MMA Montessori Moments

August 26th, 2019


The picnic was an opportunity to normalize as a community within our classroom communities and with our families. Thank you all for coming out to meet our staff, fellow families, and to play games. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed getting to know you all.

We got so much great feedback, we've decided to do a Family Luncheon again at the end of year where we will encourage families with multiple children to sit together.

Thank you for sending your children to MMA and making this community a great place to be!

Ms. Jalee

  1. What three traits define you? Hard working, accepting, loving.

  2. What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? The growth I have accomplished as a teacher and a person through my Montessori journey.

  3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? My faith and beliefs.

  4. What is one thing you cannot resist? A good burger and fries.

  5. What is your favorite thing to do? Spend time with my family.

  6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? I honestly don't travel much. I am kind of a home body, but probably the coast in Oregon. I got to be with my family, see a whale spout, and climb a giant sand dune.

  7. Who is your biggest inspiration? My students.

  8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? Don't give up. You will find your way even if it takes some time. Be patient, and listen to those who love you.

  9. How do you define success? Being able to recognize that you are not perfect and having the will to work towards making yourself better. We can always better ourselves and recognizing that shows true success in life.

What do the students think of Ms. Jalee?

1. What is the best thing about Ms. Jalee? Ms. Jalee is very, very nice and she always helps people.

2. Why do you think Ms. Jalee is a good fit for MMA? Ms. Jalee is kind. Well all the teachers here are really great, but Ms. Jalee is REALLY,REALLY great.

Mr. Colton

1. What three traits define you? Diligent, chill, driven

2.What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment? Leaving a positive mark.

3. What's one thing you couldn't live without? My wife and sports

4. What is the one thing you cannot resist? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

5. What is your favorite thing to do? My favorite thing to do is play sports, especially basketball!

6. Where is the most interesting place you've traveled to and why? Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was interesting to me because of the location. It was a very cool little town (like Park City) in the mountains of Colorado. There were so many diverse people and almost everyone was walking a dog. All the shops and restaurants were things I had never heard of, which was totally awesome to me.

7. Who is your biggest inspiration? Stephen Curry because he is so humble and genuine no matter how big or little the spotlight is. (He is also a Montessorian)

8. What advice do you have for kids who are struggling at school? My advice would be to not let a score define you. Life and school will have its ups and downs, but in the end there is always a light. Never stop striving to try your best, never stop reaching out for help, and always believe in yourself. You can do it.

9. How do you define success? Success to me is not about money or fame. Success to me is reaching the point of making yourself proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Success is looking back to when you were a kid and asking if the younger version of you (the one who always had high hopes and dreams) is proud of what you’ve become as a person. Success to me is also making a positive impact in life.

What do the students think about Mr. Colton?

1. What is the best thing about Mr. Colton? Mr. Colton is calm and fun.

2. Why do you think Mr. Colton is a good fit for MMA? Mr. Colton is great at teaching us in a way that we want to learn and understand.

Staffing Updates

Mr. Craig has confirmed that he will be our new junior high math teacher! He begins on October 2nd. We are super excited to have this veteran teacher who comes from Davis district where he has won awards for his teaching excellence. Thank you again, Ms. Shanan, for teaching junior high math until October. William C. will be serving as our long-term PE sub during this time.

Ms. Lori, who worked as as assistant with Angela is no longer employed at MMA. We thank her for her contribution and wish her the best moving forward.

Right now, Ms. Angela, Ms. Karen, and Ms. Pat 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.


Teacher: "Do you know why Koala Bears are no longer considered a bear?"

Student: "Why?"

Teacher: " Because they no longer have the KOALAfications!"

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Carpool Safety and Reminders

Please do not be on your cell phones or otherwise engaged when going through the carpool process at MMA. This week a child tripped and fell off the sidewalk and into the road. Luckily, the driver was very aware and stopped in time so that the child was not injured.

