MMA Monday Montessori Moments

January 29, 2018

A message from our Special Education Coordinator, Dana Archuleta

Support for all Students

As parents, we all want our children to do well in class. When we feel as though our child might be slipping in an area, our first instinct is to advocate for them and do what we can to get the support they need to be successful.

Teachers also want their students to be successful and feel confident when in class. They, too, advocate for their students in getting the support they feel students may need. As a school, we want to enusre all of our students feel supported and successful in everything they do. When we feel students are faltering, we have our classroom teachers implement what we call Tier 1 interventions. Teachers will not only teach the curriculum; they will also differentiate instruction that meets the specific needs of the students in their class. These interventions are for all students in a classroom and are meant to be proactive and preventative. It also means that we, as a school, will intervene early and teach all children effectively. Even with some extra support in place, there are a certain amount of students who may still need even more support than the Tier 1 interventions. When it is felt that more intense interventions need to be tried, teachers meet with our Student Intervention Team and come up with specific interventions that are implemented for 12 weeks. Depending on the progress being made, a decision is made by the team if extensive testing should be conducted to determine if a student needs special education services. Three questions are asked when determining if a student qualifies for special education: Does the student qualify? Is there a need for specialized instruction? Is that need severely impeding the education of the student? We all want our children/students to be happy and successful. As educators we make sure we do all we can to make that possible.

Enrollment is now open!

Do you know anyone who would be interested in sending their children to Maria Montessori Academy? The Montessori Method is the most widely and longest practiced form of education in the World. There are more than 22,000 schools in 110 countries worldwide. Current brain and educational research supports many of the practices perfected by Montessori teachers over the last 110 years.

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is open and our first lottery pull will be on February 1st. Don't wait any longer to educate your child for a better world! Enroll now.

We MUST be the change we wish to see.

You can learn more by visiting our website or call and schedule a tour to see this incredible method in action.

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Fundraising Updates

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MAPA Information

Dear Parents,

Still looking to fill your 40 hours? We have the solution! Sign up to help at the Book Fair and with the Teacher Appreciation dinners during the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences.

Go to track it forward at

*Please note the dinners for teachers will be a little different this time. The Jr. High’s conferences are the week after the elementary so we have two dinners set up for the week of the elementary PTC and one dinner for the Jr. High the following week.

I hope you all got your invitations for the upcoming Gala. Your student should have brought them home to you, so check their backpacks. We are offering a pre-sale price on tickets purchased before March 10th.

Purchase online at or

MAPA will be at the school during these times:

. Wed February 14 1:00-6:00 pm

· Thu February 15 1:00-6:00 pm

· Fri February 16 1:00-6:00 pm

· Fri February 23 3:00-4:00 pm

· Fri March 9 3:00-4:00 pm

Regular Price Ticket Sales

· Wed March 14 3:00-4:00 pm

· Thu March 15 3:00-4:00 pm

Thank you,

Heidi Bradley

MAPA President

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Gala Donations Needed!

Plans for our annual Gala are underway! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and 100% of the proceeds benefit the students of MMA. Past year's proceeds have purchased computers, playground and PE equipment, classroom grants, and so much more! Every year MAPA asks each classroom to donate a basket for our silent auction. If you have a connection to items that would benefit any of the baskets listed regardless of your student's class, please consider donating. Watch for a request from your students room parent for more details. If you don’t see your child’s class on this list, please contact the teacher and possibly offer to help create a basket for the Gala. As always, any items donated go toward your service hours.

Jr. High- Mindfulness Basket

Ms. Amy- Cooking Basket

Ms. Brittany- Exercise Basket

Ms. Kaley- Golf Basket

Ms. Joy- Rainy Day Basket

Ms. Jen- Gardening Basket

Ms. Laura- Kid Craft Basket

Ms. Jill- Art Basket

Ms. Lana- Movie Basket

Additional baskets not connected to a classroom:

-Car Cleaning Basket

-Spa Basket

-Wine Basket

If you are willing donate any items to these baskets, please email me at, or drop items off to the office with a note explaining which basket the items belong to:)


Thanks for all your help!


