The Weekly Star

Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez #4

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Principal's Corner

Dear Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez Parents,

In week #4 children will be receiving progress reports this week. On Wednesday, we will have our dress up day for children as we highlight Attendance Awareness Month. September is Attendance Awareness Month, a time for parents, students and the community to learn about attendance issues, absenteeism and the effects attendance can have on academic performance and success. Attendance Awareness Month will provide the district with an opportunity to raise student and community awareness on the importance of school attendance and demonstrate that attendance is a top priority.

The instructional day begins at 7:45 am and it is so important to bring your child to school on time. We understand sometimes events are unavoidable. We will begin to post our data for attendance and tardies daily. In addition, we will post in the front entrance for staff, parents, children and community. Our goal is 97% attendance for the school year and we will need everyone to support our efforts!

Our MAOH Attendance Committee will be publishing out incentives for perfect attendance for every six weeks. Some of the incentives may include movie & popcorn party, pizza party, dance party, lego party, Saturday events and free dress pass. It is ok to have a little extra that is fun and exciting!

We thank you for choosing us, believing in us and most importantly, giving us the opportunity to make a difference with your most precious gift- your child!

Your Proud-Dedicated Principal,

Lisa Ann Vega

Attendance Rate Data: Week 3

Ms. Cantu has published our attendance data for last week. Our attendance goal is 97%.
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Education: Go Get It Week! Sept 16th- 20th

Education: Go Get It Week! is a time which focuses on college awareness and the emphasis of why it is necessary to choose higher education learning. During this week, our children will participate in activities that encourages our college going culture.

We would like our MAOH parents/volunteers to support our efforts to promote the importance of an education. We hope you are willing to share a few details during our morning announcements about the importance of choosing higher education.

Morning announcements will start by 7:50 a.m. and take about 10 minutes. A student will conduct a brief interview with you during the announcement which promotes the importance of going to college.

The questions asked are as followed:

1- Please introduce yourself- Name, child's name and his or her teacher.
2- What is your career?
3- What college did you attend?
4- Why did you choose to go to college?
5- How did college prepare you for your current career?

Please click on the following Google link complete the form which will register you as a morning announcement volunteer. I will contact you about your assigned day for morning announcements during Sept. 16th - 20th.

Carla Conley, School Counselor

Raising Mentally Strong Children

Mentally strong children are prepared for the challenges of the world. They’re able to tackle problems, bounce back from failure, and cope with hardships.

To be clear, mental strength isn't about acting tough or suppressing emotions. It's also not about being unkind or acting defiant. Instead, mentally strong children are resilient and they have the courage and confidence to reach their full potential. Helping children develop mental strength requires a three-pronged approach:
✓ teaching them to replace negative thoughts with more realistic thoughts

✓ helping them learn to control their emotions so their emotions don’t control them

✓ showing them how to take positive action

TEACH SPECIFIC SKILLS. Discipline should be about teaching children to do better next time, not making them suffer for their mistakes.

LET YOUR CHILD MAKE MISTAKES. Teach your child that mistakes are part of the learning process so he doesn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed for getting something wrong.

ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO FACE FEARS HEAD-ON. If your child avoids anything scary, she'll never gain the confidence she needs to handle feeling uncomfortable. Cheer her on, praise her efforts, and reward her for being brave and she'll learn that she's a capable child who can handle stepping outside her comfort zone.

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Awareness month is our district initiative to promote children being present every day. Research shows that chronic absenteeism (missing 15 or more days in a school year) damages academic success.

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Unfortunately, more than seven million students across the nation miss three weeks or more each school year. When students miss school or arrive late, everyone is affected. Teachers spend time reintroducing lessons and the work environment is impacted. While we understand that emergencies occur; we want children to understand that school is their first job and it's important to arrive every day and on time.

To support your child:

Stick to a schedule. Establish evening and morning habits that help your child be prepared. For example, select outfits and pack lunches at night.

• Schedule carefully. Make medical and other appointments during non-school hours when possible. School should be a priority when planning family trips, too. If your child must be absent, work with her teacher to help your child complete makeup work.

• Seek help when needed. Many problems contribute to missing school. If your family struggles with health, transportation, work, child care or other issues, talk with school staff. Our shared goal is to help.

Strive For No More Than Five

The Strive For No More Than Five campaign engages and challenges DISD students and parents to commit to limiting absences to no more than 5 days for the school year. Dallas ISD students, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who accomplish this goal will receive special recognition.

