Nuts & Bolts

December 17, 2018

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It's almost here . . .

We can do; we can make it through the week!


Thank you for participating in Monday's professional learning. The Feast of Ages play was fantastic and very well done. I loved that the dinner theater style that engaged the audience members. Our parent community really stepped up to provide and prepare food for the event. Thank you, Sarah, for your dedication, creativity, and for engaging so many students in putting on a beautiful show for our community. The JH Snow Ball was a success as well - thanks to Ms. Leigh, student council, and parent and staff chaperones.


As we know, student emotions will be running high this week for a variety of reasons. Hold strong, keep high academic expectations, and stick to your schedule to keep students as consistent as possible until the bell rings at 3pm on Friday.


Please know that I love and value each of you and the work you do on behalf of the students of MMA. I wish you a holiday full of love, gratitude, and contentment. Make time for family and for yourself to fill your bucket.


If you find yourself away from family on Christmas Eve or Day, you are always welcome at my home. Please call or text to find out what time our food will be ready and we'll set a place for you.


Thanks and have a consistent, boring week,


René

Professional Learning Feedback

Results below represent your answers on the post professional learning survey about developing portfolios. Remember, 4 is strongly agree and 1 is strongly disagree.


I am disappointed that everyone did not take the time to complete this survey, especially when time was provided at the end to do so.

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Secret Santa Begins Monday!

Thank you for signing up to participate in Secret Santa at MMA. Beginning tomorrow, Monday, you will secretly a deliver small $1-2 gift. You will deliver small gifts again on Tuesday and Wednesday without revealing your name. On Thursday, you will deliver your larger gift (about $10) and reveal your name. Have fun!

Winter Concert Monday

The Winter Concert is Monday, December 17th and will include students from 1st grade through JH. Staff are not required to attend; however, it would be nice for you to provide your support during this event as all of our parents are invited. The event begins at 6:30pm.

Lockdown Drill Feedback

Thank you for your participation in Friday's lockdown drill. Please remember to close your blinds and lower them all the way to the bottom of the window. If you have a mini curtain or paper for the glass beside your door, it needs to be open unless we're in a lockdown drill. If you do not have a covering for your glass and would like school to provide it - please email Autumn this week. If you are outside, get inside asap and then get into the closest classroom.


There were questions about what students should do if they find themselves in the bathroom. I will contact our local safety officials and get clarification on what we should to in these cases. We will then update the MMA 2018-19 Emergency Guide.

Emergency Exit Only

The west side single door across from Ms. Lana's and Ms. Andrea's office needs to be an EMERGENCY EXIT only door. Please use the double doors on the east side almost directly across the hall for accessing outdoor recess.


Do not ever put a rock in the doors to help keep them open. This ruins the hinges and requires new doors.

Professional Learning Opportunity

STEM Rooted in Culture workshop series offered from the Natural History Museum and the University of Utah - January 19, February 16, March TBA
      • Designed for educators in 3rd-5th grade and Utah Studies.

      • Teachers will receive classroom materials, lesson plans and hands-on practice with multidisciplinary STEM lessons.

      • Will earn re-licensure points OR by attending all three workshops and completing a two hour assignment will receive 0.5 USBE credit.

To learn more about the three workshops and to register please visit
https://nhmu.utah.edu/stemculture or contact Tracey Collins 801-587-5713 tcollins@nhmu.utah.edu.

Science Fair Judges Wanted

Ten Science Fair judges are needed for the Annual Science Fair on Wednesday, January 16th from 9:00am-12:00pm. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact Nicoletta Householder at nhouseholder@mariamontessoriacademy.

Paper Conservation

This is the amount of paper left each week in the tray that says “Are you looking for your copy.” At the end of each week, these papers are put into the recycling or into the scrap paper supply.


This is equivalent to one ream of paper per week, which is four reams of paper a month. We have used much more paper this year than last. As a group, we need to be mindful of what we are printing and try to conserve when possible.

