The Mata Memo

April 19, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Mata Family!

We are making moves! Given the circumstances of this world, at one point, moving the needle on student achievement almost seemed impossible. However, our staff in collaboration with you, are consistently working to improve student outcomes every single day. We all create expectations for our children and ensure that they are learning. Thanks for continuing to work with us as we help to grow our students so that they become academically, socially, and emotionally strong.

We have about 14 instructional days until our students show their success on all of the upcoming End of the Year Exams. Please remind your child to bring their devices and chargers to school daily. This is very important. Students are practicing in order to be ready and there are scheduled tests throughout the month of May.

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week! We would like to say THANK YOU to all of you who go above and beyond for our school. We absolutely could not do it without you! Words alone can not express our appreciation for you! Volunteers, you are the best!!!

Check out the rest of the Mata Memo for important updates!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


P.S. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MontessoriMata

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Calendar at A Glance

  • April 20-21st - 3rd Grade Zoom Theatre Performance - See below

  • April 21st - Dyslexia Parent Meeting 5:30

  • April 22nd - Earth Day

  • April 26th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Dallas Children's Theater

  • April 26-27 - 6th-8th Grade End of Year MAP Assessments

  • April 26th - General PTA Meeting

  • April 26th - Talent Show Audition Forms Due

  • April 27-28th - Theatre Performance - "Three Doors to Death"

  • April 28th - Dress Pass Day

  • April 29th - Inclement Weather Day - No School

  • April 30th - Rainbow Run, Walk and Roll!

  • May 5th - Orchestra Concert

  • May 5th - CICC Meeting

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In an effort to keep our students safe after school, we are asking that you use our carpool and walk-up lines on campus to pick up your children.

If you pick your students up under the Santa Fe Bridge, please note that this is not Dallas ISD property, and there is NO adult supervision. There are strangers and bikers constantly along that trail. If you are not arriving by 3:15, I encourage you to have your child picked up at the campus where they are supervised and safe.


Please be mindful of the new signs installed by the City of Dallas. Check your parking selection so you do not get ticketed.
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What's Happening Around Mata?

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Survey for School Day Times for 22/23

Dallas ISD is considering starting and ending the elementary school day slightly later next school year and we are seeking feedback from staff and parents about two possible bell schedules for elementary students.

Complete this survey to help guide the decision

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Orchestra News!

Current orchestra students grades 4-8 will be performing in CONCERT THURSDAY MAY 5 AT 6:00 P.M. Details will be available soon.

Dallas ISD Instrumental Music in partnership with the Orchestra of New Spain will present a SUMMER ORCHESTRA CAMP. MONDAY-THURSDAY JUNE 27-30 at Conrad High School. This camp is free but optional to all current Dallas ISD orchestra students. Please visit your child’s Google Classroom for Orchestra for further information and to complete the application.

Dallas Symphony Young Strings is now visiting Mata during beginning orchestra classes, providing enriched instruction for violin and viola students. We hope to have a cello instructor join us soon.

3rd-grade students have been visiting the orchestra room to learn more about playing a stringed instrument such as violin, viola, cello, and bass. They will be given the opportunity to sign up for beginning orchestra in 4th grade. More information will be available soon.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Powers, the orchestra teacher at for any questions you may have.

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Buy Your Yearbook Now! Click Here

Field Day will be May 20th!

Field day is May 20th. This year, all Mata students will have

matching shirts that have been voted on by the students. Each

class will have its own team color.

Shirts cost $5. Kid sizes: Youth XS through Youth XL. Adult sizes: Adult Small through Adult

XL. (Adult sizes 2XL and larger are $9.)

You can also sponsor students who need help buying their shirts. Money raised over the amount

of the shirts will be a donation to PTA to continue its work providing materials, events and

programs for the students and school community.

Please send your form and payment to the front office by Thursday, April 28th. If you have any

questions, please email

More information regarding the logistics of Field Day to come!

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Rainbow Run, Walk, and Roll

Join us April 30 at Lindsley Park

Rainbow Run, Walk & Roll details are here!

Saturday, April 30, check-in at 8:30 am

Registration is $5. Raise $20 or more and receive a pair of sunglasses and plain white t-shirt to wear at the event.

Register on the fundraising website below and share with friends and family. All proceeds go toward field trips, programs, classroom materials and student enrichment. Every student benefits!

Register here:

Lots more details here:

Registration deadline is April 15.


¡Los detalles de Rainbow Run, Walk & Roll están aquí!

Sábado 30 de abril, check-in a las 8:30 am

La inscripción cuesta $5. Recauda $20 o más y recibe un par de anteojos de sol y una camiseta blanca para usar en el evento.

Regístrese en el sitio web de recaudación de fondos a continuación y comparta con amigos y familiares. Todos los ingresos se destinan a excursiones, programas, materiales para el salón de clases y enriquecimiento estudiantil. ¡Todos los estudiantes se benefician!

