The deadline for Auction items is just a few days away! The Auction Committee is asking for all of our help to bring in more items — every little bit counts!  Every penny of the money raised goes to support the teacher assistant salaries!!

Upcoming Events

VILLA'S ANNUAL AUCTION DINNER
Date: 4/25/2015, 6 PM 10 PM
Location: “VILLA MONTESSORI SPARKLES & SHINES” 50 GOLDEN YEARS OF GROWING GREATNESS APRIL 25TH – 5:30 TO 11:30 AT CHAPARRAL SUITES 5001 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ We are celebrating our 50th Year Anniversary and  being chosen 2014 Charter School of the Year! 
2015-2016 Middle School Parent Meeting
Date: 4/27/2015, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: Mountain View Christian Church 2927 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Parent Conferences - Early Dismissal at 11:30 A.M. Infants & All Day Contracts Only
Date: 5/1/2015
Primary T-Ball Game
Date: 5/1/2015
Location: Red vs. Black 4-4:45pm Yellow vs. Blue 5-5:45pm Meadowbrook Field
Parent Conferences - Early Dismissal at 11:30 A.M. Infants & All Day Contracts Only
Date: 5/4/2015
Teacher Appreciation Week!! May 4th - 8th
Date: 5/4/2015
Ice Cream Social - Primary
Date: 5/8/2015, 10 AM 12 PM
Ice Cream Social - E1
Date: 5/8/2015, 1 PM 2:45 PM
Middle School Shadow Day
Date: 5/11/2015
Location: Middle School
PTO Meeting at the Deuce, Downtown!
Date: 5/14/2015, 6 PM 7:30 PM
Location: The Deuce - 525 S. Central Ave. Phoenix

News and Announcements

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

“We are encouraging everyone to dress up in gold or sparkle – even the men!”

DATES TO REMEMBER:
APRIL 15TH - BASKET ITEMS MUST BE TURNED INTO CLASSROOMS BY 6PM
APRIL 17TH - ALL ITEMS MUST BE TURNED INTO THE VILLA OFFICES
APRIL 17TH – AUCTION RESERVATIONS ARE DUE
APRIL 22ND - WINE FOR WINE WALL MUST BE IN MAIN OFFICE

RAFFLE WILL BE SOLD UNTIL 8PM ON AUCTION NIGHT!

Please see inside this article for our 2015 Donation Form and Ask Letter that you can take to businesses when pursing donations!
Villa Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Movie Night
The 50th Birthday Bash was a huge success and so much fun!!  We loved seeing the Villa Community out together enjoying beautiful weather, great food and awesome friends!  

A HUGE thank you to the PTO Program Committee: co-chairs Susan Frank and Darima Fotheringham along with their fantastic committee of volunteers put on a memorable evening for all.  
Golden Gator Awards given to Middle School Teachers
This year, Villa Montessori had 3 teachers awarded the Xavier College Preparatory Golden Gator Aware for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to Middle School Teachers: Angie Gosnell, Ms. Jannett Oglesby, and Mr. Olaf Ehrenstrom!
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.
Redesign of the Traditional Classroom
This piece from CNBC discusses the movement towards a "flipped classroom" eventually becoming the educational standard in 25 years. Why wait 25 years when Montessorians have been using this model for over 100 years? Take a minute to view this short video.

Click here to view the video
What Children Teach Us About Peace
John Hunter, a keynote speaker at the AMS 2014 Annual Conference and creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike. Peace education is a vital component of the Montessori curriculum. The teaching of peace and global citizenship can transform a child's life and lead them to a more fulfilling world view. Learn more about Montessori education at amshq.org/Montessori

What Children Teach Us About Peace from American Montessori Society on Vimeo.

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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.
The Power of Empathy
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? How can you really be there for another person? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to get in touch with our own fragilities.
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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