The Mata Memo
February 22, 2022
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
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
If the session is full, view here.
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
Elementary Chess Tournament!
The students did a great job.
Lucas Paulino. 11 out of 237 players; Top 5%
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
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
We appreciate the sponsorship of Mrs. Pettigrew and Mrs. Singleton!
Campus Needs Assessment Meeting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These could be published in the 21-22 yearbook.
Did you Know?
702 total students
53% Female Students
47% Male Students
5% African American
2% Native American
60% Economically Disadvantaged
13% Special Education
17% Talented and Gifted
37% Emergent Bilingual
SEL PRACTICES - OPTIMISM
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!
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.
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
Parents, students, and community members can shout out a teacher, staff member, or Dallas ISD employee by visiting https://www.dallasisd.org/shoutout
Some of the top shoutouts will be spotlighted on social media, the Core 4 webpage, and in a monthly e-newsletter!
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.