Maria Montessori Academy

Education for a better world

Welcome back!

We are so excited to be back in session! We have missed your kiddos!!


Thank you for reading this! I know it has lots of repeats that I leave in from week to week, but it is nice to have them there as reference too.


We truly appreciate your support, positive messages, and notes for improvement!


We are asking for your input and evaluation on how we are doing and where we can improve. Please use the attached link to give us feedback...


As always, we appreciate ya and are glad to be on the same team!


Sara Tucker

Director

...happenings...

Amazon Smile and Smith's: Here is a link to our MAPA facebook page with instructions on how to help MMA with Amazon! https://fb.watch/hUnsQ54nUf/?mibextid=v7YzmG


AND a picture on how to sign up for Smith's rewards for the school is below...


We are in need of an Upper Elementary parent (4th or 5th grade) and one from Junior High. We will be looking at the Sex Education Curriculum that will be used at the school. If interested, please email Ms. Sara at stucker@mmautah.org



Boys Basketball:

Practices end on Thursday, January 12. Thank you for your participation!!


Girls Basketball

Practices will begin on Tuesday, January 17. Need information? Please email Mr. Zack at zwinters@mmautah.org


Pokemon cards, toys, and candy:

Please encourage your student to not bring these items to class. They have become an issue with being taken, played with during instruction, and distracting from the lessons.


Snow in general: One of the goals during the snowy season it to be open for regular hours. We do this because not all parents are able to take time off for delayed starts and also allow for grace and courtesy for those who choose to come in later or stay home. We do our very best to make sure that the parking lot and sidewalks are cleared for safety at school. Please be safe and make the decisions that are best for you and your family. If you choose to stay home please call the office to excuse the absence.


Spelling Bee: Maria Montessori Academy's school spelling bee will be held on Wednesday, January 25. The top 2 spellers from each class will be able to participate. Class spelling bees will be held prior to Wednesday the 19th. For lower el classes the top 2 level 3s from each class will be chosen. Since the state spelling bee is only for level 3 and up, that is all that will participate in the school bee.

Though all students are encouraged to participate in their class bee, no one will be forced. We do not want this to be a negative experience. Each teacher will do their best to make it a positive learning experience for all. If your child would like to study the list and participate, that is wonderful.

Spelling lists were sent home with students recently. We are not able to share the lists electronically via email, so if your child needs another, please let their teacher know and a paper copy will be sent home.


Calendaring Items


January 4: Open Enrollment for the new student lottery!


January 16: No School in honor of Dr. King


January 19: History Fair Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas


January 25: Spelling Bee: lists have been passed out...this is the day for the Bee!


February 1 Chili cookoff... details to come!


February 15: STEAM Night and gratitude luncheon for First Responders


February 17: Science Fair


February 27-March 3 : Literacy Week


Match 2 Literacy Night



Reminders:


Lost and Found: The lost and found in the lobby and the Junior High Commons are overflowing! Please come and check to see if your student's missing jacket or notebook are in there!




Safety First!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be patient in the parking lot! We know that the parking lot is a source of frustration for many, but if we are all patient, breathe, and slow down we can avoid accidents (of which we have had two fender benders) and injury.


We ask you to pull to the curb to drop students off to avoid accidents from happening and to keep students safe.


PLEASE use the crosswalks and wait for the crossing assistants to create a safe environment! This morning alone there were several near misses as folks crossed from in between cars... safety is a priority! If you need to run something into the school or help your child, please park in a parking space and not along the drop off zone. This will help with keeping the flow of traffic consistent. Please be patient and kind with other drivers as well. Blinkers, patience, and a deep breath go a long way.




Phones:

We have had far too many incidents with troubling cell phone behaviors. We have asked that cell phones not be used during the school day. Students have access to school phone should a call need to be made. They have laptops to use for schoolwork and school related research.

Please support us as we work to keep students from running into problems with having their phone out to answer a text.


We spoke with the entire Junior High about not having phones out at all during the day due to the incidents that have occurred in the last couple of weeks. If they do have their phone out, it will be given to a teacher to hold onto till the end of the day. Should it occur again, parents will be notified and a meeting will be held to discuss the situation and. to come in to pick up the phone.


Students were told that they may have their phone with them, but we ask that they not. be texting, calling, looking things up, etc, during school time. Exceptions are made for those who has accommodations in their IEP or 504 plans.

Frequently asked questions about MMA!

Did you ever wonder about things going on at MMA? Here is the brochure we share with all who take a tour!


https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Yr_gw1Bd8k9KBJF09Epuy6qai-r-KRMMdSafvob-uQ/edit?usp=sharing