The Mata Memo

September 20, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Mata family,


There is so much going on at Mata right now. Tomorrow is Show Up! Dress Up! Represent your Culture Day. Students may dress in cultural attire of their choosing tomorrow while we celebrate everyone being here and being valued as they "Go Get Their Education!"


This week we are also recognizing Education: Go Get it Week, where we encourage our students to pursue higher education and familiarize them with what happens after high school. Our middle school students had the opportunity to hear from various colleges in the metroplex such as SMU, Dallas College, and the University of Texas at Arlington.


We are also excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. We look forward to bringing various cultural awareness opportunities to our children!


Thank you for continuing to support us in our efforts to ensure your students succeed socially, emotionally, and academically. We hope you have an excellent week!


Tomeka Williams

Principal

Calendar at A Glance

District Wide Calendar - Click Here


  • Sept. 21st - Show Up! Dress Up! Represent your Culture "Show up dressed in clothing from your culture.

  • Sept. 22nd - Students may dress as their future Career

  • Sept. 27th - Living Museum Performances 10:15/11:05

  • Sept. 27th - General PTA Meeting (6:00 PM) Cafeteria

  • Sept. 28th - Show Up! Character Celebrity Day! Show up dressed as your favorite celebrity or book character!

  • Oct. 7th - Fair Day- No School

  • Oct. 12th- National Walk and Roll to School Day

  • Oct. 14th - Professional Development Day - No School

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

In 1988, Congress designated the entire month of September 15th through October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM).

Dallas ISD provides a series of highly engaging programs and activities this month centered around celebrating, empowering, remembering, and appreciating our students' cultural heritage.


The Racial Equity Office (REO) encourages schools to use these resources to augment lessons and spark discussions year-round.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Dallas ISD

What can be worn to PE?


MIDDLE SCHOOL:

May wear: a t-shirt/sweatshirt, athletic shorts (at least fingertip length when worn at appropriate place on waist, and arms are extended downward), sweatpants, or joggers. Students need to carry their clothes in a small bag, such as a Walmart bag or a string bag, inside their backpacks.


May not wear: cut-off t-shirts, crop or tank tops, leggings/tights, short shorts, items with holes, tight clothing, or anything out of dress code.


PRIMARY, LOWER ELEMENTARY, UPPER ELEMENTARY:

May wear dress code appropriate school clothing and athletic shoes. Suggested: leggings or shorts underneath all skirts or dresses, leggings underneath skirts with built in shorts.

A Message from Nurse Nikki

If your student needs to have medication on campus please contact Nurse Nikki. A physician or provider must complete and sign a Dallas ISD medication authorization form in order for Nurse Nikki to administer medication to your student. Please do not send students to school with medication. This includes over-the-counter medicine, cough drops, inhalers, and ointments. Medications must be brought to campus by an adult and stored in the school clinic unless otherwise directed by a physician and in accordance with Dallas ISD’s medication policy.


The Mata Closet needs your help! We are in need of new boys' and girls' underwear in sizes 3T through 8. We also need gently used (or new) boys' and girls' pants, shorts, and skirts in sizes 12 and up. Please make sure your donations are free from rips, stains, or missing zippers/buttons. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk.


Do you have a knack for organizing? The Mata Closet is looking for 1-2 parent volunteers to sort, fold and organize donations in the clinic. Please contact Ms. Lira if you are interested.


Thank you parents!

Donor's Choose

Please share with friends and family far and wide. Donations on TODAY only will be doubled. We have projects posted from Mrs. Gonzalez, Coach Tuttle, Ms. Boling, Ms. Montano, Mrs. Vallejo, and Mrs. Thomspon!


Click"Find a school to support" at the top and enter Eduardo Mata!

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Education- Go Get It Week!

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Living Museum Performances

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What's Happening Around Mata Montessori?

Middle School Newspaper

Check out Middle School Newspaper class sorting and organizing their first publication of EAGLE CALL to be delivered.

Please click below to enjoy!

Join Chess Club

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Show Up! Attendance Day! Western Day!

Mata Middle School Cheer Camp!

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Mata Elementary Cheer Camp!

Theatre Shirts for Sale!

