MMA Montessori Moments
April 6-10 Distance Learning Continues- PHASE II
MMA Welcomes New Director, Mr. Micah Hirokawa
The Board of Directors is excited to announce the hiring of Micah Hirokawa as the new Director at Maria Montessori Academy.
Mr. Micah has an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with an Administration emphasis, as well as 10 years of experience serving in a Senior Administrative role. He has 12 years of classroom experience in ages ranging from Pre-K through 12th grade and has devoted his life to learning design, inclusivity, differentiated methods, project-based learning, and education management.
Mr. Micah has traveled the Nation as a keynote presenter on platforms such as TEDxHonoluluEd, SUMMIT Innovation and Education, Schools of the Future, MISO, The National GRAMMY Foundation, and The Pacific Rim Conference and has publications through the University of Hawaii and the IB World Magazine. Currently, he is working directly with world-renowned educator’s Sir Ken Robinson and Ted Dintersmith on a project called, Boundless.
We are confident in Mr. Micah’s leadership abilities, and we look forward to working with him as he builds upon the foundation of quality education that we embrace at MMA.
We also want to sincerely thank Mr. Mike for his service to the school through this transition period that turned out to be much more turbulent than any of us could have imagined. His steady leadership has been invaluable. Mr. Mike will be with us for the remainder of this school year and work with Mr. Micah as we transition into the 2020-2021 school year.
Thank you for all that you’ve done to continue to support our students through the difficulties of the current school dismissal. We look forward to a strong ending to the current school year and a smooth transition going forward. We hope that you will all give Mr. Micah a warm Montessori welcome and that you will support him in continuing and building upon MMA’s strengths as a school.
MMA Board of Directors
Updated Office Hours
Setting Up the Environment at Home- Messages from the Instructional Coach- Ms. Nicoletta
Typically in school when we return back from a break- it is valuable and important to revisit and re-establish the norms that were in place before break. This will be the same for the home environment. Prior to Spring Break- we had eight days of distant learning in the home. During this time there was probably some sort of routine established, environment established- norms for learning at home. Please make sure to revisit what was established prior to break- this will help to transition back into continuous learning from home.
Prior to Spring Break we had sent out Phase II of Distant Learning from each level of learning: EC, LE, UE, JH and Specials. Please refer to these for your child's Distant Learning Phase II beginning this Monday, April 6.
Specialists (art, music, PE): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JkZwtBVdKE0_0qQdOxzSsvI_jTK_RsxOE4yjNhRcLis/edit?usp=sharing
Below is a wonderful ongoing work in progress from a Montessori School in GA for parents and families of Setting Up the Environment at Home. It is a great reference for parents from ages of Early Childhood to Adolescence.
Please if you need any help or strategies for learning from home- please to reach out to your teacher and also feel free to email me email@example.com
We are all learning during this time together. Our most important goal is to help and support everyone during this time of uncertainty.
Montessori Materials and Colors
Resources: (printables and visuals)
Montessori Grammar and Numbers in a Nutshell:
Units (1)- green, Tens (10)- blue, Hundreds (100)- red: CONTINUE. 1,000- green. 10,000- blue, 100,000 red, etc.
Counting Sequence (bead chain):
1- red. 2- green. 3- pink. 4- yellow. 5- light blue. 6- purple. 7- white. 8-brown. 9- dark blue. 10-gold
- Article- small light blue triangle
- Adjective- dark blue triangle
- Noun- large black triangle
- Verb- large red circle
- Adverb- small orange circle
- Preposition- green crescent moon
- Pronoun- tall skinny purple triangle
- Conjunction- pink skinny rectangle
- Interjection- gold upside down exclamation point
“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” - Dr Maria Montessori
Students Publishing their Stories and Writing
This is a great opportunity for our youth to reflect on their experiences today and to write about the experience.
Ms. Andrea's Counseling Corner
I hope this email finds you all safe and well. The last few weeks have been stressful, confusing, and uncertain for everyone, adults and children alike. I have actually been out of town dealing with a family situation for the past two weeks, so I apologize about not being in touch sooner. Now that I am back, I am available for consultation, support, and questions. I can do Zoom meetings with students (and parents), phone calls, email, and packets for social/emotional learning skills. I am also preparing some video lessons for different age levels and I will have information about how to access those in Maria Montessori Moments newsletter this Monday. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reach out if you would like to set up a meeting or have any concerns or anything that I can help you with.
Thank you for all you do!
School Counselor/Behavior Specialist/504 Coordinator
Maria Montessori Academy
To Access Andrea's Google Classroom:
- Go to classroom.google.com.
- On the Classes page, click Add Join class.
- Enter the code and click Join.
And here are the codes for each grade level:
HOPE Squad - ntnz4cu
Jr. High - helj76x
Upper El - aasv2u4
Lower El - vyua3tp
Early childhood: oequft4k
If you have any problems logging in, please email Andrea directly. She will respond within 24 hours.
Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 is now open!
Re-enrollment for current students
The HOUSE of Children is enrolling for Early Childhood next school year 2020-2021.
Junior High Fees
If your child is desiring to switch a class with the new quarter arriving, please send an email to Ms. Andrea, the school counselor. There will be a class change fee.