MMA Monday Montessori Moments

May 7, 2018

A Message from our Director, René Baker

Thank you!

As we near the end of the 2017-18 school year, I would like to express my extreme gratitude to you. Our school would not be what it is today with your love and support. Thank you for providing class snacks, teacher appreciation, and dinners during conferences. Thank you for donating your time to read to our students, organize class cultural activities, attend school functions, and chaperone field trips. We appreciate you transporting your children to and from school each day and multiple field trips each year. We believe field experiences provide authentic learning and connect our students to the greater community.


The most intense field experiences we have at MMA are the 6th grade trip to the Alliance Redwoods and the 9th grade trip to Crow Canyon Archaeological Site. These two trips happened last week and involve students (and teacher/parent chaperones) spending an entire week together traveling, learning, and growing. A large source of funding for our field experiences is provided by School Land Trust Funds.


We know that you have many choices for your child’s education and we are honored that you have entrusted MMA with your child’s social, emotional, and academic growth.


For us to continue to grow and be able to meet the needs of all of our families, we need feedback. Please take time to complete two surveys for us - using the links below in green. The first survey is part II of the AdvancEd survey that we are required to give as part of our accreditation process. The second survey, MMA Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey, is MMA created and gathers additional feedback not captured in the AdvancEd survey.

Parent Survey Links Below:

AdvancEd Parent Survey - Part II

Required as part of our accreditation process.

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Thank you MAPA!

Thank you for your participation in MAPA, our parent organization. Extra special thanks goes out to the MAPA board Heidi Bradley, Alisha Coakley, Ashley Carleson, and Shauna Guthrie. This year MAPA donated $10,000 to our school, which will help fund the new school playground! MAPA also brought Track it Forward to our school, which has been extremely helpful as a place for you to document your volunteer hours and as a platform for us to advertise all school events in one place.

9th grade trip to Crow Canyon

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Pre-Crow Canyon Mtg for 8th graders

We are already gearing up to plan 2018-19's 9th grade week-long trip to Crow Canyon Archaeological Site. Please join us Tuesday, May 15th at 5:30pm in the MMA Library for a mandatory meeting regarding next year's trip.

6th grade trip to the Redwoods

Pre-Redwoods Mtg for 5th Graders

We are already gearing up to plan 2018-19's 6th grade week-long trip to Alliance Redwoods. Please join us Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30pm in the MMA Library for a mandatory meeting regarding next year's trip.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, 2018 (May include Staff, Faculty and Specialists)

Monday May 7

Grace and Courtesy

Let your teachers know how much you appreciate them by following class rules, being kind and respectful. Start the week with a smile, high five or hug for your teacher and assistant teacher!

Tuesday May 8

Bring A Flower

It can be store bought, from your yard or handmade. Together we can make a beautiful bouquet for your teacher and assistant teacher!

Wednesday May 9

Let’s Make a Memory

Draw a picture, write a note or poem, make a sculpture or anything you can think of to put a smile on your teacher’s heart and face

Thursday May 10

Thirsty Thursday

Find out your teacher's and assistant teacher's favorite drink and bring to them. Or just grab a water bottle or juice to quench their thirst like they quench our knowledge!

Friday May 11

Teacher Spirit Day

Wear your teacher's favorite color today and donate a needed classroom item (pencils, paper, erasers for example)

Junior High Dance and Choir performance and Art Show

Please join us May 11 at 6 pm as our Junior High students show off their dance, choir and art skills. Light refreshments will be served.

Bridging Ceremonies

Bridging Ceremonies are an important piece to the Montessori method. You won't want to miss it.

Early Childhood Bridging (Kindergarten to 1st grade) Monday, May 21 11:00-12:30 pm

Lower Elementary (3rd grade to 4th grade) Tuesday, May 22 10:30-11:30 am

Upper Elementary (6th grade to 7th grade) Wednesday, May 23 10:30-12:00

MMA Junior High needs moving boxes

Please bring any empty boxes to the office.

Annual T-shirt design contest

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Coming in 2018-2019

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MMA Before School Orchestra Program

Orchestra classes are available to Upper Elementary and Junior High students for next school year. Lower Elementary students will be accepted if they are in private lessons and upon approval from Ms. Clarissa. More Information coming soon!

