MMA Montessori Moments
September 17, 2018
A Message from Assistant Director, Lana Pas
International Peace Day
Dr. Maria Montessori spent much of her time developing peace education within her method. She was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Peace is deeply rooted in her approach as every Montessori classroom offers a peace corner to support constructive conflict resolution and some form of Peace Education. Through Peace Education, students develop inner peace which gives them the foundation for supporting peace in all aspects of life. In the Montessori classrooms, every individual has the opportunity to celebrate their differences in a space that encourages and accepts each difference as we are all unique.
“Peace is a goal that can only be attained through common accord, and the means to achieve this unity for peace are twofold: first, an immediate effort to resolve conflicts without recourse to violent -- in other words, to prevent war -- and second, a long-term effort to establish a lasting peace among men.” (Education and Peace, Montessori, 1949, p.27)
On International Peace Day, this Friday, September 21st, this song travels around the world, traveling from country to country. New Zealand schools start it off. To learn more about this, please visit www.singpeacearoundtheworld.com.
Carpool Safety Reminders
For the safety of all of our children, please follow the carpool plan, approved by N. Ogden City Police. Do not abandon your car along the curb in front of school. If you need to get out of your car, please park your car in a space and take care of your business. We kindly ask that drivers devote their full attention to carpool and refrain from talking on cell phones. Please use our best grace and courtesy and sing; singing always helps.
From Ms. Clarissa, Elementary Music Teacher
Dear Upper Elementary Parents,
As a part of our Montessori music curriculum, your child will have the opportunity to learn the recorder in upper elementary music classes. Learning recorder helps with reading music, self control, team work, and more. Our recorder unit will go from October 4th to December 14th. Every week we will be practicing recorders as a part of music class.
Maria Montessori Academy has 59 recorders in our music supplies for in-class student use. That’s almost enough for two class sets. After our recorder lesson every day, each class will wash, disinfect, and rinse their recorders and set them out to dry for the next class.
We will be playing recorders in our December concert (date TBA). However, only 59 students will be able to use the school recorders that evening.
If you would like to purchase your student a recorder to practice at home and bring to school for their personal use, please follow these guidelines:
- Soprano Recorder
- Key of C
- German Fingering
- Natural Color (White, Black, Brown, or Beige ONLY - no other colors)
DO NOT BUY AT THE DOLLAR STORE
If you are buying on Amazon, please look for a quality brand like Yamaha or Angel.
Riverton Music has great Suzuki recorders with these specifications. They are $4.99.
If you do not follow these guidelines, the recorder will not sound the same as the school recorders, your student’s recorder will constantly be out of tune no matter how much they adjust their air flow or finger positions.
Your student’s music classes are on Thursdays / Fridays. If you are buying a recorder for their personal use, please help them remember to bring it on their music class days from October – December. Thank you.
If you have any questions regarding music classes at Montessori, please email me at email@example.com.
FIRST LEGO League Team
Maria Montessori Academy will host a FIRST LEGO League team this fall! This year’s theme is "Into Orbit," and should be an exciting and enriching experience for the kids.
Students in grades 4-8 may apply to the team by writing 1 paragraph about why they want to be on the team and how they can contribute. Paragraphs should be submitted to the office. The team will meet once a week on Thursdays from 3:15-5:15 pm through December. There will also be occasional scrimmages and competitions on evenings and weekends. The cost to join the league is $30, payable to the office.
More information is available at https://www.firstinspires.org/. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and should let the front office know of their availability when their kids apply.
Imaginative thinking and teamwork build tomorrow’s innovators. With adult Coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
9th Grade Crow Canyon Trip Meeting
One of the culminating experiences at our school for the 9th graders is our end of year field experience! We are excited to invite all 9th grade students and their families to our first meeting about the 9th Grade Culminating Trip to Crow Canyon on Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:30pm in the Commons.
You will receive information about the trip, costs, chaperone needs, and volunteer opportunities. Come learn about where we go, what we do, and expectations.This, and all future meetings about Crown Canyon, are mandatory and vital in order to assist everyone with the process. We are looking forward to gathering and starting our journey together.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Leigh firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potter's Wheel for MMA
Jr Artisan Fair at Fall Festival
Online Literacy and Math Resources
You can access our supplemental early literacy and math resources at home, too!
Grades 1-3 can access Imagine Learning Language and Literacy
Server Address: 4900144
UN and PW: student's SSID
Grades 1-9 can access Imagine Learning Math
Site Code: not needed (leave blank)
UN and PW: student's SSID
These sites are optimized to run with the Google Chrome web browser, and may not function using other web browsing applications.
Trust Lands Committee
Attendance and Punctuality
If your child arrives after the start of school at 8:30am, please accompany them into the office to sign them in as tardy - after you park your car in a parking space. Junior High students who arrive after 8:30am will need to enter the building through the main doors.
Track it Forward & Volunteering
Please sign up asap on Track it Forward. After you sign up, you will be approved for the group and will get an email indicating as such. After this, get online and click on the upcoming events page. If the main calendar is too overwhelming, click on "filter by category" and only check those teachers you would like to view. I suggest also checking "school wide" events so you don't miss anything.
Track it Forward is where you will sign up for your turn to bring snack to the classroom and where early childhood families sign up for a KEEP assessment time slot.
Join MAPA on Facebook
The Montessori Academy Parent Association (MAPA) is the Parent-Teacher Organization for Maria Montessori Academy. This organization is used to facilitate communication and involvement between parents and teachers. MAPA is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in joining this organization to ensure that the needs of Maria Montessori Academy’s student body are being fulfilled.
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