The Mata Memo

November 16, 2021

Principal's Message

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

The most powerful tool parents have to help children grow their gratitude is modeling. Before exploring the following resources, visit this Gratitude Meditation from Headspace. Who, what, and where fills you with a sense of gratitude?
The Science of Gratitude

Anti- Bullying Week 2021 Theme: One Kind Word

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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 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/Unexcused Absences:

Excused absences include:

· Illness

· Death in the family

Unexcused absences include:

· Transportation problems

· Oversleeping

· Out of town for family vacations

· Bad weather conditions (unless the district has closed schools)

Early Pickup:

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 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:

• Enfermedad

• 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)

Recogida temprano:

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.

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Thanksgiving Break Reading BINGO - Sponsored by Mata PTA

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Parent University - Social Media Safety - NEW ZOOM LINK

This week is Anti-Bullying week and we are educating our students on cyberbullying and social media safety. We would like to invite you all to a parent session with Detective Tony Newsome from the Dallas PD. Please join us in our efforts to speak, spread kindness, and keep our children safe!


Meeting ID: 832 0724 3295

Passcode: MATA

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Vaccination Clinics

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

Donations Needed!

Our Mata clinic could use gently used or new uniforms for our older students. We are low on size 10 and up bottoms. If you would like to donate these clothing items, please feel free to drop them by the main office.

Thank you!

Update Your Contact Information

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National Parent Involvement Day!

Mata Parents and Guardians,

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!

Food Drive

Hello Mata Eagles!

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.

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Cultural Intelligence and Climate Committee Meeting

Zoom Info:

Meeting ID: 829 6981 9635

Passcode: CICC

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Dallas ISD Special Services - Virtual Parent Sessions

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Please see the Playwriting Contest shared by Ms. Bailey - Enjoy!

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Samuell Grand Rec Center Thanksgiving and Winter Break Camps

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It's OK to Ask for Help!

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Concert Truck

Our Upper Elementary had the opportunity to watch a piano concert from Dallas Symphony Orchestra!
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Chess Club Competes!

This weekend Mata's Chess Club went to the district competition. They had a blast!
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UIL Competes!

This weekend our UIL team also participated in competitions this weekend! Way to go!
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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

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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

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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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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