MMA Montessori Moments

November 12th, 2018

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A message from our Assistant Director, Lana Pas

I am often asked how to implement the Montessori philosophy at home. The American Montessori Society (AMS) has a beautiful article on how to implement the Montessori philosophy at home. This article highlights how to create a prepared environment the includes lessons on real life skills and allows for concentration and inner motivation. Take a read; you won't be disappointed.
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Carpool Safety

The best way we can honor Troy and Molly is to prevent another tragedy. Please drive safely and consciously through carpool and all around our school. Please drive slowly, under the speed limit even, around MMA. Please obey traffic signs and the directions of our volunteer crossing guards. Do not be on your phone. Looking down at the phone on your lap also counts as distracted driving. Please model safe behavior and only cross the road and across the parking lots using the crosswalks. Please only drop children off at the spots designated in the MMA carpool plan and not along any road.

Please drive like the lives of your children and other's depend on it - because it does.

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We will be hosting our Cultural Festival this Friday, November 16th from 1:00-3:00pm. Our Cultural Festival is replacing our International Festival this year to align with our whole school study of the United States. All student projects are related to the United States such as: Bill of Rights, state reports, and inventions, for example. Family and friends are welcome to explore the United States during this time frame. Students will be at their projects giving their presentation. They love a large audience!

Dropping Off Lunches

If your child forgets their lunch and you drop it off at school for them, please place it on the bottom shelf under the sign-in computer in the lobby. Please ensure that your child's name and teacher is written on it. You can borrow a sticky note from the office to label the item. Our staff will deliver all of these items at once around 11:15am. Thanks for your cooperation!

MMA Basketball Team

Thank you to everyone that participated in try outs. Unfortunately, with the lack of numbers, we are unable to host a basketball team this year.

Parent Survey

We would love your feedback as change only comes when we know where we can improve. Please take the survey. If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, please take a screenshot of the completed survey and send it to

Student of the Month

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Each month a junior high student is chosen by their teachers who show signs of leadership and good academics at our school. A junior high teacher interviews the student for the North Ogden Connections Magazine. This month our student is...Ella Thornton. Ella will be featured in the December edition.

Ella Thornton has been a student at Maria Montessori Academy since 2010. She is a very influential member of the Student Council, where she has taken leadership over several activities, including school dances and proposed changes in the dress code and cell phone policy. Ella is also part of the Yearbook staff. Prior to joining the Student Council, she showed leadership as a mentor in several elementary classrooms at MMA. An avid reader, Ella has lead many book circles in her language arts class, and spread her love of reading to others. An independent learner, Ella is moving quickly through the math curriculum, and often assists others with their work

Junior High Progress Reports

Progress reports were sent out last week. All families should be receiving these this week!
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MAPA Information

Annual Gratitude Feast

Our Annual Gratitude Feast will be held this Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 11:30am-1:00pm. This is our way of thanking our community leaders, local police, fire departments, and doctors/nurses for all they do for our school, especially this year. Please visit the sign up sheet below to see how you can help. MAPA needs your support in making this event amazing. If you are able, please sign-up to volunteer.

MMA Gala

The MMA Gala planning meeting will be held on November 16th 8:45 am in the Main Conference Room. The Gala will be held at Snowbasin on March 23rd from 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets will go on sale within the week at a price of $30 per ticket!

The weather is changing...

Please make sure your student is coming to school with appropriate clothing. The season is changing fast which means temperatures are dropping. Please check the lost and found for any missing items.

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 19th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 23rd, 3pm


Enjoy the break with family and friends. We will see you back at school on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at 8:15am!

Parent Education Night

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 5:30-6:30pm


Mark your calendars for an exciting, educational evening. Our teachers have heard you and understand that you would like more knowledge about what Montessori looks, sounds, and feels like, how it can benefit you and your child, and a better connection to some of its vocabulary. We will host a night with two prime topics being featured: Grace and Courtesy (Communication, Independence, Movement, and Self-Discipline) and The Benefits of Montessori (How it differs from traditional schooling). After a short discussion of the two topics all together in the small gym, we will break out into the two topics. We look forward to seeing you all there! Any questions can be directed to or An RSVP would be greatly appreciated.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Junior High Fees

Please remember to pay your Junior High fees in the amount of $195 as they are past due. You can access the fee waiver form here online. You can bring your cash, check, or cards to the front office or pay online. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Stay In the Know

Follow MMA's official Facebook page and subscribe to MMA’s Main Blog and MMA's Jr High Blog in addition to subscribing to your child(ren)’s Teacher Blogs – accessible by clicking the “website” link under the teacher’s picture. You can also follow us on Twitter @MMAofUT.

Track it Forward & Volunteering

We are a community school and we request that all families volunteer at least 40 hours per school year, cumulatively between all family members. MAPA utilizes a online program called Track it Forward to advertise school events, opportunities to volunteer, and to calculate each family's progress toward meeting the goal of 40 hours. You can even get to it on your smart phone.

Join MAPA on Facebook

Head over to the new and official Facebook page for MAPA, MMA's parent organization:

The Montessori Academy Parent Association (MAPA) is the Parent-Teacher Organization for Maria Montessori Academy. This organization is used to facilitate communication and involvement between parents and teachers. MAPA is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in joining this organization to ensure that the needs of Maria Montessori Academy’s student body are being fulfilled.

Upcoming Events

11/13/18 - Board Meeting, 5:30pm

11/15/18 -- Annual Gratitude Feast

11/16/18 -- Gala Meeting 8:45am; Cultural Festival 1:00pm-3:00pm

11/19-23/18 -- Thanksgiving Break (No School)

12/6/18 -- Parent Education Night 5:30-6:30pm

12/7/18 -- MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room

12/10/18 -- Early Release 1:00pm

12/19/18 -- Box Top Store

12/24-31/18 -- Winter Break (No School)

1/1-2/19 -- Winter Break (No School); Resume school on 1/3/19

1/4/19 -- MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room

1/11/19 -- Legislative Professional Development (No School)

1/14-18/19 -- STEM Week (Whole School Events)

1/21/19 -- MLK Jr. Day (No School)

1/29/19 -- Chili Cook-off

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