Athena Montessori Academy

End of Summer Newsletter 2022

"Joy is the evidence of inner growth."

-- Dr. Maria Montessori

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Google Calendar for Parents

Check out the Athena Parent Calendar and stay tuned to important school events!


What a fun (but HOT) summer we’ve had at Camp Athena 2022!

Families, thank you for sharing your precious little ones with us this summer for games, water play, arts, crafts, learning, dancing, gardening, and adventure this summer!

We want to thank our incredible summer camp teachers and volunteers for all their hard work, creativity, imagination, joy, and love! Camp has run smoothly, thanks to all of your hard work and dedication to these children and families. Congratulations to all of you who successfully navigated new roles, new students, new teams, or new classrooms–you did a beautiful job! And what fun to have three of our Athena alumni back as camp volunteers: Miles Wyatt, Sophia Hooker, and Janie Pippin! Amazing and lovely to see you all so grown up. We are grateful for your help this summer and hope you come back! We are also proud to welcome all of our newest staff members who received lots of great training this summer alongside our veteran guides, learning the Athena way! Welcome to the team!

Please visit the Faculty and Staff Page of our website to meet all of our newest staff members as we welcome them into our community.

For those of you who are moving on from Athena, we bid you farewell and hope to see you back on campus SOON for an in-person(!) community event or festival! We plan to bring back our fall Cultural Fest potluck family festival and hope to see all of you there! Stay tuned to these newsletters and our website for Athena happenings.

For those of you returning next school year, we can’t wait to see you back on campus in August! The teachers return August 1st to start preparing for the 2022-2023 school year! Stay tuned to your email for Back to School details and events.

Have a great rest of your summer!!!

With Love,

Lisl and Your Admin Team

An Important Reminder from the Garden Fairy

Playing outdoors is a great summer activity, but it's also important to be mindful about protection from the sun's harmful exposure, so...

Let's talk about Sunscreen!

Have you thought about how to store sunscreen? Make sure sunscreen is kept out of direct sunlight. The heat degrades the sunscreen's active ingredients so store your bottles or cans inside or in the shade.

Aerosol cans have a temperature at which they can be stored safely. Check the label for recommended storage temperature as cans under pressure can explode.

Please dispose of sunscreen containers properly. Check cans for recycling code and clean before disposal.

High UV exposure and poor air quality make it dangerous for children to be outside for an extended period of time. Check your local weather or weather app for the UV and Air Quality Index before planning a trip outside.

I hope our Athena Families are having a great Summer! Can't wait to see you in the Fall!


-The Garden Fairy




3rd: Sedona A. & Olive A.

12th: Savannah G.

16th: Sway K. & Ian P.

17th: Everhett H.

19th: Mila S.

21st: Rhodes L.

25th: Jaimeson S.

27th: Josephine W.V.


1st: Jennifer Bourgeois (P6)

3rd: Alex Kinkade (P6)

16th: Sydney Frideley (T3)

20th: Daniela Garcia Garza (T2)



3rd: Harper S.

4th: Grady B. & Sophia B.

5th: Remy

13th: Ethan G.

15th: Nela S.

16th: Annie P.

27th: Jack M.


3rd: Jessica Zevallos (T2)

5th: Morgan Hendericks (T1)

10th: Nicole Hix (P5)

11th: Cesca Longoni (P2)

12th: Lina Ruiz (T2)

13th: Janey Lake (Garden Fairy)

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Discussion about Juneteenth with Kimberly

Kimberly Love, our Primary Program Lead, held special Juneteenth circle-times in the three Primary Camp Classrooms in mid-June. Kimberly used the new book by Dorena Williamson, “The Story of Juneteenth” to guide the conversation. To put the concept of enslavement into terms that the Primary children could understand, Kimberly asked the children a series of curiosity questions such as:

-When you grow up, what kind of work do you want to do? What job will you pick?

-When you go to work all day and help the business, should you get some pay? What is pay?

-What can you do with some money?

-Who tells your family where to live?

-Should one person ever make another person move from their home?

The children understand that it is not fair for anyone to be forced from their chosen home, separated from the people they love, and made to work at a job they don’t want for no money.

The children understand that people are born free, and that freedom means choices. The children understand that all people deserve to live with those they love, to do work that they chose to do, and to earn a living doing it. The children are ready for the truth and we talk about it in an age-appropriate way.


Splash Days are always a complete success! Our Primary Campers loved getting soaked on the water slide while the Tots Campers enjoy the splash pad, sprinklers, and water tables. What an enjoyably refreshing summer activity!

Important Dates in July

Friday, 1st:

Puri Rath Yatra

Monday, 4th:

Fourth of July

Friday, 8th:

Waqf al Arafa Hajj

Saturday, 9th:

Eid al Adha

Wednesday, 13th:

Guru Purnima

Friday, 15th:

Last Day of Summer Camp

Sunday, 17th:

The 17th of Tammuz

Monday - Friday, 18th - 29th:

Athena Campus Closed for Summer Break

Saturday, 30th: Hijri New Year

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Important Days in August

Monday - Tuesday, 1st - 9th:

Campus Closed for Summer Break

Monday, 1st:

Health Forms & Family Survey Due in Brightwheel

Tuesday, 2nd:

Nag Panchami

Saturday, 6th:

Tish'a B'Av

Sunday, 7th:

Ashura Muharram

Wednesday, 10th:

Primary Open House (8:30-10:30 am)

Tots Open House (9-11 am)

Thursday, 11th:

Soft Start for New Primary Students (8:30-10:30 am)

Tots Open House (9-11am)

Raksha Bandhan

Friday, 12th:

Soft Start for New Primary Students (8:30-10:30 am)

Tots Open House (9-11 am)

Varalakshimi Vratam

Monday, 15th:

First Day of School for Returning Primary Students

First Day of School for New Tots

The Assumption of Mary

Tuesday, 16th:

First Day of School for Returning Tots

Staggered Start for New Primary Students

Staggered Start for New Tots

Wednesday, 17th:

Staggered Start for New Primary Students

Staggered Start for New Tots

Friday, 18th:

Krishna Janmashtami

Monday, 29th:

After School Program Starts

Wednesday, 31st:

Maria Montessori's 152nd Birthday

Ganesh Chaturthi

Thank you to Summer Camp Extracurriculars!

A huge "THANK YOU!" to our wonderful Summer Camp Extracurriculuar programs:

  • Soccer Shots
  • Creative Dance with LB
  • Mariposa Spanish School for Kids
  • Yoga with Jenn

Our students had a wonderful time participating in these programs!

Enrollment Notices

Our Tots (18 months-3 years) program is fully enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year, but we still have a limited number of spots available in our Primary program (3-5 year olds)! If you or someone you know is looking for an excellent Montessori education for their preschool aged child, please reach out to our Admissions Director, Joy, at
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New Hot Lunch Program: Organic Eats for Kids

Athena is extremely excited to partner with Organic Eats for Kids for our hot lunch program during the 2022-2023 school year!

To find out more about the program, visit

To sign your child up to receive a hot lunch through this program, visit and create an account and add your student's information to the profile. Meals can be ordered daily, weekly, or monthly.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 512-494-6237.

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School Supplies

Oliver's Labels

Need labels? Oliver's Labels has labels for backpacks, shoes, clothes, lunch boxes, and water bottles!  Click on the image above to purchase customized labels and Athena will receive 20% of your purchase!

For Small Hands

For Small Hands carries a wide variety of items for children, all child-sized, fun and developmentally-appropriate!  Use our code below, and Athena will get a percentage of the sale to apply towards materials for school. CODE 165595