MMA Monday Montessori Moments

November 6, 2017

Today at MMA . . .

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A message from our director Rene Baker

We have had an excellent first quarter of school at MMA. Students have settled into school routines and classroom families have gelled. I see students engaged in learning each day. This excellent progress first quarter would not have been possible without children consistently attending school on time each day.

Research has demonstrated a strong relationship between student attendance and success in school. Children who miss school due to absences or tardies in the early elementary years demonstrate lower achievement in math, reading, and general knowledge years later in upper elementary. In secondary, attendance up through 9th grade is shown to be a key factor significantly correlated with high school graduation.

Thank you for making school attendance and punctuality a priority in your family. As a mom of young children, I know the morning struggle is real. We love your children and want to see them each day.

For more information:

Romero, M., and Lee, Y. (2007). A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades. New York, NY: The National Center for Children in Poverty.

Allensworth, E., and Easton, J.Q. (2005). The On-Track Indicator as a Predictor of High School Graduation. Chicago: Consortium on Chicago School Research.

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Veterans Day Art from Ms. Marleen's class

Annual Gratitude Feast

Our Annual Gratitude Feast will be held on November 16 2017 at 11:30 am. This is our way of thanking our community leaders and local police and fire departments for all they do for our school. Please visit the sign up sheet below to see how you can help.

Early Release

Friday, Nov. 10th, 1pm

This is an online event.

AM Kindergarten 8:30-10:30 am

PM Kindergarten 11:00-1:00 pm

Grades 1-9 released at 1:00 pm

Chess Club

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 3pm

South Kiva

Every Thursday

Gratitude Feast

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 11:30am


Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 20th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 24th, 3pm


Yearbook Orders

Don’t forget to order your yearbook!

Get yours for the early price of $20 (+2 if you want it personalized).

Order online: Yearbook ID is 13283718.

6th Grade Parents

Trip Fee for the California Redwoods of $260 is due November 16th.

Junior High Groundbreaking!

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Save the date! There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on November 29th at 3:20 pm to mark the official begin of construction on the new MMA Junior High. Stay tuned for more details. Official groundbreaking will take place the first week of December.
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Hiking Club

We had a successful fall session of our Hiking Club. Watch for more information about our Winter session soon.
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Teacher Spotlight! Alex Ali (Special Education Assistant)

How did you find out about Montessori Education?

I was a substitute teacher

How long have you been at MMA?

54 days

What is your favorite thing about MMA?

I love the the inclusion teaching teams at MMA

Favorite Food?

Pizza! lf I'm ordering delivery, I like Dominos, If I am dining in, I like Pizza Runner. If I am making my own, I like to make it with Winco's Natural Grocers toppings. New York Style is the best!

Favorite Color?

Blue! In fact, I like it so much in high school I was called a big blue smurf! Some of my favorite things are blue, like Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Stitch and the Indianapolis Colts.

Favorite Movie?

Remember the Titans because I love football and am from Alexandria Virginia. I also love Captain America Civil War.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a NFL Commentator.

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Pizza Form Reminder

Remember pizza money is due Wed by 9:00 am. If money is received after 9:00 am, it will be applied to the following week.
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Besst Realty's annual food drive is happening now. The best part is while helping collect food for those in need you can also help our school! Just drop the items listed above in the collection bins located in our entryway before November 13! Please make sure all food items are unexpired.