MMA Montessori Moments

January 14th, 2019


Want to expand your science knowledge? Join us on Wednesday, January 16 from 2:30-4:00pm for the Science Fair. Projects will be on display in the Addition gym. The students would love your support!

Redwoods money and forms are due this Tuesday, January 15th

FINAL WEEK: Intent to Return - Current Students

Friday, Jan. 4th, 8am-11:30pm

This is an online event.

Current students at MMA will not need to re-apply to the school through the Open Enrollment process but will need to indicate their “Intent to Return” to MMA to secure their spot for the 2019-2020 school year. The “Intent to Return” is live as of January 4, 2019 and is due by January 18, 2019. Returning students have a two-step re-enrollment process. The 1st step is the” Intent to Return” and the 2nd step is in the spring for Confirmation of Placement, Annual Policies and Procedures.

Once you declare your intent for the 2019-2020 school year, you will also have an opportunity to identify any additional siblings who may want to attend MMA. Siblings must be at least 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019. By adding a new sibling it does not guarantee a spot for the 2019-2020 school year. This sibling will be entered into the lottery.

Open Enrollment - New Students

Maria Montessori Academy’s 2019-2020 school year Open Enrollment (OE) period will begin on January 21, 2019, at 8 am. The first lottery draw will be held on February 3, 2019.Please share this page with your friends who want to enroll at MMA:

The 2019-20 school year link will be active at 8am on January 21, 2019.

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Student Art & Photography Contests

The 21st annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is pleased to announce the 2019 Student Art Contest and Student Photography contests. These contests are open to Utah students Pre-K through 12 grade and offer cash awards.

The contest packets, found at contain guidelines, teaching information and an entry form. The featured bird is the Northern Harrier. Art entries can be realistic or stylized. Art and Photos are due in our office by May 2, 2019 by 4:30 pm.

Awards for the Student Art and Photography Contests will be given at an awards ceremony at 6 pm at the new George S. & Dolores Dore’ Eccles Wildlife Education Center at 1157 S. Waterfowl Way (1100 W. Glovers Lane) Farmington, UT 84025 on Friday May 78, 2019. All students and their families are invited to attend.

Right after the awards presentation, Great Salt Lake Bird Festival will offer a family friendly program featuring our Keynote Speaker, Rosemary Mosco – “Why Birds and Video Games have a lot in Common”. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free family program.

For more information contact Yae Bryner at for artwork or Desiree Werrett for photography. Questions can also be sent to

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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...Abish Shurtleff. Abish will be featured in the February edition.

Abish is a wonderful student here at Maria Montessori Academy. She participates in HOPE Squad and on our school cross-country team. Abish says that she has come to enjoy running because “it helps me concentrate and destress and focus on doing my best.” Abish also enjoys drawing, reading, swimming and skiing. She also says that she enjoys homework, especially math because it’s easy and fun. When talking about her work on HOPE Squad, Abish says “ I like to try and help others, sometimes a bit too much, but when a person is in need, I want to help them to become a better them and show their true colors. I like to see outside the box, I want to see things from another point of view. Other people say I’m smart and nice, and once I got called wise, but I just see myself as a normal human being who tries to do her best in life.” Abish says the best advice she has received is “Take one step at a time, stop focusing on the whole picture, start with one little thing and continue on from there. I just work hard and try my hardest to get things done.”

School Report Card Data Released

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This past week, Utah State Board of Education (USBE) released school accountability data for last school year, 2017-18. You will not see a letter grade on this report, as in years past because the State Legislature has suspended this overall rating for one year. Instead, you will see more detailed information for each category used to calculate the overall letter grade. Please access the two documents below from USBE to learn more about the rating system and changes for this year. You can access MMA's data by clicking USBE School Report Card.

This data does not surprise MMA administrators and teachers as we have been analyzing student achievement on USBE standardized assessments in real time last spring. MMA has developed several school goals with input from teachers, the Board of Directors, and USBE. These goals were presented to MMA's Board at the June meeting. A mid-year report on the progress toward achieving these goals will be shared in the next two weeks.

Stakeholder Survey Results

Thank you all for taking the time to complete the Stakeholder Survey this fall. The family survey was open for about 6 weeks and had 77 responses, which is about 13% of 589 parent/guardian emails to which it was sent. The school staff survey results represent 100% of school staff.

November 2018 School Staff Survey Results

November 2018 Parents Survey Results

Please note that for the 2018-19 school year, the interventionist position did not exist.

MAPA Information

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MMA Gala

The Gala will be held at Snowbasin on March 23rd from 7:00-9:00pm. To order tickets, please purchase here. Tickets are $32 per person and will not be available for purchase at the door this year. The window to purchase tickets ends on March 10th.

Gala Art: We need more help!

My name is Elene Hess and I am the gala art chair person. I have been volunteering with the gala art for 5 years now and have spear-headed many projects. I am new to this position and I need all the help I can get. I am in need of volunteers to head up our art projects for the live auction. If you've never been to the gala, each level (grade) creates an art project that gets auctioned off at a live auction. These art projects are so precious and special; they have value way beyond the materials and time. We need parent volunteers for each level to help coordinate the students and spear-head each project. You don't have to be an artist, you don't even have to be creative. All we need is those willing to take a little bit of time and show the kids what to do. I have many project ideas I can help you with or you can come up with your own and I can look it over and approve (we try to do different projects for each level). Each project has a $50.00 budget, but we try to get materials donated as much as possible.

If you are willing to help, please open the google sheet and put your name down for the level you would like and the idea you have or write "need ideas." We will have a meeting to discuss the deadlines and art right after our holiday break.

Please feel free to call me with any questions. 801-388-7002

Elene Hess

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

1/15/19 -- Redwoods Final Payments due

1/18/19 -- Intent to Return Closes

1/21/19 -- MLK Jr. Day (No School); Open Enrollment Opens

1/29/19 -- Chili Cook-off

1/31/19 -- Crow Canyon Final Payment due

2/1/19 -- MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room

2/3/19 -- Open Enrollment Closes

2/13-15/19 -- Parent Teacher Conferences (Early Release); Book Fair

2/19/19 -- Classic Skating Spirit Night; 5:00-8:00pm

2/20/19 -- Box Top Store

2/26/19 -- School-wide Spelling Bee (more information to come)

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ICYMI - 1-7-19 Family Newsletter

In case you missed it, click here to access the 1-7-19 Family Newsletter.