Mountain West Montessori Newsletter

November 2019

Editor-in-Chief: Ms. Angie, Director

Managing Editor: Ms. Sheri, Assistant Director

Author: Ms. Sheri, Assistant Director



-HALLOWEEN: Thursday, October 31st

-MONSTER MASH: Thursday, October 31st 3:30 - 5:00 PM (Grades 4 - 9)

-PICTURE RETAKES: Thursday, November 7th

-FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT: Thursday, November 7th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

- NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK: Monday, November 25th - Friday, November 29th

-GEO BEE WRITTEN QUALIFYING TEST: Monday, December 2nd - Friday, December 6th (UE)

-NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK: Friday, December 20th - Friday, January 3rd


MONSTER MASH Halloween Party for Grades 4 - 9!

The 9th grade class is sponsoring a Halloween Party!

There will be treats and drinks, a costume contest, raffle prizes, limbo, and fun group games and dances. *Note: this is not "a dance" with any partner dancing, this is a party. Also, only 4th through 9th graders are invited (no LE students allowed).

DATE: Thursday, October 31st

TIME: 3:30 - 5:00 PM


ADMISSION: $5.00 (fundraiser for the 9th grade trip)

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Family Literacy Night is an event you do NOT want to miss! Come early to enjoy our 2 favorite food trucks, Waffle Love and Falafel Tree (5:30-7:30 PM). In addition, award-winning storyteller Jan Smith will be our highlighted guest for the evening, along with a literacy-themed escape room, puppet making, our own Shakespeare Club, and activities for all ages!

  • DATE: Thursday, November 7
  • TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Food trucks serve 5:30 - 7:30 PM)
  • LOCATION: Mountain West Montessori Academy


MWMA Podcast, "Do You See?"

Our school podcast, "Do You See?" is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Spreaker, and many of the platforms where you might go to get your podcasting fix! Go to your podcast platform of choice and search, "Do you see? Montessori" to find us and listen to our latest episodes. You can also find the podcast by clicking on the tiny microphone in the upper right hand side of our website

We just released 2 new episodes:

  • Episode 18, It's All in Your Head

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Kari discuss mindfulness. What is it? And is it a bunch of “woo” or is there solid research behind it? Ms. Angie dates herself with a classic “kids these days” statement and Ms. Kari teaches how breathing can activate the parasympathetic (“rest & digest”) nervous system.

  • Episode 19, You Asked, We Answered

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Audrey answer all those burning questions we received from students and parents, including the all-important one about Ms. Angie’s Tesla.

If you have a question or suggestion for a future podcast episode, please email us with the title "Podcast".



GRAND TOTAL OF DONATIONS: Almost $12,000.00!


  • We appreciate all the students that worked so hard gathering donations for our school! 19 students with the top donations enjoyed a Reward Activity: Wednesday, October 30th with a friend of their choice @ Obstacle Warrior Kids in Sandy!
  • A huge shout out to our parent lead, Leanette Golish, for making the 2019 Obstafun Jog-A-Thon the best yet!
  • Kudos and thanks to ALL the parent volunteers, teachers, and staff for their amazing support this year!
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Tree Utah Awarded MWMA A Tree Grant!

Did you know that Ms. Kari and Ms. Sheri recently supported some of MWMA's amazing 9th graders to write a tree grant? Even better, these students were AWARDED the grant and Tree Utah is donating 3 beautiful, fast growing trees to our school!

Tree Utah will be at MWMA Friday, November 15th to deliver the trees and support teachers, students and parents in planting our new trees! If you are available to help on November 15th and are looking for a meaningful way to get your volunteer hours in, please email Ms. Kari!


Geography Bee 2020 for Upper Elementary Students

If you have an upper elementary student that loves Geography, encourage them to participate in MWMA's 2020 Geography Bee!

Important Dates

  • Preliminary qualifying written test (20 minutes timed): Students wishing to participate, may take this test (administered in their classrooms) Dec. 2 - 6. Students can prepare for the preliminary written test by using the “Student Toolkit” & additional resources at NATGEOBEE.ORG.
  • Ten qualifying students (based on preliminary qualifying test scores) will be announced December 12th.
  • School Geography Bee: Thursday January 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM in the Library.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to support, contact


Parent Compact

Did you know that MWMA has a Parent Compact that outlines parent, teacher, student, and director responsibilities to help us all work as a team for the benefit of your student’s education? You can check it out on our website under “Policies and Guidelines” by clicking the “MWMA Parent Compact” link or check it out here:

Parents have the right to request and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher. If you have any questions or want more information please contact our school’s Principal, Ms. Angie. At MWMA we pride ourselves in having highly qualified faculty members.



Ms. Marianne Noble

Building Resilience

One of the most important gifts we can give our children is the gift of resilience. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg has identified the 7 “C’s” of resilient children.

  • Competence - the feeling that you can handle a situation.
  • Confidence - a child's belief in their abilities.
  • Connection - ties to family and community.
  • Character - a set of morals and values for your child to follow.
  • Contribution - realizing that the world is a better place because they are in it.
  • Coping - learning how to deal effectively with stress.
  • Control - feeling empowered to make changes as they are needed.

If you would like more information on resilience in children, I would recommend the book: A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg.



Ms. Tracy Joost, Upper Elementary Teacher

Ms. Tracy is very grateful to be a part of Mountain West Montessori Academy and the Montessori model of education. Specifically, she enjoys teaching in a multi-age classroom and the opportunities for growth through mentoring that happens for students. She also loves the hands-on Montessori materials and has witnessed the magical learning that happens when students use these materials.

Ms. Tracy's first degree was from Brigham Young University in Clothing and Textiles. She spent many years working in the costume industry in Southern California. When life took her family to Arizona, she decided to try her hand at teaching. Ms. Tracy was hired to teach a small special education class and fell in love with the kiddos and the job very quickly. Then Ms. Tracy received a post- baccalaureate Special Education Certification.

Ms. Tracy has 4 adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. She loves to create and decorate, sew and quilt, and live life with children around her.

Ms. Allison Fairbourne, Middle School Teacher

Ms. Allison teaches history, humanities, and geography at Mountain West Montessori Academy. Like most people, she has dreams. One of those dreams was to jump out of perfectly good helicopters into flaming trees. She spent 6 years working for the United States Forest Service as a wild land firefighter. However, she had a nagging voice in her head reminding her that her ultimate dream was to become an educator. In college, she studied as many subjects as possible, traveled to faraway places, and became a professional chainsaw operator. At the University of Utah, Ms. Allison studied psychology, film, gender studies, history, language arts and even took a class on dinosaurs. After a decade of enjoyable, yet productive shenanigans, she earned a Bachelors of Arts in English Teaching and a History Teaching minor from the University of Utah, and a Masters in Teaching from Westminster College. Ms. Allison plans to return to school in 2020 to earn her doctorate degree.

Ms. Allison believes that every child has a right to an equitable education incorporating aspects of a happy and authentic life. In addition every child should be given the time, resources, space, skills, tools, and encouragement to figure out how to live.


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November's Quote

Food is everything.

Friends, family: Those are the most important things in life.

~Zac Posen