MMA Montessori Moments

December 3rd, 2018

A message from our school counselor, Ms. Andrea

The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.

Maria Montessori

Creating a moral identity is one of the most important tasks of childhood development. Moral identity does not develop on its own, but is highly impacted by the influence of parents and teachers. As I traveled in Rwanda this summer and studied the causes and consequences of genocide, I learned of many situations where individuals stood up against terrifying circumstances and powerful leaders to save and protect the innocent. This phenomenon was also repeatedly documented during the Holocaust and other crises. Sam and Pearl Oliner, a husband and wife team, spent thirty years researching “rescuers” people who saved the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust. They found rescuers had high empathy, strong self-efficacy, and a deeply internalized sense of themselves as caring people with a responsibility to others and their community. Many of these rescuers attributed these characteristics to the values and teachings of their parents. So here are some ideas to help children develop a moral identity.

  1. Share your beliefs- share your values and the “why” behind what you believe

  2. Be a role model- Children internalize the behaviors they see and experience with you on a daily basis.

  3. Hold family debates - this gives your child the opportunity to practice defending their beliefs and helps them think about their own values.

  4. Develop your “best possible self”- Laura King, a professor at University of Missouri-Columbia, had study participants write short descriptions of their “best possible selves” each day and found that this practice led to increases in optimism and self-efficacy. You can ask your children at dinner or before bed “What did you do today that was your best possible self?” “What can you do tomorrow to be your “best possible self”?

  5. Make a virtue scrapbook - work together to identify who your child is and who they want to be

  6. Write a birthday letter - focus on character and caring, and tell your kids why you value them

  7. Capture caring moments - take pictures of your kids being kind and display them in your home to give the message that you value caring behavior.

Don't miss out on our Parent Education Night...

Parent Education Night

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 5:30-6:30pm


Our teachers have heard you and understand that you would like more knowledge about what Montessori looks, sounds, and feels like, how it can benefit you and your child, and a better connection to some of its vocabulary. We will host a night with two prime topics being featured: Grace and Courtesy (Communication, Independence, Movement, and Self-Discipline) and The Benefits of Montessori (How it differs from traditional schooling). After a short discussion of the two topics all together in the small gym, we will break out into groups to discuss the two topics. We look forward to seeing you all there! Any questions can be directed to or An RSVP would be greatly appreciated.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Accepting Nominations

Nominate an MMA staff member to be recognized with The Dove. We want to acknowledge individuals at MMA who

  • are partners in peace and model peaceful practices.
  • honor the individual spirit of the child.
  • support the development of the whole child.
  • promote student growth.
  • collaborate.
  • possess a growth mindset.
  • value diversity.
  • love and give of themselves in service to others
  • uphold the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Complete the Nomination Form. Nominations may be shared with the nominee and/or larger community. This month’s nominations are due on December 14th.

Feast of Ages Play

The junior high is putting on a madrigal dinner theatre and is looking for parents to help with cooking and donating ingredients for the play. This can be documented for volunteer hours in Track it Forward.

The play is on the 12th and 13th of December. Ticket sales have ended. Doors open at 5:00pm and the dinner starts at 5:30. During the play, audience members enjoy a three course dinner with the King and Queen and join them for a play and music.

The food includes: wassail, salad, potato ham chowder, brownies, and ice cream. We will also have chicken nuggets, fries, and veggies for kids who prefer this. Here is the link to the chowder recipe –

Please contact Ms. Sarah if you can help with food at

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Maria Montessori Academy's Winter Concert

Don't miss out on this beautiful evening event filled with delightful music by our 1st-9th grade students. All students have been practicing for weeks for this special evening.
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Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Please come and check for anything your student may be missing. Any remaining items will be donated to a local shelter on December 11th, 2018.

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MAPA Information

MMA Gala

The Gala will be held at Snowbasin on March 23rd from 7:00-9:00pm. To order tickets, please purchase here. Tickets are $32 per person and will not be available for purchase at the door this year. More information regarding the Gala will come soon.

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12/6/18 -- Parent Education Night 5:30-6:30pm

12/7/18 -- MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room

12/10/18 -- Early Release 1:00pm

12/12-13/18 -- Feast of Ages Play

12/14/18 -- Winter Ball Stomp 4:00-6:30pm (JH only); The Dove Nominations due

12/17/18 -- Winter Concert (Whole School Event) 6:30pm

12/19/18 -- Box Top Store

12/24-31/18 -- Winter Break (No School)

1/1-2/19 -- Winter Break (No School); Resume school on 1/3/19

1/4/19 -- MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room

1/11/19 -- Legislative Professional Development (No School)

1/14-18/19 -- STEM Week (Whole School Events)

1/21/19 -- MLK Jr. Day (No School)

1/29/19 -- Chili Cook-off

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ICYMI - 11-26-18 Family Newsletter

In case you missed it, click here to access the 11-26-18 Family Newsletter. For previous newsletters, please click on the button on the 11-19-18 to access.