The Mata Memo

November 9, 2021

Principal's Message

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

Principal


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

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Parent University - Social Media Safety

This week is Anti-Bullying week and we are educating our students on cyberbullying and 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

Passcode: pRiZ0s

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Donations Needed!

Our Mata clinic could use gently used or new uniforms for our older students. We are low on size 10 and up bottoms. If you would like to donate these clothing items, please feel free to drop them by the main office.


Thank you!

Update Your Contact Information

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National Parent Involvement Day!

Mata Parents and Guardians,


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!

Food Drive

Hello Mata Eagles!


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.

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The Oncor Kid's Race - December 11, 2021

Make a commitment to become more physically active by participating in the 2021 Oncor Kid's Race on Saturday, December 11th. This FREE event is designed for Dallas ISD students, staff, and families to participate in a 1-2 mile fun run.


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:

Cultural Intelligence and Climate Committee Meeting

Zoom Info:

https://dallasisd.zoom.us/j/82969819635?pwd=cEFOTWJTbHY5b1ZsREw3M1FEbnBJUT09

Meeting ID: 829 6981 9635

Passcode: CICC

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

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Samuell Grand Rec Center Thanksgiving and Winter Break Camps

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It's OK to Ask for Help!

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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here! https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA/


Check out their webpage at https://matamontessori.com/


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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: bit.ly/3xnGuky
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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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