April 23, 2021
Dear Villa Community,

Another week of testing down! One more week to go and then all we have left to do are make-ups. Thank you all for your cooperation in this process.

This week I finished my observations in each of our middle school classrooms. I am so impressed with the rigor of the curriculum and the level of student engagement. Teachers are doing an outstanding job teaching their in-person and online students simultaneously. There is an obvious culture of striving for excellence among the students. I had the pleasure of hearing several students read the memoirs they have been writing this cycle. Some were so touching they brought tears to many of us who were listening. I was very pleased that these students felt safe enough to share such deep feelings and thoughts with their peers.

I also had the pleasure of being a mystery reader in each of our primary classrooms this week. I read the book, There’s Only One You, written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook. The story “celebrates all the things that make you special. From the way you look to the activities you enjoy – there’s no wrong way to be yourself.” I spent some time watching the children work after I finished the story and was overcome with a sense of pride observing the staff and students interacting with such warmth and kindness.

Elementary Morning Drop-Off

We have a bit of a backup at drop-off on the elementary campus. If some of you could drop off closer to 8:00 a.m., that would help a lot.

Masks

The board has decided that students and staff will continue wearing masks at least through the end of the school year. We believe that masks have played a significant role in the school’s ability to keep classrooms open and prevent any outbreaks. The board will continue to use the guidance provided by the CDC and the scientific community in making decisions regarding the mask requirement when planning for summer and the next school year.

We are in need of more child-sized disposable masks. If any of you are able to donate some to the school, we would be so grateful.

COVID-19 Data

Symptoms:
Primary: (1)
E1 (1)
Positive cases:
1 staff – family related
Summer School Program Space Available

We still have a few openings in all of our summer programs. If you would like more information, please visit our website and look under the “Programs” tab, or click HERE.

Take good care,

Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School
Villa Montessori's Tax Credit Campaign 2020
New Count Down - 24 Days Left to Give!
May 17th, 2021, is the new official cut-off date to make your 2020 AZ Public School Tax Credit donation to Villa Montessori School. If you haven’t got a chance to re-direct your state tax dollars yet, there’s still time!

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!

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 refund. Please utilize your AZ Public School Tax Credit. The students at Villa need it. Give Up to $400 (married, joint filing)
or $200 (individual).
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! 
Villa Grown-Ups,

Villa’s Hope and Happiness Week of Giving virtual auction event comes to a close tomorrow, Saturday, April 24th at 8:00 p.m. PST! We hope you've been having a blast during Villa's Week of Giving 2021! Join Margo and raise a custom Villa glass and toast to Hope & Happiness at 5:00 p.m. PST with your family. Be on the lookout for Margo's Toast email at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Don't Forget! Happening Now - Monday, April 26 - Rinse & Ride Car Wash is offering a $12 car wash for only $8(!) when you mention WASH CODE:1508. 50% of the funds raised from this event will come straight to Villa, so please, tell your friends, family, and neighbors so we can all drive the cleanest cars in town!

Also, Don't Forget! Tomorrow, Saturday, April 24 - Villa “Dine-Out”/Take Out at Chipotle on 32nd Street and Indian School, 33% donation made to Villa when you mention “Villa Montessori” at checkout or use promo code CCTG87Z when ordering online.

As our virtual auction event comes close to an end we want to say, "Thank you" to everyone who has sponsored, donated monetarily, donated items, bid on auction items, and bought instant items and raffle tickets - you are making a huge impact in Villa's student's lives and helping us raise the most funds for our classrooms and assistant teachers. Keep it up, tomorrow is the last day of Villa's Week of Giving 2021!
#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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