MMA Montessori Moments

March 17-27 COVID-19 Times

Message from our Director

Dear Parents,


Kudos to our Montessori teachers and staff! Montessori education is a unique method of learning and our teachers spent the last 48 designing Montessori Distance Learning to fit the needs of our students and families without warning, they were notified Monday morning of the changes.

Our teachers and staff have truly gone ABOVE and BEYOND!

Best regards,

Mr. Mike

Spring Break is STILL ON!

As of now spring break is still scheduled for the regular scheduled time of March 30-April 3.

COVID 19- Office Update

We are on school dismissal from now until March 27.

School MATERIAL pick up and drop off hours will be from 9:00-11:00 and 4:00-6:00 until next Friday, March 27.

We will continue to update you in regards to student return for Maria Montessori Academy.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We care about you, the students and our community.

Maria Montessori Academy COVID-19 PLAN OF ACTION for Education

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DISTANCE LEARNING begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18

Distance Learning materials and online resources will be available beginning tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 18. If you are picking up hardcopies please begin this tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18- materials will not be ready until then. Teachers are working hard to get everything prepared for distance learning.

Early Childhood COVID -19 Plan of Action

Dear Early Childhood Families,


We appreciate your understanding and support in continuing your child’s education during this challenging time. We know we cannot replicate a Montessori Classroom at home, but we have tried to supply as many resources as we can to make this a positive learning adventure. We are providing a schedule of activities and assignments that need to be completed weekly. With that being said, you know your child so please be mindful of their needs. We will be here to support you, Ms. Jen & Ms. Martha will be available Monday through Friday 9:00-10:00 am via phone or email. Every Friday please bring in your child’s work from the week to turn into the box by the office.


Wishing you all the best,

MMA Early Childhood Team

Lower Elementary COVID- 19 Plan of Action

Dear MMA Lower Elementary Families,

Lower Elementary teachers have created a blog. This blog will contain all resources that will be used for distance learning for grades 1-3. Please access the blog at http://blogs.mariamontessoriacademy.org/lowerel/

In the blog you will find suggested times and schedules. The teachers have created a two week student work chart. Please have your child check off their works that they are doing daily. When the work charts and work is completed you can bring to the front office into the teacher basket. The office will be open from 9:00-11:00 and 4:00-6:00.

This blog has been created to provide Distance Learning support. All Lower Elementary teachers will be contributing to this blog. It is the main resource for all Lower Elementary families to get access to both required and additional resources.

Please view the attached work chart for a weekly list of works for children to complete. We understand that your family’s unique situation will require its own schedule. We have assembled a suggested schedule and hope that you will find it helpful.

Your first task is to enlist your family in creating a space that is conducive to learning. Maria Montessori teaches that the environment is the child’s first teacher. There are many suggestions online of Montessori inspired spaces at home. In our classrooms, children are expected to complete their “jobs” that contribute to the community including caring for plants and pets, cleaning, washing dishes, preparing snacks, etc. We encourage you to implement jobs that will create ownership, bless your family with a beautiful space, and bring peace to you and your children.

You are your child’s first and best teacher and your home is their first school. Involve your children in all of your activities; cooking, cleaning, setting the table, etc. Each of these experiences will bring you closer and teach valuable skills to your child.

Please know that our thoughts are with you. At this time, the most important thing is to protect these precious children, both physically and emotionally. We encourage you to spend time with your families and create safe places for everyone.

We are available to support you through email and the Remind app. If you contact a teacher with a question or concern, you should hear back from them by 4:00 pm. We will also periodically update this blog with more ideas, so please subscribe.

Sincerely,

The Lower Elementary Team

Upper Elementary COVID-19 Plan of Action

Dear Upper Elementary Parents,


Your Upper Elementary team has been very busy preparing lessons and work for your students. We would like to remind you that students are expected to continue working and learning during this unique situation. This is not an extended Spring Break and the expectation is that completed work will be turned in by Friday, March 27th during office hours. Office hours will be from 9:00-11:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM every week day.


Below you will find information on how to access online learning resources. Please contact your own students’ teacher if you have any questions about the websites, logins, or lessons. Teachers will be available throughout this time to help students and families navigate this unprecedented situation. Please be patient and mindful that this is also a new experience for teachers and we are doing the best we can to help your child continue learning.


You will need your student’s SSID number to log in to most of the sites your student will be utilizing. Most students should have it memorized. You can also log in to Aspire, which is where you all registered for school next year, and look it up. You can find login information on Google Classroom under your teacher’s folder on how to log into each individual online resource. We will be utilizing IXL, Utah Compose, and your student’s school gmail account.


All children will have access to online resources. They will be available on Google Classroom. This is where lessons, login information, and links to all the worksheets and assignments will be located. Packets will be available to pick up in the entryway of the school during office hours, starting Wednesday morning at 9am. They will have printed copies of all worksheets and some lessons. EACH student will need to come and pick up their packet. You can also access ALL the packet information digitally at your child’s google classroom page. See instructions below to sign up. Even if you only plan to use the digital resources, we strongly recommend that you pick up your student’s packet at the school.


