Upcoming Events

Middle School Land Lab Trip - Weldon #1
Date: 10/9/2015
Fall Break
Date: 10/12/2015
Fall Break
Date: 10/13/2015
Fall Break
Date: 10/14/2015
Fall Break
Date: 10/15/2015
Fall Break
Date: 10/16/2015
E2 Parent Education Night
Date: 10/21/2015
Halloween Carnival
Date: 10/24/2015, 5 PM 9 PM
Location: Meadowbrook field
Cookie Dough Orders Sent Home
Date: 10/26/2015
Vision & Hearing Screening
Date: 10/26/2015, 9 AM 10 AM

News and Announcements

Halloween Carnival Needs Volunteers
Please mark your calendars for October 24th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. The carnival is a community-building event that kids of every age enjoy. This event is not targeted as a fundraiser. We charge just enough to cover the costs of the event. We hope that you and your family will attend! Thanks to all the PTO members and volunteers that have recommitted their time and energy to help with this event. We always need more help, so please don’t hesitate to volunteer!
Primary Soccer Registration OPEN until Thursday 9/3
There are still plenty of spots available for Primary students ages 3-6 who want to play soccer. The cost is $40 per student. If you are interested in signing your child up, please see the information page attached, as well as the registration form that will need to be brought into the Admin Office by Thursday 9/3.
PTO Plans "Drop-Off" Breakfast for New Parents
We hope the new parents can join the PTO and administration for a "drop-off" breakfast (open house style).

Wednesday, September 9th 
8:30am to 10:00am
Admin Office patio and kitchen
Grab-N-Go Lunch - Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation
The Teacher Appreciation Committee is treating the teachers to a grab-n-go lunch to celebrate being "BACK IN THE GROOVE" at school on Friday, September 18th. To find out how to get involved, see the link inside!
Villa Choir - Open to Elementary Students
Choir is open to all Elementary students at no cost. Read story for more information!
Villa Receives Public Awareness Award from Florist Association
Over the summer, Villa was pleased to accept the Public Awareness Award from the Arizona State Florist Association for our efforts in teaching children to love and appreciate flowers.
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. Olof Ehrenstrom!
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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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