MMA Montessori Moments

August 5th, 2019

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6 Days until School Starts!

Your teachers started off this school year today with an cardboard boat regatta! Check out our Facebook page to see the video. Teachers and assistants will be busy this week in trainings and getting classrooms ready for you!

If you were just enrolled, check out our last newsletter by clicking the link at the bottom of this newsletter. Your teachers will be emailing you soon if they have not touched base already.

Thank you for entrusting your children with us. As always, please contact me with your questions, concerns, and comments. I look forward to working with each of you this school year. See you soon!



Kindergarten Information (KEEP Assessment)

The state of Utah is continuing its assessment for all kindergarten age students. To allow us the time necessary to accomplish this we will be using August 12 through August 16 for assessments. There will not be school during this week for kindergarten students. Kindergarten and preschool students will have their first day of school on Monday August 19th. We are asking all parents (preschool students as well) to sign up for 1 time slot for your child. During the hour they are with us we will do the assessment as well as give each student an orientation to the classroom and playground. The preschool students will only come for 30 minutes for an orientation.

Ms. Jen's Sign-up on Track it Forward

Ms. Martha's sign up on Track it Forward

If you do not yet have a Track it Forward account, please sign up.

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HOUSE of Children Pre-School Spots

A few spots in our early childhood program, the HOUSE of Children, just opened. We finalized our partnership with the Householder Group, who will run the pre-school housed at MMA. Please email if you would like to register your 3 or 4 year old for Montessori pre-school. Spread the word to your friends and family who may be interested.
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Sneak a Peek & Back to School Night

To provide an opportunity for everyone to ease into the school year and familiarize yourself with the building, your teacher(s), and drop off your school supplies - MMA is hosting a Sneak a Peek & Back to School Night.

You are invited to our Sneak A Peek Back to School event on Friday, August 9th from 3-6pm. On the half hour, beginning at 3:00pm, then again at 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm - each teacher and assistant will greet families, give an overview of the classroom and expectations. There will also be time for families to ask questions and meet each other.

Ms. Lana and Ms. René will be in the commons area for a brief presentation at 4pm and again at 5:30pm.

There is no RSVP; just show up at a time that is most convenient for you. With several time slots, families with multiple children attending MMA have time to visit all their teachers. Please be on time and honor the half hour time frames to allow everyone an opportunity to visit.

Carpool Map and Flow

Please check out the carpool map to see the flow of how to drop off and pick up your children on Monday. Please always pull forward and obey the directions of the crossing guards. Drivers should never get out of their cars during carpool time. If you need to run into school for any reason, especially if you have to sign in a late child, please park in a parking stall.

Please model grace and courtesy for our children during this process. Note that there are only two areas where students can get in or out of the car. Children should only exit the car on the side of the car with the sidewalk. This plan has been created and approved by our local police department to keep children safe and traffic flowing around school.

Never be on your phone and always be alert. Our children's lives are at stake. Thank you for the smiles!

Calling for Committee Members

In June the Board approved funds to replace trees that were cut down during the construction of our addition. Please email if you are interested in meeting to create and propose a plan for how we will restore our environment.

Back to School Schedule

Students in 1st through 9th grade begin school on Monday, August 12th. Early childhood, including kindergarten, students begin one week later on Monday, August 19th. The school calendar can be accessed here.

The front doors open to students at 8:15am and students are expected to be in class and ready to learn by 8:30am. Junior high students should enter through the double doors of the addition. This door will lock promptly at 8:30am, which means any student entering the building after that time will need to enter through the main building and be marked as tardy in the front office.

Scroll to the very bottom to see all of the other upcoming events!

Student Dress Code

There are no changes to the school’s Dress Code Policy, Dress Code Guidelines, or Dress Code Samples. School spirit t-shirts and other accessories are able for purchase. Remember that school spirit t-shirts that say MMA are appropriate to wear and meet the dress code policy.

Hoodies may only be worn as outerwear outside of the school and should have a school spirit t-shirt or collared shirt underneath. Students will be asked to remove their hoodies and other outerwear while inside the building. Students have time in the morning and during scheduled transitions to put these items in their lockers and still be on time for class. Better yet, let's encourage students to not bring these tempting items into the building at all.

Finishing Enrollment

In order for your student to come to school, we need all documents (i.e birth certificate, immunization, and vision screening (Kindergarten)). If your student shows up for school without these documents, we will have to send them home.
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Please get updated immunization records to the office asap.

A Note from MMA, Pediatricians, and UT Dept of Health

We value the health and safety of your children. As a state-licensed education program, we support and must adhere to state immunization requirements for all children enrolled in our program to ensure their health and safety. It is critical for children attending school to receive all recommended vaccines to protect themselves and the other children in our program who are too young to be fully immunized.

Why immunizations are so important for children in educational settings

  • Children younger than five years of age are especially at risk for getting infections because their immune systems have not yet built up the defenses to fight infection. Immunizations help children build up these defenses.

Rules and recommendations

  • Utah requires your school to have written proof of each child’s vaccines. A parent may get an exemption for their child to not be vaccinated. Your school must also have written proof (a legally valid exemption form) for all exemptions.
  • Disease outbreaks sometimes occur in schools. If there is even one case of a vaccine-preventable disease at your child’s school, children for which the school does not have written proof of the child’s up-to-date status will be excluded from school until the child is vaccinated or risk of the disease has passed (sometimes up to 21 days).

Vaccine safety and effectiveness

  • All vaccines undergo long and careful review.
  • Vaccines do not cause autism. Many independent studies have convincingly shown that there is no link between autism and vaccines.
  • No vaccine, or any medication or treatment, is completely risk-free. Common side effects (tenderness and redness) are mild, but serious side effects (such as allergic reactions) are very rare.
  • When parents choose not to vaccinate their child, they are trading the small risk of side effects from the vaccine for the risk of getting a vaccine-preventable disease. Vaccines keep disease away; when we stop giving them, diseases that can be prevented by vaccines return.
  • While some diseases, like measles are not common in Utah, they are only a plane ride away.

More information

  • Free or low-cost vaccines are available for those who qualify through the Utah Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program (
  • For more information on vaccines and the diseases they prevent, contact your healthcare provider or the Utah Immunization Program at 1-800-275-0659 or visit
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6--MMA Board Meeting, 5:30pm

9--Sneak-a-peek/Back-to-School Night 3-6pm

12--First day of School (1st-9th); Early Release

13-16--Professional Development; Early Release

16--MAPA Donuts after Drop-off (North Shore;8:15am-9:30am

19--First day of Kindergarten & Early Childhood

31--Maria Montessori’s Birthday


2--Labor Day; No School

5--Parent Education Night 5:30-7:00pm

6--MAPA Meeting @ 8:45am

10--MMA Board Meeting, 5:30pm

12--Redwoods Parent and Student Information Night 5:30-6:30pm (6th grade)

17--MAPA Meeting @ 6pm

21--International Day of Peace

23--Normalization Ends

27--Professional Development; Early Release

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