The Mata Memo

October 12, 2021

Principal's Message

Greetings Mata Families!

This begins the second quarter of the school year. Can you believe we are a fourth of the way through? Last week, our teachers had some really meaningful conversations surrounding our CA 1 data, and they are well on their way to planning the reteach of critical standards.

Please be reminded that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, Oct. 15th, 2021. It is a professional development day. We would also like to encourage you to sign up with your teacher for a parent conference via Zoom next week. Our goal is to meet with each and every one of you.

We would also like you to join us in welcoming our newest staff member Ms. Diana Portillo to our team! She is our newest teacher's assistant.

Thanks for partnering with us to make Eduardo Mata Montessori School the best!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Mata Middle School Broadcast
  • Dallas ISD's SEL Lunch and Learn
  • Virtual Parent Conferences
  • 8th Grade PSAT
  • Vocabulary Parade and Pumpkin Showcase
  • FAM JAM Event
  • Woodrow Wilson's Sweetheart Camp
  • Chess Club
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month information
  • Class Spelling Bee
  • Standard Response Protocol
  • PTA Reflections
  • Tutoring Waiver
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • How to Access Powerschool
  • Uniform Policy and Reminders
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Oct. 15th: No School! Professional Development Day!
  • Oct. 18-21: Parent Conferences and Report Cards Issued
  • Oct. 19 PSAT (8th Grade)

  • Oct 22 Free Dress Pass

  • Oct. 23rd: PTA Trunk or Treat by PTA

  • Oct. 25-29: Red Ribbon Week

  • Oct. 25th - 3rd- 8th Grade Tutoring Begins

  • Oct. 29 Character / Vocabulary Parade

Lunch and Learn

Join an SEL Family Lunch and Learn Wednesday, Oct. 13, to learn self-management and responsible decision-making strategies to share with your family.
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Parent/Teacher Conferences - Oct. 18-22nd

We are excited to host virtual parent conferences next week via Zoom! Please schedule a meeting to discuss the beginning of the year testing, current grades, attendance, and your child's study habits. It is a time to ask questions and build a partnership with your teacher!

Attention 8th Grade Parents! - PSAT

Eduardo Mata Montessori will administer the PSAT 8/9 on October 19, 2021, to students in the 8th grade. This test is only offered on-campus in-person with no virtual option. All students will be expected to follow safety and social distancing procedures when scheduled to test on campus. These safety procedures include students wearing face coverings before, during, and after testing. However, the test is optional.

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth-graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT. The following are other key benefits of the PSAT 8/9.

· It helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness.

· It will identify areas where students excel and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas they should focus on to improve academically.

Please note that PSAT 8/9 scores are not sent to colleges.

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Check out the PTA Walk to School Event Held Last Week!

Ms. Powers works with Beginner Orchestra Students

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Mini- Sweetheart camp for 1st-5th Grade

The Woodrow Wilson drill team will be hosting a Mini-Sweetheart camp for our littles. ❤️. It has been a couple of years since they've been able to work with the minis and our Sweethearts are excited about this camp! So they are inviting 1st-5th grade students to join them for this fun event.

Below is the flyer (and the link to the flyer)
Will you distribute to your 1st-5th grade students, please? Mini-Sweetheart camp is Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Mini-Sweethearts flyer link

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Marissa Marez

Artistic Director, Woodrow Dance Company

Director, Sweethearts Drill Team

Woodrow Wilson High School

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Chess Club!

Dear Eduardo Mata Montessori Families,

I am excited to invite your child to join the Mata’s Chess Club for the 2021-22 school year. The club is a great opportunity for students to learn and practice a game that extends beyond the board and teaches many important life skills.

The club is open to 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. No experience is required; just the interest in learning the game and developing skills. Practice will take place once each week in room 313 on Wednesdays. At this time,10 students will be selected for grades 4/5 and 10 for grades 6-8.

The first meeting will be held October 13, 2021 (Wednesday) in room 313

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please print out the Registration Form and turn it in. I hope your child will consider joining the Chess Club.

Please call or email if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mrs. Pettigrew, sponsor

UE-F Guide

Contact #: 972.749.7582; Email:

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Class Spelling Bees!

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Trunk or Treat is Back!

“Trunk or Treat is back!

Join us for a drive-thru version of Trunk or Treat at the school on Saturday, Oct 23, 6-8pm.

This year, everyone will drive through and view the trunk displays and then each participant will receive a goodie bag at the end!

Sign up to be a “treater” here:

Sign up for a “Trunk” space here:

Reach out to Lauren Ortega at for any questions!”

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Standard Response Protocol

Our school has adopted the "I Love U Guys" Foundation's Standard Response Protocol (SRP). Students and staff will be training, practicing, and drilling the protocols.

Please see below for details.

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Mata's PTA Reflections Contest

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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

Join PTA

We would like to encourage you to join our Mata PTA. Join here!

Check out their webpage at

Sign up for the PTA newsletter: Click Here

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Dallas ISD Updates for Campus Visitors

While Dallas County is in Level Red, campus visitors and volunteers will not be allowed. We will use virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.

Visitor Screening/PPE Requirements

  • Please self- screen before entering any Dallas ISD facility. If visitors have COVID-19 symptoms, or are lab confirmed with COVID-19, they must notify the campus and remain off campus until they meet the criteria for re-entry.

  • All individuals entering the building will be required to wear face masks.

  • Visitors will stand behind the shield guard installed at reception desks or recommended 6 feet distance.

  • Any individuals permitted to proceed beyond the reception area must follow all safety and campus protocols.

  • Parent curbside pick up of students and materials

Dallas ISD School Safety Protocols

Parents and caregivers, please see Dallas ISD's School Safety Protocol for Parents Handbook 2021-2022 Download and view the handbook here:
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Mata Montessori School's Vision and Mission

Vision Statement: To provide an academic foundation which allows our students to be successful life-long learners.

Mission Statement: To provide an authentic Montessori education by focusing on educating the whole child academically, socially, and emotionally for all children.

Mata Montessori School's Key Actions

  • Maintain a climate and culture that fosters academic excellence.
  • Improve quality of instruction and student achievement through an aligned Montessori curriculum.
  • Actively engage parents in education in meaningful and relevant ways.

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