March 19, 2021
Dear Villa Community,

I hope you all had a pleasant Spring Break. It was very quiet around here! Many thanks to those families that chose to self-quarantine following travel during the break. I cannot thank you enough for making that choice for the safety of our students and staff. 

COVID Data

Symptoms:
Primary (1) 
E2 (1) 
MS (1)

Self-quarantine/travel:
E1 (5),
E2 (8)
MS (1)

Positive cases - 0

Close contacts – 0

Camelback High School Returning to In-Person

On March 30, Camelback will be returning to in-person learning. This could potentially affect the amount of traffic on 28th Street. I am sharing this now so that we can all start being prepared for that change.

Parent Resources

A friend shared this wonderful article on how parents can help their children to be mentally strong. The author describes 7 key strengths that develop mental muscles. It is worth the read. Click HERE to view this article.

Another helpful website you may like to explore involves the concept of growth mindset. The staff has participated in some professional development around this topic in the past and we thought some of you might find it helpful too. The website presents ten lessons for parents and describes best practices to help children develop positive beliefs about their learning. If you are interested, please visit Mindsetkit.org.   

Anti-racism/Anti-bias

The board met with facilitator Crystal Blackwell for a listening session on diversity, equity and inclusion this week. She will be developing recommendations for the board from that session and will be designing some future training for the board as well.

Crystal and Coach EJ will also be facilitating a staff focus group scheduled for April 5. Staff received a survey this week to capture their experience regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion at Villa. Results from that survey will be used to guide some of the focus group discussions.

The board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sub-committee continues to meet regularly to support the board’s work in this area. The committee is participating in a book study, will review the recommendations from the board’s listening session, and will receive feedback from Crystal and EJ on the staff focus group.

Villa's Auction Committee Needs You!

Please contribute to Villa's Week of Giving 2021 virtual auction event by donating your gift cards and wine bottles valued at $20 or more. Donations will be made available at the silent auction, and all money raised will help to support Villa's classrooms and classroom assistants. Bring all items to Villa's Main Administration Office by April 1, 2021. Thank you!

Villa Montessori’s Public School Tax Credit Campaign

April 15, 2021, is the deadline to make your contribution to Villa Montessori’s AZ Public School Tax Credit! A tax credit is the ONLY way you get to decide where your tax money goes. If you owe on your AZ state taxes, you can make a donation to Villa and it counts as a reduction on your tax liability. For example, if you donate $400 your state tax credit would be $400. You get the tax credit and Villa students get new books, playground equipment, shading, health care supplies, gardening tools, music and band equipment, and much more. Do it for the kids! Thank you, everyone! (See below for more information.)

In closing

Tomorrow, March 20 is the first day of spring. Enjoy our beautiful weather!

Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School
If you've already redirected your Arizona State taxes, thank you! 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 also to support Villa's AZ Public School Tax Credit Campaign. All of our students directly benefit.
 
For more information on these Tax Credits, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue’s Website or see ARS §43-1089.01 for more information on the law.
 
Thank you for your continued love and support! 

A million thanks to you for showing up yesterday at Someburros-Uptown to support Villa's upcoming virtual auction event. All proceeds raised support Villa's classrooms and one-of-a-kind teacher assistants! Keep checking your emails and social media for any event updates.
#ittakesaVILLAge!
 
Love,
Villa's Auction Committee
Turn your everyday purchases into donations for Villa Montessori School!

Here's how:
Anytime you shop Amazon, use amazonsmile.com and Amazon gives 0.5% of your purchase price to Villa. Please register Villa Montessori Inc. as your charity of choice today by clicking on the picture above or go here https://smile.amazon.com/ch/86-0193411
We've partnered with Tuft & Needle to raise money for our students. Our school receives 25% back of the purchase price. Click the picture above or visit
Mabel’s Labels personalizes everything from shoes, clothing tags, water bottles and backpacks. Mabel's labels donates 20% of your total purchase back to Villa every time you shop.

To start today, visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com
 (or click the picture above), click the tab "Support a Fundraiser", and type Villa Montessori School into the search bar.
Use your Fry's Card and help Villa grow. Villa is eligible for a percentage of $500,000 in community rewards depending on the amount of supporters.

Here's how to enroll:
Click the picture above or visit frysfood.com/communityrewards,
sign into your digital account (or create an account), then
find and select Villa Montessori School, and click save.

Don't forget:
Bookmark all your new hyperlinks to ensure all purchases turn into donations.
Thank you for your continued support!
#IttakesaVILLAge
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