The Mata Memo

April 12, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Mata Family!

I was once again filled with hope and joy as I visited classrooms this week. I saw how teachers are tracking data and are seeing the results of the work they are doing. I saw how Montessori lessons are being presented in a systematic and strategic way to reach the needs of students. Our team is working hard to ensure that your children are learning.

As we are nearing the final stretch of the year, there will be more opportunities for you to be involved as parents. Please mark your calendars to attend the many upcoming events! To start, please don't forget to sign up for the Rainbow Run Walk and Roll sponsored by PTA! This will be one of the first schoolwide events that we've been able to host in a while. The deadline to sign up will be Friday! We will also be hosting an on-campus talent show this year at the end of the month, now is the time for your child to sign up if interested. Please see below for details!

Read the rest of the memo very carefully! There is great information!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


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

Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Spring Testing Dates
  • After School Dismissal Safety
  • Parking on the streets
  • A message to 4th/5th Grade Students from Bailey
  • Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines
  • 5th Grade Science Saturday Camp at the Arboretum
  • Student Registration
  • Dyslexia Parent Meeting
  • PTA Officer Elections
  • Upcoming Talent Show
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip
  • 3rd Grade Theater Performance
  • 7th Grade Summer Opportunity
  • PTA's Event - Rainbow Walk, Run and Roll
  • Upcoming Summer Activities
  • Makerspace Club
  • Core 4 Shout Outs
  • Mata's PTA Walking Group
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • April 14th- Deadline to Nominate for PTA Officers

  • April 15th - Deadline to Register for the Color Run

  • April 15 & 18- Holiday/Inclement Weather Days - No School

  • April 21st - Dyslexia Parent Meeting 5:30

  • April 22nd - Earth Day

  • April 26th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Dallas Children's Theater

  • April 29th - Inclement Weather Day - No School

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In an effort to keep our students safe after school, we are asking that you use our carpool and walk-up lines on campus to pick up your children.

If you pick your students up under the Santa Fe Bridge, please note that this is not Dallas ISD property, and there is NO adult supervision. There are strangers and bikers constantly along that trail. If you are not arriving by 3:15, I encourage you to have your child picked up at the campus where they are supervised and safe.


Please be mindful of the new signs installed by the City of Dallas. Check your parking selection so you do not get ticketed.
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See Something, Say Something

Today, our 6th-8th grade students were trained in the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Program. Dallas ISD has partnered with Sandy Hood Promise to bring this reporting system to students in 6th grade and up. It is designed to eliminate violence of all kinds in schools, homes, and communities. The program aims to make sure students and educators have a safe environment to learn and teach in. The team at Sandy Hook promise seeks to do this in two ways. First, by educating students on recognizing signs in individuals that might be a threat to themselves or others. Then, teaching students to act immediately by telling a trusted adult or submitting a tip via the Anonymous Reporting System.

2022-2023 Returning Student Registration

All students must register for next school year. Registration is completely online and can be completed by going to Please complete registration as soon as you can! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sosa or Mrs. Leija in the front office.

Detailed instructions can be found in the Registration Guides below.

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Attention 4th Grade and Some 5th Grade Theatre Students

Current 4th grade theatre students (and 5th graders in group 4/5) are learning about scenic design. We are asking for them to bring a shoe box with a lid to create a set model! We need shoe boxes by 4/19.

Please email Ms. Bailey, with questions.

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Kindergarten students wrote and illustrated a short statement about a "persistent" woman in her or his life. This was influenced by all they learned about incredible women who made a difference during International Women's Month!

Enjoy these thoughtful writings!

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Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines

We are sharing the campus volunteers' and visitors' updates! The following guidelines have been issued:

  • Volunteers and visitors may come to campus only if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Campuses are limited to five volunteers per day.
  • Volunteers must self-report full vaccination against COVID.
  • In addition, all volunteers must follow all Dallas ISD safety guidelines; must not exhibit any COVID symptoms by performing a COVID-19 health check every day before coming on to district property and must not have had exposure to someone with COVID in the past week. Be sure to adhere to all District COVID-19 protocols and safety measures. Masks are recommended.
  • Volunteers who cannot adhere to the above statements will not be allowed to provide services to the campus. Volunteers must provide updated contact information in the event contact tracing is required.
  • In addition, all volunteers must be cleared for service according to the Dallas ISD VOLY volunteer management system.

You may contact Ms. Han or Ms. Lira in the main office if you need assistance.

