Nuts & Bolts

November 18, 2019

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Thank you!

I hope you have had a good weekend. Thank you all for working so hard getting the word out to families for our Booster Fun Run! The run was super fun and the whole thing was relatively easy - considering we made thousands of dollars. Remember, this is pretty much the only fundraiser the school does all year, so you efforts are most appreciated as we try to honor your time and sanity in not doing a bunch of nickel and dime fundraisers. MAPA's next and one, big fundraiser is Gala in the spring. We are finalizing all the details now - so stay tuned.

Please keep to your schedules and expectations of student behavior as high and consistent as possible this week. We don't want students to start their Thanksgiving breaks early. We will end our week with International Festival.

I wish you a relaxing, rejuvenating, safe, and happy Thanksgiving break with friends and family,


Health Inspection - Monday Morning!

The Weber county health inspector will visit this Monday at 9:30am. Please hold off on putting out snack until her inspection has ended. We will let everyone know when this happens. Some things that she looks for that you need to check in your classroom/school:
  • refrigerator and freezers each need a thermometer (DO NOT steal the kiva fridge's thermometers for your classroom)
  • all chemicals (especially in bottles) need to be in their original container or labeled with the name of the chemical
  • proper playground supervision
  • proper water temperature
  • medicines stored properly (in office only)
  • space heaters are NOT allowed
  • cleaning chemicals should be inaccessible to students - placed in either in a locked cabinet or in the teacher storage area that is also locked
  • knives are locked up

Please see me if you have any questions.

Tuesday's PLC - Change

We are slated to have a vertical PLC meeting this Tuesday and I'm changing that to have level PLCs meet instead. I'm sorry as I have not developed the vertical PLC plans as well as I would have liked. I think it's valuable for the levels to meet before International Festival and PTCs and PTCs sign-ups. Thank you.

JH PTCs & Parent Contact

Junior high is hosting parent-teacher conferences this week on Thursday and Friday from 3-7pm. They will be open house style in a common area.

Monday the 18th is designated for all JH teachers to contact parents regarding their child's progress. This is perfect timing to invite parents in to PTCs. Contact means that you have gotten some sort of email response acknowledging your email and/or you have talked to parent son the phone. Please see me if you have questions.

Elementary PTCs Sign-Ups Due

The year at a glance has that elementary teachers should have their parent teacher conference schedules up on Track it Forward and advertised to parents to sign up by Monday the 18th. It would be ok if your sign-ups and blog posts / emails went out Tuesday - in case you needed some assistance at PLCs Tuesday to get it all straight.
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International Festival - Friday

We have invited all families to visit the International Festival from 1-3pm this Friday. Please have all students' projects set-up well before 1pm. Students should be standing at their projects at 1pm ready to present. We want to allow students to visit other projects and will follow the schedule below. At these times, these students will not be at their project and visiting others:
  • 1:15-1:30pm - Level 1s
  • 1:30-1:45pm - Level 2s
  • 1:45-2pm - Level 3s
  • 2-2:15pm - Level 4s
  • 2:15-2:30pm - Level 5s
  • 2:30-2:45pm - Level 6s

Of the two adults in your classroom, one adult should always be in the area where your students are set-up and presenting, supervising them. The other adult should be wandering, supervising students who are viewing presentations. The office will announce when it's time for another level to rotate.

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Ogden Lights Parade & Feel the Love at MMA Day

MMA will be having a float in the Ogden Lights Parade again this year! Even though it is not mandatory and not on your year at a glance (until now) - I am asking and encouraging every staff member to be present and walk with us. You will need to be at our float in downtown Ogden by 5pm Saturday, November 30th. We will also need help setting up the float that Friday before or Saturday morning.

If you have or know of a parent that has a flatbed trailer for us to build the float - please tell them to reach out to me asap! We will have elementary students on the float and JH students walking with staff. Walkers will pass out MMA branded chapstick and fliers to advertise the Experience the Love at MMA Day on February 14th.

This is an event where other student can try out MMA for the day. We will encourage our students to bring their friends from other schools to see how MMA is different - hopefully inspiring them to apply to go to MMA this year or next.

Early Literacy Visit Debrief

Even though this info relates directly to EC and LE, it is important for every member of the MMA (teachers and assistants) to know and understand our literacy goals and progress toward them - so you can all be ambassadors of MMA and be able to talk intelligibly and accurately if someone asks why our scores are low and/or what we are doing about it.

