The Mata Memo

March 8, 2022

Principal's Message

Mata Family!

It's the week prior to Spring Break, and it is a very busy week! We began by administering Common Assessments, we will be performing our Seussical Musical, and we will conclude with Career Day.

As we gear up for Spring Break, I would like to bring us back to our vision. Our vision is: "To provide an academic foundation that allows our students to be successful life-long learners."

Our main goal is to support your children. We are excited about our work and how we will make our students successful lifelong learners!

I would like to remind you all to please complete the parent survey for the district, this shares how our school is doing overall! And lastly, we are in the process of planning for next year, please let us know if you are coming back by March 21st.

Thank you for your feedback in advance, and as always thank you for your partnership with us!

Students return from Spring Break on March 21st. Have a safe and relaxing break!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


P.S. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MontessoriMata

Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Middle School Broadcast
  • Spring Break Meals
  • Varsity Orchestra Congratulations
  • New Mask recommendations
  • Student Intent to Return
  • Career Day
  • UNCF
  • Dallas ISD Parent Survey
  • Makerspace Club
  • Virtual Book Club
  • Notification of Offerings
  • 5 Roles of Accelerating Learning Workshop
  • Mental Health Parenting Group Sessions
  • Uniform Closet
  • Seussical the Musical!
  • Core 4 Shout Outs
  • Yearbook pictures
  • Mata's PTA Walking Group
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • March 8 & 10th - Seussical Kids Musical

  • March 11th - Career Day

  • March 14-18th - Spring Break

  • March 21st- Complete the Student Intent to Return Deadline

  • March 23rd - Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodrow Wilson

  • March 24th - SBDM Meeting

  • March 25th - Dress Pass Friday

Spring Break Meal Service

Food and Child Nutrition Services will provide a curbside "Grab n Go" meal service during Spring Break for all students in the community.

They will provide a week's worth of meals to every child, 18 years and younger, at no charge.

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Varsity Orchestra - Congratulations

This past week, our middle school Varsity Orchestra traveled to Conrad H.S. to perform for the Dallas ISD Orchestra Evaluation. They played 3 prepared pieces from the UIL Prescribed Music List for a panel of judges. Using state standards, they were evaluated on their tone, technique, and musicianship. In addition to the stage performance, the students also had to perform a piece of music that they and Ms. Powers had never seen before. She had 7 minutes to explain the music, but the students were not allowed to make any sounds before the explanation time was up. The orchestra did an excellent job on both the Concert and Sightreading. The judges were especially complimentary on their attention to the director, their intonation, and the brave manner in which each individual covered their part. We are proud of the way these students stepped up to the challenge.

For information regarding auditions for next year's middle school Varsity or Jr. Varsity Orchestras or information on other middle school or elementary string programs at Mata, please contact Ms. Powers at

Pictured below: Abigail Jackson-violin, Emma Longoria-violin, Kaylee Resendiz-violin, Mackenzie Upham-viola, Julio Leyva-Barahona-bass, Yamileth Hernandez Garcia-cello, Mayah Reyes-violin and assistant to Ms. Powers

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Community Conversations with the Superintendent!

Our Eduardo Mata Montessori School parents and families are invited to join Superintendent Michael Hinojosa for an informal discussion about Dallas ISD schools. Our Community Conversation is happening at 6:30 p.m. on March 23rd at Woodrow Wilson High School. You are invited to ask questions and provide feedback and suggestions. Visit to register to learn more.

Parents, community members and students, please register here:

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Check out the Happenings at Mata Montessori School!

Effective Feb. 28 district shifts to masks recommended

Dallas ISD has remained consistent with a mask protocol to help protect students, staff, and families from the COVID-19 virus – and its variants. Over the last month, the numbers have been encouraging as positive cases continue to decrease districtwide. Effective on Monday, Feb. 28, masks will no longer be a requirement on district property, however, they will be recommended.

As you may have also heard, Dallas County recently transitioned to Level Orange. This additional measure gives us greater confidence to adjust some of our protocols. School visitors and volunteers will be allowed on a limited basis and masks are recommended while inside. Campuses will receive further guidance detailing the specifics on the updates.

