The Mata Memo
March 1, 2022
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
- 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!
Middle School Broadcast! Enjoy!
Campus Needs Assessment Meeting
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
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.https://forms.gle/EgcpcNaSRHotcGdS8
Por favor note que esta forma no remplaza la registracion. La registracion para el siguiente ano empezara abril 1 del 2022.
UNCF and Career Day
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.
"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!
Virtual Book Club Updates
Notifications of Offers to Choice and Magnet Schools
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. These could be published in the 21-22 yearbook.
SEL PRACTICES - OPTIMISM
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)
Did you Know?
702 total students
53% Female Students
47% Male Students
5% African American
2% Native American
60% Economically Disadvantaged
13% Special Education
17% Talented and Gifted
37% Emergent Bilingual
Mata's PTA Walking Group!
Parents, students, and community members can shout out a teacher, staff member, or Dallas ISD employee by visiting https://www.dallasisd.org/shoutout
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
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.