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Sept. 11th Attendance Awareness Dress-up Day

Sept 11th- Show Up! Step Up! Wear your favorite sport's team jersey and/ or your favorite boots!

Sept 18th Attendance Awareness Dress-up Day

Sept. 25 18th - Show Up! Dress Up! Wear your favorite pair shades!

September 25th- Attendance Awareness Dress-up Day

Sept. 25th - Show Up! Stand Up! Wear your favorite SUPERHERO shirt!

Library: Ms. Rutledge

Hello Parents,

We are reading books about having good character traits.

Character education begins at home. Parents need to help build character; it doesn’t just evolve. Encouraging children to think independently and to do right are the bare bones of character education for parents. Teaching, enforcing, advocating, and modeling the Six Pillars of Character daily will set behavior boundaries that will shape the character of your children.

  • Trustworthiness: Be honest. Be reliable– do what you say you'll do. ...
  • Respect: Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule. Be tolerant of differences. ...
  • Responsibility: Do what you are supposed to do. ...
  • Fairness: Play by the rules. ...
  • Caring: Be kind. ...
  • Citizenship: Do your share to make your school and community better.

Music: Mr. Root

Our children are learning how to identify an anacrusis in a song. Peace Like a River and Baby Shark both have an anacrusis starting on beat three. Beat one is underlined.

Baby shark do do do do do

Baby shark do do do do do

Baby shark do do do do do

Baby shark.

PE: Coach Torres

Students should demonstrate walking, skipping, and hopping slow and fast.

Activity: Frequent Flyer.

This lesson will help with improving foot work and cardiovascular fitness at different speeds

ART- Mr. Garcia

This week in Art we will be exploring the wonderful world of design using the various lines and patterns to decorate our names. We will also be discussing the significance of symbols, shapes, and lines in everyday life. For the lower elementary students we will begin practicing and developing our value scale to grasp the concept of value in art. Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color. It is an important tool for the designer/artist, in the way that it defines form and creates spatial illusions. -Garcia


North Texas Giving Day is NEXT WEEK (9/19/19)! You can schedule your gift now and don't forget to share with your friends and family! Start a FUNraiser, challenge your friends, ask a coworker to match your donation! Our goal is $3000.

MAOH PTO is signed up for Box Tops now! It is easy, no more clipping box tops. Download the BoxTops app on your phone, select your school and scan your grocery receipts to raise money for your PTO!

Pride shirts have been sent out. If you haven't paid for your shirt, please do so asap, so your shirt can be sent home.


Your PTO needs YOU!! We desperately need a room parent liaison, a Clubs committee, Social committee and Outreach committee chairs and members for these committees. A list of committees and general descriptions can be found here. More general expectations of committee members and chairs can be found here. If you are interested in any of the positions, please let us know by email.

We are looking for room parents for Ms. Gamez, Ms. Lozano and Ms. Callau's classes. If you are a parent in that class, please consider stepping up to help!

Next PTO events: Perk up with Principal and PTO on Sept 14th ( 5715 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209 ). Come hang out with your principal and PTO officers, bring your burning questions and socialize!

PTO movie night, Sept 20th. More information coming up!

Please check out our website, for more information.

Friendly reminder, if you will be using the carpool lane, please be patient and courteous to our teachers and fellow parents as we figure things out. If your child needs to be unbuckled and walked to the door, please park and walk, there should be plenty of parking spots. Do not walk away from your car if you are in the carpool lane. A teacher will escort your child to the classroom.

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Important Dates Coming Up

September 14 Perk Up with Principal and PTO, 5715 Lemmon Ave.

September 16- 20 Education Go Get It Week

September 20 PTO Picnic & Movie Night

September 26 PTO Carousel Night @ 5:30 PM

October 11 State Fair of Texas No School-Elementary

October 12 PTO Fall Carnival

October 15 Life Touch Picture Day

October 18 State Fair of Texas No School-Secondary

Perk Up with Principal & PTO

Come hang out with your MAOH Principal & PTO officers, chat, ask your burning questions and socialize on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.


5715 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas, Texas 75209

Attention MAOH Volunteers

Many of you have inquired about volunteering on the campus. ALL volunteers must complete registration on the DISD VOLY site -

We appreciate and welcome our volunteers; however, for the safety of our children, we ask that your background checks, orientation and registration are completed in DISD VOLY. Once these items are completed, you are welcomed to contact Mrs. Carla Conley, School Counselor at 972-925-2711 or and set up a time for your volunteer opportunities.