MMA Montessori Moments

September 2nd, 2019

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Ms. Dore

  1. What three traits define you? Assertive, Accommodating, Generous

  2. What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? As a teacher, preparing my students well for life. As a human being, being a mom.

  3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? Chocolate

  4. What is one thing you cannot resist? Chocolate

  5. What is your favorite thing to do? Spend time with my family

  6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? New Zealand, it was where I saw snow for the first time

  7. Who is your biggest inspiration? My daughter

  8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? Always ask for help, we care about you so much, more than you think.

  9. How do you define success? Finding balance in life.

What do the students think of Ms. Dore?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Dore? She is really nice and a good teacher.

2. Why do you think Ms. Dore is a good fit for MMA? Ms. Dore is a good teacher who teaches us the importance of following through on expectations.

Ms. Mandee

1. What three traits define you? I feel like the three traits that best define me are patience, honesty, and my sense of humor.

2.What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment would be leaving a legacy that all children are worthy of support, dignity, and love.

3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? Air. Hahaha. Sarcasm... I would not be able to function if I could not be sarcastic. It keeps me sane.

4. What is the one thing you cannot resist? Chips. I am a sucker for chips.

5. What is your favorite thing to do? Sleep, and snuggle with my kiddo.

6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? Las Vegas... I do not enjoy it.

7. Who is your biggest inspiration? Honestly, my daughter and my students are my biggest inspirations. To watch such young, innocent souls continue to rise up in today's society leaves me in awe.

8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? Don't give up on yourself. It is going to be hard sometimes. It's supposed to be hard sometimes. Ask for help. Take breaks when you need to. Just don't give up because you are worth it.

9. How do you define success? I define success as being able to look at a project, event, etc., with the ability to smile, knowing that you did your very best.

What do the students think about Ms. Mandee?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Mandee? Ms. Mandee is a loving teacher who makes us all laugh a lot.

2. Why do you think Ms. Mandee is a good fit for MMA? She knows her stuff and she always wants to help out.
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Parent Education Night

We are hosting our first Parent Education Night this week on Thursday, September 5th from 5:30-7pm. The whole family is invited to learn more about the Montessori method and what it is your children do all day at MMA. Refreshments will be served.

Bring a friend, family, or community member that does not attend MMA and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card handed out that night!

Redwoods Parent Information Night

All 6th grade families are invited to our first meeting to get information about the culminating 6th grade field trip to Alliance Redwoods. This meeting is on Thursday, September 12th 5:30-6:30pm in the Commons.

You will receive essential trip information like costs, chaperone needs, trip expectations, and volunteer opportunities. This, and all future meetings about Alliance Redwoods, are mandatory and vital in order to assist everyone with the process. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our experiences.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Nicoletta ( or Ms. Lana (

MMA Fun Run (Boosterthon)

It is almost that time of year for MMA's 2nd annual Fun Run on November 13th! Elementary students were sent home with information about getting sponsorships and t-shirt information. Junior High students will receive this information on Tuesday. Please spread the word and help us get sponsors for our custom, free, t-shirt! More information about the Fun Run will come next week.

Scroll to the bottom to read the sponsorship letter.

Day of Service - Donations Requested

To honor Dr. Montessori's birthday this coming weekend (August 31st), we will be having a day of service on campus on Tuesday, September 3rd when we return from the long Labor Day weekend. Each class will sign up for an area to help beautify. We will work from 9-10:45am on these projects.

Right now, we are seeking donations of bags of fine, white play sand for our early childhood area. We will be in touch soon with additional donation items we will need for our day of service.

Staffing Updates

We are still searching for assistants. Right now, Ms. Angela, Ms. Karen, and Ms. Pat do not have teaching assistants. We have two special education teaching assistants open at this time as well. We are doing our best to hire excellent individuals to fill these part-tie positions; and, until then we are arranging for subs to cover these positions in order to best support our teachers and students.

Please pass along the word and tell anyone interested in these teaching assistant positions that they just need to email Lana and René their resume to apply.

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Carpool Safety and Reminders

Please do not be on your cell phones or otherwise engaged when going through the carpool process at MMA. This week a child tripped and fell off the sidewalk and into the road. Luckily, the driver was very aware and stopped in time so that the child was not injured.

Follow the directions of the crossing guards and always pull all the way forward. Only let children out of cars on the north bound drop off area side grass if you are exiting at 2500 or along the schools' front sidewalk if you are exiting at 200 E.

The north-bound school exit at 2500, near the little playground, is an exit only.

Please model safe behavior and only walk across the parking lot in the crosswalk areas -even when no cars are coming. Drivers are not expecting people to cross outside of the crosswalk and we do not want anyone to get injured.

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Reading Assessments Underway

Acadience (formerly known as DIBELS) assessment is well underway at MMA. Ms. Jamie, our reading assistant, and Ms. Kim, our new reading specialist, have been meeting with individual students. During their meetings, children are asked to read and answer a few questions. This assessment provides information about a child's overall reading level and also reports out how students are doing in the foundational skills of reading (like phonics and phonemic awareness). These results will be shared with parents/guardians at the beginning, middle, and end of year when the assessment is given.

This year, to support our school-wide goal of improving student literacy in preK-9th grade, we have expanded Acadience reading assessment past 3rd grade. The State Board of Education requires that we give this assessment to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade; however, we are now giving all students the opportunity to show us how well they read.

The results of this reading assessment allows our teachers to differentiate their instruction and effectively assign work and reading to students so students are challenged but not frustrated. The results also allow us to provide opportunities for enrichment to students reading above grade level and allow us to provide opportunities for remediation to students who are reading below grade level. After the results are analyzed, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Kim will start working with small groups of students who need specialized reading instruction.

As always, we encourage families to read together and to each other at home. This is an excellent activity to do in order to wind down before bedtime or while dinner is being prepared.

Cross Country Meets

September 5th at Syracuse Arts Academy

September 12th at Quest Academy

September 19th at Maria Montessori Academy

September 26th at Ben Lomond (Big D Park)

October 3rd at Highmark

The championship meet will be on October 8th at Ogden High School (Mt. Ogden Park)

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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 as we have 3 PM spots open. Click on the provided links for information and payments.
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Junior High Fees

Junior High fees are $195, the same as last year, and can be paid via cash, charge, or check in the main office. Our online link is down at this moment. We will let you know asap when it's back up and running.

If your family requires assistance in paying these fees, please complete a fee wavier found on the forms and documents page of our website and submit it to René. All parts of the form should be filled in before submitting it and accompanied by required supporting documentation.

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Students in grades 4, 5, 6 can sign up to play in MMA's orchestra. Rehearsals begin on October 1st and will take place in MMA's music room Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:15am.

MAPA Information

Room Parents

MAPA is looking for individuals who are interested in supporting classrooms as a room parent. The role of a room parent varies but can be one of which they encourage families to participate by organizing parties, field trips, snacks, classroom prep, supplies, etc.; and for event sign ups (carpooling, fall festival, field day, and gala). If you are interested in being a room parent for your child's classroom, please contact Jenn Adams to get started!
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2--Labor Day; No School

3-- Day of Service to Celebrate Dr. Montessori's Birthday, 9-10:45am

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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