Follow the directions of the crossing guards and always pull all the way forward. Only let children out of cars on the north bound drop off area side grass if you are exiting at 2500 or along the schools' front sidewalk if you are exiting at 200 E.

The north-bound school exit at 2500, near the little playground, is an exit only.

Please model safe behavior and only walk across the parking lot in the crosswalk areas -even when no cars are coming. Drivers are not expecting people to cross outside of the crosswalk and we do not want anyone to get injured.

Day of Service - Donations Requested

To honor Dr. Montessori's birthday this coming weekend (August 31st), we will be having a day of service on campus on Tuesday, September 3rd when we return from the long Labor Day weekend. Each class will sign up for an area to help beautify. We will work from 9-10:45am on these projects.

Right now, we are seeking donations of bags of fine, white play sand for our early childhood area. We will be in touch soon with additional donation items we will need for our day of service.

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Reading Assessments Underway

Acadience (formerly known as DIBELS) assessment is well underway at MMA. Ms. Jamie, our reading assistant, and Ms. Kim, our new reading specialist, have been meeting with individual students. During their meetings, children are asked to read and answer a few questions. This assessment provides information about a child's overall reading level and also reports out how students are doing in the foundational skills of reading (like phonics and phonemic awareness). These results will be shared with parents/guardians at the beginning, middle, and end of year when the assessment is given.

This year, to support our school-wide goal of improving student literacy in preK-9th grade, we have expanded Acadience reading assessment past 3rd grade. The State Board of Education requires that we give this assessment to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade; however, we are now giving all students the opportunity to show us how well they read.

The results of this reading assessment allows our teachers to differentiate their instruction and effectively assign work and reading to students so students are challenged but not frustrated. The results also allow us to provide opportunities for enrichment to students reading above grade level and allow us to provide opportunities for remediation to students who are reading below grade level. After the results are analyzed, Ms. Jamie and Ms. Kim will start working with small groups of students who need specialized reading instruction.

As always, we encourage families to read together and to each other at home. This is an excellent activity to do in order to wind down before bedtime or while dinner is being prepared.

MMA Cross Country

Calling all 6th-9th grader runners! MMA Cross Country wants you. If you are interested, you can sign-up in the office. Our team is coached by Coach Hyrum, of whom has been our coach for many years. In order to participate, students must have a physical before the first meet (date TBD) and pay $60 to our office. The fee covers a cross country shirt. Practices is Monday-Friday from 3:00-4:30pm.
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HOUSE of Children Pre-School Spots

A few spots in our early childhood program, the HOUSE of Children, just opened. We finalized our partnership with the Householder Group, who will run the pre-school housed at MMA. Please email if you would like to register your 3 or 4 year old for Montessori pre-school. Spread the word to your friends and family who may be interested as we have 4 PM spots open. Click on the provided links for information and payments.
Students in grades 4, 5, 6 can sign up to play in MMA's orchestra. Rehearsals begin on October 1st and will take place in MMA's music room Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:15am.
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Junior High Fees

Junior High fees are $195, the same as last year, and can be paid via cash, charge, or check in the main office. Our online link is down at this moment. We will let you know asap when it's back up and running.

If your family requires assistance in paying these fees, please complete a fee wavier found on the forms and documents page of our website and submit it to René. All parts of the form should be filled in before submitting it and accompanied by required supporting documentation.

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Parent Education Night

We are hosting our first Parent Education Night next week on Thursday, September 5th from 5:30-7pm. The whole family is invited to learn more about the Montessori method and what it is your children do all day at MMA. Refreshments will be served.

Bring a friend, family, or community member that does not attend MMA and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card handed out that night!

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31--Maria Montessori’s Birthday


2--Labor Day; No School

3-- Day of Service to Celebrate Dr. Montessori's Birthday, 9-10:45am

5--Parent Education Night 5:30-7:00pm

6--MAPA Meeting @ 8:45am

10--MMA Board Meeting, 5:30pm

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

17--MAPA Meeting @ 6pm

21--International Day of Peace

23--Normalization Ends

27--Professional Development; Early Release

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