MMA Montessori Moments

April 6-10 Distance Learning Continues- PHASE II

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MMA Welcomes New Director, Mr. Micah Hirokawa

Dear MMA Parents,

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.


Sincerely,

MMA Board of Directors

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Setting Up the Environment at Home- Messages from the Instructional Coach- Ms. Nicoletta

Welcome back to Distant Learning. We hope that somehow during this time, you found some way to enjoy Spring Break and a break from Distant Learning.


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.

EC:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H43tcKrT4JlyUKXJq-nx6yqP1AhiU6uN/view?usp=sharing

LE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l_5YVX9onLX_UE0mcJsmNUoAWGiLRDse4AitnvQi3z4/edit?usp=sharing

UE:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eoBm7AhPV0Fq7-6F08ogdr8JgwsCqhkp/view?usp=sharing

JH:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sDKnhebRN7DomNageHumGUC4kac_YI7R/view?usp=sharing

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.

file:///Users/nhouseholder/Downloads/Learn%20from%20home%20(1).pdf


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 nhouseholder@mariamontessoriacademy.org

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

I have had some parents interested having their students and themselves make and/ or create Montessori materials at home to help their child with Distant Learning and continuing to use either the visual colors and/ or the hands on materials. The following are some quick and basic resources.


Resources: (printables and visuals)


Montessori Grammar and Numbers in a Nutshell:


Numbers Families:

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


Grammar Symbols:

  • 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
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“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

Google

Google Classroom- UE families

Youtube tutorial for using google classroom.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6L-nZGIUTE&feature=youtu.be

Students Publishing their Stories and Writing

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Here are a few sites if students are interested in writing stories, personal journeys of COVID-19 or books and getting them published.

This is a great opportunity for our youth to reflect on their experiences today and to write about the experience.


https://studentreasures.com/

https://www.bookemon.com/student-book-publishing

Ms. Andrea's Counseling Corner

Hello MMA family,


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: aeggett@mariamontessoriacademy.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!


Andrea Eggett

School Counselor/Behavior Specialist/504 Coordinator

Maria Montessori Academy



To Access Andrea's Google Classroom:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.


  2. On the Classes page, click Add Join class.
  3. 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!

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Re-enrollment for current students

We still have a few families who have not yet completed the registration process for next year. It is important to get an accurate count of returning students before we open enrollment to the public. Log in to your Aspire account now to re-enroll. If you are not planning on your student returning to MMA in the fall, please email adouglas@mariamontessoriacademy.org so we can make the proper adjustments.

The HOUSE of Children is enrolling for Early Childhood next school year 2020-2021.

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Junior High Fees

We still have quite a few students who have an outstanding balance for Junior High student fees. Please remit payment to the office as soon as possible. 100% of student fees go toward purchasing textbooks, equipment and field trips for Junior High students. If you need payment arrangements please contact Ms. Autumn in the office.


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.

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