The Mata Memo

February 22, 2022

Principal's Message

Mata Family!

As educators we get into this work for a reason, the most important reason is that we want to positively impact our future through the education ofyour children. Your children are our why.

“ Our WHY”… Eduardo Mata Montessori educators are committed to providing an academic foundation that allows our students to be successful life-long learners and we do this by providing an authentic Montessori education by focusing on educating the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally for all children."

This is our Vision and Mission for our school and for your children. We are continually grateful for your support and we continue on this journey for all of them.

Do you know the breakdown of our subpopulations for our campus? Check out the "Did you know" section below.

Have an excellent 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
  • Black History Month - Community Seminar
  • Middle School Broadcast
  • Dress Pass Friday
  • Campus Needs Assessment Meeting
  • Career Day Sign UP
  • Mental Health Parenting Group Sessions
  • International Festival
  • Chess Team Congratulations!
  • Uniform Closet
  • Seussical the Musical!
  • February is Heart Health!
  • Covid 19 Testing
  • Core 4 Shout Outs
  • Yearbook pictures
  • Mata's PTA Walking Group
  • SEL Practices
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Feb 22nd - "Twosday"

  • Feb 23-25th -TELPAS Online testing for ELL students 3rd-8th.

  • Feb. 25th - African American Read-In

  • Feb. 25th - Dress Pass Friday

  • March 1, 2, 8, 9th - Common Assessments

  • March 1st - Campus Needs Assessment Meeting - See below to register to attend!

  • March 8 & 10th - Seussical Kids Musical

  • March 11th - Career Day

February is Black History Month

For Black History Month, Dallas ISD is providing a series of highly engaging programs and activities centered around the celebration, empowerment, remembrance, and appreciation of our Black students' cultural heritages. Our 2022 theme is "Legacy."

ALL students, staff, and community members
are invited to
Dallas ISD's African American Read-In
on Friday, February 25th
There will be a Community Workshop with Tim Fielder at 5:00 PM

Sessions will be held on Zoom
& broadcast on Facebook
Registration is required

Register HERE

If the session is full, view here.

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Middle School Broadcast! Enjoy!

February Dress Pass!

Friday the 3rd - It's time to sign up and sponsor a class for this month's Dress Pass. Let’s work together to make sure that no class/student gets left out!

Dress Pass Rules

No open toe shoes, flip-flops, or heels

All shirts, dresses, and shorts must be at least fingertip length

No spaghetti straps, spandex, PJ's, or jeans with holes or rips.

You May Sign up to sponsor a class Dress Pass Here

International Festival

This year's International Festival was a campus event only. Each class created classroom displays as well as an optional video. Each class visited the showcase of videos and posters on February 17-18 during school. Check on some of the pictures and videos below!

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Elementary Chess Tournament!

Congratulations to our students who participated in the Elementary Chess Tournament on February 19th!

The students did a great job.

3rd Grade

Lucas Paulino. 11 out of 237 players; Top 5%

4th Grade

Wright Kern 22 out of 322 players: Top 7%

Santiago Hernandez 35: Top 10%

Anthony Leija 43: Top 13%

Ramiro Echegaray 77

David Carmona 89

Olivia Peters 121

Davi Rodovalho 131

Santiago Mahan 204

Faith Hall 291

Emma Calhoun 120

Nathan Ashmore 215

Santiago Perez 204

5th Grade

Katherine Leyva 43 out 349 players: Top 12%

Gael Hernandez 97

Hector Arias 120

Vasco Flores 177

Elian Ortega 189

Diego Garcia 203

Harmony Hall 236

Alexander Ybarra

We appreciate the sponsorship of Mrs. Pettigrew and Mrs. Singleton!

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Campus Needs Assessment Meeting

Mata's Site Based Decision Making Committee(SBDM) invites all community members to participate in the school's Needs Assessment for the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 6 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 857 3293 6218 Passcode: 436841). This meeting is an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback about Mata's Goals/Performance Objectives/Strategies for the 2021-2022 school year. Advanced registration is encouraged and registrants will receive an electronic copy of the CIP to review before the meeting. Please contact SBDM Vice Chair and meeting host Shawn Ashmore if you have any questions.
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Career Day is Friday, March 11th!

Interested in volunteering for Career Day? Please sign up here!
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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.

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


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!

Wait Before Reacting

Letting your child solve challenges without your help will boost their sense of accomplishment and optimism. Kids who often feel overwhelmed or hopeless won't address a problem. But when you give them a clear formula for solving problems, they'll feel more confident in their ability to try and more optimistic about what they can do in the future. (Verywell Family)

Mata's PTA Walking Group!

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February is Heart Health Month: Give your heart some love

Heart disease and stroke are the main causes of death in the United States, but the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent developing either.

Read Here to Learn More

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 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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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!

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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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