Ms. Amy's Montessorians

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Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday April 16, 2019 – SCIENCE RISE test – 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Thursday April 25, 2019 – LANGUAGE RISE test – 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Tuesday April 30, 2019 – Bird Refuge Field Trip

Wednesday May 1, 2019 – MATH RISE test – 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Friday May 17, 2019 – Crystal Hot Springs Field Trip

Wednesday May 22, 2019 – UE Bridging


5th Grade Maturation

5th Grade Maturation is tomorrow, Tuesday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  If you plan on coming to this meeting with your child please sit by your child.  If your child has any questions you will be close by to answer them.  It also helps with the giggling.  The students giggle a lot during the presentation.  If a parent is close by to help them feel more comfortable it makes it easier on the child.  5th grade parents are all invited.

Thank you,

Ms. Amy

The girls should be meeting in the library and the boys will be meeting in Mr. John’s classroom (Rm 18)

UT state standardized assessments RISE

UT state standardized assessments (now called RISE and Aspire Plus) will be on the follwing days for our class. These assessments are important to us for several reasons.

The state assessment data are important to your family because the results are one way to communicate how much your child has learned in English language arts, writing, math, and science. At MMA, we know that these tests are but one indicator of a child’s progress in these content areas.

The state assessment data are important to us because determining what a student knows or does not know is a vital cornerstone in individualizing learning experiences, which is the basis of a Montessori education. The results help us to identify needs for new and additional materials, tailor professional development for teachers, and determine where to best invest school funding.

Taking tests is a practical life skill, required for college entrance as well many professions. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, contractors, nurses, and cosmetologists (to name just a few) all must take tests in order to enter their professions. Standardized testing in school provides a valuable opportunity to practice taking tests in a low-stakes environment, better preparing our students for future assessments – which is why we encourage all students to participate.

If you choose to opt your child out of testing, please complete the Parent Exclusion from State Assessments Form. This form must be handed from you to either Ms. Lana or Ms. René, who will take 5 minutes to review this form with you. We ask that these forms are submitted no later than April 12th. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Research for United Nations Home Project

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Password – learning


MODEL UN – Final Home Project

From now to the end of the year, students will be working on a Montessori Model UN project.  This is a group project.  They have chosen a country to research and will spend the next week gathering information on their country.  After spring break, they will be working on a position paper in preparation of the Model UN conference that will happen closer to the end of the school year.

Because this is a group project, I will be offering time in class to work on this project.  Students are welcome to take their packet home and do the research for their country at home.  Students will be sent home with their packets and country assignments tomorrow, but they have not had a chance yet to meet with their groups and plan out division of labor.

The first part of this project is due Friday the 29th.  I need them to research the answer to all questions found on the first page of their packet.  As I said before, class time will be provided for students to work with their groups and divide this labor. Each student will then create a document that contains the answers to ALL questions found in the front of their MUN packet. I am not requesting that students use full sentences or proper grammar here.  This document is for their own benefit – so note format (bullet points, incomplete sentences, etc.) is fine AS LONG AS THE CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND IT.

I am aware that the first deadline is only a week away – as complete sentences, etc. are not necessary and the child will be provided in class time and support to complete this assignment, I believe it is possible for the entire class to be successful.  It is ESSENTIAL to the process for this research to be completed. Please check in with your child daily in the coming week to make sure that progress is being made.

Please be aware as you look through the packet with your child that Model UN is for students between 4th and 12th grade.  The packet is written closer to a 10th grade level than a 4th grade level.  We will be going through the packet in depth together, but your help will be vital for the student to be successful as we work our way through this project.

Thank you for your support as your child undertakes this final project.  It will challenge them in ways they haven’t been challenged yet this year, and it might be a painful growth process for some, but I know my class will rise beautifully to the challenge.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Noise Level in Rm. 21

Hello Families,

We have had a problem with the noise level in our classroom for quite some time.  Yesterday we had a class meeting and discussed different options to help our class work during work cycle and talk during recess and lunch.  The students voted and decided to implement the following new procedures.

