Nuts & Bolts

August 13, 2018

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Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! It is hard to believe that we will be all together again on Tuesday. I hope that you were able to relax and recharge your batteries this summer. I was able to visit extended family and friends, go on adventures and snuggle with my immediate family, and spent time in the ocean. We have worked hard this summer making plans for an incredible school year and I cannot wait to share these plans with you all during our week of professional learning.

There is much to look forward to this school year, including: inhabiting our new, beautiful addition; playing in a huge, green field; climbing on a cool new play structure; getting to know new staff members; working with familiar faces in new roles; implementing revised curriculum; and, greeting bright student faces each day.

Thank you for committing to MMA, our students, and to each other. Our work is too difficult and too important to complete in isolation. I am grateful to be surrounded by an excellent team of professional, intelligent, passionate, and caring individuals.

As always, please contact me with your questions, concerns, and comments. I look forward to working with each of you this school year. See you soon!

Professional Learning Weeks Schedule

Click this button to access the schedule for the first weeks of school.

Clas Ropes Information

Please plan to arrive at Clas Ropes in Eden by 8:45am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 wearing closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. We will be outside all day.

Tuesday will be challenge by choice. There will be team building opportunities that include a high ropes course as well as activities that only happen on the ground. I encourage everyone to participate according to your comfort and ability level. If you have specific concerns, please call or email René.

For more information about the courses and a map to the Eden location, check out:

Parking is very limited; so, please carpool.

Follow the BLUE BALLOONS and these directions to Clas Ropes:

  1. Once through North Ogden Canyon, take a LEFT on 3300 East.
  2. Drive on 3300 East for a while (less than 2 miles) until you see North Fork Road.
  3. Turn LEFT onto North Fork Road.
  4. You will be on North Fork Road for about 3 miles.
  5. Do NOT turn into the Ben Lomond "Trailhead" (Wait for the Cutler Flats Gate).
  6. Among other things, you will pass Lauren Lane, a Middle Gate for Ben Lomond, and a Lamondi Stake Camp.
  7. Once you see the Cutler Flats Gate, turn LEFT onto that trail-head. On this road, go about .6 miles, passing a solar panel on your right. You will come to a fork in the road and a sign. Turn LEFT at the little sign. the next sign you come to, turn RIGHT through the red fence we have opened for you.

You will know you have arrived at our Eden Course when you see a concrete square building - our bathrooms, as well as a gray and green round pavilion.

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Employee Agreements

If you did not complete your employee agreement with full signatures on the bottom of each page and dated on the last page - you will need to do that when you arrive at Clas Ropes on Tuesday.
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Staffing Updates

Jodi will not be returning for the 2018-19 school year. We appreciate her contribution to MMA and wish her the best moving forward.

We have hired fantastic assistants this summer. Please welcome:

  • Amanda, who will join Autumn in the front office.
  • Valerie, who will join Martha in early childhood.
  • Jen, who will join Jill in lower elementary.
  • Jane, who will join Christina in lower elementary.
  • Emily, who will join special education.
  • Lorraine, who will join special education.

Advisory / Level Leads

Our advisory committee composition has changed and includes Lana, Dana, Nicoletta, Andrea, Autumn, Jen, Brittany, Shanan, and Kat. Thank you for representing your level, leading PLCs, and working on this committee.
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Construction Update

We are waiting on a few tables to be delivered and for art furniture to be assembled in the addition - which is scheduled to happen, Monday, August 13th.

Our parking lots and back fire road was scheduled to be re-paved last week. I have not heard a definite date of when this will actually happen. I will keep you all in the loop as we hear more information.

Our playground equipment has arrived and we are waiting on assembly. This is supposed to happen this week; so, everyone keep your fingers crossed!

Check out the ribbon cutting ceremony details below!

