Maria Montessori Academy

Education for a better world!

Thank you!

Thank you for completing the survey! We appreciate the feedback on the things we do well and on the things we can improve on.


I have included a few items that we are wanting to gauge interest in. If you feel so inclined, please complete them and we can move forward with putting a few things into place.


Several responses to the survey asked about volunteer opportunities, so I have added a few to the end of the newsletter.


We are excited to announce that we have Ms. Kelsey who is running our library! She has worked hard to get things organized and ready to have all students in the library for a lesson and to check out books. With it being later in the year, schedules are being worked out with each teacher, but we are hopeful that all students will have this opportunity moving forward!


Again, we appreciate all you do for the students at MMA each and everyday! We appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow with them as well.


Sara Tucker

Director

happenings...

Amazon Smile and Smith's:

Here is a link to our MAPA facebook page with instructions on how to help MMA with Amazon! https://fb.watch/hUnsQ54nUf/?mibextid=v7YzmG


AND a picture on how to sign up for Smith's rewards for the school is below...


Sex Education Curriculum Committee:

We are in need of one parent from Junior High to be on the committee. We will be looking at the Sex Education Curriculum that will be used at the school. If interested, please email Ms. Sara at stucker@mmautah.org



Boys Basketball:

Practices end on Thursday, January 12. Thank you for your participation!!


Girls Basketball

Parent meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 3:30pm. Need information? Please email Mr. Zack at zwinters@mmautah.org



Spelling Bee: Maria Montessori Academy's school spelling bee will be held on Wednesday, January 25. The top 2 spellers from each class will be able to participate. Class spelling bees will be held prior to Wednesday the 19th. For lower el classes the top 2 level 3s from each class will be chosen. Since the state spelling bee is only for level 3 and up, that is all that will participate in the school bee.

Though all students are encouraged to participate in their class bee, no one will be forced. We do not want this to be a negative experience. Each teacher will do their best to make it a positive learning experience for all. If your child would like to study the list and participate, that is wonderful.

Spelling lists were sent home with students recently. We are not able to share the lists electronically via email, so if your child needs another, please let their teacher know and a paper copy will be sent home.


Calendaring Items


January 16: No School in honor of Dr. King


January 17: School Land Trust Meeting 6pm in the commons


January 25: Spelling Bee: lists have been passed out...this is the day for the Bee!


January 31: 9am-1pm History Fair Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas: This is for grades 6 and 8. We are looking for judges! Please reach out to Ms. Nicoletta for more information (nhouseholder@mmautah.org)


February 1 Chili Cook-off... details to come!


February 15: STEAM Night


February 15: Gratitude Luncheon for First Responders : It's that time year that we show those we love and appreciate just how much they mean to us! We are looking for volunteers to help with our Gratitude Luncheon on February 15th for our local service workers. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jen at jjgreco86@gmail.com. Let's show them how much MMA cares about our community!


February 17: 9am-1pm Science Fair (7th -9th grades) We are looking for judges! Please reach out to Ms. Nicoletta for more information (nhouseholder@mmautah.org)


February 27-March 3 : Literacy Week...more details to come


Match 2 Literacy Night...more details to come



Reminders:

Pokemon cards, toys, and candy:

Please encourage your student to not bring these items to class. They have become an issue with being taken, played with during instruction, and distracting from the lessons.


Snow in general: One of the goals during the snowy season it to be open for regular hours. We do this because not all parents are able to take time off for delayed starts and also allow for grace and courtesy for those who choose to come in later or stay home. We do our very best to make sure that the parking lot and sidewalks are cleared for safety at school. Please be safe and make the decisions that are best for you and your family. If you choose to stay home please call the office to excuse the absence.


Lost and Found: The lost and found in the lobby and the Junior High Commons are overflowing! Please come and check to see if your student's missing jacket or notebook are in there!


Safety First!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be patient in the parking lot! We know that the parking lot is a source of frustration for many, but if we are all patient, breathe, and slow down we can avoid accidents (of which we have had two fender benders) and injury.


We ask you to pull to the curb to drop students off to avoid accidents from happening and to keep students safe.


PLEASE use the crosswalks and wait for the crossing assistants to create a safe environment! This morning alone there were several near misses as folks crossed from in between cars... safety is a priority! If you need to run something into the school or help your child, please park in a parking space and not along the drop off zone. This will help with keeping the flow of traffic consistent. Please be patient and kind with other drivers as well. Blinkers, patience, and a deep breath go a long way.

Chat and Chew: an opportunity to meet together as parents and administrators to chat!

Frequently asked questions and answers...

Is MMA a public school or a charter school or a Montessori School? All three! We are first and foremost a public school funded through the State of Utah. As a public school, we do not charge tuition other than required school fees for secondary students. We are also required to teach to the state standards set by the State of Utah, as well as give State Assessments. As a Charter School, we are able to teach these things in a different way, such as the Montessori Method. MMA teachers are all licensed to teach in a Utah Public School and all of our teachers are either Montessori Certified or on a path to becoming Montessori Certified through an accredited 2 year Montessori Program.

Volunteer and Donation request Opportunities

We would love a couple of volunteers to help with the cross walk in the mornings and afternoons! Please reach out to Ms. Sara (stucker@mmautah.org) to sign up!


We could use volunteers to help with judging the History Fair and the Science Fair...Reach out to Ms. Nicoletta (nhouseholder@mmautah.org) for additional information.


We are very low on kleenex, magic erasers for cleaning, and bandaids...any donations would be lovely!


You can use this form to record your volunteer time and the activity that you were helping with!