Athletics events will still adhere to social distance practices where possible under the new mask recommendation. Cleaning and sanitizing protocols will remain in place. Additionally, campuses may continue to host co- and extra-curricular activities, competitions, or programs that for students to safely participate and engage.

The district continuously monitors data and local developments related to the health and safety of all and may consider other protocols, if needed. Thank you for your compliance this year, and Dallas ISD looks forward to returning to some sense of normalcy.

Student Intent to Return to Mata Montessori

Mata Montessori and the Office of Transformation and Innovation are working together to identify available slots for the 2022-2023 school year. Please let us know if your child will be returning to Mata Montessori next year. Please complete this form

by Monday March 21, 2022.

Please note: This form is not registration for next school year. Registration will open up on April 1, 2022.

Mata Montessori y la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación están trabajando juntos para identificar los asientos disponibles para el año escolar 2022-2023. Por favor, háganos saber si su hijo(a) va a estar regresando a Mata Montessori el próximo año. Por favor complete antes del lunes 21 de marzo de 2022.

Por favor note que esta forma no remplaza la registracion. La registracion para el siguiente ano empezara abril 1 del 2022.

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Career Day is Friday, March 11th!

Interested in volunteering for Career Day? Please sign up here!

UNCF and Career Day

Our school is participating in the District’s Annual fundraiser, United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Any qualifying senior within the district is able to apply for this scholarship. This year our students have an opportunity to participate as well.

March 11th is Career Day. Students may participate by wearing their future Career attire or jeans with a College or Mata shirt.

Thank you for supporting UNCF.

2022 Dallas ISD Parent Survey

To share your opinion, click on this link:

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Makerspace Club

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Virtual Book Club Updates

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Notifications of Offers to Choice and Magnet Schools

Due to the various inclement weather closures as well as Covid 19 precautions over the last few weeks, Magnet assessments, ECHS/PTECH interviews, International Baccalaureate assessments, and Out of District Standardized Testing sessions were canceled and rescheduled.

Parents will receive official status notification via their Choose Dallas ISD application (SchoolMint) portal on March 9, 2022.

Como consecuencia de los cierres escolares causados por el mal tiempo, así como las medidas contra el Covid 19 de las últimas semanas, se cancelaron y reprogramaron las evaluaciones para escuelas magnet, las entrevistas para ECHS/PTECH, las evaluaciones para Bachillerato Internacional y las sesiones de exámenes estandarizados externas.

Los padres recibirán un aviso del estado oficial por medio del portal de solicitud de Choose Dallas ISD (SchoolMint) el 9 de marzo de 2022.
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Yearbook Candid Pictures Please!

The yearbook staff needs your help! If you have photos of your student on the first day of school, Red Ribbon Week, or pajama day, please email them to These could be published in the 21-22 yearbook.


Raising an Optimistic Child

Children who practice optimistic thinking are more resilient and see negative situations and events as temporary setbacks. While pessimistic kids blame themselves and believe conditions and circumstances are permanent. How can you go about raising an optimist? Here is a suggestion that you can start practicing today!

Examine Negative Narratives

Teach your child to examine familiar negative narratives with an optimistic explanatory style. A child who fails a math test may say, "I'm bad at math." In contrast, a child with a more optimistic explanatory style may say, "I didn't study—that's why I failed the test." (Edutopia)

Did you Know?

Do you know the breakdown of Mata Montessori's students? Check it out!

702 total students

53% Female Students

47% Male Students

18% White

5% African American

72% Hispanic

2% Native American

6% Asian

2% Multi-Race

60% Economically Disadvantaged

13% Special Education

17% Talented and Gifted

37% Emergent Bilingual

Mata's PTA Walking Group!

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Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here!

Check out their webpage at

Sign up for the PTA newsletter: Click Here

Dallas ISD School Safety Protocols

Parents and caregivers, please see Dallas ISD's School Safety Protocol for Parents Handbook 2021-2022 Download and view the handbook here:
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Core 4

The district wants to hear stories about how our staff members are putting Core 4 in action by being fast, flexible, friendly, and focused!

Parents, students, and community members can shout out a teacher, staff member, or Dallas ISD employee by visiting

Some of the top shoutouts will be spotlighted on social media, the Core 4 webpage, and in a monthly e-newsletter!

Action for Happiness Calendars

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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.

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