Parent Handwriting Workshop

Helping Your Child with Handwriting Skills Parent Workshop

You are invited to attend a free handwriting training provided by our occupational therapist. This training will provide ways to improve your child's handwriting skills this summer. Join us on May 10th in the MMA Library from 4:30 until 6:30 pm. Sign up below:

Parent Handwriting Workshp

Click here to register for this event.

9th Grade Graduation

Save the Date! Please join us for our 9th grade graduation Friday, May 18 at 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
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Just a few weeks left to Run to the Moon

Only three weeks left for our “Run to the Moon” goal. Send a signed note to PE for any final running miles your student completes. Let’s help our students be stars.

Julia Gee

PE Specialist

Overheard!

"I have been under the weather this week so I can't keep rolling down the hall"- Instructional Coach

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.

Your opinion is important to us!

Please take a moment and rate us on our official Facebook page and on google.

MAPA Information

Volunteers Needed

The end of the school year is upon us, we have a few sign ups on track it forward to help you close the year and get your 40 hours. Remember donating items also counts towards your hours. You can either go to the track it forward site and view the calendar https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411664

or here are individual sign ups:

*Elementary Field Day

(Friday 18th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/410685

*Jr High Field Day:

(Friday 18th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/410684

*Teacher Appreciation Dinners:

(Tuesday 22nd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411169

(Wednesday 23rd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411170

(Thursday 24th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411173

*Book Fair:

(Monday 21st) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411662

(Tuesday 22nd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/400237

(Wednesday 23rd) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411664

(Thursday 24th) https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/411664

Thank you,

Heidi Bradley

Box Top Store

Mark your calendars. The final box top store of the year will be May 16. Please make sure that your box tops are clipped and non expired.

We need you!

MAPA Is looking for Committee Chairs for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact heidibradley81@gmail.com if you or someone you know would be interested.


MAPA is our school's parent organization. Because of MAPA, we do not have to rely on monthly fundraisers- like wrapping paper and chocolates. School-wide functions like Skate Night, Fall Festival, Gratitude Feast, Field Day and the Gala all happen because of MAPA. We do not want to lose out on these events.

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 will 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 per month. We have had an incredible community response in donations to these events. The skeleton is in place- we just need parents to take it and run! If you are interested, please contact Ms. Rene at rbaker@mariamontessoriacademy.org .


We would like to meet with volunteers as soon as possible so that dates can be set and assignments can be given to give the committee a head start for next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Beers at 801-695-5864.

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MMA Spotlight- Ms. Sharon (Krista's class)

How did you find out about Montessori Education? I first learned about Montessori education about 30 years ago from an aunt whose children attended a private Montessori school in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.


How long have you been at MMA? I have been teaching with Ms. Krista for 8 years since MMA opened in 2010.


What is your favorite thing about MMA? My favorite thing about MMA is the exceptional growth I have seen in my students as well as myself through teaching and participating in the Montessori method.


What is your favorite food? Seafood from the West Coast



What is your favorite color? White


What is your favorite movie? Disney live-action classics such as Mary Poppins, Pollyanna, and Swiss Family Robinson


What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I had the pleasure of teaching two 10 year old blind boys at the deaf and the blind school.

Calendar Of Events

May 10- Handwriting Workshop

May 14- Crazy Sock Day

May 15- Crazy Hat or Hair Day

May 15- 8th grade meeting (5:30 pm MMA Library)

May 16- Pajama Day

May 16- 5th grade meeting (5:30 pm MMA Library)

May 17- What do you want to be? (Dress up as your future occupation)

May 18- Field Day

May 18- Jr. High Field Day (Lomond View Park)

May 18-Dress down day (No screenprinted characters, please)

May 18- 9th grade graduation (5:00 pm MMA Gym)

May 21- Early Childhood Bridging Ceremony (11:00-12:30 MMA Gym)

May 22- Lower Elementary Bridging Ceremony (10:30-11:30 MMA Gym)

May 23- Upper Elementary Bridging Ceremony (10:30-12:00 MMA Gym)

May 25- Last Day of School