Nuts & Bolts

December 10, 2018

Thank you

As promised by the month of December, this last week was busy and this week will be eventful as well. Thank you for those of you who attended Troy and Molly's grave side service and a special thanks goes out to those who covered classes to make that possible.


Parent Education Night Thursday went well. Thank you to the committee who planned this event, especially Kotie, Adrian, Jen, Christina, and Lana who presented. I received very positive feedback from those parents who attended. Now that the word is out, I'm hoping for an even bigger crowd at our next parent education night.


I thought the Holiday Party was super fun and I appreciated all of you who were able to attend last night. It's so nice getting away from school and small children to eat yummy food and catch up. Special thanks to Autumn for planning the beautiful night.


This week we professional learning, the last Montessori Foundations course, two nights of a JH play, a lockdown drill, and a JH dance.


Thanks and have a good week,


René

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Professional Learning - December 10th

At Monday's professional learning, we will engage in Part II of a two part series about portfolio development. The agenda is posted again below for your review. We are hoping that find this work session helpful and productive.
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Staffing Update

Emily is no longer employed with MMA. We appreciate her contribution to the school and wish her the best moving forward.


The interviews for LE teacher and teaching assistant went well last week. We offered an assistant position to a great candidate; and, they declined to work at MMA. We have more interviews this week.

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Assessment Capable Learners Cohort - Last Call!

UBSE is rolling out a cohort called Assessment Capable Learners. If MMA participated, we would send a team to this professional learning. The cohort begins in January this school year and runs through next school year. Please email Lana before December 15th if you would like to volunteer to be on MMA's team. Details are below.
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Secret Santa - Draw is Monday!

Thank you for signing up to participate in Secret Santa at MMA. You will receive your partner on Monday and the gift-giving festivities will begin next Monday, December 17th and run through Thursday, December 20th. The max spending amount is about $15. You will secretly deliver small $1-2 gifts to your Secret Santa on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday without revealing your name. On Thursday, you will deliver your larger gift (about $10) and reveal your name.

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Health Inspector Visit Feedback

Thank you for adjusting your snack schedule to accommodate the health inspection. We had a more thorough inspection this year with the our addition included. We had to use the secondary school checklist because we have more and different features in school with the addition (like an official art room, shop area, and kitchen).


We were dinged in the following areas:

  • Having a thermometer in every refrigerator and freezer (2 total per appliance)
  • --> If you elect to have a personal mini fridge/freezer in your classroom, you are responsible for providing the thermometers
  • All chemical bottles labeled (even if it's water)
  • All chemicals locked away and not accessible to students
  • Warm water at proper temperature coming out of automatic faucets (although I adjusted this on the spot)


Please remedy the first three immediately if they are not already correct in your classroom. The inspector did not go into every classroom. Even if we did not go into your classroom specifically this time, the first three bullet points need to be fixed in your classroom.

Concert Practice

There will be a rehearsal for the school-wide concert on Monday, December 14th from 1-2:30pm. Please arrange for a teacher or TA or both to attend with your class.

Please Post on Your Blogs

Dear Families,


Please take a few moments to complete this anonymous Stakeholder Survey before it closes on December 14th. We need your feedback as change only comes when we know where we can improve.


The survey link is https://goo.gl/forms/crazDfVKIu8ENemv2.


If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, please take a screenshot of the last page of the completed survey and send it to info@mariamontessoriacademy.org.

Lockdown Drill Friday

There will be a lockdown drill this Friday, December 14th. Please refer to the MMA 2018-19 Emergency Guide for procedures.
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Upcoming Events

12/10 - Early Dismissal, Professional Learning

12/10 - Advisory Meeting

12/11 - PLC Meetings

12/12 - Imagine Learning PL, 3:15pm

12/12 - Feast of Ages Play, 5pm

12/13 - Feast of Ages Play, 5pm

12/13 - Montessori Foundations Course, 9am-3pm

12/14 - Lockdown Drill

12/14 - JH Winter Ball Stomp

12/17 - SIT Meeting

12/17 - Winter Concert - Schoolwide

12/18 - Vertical PLC Meeting

12/18 - Redwoods Parent Meeting, 5:30pm

12/21 - Last Day of class before winter break

1/3/19 - First Day of class after winter break

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