Also, if you haven’t signed up for your classroom’s Remind App please do so now. You should have received instructions in a previous email.


  • Google Classroom

    • This will be the main site we use for all assignments and lessons. To sign up go to classroom.google.com We will have the first lesson uploaded by 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    • signup codes:

      • 4th grade: 3yl44k4

      • 5th grade: q6y4jy4

      • 6th grade: zzjeejh

  • Teachers will provide a new lesson on a different subject every weekday. These lessons will go live every weekday at 9 AM. These might be in the form of video chats, video links, quizzes, or even virtual field trips. If you are not able to view this lesson immediately at 9, it will continue to be available.

  • Hard copies of lesson outlines and worksheets will be provided for ALL students. We will provide these packets at the school entrance in the basket with your child’s teacher's name on it. The packets are labeled with your child’s name. You can use these packets independently if you don’t have the internet or in conjunction with the online resources.

  • We will be using Google Classroom to let you know what assignments we want your children to do on all the educational websites we are utilizing..


Sample Schedule for your child’s day

(adapted from Jessica McHale Photography)

  • Before 9 am: wake up, morning movement (complete exercises from the PE fitness calendar, go on a walk, etc.

  • 9 am: Academic time: log into Google Classroom and complete daily lessons and assignments.

  • 11 am: Creative time: complete an activity from your music or art classes, work on your take homes, play music, cook, bake, etc.

  • 12 pm: lunch

  • 12:30: chore time. Help out around the house.

  • 1 pm: quiet time: read, do puzzles, take a nap.

  • 2:30 pm: Academic time: continue working on school work. Complete projects, work on IXL, watch an educational show.

  • 4 pm: afternoon fresh air: get outside and play.

Junior High and Junior High Electives COVID-19 Plan of Action

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:


We hope you are doing well during this unique time. Moving forward, our plan as a Junior High team is as follows:

  • Advisory teachers will be in contact with you at least once a week to check student progress.

  • All JH classes (core and electives) plan on using Canvas to deliver content or links to other websites. For subject specific questions, please contact the teacher by email, teachers will respond within one day.

  • Below is our recommended schedule. We understand that not all families can adhere to it, we are willing to be flexible. Bear in mind these are the number of minutes students need to devote to their studies. More subject specific details will be found in the Announcement section of CANVAS.

  • Office hours for the school will be from 9:00-11:00 and 4:00-6:00. If you have hard copies to pick up or turn in, you can bring these to the designated to teachers basket.


Special Education COVID-19 Plan of Action

Individualized services will be provided through distance learning.


Students that receive IEP services have been contacted via phone or email from case managers regarding their educational program. If you have not heard from your case manager please email.

Specialists: Art, Music, PE- COVID-19 Plan of Action

COMCAST is offering services!

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Comcast offers free WiFi, waives data cap and late fees, won’t disconnect service during coronavirus outbreak


https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/comcast-data-cap-coronavirus-internet-essentials-20200316.html

Weber County Libraries are CLOSED for the next 2 weeks!

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UNMASKING SUPERHEROS

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Recognizing Utah's Outstanding Public School Educators

Visit https://www.huntsmaneducationawards.com/ for more information.


How to Nominate

We invite you to nominate outstanding individuals in any or all four award categories: teacher, administrator, volunteer, or special education teacher. This year, the nomination process for the Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education will be conducted entirely online through this website.

  • Create an account and sign in to start a new nomination.
  • Choose the right category and grade level for your nominee.
  • Fill in all fields with your nominee’s information and your information as the nominating person.
  • Provide the names, titles and contact information of people endorsing this nominee.
  • Complete an essay (up to 7000 characters) explaining why you believe your nominee deserves this award.
  • Submit your nomination(s) before 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20, 2020.

Time is running out to order yearbooks

Don't miss out on your chance to purchase a copy of our 10th annual yearbook! They are just $20 for a lifetime pf memories! To personalize your book add $3. Orders must be placed on or before March 27. The office will not have extra copies available on the last day of school. Get yours now!

All questions regarding yearbooks and pictures must be made through Life touch. The office does not receive any information about orders. Please call 800-453-9764 with questions.


Click on the link below to order and enter our school ID code 13283720

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 is now open!

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Re-enrollment for current students

We still have a few families who have not yet completed the registration process for next year. It is important to get an accurate count of returning students before we open enrollment to the public. Log in to your Aspire account now to re-enroll. If you are not planning on your student returning to MMA in the fall, please email adouglas@mariamontessoriacademy.org so we can make the proper adjustments.

The HOUSE of Children is enrolling for Early Childhood today and next school year 2020-2021.

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Junior High Fees

We still have quite a few students who have an outstanding balance for Junior High student fees. Please remit payment to the office as soon as possible. 100% of student fees go toward purchasing textbooks, equipment and field trips for Junior High students. If you need payment arrangements please contact Ms. Autumn in the office.


If your child is desiring to switch a class with the new quarter arriving, please send an email to Ms. Andrea, the school counselor. There will be a class change fee.

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