MMA Monday Montessori Moments

February 5, 2018

A message from our Director, Rene Baker

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Teacher Professional Learning

Professional learning for teachers is very important to MMA and we devote a healthy portion of our budget to make this investment in our staff. This year MMA awarded scholarships to:

  • 10 individuals to attend Montessori Assistant Training with several full-day sessions throughout the year hosted at MMA
  • 14 individuals to attend Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training in January
  • 4 individuals to attend the Utah Montessori Conference in Salt Lake City in February (6 more teachers also attended on their own)
  • 7 Junior High teachers to continue their training at the Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program in Cincinnati in February
  • 4 individuals to attend Montessori Educational Programs International Conference in South Carolina in February
  • 10 individuals to attend American Montessori Society Conference in Denver in March

A Sorenson Foundation Grant was awarded to 6 of our teachers to attend the annual Utah Science Teachers Association in February. In January, 6 teachers attended the Weber State University's Arts Integration Conference. In March, 9 individuals are attending the Utah Middle Level Conference. Our teachers also attend professional learning on their own and several teachers are currently engaged in graduate work.

In addition to attending conferences, our staff are also chosen to present at state and national level conferences. I am very proud of the growth mindset possessed by our staff and their commitment to their own professional learning. This commitment translates into better teaching and learning experiences for your children.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Please check your child's classroom blog for more information.

Recruiting MAPA Vice President / President

MAPA Board is currently looking for a Vice President for the remainder of the year who will then become the President for the 2108-2019 school year. Please contact if you or someone you know who would be interested.

If you don't know what MAPA is... it is our school's PTA program. The Fall Festival, Gala, book fairs, teacher appreciation, classroom safety kits, box tops (and more!) all happen because of MAPA. We want these wonderful events and opportunities to continue to happen for our school and students, so keep your eyes and ears open for someone who would do a great job!

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Recruiting Science Fair Volunteers

We are in need of food, judges, and scorers for the Science Fair on Wednesday, February 21st. If you (or anyone you know) are interested in the opportunity, please sign up here:

For more information, contact:

Michelle Olsen (

John Edwards (

Nicoletta Householder(

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 and our first lottery pull will be on February 1st. Don't wait any longer to educate your child for a better world! Enroll now.

We MUST be the change we wish to see.

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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Your opinion is important to us!

Please take a moment and rate us on our official Facebook page and on google.
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MAPA Information

Dear Parents,

Still looking to fill your 40 hours? We have the solution! Sign up to help at the Book Fair and with the Teacher Appreciation dinners during the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences.

Go to track it forward at

*Please note the dinners for teachers will be a little different this time. The Jr. High’s conferences are the week after the elementary so we have two dinners set up for the week of the elementary PTC and one dinner for the Jr. High the following week.

I hope you all got your invitations for the upcoming Gala. Your student should have brought them home to you, so check their backpacks. We are offering a pre-sale price on tickets purchased before March 10th.

Purchase online at or

MAPA will be at the school during these times:

. Wed February 14 1:00-6:00 pm

· Thu February 15 1:00-6:00 pm

· Fri February 16 1:00-6:00 pm

· Fri February 23 3:00-4:00 pm

· Fri March 9 3:00-4:00 pm

Regular Price Ticket Sales

· Wed March 14 3:00-4:00 pm

· Thu March 15 3:00-4:00 pm

Thank you,

Heidi Bradley

MAPA President

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Gala Donations Needed!

Plans for our annual Gala are underway! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and 100% of the proceeds benefit the students of MMA. Past year's proceeds have purchased computers, playground and PE equipment, classroom grants, and so much more! Every year MAPA asks each classroom to donate a basket for our silent auction. If you have a connection to items that would benefit any of the baskets listed regardless of your student's class, please consider donating. Watch for a request from your students room parent for more details. If you don’t see your child’s class on this list, please contact the teacher and possibly offer to help create a basket for the Gala. As always, any items donated go toward your service hours.

Jr. High- Mindfulness Basket

Ms. Amy- Cooking Basket

Ms. Brittany- Exercise Basket

Ms. Kaley- Golf Basket

Ms. Joy- Rainy Day Basket

Ms. Jen- Gardening Basket

Ms. Laura- Kid Craft Basket

Ms. Jill- Art Basket

Ms. Lana- Movie Basket

Additional baskets not connected to a classroom:

-Car Cleaning Basket

-Spa Basket

-Wine Basket

If you are willing donate any items to these baskets, please email me at, or drop items off to the office with a note explaining which basket the items belong to:)


Thanks for all your help!


Sneak Peek of Gala Art

Gala Art is underway! Here is a sneak Peek of the 4th grade art project. Each 4th grader has contributed to this beautiful painting. This piece of art and many more will only be available during our annual art auction at our gala.
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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 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, and 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 by Feb.1. We would like to meet with everyone as soon as possible so that dates can be set for next year's events and assignments can be given on things that need to be started on to give the committee a head start for next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Beers at (801)695-5864.
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Update on Track it Forward

We hope you all are enjoying the track it forward program. All events whether it is school wide or for the class room will be through track it forward from now on. There is a way to categorize events by teacher, school wide or both together:

1. Login to you track it forward account

( if you have not signed up please do so by going here

2. Click on event sign ups

3. Click on filter by category (the little blue writing on the sample pictured)

4. You can then select what categories you want to see the calendar for. For example if you want to see only Ms. Joy’s sign ups click on Ms. Joy. If you want to see just Ms. Joy’s and the school wide events click on both Ms. Joy and school wide. You can do as many as you want.

5. If you do not see your teachers name on the category selection yet, be patient. They have not yet created an event on the track it forward calendar yet. But there next event will be on there. So keep a watch out:)

6. Sign up for event and your done. Track it forward will email you a reminder 2 days before the event.


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Calendar Of Events

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MMA Spotlight-Ms. Magdalena (Custodian)

How did you find out about Montessori Education? My work (Toone Commercial Cleaning)

How long have you been at MMA? 7 years

What is your favorite thing about MMA? Everyone is so kind

What is your favorite food? Salads and Fruit

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite movie? I like music

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I am 59 years old

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Pizza Form Reminder

Remember pizza money is due Wed by 9:00 am. If money is received after 9:00 am, it will be applied to the following week.
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6th Grade Chaperone Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 5-7pm

MMA Library

Jr. High Stomp

Friday, Feb. 9th, 4-6pm