The Mata Memo

January 4, 2022

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Principal's Message

Mata Family!

Happy New Year!

During this break, I hope you were able to enjoy time with your family and friends, unplug from work, and rejuvenate your spirit along with your mental health. Often time, the new year brings upon the time to review old goals, set new ones, and take on ideas and ways to strategize and accomplish.

As for school, we are now in the second half. It is going to feel like the clock is moving faster as we gear up to conquer this second semester. It's exciting to see the things you have in store for our students. Our student achievement will continue to rise with our efforts and commitment to success. Everyone has worked hard this past semester, and I look forward to our conversations about where we have been and where we are going when it comes to student achievement in all areas (academically, socially, and emotionally).

As we begin 2022, consider the following quote: "There is nothing magical about the Flip of the Calendar, but it represents a Clean Break, a New Hope, and a Blank Canvas". Use this time to start new and write your story for 2022! You all are capable of whatever you dream to achieve! Let's make this second half of the year the best ever!

Tomeka Middleton Williams


Please read the memo carefully for information regarding:

  • Calendar at a Glance
  • Covid 19 Testing
  • 5th Grade Poetry Slam
  • Science Fair Winners
  • Traffic Advisory
  • Dec. to Remember Pics
  • The Benefits of Raising Kind Kids
  • Tutoring Waiver
  • Campus Visitor Procedures
  • Dallas ISD Safety Protocols
  • Mata Positive Staff Referrals
  • and, much much more!

Calendar at A Glance

  • Jan 5 - Students Return, Cycle 3 begins
  • Jan 12th - 5th Grade Poetry Slam

  • Jan. 17th - Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday - No School

  • Jan. 19th - Prospective Student Virtual Open House

  • Week of Jan. 24th- Parent Conferences

  • Jan. 20th - SBDM Meeting

  • Jan. 25th - General PTA Meeting

  • Jan. 27th - CICC Meeting

  • Jan 31st - Choose Dallas ISD Application Window Closes

Covid-19 Testing

Rapid antigen testing is available on campus! Starting this week, Nurse Nikki will be able to test students who are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, and/or unvaccinated and symptomatic students who have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive individual. At this time, tests will only be offered for Mata students who meet these criteria. Written and verbal consent must be acquired prior to administering a test. If you would like to provide consent for your Mata student for rapid antigen testing on our campus, please fill out the consent form here: Our campus access code is EDMATA.

This link is only valid to provide consent for minors under 18 years old. The district will not be testing parents, siblings of students, or other community members. Each DISD campus has a unique access code, so if you have other DISD students, please contact their campus nurse for an access code. Each completed consent will be valid for the remainder of the school year, but a parent or guardian must also verbally consent prior to each test.

If your student has been exposed to a positive person and/or is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, please keep him or her at home and call the clinic for next steps. Please do not send your child to school sick. It is imperative that parents assist us in maintaining the health and safety of those on campus.

If you have any questions regarding Covid-19 testing or exposure policies, please call the clinic at 972-749-7519.

Poetry Slam for 5th Grade Students

If your 5th grader is interested please contact Priscella Ebiai at
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Congratulations to our Science Fair Winners!

4th Grade

3rd Place : Which Fruit Rots Faster by Ella Arnald

2nd Place: Magical Walking Colors by Arabella Cena

1st Place: Pollution Effects of Plant Growth by Wes Petty

5th Grade

3rd Place: Acoustic Sounds by Katherine Leyva

2nd Place: Compostable Batteries by Jasper Durrenberger

1st Place: Does the Energy Around A Plant Affect It’s Growth by Acacia Cain

6th Grade

3rd Place: It’s the Mold for Me by Alyson Tinoco

2nd Place: Sweat Treat by Miah Rivera

1st Place: Oil Spills by Cadence Donavan

Middle School:

1st Place: Video Game Effects by Julio Leyva

Check out Some Pics from our December to Remember!

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Traffic Advisory

Please see the traffic advisory below and consider your drive time.

Thank you!

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The Surprising Benefits of Raising Kind Kids

Did you know that a study showed that middle school children that went out of their way to help others cooperate with their classmates earned higher grades than other kids who don't exhibit kind behavior? Listen to NPR's Kind World podcast with Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at UPenn, who says kids who are taught kindness and caring at an earlier age may be more likely to succeed as adults. (NPR)
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Tutoring Ratio Waver - Please complete

Join PTA

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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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