Montessori Minutes 11/5

 In Branding

Happy Tuesday Preschool Montessori families,

Thank you for welcoming so warmly our new Montessori staff. Here are their bios so you know a little more about them.

Ms. Jennifer Niileksela, Primary assistant
Supporting Ms. Villarrubia (am) and Ms. Worthen (pm)

My name is Jennifer Niileksela and I am thrilled to be a part of the San Tan family. I am passionate about education and the Montessori philosophy. This will be my second year returning to the Montessori school. I also subbed one year in the Charter from K-12. I love working with the kids and getting to watch them learn and grow throughout the year.  I am a student studying education and administration and will be transferring to ASU to further my studies and finally achieve my degree. I have a wonderful, supportive husband of 19 years and together we have four amazing children of whom two also attend San Tan. When I am not working or studying I enjoy hiking and running. I love to read, bake and craft, but my greatest joy is the time that I get to be with my family.

Ms. Diana Smith, Toddler assistant/Preschool Morning Care

Diana Smith joins our team previously coming from the service industry where she worked at Westrock hospitality group. She held multiple positions at Westrock throughout her nearly 10 years with the resort and concluded as a manager within the in-room dining team. During this time she also worked for Angels Wings helping children with disabilities at home or school. Originally from Mexico, Diana grew up in Phoenix. She was recently married in April 2019 and moved to Gilbert with her husband. Diana enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Class T-Shirts Have Arrived

The classroom t-shirts have arrived and the class t-shirt stenciling will begin next week. If you still need to pay for your child’s class shirt please use this link or you can pay at the Montessori office or front desk. Shirts will be sent home with students after the entire class has completed their stenciling.


Outdoor Environment 

Download the Outdoor Environment newsletter for this weeks updates.  Please join me in warmly thanking our Outdoor environment and Music Together teachers for their awesomeness!


Music Together

This week in music class we sang, The Sounds of Fall, Apples, and Cherries, Biddy Biddy, Old Brass Wagon, Sneaking Around the Room, and the Sailing Song! Ask your child which one was their favorite and find it in their Music Together Book. for more fun insights into music class, Download the Music Together newsletter.

We are just a few short weeks away from our Harvest Festival! This is your chance to have a “Music Class” with your child! Come eat some yummy treats with us and sing and dance with your child. It is always a fun time!

Munch and Sing sign up for food:


Zag Fundraiser – Due Wednesday, November 6th

Support our high school athletics…envelopes for the Zag Fundraiser are by the sign in and out sheets – Due tomorrow! With the ZAG Fundraiser, we are happy to offer the athletic tumbler, Tervis products, and candle sales. All NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL teams, as well as select colleges, are included. They also offer non-athletic designs. The Tervis products come in a variety of designs with a double-walled insulated tumbler, drinkware sets, stainless steel, and the standard tumbler. Each student will come home with a packet of information on the products. These products make great gifts for the holiday season. All orders are due Wednesday, November 6th, to ensure delivery for the holiday season. Please make all checks payable to San Tan Charter School. Please reach out to Ms. Tatum with any questions at


STCS Recker Campus PreK-8 Yearbook still for Sale

Our 2019-2020 Yearbook can be ordered using the link below or in the main office. Our Yearbook theme this year is “Roadrunner Respect: What Goes Around, Comes Around” and the Team is excited to be creating and providing our families with a 100-page book of San Tan Memories. Order Link:


Recker Multicultural Fair – Friday, November 8th

This Friday November 8th 

8:30-11:30 and 2:30-4:30 is our annual Recker multicultural fair

11:30-12:30 and 2:30-3:30 is K-8 classroom learning celebrations

Please be aware and plan accordingly for more cars in the parking lot, traffic around the school and more children/families walking around. Please plan for more time when dropping off and picking up your preschool student as there is no afternoon drive lane at 12 or 3 and all 700+ Recker families will be parking and picking up their children from their classrooms. We anticipate that the parking lot will be full all day and depending on when you pick up and drop off you may need to park across the street or in the neighborhood and walk. I recommend picking your child up early before 11:00 am or 2:00pm to avoid this excitement if you can.


Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, November 14th

Mark your calendars to attend our Kinder Information Night

Thursday November 14th, 2019
5:30 pm in the Gymnasium

Come learn about the choices you have for kindergarten at San Tan Charter School for the 2020-2021 School Year.
(Montessori, Mainstream, Full Day, Half Day)

We cordially invite you to take a journey through the day of a kindergarten student, learning about the strengths of the Mainstream and Montessori experiences. We hope this informational session will provide you the details you will need to make an informed decision for your child. After our presentation, we will take you on classroom tours to answer any individual questions about each experience.



Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 27th 

Mark your calendars to attend our 13th annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27th starting at 11 am on the elementary playground

One of San Tan’s most memorable traditions is less than THREE weeks away! This event dates back to our very first year as a school with toast and popcorn just like in the movie. Over the years it has always been a beautiful community event keeping with the heart of the first meal, bringing family together. Here are some FUN Facts about Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

  • Preschool and K-8 students dismiss by 11:30am
  • Please park your cars in the parking lot, church, or the neighborhood, and pick up your child in their classrooms before 11:30am

Bring your lunch for a picnic on the playground with family, friends, and new friends!

  • Bring the whole family and extended family and your blankets, chairs, or other seating to hang out on the elementary playground from 11:00-1:00

Sign up here:  to bring a dessert to share with our community

Sign up here to help bring needed supplies:

  • All items must be NUT FREE
  • Please drop off your donation in the morning when you drop your child off at school. We will have
  • All items need to be cooked, defrosted, and ready to eat. We will have volunteers working during the school morning to cut all pies, etc.
  • Our Thankful Art showcase created by our Preschool through 8th grade classrooms is a highlight of the event!





Ms. Rita Sippel, M. Ed.

Director, San Tan Montessori
Chief Customer Officer / Assistant Superintendent, San Tan Charter School, K-12 / / 480-222-0811 ex. 2

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Recker Campus
3959 E. Elliot Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Southwest corner of Higley and Recker Roads

Power Campus
3232 S Power Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Northwest area of Power and Elliot Roads