The Mata Memo

December 7, 2021

Principal's Message

As we enter the final 2 weeks before the end of the semester, I wanted to share with you our vision and mission for Eduardo Mata Montessori School.

Our school's vision is to provide an academic foundation that allows our students to be successful life-long learners.

Our school's mission statement is to provide an authentic Montessori education by focusing on educating the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally for all children.

As we go about our day-to-day task of educating your children, we aim to keep those statements in mind. We also encourage our schoolwide rules for students. They are

Respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment.

Check out the SEL lesson below on how you can help foster and teach respect as well!

Next week, our campus will administer ACP exams. Please make sure that your child has brought their device and charger to school. Please also make sure that your child is well-rested, in attendance, and on time to class.

We are looking forward to a great week! Thanks for all that you do!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Mata Middle School Broadcast
  • Spelling Bee Winner
  • Mata's Teacher of the Year
  • Book Fair
  • Three Piggy Opera - 2nd Grade
  • Silent Sky
  • 5th Grade Poetry Slam
  • Oncor Race Details
  • Random Acts of Kindness Lesson - Respect
  • Winter Break Meals
  • Girl Scout Toy Drive
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Playwriting Contests
  • Samuel Grand Camps
  • Tutoring Waiver
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Dec 3rd-10th - Book Fair
  • Dec. 8th - Science Fair

  • Dec. 8th - Mata's Virtual Open House for Prospective parents

  • Dec. 11th - Oncor Kids Race

  • Dec 13-16th - 3rd-8th Grade ACPs

  • Dec. 15 - Silly Sweater Day

  • Dec. 17 End of Semester

  • Dec. 17 Pajama Day

  • Dec. 18- Jan 4 Winter Break

  • Jan 5 - Students Return Cycle 3 begins

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the Eduardo Mata's Spelling Bee Winners. 1st Place is Emma Longoria and second place is Cadance Donovan!

We will keep you posted on the students as they move to the District Spelling Bee!

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Teacher of the Year 2021/22

Congratulations to our theater teacher Mackie Bailey! Ms. Bailey was named Eduardo Mata's Teacher of the Year for 2021/22.

Book Fair! Dec 3rd-10th

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7th-8th Grade Theatre Presents SILENT SKY!

Our 7th and 8th-grade theatre students have been working tirelessly on their performance of Silent Sky. This one-act play will be entered in the district’s One Act Play competition and we are having performances for our friends and families next week!

Come see the performance next Tuesday-Thursday at 6:30 PM in the auditorium. Tickets are NOW FREE! Face masks and social distancing are required.

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The 3 Piggy Opera

Mata Montessori Lower Elementary 2nd Grade Classes Present:

“The 3 Piggy Opera”

Who: 2nd Grade Lower Elementary Students

When: Thursday, December 9th @ 1:20

(Stout, Blea, Osborne, Manske, & O’Dell)

Friday, December 10th @ 2:15

(Carbo, Cruz, Ochoa, Singleton, Salorio, & Gonzalez)

Where: Zoom

Meeting ID: 818 1168 0468

Passcode: piggy

Only 2nd grade will be performing in this show. 1st and 3rd graders will be watching their classmates perform.”

*Please be sure to log in on time. For security reasons, the waiting room will be enabled, and the directors may not be available to let you in once the show starts.

Check out a Sneak Peak Picture of the Three Piggy Opera - 2nd Grade Students

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Oncor Race Information

Date: Saturday, December, 11th

Location: Mata Montessori

Time: We are meeting at Mata at 9:00am and leaving on the bus at 9:30am

Departure: We are leaving Dallas City Hall Plaza at 12:00pm/ should be back at Mata by 12:30pm

Location: Dallas City Hall

Attire: Running shoe/ shorts/T-shirt/ sweat pants/ jacket/ beanie

Weather: High-57 Low- 36

- Students that have turned in the permission forms can ride on the bus

- Students that have not turned in permission forms can have their parents drive them to the event

- If you have any questions you can email me for more information

Thank you,

Coach Cisneros

P.E. Dept.

Poetry Slam for 5th Grade Students

If your 5th grader is interested please contact Priscella Ebiai at
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Girl Scout's Toy Drive! Donate by December 10th

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Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK)

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation believes "kindness starts with one, and there is no "one" better than you (the parent or guardian to your kids) to start a kindness revolution at home. You have the power to set a kind tone for your entire household". Download the parent / guardian guide to read details on how RAOK's Kindness at Home program works and to access free, quick, convenient kindness activities for families of all ages, discussion topics, and journal prompts emailed right to you. Check out the first of six lessons, Respect, below:

According to the RAOK Foundation, respect is a great way to show kindness at home! Respect means treating people, places, and things with kindness. Families learn how to show more respect to themselves because we can't respect others until we first respect ourselves. Then, talk about how to better respect others, even our siblings! What are some ways to show respect?

  • Use their name
  • Express sincere gratitude
  • Do more listening than talking
  • Talk more about them than about you
  • Be authentically interested
  • Be sincere in your praise
  • Show you care

Vaccination Clinics

Dallas ISD is collaborating with several organizations to offer Covid -19 vaccination Clinics for ages 5 and up at eight campuses. The following clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 20, for the first dose, and Saturday, Dec. 11, for the second dose. No appointment is necessary.

  • David G. Burnet Elementary School, 3200 Kinkaid Drive, Dallas, TX 75220
  • Cedar Crest Elementary School, 2020 Mouser St., Dallas, TX 75203
  • Gilbert Cuellar Sr. Elementary School, 337 Pleasant Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75217
  • Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School, 2808 Running Duke Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006
  • Umphrey Lee Elementary School, 7808 Racine Drive, Dallas, TX 75232
  • Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, 5314 Boaz St., Dallas, TX 75209
  • Charles Rice Learning Center, 2425 Pine St., Dallas, TX 75215
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls, 2617 N Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

Please see the Playwriting Contest shared by Ms. Bailey - Enjoy!

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Winter Break Distribution Sites

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Samuell Grand Rec Center Winter Break Camps

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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

Join PTA

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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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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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