The Mata Memo

March 1, 2022

Principal's Message

Mata Family!

It is now March, and we are marching closer to Spring Break. This week and next week, students in 3rd-8th grade will be administered Common Assessments for the 3rd Quarter. Next Friday also marks the end of this grading period. Please check in with your teachers to see how your students are coming along with completing their Montessori assignments.

There are lots of ways that we would love to hear from you this month. First, join our SBDM subcommittee in a discussion around our Campus Needs Assessment for our Campus Improvement plan. You will have an opportunity to share your thoughts on our strengths and opportunities. You can register below. We would also like you to complete the parent survey for the district, this shares how our school is doing overall! And lastly, we are in the process of planning for next year, please let us know if you are coming back.

Thank you for your feedback in advance, and as always thank you for your partnership with us!

Have a fabulous week!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


P.S. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MontessoriMata

Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Middle School Broadcast
  • Campus Needs Assessment Meeting
  • New Mask recommendations
  • Student Intent to Return
  • Career Day Sign UP
  • UNCF
  • Dallas ISD Parent Survey
  • 2-22-22 Activities
  • Makerspace Club
  • Virtual Book Club
  • Notification of Offerings
  • 5 Roles of Accelerating Learning Workshop
  • Mental Health Parenting Group Sessions
  • Uniform Closet
  • Seussical the Musical!
  • Core 4 Shout Outs
  • Yearbook pictures
  • Mata Family Field Trip
  • Mata's PTA Walking Group
  • SEL Practices
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • March 1, 2, 8, 9th - Common Assessments

  • March 1st - Campus Needs Assessment Meeting - See below to register to attend!

  • March 8 & 10th - Seussical Kids Musical

  • March 11th - Career Day

  • March 14-18th - Spring Break!

Middle School Broadcast! Enjoy!

Campus Needs Assessment Meeting

Mata's Site Based Decision Making Committee(SBDM) invites all community members to participate in the school's Needs Assessment for the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 6 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 857 3293 6218 Passcode: 436841). This meeting is an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback about Mata's Goals/Performance Objectives/Strategies for the 2021-2022 school year. Advanced registration is encouraged and registrants will receive an electronic copy of the CIP to review before the meeting. Please contact SBDM Vice Chair and meeting host Shawn Ashmore if you have any questions.

Effective Feb. 28 district shifts to masks recommended

Dallas ISD has remained consistent with a mask protocol to help protect students, staff, and families from the COVID-19 virus – and its variants. Over the last month, the numbers have been encouraging as positive cases continue to decrease districtwide. Effective on Monday, Feb. 28, masks will no longer be a requirement on district property, however, they will be recommended.

As you may have also heard, Dallas County recently transitioned to Level Orange. This additional measure gives us greater confidence to adjust some of our protocols. School visitors and volunteers will be allowed on a limited basis and masks are recommended while inside. Campuses will receive further guidance detailing the specifics on the updates.

Athletics events will still adhere to social distance practices where possible under the new mask recommendation. Cleaning and sanitizing protocols will remain in place. Additionally, campuses may continue to host co- and extra-curricular activities, competitions, or programs that for students to safely participate and engage.

The district continuously monitors data and local developments related to the health and safety of all and may consider other protocols, if needed. Thank you for your compliance this year, and Dallas ISD looks forward to returning to some sense of normalcy.

Student Intent to Return to Mata Montessori

Mata Montessori and the Office of Transformation and Innovation are working together to identify available slots for the 2022-2023 school year. Please let us know if your child will be returning to Mata Montessori next year. Please complete this form

by Monday March 21, 2022.

Please note: This form is not registration for next school year. Registration will open up on April 1, 2022.

Mata Montessori y la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación están trabajando juntos para identificar los asientos disponibles para el año escolar 2022-2023. Por favor, háganos saber si su hijo(a) va a estar regresando a Mata Montessori el próximo año. Por favor complete antes del lunes 21 de marzo de 2022.

Por favor note que esta forma no remplaza la registracion. La registracion para el siguiente ano empezara abril 1 del 2022.

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Career Day is Friday, March 11th!

Interested in volunteering for Career Day? Please sign up here!

UNCF and Career Day

Our school is participating in the District’s Annual fundraiser, United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Any qualifying senior within the district is able to apply for this scholarship. This year our students have an opportunity to participate as well.

Thursday, March 4, 2022, is Donate your Change or Bring your pennies day. All students are encouraged to participate. This is an opportunity for them to combine their funds to help others and support districts initiatives. There will be a container in the main office where they can place any cash donations.

