The Mata Memo

February 1, 2022

Principal's Message

Mata Family!

We at Mata are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive difference in your children's lives. We are grateful to partner with you to prepare them for life.

Our students come first to us and we aim to give them our very best, as do you. Thank you for trusting us on this journey of excellence for students.

Have an excellent week!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


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

Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • The Middle School Broadcast
  • Mata Montessori Middle School Information Session
  • Destination Imagination Winter Blitz
  • 100th Day of School Pics
  • Covid 19 Testing
  • Core 4 Shout Outs
  • Yearbook pictures
  • YMCA Spring Sports - Sign up
  • Mata's PTA Walking Group
  • SEL Practices
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Feb. 3-4th - School Closed Inclement Weather

  • Feb. 14th - Sweetheart Read

  • Feb. 17th - New Date for CICC Meeting

  • Feb 17-18th - International Festival

  • Feb. 21st - President's Day No School

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The Mata Middle School Broadcast! - Enjoy!

Winter Weather - School Closed Feb. 3rd-4th

Due to anticipated inclement weather, all Dallas ISD schools and administrative offices will be closed Thursday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 4. For additional updates, please visit or the district’s social media channels. Stay warm and safe, and we look forward to reopening schools and offices next week.

Debido al mal clima que se anticipa, todas las escuelas y oficinas administrativas de Dallas ISD permanecerán cerradas el jueves y el viernes, 3 y 4 de febrero. Para más información visite o siga las redes sociales del distrito. Permanezcan abrigados y a salvo, y esperamos reabrir las escuelas y oficinas la siguiente semana.

Middle School Information Meeting for 6th Grade Parents

Please see the video and presentions from this past Monday's Mata Middle School Information Meeting!



Destination Imagination Winter Blitz

Check out some of the pictures from the Destination Imagination Winter Blitz! The students had a blast!

Check out Some of our 100th Day of School Highlights!

Dallas ISD Solo and Ensemble Evaluation

Congratulations to our middle school orchestra students who participated in the Dallas ISD Solo and Ensemble evaluation. These students performed and recorded their prepared solos along with piano accompaniment and were heard and evaluated this past Saturday.

Receiving a 2nd Division, “Excellent” rating were:

Katherine Barajas, 6th grade violin

Albert Rodriguez, 6th grade viola

Amir Ochoa, 7th grade violin

Mayah Reyes, 7th grade violin

Milad Oropeza, 7th grade violin

Emily Martinez, 7th grade viola

Receiving 1st Division, “Superior” rating were:

Maylee Resendiz, 6th grade cello

Yamileth Hernandez Garcia, 7th grade cello

Melony Hurtado, 7th grade violin

Julio Leyva-Barahona, 7th grade viola

Daniella Soria, 8th grade violin

Abbey Jackson, 8th grade violin

Kaylee Resendiz, 8th grade violin

Emma Longoria, 8th grade violin

Mackenzie Upham, 8th grade viola

We are proud of the way you stepped up to this challenge and represented Eduardo Mata in such a positive manner. Keep up the great work and again, congratulations to all!

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!

Yearbook Candid Pictures Please!

The yearbook staff needs your help! If you have photos of your student on the first day of school, Red Ribbon Week, or pajama day, please email them to These could be published in the 21-22 yearbook.

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Stay calm when you're angry.

Do you know what your “triggers” are? How do you talk about coping with anger as a family? Modeling self-management, or cool-down, strategies will help your child develop their own coping and self-control. So before you react to a trigger, respond by saying “I’m feeling very upset, so I’m going to take a couple of deep breaths before we talk about this.” Want to practice mindfulness and learn more about the impact of stress on the body? Click on the video below

Mata's PTA Walking Group!

Please tell us your preferences here!

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Covid Quarantine, Isolation, and Testing Updates! - Please Read

Please do not send your child to school sick. Symptoms of Covid include headache, sore throat, runny nose, cough, congestion, and fever. Many are reporting cold and allergy-like symptoms. If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms please do not send them to school and call your healthcare provider. If your child has been tested for Covid-19 and results are pending, do not send your child to school until a negative result is received.

Rapid antigen testing is available on campus! To help keep Mata a safe learning environment, Nurse Nikki is able to test students in the school clinic. At this time tests will only be offered for Mata students on campus who are symptomatic. Written and verbal consent from a parent or guardian must be acquired prior to administering a test. If you would like to provide consent for your Mata student for rapid antigen testing on our campus, please fill out the consent form here: Our campus access code is EDMATA. We encourage you to provide consent for your student in advance to streamline the testing process. Each consent is valid for the remainder of the school year.

This link is only valid to provide consent for minors under 18 years old. The district will not be testing parents, siblings of students, or other community members. Each DISD campus has a unique access code, so if you have other DISD students, please contact their campus nurse for an access code.

If your student has been exposed to a positive person and/or is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, please keep him or her at home and call the clinic for the next steps. Again, please do not send your child to school sick. It is imperative that parents assist us in maintaining the health and safety of those on campus. If you have any questions regarding Covid-19 testing or exposure policies, please call the clinic at 972-749-7519.


New quarantine and isolation policy changes have been announced from DISD to reflect recent CDC guidance. As of January 10th, students who test positive for Covid-19 must isolate for five calendar days from the start of symptoms or from the positive test day if asymptomatic. A positive student may return to campus on day 6 if symptoms have improved, and must continue wearing a mask at all times during days 6-10. Please do not send your child back to campus on day 6 if symptoms have not improved.

Students placed in quarantine due to an unvaccinated status and close contact with a positive individual must quarantine at home for five calendar days from the date of exposure. They may return to campus on day 6 after exposure only if they are symptom-free. Testing on day 5 is recommended by DISD but a negative test is not required to return.

If your student is currently in quarantine and you have questions about their return date, please call the clinic at 972-749-7519. If you need to report a positive test or exposure for your student, please call the clinic.

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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