Upcoming Events

School Closed Thanksgiving Break
Date: 11/27/2015
Half Day
Date: 12/4/2015, 11:30 AM
Playworks Lego Day
Date: 12/5/2015, 1 PM 4 PM
Half Day
Date: 12/7/2015, 11:30 AM
Middle School Land Lab Trip Weldon #2
Date: 12/8/2015
Middle School Land Lab Trip Weldon #2
Date: 12/9/2015
Middle School Land Lab Trip Weldon #2
Date: 12/10/2015
Middle School Land Lab Trip Weldon #2
Date: 12/11/2015
Cookie Dough Arrives
Date: 12/15/2015
Middle School Land Lab Trip Oak #2
Date: 12/15/2015

News and Announcements

Important and Time-Sensitive Enrollment Information - 2016/17 School Year
Applications and re-enrollment forms received after the dates indicated may result in your child being placed on a waiting list. An equitable selection process will be administered should the number of Charter applications received during the open enrollment period exceed our capacity.
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!
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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