MMA Monday Montessori Moments
March 5, 2018
A message from our Assistant Director, Kacee Weaver
Every seven weeks Junior High students at Maria Montessori Academy participate in intersession activities as a culminating event for a cycle of learning. March 14th and 15th will wrap up the third-cycle of the year, which focused on all types of power. The school’s 112 adolescents will choose which intersession intensive to attend, two of which will be The Power of Teen Activists in support of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and The Power of Hope as a solution to happier and healthier school communities.
Students who choose The Power of Teen Activists intersession, and obtain parent permission, will prepare for and participate in the nationwide school walkout in support of the #NationalSchoolWalkout movement demanding action from Congress to keep us safe in our schools. Students will stand at the intersection of Washington Blvd. and 2500 North in North Ogden on March 14th at 10:00 am, in memory of the 17 American lives lost on February 14th. Community members and elementary students, with parent chaperones, are welcome to attend the walkout event as well.
Upon their return to school after the 17-minute walkout, Roy City Mayor, Robert Dandoy, will speak to group about how teens can make a political difference, and to share his own story on becoming politically active. Additionally, students will study other grassroots activists and discover the incredible power of their own voice through various projects, including writing letters to Congress.
Hope Squad members will gather the following day on March 15th to build a healthier and happier community through activities that prevent bullying, self-harm and suicide in The Power of HOPE intersession choice. “Hope Squads are the eyes and ears of a school. They are comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students, while providing friendship, identifying warning signs, and seeking help from adults. Hope Squad advisors train students who have been identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as Hope Squad members” (hopesquad.com). Maria Montessori Academy’s Hope Squad, run by the school counselor, is in its first year and is receiving enormous accolades as a student support system.
Power is important to teens, whether it is something they have or something for which they wish. It can take many forms (chemical, electrical, political, for example). In this cycle of learning, students examined how power is always present in some form, that it has the ability to influence others, and that it may be used or abused. Empowering students with the tools and knowledge to wield their power in a positive way is one of the ways Maria Montessori Academy promotes education for a better world.
Annual Literacy Night was a great success!
History Fair Winners
Evin Smith -Topaz Internment Camp
Troy Cox - John M. Browning
Charlize Herrera, Sayge Rodriguez, Hailey Lynn - The Donner Party
Literacy Writing Challenge
Ms. Stef's Class
Mary Jo Cook
Congratulations to our Junior High Team
Construction Update: Look at Us Grow!
Wanted: Lost Montessori Materials
Enrollment is now open!
Do you know anyone who would be interested in sending their children to Maria Montessori Academy? The Montessori method is the most widely and longest practiced form of education in the World. There are more than 22,000 schools in 110 countries worldwide. Current brain and educational research supports many of the practices perfected by Montessori teachers over the last 110 years.
Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is open! Don't wait any longer to educate your child for a better world! Enroll now.
We MUST be the change we wish to see.
You can learn more by visiting our website or call and schedule a tour to see this incredible method in action.
Art Sneak Peek!
I hope you all got your invitations for the upcoming Gala. Your student should have brought them home to you, so check their backpacks. We are offering a pre-sale price on tickets purchased before March 10th.
Purchase online at https://squareup.com/store/mapa-9 or
MAPA will be at the school during these times:
· Fri March 9 3:00-4:00 pm
Regular Price Ticket Sales
· Wed March 14 3:00-4:00 pm
· Thu March 15 3:00-4:00 pm
Gala Donations Needed!
With the Gala less than two weeks away, we are starting to wrap things up:) If you still wanted to donate to any of the class baskets here is a list of the baskets the room parents are just putting finishing touches to:
Ms. Amy- Cooking Basket
Ms. Marleen- Pamper Basket
Ms. Lana- Movie Basket
Ms. Brittany- Exercise Basket
Ms. Kaley- Golf Basket
Ms. Joy- Rainy Day Basket
Ms. Stef- Pool Fun Basket
Ms. Kotie- Book Basket
Ms. Jalee- Pet Basket
Ms. Jen- Gardening Basket
Ms. Laura- Kid Craft Basket
Mr. John- Date Night Basket
Ms. Jill- Art Basket
Ms, Krista- Golf Basket (no additional items need to be donated to this basket, the whole basket was donated by staker-parson)
Jr. High- Mindfulness Basket
*There are some items that we are looking for to be added to some tickets that were donated. If anyone is interested in donating:
- Train toy & Train Book
- Dinosaur toy & Dinosaur Book
- Birthday party supplies cake mix/frosting/candles/party etc… We will need two sets total of this
Once again, Thank you everyone to has already contributed to the Gala in any way, shape or form:)
Buy your tickets online:
Or we will be at the school Friday March 9th form 3-4 (Last day for pre-sale price)
Recruiting MAPA Vice President / President
If you don't know what MAPA is... it is our school's PTA program. The Fall Festival, Gala, book fairs, teacher appreciation, classroom safety kits, box tops (and more!) all happen because of MAPA. We want these wonderful events and opportunities to continue to happen for our school and students, so keep your eyes and ears open for someone who would do a great job!
Wanted: Parents interested in helping with fundraising for 2018-2019
We are in need of a Chair and Co-chair to organize our fundraising for the 2018-2019 school year. Committee members are also welcome! Funds raised go towards all grade levels. We have streamlined things quite a bit so that there are only 4 major fundraising events throughout the year instead of one a month, and we have had an incredible community response in donations to these events. The skeleton is pretty well in place- we just need parents to take it and run! If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb.1. We would like to meet with everyone as soon as possible so that dates can be set for next year's events and assignments can be given on things that need to be started on to give the committee a head start for next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Beers at (801)695-5864.
Calendar Of Events
Professional Development (Early Release)
Friday, March 16th, 1pm
This is an online event.
PM Early childhood begins at 11:00 am
All classes released at 1:00 pm
Professional Development (No School)
Monday, March 19th, 12am
This is an online event.
MMA Spotlight-Ms. Rachael Bush (Botany Specialist)
How did you find out about Montessori Education?
Believe it or not, Ms Amity told me about MMA while the school was being built. I entered my son, who was entering kindergarten, into the lottery and we got in! We've been at MMA since the doors first opened, and I've attended many parent nights, back-to-school nights, and parent orientations. I love learning how to use the works and watching teachers in a Montessori environment. I only wish I had gone to a Montessori school when I was a kid.
How long have you been at MMA?
I have been volunteering at the school for six years, but only started working at MMA as the school's botanist in 2016. I visit each classroom every month and present age-appropriate botany so MMA students can learn to love and appreciate plants as much as I do.
What is your favorite thing about MMA?
The fact that botany is in the curriculum amazes me, but my favorite thing is the mixed-age classroom. Watching younger students being mentored by their peers is a wonderful sight to behold.
What is your favorite food?
Chocolate cake. :)
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite movie? .
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
This probably isn't surprising, but I have 130 plants in my kitchen. 20 of these are orchids - my favorites!