MMA Monday Montessori Moments

December 18, 2017

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From our Instructional Coach, Nicoletta Householder

Growth & Perspective

Maria Montessori Academy is in the midst of tremendous growth and these moments can feel chaotic, fearful, frenzied, confusing or these moments can feel like an opportunity for reflection, growth, and learning. I chose to move through this experience with the latter, positive view.

Since 2009, I have personally witnessed our students and physical facilities evolve from early childhood through adolescence. It is extremely exciting to see the dream realized as we build the school addition that will house the Junior High students in just a few months. This moment also causes me to reflect on the wonderful teachers, families, and other community members that have made this growth possible.

Other educators and families are recognizing our growth and success. This recognition is evident as tours of MMA happen on a regular basis where potential families, college students, university professors, other school administrators and teachers visit to see the awesome things happening in our building. MMA exemplifies qualities of successful implementation of Montessori education in the public sector.

The growth happening at MMA is not limited to our physical building. Students are growing in their learning and development. Teachers’ classroom and academic expectations are growing. As teachers and parents navigate this growth, we must practice the model for our children to first seek to understand and then to be understood.

Successful navigation of the changes happening at MMA will also require communication. As we communicate with others, we are exposed to alternative views, which is an opportunity to grow our own minds.

Nicoletta Householder

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Holiday Break

Just a reminder that our holiday break begins Friday, December 22nd and ends Tuesday, January 2nd. School will resume Wednesday January 3rd.

MMA Construction Update

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Don't miss our box top store this Wednesday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Please only send clipped and unexpired box tops with your child.

Calendar Of Events

Junior High International Festival

Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 1-2:30pm


Upper Elementary International Festival

Wednesday, Dec. 20th, 9-11am


Projects will be displayed in the following areas:

a. Africa – Room #18 and #19

b. Europe – N. Kiva

c. Australia/Dependent Territories -Room #9

d. North America – Room #22

e. S. America - Room #21

f. Asia - S. Kiva

Box Top Store

Wednesday, Dec. 20th, 11am-1pm

MMA Conference Room

Lower Elementary International Festival

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 1-2:30pm

Lower Elementary Classrooms

Holiday Break (No School)

Friday, Dec. 22nd, 12am to Wednesday, Jan. 3rd 2018 at 12am

This is an online event.

Have a wonderful holiday break!. School resumes Wednesday January 3 at 8:30 am

Enrollment Opens for 2018-2019

Thursday, Jan. 4th 2018 at 12am

This is an online event.

MAPA Meeting

Friday, Jan. 5th 2018 at 8:45am

MMA Conference Room

Parent Survey

We would love your feedback. Please take our annual Parent Survey.
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Assistant and Librarian Spotlight! Kari Kimose (Ms. Amity)

How did you find out about Montessori Education? Through my sister, Jill Blazer.

How long have you been at MMA? I started at MMA the second year it opened.

What is your favorite thing about MMA? Listening to Ms. Magdalena sing in Spanish while she is cleaning

What is your favorite food? Crab

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite movie? That thing you do!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? My kids would say that I have glass shattering opera skills.

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

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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