News and Announcements

Valentine’s Grams are on sale NOW!
Valentine’s Gram Sale Runs February 1 – 11, 2016.

Surprise your friends, parents, even teachers, with a gift of Hershey’s Kisses, Smencils – or both!
National School Choice Week
National School Choice Week was January 25 - 29th. We know that parents have a choice when they select an educational setting for their children. We appreciate our parents’ support and dedication to Villa Montessori School! Thank you to our families for choosing us! ‪
Villa Celebrates Director's 35th Anniversary at the School
On December 15th, the PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee organized a lovely tribute to Mary Orlando, our beloved Early Childhood Director, in honor of her 35 years at Villa. All of our infant, toddler, primary and elementary students participated in this tribute, as well as the middle school interns that were present that day.
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:
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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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