The Mata Memo

February 15, 2022

Principal's Message

Mata Family!

Valentine’s Day was yesterday, and it was nice to see students bringing gifts, cards, candy, balloons, and much more to express their appreciation for each other and our staff. Here at Mata, I would like to say the hearts represent the love we have for our students, and we are happy to serve them with our whole hearts.

We pride ourselves in teaching with heart because we focus on the academics of our students as well as the whole child. Our priority is to build relationships, be caring, and create an environment where students feel safe to learn and are happy to be in school, and supported by their teachers. We are glad we can collaborate on this effort for your children with you!

There are many important reminders for this week. The deadline to order Seussical tickets is this Friday. We are also hosting our Cultural Intelligence and Climate Committee meeting this week. We also encourage you to register for our Campus Needs Assessment meeting. We would love to hear feedback from you!

Remember there is no school on Monday, February 21st.

As always, thank you for your collaboration and support of Mata Montessori!

Have an excellent 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
  • Black History Month
  • Middle School Broadcast
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • 2-2-22 "Twosday" Event!
  • CICC Committee Meeting
  • Campus Needs Assessment Meeting
  • Sweetheart Read Feedback
  • NAEP
  • Career Day Sign UP
  • Destination Imagination Congratulations
  • Mental Health Parenting Group Sessions
  • International Festival
  • Seussical the Musical!
  • February is Heart Health!
  • Clean Team Pics
  • Book Club Updates
  • Covid 19 Testing
  • Core 4 Shout Outs
  • Yearbook pictures
  • Mata's PTA Walking Group
  • SEL Practices
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Feb. 17th - CICC Meeting

  • Feb 17-18th - International Festival

  • Feb. 21st - President's Day No School

  • Feb 22nd - "Twosday"

  • Feb. 25th - African American Read-In

  • March 8 & 10th - Seussical Kids Musical

  • March 11th - Career Day

February is Black History Month

For Black History Month, Dallas ISD is providing a series of highly engaging programs and activities centered around the celebration, empowerment, remembrance, and appreciation of our Black students' cultural heritages. Our 2022 theme is "Legacy."
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Middle School Broadcast! Enjoy!

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International Festival

This year's International Festival will be an campus event only. Each class will be creating a classroom display as well as an optional video. Each class will visit the showcase of videos and posters on February 17-18 during school. Please see your child’s teacher for more classroom-specific information.

CICC Committee this Thursday, Feb. 17th at 5:30

Our goal is for Mata to have an inclusive community where everyone feels welcome. What are we doing well? How could we improve? Join us Thursday to share your ideas. Parent voices needed!

Zoom Info:

Meeting ID: 829 6981 9635

Passcode: CICC

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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.
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Mata Theatre is presenting Seussical the Musical!

The performance dates will be Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 PM and Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 pm.

Due to social distancing, we will be doing assigned seats, purchased in advance. All audience members must have tickets for the performance and NO tickets will be sold at the door. Only advance tickets sales are allowed. You will receive a confirmation email with your seat numbers. They will have your name on them the evening of your performance. Please arrive early to ensure you have time to claim your ticket and find your assigned seat! The auditorium will open at 5:30 pm.

All audience members must have a ticket to attend the performances on March 8th or March 10th and all tickets must be purchased by Friday, February 18th.

Click below for an order Form

Sweetheart Read!

The Sweetheart Read was a success! We would like to thank all of our Community Volunteers and Parents! Thanks to everyone who took the time to plan and execute this event for our students! Here is some of the great feedback from teachers!

"The readers we had were very engaging and picked great books."

"Loved it!!"

"My students really enjoyed the stories."

"Thank you for organizing this endeavor."

"I liked the freedom to join whenever. The students liked seeing parents they know read stories!"

"We enjoyed the fact that we were able to identify how great readers read with expression and change voices for different characters."

We can't wait to do it again next year!

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Fifty of Eduardo Mata Montessori School 4th grade students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 22, 2022. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The assessment is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card. We know that Mata Montessori’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.

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Career Day is Friday, March 11th!

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

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!

Rose, Thorn, Bud

Pessimistic parents raise pessimistic children. Rather than grumbling exclusively about the day's thorns, why not focus on the day's roses and something you are looking forward to (rosebud)? Learn more here. (Family Dinner Project)

Mata's PTA Walking Group!

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Mata's Clean Team!

Did you know that every week a couple of our classes go out to the playground and help clean up?

Check out Ms. Calderon's class this week as they gave back to our school environment through service!

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Destination Imagination

Congratulations to all 5 of our Destination Imagination teams from Mata! They did an excellent job this past weekend at the Winter Blitz event!

Our lower el Engineering team the “Smartiez” came in 4th place at the district tournament. Students include:

Emma Cooper

Elijah Gonzales

Faith Tidwell

George Jackson

Donavan Tipps

Charlotte Cooper

EmmaMae Vollmer

Our Destination Imagination team the Drama Llamas had a great performance!

Team members are:

Emma Calhoun

Kassie Rodriguez

Alex Soto

Damien Morales

Milah Spragling

They came home with a 6th place win!

Rising Mata Montessorian Team :Participation Award

Isabella Leija

Brandon Martinez

Juan Jose Mendoza

Anthony Chavez

Dominic Sanchez

Isabella Santoyo

Mata Montessorian Eagles Team:

Katherine Barajas

Camila Lizcano

Carly Martinez

Arianna Chavez

Yareli Mendoza

Jemera Howard

Jadeh Santoyo

This team won 3rd place in the Tricky Tales Middle School Level Competition!!!

Mata Montessorian Team:

Cristian DeLara

Ethan Gomez

Ian Curiel

Ruben Carmona

Oscar Mejia Ramos

Emiliano Escobar

Mackenzi Sanchez

This team won 1st Place in the Roll With It Middle School Level Competition and will be representing Mata at the State Level Competition at UT Arlington!!!

Thank you Ms. Miner, Ms, Manske, and Ms. Vazquez for your sponsorship! The students had an excellent time and did an outstanding job!

DI- Roll With It: Mata Montessori

Middle School Theatre Competition

Our middle school students recently competed against other district middle schools in the All-City Theatre Festival. Congratulations to Lena Zimmerman and Carlos Olay for placing 5th.

Congratulations to Rico Contreras and Camila Cedillo for placing 4th in the duet acting competition!

A Big Congratulations to Elliana Mitchell and Judith Guthrie for placing 3rd!

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February is Heart Health Month: Give your heart some love

Heart disease and stroke are the main causes of death in the United States, but the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent developing either.

Read Here to Learn More

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 Updates for Campus Visitors

While Dallas County is in Level Red, campus visitors and volunteers will not be allowed. We will use virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.

Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

  • Please self- screen before entering any Dallas ISD facility. If visitors have COVID-19 symptoms, or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, they must notify the campus and remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry.

  • All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face masks.

  • Visitors will stand behind the shield guard installed at reception desks or recommended 6 feet distance.

  • Any individuals permitted to proceed beyond the reception area must follow all safety and campus protocols.

  • Parent curbside pick up of students and materials

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!

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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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