The Mata Memo

September 6, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Mata family,


It's week 4! We are moving and grooving, growing and learning, and ultimately achieving! We had another week of great Montessori teaching and learning! There are so many wonderful things happening in our classrooms! Ask your child what did they enjoy most this week.


We are proud to follow the direction of Dr. Montessori, "Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment."


Thank you for continuing to support us in our efforts to ensure your students succeed socially, emotionally, and academically.


Tomeka Williams

Principal

Calendar at A Glance

District Wide Calendar - Click Here


  • Sept. 7th - Show Up! Shining the Light on Attendance “Show up shining your light with your favorite neon colors”

  • Sept. 8th - Cub Scouts Recruitment Meeting 7:00 PM

  • Sept. 13th- Title I Meeting 4:30-5:00 PM

  • Sept. 13th - Open House - 5:00PM-6:30PM

  • Sept. 13th - Parent University - Topic "Tips for Beginning of the School Year" 8:15 AM

  • Sept. 13th - Parent Involvement and and Parent compact Meeting 8:15 AM

  • Sept 14th - Show Up! DISD with a Western Twist "Show up wearing your favorite western attire"

  • Sept. 14th - Girl Scouts Recruitment Meeting 6:30 PM

  • Sept. 16th - Title I and Info and Community Coffee with the Principals 8:30 (Virtually)

  • Sept. 21st - Show Up! Dress Up! Represent your Culture "Show up dressed in clothing from your culture.

  • Sept. 28th - Show Up! Character Celebrity Day! Show up dressed as your favorite celebrity or book character!

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Parent Involvement Policy and Parent Compact Meeting

Join us, September 13, 2022 at 8:15 AM during our Parent University as we review and revise this upcoming year's Parent Involvement and Parent Compact.


Let your voice be heard!


Únase a nosotros el 13 de septiembre de 2022 a las 8:15 a. m. durante nuestra Universidad de Padres mientras revisamos y revisamos la Participación de los Padres y el Pacto de Padres del próximo año. ¡Deja que se escuche tu voz!

Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Awareness Month runs through the end of September. It is a month that Dallas ISD dedicates to showing how attendance is essential to school success. Now that we are back in school it is important to encourage good school attendance. Let’s begin by helping our students build good routines, increase engagement, and support learning throughout the students' journey here in Dallas ISD.


Below you will find Dr. Elizalde, Superintendents of Schools video regarding September Attendance Awareness Month. Please enjoy the video below!

Dallas ISD Superintendent: Show Up! Attendance Matters
Superintendente de Escuelas de Dallas ISD: ¡No Faltes! Asistir a Clase es Importante

What's Happening Around Mata Montessori?

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Parent Needs Assessment

Greetings Families!

The Counseling Department is looking forward to supporting your scholar's social-emotional, academic, and career development growth this year. Could you please complete this brief survey to help us plan and develop quality programs that best meets the needs of your scholar and family. Your input is valuable and your responses are anonymous. Thank you for your time!


2022-2023 Parent Needs Assessment

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSatm0QQ3BbJqlmCL1TNq0TQ5Amq0xhlfuw4IZQmyzKOr4zg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Parent University!

Join us for our very first Parent University of the school year! Come out and learn about "Tips for the beginning of the school year!"


Check out the upcoming dates below!

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Message from PTA

The PTA has a new Google Calendar

Check out on our website: https://matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com/calendar

You can Synchronize to your calendar app using this link:

https://calendar.google.com/.../mata.../public/basic.icsSync

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Recess Volunteers Needed!

Assist our Montessori Guides in supervising the playground activities, daily opportunities from 11:25am to 1:25pm in one hour increments.


https://matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/96994

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Buy your spirit wear from the Eagle Wagon!

Spirit wear may be worn with jeans on Fridays

Thank you for your patience while we organize our current on hand inventory.

For new shirts, more colors, expanded sizing and embroidered options plus delivery to your home see our PTA’s online fundraising store https://matamontessori.itemorder.com/shop/home/

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Mata Game Night!

Mark your calendars for Mata Game Night on September 17 from 4-6pm! We’ll have fun games for all ages. Visit matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com to RSVP and sign up to volunteer or lend us your games! This is a FREE event sponsored by Mata PTA.


¡Marque sus calendarios para Noche de Juegos en Mata el 17 de septiembre de 4 a 6pm! Tendremos juegos divertidos para todas las edades. Visita matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com para confirmer su asistencia y regístrate para ser voluntario o préstanos sus juegos! Este es un evento GRATUITO patrocinado por Mata PTA.

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Join PTA!

Check out your PTA membership perks and if you’re not a member you can join online:

https://matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/185

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Attention All K-6th Grade and 8th Grade Parents

As our most valued partners, ensuring that you are informed and able to make the best decisions for your student and family are of utmost importance.

This year, you will receive parent consent form(s) for your student to receive human sexuality instruction and/or instruction over the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking.

