The Mata Memo

October 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Greetings Mata Families!


Fall is upon us and there is much going on at Mata Montessori School! This week we are hosting virtual parent conferences. Please be sure to sign up with your child's teacher for a time to learn more about your child's progress in class. Also, our PTA's Trunk or Treat event returns this year! YAY! Join us for a drive-through event on Saturday, Oct. 23rd from 6-8 PM.

Mark your calendars for next week as well. It will be Red Ribbon Week! The details are below. We will culminate the week on Friday with our Vocabulary Parade. Students will dress as a fun vocabulary word! Details on the parade will be coming soon!


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


Tomeka Middleton Williams

Principal


Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:


  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Mata Middle School Broadcast
  • Parent Conferences
  • Dress Pass Friday
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Character Counts
  • Vocabulary Parade and Pumpkin Showcase
  • District 9 Meeting
  • Mata's Food Drive
  • Dallas ISD's SEL Newsletter
  • Mindful Mondays
  • Free Internet!
  • FAM JAM Event
  • Mata's Dyslexia Parent Meeting
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month information
  • Class Spelling Bee
  • PTA Reflections
  • Tutoring Waiver
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • How to Access Powerschool
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • 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. 26th: PTA General Meeting 6:00 PM

  • Oct. 29 Character / Vocabulary Parade

  • Nov. 4th: Mata's Dyslexia Parent Meeting 5:30 PM

  • Nov. 5th: Individual Picture Day

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!

October Dress Pass!

Friday the 26th. - It's time to sign up and sponsor a class for this month's Dress Pass. Let’s work together to make sure that no class/student gets left out!



Dress Pass Rules

No open toe shoes, flip-flops, or heels

All shirts, dresses, and shorts must be at least fingertip length

No spaghetti straps, spandex, PJ's, or jeans with holes or rips.


You May Sign up to sponsor a class Dress Pass Here:

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1126981283021842059/false#/invitation

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!

Red Ribbon Week!

Drug Free Looks Like Me

Red Ribbon Week

October 25-29, 2021

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Mata PTA General Meeting 10/26/2021

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Welcome to our newest staff member!

Please join us in welcoming our newest teacher's assistant Ms. Diana Portillo to our team!

This Week Mata Will Focus on Character Counts!

Here are a few family activities you can explore at home

http://charactercounts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Family.pdf

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District 9 Virtual Community Meeting - Redistricting

Trustee Henry is hosting a virtual District 9 Redistricting Meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20th.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://dallasisd.zoom.us/j/89251095162?pwd=WWVyYkxiYUM0R3dicjI1NHZnZEJPUT09

Meeting ID: 892 5109 5162

Passcode: 925844

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Food Drive

Hello Mata Eagles!


The middle school students are hosting a food drive from October 18 until November 17th and we need your help! Our goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of canned goods to donate to the North Texas Food Bank. The most needed items are cans of peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruit, shelf-stable milk, canned chicken, and canned vegetables. So please donate what you can! Donation boxes will be located by the cafeteria, library, office, and middle school.

Free Home Internet! See below!

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SEL in Action at Home (Parent/Caregiver Newsletter)

Please sign-up!


Mindful Mondays for Parents & Caregivers (2021-22) - Drawing on 10/31!

Dallas ISD’s SEL department is hosting a series of mindfulness sessions in English and Spanish for district parents and caregivers starting in November.

  • Sessions will be 30 minutes in length, virtual, and led by a Certified Mindfulness Trainer.
  • All sessions are free and no experience is necessary.
  • We are seeking feedback to help us better facilitate and develop these virtual gatherings. Please share the following feedback form with your families for a chance to win an SEL Goodie Bag! English/Spanish
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Mata's Dyslexia Parent Meeting

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 4th at 5:30 PM, for Mata Montessori's Parent Dyslexia Meeting!

See below for details!

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Class Spelling Bees!

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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! https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA/


Check out their webpage at https://matamontessori.com/


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: bit.ly/3xnGuky
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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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