Also, March 11th is Career Day. Students may participate by wearing their future Career attire or jeans with a College or Mata shirt.

Thank you for supporting UNCF.

2022 Dallas ISD Parent Survey

To share your opinion, click on this link:

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"Twosday" 2-22-22 Check out Some of the Pics and Activities!

Students in some classes learned to replicate the concept of a "Palindrome". Other classes participated in A Heart Cut in two with Math problems, students found who had the answers to their problems! Students also worked in pairs and created 2 syllable poems. One class also stopped and danced for 2 minutes at 2:22!

The campus had a wonderful time!

Makerspace Club

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Virtual Book Club Updates

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Notifications of Offers to Choice and Magnet Schools

Due to the various inclement weather closures as well as Covid 19 precautions over the last few weeks, Magnet assessments, ECHS/PTECH interviews, International Baccalaureate assessments, and Out of District Standardized Testing sessions were canceled and rescheduled.

Parents will receive official status notification via their Choose Dallas ISD application (SchoolMint) portal on March 9, 2022.

Como consecuencia de los cierres escolares causados por el mal tiempo, así como las medidas contra el Covid 19 de las últimas semanas, se cancelaron y reprogramaron las evaluaciones para escuelas magnet, las entrevistas para ECHS/PTECH, las evaluaciones para Bachillerato Internacional y las sesiones de exámenes estandarizados externas.

Los padres recibirán un aviso del estado oficial por medio del portal de solicitud de Choose Dallas ISD (SchoolMint) el 9 de marzo de 2022.
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Check out our Parent Sponsored Mata Family Field Trip!

Mata Family Field Trip

Nasher Sculpture Center

March 5, 11am-1pm

2001 Flora Street, 75201


Join Mata Families at the Nasher Sculpture Center for fun artmaking activities, yummy cake pops, and looking at cool art! Mata parent Melissa Gonzales will lead short tours for families at 11:30 and 12:30.

The Nasher is free all day. Family activities take place from 11:00-1:00.

¡Únase a las familias de Mata en el Nasher Sculpture Center para disfrutar de divertidas actividades artísticas, deliciosos cake pops y contemplar obras de arte geniales! Melissa Gonzales, madre de Mata, conducirá recorridos cortos para familias a las 11:30 y 12:30. El Nasher es gratis todo el día. Las actividades familiares tienen lugar de 11:00 a 1:00.

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Yearbook Candid Pictures Please!

The yearbook staff needs your help! If you have photos of your student on the first day of school, Red Ribbon Week, or pajama day, please email them to These could be published in the 21-22 yearbook.


Raising an Optimistic Child

Children who practice optimistic thinking are more resilient and see negative situations and events as temporary setbacks. While pessimistic kids blame themselves and believe conditions and circumstances are permanent. How can you go about raising an optimist? Here is a suggestion that you can start practicing today!

Examine Negative Narratives

Teach your child to examine familiar negative narratives with an optimistic explanatory style. A child who fails a math test may say, "I'm bad at math." In contrast, a child with a more optimistic explanatory style may say, "I didn't study—that's why I failed the test." (Edutopia)

A Little Spot of Optimism By Diane Alber | Read Aloud Fun

Did you Know?

Do you know the breakdown of Mata Montessori's students? Check it out!

702 total students

53% Female Students

47% Male Students

18% White

5% African American

72% Hispanic

2% Native American

6% Asian

2% Multi-Race

60% Economically Disadvantaged

13% Special Education

17% Talented and Gifted

37% Emergent Bilingual

Mata's PTA Walking Group!

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Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here!

Check out their webpage at

Sign up for the PTA newsletter: Click Here

Dallas ISD School Safety Protocols

Parents and caregivers, please see Dallas ISD's School Safety Protocol for Parents Handbook 2021-2022 Download and view the handbook here:
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Core 4

The district wants to hear stories about how our staff members are putting Core 4 in action by being fast, flexible, friendly, and focused!

Parents, students, and community members can shout out a teacher, staff member, or Dallas ISD employee by visiting

Some of the top shoutouts will be spotlighted on social media, the Core 4 webpage, and in a monthly e-newsletter!

Action for Happiness Calendars

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Mata Montessori School's Vision and Mission

Vision Statement: To provide an academic foundation which allows our students to be successful life-long learners.

Mission Statement: To provide an authentic Montessori education by focusing on educating the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally for all children.

Mata Montessori School's Key Actions

  • Maintain a climate and culture that fosters academic excellence.
  • Improve quality of instruction and student achievement through an aligned Montessori curriculum.
  • Actively engage parents in education in meaningful and relevant ways.

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