MMA Montessori Moments

October 22nd, 2018

A message from our school counselor, Ms. Andrea

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant? - Henry David Thoreau

Empathy and Emotional Literacy

In June, I was privileged to meet Dr. Michelle Borba, an internationally renowned educational psychologist and the author of the book Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. She makes a strong case for the importance of teaching empathy as a skill to our children. Dr. Borba writes, “the ability to empathize affects our kids’ future health, wealth, authentic happiness, relationship satisfaction, and ability to bounce back from adversity. It promotes kindness, prosocial behaviors, and moral courage, and it is an effective antidote to bullying, aggression, prejudice, and racism. Empathy is also a positive predictor of children’s reading and math test scores and critical thinking skills, prepares kids for the global world, and gives them a job market boost.”

The first step in developing empathy is emotional literacy, which is the ability to recognize emotions in ourselves and others.

Here are some strategies that you can use at home with your children to teach emotional literacy;

  • Build a feeling vocabulary. Teach and use a large variety of words to describe emotions and use them in context. Go beyond happy, sad, angry, etc. and try words like joyful, dejected, furious, etc.

  • Decode non-verbal cues. Help kids understand both your body language and their own.

  • Watch silent pictures. Turn off the sound on the television and try guessing how the actors feel based on their body language.

  • Use baby books. Look at family photo albums with your children and have them look at pictures of themselves and others as babies and guess how the baby feels.

  • Be “feeling detectives”. Go people watching at the mall or the park or the grocery store and try to guess people’s emotions without hearing conversations.

  • Use more emotion words - especially with boys. Research shows that we use many more emotion words with girls than we do with boys, so we need to be mindful about talking with boys about feelings. Helpful hint: boys are more likely to talk while engaged in another activity.

  • Read books and watch movies with emotional themes. Use them to discuss the feelings and motivations of the characters.

  • Create or use “How do you feel?” cards. Some kids find it easier to open communication with a visual cue. You can make your own, or there are various products available online.

Thank you

Thank you MAPA and parent volunteers for feeding our hard-working teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences and for offering your time at the Book Fair. It was nice to see all those who could attend conferences.
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Picture Day is on Monday

October 22nd is picture day for all students. Please remember that students should still be in dress code on picture day. All order forms can be turned into your student's teacher.

MMA Basketball Team

Although we are sad that cross country is over, we have another sport season upon us. We are excited to announce that MMA will have a basketball team. This team will be for students in grades 6-9. There will be a table with a sign up sheet in the commons on Monday for those students who are interested. Tryouts for the basketball team will be held the following week. Go team!

Box Top Store is this Wednesday

Our Box Top Store, which is put on by MAPA, will be held this Wednesday, October 24th. Have your student bring their pre-cut box tops in a bag and counted for the store.

Afternoon Pick Up Concerns

A lovely neighbor contacted us regarding afternoon pick up concerns. Recently, their driveway has been blocked by parked cars along with individuals parking on their lawn, which has resulted in broken sprinklers. When asked to move, they have been yelled at or ignored. The neighbor's biggest concern is the safety of our students. Please be mindful of our neighbor's spaces and do not park in their driveway or lawn. As a reminder, if you need to park, please park in a stall either in our parking lot or in North Shore. There is to be no parking on any of the streets surrounding our school.
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Parents as Partners in the IEP Process Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 6-8pm

2505 North 200 East

Ogden, UT

Come learn about how to be involved in your student's IEP. Presenters will be from the Utah Parent Center. The discussion will be held in the addition gym at Maria Montessori Academy. More information can be found on the flyer below. A RSVP is appreciated.

Pizza Friday- Collection Day Changed

Pizza money collection days has CHANGED to Tuesdays!

Thank you for supporting our school efforts with fundraising and Pizza Fridays. Money will be collected on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays and money will be submitted to the office. Please be mindful of the times that money is being collected for your child's classroom, in case they forget their money.


Jalee/ Krista -- 9:00am

Mikaela/ Jill -- 9:30am

Holly/ Brittany -- 10:00am

Christina/ Kaley -- 10:30am

Karen/ Amy -- 11:00am

Laura/ John -- 11:30am

Shanan/ Amity -- 12:00pm

Kirsten/ Kotie -- 1:00pm

Advisory- Andria -- 2:30pm

Advisory- Casey -- 2:30pm

Advisory- Michelle -- 2:30pm

Advisory- Adrian -- 2:30pm

Advisory- Lisa -- 2:30pm

Advisory- Leigh -- 2:30pm

Advisory- Amanda -- 2:30pm

Help Needed for Jr High Play

This December our Junior High is putting on a Madrigal Dinner Theatre. We are in need of parents who are willing to help with sewing costumes. Our play is medieval themed, therefore we’ll use medieval patterns. We’re also happy to accept medieval style clothing donations. Any time spent sewing can be used as parent volunteers hours.

Contact Ms. Sarah if you are able to help or have any questions at -

6th Grade Alliance Redwoods Trip

Thank you for those parents who have inquired about chaperoning. Ms. Lana and Ms. Nicoletta will be in touch regarding interview times.

If you were not able to attend the meeting or need an extra copy, below you can access the parent/guardian letter we shared. Please note that the intent to attend this trip and $50 deposit are due to the front office by October 31st.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Nicoletta ( or Ms. Lana (

6th Grade Redwoods Trip Parent Letter and Intent Form

The intent form and $50 deposit are due to the office by October 31st.

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9th Grade Crow Canyon Trip

If you were not able to attend or need an additional copy of the paperwork we passed out at this meeting, please click the links below to download the documents. Please note that the intent to attend this trip and $50 deposit are due October 31st. You should turn in your intent form to Ms. Leigh and pay the deposit in the front office.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Leigh

9th Grade Crow Canyon Intent Form

This form should be submitted to Ms. Leigh and the deposit should be paid to the office by October 31st.

Junior High Fees

Please remember to pay your Junior High fees in the amount of $195 as they are past due. You can access the fee waiver form here online. You can bring your cash, check, or cards to the front office or pay online. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Potter's Wheel for MMA

We are already half way to getting a potter’s wheel for MMA! Thank you so much for your outstanding support, and please pass this Donors Choose Link on to those people who may be interested in supporting us! -MMA Arts
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Stay In the Know

Follow MMA's official Facebook page and subscribe to MMA’s Main Blog and MMA's Jr High Blog in addition to subscribing to your child(ren)’s Teacher Blogs – accessible by clicking the “website” link under the teacher’s picture. You can also follow us on Twitter @MMAofUT.

Track it Forward & Volunteering

We are a community school and we request that all families volunteer at least 40 hours per school year, cumulatively between all family members. MAPA utilizes a online program called Track it Forward to advertise school events, opportunities to volunteer, and to calculate each family's progress toward meeting the goal of 40 hours. You can even get to it on your smart phone.

Join MAPA on Facebook

Head over to the new and official Facebook page for MAPA, MMA's parent organization:

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.

Upcoming Events

10/22/18 -- Picture Day

10/24/18 -- Box Top Store (Main Conference Room)

10/31/18 -- Crow Canyon and Redwoods Intent Forms and Deposits due

11/1/18 -- Parents as Partners in the IEP Process Workshop (Addition Gym)

11/2/18 -- MAPA Meeting (Main Conference Room)

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