May 7, 2021
Dear Villa Community,

It has been a lovely week for teacher appreciation. On Monday, each classroom (remote and in-person) received flowers. On Wednesday, we prepared breakfast snacks for everyone, and today sweet treats were available for the taking! Throughout the week, I saw students arriving at school with bouquets of flowers, cards, and gifts for their teachers too. Our staff so deserves these heartfelt gestures of appreciation and gratitude. Villa would not be the school it is today without them!

COVID Data

Toddler II – 1 student with symptoms
Elementary I – 3 students with symptoms

End-of-Year Activities

Teachers at the different levels are busy planning a variety of fun things for their students to celebrate the end of the school year. Ideas include a Popsicle day, having an ice cream school bus come to the school, some water activities, etc.

A few of our elementary classrooms made walking field trips down to Los Olivos Park for a mock Greek Olympic event, community building games, and even trash pick-up.

Middle School is planning their promotion ceremonies for the eighth graders. Elementary teachers are planning their third and six-year celebrations.

Later in the month, we have scheduled activities for the students moving up to a new program level (incoming firsts, fourths, and sevenths) to see their new campus and meet their new teachers. More information about this will be sent home soon. Classroom placement emails for these students will be sent out at the end of next week.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The board DE&I committee is meeting today to develop the committee’s vision and mission. Fellow board member Doug Reid, whose company guides other organizations in this type of thinking, will be facilitating that meeting. The results of this meeting will be shared at a later date.

The board’s DEI 101 training will take place next week. All of the board members are looking forward to that.

Crystal Blackwell from Crystal Clear Results will be facilitating a Town Hall meeting sometime during the last two weeks of June. The entire Villa community will be invited. As soon as we get the date confirmed, we will let you know.

Summer School Program Space Available

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

A Wish for all of our beautiful Villa Moms
Just one little wish for you, Mom
But it’s loving and happy and true
It’s a wish that the nicest and best things
Will always keep coming to you!
~ Anon
 
Happy Mother’s Day.

Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School
Villa Montessori's Tax Credit Campaign 2020
New Count Down - 10 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! 
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!
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