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Self-Awareness: My Success and Strength

Supporting SEL at home doesn't have to be complicated. Below is a strategy to develop and/or strengthen Self-Awareness for all grade levels:


Strategy: My Success and Strength | Goal: Become more aware of specific skills, talents, and strengths that help us achieve our goals.


  • Elementary: Ask your child to think of something they like to do and are good at (art/sport/etc.). Create a poster and label their strengths (planning, creativity, patience, etc.).
  • Middle School: Brainstorm previous challenging situations. Identify how your child overcame the challenge (open to suggestions, had a conversation, managed emotions, etc.)
  • High School: Identify a chore at home that requires your child to use their strengths (time management, collaboration, organization, etc.)


Follow-up Questions:
  • What other situations do these strengths show up in?
  • What are some strengths that your child wants to develop further?
  • How can you model identifying your own strengths?

(Adapted from Aperture & DABH)

National Walk & Roll to School Day

Save the date for National Walk & Roll to School Day on October 12! Join us as we walk, bike, and roll down the Santa Fe Trail after school to celebrate in Lindsley park. Water and a healthy snack will be provided by Mata PTA.


¡Reserva la fecha para el Día Nacional de Caminar y Rodar a la Escuela el 12 de octubre! Únete a nosotros mientras caminamos, andamos en bicicleta y rodamos por el sendero de Santa Fe después de la escuela para celebrar, en el parque Lindsley. El PTA de Mata proporcionará agua y un aperitivo saludable.

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Parent Needs Assessment

Greetings Families!

The Counseling Department is looking forward to supporting your scholar's social-emotional, academic, and career development growth this year. Could you please complete this brief survey to help us plan and develop quality programs that best meets the needs of your scholar and family. Your input is valuable and your responses are anonymous. Thank you for your time!


2022-2023 Parent Needs Assessment

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSatm0QQ3BbJqlmCL1TNq0TQ5Amq0xhlfuw4IZQmyzKOr4zg/viewform?usp=sf_link


Spanish: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhAMnguHf202RPWjJsX3aG1wwoRvYctkE9CDGAhCLvJbtE9w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Message from PTA

The PTA has a new Google Calendar

Check out on our website: https://matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com/calendar

You can Synchronize to your calendar app using this link:

https://calendar.google.com/.../mata.../public/basic.icsSync

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Recess Volunteers Needed!

Assist our Montessori Guides in supervising the playground activities, daily opportunities from 11:25am to 1:25pm in one hour increments.


https://matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/96994

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Buy your spirit wear from the Eagle Wagon!

Spirit wear may be worn with jeans on Fridays

Thank you for your patience while we organize our current on hand inventory.

For new shirts, more colors, expanded sizing and embroidered options plus delivery to your home see our PTA’s online fundraising store https://matamontessori.itemorder.com/shop/home/

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Join PTA!

Check out your PTA membership perks and if you’re not a member you can join online:

https://matamontessoripta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/185

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Attendance Awareness Month!

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Need Uniform Assistance: See below!

You may request one free uniform per student if needed.


Ecollect Forms are accessed from your PowerSchool account. No separate login is necessary. Forms are tied to your child’s record and can be accessed from the Forms link in the left navigation column. To access the forms, you will need a PowerSchool Parent Account with all your students added to it.

GETTING STARTED

  1. Go to https://dallasisd.powerschool.com/public/home.html to log in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account.
  2. Once logged in:
    1. select a student from the tab on the top left then,
    2. Click on the Forms tab on the left side
      • f the page.


3. You will then see what forms you have for that student.

NOTE: You can only look at the set of forms under one student at a time. If you have more than one student in the district, you will have to go to each student tab to complete forms for each student.


4. When you begin, all your forms will have a status of Empty. Once the form is filled out, press the Submit button at the bottom of the page. Your form will be submitted and reloaded.

Students with a banner that shows Eligible for Uniform proceed to fill out the form.


  1. If the form submission was successful, a pop-up window will appear thanking you for the submission.


6. Once you are done with a form and submit it, that status will change to Submitted when you go to Forms.


Please reach out to Ms. Gunter or Dr. Lopez if you need assistance.

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Action for Happiness Calendar

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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.