- visits to the park, visits to restaurants, water games, dance parties, etc.
Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram for photos!
E2 – 2 students quarantine
2 students with symptoms
T1 – 1 student with symptoms
Admin – 1 staff exposed
E1 – 1 staff exposed
Primary Circle – 1 staff symptomatic
COVID Mitigation Update
As of today, there are 37 schools in Maricopa County experiencing open breakouts. Although guidelines for individuals who have been fully vaccinated have been eased, the CDC says that schools should continue to utilize a layered system of prevention, which includes:
1. Universal and correct use of masks.
2. Physical distancing.
3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
4. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities.
5. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.
The CDC says it will release updated school guidance in the coming weeks that schools will be able to use to plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Phoenix Union High School District has reached out to us regarding 3 student vaccination events for our students who are ages 12-15. Please see the flyer HERE. They have asked that our parents complete the survey at the following link to help them prepare: https://www.research.net/r/W6M57YX
We are also closely following updates regarding vaccinations for younger individuals; possibly as soon as September for two to eleven-year-olds.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Crystal Blackwell will be facilitating two staff debrief meetings next week during our work week. Crystal will also be facilitating a Town Hall meeting for the entire Villa community on June 24 in the early evening. The exact time is to be determined. Please mark this important event on your calendars.
If you borrowed a Chromebook, headset, or mouse and still have it, please return the item(s) to the Admin Office by June 2. Please be sure to label each device you return with your name, so we know to mark that item returned. Devices not returned will be considered lost and will require reimbursement.
This will be the last regular weekly communication of the 2020-2021 school year. I will continue to communicate any important information over the summer as it arises.
I hope you have a wonderful summer. Please stay safe.
“How lucky am I to have something
that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne
Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School