The Mata Memo

November 2, 2021

Principal's Message

Greetings Mata Families!


Happy November! Today, in many Latin American countries, Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead is being celebrated. The Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit. Students in some of our classes worked on cultural projects and learned about this celebration. Check out the pictures below.


Please remember that Friday, November 5th is Picture Day. Forms were sent home with students last week. You may order online at logansphotography.com code EDM22. If you do order online, please bring your confirmation number to school. Also, only the correct change will be accepted for payment.


Additionally, if you know someone who is interested or if your child has a sibling that wants to attend Mata Montessori, the application window is open! Please tell them to apply. You may contact the main office if you have any questions.


Tomeka Middleton Williams

Principal


Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:


  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Mata Middle School Broadcast
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Picture Day
  • Discover Dallas ISD
  • Mata's Food Drive
  • SEL Connection
  • Free Internet!
  • Mata's Dyslexia Parent Meeting
  • Class Spelling Bee
  • PTA Reflections
  • Tutoring Waiver
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • How to Access Powerschool
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Nov. 1st: Application Window Opens to Attend Mata
  • Nov. 3rd: Class Spelling Bees

  • Nov. 4th: Mata's Dyslexia Parent Meeting 5:30 PM

  • Nov. 5th: Individual Picture Day

  • Nov. 6th: Discover Dallas ISD

  • Nov. 10th: Mata Prospective Parent Open House

Picture Day is Coming! November 5th

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Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead

Digging for Fossils

Ms. Miner's class conducted a culminating activity for their study of the Timeline of Life. It ended with the students becoming Paleontologists for the day. They were able to dig for different rock specimens, shells and even fossils! They used tools to extract the fossils and brushes to clear off the soil. They were so excited when they discovered dinosaur skeletons and were able to take them home! They really enjoyed digging in the different soil layers and getting their hands dirty!!!
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8th Grade Students

Thinking of where you want to go to high school. Visit Discover Dallas ISD this Saturday at 11:30 AM. Please look here for more details! https://www.dallasisd.org/choosedallasisd

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.

Support your child's social and emotional learning as they navigate the digital world, with Common Sense's Social and Emotional Learning in Digital Life - Family Conversation resources.

Conversation Starters

A well-worded question is the quickest way to connect after a long day and with technology a part of every family, visit this Technology at the Table resource for fun ways to use devices to enhance family bonding, not distract from it. For more ideas visit The Dinner Project.
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Mata's Dyslexia Parent Meeting

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 4th at 5:30 PM, for Mata Montessori's Parent Dyslexia Meeting!

See below for details!

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Class Spelling Bees!

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Mata's PTA Reflections Contest

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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here! https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA/


Check out their webpage at https://matamontessori.com/


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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: bit.ly/3xnGuky
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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.

The Mata Memo

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