MMA Montessori Moments

February 10, 2020

Message from our Director

Dear Parents,

Hard to believe I’ve been at Maria Montessori Academy for a month. I appreciate your

welcome and being able to work with the fabulous teachers, staff and especially the

incredible students at this school. I’d like to inform you of a few events coming up.

February 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm will be our MMA Board meeting. We will be discussing

proposed fees for the 2020-21 school year. As part of the February and March board

meetings, the board will be holding public comment sessions regarding the fee schedule

for next year and an amended fee waiver policy. As always, you are welcome to attend

these public meetings. There are few changes to the existing policy, but you are

welcome to come and participate in our board meeting.

February 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 am we will be doing our “Share the

Love Day”. This is an opportunity for your friends and neighbors to come and tour our

school and see what the excitement is about at MMA. We require that students that

come to the school be accompanied by a parent or guardian, so that we do not have

unknown students in the school. Please share the following website with others so they

can RSVP to our tours.

We can always use your help and courtesy at the school regarding our drop off and pick

up procedures. While dropping off – please pull up along the curb so we can fit as

many cars in as possible. Please do not park on the curb and walk students in. The

drop off is for cars letting students out, and please have them exit the car on the right

side, not left. If you need to walk students in, please park in the lot and bring them in.

When picking up, please be an example to the students by using the cross walks if you

are parked in the parking lot. Please do not jay walk through the traffic areas. We have

crossing guards on duty to help students cross safely to their intended destinations.

We are trying to improve our educational program as well as prepare a few of our grade

levels for next year with some changes that occur within our faculty and staff. We are

trying to make better use of our internal resources and fill classes that have been empty

by combining them and placing faculty and staff together to better facilitate the

Montessori Method of teaching. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we

make these changes.

Once again, thank you for your support of our teachers, program and especially of your


Best regards,

Mr. Mike

Board of Directors

MMA Board Meeting

There is an MMA Boarding meeting this Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30 in the school library.

Letter from Joan Effiong

Letter from Joan Effiong

February 7, 2020

Dear MMA community,

I want to take a few moments to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as one of the founding board members of Maria Montessori. It has been a pleasure to serve alongside you for the last several years. As you know, I am passionate about education and providing world-class educational experiences to students. I earnestly believe that MMA has the capacity and conviction to do so. While the decision is bittersweet, I have chosen to focus more of my attention on grand parenting and broadening the impact of my nonprofit, JENAR Charity Foundation. I treasure the experiences I have had with you and carry the MMA values with me. I admire the commitment, contribution and loyalty you have demonstrated. I have no doubt that you will continue to make MMA a great school for the students in North Ogden.

I have great confidence in your ability to put MMA on the map and as one of the founding members I will continue to cheer for you on the side lines.

Thank you for making education a primary focus for our children and I wish you all well.


Joan Effiong

NO School Monday in Observance of Presidents Day.

MAPA Announcements

Family Skate Night- hosted by MAPA

Come have FAMILY FUN! Friday, February 21 from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm at the Classic Fun Center in Layton, for MMA Skating Spirit Night.

Literacy Week

MMA Literacy Week is just around the corner! February 24-28

Spelling Bee

Tuesday, February 25, at 9:30 a.m. in the big gym. Parents are welcome to join.

Family Literacy Night- Reach For the Stars

Come dressed as your favorite book character.

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Famous Montessorians

Anne Frank was a Montessorian

By Tim Seldin,
President of The Montessori Foundation and
Chair of the International Montessori Council

In 1934, Otto and Edith Frank faced the challenge of finding the right school for their precocious daughter Anne when she was old enough to start school at age 3. For them, Montessori was the answer. Their daughter, Anne Frank, became world famous as an author, and even today, The Diary of Anne Frank and her other writings continue to be best sellers.

Anne started attending the 6e Montessori School in Amsterdam in May 1934. Her father, Otto Frank told friends: “Anne was a demanding character. She continually asked questions… When we had visitors, it was difficult to free yourself from her, because everyone and everything interested her… It was good that Anne went to a Montessori School, where each pupil gets a lot of individual attention.”

Anne Frank was a Montessori child, attending the 6th Montessori School of Amsterdam from age 3 to 11, and then a year at the Montessori Lyceum (high school) until the occupying German authorities forbade Jewish children from attending school with Christian children.

Anne was a typical Montessori child. She was bright, eager, and opinionated. She loved to play Monopoly, and often won. She dreamed of becoming an actress or world famous ice skater

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Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 is now open!

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Re-enrollment for current students

We still have a few families who have not yet completed the registration process for next year. It is important to get an accurate count of returning students before we open enrollment to the public. Log in to your Aspire account now to re-enroll. If you are not planning on your student returning to MMA in the fall, please email so we can make the proper adjustments.

The HOUSE of Children is enrolling for Early Childhood today and next school year 2020-2021.

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Know a child that you think would thrive at MMA? Bring them to shadow your student on February 14 and Feel the Love!

Share the Love at MMA!

Come visit MMA on Valentines Day and take a guided tour and see if MMA is right for your family. Share the ❤️ of Montessori with your friends and neighbors! Children are welcome, but must be accompanied at all times by an adult guardian. To sign up for a tour, please RSVP for one of our scheduled tour times at the following link.

Time to order yearbooks!

Don't miss out on your chance to purchase a copy of our 10th annual yearbook! They are just $20 for a lifetime pf memories! To personalize your book add $3. Orders must be placed on or before March 27. The office will not have extra copies available on the last day of school. Get yours now!

All questions regarding yearbooks and pictures must be made through Life touch. The office does not receive any information about orders. Please call 800-453-9764 with questions.

Click on the link below to order and enter our school ID code 13283720

Junior High Fees

We still have quite a few students who have an outstanding balance for Junior High student fees. Please remit payment to the office as soon as possible. 100% of student fees go toward purchasing textbooks, equipment and field trips for Junior High students. If you need payment arrangements please contact Ms. Autumn in the office.

It's flu season!

Flu season is upon us. We have had a few students who have recently tested positive for Influenza B. We do have some students and staff members at MMA who are immune compromised. Please remind your children to wash their hands often and thoroughly. It is important to follow our school policy and keep your children home until they have been fever and vomit free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Please help us control the spread of these illnesses.
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6 Science Fair

7 MAPA Meeting, 8:45 am

11-MMA Board Meeting, 5:30 pm

17 President's Day- No School

18-21 Hope Week

20 Redwoods Chaperone Meeting, 5:30 pm

21 MMA Family night at Classic Fun Center, 5-9:00 pm

24-28 Literacy Week

25 School wide Spelling Bee

27-MMA Literacy Night, 5:30-7:00 pm

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