Parent consent forms will be sent via email from appnotifications@dallasisd.org and will include the following subject line: Your Opt-in Form for Grade Level Parent Consent. Depending upon your child’s grade level, you will receive one or two separate emails containing your child’s name and a hyperlink to the online form(s).

We want you to make an informed decision and encourage you to review the purpose and objective of this curriculum. Get detailed information, including the number of emails you should expect, when you should receive emails, instruction start dates and more at https://bit.ly/disdwellness.

Once you receive the email applicable to your student’s instruction, please select your official response and click on “submit” to complete your form as soon as possible. For your records, a document confirming your selection will be sent via email from forms@dallasisd.org.

If we do not receive your signed consent by the first day of human sexuality instruction, or instruction over the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking, your student will not be permitted to participate. Your student will be assigned an alternative activity that will not include instruction over any of the topics listed above.


Each parent consent form will let you know whom to reach out to if you have any questions.


Thank you for your support and collaboration.


Sincerely,


Tomeka Williams, Principal

Attendance Awareness Month!

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Join Cub Scouts!

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Join Girl Scouts!

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Drop Off and Pick Up Information

Drop Off
  • Please drop off Pre-K-K students on the La Vista drive nearest the library. Students will report directly to their homeroom class. 1st- 6th Grade students may be dropped off at the main entrance. 7th -8th Grade students may be dropped off at the cafeteria entrance.
  • Prek-K students will report directly to class. Staff will be available to help students transition to their classroom. Our 1st-3rd grade students will report to the gym, 4th-6th will report to the auditorium, and 7th-8th grade students will report to the cafeteria between 7:30-7:45 AM. All students arriving after 7:45 will report directly to class.
  • If you have multiple children, you may drop them off at the site for the youngest child.
  • For safety, the back drive will be closed in the mornings.


Students must wear uniforms (white, hunter green, or navy blue polo shirt and black, navy, or khaki uniform bottoms.) Students must wear athletic shoes, loafers, dress shoes, or other closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. Closed-toe and open-heel mules are allowed.


Breakfast and lunch will be provided, however, students may bring their lunch if they choose. Please send ready-to-eat meals. (A microwave will not be available for student use.)


After School Pick Up:

Carpool Pickup will be at the main entrance nearest the office. You will be given a carpool sign to use at pick-up daily. Please be patient with dismissal procedures and traffic, as we will be working to ensure the safety of all students.


Prek-K will be dismissed outside the main entrance beginning at 3:10.

1st-3rd will be dismissed from the door by the auditorium at 3:15.


4th-6th will be dismissed at the back of the school near the compass on the new drive at 3:15.

7th-8th will be dismissed at the back of the school near the middle school pods at 3:15.


Students in grades 4-8 will join with their siblings outside the main entrance.


Traffic flow:


All cars will proceed down LaVista Dr. to the furthest entry past the school building. You will make a right turn into the drive nearest the apartments. You will remain in your car and show your sign to Mata staff. We will call for your child as you drive around the wraparound drive. Keep your child's tag showing until your child(ren) is brought to your car. When leaving the drive, turn left to circle under the bridge and proceed to the traffic light.


If riding a bus, please send information regarding your child's bus stop and location to the teacher. Bus pick-up is located on the main drive parallel to Grand. Please do not park in this driveway.


We offer afterschool care through the YMCA. Please see the flyers below for details.

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Need Uniform Assistance: See below!

You may request one free uniform per student if needed.


Ecollect Forms are accessed from your PowerSchool account. No separate login is necessary. Forms are tied to your child’s record and can be accessed from the Forms link in the left navigation column. To access the forms, you will need a PowerSchool Parent Account with all your students added to it.

GETTING STARTED

  1. Go to https://dallasisd.powerschool.com/public/home.html to log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account.
  2. Once logged in:
    1. select a student from the tab on the top left then,
    2. Click on the Forms tab on the left side
      • f the page.


3. You will then see what forms you have for that student.

NOTE: You can only look at the set of forms under one student at a time. If you have more than one student in the district, you will have to go to each student tab to complete forms for each student.


4. When you begin, all your forms will have a status of Empty. Once the form is filled out, press the Submit button at the bottom of the page. Your form will be submitted and reloaded.

Students with a banner that shows Eligible for Uniform proceed to fill out the form.


  1. If the form submission was successful, a pop-up window will appear thanking you for the submission.


6. Once you are done with a form and submit it, that status will change to Submitted when you go to Forms.


Please reach out to Ms. Gunter or Dr. Lopez if you need assistance.

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Action for Happiness Calendar

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Mata Montessori School's Vision and Mission

Vision Statement: To provide an academic foundation which allows our students to be successful life-long learners.

Mission Statement: To provide an authentic Montessori education by focusing on educating the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally for all children.

Mata Montessori School's Key Actions

  • Maintain a climate and culture that fosters academic excellence.
  • Improve quality of instruction and student achievement through an aligned Montessori curriculum.
  • Actively engage parents in education in meaningful and relevant ways.