MMA Monday Montessori Moments

February 26, 2018

A message from our counselor, Ms. Andrea

These words reveal the child’s inner needs: “Help me to do it alone.”- Maria Montessori

Some of the best parenting advice I ever received was the phrase “I am not raising children; I’m raising future adults.” We love our kids, we want them to be happy, we don’t want them to suffer or be stressed out, and we try to protect them. These are all natural and admirable feelings; and, in practice, sometimes we are doing our kids a disservice by acting on these natural impulses.

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children and has been the fastest-growing mental health concern. This is a serious issue and if you are concerned that your child has symptoms of an anxiety disorder, please consult your doctor. I also have resources available if needed.

With that said, every child sometimes experiences anxiety because it’s a normal part of growing up and sometimes in our rush to protect and care for our children, we are inadvertently sending them the message that they can’t handle whatever the challenge is in front of them.

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. is one of the leading experts in the country on parenting and anxiety. She has some great advice about strategic under-functioning:

One parent told that the clearest advice I [Tamar Chansky] ever gave her was when her children were calling out to her that they couldn’t find something – their cleats, their homework, the peanut butter- to reply like this: “Look harder!” As a highly motivated woman who was very concerned about being a good parent, it had never occurred to her to wait. Just wait. Maybe even offer support, but from a distance, to see what her kids might be able to come up with on their own...

Doing for kids convinces them that the task is too hard, that you don’t believe they can do it, that it’s better to rush to get it done than take the extra time to let them struggle a little and then arrive at a solution. Waiting and encouraging them from the sidelines gives them the opportunity to be the hero. To see what it’s like to win, to stand up to the bully in their mind and not get tricked, or scammed, or deprived of what they really want to do. By under-functioning in kind, strategic ways, you enable your child to function “up”.

This advice is also consistent with the Montessori method where we try to "never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed." Thanks for sharing your wonderful kids with us here at Maria Montessori Academy every day!

Andrea Eggett

School Counselor

It is Literacy Week at MMA

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Book Swap

Our book swap will be held all week in the North and South Kivas. Bring any gently used books and exchange them for new adventures to keep your child reading.

Please enter our Literacy Week writing celebration!

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Construction Update: Look at Us Grow!

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Wanted: Lost Montessori Materials

Our Montessori materials are beautiful and we know children love them. If you happen to find these lovely materials at home, please return them to school. These materials are expensive and very missed. Some works cannot be used at all if they are not complete. Thank you for your support.

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! 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.

Your opinion is important to us!

Please take a moment and rate us on our official Facebook page and on google.

9th Grade Parents

Just a reminder that if your child is attending the Crow Canyon trip, all payments are due by Feb 28. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
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A Lower Elementary student mastered this montessori work today. Congratulations!

MAPA Information

Art Sneak Peek!

Here is a sneak peek of the 9th grade art project. This beautiful piece will only be available March 17 at the Gala.
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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:

· 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

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!


Recruiting MAPA Vice President / President

MAPA Board is currently looking for a Vice President for the remainder of the year who will then become the President for the 2108-2019 school year. Please contact if you or someone you know who would be interested.

If you don't know what MAPA is... it is our school's PTA program. The Fall Festival, Gala, book fairs, teacher appreciation, classroom safety kits, box tops (and more!) all happen because of MAPA. We want these wonderful events and opportunities to continue to happen for our school and students, so keep your eyes and ears open for someone who would do a great job!

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.

Calendar Of Events

MMA Spelling Bee

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 9am-12pm


Lower Elementary 9:00 am -10:00 am

Upper Elementary 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

7th grade History Fair

Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 1-3pm


MMA Annual Literacy Night

Monday, Feb. 26th, 6pm


MAPA Meeting

Friday, March 2nd, 8:45am

MMA Conference Room

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MMA Spotlight-Ms. Brittany (Lower Elementary)

How did you find out about Montessori Education? 13 years ago I needed childcare for my daughter and we lived in Liberty. That is where I found Ogden Valley Montessori School.

How long have you been at MMA? I have been a parent since 2010 and a teacher here since 2013.

What is your favorite thing about MMA? There are many things I love. I love our community and that our students are in a classroom community for a 3 year cycle.

What is your favorite food? Mexican Food

What is your favorite color? Dark Teal

What is your favorite movie? I love Christmas movies, like A Christmas Story.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? Hmmm.... I am a pretty "crunchy" mom, all the way down to cloth diapering.