The Mata Memo
November 16, 2021
Message for Thanksgiving
It’s hard to believe that we are already entering the holiday season, and I would like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our Mata family.
Thanksgiving is the time of year we all reflect on our many blessings. Although life is filled with many challenges, this is the time of year we are grateful for the kind people in our lives who love and support us so that our students believe, achieve and succeed. I am personally thankful for my family, my friends, my faith, and the awesome people (staff, students, and families) here at Eduardo Mata Elementary. I wish the best to each and every one of you.
Tomeka Middleton Williams
Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:
- Calendar at a Glance
- Mata Middle School Broadcast
- G is for Gratitude
- Anti- Bullying Week
- Attendance Information
- Parent University
- Thanksgiving BINGO
- Thanksgiving Break Meals
- Vaccination Clinics
- Update Your Contact Information
- National Parent Involvement Day
- Mata's Food Drive
- Oncor Kid's Race
- CICC Committee Meetings
- Playwriting Contests
- Samuel Grand Camps
- It's OK to Ask For Help!
- Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Concert
- Chess and UIL Competitions!
- Tutoring Waiver
- Campus Visitor Procedures
- Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
- Mata Positive Staff Referrals
- and, much much more!
Calendar at A Glance
- Nov. 17th: Virtual Parent University - Social Media Safety - 12:00 PM
- Nov. 17th: Last day of the Can Food Drive
- Nov. 18th: National Parental Involvement Day
- Nov. 18th: CICC Committee Meeting 5:30 PM
- Nov. 19th: Pie Day!
- Nov. 22nd-26th: Thanksgiving Break! No School
Nov. 30th PTA General Meeting
Dec. 1st Campus Spelling Bee
Dec. 2nd SBDM Meeting
G is for Gratitude
Anti- Bullying Week 2021 Theme: One Kind Word
Eduardo Mata Montessori Student Attendance Information
The academic success of every student at Mata Montessori is important. Daily school attendance and on-time arrival are critical to this success. State law requires that all children enrolled in school should attend school regularly. PK and Kindergarten students must also abide by attendance laws. Since attendance information is important, we want all our families to be aware of the following expectations.
Class starts at 7:45 AM. If a student arrives after 7:45 AM, they will be considered tardy and will have to stop by the front office to get a tardy pass.
Tardies do remain on a student’s academic record.
When a student is absent, please send a doctor’s note, handwritten note or you may send an email to the registrar, Ms. Sosa at email@example.com. We ask that you submit this note within 3 days of the student’s absence. Please include the following information:
· Student name
· Date of absence
If a student is sent home by the nurse and is absent for one or more days, a note must be submitted to the office upon the student’s return to school.
Excused absences include:
· Death in the family
Unexcused absences include:
· Transportation problems
· Out of town for family vacations
· Bad weather conditions (unless the district has closed schools)
If a student must leave early for a medical appointment, please submit a doctor’s note.
Middle School Students:
Attendance is taken each period. If a middle school student leaves early, please submit a note so we may excuse the remaining periods.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our front office staff at 972-749-7500.
El éxito académico de cada estudiante en Mata Montessori es importante. La asistencia diaria a la escuela y la llegada a tiempo son fundamentales para este éxito. La ley estatal requiere que todos los niños matriculados en la escuela asistan a la escuela con regularidad. Los estudiantes de PK y Kindergarten también deben cumplir con las leyes de asistencia. Dado que la información de asistencia es importante, queremos que todas nuestras familias estén al tanto de las siguientes expectativas.
La clase comienza a las 7:45 AM. Si un estudiante llega después de las 7:45 A.M. se considerará que llegó tarde y tendrá que pasar por la oficina principal para obtener un pase de tardanza.
Las tardanzas permanecen en el registro académico del estudiante.
Cuando un estudiante esté ausente, envíe una nota del médico, una nota escrita a mano o puede enviar un correo electrónico a la registradora, la Sra. Sosa al firstname.lastname@example.org. Le pedimos que envíe esta nota dentro de los 3 días posteriores a la ausencia del estudiante. Por favor, incluya la siguiente información:
· Nombre del estudiante
· Fecha de ausencia
Si un estudiante es enviado a casa por la enfermera y está ausente por uno o más días, se debe enviar una nota a la oficina cuando el estudiante regrese a la escuela.
Ausencias Justificadas / Injustificadas:
Las ausencias justificadas incluyen:
• Muerte en la familia
Las ausencias injustificadas incluyen:
• Problemas de transporte
• Quedase dormidos
• Salir fuera de la ciudad para vacaciones familiares
• Condiciones climáticas adversas (a menos que el distrito haya cerrado las escuelas)
Si un estudiante debe salir temprano para una cita médica, envíe una nota del doctor a la oficina.
Estudiantes de secundaria:
La asistencia se toma en cada período. Si su estudiante de secundaria se va temprano, envíe una nota para que podamos justificar los períodos restantes.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamar a nuestra oficina al 972-749-7500.
Thanksgiving Break Reading BINGO - Sponsored by Mata PTA
Parent University - Social Media Safety - NEW ZOOM LINK
NEW ZOOM LINK!
Meeting ID: 832 0724 3295
Dallas ISD is collaborating with several organizations to offer Covid -19 vaccination Clinics for ages 5 and up at eight campuses. The following clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 20, for the first dose, and Saturday, Dec. 11, for the second dose. No appointment is necessary.
- David G. Burnet Elementary School, 3200 Kinkaid Drive, Dallas, TX 75220
- Cedar Crest Elementary School, 2020 Mouser St., Dallas, TX 75203
- Gilbert Cuellar Sr. Elementary School, 337 Pleasant Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75217
- Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School, 2808 Running Duke Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006
- Umphrey Lee Elementary School, 7808 Racine Drive, Dallas, TX 75232
- Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy, 5314 Boaz St., Dallas, TX 75209
- Charles Rice Learning Center, 2425 Pine St., Dallas, TX 75215
- Solar Preparatory School for Girls, 2617 N Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
Update Your Contact Information
National Parent Involvement Day!
We appreciate you! Thursday, November 18th is National Parent Involvement Day! We are grateful for the ways that you partner with our campus. You all go above and beyond for all that you do! Hats off to you! We love you!
Please join our Dallas ISD Facebook@DallasISDparents at noon Monday, November 15th to join the Parent Involvement Oath.
Again thanks for all that you do!
The middle school students are hosting a food drive from October 18 until November 17th and we need your help! Our goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of canned goods to donate to the North Texas Food Bank. The most needed items are cans of peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruit, shelf-stable milk, canned chicken, and canned vegetables. So please donate what you can! Donation boxes will be located by the cafeteria, library, office, and middle school.
Cultural Intelligence and Climate Committee Meeting
Meeting ID: 829 6981 9635
Dallas ISD Special Services - Virtual Parent Sessions
Please see the Playwriting Contest shared by Ms. Bailey - Enjoy!
Samuell Grand Rec Center Thanksgiving and Winter Break Camps
It's OK to Ask for Help!
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Concert Truck
Chess Club Competes!
Check out their webpage at https://matamontessori.com/
Sign up for the PTA newsletter: Click Here
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
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.