Registrarse aquí:

Muchos más detalles aquí:

Fecha limite de registro es 15 de abril.

See Something, Say Something

Today, our 6th-8th grade students were trained in the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Program. Dallas ISD has partnered with Sandy Hood Promise to bring this reporting system to students in 6th grade and up. It is designed to eliminate violence of all kinds in schools, homes, and communities. The program aims to make sure students and educators have a safe environment to learn and teach in. The team at Sandy Hook promise seeks to do this in two ways. First, by educating students on recognizing signs in individuals that might be a threat to themselves or others. Then, teaching students to act immediately by telling a trusted adult or submitting a tip via the Anonymous Reporting System.

2022-2023 Returning Student Registration

All students must register for next school year. Registration is completely online and can be completed by going to Please complete registration as soon as you can! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sosa or Mrs. Leija in the front office.

Detailed instructions can be found in the Registration Guides below.

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Steps to Volunteer at Mata

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Attention 5th Grade Parents

Our 5th Grade will be taking the Science STAAR this year! In an effort to help prepare them, our campus will be sponsoring our 5th-grade students’ attendance in a Science Camp at the Dallas Arboretum.

They will attend a Closing the Gap Learning Series to help get 5th-grade students STAAR Science ready. It is a 6-week series. Each week covers a different TEKS cluster and includes a hands-on lab, STAAR practice questions, and a time to explore the garden to make garden connections. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30, starting April 2nd and runs through May 7th. Classes include parking and garden admission for your family.

Here is the link to learn more about the programming.

Please ensure that you have returned your child's permission letter and parent contact form. It was sent home by Mr. Delgado.

2nd Grade Field Trip

2nd-grade students will be attending The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Dallas Children’s Theatre on April 26th. Please see the attached flyer and permission slip. Signed Permission Slips are due by Friday, March 25th to Ms. Bailey. A yellow and white flyer was sent home Monday, March 21st.

Attention 3rd Grade Families!

Families of 3rd grade,

You are invited to join our zoom to view our 3rd-grade performance of “Oh the places I will go when I grow up”. In theatre class this semester, 3rd graders have learned the parts of a script and how to memorize lines. They have also learned about musical theatre and how to learn a musical theatre dance. We are putting these together in a very short showcase of one dance and a short reader's theater script in the courtyard (weather permitting). We are not allowed to have visitors on campus still, so we would like to invite you to join us on zoom! Please see below.


Wednesday, April 20th at 1:30 PM 3B (Stout, O’Dell, Mankse)

Wednesday, April 20th at 2: 30 PM 3B (Ochoa, Cruz, Carbo)

Thursday, April 21st at 1:30 PM 3A (Osborne, Blea, Mankse)

Thursday, April 21st at 2:30 PM 3A (Singleton, Salorio, Gonzalez)


Topic: 3rd Grade Performance

Meeting ID: 844 1733 3815

Passcode: mata


Third graders have permission to wear their “career day” attire to school on the day of their performance. Please note no weapons or costumes that promote violence are allowed. We encourage them to dress as who they want to be when they grow up.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Bailey at . Your homeroom teachers are not directly involved in this event so questions should be directed to the theatre teacher. I love forward to sharing this fun “introduction” to musical theatre with our 3rd grade families!

~Mrs. Bailey, Theatre

C5 Texas Program for 7th Graders

Current 7th graders are invited to apply for the C5 Texas Program, a five-year youth leadership program that engages students from under-resourced communities in five years of intensive leadership experiences, including year-round leadership development programs, signature summer activities, community action, and preparation for continuing education and career development.

If selected, students will participate in a leadership camp in Summer 2022

Interested students must:

• Submit a completed C5 Texas 202i Student Application by April 20, 2022.

• Email report cards/transcripts and letters of recommendation (may be clear photocopies) to recruitment@c5texas.orq by May 2, 2022. Students are encouraged to use a gmail address such as first name.last

Apply HERE

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Theatre Performance - April 27-28th!

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Makerspace Club

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Mata's PTA Walking Group!

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Summer Activities! - Updated Weekly!

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Dallas ISD Summer Breeze! and Summer Learning Guide

Please Click the Links below to Access the Summer Learning Guide for parents. It includes detailed descriptions of Dalla's Summer Offerings!


Click Here for English

Click Here for Spanish

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Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here!

Check out their webpage at

Sign up for the PTA newsletter: Click Here

Dallas ISD School Safety Protocols

Parents and caregivers, please see Dallas ISD's School Safety Protocol for Parents Handbook 2021-2022 Download and view the handbook here:
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Core 4

The district wants to hear stories about how our staff members are putting Core 4 in action by being fast, flexible, friendly, and focused!

Parents, students, and community members can shout out a teacher, staff member, or Dallas ISD employee by visiting

Some of the top shoutouts will be spotlighted on social media, the Core 4 webpage, and in a monthly e-newsletter!

Action for Happiness Calendars

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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.

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