The Mata Memo

September 28, 2021

Principal's Message

Greetings Mata Families!


We are well underway with this school year! There is so much that is going on! First, we would like to say THANK YOU to our families and community members for the donations to North Texas Giving Day toward Mata Montessori. The PTA was able to raise $5,850 toward the school. This donation will go directly to teachers to support their classroom needs! We appreciate you!


Here are a few reminders for what's coming up:


Don't forget that tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 29th, students may dress as their favorite celebrity in honor of Attendance Awareness Month.


Next week, students in 3rd-8th will take Common Assessment 1. This test is an overview of standards that students learned in the first 9 weeks of school.


Next week is also the last week in the first quarter. Please discuss with your child their work and work habits to ensure that they are caught up in all subjects. You may check your child's grades in Powerschool. Details on how to sign up for Powerschool are below. Please feel free to call the office if you need help.


Again, we would like to remind everyone that school begins at 7:45 AM. The tardy bell rings at this time, and all students arriving afterward are marked tardy for the school day. Please work to ensure that your child arrives at school on time.


Thank you for your continued support of Mata Montessori!


Tomeka Middleton Williams

Principal


Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:


  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Mata Middle School Broadcast
  • Parent University
  • Class Spelling Bee
  • Middle School Athletics
  • Standard Response Protocol
  • PTA Reflections
  • Join Book Club
  • Student Bus Bulletin
  • FCNS Shortage
  • Parental Needs Assessment
  • Free Home Internet
  • Attendance Awareness Month
  • Tutoring Waiver
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • Uniform Assistance
  • How to Access Powerschool
  • Uniform Policy and Reminders
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • September is Attendance Awareness Month
  • September 15- October 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Sept 27- Oct. 7th: Common Assessments (3rd-8th grade)
  • Oct. 2nd - National Custodian Day!
  • Oct. 5th - Parent University - 8:00 AM
  • Oct. 6th - National Walk and Bike to School Day by PTA
  • Oct. 7th: End of 1st Quarter
  • Oct. 8th: No School! Fair Day!
  • Oct. 15th: No School! Professional Development Day!
  • Oct. 18-21: Parent Conferences
  • Oct. 23rd: PTA Trunk or Treat by PTA

National Custodian Day! October 2nd

Please join us in recognizing our custodians! We would like to say Thank you to Ms.Tina and Ms. Mary for making us sparkle and shine, keeping us healthy and safe! You are the best!

Parent University on Self Esteem- October 5th at 8:00 AM

October 5th at 8am

Please join us for Parent University presented by the school counselors. The topic of the presentation will be Self-Esteem in a child. The presentation will go over what Self-Esteem is and how it is developed, as well as ways to promote healthy Self-Esteem in a child. The objective of the presentation is to promote ways for parents to assist children in the promotion of a healthy self-image.

Zoom link for the presentation:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82470094252?pwd=eW95TGJiNlZ2UnlBK0RyQnM5V1dzZz09

Meeting ID: 824 7009 4252
Passcode: dusqy7



Universidad de Padres en Mata Montessori

octubre 5 a las 8am

Los consejeros escolares presantaran en la Universidad de Padres. El tema de la presentacion sera el autoestima. La presentacion cubrira lo que es el autoestima y como se desarolla. El objetivo de la presentacion es promover maneras para que padres puedan ayudar a los jovenes en promover una imagen de si mismos que es saludables.

Clave para entrar a la presentacion en Español:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94815094802?pwd=K1hTdnhqWFVHWTlzWUhjRUd5RFc0QT09

Meeting ID: 948 1509 4802
Passcode: cG7hu0

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Class Spelling Bees!

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Middle School Athletics!

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Standard Response Protocol

Our school has adopted the "I Love U Guys" Foundation's Standard Response Protocol (SRP). Students and staff will be training, practicing, and drilling the protocols.


Please see below for details.

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Mata's PTA Reflections Contest

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Join Virtual Book Club!

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Student Transportation Bus Bulletin- Notification System

CLICK HERE to register!
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School Lunches Impacted by Supply Chain Shortages

Unprecedented food and paper good supply chain shortages may cause changes to Dallas ISD school menus with little or no advance notice. Until the supply chain issues are rectified, it may not be possible for the district to serve the scheduled menu each day at every school throughout the school year.

Food and Child Nutrition Services is working tirelessly to procure foods, paper goods, and other needed supplies. Students will always have meals to eat. although what is served on a given day may not precisely match our printed/planned menus.

We ask for your assistance in sharing this information with your local campus community. Thank you in advance for your continued support, and for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times.

Parental Needs Assesment

When developing a comprehensive school counseling program is it important for counselors to have a clear direction and focus of the counseling program. We are currently planning for Guidance Lessons and Parent Universities. Completing the Needs Assessment will help us to create effective and relevant lessons for students as well as topics of interest for parents. We appreciate your support in our efforts to provide a positive community for all.


Please complete the following link:



Spanish

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Lgz2rRExHPdB4DkYRdrc5-TQ2me5coos5DwlfNDdQQ4/edit

English

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nPiUx_8XpiM9y6mTVbPW9CL3rmF-2mJQkiCPV-SBH6E/edit

Free Home Internet

Students who are without home internet have the opportunity to apply for a high-speed free home internet connection for the 2021-2022 school year.

The application deadline is Sept. 30th, and families can visit https://tinyurl.com/dallasisdinternet to apply.

A home wired internet connection provides more reliable internet service than mobile hotspots.

Need help or have questions?

Call the Dallas ISD Connectivity Hotline at 972-925-6000.

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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here! https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA/


Check out their webpage at https://matamontessori.com/


Sign up for the PTA newsletter: Click Here

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Uniform Reminders

Thank you for sending your child in uniform each day!


Please be reminded that the following is not allowed:

  • Leggings, tights, or yoga pants
  • Jeans are only worn on Fridays with a spirit shirt (no rips/holes)
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Dallas ISD Updates for Campus Visitors

While Dallas County is in Level Red, campus visitors and volunteers will not be allowed. We will use virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.


Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

  • Please self- screen before entering any Dallas ISD facility. If visitors have COVID-19 symptoms, or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, they must notify the campus and remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry.

  • All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face masks.

  • Visitors will stand behind the shield guard installed at reception desks or recommended 6 feet distance.

  • Any individuals permitted to proceed beyond the reception area must follow all safety and campus protocols.

  • Parent curbside pick up of students and materials

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: bit.ly/3xnGuky
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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.