MMA Monday Montessori Moments

March 19, 2018

A message from our Instructional Coach, Nicoletta Householder

Raising Resilient Children at Home and School

Teaching and practicing strategies for youth to face challenges, helps children to cope with problems even when “we” are not there. Resilience strategies offer the ability for children to adapt to life tasks when faced with social disadvantages, stress, family or friendship problems, health concerns, financial worries, world problems, and more.

Everyday children are exposed to or experience a number of precipitating factors that can emotionally affect them. Building resilience in their lives offers children avenues to cope with their emotions, to communicate, to seek help, to self-regulate and to build trust in others and establish healthy relationships.

One Resilience model by Dr. Ginsburg is the 7C’s:

Competence: empower children to make decisions

Confidence: recognize children can do hard things

Connection: develop close time, create a common area or time to share time together

Character: develop morals and values

Contribution: share with children their source of purpose, what they contribute to life

Coping: provide children an opportunity to laugh, laugh with them, provide them an opportunity to talk, and different methods to relieve frustration and stress

Control: let children know they are ultimately in charge of their choices and the outcomes. Let children understand that they can make a difference.

If, as parents and teachers, we commit to addressing the child, we are helping a child every day to be stronger, to believe in themselves, to have self-confidence, and that they matter.

“Children need to know that there is an adult in their life who believes in them and loves them unconditionally.” (Dr. Ginsburg)

Resources to learn more about teaching and parenting Resiliency for our youth:

· Dr. Ginsburg- a variety of books and literature

· Christian Moore- The Resilience Break-Through, 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action

· Dr. Alan W. Brooks, Raising Resilient Children in a Trauma-Filled World (guest speaker at WSU)

Construction Update: Look at Us Grow!

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Woo hoo! We have windows and sheetrock is going up.
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Elementary Spring Concert

Ms. Clarissa cannot wait to show off the musical talents of our elementary students, but we NEED your help!!

Ms. Clarissa will need 2 volunteers to play piano for the concert or one person willing to help with all practices and both concert times. She will also need 2 parents volunteers per class for one practice and at the concert.

The Lower El concert pianist would come in to practice with us on April 9th-10th and 16th-17th from 10:00am to 2:15pm with an hour lunch break from 11:45am-12:45pm. We will also need the Lower El concert pianist to practice for an hour on April 20th in the morning (time TBD) and for the concert on April 20th 5:30-6:30pm.

The Upper El Concert pianist would come in to practice with us on April 11th-12th and 18th-19th from 10:00am to 2:15pm with an hour lunch break from 11:45am-12:45pm. We will also need the Upper El concert pianist to practice for an hour on April 20th in the morning (time TBD) and for the concert on April 20th from 6:30-7:30pm.

Ms. Clarissa will need 2 parent volunteers per class to come and help organize kids backstage. They will be needed for an hour in the morning on April 20th so we can practice what will happen backstage. Parent volunteers will then be needed at the concert at Weber HS from 5:15-6:00pm on April 20th for Lower El and 6:15-7:30pm for Upper El.

If you, or someone you know are able to help, please email Ms. Clarissa at

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Yearbook Orders

Final Days to order your 2017-2018 MMA Yearbook! Order online at Deadline for ordering is 11:59 pm April 15. Our yearbook code is 13283718

Wanted: Lost Montessori Materials

Our Montessori materials are beautiful and we know children love them. If you happen to find these lovely materials at home, please return them to school. These materials are expensive and very missed. Some works cannot be used at all if they are not complete. Thank you for your support.

Enrollment is now open!

Do you know anyone who would be interested in sending their children to Maria Montessori Academy? The Montessori method is the most widely and longest practiced form of education in the World. There are more than 22,000 schools in 110 countries worldwide. Current brain and educational research supports many of the practices perfected by Montessori teachers over the last 110 years.

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is open! Don't wait any longer to educate your child for a better world! Enroll now.

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You can learn more by visiting our website or call and schedule a tour to see this incredible method in action.

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MAPA Information

We need you!

MAPA Is looking for a President for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact if you or someone you know would be interested.

MAPA is our school's parent organization. Because of MAPA, we do not have to rely on monthly fundraisers- like wrapping paper and chocolates. School wide functions like Skate Night, Fall Festival, Gratitude Feast, Field Day and the Gala all happen because of MAPA. We do not want to lose out on these events.

Wanted: Parents interested in helping with fundraising for 2018-2019

We are in need of a Chair and Co-chair to organize our fundraising for the 2018-2019 school year. Committee members are also welcome! Funds raised will go towards all grade levels. We have streamlined things quite a bit so that there are only 4 major fundraising events throughout the year instead of one a month. We have had an incredible community response in donations to these events. The skeleton is pretty well in place- we just need parents to take it and run! If you are interested, please contact Ms. Rene at . We would like to meet with volunteers as soon as possible so that dates can be set and assignments can be given to give the committee a head start for next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Beers at (801)695-5864.

Calendar Of Events

Spring Break

Monday, April 2nd, 12am to Saturday, April 7th, 12am

This is an online event.

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MMA Teacher Spotlight-Ms. Kirsten (Upper Elementary Lead Teacher)

How did you find out about Montessori Education? I found out about Montessori Education when I started seeing signs hanging up around North Ogden about a new charter school that was being built in our area. I became curious about the school and started doing research about Montessori. I was immediately drawn to it and was “hooked”.

How long have you been at MMA? I have been at MMA for seven years. I spent the first two years as an assistant teacher and then decided I wanted to do the Montessori training and became an upper el lead teacher.

What is your favorite thing about MMA? I love all of the amazing people at MMA. The faculty, staff, parents, and students at MMA are amazing. I also love having students in my class for three years and really having the opportunity to get to know them and watch them learn and grow.

What is your favorite food? I love food! I don’t think I can choose a favorite. I do have an addiction to chocolate covered cinnamon bears.

What is your favorite color? I have always loved purple. My dad used to sing “Lavender’s Blue Dilly Dilly” to me all of the time when I was a little girl, so the color lavender has a special place in my heart.

What is your favorite movie? I am not a huge movie person, but when I was younger, I watched The Princess Bride, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice over and over again.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? My mom is Austrian and I grew up in Mississippi. I was also a dancer in my youth and had the opportunity to perform in Mardi Gras balls and parades.