January 22, 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are so excited to have students back on campus. I saw many happy charter students jumping out of their cars on the first day back for in-person learning. It truly warms the heart!

COVID Data

Toddler II – 1 student tested positive; classroom closed until February 1.
Primary – 1 staff tested positive over break still experiencing symptoms, 1 staff is symptomatic.
Middle School – 2 students tested positive during the time students were remote learning following Winter Break.

COVID Vaccines

Many of our staff have already received their first dose of the COVID vaccine. Others are registered to receive their vaccine at the Phoenix Union’s POD (point of distribution) this weekend. Please note that we are not at liberty to share personal health information about our staff, including whether or not an individual has been vaccinated.

Anti-bias/Anti-racism

All of our staff were required to view the recording of Eric Bailey’s presentation  Unconscious Bias and Discrimination if they were unable to participate when it was first presented. All staff will have completed this by the end of the month. In addition, by mid-February, all staff (leads, assistants, support staff, circle, and special education) will have taken the Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism training from the American Montessori Society.

Next week we will invite all staff to begin the conversation about what their experience here at Villa has been regarding unconscious bias and racism. From that, we are planning on creating an inclusive, diverse staff advisory committee that will work towards shaping the student and staff experience here at the school. This is a very exciting next step.

There are also plans in the making for additional opportunities for us to work with Eric Bailey. We had one meeting with Eric this week and have another scheduled for next week. As details become finalized, I will share them with you. 

Last week I mentioned an event hosted by the Association for Supportive Child Care on how to talk to our kids about race. Villa parent Nicole Newhouse, the executive director of the organization, shared this link to a recording of the event: https://youtu.be/4itcaWFj3ho. This is the first of a series they will be doing, so if there are parents in the community that want to participate, please contact Nicole at nnewhouse@ASCCAZ.ORG.

Have a great weekend

To my fellow football fans – enjoy the games on Sunday. May the best (I really mean my) team win!

Margo
Villa Montessori Tax Credit Campaign-Thank you! ... For contributing toward Villa's 2020 AZ Public School Tax Credit campaign! So far we raised $62,825.05!!
 
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!

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
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