Montessori Minutes 11/9

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Happy Saturday Montessori Preschool families,

It’s tax credit time-please give and forward links to friends and family that live in Arizona and ask them to give to support our wonderful school community. It makes a difference!

Donate to the Private School Tax Credit

Our Private Montessori School gives out around $45,000.00 a year in scholarships. We are able to offer these scholarships because of the Arizona Private School tax credit program. The best part is whatever you contribute, you will receive dollar for dollar back on your state taxes with this program as well. So, if you give $500, you can deduct that $500 off what you owe in taxes. If you are a married couple, you may contribute up to $1,138. If you are single, the total amount that you can contribute is $569.

Donate to the Public School Tax Credit

The public school tax credit program is the perfect way to give and support San Tan’s K-12 Charter School specials programs.  The program is a win/win for everyone. The best part is whatever you contribute, you will receive dollar for dollar back on your state taxes. So, if you give $100, you can deduct that $100 off what you owe in taxes. If you are a married couple, you may only contribute up to $400. If you are single, the total amount that you can contribute is $200. A one-time contribution is also wonderful.


Music Together  – A note from Ms. Kerby

Hello Music Together Families,

The children had fun doing a “Play-Along” this week, to find out what that is and see some pictures of it in action, check out the music newsletter!  The preschool Harvest Festival “Munch and Sing” is only 2 weeks away. Mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss it.

Sign up for food: Munch and Sing:

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Musically Yours,
Kami Kerby


Outdoor Environment – A note from Ms. Hubbard

One of the most peaceful and fulfilling parts of my week is our time spent in the Montessori Gardens for Outdoor Environment. All students in the Montessori program, from toddler through elementary, participate in Outdoor Environment time. Not only do we garden, do experiments, make art, and take care of the chickens, but we also build community through our excitement and love for the outdoors. The students come together several times a week to explore the wonder of a radish peeking up from the ground or gather around our worm bin to see how much compost we have made. All of our collective experiences are shared, discussed, journaled, and remembered as our care for nature helps to strengthen our community.


Peace Room

Dr. Maria Montessori is considered by many to be the original founder of peace education. Her pedagogy for peace is something that we still practice today. This year at San Tan Montessori, we have been striving to create peace within our community, with our celebration of Peace Friday each week, the peace pole and peace rocks we created, and our observance of the International Day of Peace. As we continue to evolve our peace curriculum, we hope to expand upon Dr. Montessori’s vision of peace in education by building a place where community members can come together to not only get inspired, but to also leave with the tools needed to build everlasting peace. Our dream is to create a Peace Room with that vision in mind: all conflicts can be resolved peacefully, we just need the tools, time, and knowledge to do so. In creating a peace library within our warm and inviting space to support discussion and resolution, we will continue to focus on the development of the whole child. By encouraging relational and critical thinking skills, we will be able to incorporate peace education into the natural learning practices that we are already immersed in on a daily basis. We are so excited to open our Peace Room for the 2020/2021 school year.

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Megan Hubbard


Health and Tower Garden – A note from Ms. Stapley

Staying well during cold and flu season takes a team approach. Join me in sincerely thanking Ms. Stapley for her passion for teaching and sharing healthy habits and information to help us be a healthy school community. Check out Ms. Stapley’s newsletter attached.

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Kindergarten Information Night

Mark your calendars to attend our Kinder Information Night…Thursday, November 14th starting at 5:30pm next week…


Kindergarten 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.

Please sign up:


Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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!




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:


For Small Hands – Discount Code

Support Montessori extensions at home-notate our customer # 165000 when ordering-see more information below about timeless toys fun for all ages!



Ms. Rita Sippel, M. Ed.

San Tan Montessori
Chief Customer Officer / Assistant Superintendent
San Tan Charter School, K-12

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 / / 480-222-0811 ex. 2


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