MMA Montessori Moments

September 9th, 2019

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18 years ago our nation was changed. On Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 we will give a moment of silence for:
-"The innocent men, women, and children who lost their lives on an airplane, at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and on the streets of New York.
- The civil servants, firefighters, police officers, and military personnel who have dedicated and lost their lives protecting our safety, our freedom, and our democracy.
-The thousands of families and friends who grieve their loss." (StarTribune, 2007)

Today, and always, we remember what happened on September 11, 2001.

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Day of Service

Our students and staff spent Tuesday morning engaged in service projects on MMA's campus to celebrate the life of Dr. Maria Montessori, whose birthday was August 31st.
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Parent Education Night

Thank you to those who came out for our 1st Parent Education night of the 2019-20 school year. Families got to experience the Montessori journey from early childhood to lower elementary to upper elementary, and junior high. Our focus this time was to show the Montessori spiral math sequence. We hope to see even more families at our next Parent Education night on Thursday, November 14th.

If you have feedback about this week's event or suggestions of what you'd like to see at one of our upcoming Parent Education nights, please email Lana.

If you were not able to make it Thursday, please read/download the documents below that were distributed at Parent Education Night.

MAPA - Track it Forward How-To

Track it Forward is provided by MAPA (our parent organization) as a way to organize and track volunteer hours.

Follow Your Classroom's Blog How-To

Follow these directions to subscribe to your child's classroom blog. Every time a teacher posts an update, you'll get an email.

Ms. Jen

  1. What three traits define you? Patient, early riser, and a planner

  2. What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? To leave things better than I found them.

  3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? My family & my faith

  4. What is one thing you cannot resist? Milk chocolate

  5. What is your favorite thing to do? Hang out with my family and be outside

  6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? We traveled to D.C. this past summer. I learned more history in 2 weeks than all my time in school.

  7. Who is your biggest inspiration? I've had lots of people who inspire me for different reasons, but the children I work with every day always inspire me to be happy, curious, and hard-working.

  8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? Don't give up! We all have something special to contribute

  9. How do you define success? I always tell my students I want them to do their best, not be perfect. I think this is one of the best characteristics of success

What do the students think of Ms. Jen?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Jen? She is funny and says hi to us.

2. Why do you think Ms. Jen is a good fit for MMA? She gives us snack!

Ms. Mikaela

1. What three traits define you? Patience, conscientiousness, happiness

2.What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? Raising a family someday

3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? Rain

4. What is the one thing you cannot resist? French fries

5. What is your favorite thing to do? Sing or dance

6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? Florida because there are tons of cool animals and huge, colorful plants.

7. Who is your biggest inspiration? This is hard to say because I have many great examples around me. I can also be indecisive...

8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? Be patient with yourself and your teachers as they help you; also, remember that you have many other strengths.

9. How do you define success? A person’s best effort

Below, there is a video about me that a friend made a few years ago.

What do the students think about Ms. Mikaela?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Mikaela? Ms. Mikaela is the best. She is so fun and teaches us lots of really awesome things.

2. Why do you think Ms. Mikaela is a good fit for MMA? Ms. Mikaela is the smartest and makes us laugh all of the time.
Mikaela Stevens - Living Little In the Lime Light

Staffing Updates

Welcome Mr. Zoelan and Ms. Vanessa H.! We are excited to have Ms. Vanessa back this year supporting Ms. Angela as her assistant. Mr. Zoelan will be supporting Ms. Pat.

We are still searching for assistants. We have another interview this week for an assistant, so thanks to those that have sent individuals our way. Right now, Ms. Karen, Ms. Vanessa, and Ms. Stacey do not have teaching assistants. We have two special education teaching assistants open at this time as well. We are doing our best to hire excellent individuals to fill these part-tie positions; and, until then we are arranging for subs to cover these positions in order to best support our teachers and students.

Please pass along the word and tell anyone interested in these teaching assistant positions that they just need to email Lana and René their resume to apply.

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Redwoods Parent Information Night

All 6th grade families are invited to our first meeting to get information about the culminating 6th grade field trip to Alliance Redwoods. This meeting is this Thursday, September 12th 5:30-6:30pm in the Commons.

