MMA Montessori Moments

March 4th, 2019

MMA Ski Night

Thank you, everyone, who came out to ski Friday night. Powder Mountain was super fun under the lights. Thank you, MAPA, for organizing this event each year.
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Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to all of our spellers who competed in our spelling bee. We are excited to have Pranet and Ayden represent Maria Montessori Academy at the regional spelling bee at Hillcrest Jr High school on March 23rd, 2019.

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Don't Miss MMA's History Fair this Tuesday

Date: March 5, 2019

Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

National History Day Projects & Presentations: 7th and 8th graders

History Museum: 7th graders will be presenting in the Addition Gym and 8th graders will be presenting in the Addition Commons.

Intent to return confirmation

Current students who indicated that they will be returning to MMA next year need to complete one last step to register for next year. Look for an email early this week and click on the link to guarantee your spot at MMA for next year. Each family has an individual link that will be in the email. Thank you for your cooperation in this area; accurate student counts affect things like funding, staffing, and determine how many new students we can enroll next year.

Bathroom Issues

Update . . .

We did have another incident with #2 on the bathroom walls last week on Monday; so, we instituted more accountability for students leaving the classrooms. Beginning last Tuesday, teachers and assistants have been signing students in and out when they leave the classroom. There have not been additional incidents since we started this procedure. We will continue this procedure indefinitely and hope that this will/have solved the problem.


Thank you for speaking to your children about bathroom procedures. The original article from last week is below.

Bathroom Issues Article from 2-25-19

We have been struggling most of the school year with students properly utilizing the bathrooms at MMA. There are have been dozens of times where feces has been smeared on the walls in the bathrooms. Sometimes obscene words are written in feces on the walls. There have also been instances in the boys' restrooms where urine has been found on the walls and all over the floors. When we have been able to definitively catch students engaged in these activities, we have contacted parents and consequences like cleaning the affected areas have been applied. As you can imagine, it is difficult to catch students in these acts, which may explain the repeated offenses. Teachers have addressed these issues several times in the classroom and it would stop for a while and then start again.


Please help us by reviewing proper bathroom procedures at home. We cannot continue to have students exposed to these conditions and have our staff clean up these conditions. We don't want to resort to more extreme measures like taking scheduled class bathroom breaks or having every student that leaves their classroom by accompanied by an adult.


In addition to having bodily fluids outside the toilet when it should be in - we have also had issues with items going down the toilet that should not. Recently, MMA had to spend thousands of dollars to replace two sewage pumps that service 5 bathrooms in the new addition. In less than six months, clothing, rags, handfuls of pencils, and other hard, unidentifiable items accumulated and were found stuck in the pumps, which ultimately caused them to break.


The whole situation of diagnosing and fixing the problem required several occasions of pumping out the sewage containment system and required individuals to physically go into that containment system. Additionally, those 5 bathrooms in the addition were closed several times.


Again, please review with your children that the only thing that should be flushed down the toilet are toilet paper and their bodily fluids. We really do not want to take away instructional time and use staff resources to supervise every trip to the bathroom. Thank you for your help in this matter.

MMA's Literacy Week

MMA's Literacy Week Committee would like to invite family members and friends to read to a class at any point during the our literacy week, which will be March 11th-15th. If you, a friend, or family member are interested, please contact Ms. Karen at kclements@mariamontessoriacademy.org.


More information will come regarding literacy week as it gets closer.

Help with the Junior High Play

We are excited to announce that the junior high will be putting on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of April. We could use help creating and bringing in props! Specific items we will need can be found in Track it Forward.

Camp Invention

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Robots, high-tech farms, superhero gadgets, and more! Invent the Future Today in Camp Invention®! Check out our new program, Supercharged™! We’re lucky enough to be hosting the program at Maria Montessori Academy during the week of June 10-14 for students entering grades K-6. Sign up by visiting invent.org/camp. Scholarships are available to families with financial need – contact Amy Jo Proctor: aproctor@mariamontessoriacademy.org

Public Hearing for Utah K-5 and High School Draft Science Standards

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has approved a draft for new Utah K-5 and High School Science standards and are holding public meetings around the state and online to collect as much feedback as possible on the standards. All members of the public are invited to attend any of the public hearings to provide feedback for the standards. Also, if you cannot make a public hearing, there is an online survey available for you to provide feedback. The draft of the standards, details for the public hearings, and link to the online survey are available on the USBE Science Website - https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/science.

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Yearbook prices have gone up

Yearbook prices have gone up from $20 to $25. Please keep in mind that the payments are due by March 29th. If you want to order one to keep the memories or just want to support our school, you can order your yearbook with the code 13283719.


Sincerely, Yearbook Staff

MAPA Information

Only 10 days left to purchase Gala tickets!

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Buffet Menu
  • Barbecue Chicken
  • Barbecue Pulled Pork
  • Barbecue Jack Fruit (Vegetarian)
  • Baked Beans
  • Pasta Salad
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Garden Salad
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Fruit Cobbler
  • Water & Lemonade


Current Baskets for Auction:

  • Lego
  • DoTera
  • Exploding Kitten/Cards Against Humanity
  • and Many, Many More!

The MAPA safety committee is losing one of their crossing guards. We are looking for able parents to take her shifts for the remainder of the year beginning February 19th. We are looking for individuals for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:05-8:40. If you are interested in joining the team email Ange at mapa@mariamontessoriacademy.org. We need parents to help so the office staff can focus on getting the morning started.
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3/5/19 -- 7th and 8th grade History Fair

3/11-15/19 --Literacy Week

3/12/19 -- MMA Board Meeting and MMA's Literacy Night from 5:30-7:00pm at MMA

3/14/19 -- End of Quarter

3/15/19 -- Professional Development (Early Release)

3/18/19 -- Professional Development (No School)

3/21/19 -- The Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair; Dee Events Center

3/23/19 -- State Spelling Bee in SLC

3/23/19 -- 8th Annual Gala at Snowbasin; 7:00pm-9:00pm

3/29/19 -- Yearbook sales end

4/1-5/19 -- Spring Break (No School)

4/22-24/19 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior High Play

Quick Links

ICYMI - 2-25-19 Family Newsletter

In case you missed it, click here to access the 2-25-19 Family Newsletter.