Upcoming Events

School Closed
Date: 7/31/2015
Work week begins
Date: 8/3/2015
Infant and Toddlers Closed
Date: 8/6/2015
Middle School Orientation
Date: 8/6/2015, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: Mountain View Christian Church, 2927 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Infant and Toddlers Closed
Date: 8/7/2015
Last day of Work Week
Date: 8/7/2015
First Day of School
Date: 8/10/2015
Primary Parent Orientation
Date: 8/11/2015, 7 PM
Location: In each Primary classroom
E1 Parent Orientation
Date: 8/12/2015, 7 PM
Location: In each E1 Classroom
E2 Parent Orientation
Date: 8/13/2015, 7 PM
Location: In each E2 Classroom

News and Announcements

Elementary Parents: Deadline for SupportMyTeacher.org is 8/1
If you have not yet taken advantage of the online supply shopping option at SupportMyTeacher.org, please note that the deadline for ordering class supplies is this Saturday, Aug 1! In order to receive items on time, all orders must be placed by 8/1. The helping hand requests will remain available for support at any time.
Back to School
Our back to school packets were emailed out last week - with specific emails going out by class to include the supply list and program- specific details. If you did not get an email, please contact the Administration Office. Also, if you have not printed a copy of the 2015-2016 School Calendar -- you can find the pdf here!
Summer School Starts June 1st!
We are excited to start summer here at Villa! If your child is enrolled, you should have received your permission slips from Rachel in Enrollment. If you have not, please contact the Administration Office to be sure your child is ready for the first day!
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.

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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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