Join MAPA on Facebook

Head over to the new and official Facebook page for MAPA, MMA's parent organization:

The Montessori Academy Parent Association (MAPA) is the Parent-Teacher Organization for Maria Montessori Academy. This organization is used to facilitate communication and involvement between parents and teachers. MAPA is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in joining this organization to ensure that the needs of Maria Montessori Academy’s student body are being fulfilled.

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Back to School Party

The staff back to school party will be Friday, August 17th beginning at 4:30pm at René's house at 1460 Lake St Ogden 84401. Families are invited. Protein (pit beef, pit ham, and veggie burgers), water, an assortment of sodas, and a signature cocktail (with and without spirits) will be provided. There will be a sign-up in the workroom soon to sign up for to contribute sides/desserts. Please bring your own lawn chair.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

To celebrate the grand opening of MMA's addition, we are having a ribbon cutting ceremony. Join us at 5:15pm on Thursday, August 16th right before the Pool Party for the ceremony and tour. All teachers are required to attend this event.
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Pool Party!

We can't wait to see everyone at MMA's annual back to school pool party. The party will follow the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at North Shore Aquatic Center from 6 until 8pm on Thursday, August 16th. All teachers are required to attend this event.
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Sneak a Peek

We are hosting a PreK-9th Sneak A Peak event on Monday, August 20th from 1:30-3:30pm. This new event was created in response to multiple parent requests that we have some sort of Back to School event that is not so late in the year. Many parents (and teachers) have expressed to me that they love the pool party; and, that it is not the best venue to talk actual business.

On the half hour, beginning at 1:30pm, then again at 2pm, 2:30pm, and 3pm - each teacher and assistant will greet families, give an overview of the classroom and expectations. Afterwards, please allow time for families to ask questions, meet each other, drop off supplies, and check out the classroom.This is an excellent time to describe the specific expectations in a Montessori environment.

Parents have been encouraged to attend promptly on the half hour so you do not have to stop, start, or repeat yourself. With four time slots, families with multiple children attending MMA have time to visit all their teachers. If parents do not attend your time slot, you may use that time to finalize tasks before students arrive on Tuesday.

All teachers and assistants are required to attend as this occurs during normal hours. Please account for this event as assistants are planning their weekly schedule as to not exceed their hours for the week.

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Building Closure

MMA will be completely closed on Tuesday, August 14th as everyone will be engaged in offsite team-building and professional learning.

Class lists

Class lists have been updated and continue to evolve as new students complete their registration packets. Students will be assigned to classes in Aspire on Monday, August 13th. After that, you can email your entire class from Aspire.

Thank you for reaching out to the families in your class.

Click for 2018-19 Required Annual Training

Please have this completed by August 17th, 2018.

Annual Required Trainings

You are encouraged to get a head start on completing your annual required trainings. For your convenience, these trainings are now online and can be accessed by clicking the button above. You are required to have these trainings completed by Friday August 17th - so you could chose to complete these after you return to school on August 14th.

This training includes the employee handbook, legal liability information, blood borne pathogens, sexual harassment, and workers comp. All employees of MMA need to complete these trainings.

Please contact René if you have questions. Thanks!

Junior High Student Schedules

JH students all have schedules in Aspire. These might change as we move through this week, based on teacher feedback and new student enrollment.

We will email JH families asking them to log onto Aspire to see their students' schedules. Before they can access their child's schedule, they will be prompted to pay their JH school fees online. We are doing this to encourage parents to complete this step as soon as possible in the school year. Please do not share student schedules with parents until the first days that students are in the building.

5K and Pancake Breakfast

The annual 5K and Pancake breakfast fundraiser has been postponed. This is organized by the school (not MAPA) and is the biggest fundraiser the school sponsors. René is working with the 5K volunteers to set a new date and will be in touch soon about all of the details.

Back to School Documents

Below you will find several documents that will be helpful to you to start this school year. Please see Lana or René if you have questions.
Employee Information Form

Click here to complete this form digitally. Due no later than Friday, August 17, 2018.

ICYMI - July 20, 2018 N&B

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