Thank you to EC and LE teachers for letting the early literacy consultant from USBE, Kim, and I crash your classrooms last week during Deb's visit. These visits and our working with her is mandatory after we did not achieve all of our early literacy goals for USBE last year. The support staff and I are very excited work with her and make improve our approach and implementation to improving literacy at MMA. We were very proud to share our progress toward our goals and very excited to show off how hard you all and our students are working.

To be honest, the visit started a bit rough as she was asking questions like - Why aren't people doing more "teaching?" and Why doesn't your master schedule include a two hour block of ELA every day? We were able to give her a crash course in Montessori and MMA's specific journey toward improving literacy. Ms. Jalee and Ms. Jen saved the day when they came in to talk to her. Ms. Jalee did a great job representing LE, telling Deb how you all worked so hard to research and choose a reading curriculum and how you all are implementing it purposefully. Ms. Jen was able to explain the purpose behind how EC is set-up and why that is important to Montessori.

Deb's Next Steps report is posted below for your perusal. We must incorporate all of her suggestions. The good thing is that we already have/had a plan for incorporating her suggestions - even before her visit. The instructional team will be scheduling time in your PLCs to review these suggestions in more detail for EC and LE in the next few weeks. The instructional leadership team will meet with Deb online virtually every month. She will make another site visit in February.

Parent Aspire Accounts

Please be sure that you have posted the message about parents getting Aspire accounts as Autumn has emailed out previously. All student registration (for new and returning students) will be completed through Aspire. This new process will be more accurate and more efficient for us.

Cleaning Before Break

Please make sure your classrooms thoroughly before break, shelves, lockers and especially refrigerators, sinks, and microwaves. Please SUPER clean your adopt a spaces. Any refrigerator or food left in a common area will be cleaned out.
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Professional Learning Calendar Update

With Lana's departure, we will no longer be able to offer all of our staff the MANDT training any more as Lana was our certified instructor. We have updated the professional learning plan for this year to have more focus on literacy. We are excited to be able to provide LETRS training for our EC, LE, UE, and special education teachers. These teachers will
  • Understand the content and methodology of research-based, explicit, structured literacy instruction.
  • Deepen knowledge of the cognitive and language factors that shape student learning and of pedagogical detail.
  • Gain information about how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.

Don't worry; you don't have to do this on your own time if you use MMA time wisely. EC, LE, UE, and special education teachers will meet in the library to power through part I of this online course on all of the full-day PD days (Dec. 20, Jan 10, March 13, April 17). Support staff will be there to provide support and facilitate this learning. We will then use the May professional learnings days to complete part II of this course.

JH and teaching assistants will have alternate learning on these professional days. More info coming soon.

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Holiday Party - Food Update

Friday, December 6th Staff Holiday party in Ogden at the Fraternal Order of the Eagle (across from Home Depot on Wall Ave) 7-10pm. We have updated our food logistics and it is no longer a pot luck. We will be in touch with more details soon. Thank you, Autumn, for making the beautiful invitation.
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18 Advisory Meeting

18 Junior High Parent Contact

18 Elementary Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups Open

19 Vertical PLC Meetings (Mandatory for full-time staff)

21-22 Junior High Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:00-7:00pm

21 MAPA Gratitude Feast @ 12:00pm

22 International Festival 1-3pm

25-26 Teacher Compensation Day; No School

27-29 Thanksgiving Break; No School


2 Staff Meeting 3:30-5:00pm (Mandatory for all staff)

3 PLC Meetings (Mandatory for full-time staff)

6 MAPA Meeting @ 8:45am

9 SIT Meetings

9 Elementary Concert & Schoolwide Art Show @ 5:30pm

10 PLC Meetings (Mandatory for full-time staff)

10 Box Top Store (11:00am-1:00pm)

11 Junior High Concert @ 5:30pm

12 Lockdown Drill

12 Junior High Play @ 5:30pm

16 Elementary Progress Report Due (hardcopy to Lana and parents)

16 Advisory Meeting

17-19 Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences; Early Release

17-19 Book Fair/ PTC Meals provided for teachers/staff

17 Junior High PLC (Mandatory for full-time staff)

20 Professional Development; No School

TBD Box Top Store (11:00am-1:00pm)

23-31 Winter Break; No School

ICYMI - Click here for the October 7th N&B

I emailed N&B instead for the week of October 14th.