MMA Montessori Moments

May 20th, 2019

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Upcoming Bridging Ceremonies

Bridging ceremonies are very important in Montessori education. These graduation-type events celebrate the child moving from one plane of development to the next and from one class-family to the next. Please join us in honoring our kindergarten, 3rd, and 6th grade students.


If you would like your child to attend their sibling's bridging ceremony, come a few minutes early and stop by your child's classroom to excuse them from class. If you are taking your children home early after the ceremony, please be sure to sign them out in the front office and inform your child's teacher of these plans.


Monday, May 20th - Early Childhood Bridging - 10:30am - Addition Gym

All kindergarten families are invited to see their child welcomed into lower elementary.


Tuesday, May 21st - Lower Elementary Bridging - 10:30am - Addition Gym

All 3rd grade families are invited to see their child welcomed into upper elementary.


Wednesday, May 22nd - Upper Elementary Bridging Ceremony - 10:30am - Addition Gym

All 6th grade families are invited to see their child welcomed to junior high.

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Conferences

Early Childhood and Elementary Conferences

Our Early Childhood and Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences will be held May 21st-23rd, 2019 between 1:30pm-7:00pm. The conferences will be led by our students using their portfolios. All students should attend our Early Childhood and Elementary conferences. Go to Track it Forward to make your appointments.

Junior High Conferences

We will have an open house format for JH families, as suggested by the JH team. Parents will not have to make official appointments to meet with teachers. All teachers will have individual table space in the addition gym. Parents can roam the area and meet with teachers who are not already engaged in conversation with a parent.


The intent and reason for this change is to accommodate families who want to visit with more than one JH teacher in one night - which can be difficult to set up appointment times near each other when students have 5-7 teachers in a day. Junior High conferences will be held May 21st-23rd from 1:30pm-7:00pm.

MAPA Information


Parent Teacher Conference Dinners for Teachers May 21st, 22nd and 23rd - The final round of conferences is almost here. Here is your opportunity to help feed the teachers and staff on these LONG days. Please sign up below to help or contribute food.

Tuesday -https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472955

Wednesday -https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/472956

Thursday - https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473198


Book Fair - Along with our PTC conferences, it is our final book fair of the year! This book fair is the BOGO, ALL books buy one get one FREE!! Make sure to stop by during conferences and buy some books for summer reading. As always, we need our wonderful families to help us keep the book fair open. Click the Track it Forward links below to schedule your time slot. Remember, each time slot you volunteer at earns you $5 credit at the book fair. With BOGO, that is a $10 credit!!


https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473340

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473338

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473333

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/473335




Thank you so much to everyone who helped MAPA and the school this year!! This is a community school, our community. We appreciate every minute you donated of your time and energy this year. If you weren’t able to come to the May MAPA meeting to get your 40 hour achievement certificate or have accomplished, your 40 volunteer hours since then, you can pick up your certificate and chocolate at the school’s pool party on June 7th.

Spirit Days

In order to reduce the amount of end of year chaos and not have children dressed crazy during bridging ceremonies, spirit week will consist of 2 spirit days this school year:


Thursday, May 23th - Crazy sock and/or hair day

Friday, May 24th - Wear your favorite tie-dye and/or sports team attire

Redwoods

What a fantastic week! Our 6th graders had a life transforming week in the Redwoods, California.

A Redwoods Chaperone Reflects on the Trip

It was really funny to me that the first night we were at camp in our cabins, the only one who was really homesick was me. My campers all did great, my other chaperone was such a huge help and support; but, I missed my family at home. As the week wore on and I dedicated myself to helping my campers and facilitating their experience, I began to have my own experience. I did not expect this to happen. While some of my own experiences were rather private, I will say that I did not come back the same. I learned some things that I did not expect and discovered some things about myself that will stay with me as long as I live. The funny thing is, the takeaway I got, was a lot more than I expected, and useful in so many faucets of my current life.


As a parent we often sow seeds of wisdom in our children, but we rarely get to see those seeds come to fruition. Every parent knows what I’m talking about. When you teach your child to do something a million times and all it takes is someone else to show them once, and they suddenly have learned something new. It’s frustrating but that is the nature of being a parent and a teacher. The seeds we sow, don’t always bloom on our time. As I was there and watching these amazing girls that started out shy and reserved come out of their shells, I watched the them bloom. I watched them discover themselves and test the boundaries of what they thought they were capable of. I watched my campers face down real fear and fly; literally fly. To be able to encourage and facilitate this kind of change and have the gratification of seeing the change happen so quickly was so rewarding. It is true what everyone said at the first meeting that the children come back different. It’s such a unique and crucial experience for these children that are getting ready to face down middle school next year. I was so glad looking back that the children had this opportunity to really understand something about fear and about overcoming that fear. It’s so important, and I can’t help but feel that it will be beneficial as they journey out of primary school and into junior high.

Crow Canyon

Ninth graders bonded and learned much about themselves during their week long trip to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Colorado.
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UAPCS Award Nomination

MMA was nominated for the Utah Association of Public Schools' Circle of Excellence School of Year Award. Final results will be announced at the June 12th recognition dinner.

Stakeholder Survey!

Thank you to those of you who completed the November stakeholder survey. We ask that you please take about 10 minutes again to complete the end of year stakeholder survey. The survey can be accessed by clicking the link below. Your feedback is anonymous and the survey may only be completed once.


There were 77 respondents last time and we would like to at least double that for this spring. Results from this survey are shared with the school's staff, Board of Directors, and all of you in the MMM newsletter. The results guide us in decision making in areas such as setting school goals. We take these survey results seriously and sincerely thank you for your time in providing this crucial feedback.


You will be entered to win a $25 gift card if you take a screen shot your completed survey and email it to info@mariamontessoriacademy.org.

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The final countdown

5/20/19 -- Early Childhood bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/21-23/19 -- Parent Teacher Conferences; Book Fair 1:00-7:00pm (Early Release)

5/21/19 --Lower Elementary bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/22/19 -- Upper Elementary bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/24/19 --Last day of school (Early Release)

6/7/19 -- MMA Pool Party at North Shore 6-9pm

Quick Links

ICYMI - 5-13-19 Family Newsletter

In case you missed it, click here to access the 5-13-19 Family Newsletter.