  • The students are expected to complete 6 challenging works during morning work cycle.
    • Prior to lunch they need to show Ms. Amy their work charts with all 6 challenging works checked off.  Ms Susan checks off work throughout work cycle.
  • The students who talk or disrupt other students during work cycle will have a silent lunch with Ms. Amy in the hallway.
    • Talking or disrupting means: yelling across the classroom, disrupting other students while they work, talking to other students about something other than work, doing fortnite dances, touching or bothering students as they are working, making noises or singing, using the electric pencil sharpener (we have hand pencil sharpeners in the classroom so the children can sharpen pencils without disturbing the students who are working), not following the classroom rules (CHAMPS)
    • There were 5 students who had a silent lunch with Ms. Amy in the hall today.  They exhibited one or more of the behaviors mentioned above during work cycle.  
    • If your child has a silent lunch with Ms. Amy in the hallway you will be notified, starting tomorrow. 🙂 
  • The students all agreed they should set a good example for the other students and follow our CHAMPS rules.  I have attached a copy of our CHAMPS for your reference.
  • Every morning I write the word LEARN up on the board.  If the class is noisy I erase a letter.  If they are quiet I add a letter.  This is a silent way for me to let the class know their noise level is too high.  If the students earn four extra N’s (LEARNNNNN) then they can have 5-10 minutes of extra recess.
  • The children also earn points on our classroom thermometer.  When the thermometer gets to the top the children earn an extra privilege.  They are currently working toward a Dr. Seuss party.  This party was scheduled for earlier this month but the students were being disrespectful so they lost the party.

Book Reports Due Date Extended

This months book reports original due date was today, but there are many students who need a few more days.  I will extend the due date to Tuesday March 19th.  Please encourage your children to get it turned in on Tuesday so they don’t loose points for this home project.

We have talked extensively about the expectations for this project in class.  Many students have already presented and they have done a wonderful job.  I wish I could post pictures of their great project.  We had a wonderful diorama turned in yesterday for a book report.  I love to see the students creativity and enthusiasm for reading.

The children are expected to present their book report to the class, include a creative element (power point, puppet show, lego scene, diorama etc.) and turn in a written report.  The children are expected to include everything on the rubric in their written report and their presentation to the class.

The rubric was sent home with the children a few weeks ago and there are rubrics available in the classroom at all times.  I have attached a rubric here for your convenience.

2018-2019 Book Report Rubric

If you have any further questions please e-mail me at:

Ms. Amy

Lunch – Please make sure your child brings a healthy lunch to school

Please make sure your child brings a healthy lunch to school with them each day.  There are a few students who regularly don’t bring a lunch to school at all, and others who bring unhealthy food.  In order for a child to function all day long and to learn all the things they need to learn they need fuel for their bodies and their brain.  Please talk to your children about bringing a healthy lunch and eating it.

If your child doesn’t bring a lunch as a natural consequence for not preparing it, please let me know.  It’s important they eat, but it’s also important they learn responsibility.

Thank you, if you have any questions please let me know.

Ms. Amy

Literacy Week

This week is Literacy Week!  A beautiful tree has been put up on the wall in the front of the school.  Each time a student reads a book, they get to add a leaf to the tree.  Please encourage your children to spend time at home reading good books!  We want our tree to sprout a lot of leaves!

Each of the students should be coming to school this week with a printed picture of the cover of their favorite book, along with a brief summary and what they liked about the book.  If printing a picture is not an option for your family, the student may draw a picture of the cover instead.

On Tuesday we will have an assembly with a local author named Julie Lee.  She shares a message of self-acceptance and mindfulness that I am excited to hear!

Tuesday night is also Literacy Night.  Please come with your family and enjoy fun games and activities, as well as an Usborne book fair.  It is at the school from 5:30-7:00 PM.  Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and have fun celebrating literacy with us!

Friday we will have a read-a-thon from 10-11:00 AM.  They should bring a book from home if we do not have a book in the classroom that they want to read.

Friday is also an early out day.  School will dismiss at 1:00 PM.


Page Protectors Needed

We are still in need of page protectors.  The students use page protectors in their portfolios.  We went through about 150 of them prior to P.T.C.