The Mata Memo

March 22, 2022

Principal's Message

Welcome Back Mata Family!

I hope you had a fantastic spring break with the opportunity to unplug and spend time with loved ones. Can you believe we are in the final quarter of the school year? The final 9-week cycle began on Monday. As we move into the Spring of the year, there is so much going on!

First I would like to invite you all out to the Dialogue with the Superintendent! We would love to have Mata show up and positively support our school! Please see below to register for the event. It will take place at Woodrow Wilson High School at 6:30 PM. Feel free to wear your Mata Gear!

Also, next Tuesday, report cards will come home. Please check your child's backpack, and do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher with any questions or concerns. Our general PTA meeting will be next Tuesday, join on Zoom and learn about the budget and all the happenings of PTA.

Lastly, please do not forget to complete the "Student intent to return form" below.

Have a wonderful week!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


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

Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Community Conversations with the Superintendent
  • Student Intent to Return
  • General PTA Meeting
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip
  • Dallas ISD Parent Survey
  • Makerspace Club
  • Virtual Book Club
  • Notification of Offerings
  • 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 23rd - Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodrow Wilson 6:30 PM

  • March 25th - Dress Pass Friday

  • March 29th - Report Cards Come Home

  • March 29th - General PTA Meeting

  • April 2nd - Autism Awareness Day

  • April 7th - SBDM Meeting

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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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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2nd Grade Field Trip

2nd-grade students will be attending The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Dallas Children’s Theatre on April 26th. Please see the attached flyer and permission slip. Signed Permission Slips are due by Friday, March 25th to Ms. Bailey. A yellow and white flyer was sent home Monday, March 21st.

Dress Pass Friday, March 25th

Mindfulness for Parents & Caregivers - March 21

Celebrate #SELday by committing to join the SEL Department for a virtual mindfulness session for parents and caregivers on March 21. Mindfulness Toolbox for the Family. During this session, parents and caregivers can learn easy mindfulness techniques and ideas to share with their children and their entire family. Methods include progressive muscle relaxation, tools include calming glitter jar, and more. Get details here.

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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