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Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School

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13612 S. 36th St. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:43 pm

Academics have always been a fundamental aspect when speaking about a school, but community involvement also helps hold the mold together.

Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School has always had a rich-community involvement, having community events at the school on a once-a-month occurrence.

Principal Kelley Brunner finds that the school community is always willing to help with any activities surrounding the school.

“I’ve been to a lot of schools and it really makes a difference with the more involved your school community is, the stronger the school is,” Brunner said. “We probably do more community events than most schools, as a way to build that positive relationship. It requires a lot of volunteers, we have volunteers during the school day to help and support children, and I do appreciate that. They work really hard for our schools, and for our teachers and children.”

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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