April 2022 Update

Dear Great Horned Owl Families - 

The children were ecstatic to have gone on our first hike to South Mountain. They were well prepared and you could tell a hearty breakfast was had by all when many asked if we could go further than our intended destination. We had antelope squirrels hoping to partake of the children’s food. We even saw a rock squirrel being vigilant from a rock slightly above us. Now that was a rarity to see.  Back East we have them everywhere and here it is not a common sight. By the way, we couldn’t have asked for a better day to hike. The sky was cloudy and there was a nice breeze.


Our next hike will be once again to South Mountain, but I will send out another electronic permission slip for it by Thursday, April 7th with exact location. Miss Bahareh apprised me of a better option for the children on the next hike. It will be on the 12th of April and it will only be an early hike and no lunch involved. Water bottles and a snack will be the only thing they’ll need. The forecast is a high of 72 degree for that day, so we hope to repeat our luck with a forecast of cloudy or partly cloudy, too.

Book Recommendations

I am currently reading two books that I would like to highly recommend. The first one is titled The Gardener and The Carpenter by Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist and researcher into how children learn. The second book is The Wonder Approach by Dr. Catherine L’Ecuyer. She has a blog that you might also find helpful. Here is a link to one blog from 2016 that is still quite relevant today: WHAT IF WE ARE DROWNING CHILDREN’S THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE BY BOMBARDING THEM WITH STIMULI?


Camping Trip

By now you should have received an email from Heather Bonacorda about the 3rd grade camping trip. The slide presentation put together by Ms. Amie about our trip and presented at our last classroom meeting is attached. There is link to a medical form required to be completed by no later than April 25th. Please click on the link she sent you and complete sooner. Thank you for your attention to this important request.

Grant awarded

As some of you know already, I applied for a grant with Fiesta Bowl/Desert Financial Credit Union and was awarded the grant. I purchased a 2022 World Book Encyclopedia for the classroom, a new soccer ball with cones and scrimmage pennies, and a slew of resource books for the children. 

Mr. Mike

We are so fortunate to have Mr. Mike, our facilities manager, is a jack of all trades and we are so fortunate to have someone like him. He is always smiling and all the children on campus love him. He just recently took our lap desks and refinished them. They look brand new. The children just finished writing thank you notes for the work he happily did for our class.

Expert Class and dinner

Our Expert Class and dinner just happened last week and we are so grateful to the parents who volunteered to teach a topic or skill. From our classroom, we had Venkat teaching about supply chain; he made it both relatable and interesting for the children. From Ms. Amie’s classroom we had Judith Benen explaining how sand is purified to make microchips at INTEL. Jennifer “J.J.” Freyermuth taught poetry and Kellie Soper did arts and crafts together. Finally, Chuck Banaszewski taught drama. Keep us in mind for next year when we come asking for parents to teach anything they love and enjoy. The children really appreciate learning new things and especially from the parents.

April Birthdays:

4th - Oliver

6th - Max

Mark Your Calendars:

Monday-Friday, April 4th-8th— AASA Assessment(3rd-8th grades)

Friday-Sunday, April 8th-10th - Family Camping Trip to Catalina State Park

Monday, April 11th- AASA Assessment(3rd grade)

Friday, April 15th - Holiday/No School/No Extended Care

Wednesday, April 27th (6-7pm)— Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, April 29th - Early Release/Extended Care Provided

Friday, April 29th - Trivia Night Party

Friendly Reminder:

Don’t forget to make your AZ School Tax Credit donation for Keystone Montessori- receive a dollar per dollar credit on your AZ tax return ($200 single or $400 for joint return on AZ form 321, please ask your tax advisor for details or https://azdor.gov/tax-credits/contributions-qcos-and-qfcos )

With so many people affected by the pandemic, please consider an additional tax credit to the Community Food Bank (https://azfoodbanks.org/food-banks-in-az/ ) or a tax credit to the Working Poor ( https://phoenixrescuemission.org/taxcredit/ ).

Thank you,

Ms. Bahareh and Mr. Jess