You will receive essential trip information like costs, chaperone needs, trip expectations, and volunteer opportunities. This, and all future meetings about Alliance Redwoods, are mandatory and vital in order to assist everyone with the process. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our experiences.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Nicoletta ( or Ms. Lana (

MMA Fun Run (Boosterthon)

It is almost that time of year for MMA's 2nd annual Fun Run on November 13th! Please spread the word and help us get sponsors for our custom, free, t-shirt! Curious as to what the Fun Run is? Check out Boosterthon's website for more information. Last year our school raised over $12,000!

Volunteer Background Checks

Any adult in the building for an hour or more that could possibly be alone with a child needs to have a background check in our system. All official field trip chaperones also need a background check. This is to keep all of our children safe.

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 know that once you're in this new system (Rapback), you will not have to pay or do this again. If you want to know if they're already in the system or not, please email Ms. Lana.

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Hello Everyone,

I am so happy to share with you that we are doing Original Works again this year. For those of you who do not know what this is, the students make artwork and we send it to a company that will put it on all sorts of things you can purchase. These things include magnets, cards, bags, cups, ornaments, towels, and pillowcases, to name a few. I use the things I order as holiday gifts for my own children's grandparents. I also like to order an ornament to add to my Christmas tree. The proceeds from this go to your student's classroom to be used for their class. In the past, I have used my funds for field trips, a class pet, and materials. This is a wonderful way to help get money for the classroom and things teachers and students may need.

Classroom teachers may choose to participate. Please contact your student's teacher for more information.

Thank you,

Ms. Jalee and Volunteer Parents

Coach's Corner

Do you ever wonder what your child is talking about when they come home? What is this lingo that they are speaking? This is a great resource of Montessori terminology a library of terms:

Prepared Environment

The Montessori classroom is an environment prepared by the adult for children. It contains all the essentials for optimal development but nothing superfluous. Attributes of a prepared environment include order and reality, beauty and simplicity. Everything is child-sized to enhance the children's independent functioning. A trained adult and a large enough group of children of mixed ages make up a vital part of the prepared environment.


From an evolutionary perspective, the long period of childhood exists so children can learn and experiment in a relatively pressure-free environment. Most social scientists refer to this pressure-free experimentation as play (e.g., see Groos, 1901), although Montessori preferred to call this activity the work of childhood. Children certainly are serious when engaged in the kind of play that meets developmental needs and, given freedom and time, will choose purposeful activities over frivolous make-believe ones.

MMA Cross Country

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MMA Cross Country had its first meet on Thursday! We were complimented by several families for our team spirit when they saw this. It made me feel good to be a part of that. When the girls were running the boys were up and cheering them on, along the sidelines. Same thing when the boys were running even though the girls had already finished their race and they were tired they were up and walking along the track to cheer them on and encourage them. Come help cheer on our team this Thursday at Quest Academy.

MAPA Information

Room Parents

MAPA is looking for individuals who are interested in supporting classrooms as a room parent. The role of a room parent varies but can be one of which they encourage families to participate by organizing parties, field trips, snacks, classroom prep, supplies, etc.; and for event sign ups (carpooling, fall festival, field day, and gala). If you are interested in being a room parent for your child's classroom, please contact Jenn Adams to get started!
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10--MMA Board Meeting, 5:30pm

12--Redwoods Parent and Student Information Night 5:30-6:30pm (6th grade)

12- MMA Cross Country @ Quest Academy

17 -Background Checks available @5pm

17--MAPA Meeting @ 6pm

19-- MMA Cross Country @ Maria Montessori Academy

21--International Day of Peace

23--Normalization Ends

26-- MMA Cross Country @ Ben Lomond (Big D Park)

27--Professional Development; Early Release


3-- MMA Cross Country @ Highmark

4--MAPA Meeting @ 8:45am

4--Fall Festival @ 4-7pm

8--MMA Board Meeting, 5:30pm

16--End of Quarter

17-18--Fall Break; No School

23-30--Red Ribbon Week

24-25--Junior High Intersession

24--Box Top Store (11:00am-1:00pm)

28--Junior High Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups Open

Quick Links

ICYMI 9-2-19 Family Newsletter

In case you missed it, click here to access the previous Family Newsletter.