The Mata Memo
November 9, 2021
Hello Mata Families!
We are well into the month of November and it is one of my favorite times of the year! There is so much going on, and so much to be grateful for! Next Thursday is National Parental Involvement Day, and I want to say that our school is lucky to have parents and guardians like you! Thank you for being involved in our school. Did you know that research from the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education says that "students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school."? This shows that what you do for your child in partnership with the school matters!
Thank you for all that you do!
Tomeka Middleton Williams
Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:
- Calendar at a Glance
- Mata Middle School Broadcast
- Anti- Bullying Week
- Parent University
- Update Your Contact Information
- National Parent Involvement Day
- Mata's Food Drive
- Oncor Kid's Race
- CICC Committee Meetings
- Playwriting Contests
- Samuel Grand Camps
- It's OK to Ask For Help!
- Ballet Classes through the YMCA
- Tutoring Waiver
- Campus Visitor Procedures
- How to Access Powerschool
- Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
- Mata Positive Staff Referrals
- and, much much more!
Calendar at A Glance
- Nov. 10th: Mata Prospective Parent Open House - 6:00 PM
- Nov. 13-19th: Anti- Bullying Week
- Nov. 15th: Deadline to turn in Oncor Kids Race Forms
- Nov. 17th: Virtual Parent University - Social Media Safety - 12:00 PM
- Nov. 17th: Last day of the Can Food Drive
- Nov. 18th: National Parental Involvement Day
- Nov. 18th: CICC Committee Meeting 5:30 PM
- Nov. 19th: Pie Day!
- Nov. 22nd-26th: Thanksgiving Break! No School
Anti- Bullying Week 2021 Theme: One Kind Word
Parent University - Social Media Safety
We would like to invite you all to a parent session with Detective Tony Newsome from the Dallas PD.
Please join us in our efforts to speak, spread kindness, and keep our children safe!
Zoom ID: 845 8710 1781
Update Your Contact Information
National Parent Involvement Day!
We appreciate you! Thursday, November 18th is National Parent Involvement Day! We are grateful for the ways that you partner with our campus. You all go above and beyond for all that you do! Hats off to you! We love you!
Please join our Dallas ISD Facebook@DallasISDparents at noon Monday, November 15th to join the Parent Involvement Oath.
Again thanks for all that you do!
The middle school students are hosting a food drive from October 18 until November 17th and we need your help! Our goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of canned goods to donate to the North Texas Food Bank. The most needed items are cans of peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruit, shelf-stable milk, canned chicken, and canned vegetables. So please donate what you can! Donation boxes will be located by the cafeteria, library, office, and middle school.
The Oncor Kid's Race - December 11, 2021
Please turn in the registration forms to Coach Cisneros by November 15th in order to ride the bus, (students in 1st-8th). Families may drive and participate as well if they are interested. Also, please reach out to Coach if you are interested in volunteering to help monitor the kids during the event.
A copy of the registration form is below:
Please see the Playwriting Contest shared by Ms. Bailey - Enjoy!
Samuell Grand Rec Center Thanksgiving and Winter Break Camps
It's OK to Ask for Help!
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
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.