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STEM Week Tentative Outline of Events

The STEM Week Committee (Amy, Michelle, Christina, Amy Jo, and Nicoletta) are so excited for STEM week, January 14-18 - a week of celebrating the beauty of science, technology, engineering, and math.


We recognize that this is week packed full of STEM assemblies, workshops, and field trips. Please honor that all of these are mostly volunteers coming to our school; and, though this may be interrupting our typical classrooms and workcycles, it is a fabulous opportunity to have an exciting week of learning and engagement. Please welcome these volunteers as part of our Montessori community.


The following are the dates and locations of where students projects will be displayed to create the MMA Science Museum Walk. This is a great opportunity for students to do self-studies from others’ projects.


Please take note that Lower Elementary will be the following week, due to space and logistics.


  • Monday (14)- 5th grade, North side and 7th JH halls
  • Tuesday (15)-5th grade, South side elementary halls and 7th JH halls
  • Wednesday (16)-no one
  • Thursday (17)- 4th grade, North side elementary halls and 9th JH halls
  • Friday (18)- 4th grade, South Side elementary halls and 9th JH halls
  • Tuesday (22)- 3rd grade, North side elementary halls
  • Wednesday (23)- 3rd grade, South Side elementary halls
  • Thursday (24)- 2nd grade, North Side and Addition Commons
  • Friday (25)- 1st grade, North Side and Addition Commons



The following is the tentative schedule of assemblies and workshops. We are still waiting to hear back from a few people. The week before STEM week, there will be full descriptions provided in the Nuts and Bolts and in the MMM.


Monday (14)

STEM assembly rotation (little gym)

UE 9:00- 10:15

LE 10:30-11:45

James Wilson

JH AM STEM project-(oil drilling) (library)

7 8:45-9:30

8 9:45-10:30

9 10:45-11:30

(LE) PM - Caving/ stratification (one class/30 kids per each time--Christina talk to PLC) (South Kiva)

12:30-1:00

1:15-1:45

2:00-2:30


Tuesday (15)

9th grade field trip Otech Planetarium (field trip)

6th graders at STARBASE (field trip)

Annette- Chemistry 4H- STEM (grades 3-5) (PM)- (library or kiva) sign up- number limit

3

4

5


Wednesday (16)

Science Fair 6/8th grade (JH Gym)


Thursday (17)

(JH) Gene (Addition Commons or Learning Lab) 45 minute workshops

Math- stats, engineering math, number theory and combinatorics- types of jobs: aircraft navigation, floating point accuracy for WordPerfect, drawing tools, printer graphics, and speech recognition

7th 9:15- 10:00

8th 10:15-11:00

9th 11:15-12:00


UE- Planetarium (4th/ 5th/6th) (30 minute classes) (little gym)

4- Dinosaur Prophecy assembly 1 assembly 2

5- Earths Wild Ride assembly 3 assembly 4

6- Moon Phases - Space assembly 5 assembly 6

LE- Planetarium (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Earth’s Wild Ride or Dinosaur Prophecy

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5 Class 6

Class 7 Class 8 Class 9


Friday (18)

LE- Scales and Tails 12:30-3:00 (JH Commons)

JH- Ron Proctor-Animation and Science (groups of 10) 45 minute groups (full day)

- signup (learning lab) 9:15

JH- Brian Rains - Engineering 12:00-3:00, 30 students max (library)

7th 12:30-1:00

8th 1:15-1:45

9th 2:00-2:30

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Upcoming Events

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

1/4/19 - Intent to Return Opens for current students

1/4/19 - MAPA Meeting, 8:45am, Conference Room

1/7/19 - Fire Drill

1/7/19 - Staff Meeting

1/8/19 - PLC Meetings

1/10/19 - End of 2nd Quarter

1/11/19 - School closed for Students, All day professional learning

1/14/19 - STEM Week begins

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