MMA Montessori Moments

February 25th, 2019

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Come join us for our school-wide spelling bee this Tuesday, February 26th in the Addition Gym. Lower Elementary will be from 9:00am-10:00am and Upper Elementary/Junior High will be from 11:00am-12:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Student of the Month

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Jack Wolfinger is our Student of the Month for Maria Montessori Academy. Jack has been active in Student Council at MMA and has been a valuable part of our community. He has honed his leadership skills, as well his academic skills in his time at MMA. He has a great interest in science, particularly in the area of paleontology. He is also a gifted artist and sculptor. His dinosaur sculptures are not only scientifically accurate, but they also are in great poses and full of life. Jack always has an interesting fact to share and a broad range of knowledge. He enjoys reading and playing basketball.

Bathroom Issues

We have been struggling most of the school year with students properly utilizing the bathrooms at MMA. There are have been dozens of times where feces has been smeared on the walls in the bathrooms. Sometimes obscene words are written in feces on the walls. There have also been instances in the boys' restrooms where urine has been found on the walls and all over the floors. When we have been able to definitively catch students engaged in these activities, we have contacted parents and consequences like cleaning the affected areas have been applied. As you can imagine, it is difficult to catch students in these acts, which may explain the repeated offenses. Teachers have addressed these issues several times in the classroom and it would stop for a while and then start again.

Please help us by reviewing proper bathroom procedures at home. We cannot continue to have students exposed to these conditions and have our staff clean up these conditions. We don't want to resort to more extreme measures like taking scheduled class bathroom breaks or having every student that leaves their classroom by accompanied by an adult.

In addition to having bodily fluids outside the toilet when it should be in - we have also had issues with items going down the toilet that should not. Recently, MMA had to spend thousands of dollars to replace two sewage pumps that service 5 bathrooms in the new addition. In less than six months, clothing, rags, handfuls of pencils, and other hard, unidentifiable items accumulated and were found stuck in the pumps, which ultimately caused them to break.

The whole situation of diagnosing and fixing the problem required several occasions of pumping out the sewage containment system and required individuals to physically go into that containment system. Additionally, those 5 bathrooms in the addition were closed several times.

Again, please review with your children that the only thing that should be flushed down the toilet are toilet paper and their bodily fluids. We really do not want to take away instructional time and use staff resources to supervise every trip to the bathroom. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Thank you for Attending Parent Education Night

We were so happy to see such a great turnout for our parent education night last Thursday. Thank you to our presenter, Stephanie Roach, from the Utah Parent Center for her excellent presentation about executive functioning.

If you think your child may have trouble with their executive functioning, check out the link to the graphic below that Stephanie shared in her presentation.

If you missed our personalized executive functioning presentation, check out the one hour webinar below produced by the Utah Parent Center.
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Attention 6th grade Parents...

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MMA's History Fair

Calling all Judges!

We are desperately in need of judges for our history fair. Judging of the National History 7th grade Fair will take place from 12:30-2:30pm in the Addition Gym. If you are interested in being a History Judge, please email Mr. Adrian at We are seeking 12 volunteers to serve as judges.

Date: March 5, 2019

Nationwide Theme: Triumph and Tragedy

National History Day Projects & Presentations: 7th and 8th graders

History Museum: Early Childhood, Elementary and Families are welcome to peruse projects and presentations from 9:30-11:30am. 7th graders will be presenting in the Addition Gym and 8th graders will be presenting in the Addition Commons.

MMA's Literacy Week

MMA's Literacy Week Committee would like to invite family members and friends to read to a class at any point during the our literacy week, which will be March 11th-15th. If you, a friend, or family member are interested, please contact Ms. Karen at

More information will come regarding literacy week as it gets closer.

Help with the Junior High Play

We are excited to announce that the junior high will be putting on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of April. We could use help creating and bringing in props! Specific items we will need can be found in Track it Forward.

Camp Invention

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Robots, high-tech farms, superhero gadgets, and more! Invent the Future Today in Camp Invention®! Check out our new program, Supercharged™! We’re lucky enough to be hosting the program at Maria Montessori Academy during the week of June 10-14 for students entering grades K-6. Sign up by visiting Scholarships are available to families with financial need – contact Amy Jo Proctor:
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In this five-week online course, Lorna McGrath, Director of the Montessori Family Alliance and Senior Montessori Consultant, will teach you the essential strategies to meet your children’s emotional needs and minimize misbehavior.

Just as it has for 110 years, you will find that the time-tested magic used by Montessori educators will help you build even stronger bonds within your family, stop disruptive behavior as it begins, strengthen parenting partnerships, and learn alternatives to punishment and reward, and much more.

This course is designed to help parents turn their homes into peaceful havens rather than battlefields. Based on years of working with children of all ages, Lorna provides by cultivating closeness, cooperation, and communication.

Learn how to stop squabbles, resolve conflicts peacefully, encourage each person to do their personal best, reduce power struggles, meet children’s emotional needs, and create strong parenting partnerships.

Public Hearing for Utah K-5 and High School Draft Science Standards

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has approved a draft for new Utah K-5 and High School Science standards and are holding public meetings around the state and online to collect as much feedback as possible on the standards. All members of the public are invited to attend any of the public hearings to provide feedback for the standards. Also, if you cannot make a public hearing, there is an online survey available for you to provide feedback. The draft of the standards, details for the public hearings, and link to the online survey are available on the USBE Science Website -

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Yearbooks for Sale, Get your Yearbook!

Hey parents and students, do you ever wish you had a way to remember one special event at school, but never thought to bring a camera? Well, fortunately we are selling yearbooks for only $20 to help keep those memories around. You can even personalize it by getting a foil name imprint on it for only $3 more! If you buy them after March 1st, there is a $5 late fee. Please keep in mind that the payments are due by March 29th. If you want to order one to keep the memories or just want to support our school, you can order your yearbook with the code 13283719.

Sincerely, Yearbook Staff

MAPA Information

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The MAPA safety committee is losing one of their crossing guards. We are looking for able parents to take her shifts for the remainder of the year beginning February 19th. We are looking for individuals for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:05-8:40. If you are interested in joining the team email Ange at We need parents to help so the office staff can focus on getting the morning started.
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2/26/19 -- School-wide Spelling Bee

3/1/19 -- MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room; MMA Ski Night at Powder Mt.

3/5/19 -- 7th and 8th grade History Fair

3/11-15/19 --Literacy Week

3/12/19 -- MMA Board Meeting and MMA's Literacy Night from 5:30-7:00pm at MMA

3/14/19 -- End of Quarter

3/15/19 -- Professional Development (Early Release)

3/18/19 -- Professional Development (No School)

3/21/19 -- The Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair; Dee Events Center

3/23/19 -- State Spelling Bee in SLC

3/23/19 -- 8th Annual Gala at Snowbasin; 7:00pm-9:00pm

3/29/19 -- Yearbook sales end

4/1-5/19 -- Spring Break (No School)

4/22-24/19 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior High Play

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ICYMI - 2-18-19 Family Newsletter

In case you missed it, click here to access the 2-18-19 Family Newsletter.