Sneak Peek of Gala Art

Gala Art is underway! Here is a sneak Peek of the 4th grade art project. Each 4th grader has contributed to this beautiful painting. This piece of art and many more will only be available during our annual art auction at our gala.
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Vases Needed

MMA Jr High and MAPA are looking for help with their upcoming Valentine's day carnation sale. They are looking for several single flower vases. If you have any that you would be willing to donate, please drop them off t the office as soon as possible. Donating a vase can be counted toward your hours on Track it Forward! They re also in need of adult volunteers Jan 29-Feb 9 before and after school assisting students selling carnations and also on Valentines day delivering orders. Go to to sign up.

Wanted: Parents interested in helping with fundraising for 2018-2019

We are in need of a Chair and Co-chair to organize our fundraising for the 2018-2019 school year. Committee members are also welcome! Funds raised go towards all grade levels. We have streamlined things quite a bit so that there are only 4 major fundraising events throughout the year instead of one a month, and we have had an incredible community response in donations to these events. The skeleton is pretty well in place- we just need parents to take it and run! If you are interested please contact by Feb.1. We would like to meet with everyone as soon as possible so that dates can be set for next year's events and assignments can be given on things that need to be started on to give the committee a head start for next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Beers at (801)695-5864.


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Calendar Of Events

Chili Cook Off

Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 5:30-7pm


MAPA Meeting

Friday, Feb. 2nd, 8:45am

MMA Conference Room

Teacher Spotlight-Ms. Joy (Early Childhood)

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How did you find out about Montessori Education? My brother's children attended a Montessori school

How long have you been at MMA? 7.5 years

What is your favorite thing about MMA? The Community.

What is your favorite food? Chocolate

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite movie? Jumanji 2

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I once caught a pig in a greased pig race.

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Keep track of your volunteer hours with Track It Forward

Maria Montessori Academy Parents Association (MAPA) is very excited to announce that effective December 1, 2017 we will be using Track it Forward to schedule and record volunteer hours.

We feel that using track it forward will help us provide the most positive experience possible when signing up for and recording volunteer hours. This program will allow families to track their hours on their own electronic devices, send out reminders for sign ups, and help us become a more centralized Montessori family.

Families are asked to donate 40 volunteer hours a year per family to the school. As a member of MAPA (all parents are automatic members) the MAPA presidency is trying to provide as many opportunities to complete this act of service yearly and Track it Forward will allow families to sign up to volunteer.

In sending your children to a Montessori school you are taking the initiative towards bettering your children and families. MMA’s mission statement is “Education for a better world” and by volunteering you are providing opportunities to help make this a better world.

The reason I volunteer is to provide my children with opportunities they may not get at other schools. “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” — Albert Einstein. By volunteering you are giving of yourself to your children and the children of others. Volunteering does not have to be a big sacrifice of time away from the family or money spent, many teacher at the school offer opportunities to volunteer at home and MAPA has opportunities to volunteer where you can bring your children.

Ways you may be volunteering and not even know:

· Attending a MAPA meeting

· Room mom calls and asks you to cut something out or bring something to the class

· Coming into the school and reading with children

· Bringing in food for an activity

MAPA in cooperation with the MMA is trying to say “thank you” to those that have sacrificed time and volunteered this year by giving those families with 10 service hours completed an “act of service.” The details are still in the works but we want everyone to know that we appreciate and value all of those that have volunteered.

How Track it forward works:

You can sign up in one of two different ways. On the website or email with your family’s last name and the names of your children and we will send you an invite. Once in you can track your family’s hours and sign up for volunteer hours.

Again we appreciate all that our wonderful MMA families do!!!

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” — Elizabeth Andrew

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Pizza Form Reminder

Remember pizza money is due Wed by 9:00 am. If money is received after 9:00 am, it will be applied to the following week.
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