MMA Monday Montessori Moments

January 8, 2018

A Message from Our Director, Rene Baker

Open Enrollment and Information Nights

It’s January and that means it is open enrollment season. We are very excited to see new student applications coming into our school. Intent letters were emailed to all current students’ parent/guardians last week. Please return these forms no later than January 19th. If you like what we’re doing at MMA, please tell all your families and friends to apply and share our open enrollment link on social media. If you don’t like what we’re doing at MMA, please contact me ASAP to communicate your concerns.

We have two information meetings coming up and encourage you to attend and bring a friend. This week on Wednesday, January 10th from 6:30pm until 7:30pm we are hosting Junior High Information Night in the library. Find out why MMA is the perfect fit for adolescents, get details about our electives and other classes, and meet the teachers. In two weeks on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:30 until 7:30pm we are hosting an Early Childhood Information Night in the gym. Find out what makes MMA stand out from other early childhood programs and meet the teachers. I can’t wait to see you all there.

In Need of a Few Good Volunteers

We are in need of a MAPA Vice President effectively immediately. This volunteer will finish out this school year as Vice President and then serve as President next year. Contact our current MAPA President, Heidi Bradley, at if you are interested.

We are looking for someone to volunteer as our Fundraising Coordinator for next school year. Please email me at if you are interested in this position.

Carpool Reminders

Please, for the safety of our children, do not allow children to exit or enter cars parked on the street. I realize that some curbs are not officially red; and, I am pleading with you to not stop along any curb. Our street is getting very tight with construction equipment barreling down our road, in addition to ice and snow. It is not safe for children to be outside of the posted, official carpool traveling lanes. It mucks up traffic when you pull out into the street, slowing down the whole process for everyone.

Again, the carpool plan diagram can be accessed on our website: The carpool plan explanation video can also be accessed through our website:

Thank you all for being part of the MMA family and all you do for our school. Have an excellent week.

Fundraising Updates

Donations needed and volunteer opportunities

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.

MMA Construction Update

Calendar Of Events

Junior High Open House

Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 6:30pm

MMA Library

End of Quarter

Thursday, Jan. 11th, 12am

This is an online event.

Professional Development-No School

Friday, Jan. 12th, 12am

This is an online event.

Human Rights Day-No School

Monday, Jan. 15th, 12am

This is an online event.

Student Intent Forms Due!

Friday, Jan. 19th, 12am

This is an online event.

Parent Survey

We would love your feedback. Please take our annual Parent Survey.
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Junior High Open House

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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

Save the date! Don't miss out on this year's gala!

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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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