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Attention 5th Grade Parents

Our 5th Grade will be taking the Science STAAR this year! In an effort to help prepare them, our campus will be sponsoring our 5th-grade students’ attendance in a Science Camp at the Dallas Arboretum.

They will attend a Closing the Gap Learning Series to help get 5th-grade students STAAR Science ready. It is a 6-week series. Each week covers a different TEKS cluster and includes a hands-on lab, STAAR practice questions, and a time to explore the garden to make garden connections. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30, starting April 2nd and runs through May 7th. Classes include parking and garden admission for your family.

Here is the link to learn more about the programming.

Please ensure that you have returned your child's permission letter and parent contact form. It was sent home by Mr. Delgado.

2nd Grade Field Trip

2nd-grade students will be attending The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Dallas Children’s Theatre on April 26th. Please see the attached flyer and permission slip. Signed Permission Slips are due by Friday, March 25th to Ms. Bailey. A yellow and white flyer was sent home Monday, March 21st.

Attention 3rd Grade Families!

Families of 3rd grade,

You are invited to join our zoom to view our 3rd-grade performance of “Oh the places I will go when I grow up”. In theatre class this semester, 3rd graders have learned the parts of a script and how to memorize lines. They have also learned about musical theatre and how to learn a musical theatre dance. We are putting these together in a very short showcase of one dance and a short reader's theater script in the courtyard (weather permitting). We are not allowed to have visitors on campus still, so we would like to invite you to join us on zoom! Please see below.


Wednesday, April 20th at 1:30 PM 3B (Stout, O’Dell, Mankse)

Wednesday, April 20th at 2: 30 PM 3B (Ochoa, Cruz, Carbo)

Thursday, April 21st at 1:30 PM 3A (Osborne, Blea, Mankse)

Thursday, April 21st at 2:30 PM 3A (Singleton, Salorio, Gonzalez)


Topic: 3rd Grade Performance

Meeting ID: 844 1733 3815

Passcode: mata


Third graders have permission to wear their “career day” attire to school on the day of their performance. Please note no weapons or costumes that promote violence are allowed. We encourage them to dress as who they want to be when they grow up.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Bailey at . Your homeroom teachers are not directly involved in this event so questions should be directed to the theatre teacher. I love forward to sharing this fun “introduction” to musical theatre with our 3rd grade families!

~Mrs. Bailey, Theatre

C5 Texas Program for 7th Graders

Current 7th graders are invited to apply for the C5 Texas Program, a five-year youth leadership program that engages students from under-resourced communities in five years of intensive leadership experiences, including year-round leadership development programs, signature summer activities, community action, and preparation for continuing education and career development.

If selected, students will participate in a leadership camp in Summer 2022

Interested students must:

• Submit a completed C5 Texas 202i Student Application by April 20, 2022.

• Email report cards/transcripts and letters of recommendation (may be clear photocopies) to recruitment@c5texas.orq by May 2, 2022. Students are encouraged to use a gmail address such as first name.last

Apply HERE

Rainbow Run, Walk, and Roll

Join us April 30 at Lindsley Park

Rainbow Run, Walk & Roll details are here!

Saturday, April 30, check-in at 8:30 am

Registration is $5. Raise $20 or more and receive a pair of sunglasses and plain white t-shirt to wear at the event.

Register on the fundraising website below and share with friends and family. All proceeds go toward field trips, programs, classroom materials and student enrichment. Every student benefits!

Register here:

Lots more details here:

Registration deadline is April 15.


¡Los detalles de Rainbow Run, Walk & Roll están aquí!

Sábado 30 de abril, check-in a las 8:30 am

La inscripción cuesta $5. Recauda $20 o más y recibe un par de anteojos de sol y una camiseta blanca para usar en el evento.

Regístrese en el sitio web de recaudación de fondos a continuación y comparta con amigos y familiares. Todos los ingresos se destinan a excursiones, programas, materiales para el salón de clases y enriquecimiento estudiantil. ¡Todos los estudiantes se benefician!

Registrarse aquí:

Muchos más detalles aquí:

Fecha limite de registro es 15 de abril.

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Makerspace Club

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Mata's PTA Walking Group!

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Summer Activities!

Dallas ISD Summer Breeze! and Summer Learning Guide

Please Click the Links below to Access the Summer Learning Guide for parents. It includes detailed descriptions of Dalla's Summer Offerings!


Click Here for English

Click Here for Spanish

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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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