April 30, 2021
Dear Villa Community,

I hope you are all staying happy and well. It seems unreal that tomorrow is May 1.
Model United Nations Year

This year was a Montessori Model United Nations Year at the middle school. Students were divided into small groups and were assigned a country to study in-depth. As a result of their research, each group created a banner with their country’s flag, coat of arms, national symbols, and national anthem. They also made a display board with information on geography and environment, culture and arts, economics and history, and native phrases. In addition, they created cooking videos of different food from their country and made gifts of peace for the Model United Nations. Students learned about each other’s countries through presentations made at a culture fair.

Today, they held a mock United Nations General Assembly where each country was represented. Following that, students participated in different committees to discuss and create resolutions for the following world issues:

1.   Spread of Misinformation/Disinformation
2.   Digital Divide
3.   Clean Water
4.   Global Racial Injustice
5.   Renewable Energy
6.   Gender Equality
7.   Loss of Biodiversity
8.   Food Security

The day concluded with a General Assembly vote on the resolutions. Over the years, there have been many of our graduates so inspired by this experience that they went on to establish careers in the fields of sustainability, public policy, and social justice.

If you missed all the great pictures on social media this week - you can find them on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Parent/Student Handbook Revision

We have been so focused on observing for COVID-related symptoms, it was time for us to revisit our general sick child policy. With some generous guidance from Villa parent, Seth Oesch, M.D. we have made some revisions to the handbook. You can read that information HERE. The highlighted areas indicate the revisions.

COVID Data
 
Symptoms: E1 (2)
                   E2 (2)
No positive cases
No close contacts
 
Villa’s Week of Giving
 
Thanks to our generous Villa community, Villa’s Week of Giving was a huge success. I would like to thank our Fundraising/Development aficionado, Athena Moskoyes. One of the words used in the definition of aficionado is enthusiasm, which Athena most certainly shows! Our gratitude goes to our amazing auction committee for their generous gift of time and talent. This event could not have taken place without you. On behalf of the students and staff, thank you all so much.

Co-Chairs: Erin Ford and Chelsea McLaughlin
Committee members: Rachel Luman, Hilary Cutright, Lauren O’Connell, Liz Haley, Danielle Viola, Deanna Zuber- Galloway, Erin Stoloff, Jeremy Stoloff, Mac Jeffries
 
Staff Changes
 
Michelle Rohan, our PE coach for the past four years, is sadly leaving Villa to pursue an advanced degree. We are thrilled that Coach EJ will be stepping into her role. We thank Michelle for all she has done for our students and our PE program and wish her all the best.

As some of you may know, we have been without a full-time health aide for several days. We are happy to announce that Marisol Medina will be joining the Villa staff on Monday, May 3, filling this position. The email to reach the health desk will remain the same: healthaide@villamontessori.com.

State Testing
 
We only have a few make-up tests to complete for our elementary students and testing for middle school wraps up next week. A big shout out to Barbi Smith who did a fantastic job as our testing coordinator this year. Thank you, Barbi!

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The board is scheduled to participate in a DEI 101 training with Crystal Blackwell on May 12th. The DEI board subcommittee is scheduling some meeting times with Crystal as well. One of those meetings will be to help plan for the Villa Community Town Hall meeting to be held sometime in the latter part of June. We will announce the date as soon as it is confirmed.

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.

In Closing
 
The teachers are planning some fun end-of-year activities. Please be sure to keep up with their emails so you won’t miss anything! Have a relaxing weekend. 

Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School
Villa Montessori's Tax Credit Campaign 2020
New Count Down - 17 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! 
Thank you everyone for your generous support during Villa's Week of Giving. We are beyond grateful to each of you who participated, and those that encouraged us along the way. Thank you ALL!

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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