Nuts & Bolts
September 9, 2019
Thank you for a wonderful week of learning for our students. Thank you Jen, Jalee, Kim, Richard, and Lana for presenting at the Parent Education Night this past week. It was beautiful and I received excellent parent feedback that exactly confirmed that purpose/goals for the evening were being met. A parent who has been at MMA longer than I have said, "Wow, now I know what my daughter is talking about . . . "
Thank you for engaging in service with your classes on Tuesday to honor Dr. Montessori's birthday. The building looks fantastic inside and out. I did have a landscaper come out to give us an estimate and ideas for sprucing up a few parts of our campus and restoring trees that were removed when the addition was built.
I hope you were all able to enjoy your weekend. See you for the staff meeting Monday after school from 3:30-5pm in the library. Teachers are discussing the MAP test implementation and assistants are discussing how to run a reading group. The official agenda is linked in the button below.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication! I am so glad that you are here,
Fire Drill Feedback
Background Checks for Volunteers
There will be someone at MMA to conduct background checks next week on September 17th at 5pm - before the MAPA begins at 6pm. Volunteers will need to make 2 payments at this time $37 to MMA for processing and $25 to Academica West for doing the live scan. Cash, check, and charge are all accepted.
We realize that it can be tough for some of our families to pay for background checks and we don't want this to be a barrier to volunteering inside school. Please help us let everyone know that once you're in this new system (Rapback), you will not have to pay or do this again. If a volunteer wants to know if they're already in the system or not, please ask them to email Lana.
We will be setting up a spreadsheet where teachers can reference which parents are in the Rapback system. We just have to figure out some logistics.
All staff should enter the building through the front door. Please be sure to swipe in the building in the morning (assistants after Tuesday).
Display Art in the Hall
Behavior Reports in Aspire
If you need admin to address a situation immediately, please send or accompany the student to the chairs outside the office and tell the office the student is waiting. Immediately put a behavior report in Aspire so the administrator has the report to reference.
Lamination & Color Copies
Also, there are laminated items in my office ready for pick-up. There is also color copies of the clock of eras for whomever ordered those copies.
Kindergarten and 1st and 3d grade hearing screenings start next week at MMA. This testing will happen in the south learning lab near early childhood. Here is the schedule:
- Monday, September 9th kinder screeners 9 am -3 pm
- Tuesday, September 10th kinder screeners 9 am -3 pm
- Monday, September 16th hearing screeners for 1st and 3rd graders 9 am -3 pm
- Tuesday, September 17th hearing screeners for 1st and 3rd graders 9 am -3 pm
- Thursday, October 3rd hearing re-screens (1 hour)
Kindergarten screenings take about 10 minutes per child. This time includes checking their language, articulation, and hearing skills. Hearing screenings for the 1st and 3rd graders will take about 20 minutes for each class/teacher.
We ask that the class assistant help shuttle students back and forth to optimize everyone's time and be most efficient.