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AUCTION DINNER: APRIL 25th - “VILLA MONTESSORI SPARKLES & SHINES” 50 YEARS OF GROWING GREATNESS!

AUCTION DINNER: APRIL 25th - “VILLA MONTESSORI SPARKLES & SHINES” 50 YEARS OF GROWING GREATNESS! “We are encouraging everyone to dress up in gold or sparkle – even the men!”


We are celebrating our 50th Year Anniversary and being chosen 2014 Charter School of the Year!

Please see inside this article for our 2015 Donation Form and Ask Letter that you can take to businesses when pursing donations!
Villa Chosen as 2014 Charter School of the Year
What an honor to be chosen as the 2014 Charter School of the Year! It is so exciting to know that Villa is now recognized for being the community jewel we always knew it was. This is truly a proud moment in Villa’s history especially with our 50th anniversary coming this spring. There is so much to celebrate! Check out the video filmed by the Arizona Charter Board Association:
Villa Raises $140,087 in Tax Credits
The Arizona State Tax Credit Campaign was a huge success this year, raising $140,087 in support for our school. This year’s total is greater than any previous year’s sum. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every person who helped in this endeavor. The outcome of all your hard work isn’t just the contribution of funding to our school but also the contribution to the growth and sustainability of our community as a whole.
Support Reading and Writing at Home
December 5th was our first Parent-Teacher Conference day of the year. As I walked around the campus that day, I heard snippets of conversations. I heard teachers reminding parents of the importance of reading to their child each evening/or listening to the child read aloud to them, and I heard parents asking teachers what they can do to support their child. I thought it might be an appropriate time to share with everyone a great list of suggestions entitled: Ways Parents Can Support Reading and Writing at Home. I pass it on in hopes that you will incorporate many into your family routine.
Consultant Brings Vast Experience to Primary Classrooms
The week after Fall Break proved to be a very fruitful one for all of our Primary teachers. Our consultant, Carol Alver, once again came from Michigan to spend time observing, coaching, and conferencing with each lead on the team. Her deep understanding of the Montessori philosophy and her vast experience as both a teacher and trainer filled all of us with new insights and renewed enthusiasm for the important work we do on behalf of our Villa three to six year-olds.
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Parent Pointers

Follow the Child
There has been plenty of fear lately among policy makers that American students are lagging behind students in many eastern world nations. I was recently sent an article from the New York Times written by Yong Zhao, an authority on Chinese and American education that addresses this. What was astonishing to me was the author’s viewpoint that traditional Chinese education actually harms students. He believes it ignores children’s unique gifts, talents and interests and places tremendous stress on them to compete academically, thereby damaging self confidence and lowering self-esteem...
Have you Filled a Bucket Today?
There is a new buzz word on the Early Childhood Campus these days and as parents, I think it is important to know it and tap into its power!

The word is BUCKET-FILLER… and the question that is posed on a daily basis is: HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?

This new lingo sprang up from Carol McCloud’s book; Have you Filled a Bucket Today? In her book she explains that everyone in the whole world walks around carrying an invisible bucket. Each person’s bucket has only one purpose. Its purpose is to hold YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT YOURSELF. We all feel very happy and good when our bucket is full. We all feel very sad and lonely when our bucket is empty.
New Focus on Teaching Self- Regulation Skills
What is Self-Regulation?
Self regulation is pretty synonymous with self-control but with some added depth and breadth. It includes self-efficacy, responsibility & accountability, moderating behavior, maintaining balance both within and without, responding appropriately, being proactive vs. reactive, and a combination of self-confidence and empowerment.. In a nutshell, self-regulation is learning to regulate one’s own physical, emotional, and cognitive processes in healthy, pro-active ways in order to be successful across several domains of life. It is critical for both success and happiness.
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