January 8, 2021
Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you had time over the holidays to relax, as well as have some fun. The cooler temperatures during the break made it feel more winter-y for me!
Yesterday I sent you some resources to use when talking to your children about difficult topics such as the events that took place in Washington, DC this week. Here is a link to additional resources from an organization called Common Sense Media that will help you provide comfort and information to your children during these challenging times.

ECC campus

For those children that were in attendance over the winter break, the schedule provided a sense of consistency and routine as well as some fun. This week, the private programs are back up and running as usual and I see lots of happy children.

Elementary campus

We did have a small number of children here for winter break. The staff kept them entertained and well cared for. With charter students working virtually this week, we have about 24 elementary students on campus receiving on-site support services.

In-person Learning

As of today, charter students are scheduled to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19, the day following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Should this change, we will notify the Villa community as soon as possible.

Current COVID-19 Cases

With all charter students working remotely this week, we have limited data to report. Here is what we know as of today:
  • Six students (2 primary, 4 elementary) tested positive in the last 2 weeks that we know about. None of those students have been at school since before Winter Break.
  • Two staff members tested positive over the break (one E2 staff member and one from primary). 
  • Eleven ECC families (one infant, 3 Toddler II, and 7 primary families) are voluntarily quarantining following the holidays. Thank you to all of those families.

We would like to collect more data from our families regarding the spread of COVID-19 within our Villa community. If your child has tested positive, is a close contact of someone that has tested positive, or is awaiting test results, please call the office and let them know.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conference days are Friday, January 15, and Friday, January 22. Teachers will be emailing progress reports over the next two weeks as well as a sign-up genius link to schedule a conference.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Villa Montessori Tax Credit Campaign-Thank you! ... For contributing toward Villa's 2020 AZ Public School Tax Credit campaign, we thank you sincerely!
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!

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
Villa Montessori School | Website