Downtown Montessori

at Ida B. Wells Academy

Mission: Our mission is to foster the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of the whole child by addressing the uniqueness of each in an authentic Montessori environment within a public school diverse educational community.

Vision: Our school will provide an authentic Montessori environment in an accredited Public Montessori School to meet the needs of the child through a commitment to the principles of Montessori education and full accountability to the public education standards.

Core Values: Love You, Love Others, Love Our World

Serving Up A Tall Order of Possibilities!

Message from Mrs. Preston

Love You means; taking care of yourself so you can take care of others.

Love Others means; We are the example of what we want. We define our Excellence!

Love Our World means; Build other leaders in the spirit of Excellence, and you are cultivating a lasting legacy of LOVE to nurture our world and be kind to our world.

Giraffe e-Newsletter Week of January 17, 2022

Please read information outlined below carefully!

  • Monthly Campus Calendar
  • Principal's Message
  • Important campus and district news
  • Nurse News
  • Counselor Corner
  • PTO
  • Campus & Community Protocols
  • Campus Procedures
  • Performing Arts
  • Media/Technology

Thank you for making it a GREAT DAY EVERY DAY at DMA!

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Message from Principal Preston

Dear DMA Family,

This weekend we took time to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he has made on our country. Consider this quote. "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

We are in a season where we monitor how far we have come and where we will go when it comes to student success and achievement. We all know that there is a destination that we must reach, and so many obstacles have come upon us. Yet, as we encounter these obstacles, we will remember that we must not stop but keep forging ahead. It is the only way to arrive at our destination of excellence for each and every student. It is the only way we will meet our goals. So, we will keep everyone moving forward, from the individual students to the small groups, over to the classroom, and eventually the entire school. Thank you for being so supportive on this journey of excellence for students.

Please remember to mark your calendars for the week of January 24th for report cards and parent conferences. Our teachers look forward to discussing your child's progress with you!

A community that works together is a community that is building a foundation of success. Through our acts of love, compassion, empathy, and kindness, we will achieve high heights and serve up a tall order of possibilities every day at DMA! Have an excellent


Our hearts and love go out to the Hardy Family. Funeral Service information for this family is as such:

Reginald L. Hardy Jr. Obituary

Here is Reginald L. Hardy Jr.’s obituary.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Reginald L. Hardy Jr. (Arlington, Texas), who passed away on January 7, 2022, at the age of 43, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to send flowers or leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

Viewing will be held on Saturday, January 22nd 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at 201 E Sublett Rd, Arlington, TX 76018. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 22nd 2022 at 11:00 AM at the same location. A repast will be held on Saturday, January 22nd 2022 at 1:30 PM at 6021 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016.

Our DMA community will support this family to surround them with Love and Support during this very tough and difficult time.

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Congratulations to our 2021 - 2022 TOY - Teacher of the Year! Ms. Antonia Duncan

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Important News

Be our secret shopper and tell us how we are doing with our Customer Service and Core 4 values

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!


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

Rapid antigen testing is available on campus! While Nurse Megan will test students on campus in the school's clinic to help keep DMA a safe learning environment. However, tests will only be offered for DMA students on campus who are symptomatic. In addition, a parent or guardian's verbal or written consent must be acquired prior to administering a test. If you would like to provide consent for your DMA student for rapid antigen testing on our campus, please fill out the consent form here: Our campus access code is DMACONSENT . 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. But, 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 972-749-2516.


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 972-749-2516. Likewise, if you need to report a positive test or exposure for your student, don't hesitate to contact the clinic.

Nurse News

USPS is sending out free at-home covid tests to households. Here is the link to sign up if you are interested!


Megan Ayars, BSN, RN

Registered Nurse

Downtown Montessori at Ida B. Wells

Office 319

(972) 749-2516

Fax: (972) 749-2501

Counselor Corner

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Arrival & Dismissal Committee

The Arrival/Dismissal Committee has updated the dismissal carpool duty to strengthen our protocols for improving the car lane lines and student supervision. In addition, customized traffic and sidewalk signs are being drafted and designed to support our new protocols.

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The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’

Exemplar Video of Montessori Grace & Courtesy

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The Choose Dallas ISD Application Window closes on January 31, 2022. Each child must have their own application on file to be processed for your choice of school.

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