Ms. Amy's Montessorians

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Sixth Graders – STARBASE

Dear Sixth Grade Families,
Our sixth grade students have the unique opportunity to attend STARBASE on Hill Air Force Base.  This is a wonderful STEM program offered to very few schools in Northern Utah.  The permission slip has already been sent home and returned to school by each family, thank you.  This is a five day field trip one day a week for five weeks.  The dates for this wonderful experience are:
Monday January 7, 2019
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Wednesday January 23, 2019
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Wednesday February 6, 2019
It is your responsibility as parents to get your child to and from STARBASE on each of the dates listed above.  I encourage you to carpool with eachother.  I would like permission from each family to send out a list of the sixth grade parents e-mail addresses to each of you so you can coordinate rides.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you do not want me to share your e-mail address with the other sixth grade families.
STARBASE in on Hill Air Force Base; we have a few plans to get your students on base.  Other schools hire a bus to get them to and from STARBASE.  A bus costs $500.00 a day so that is not an option for us.
Our first plan is to meet at The Aerospace Museum and STARBASE will send a Hill Air Force Base bus to come pick us up and transport us to and from STARBASE.  The information for this plan is located here. Roy Gate Base Bus   One last thing, I can not press upon you enough not to be late dropping off or picking up. The use of the base bus is a courtesy that has been extended to STARBASE and we do not want to keep them waiting; especially if they have other routes.
The second plan if the Hill Air Force Base cannot come get up for some reason is to have parents transport their child onto base.  In order for anyone to get onto base they need to provide some information.  Please fill out this form with the appropriate information if you think there is any possibility you might drive to or from this field trip one of the days.  TRANSPORTATION FOR BASE ACCESS ’18  STARBASE needs this information by December 20th.  Please get this information to me as soon as possible.  Once this information is turned over to security forces we will not be able to add any drivers.  If you think there is a small chance you may drive your child then please fill out this form.  These are the instructions for getting to the South Gate.  South Gate Contingency Paln ’18
If you have any questions please let me know.
Ms. Amy

This weeks schedule

Monday 12/10/2018 – Sixth graders will be watching the National Geographic Documentary on the Science Fair 10:00 a.m.

Monday 12/10/2018 – Early Out 1:00 p.m. – Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 1:00 p.m. from school.

Wednesday 12/12/2018 – Sixth Graders Clark Planetarium Field trip


Arrive at Ogden Frontrunner at 7:10 a.m.  Leave Ogden Frontrunner Station at 7:37 a.m.  Arrive at Salt Lake Central at 8:36 a.m.  Take the blue line Trax at 8:43 a.m. Arrive at Clark Planetarium at 8:47 a.m.

Leave Clark Planetarium at 2:00 p.m. Take the blue line Trax at 2:12 p.m. Arrive at Salt Lake Central at 2:17 p.m.  Get on the frontrunner at 2:25 p.m.  Arrive at Ogden Frontrunner Station at 3:24 p.m.

Please make arrangements to have your child picked up at the Frontrunner Station no later than 3:25 p.m.

Please send your child with weather appropriate clothing, a sack lunch and a bottle of water.  Your child will have 30 minutes to visit the gift store at Clark Planetarium if you would like your child to purchase anything in the gift store then you may send money with your child.  

Thursday 12/13/2018 – JA Biztown student interviews – the fifth graders will be applying for the jobs they will have at JA Biztown.  The sixth graders will be conducting the interviews.

Items Needed in the Classroom

Hello Families,

Our class is in need of the following items: napkins, dish soap and silverware.  I had a drawer full of silverware at the beginning of the year and now I only have a couple of forks and a couple of butter knives.

If you are able to help it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Ms. Amy

JA Biztown

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Every year our 5th grade students get a wonderful opportunity to participate in a simulated town/market economy called J.A. Biztown at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Salt Lake City on the 18th of January.  The program combines hours of in-class learning (including our recent elections for town Mayor and DJ) with a day-long visit to a simulated business and town community.  At Biztown students work as employees in various business, are paid for their labor and manage personal checking accounts.  They learn about time and money management skills as they work, bank and shop as consumers.

This has been a hugely successful and fun experience for the students and something they look forward to as they enter the 5th grade.  Every student who has participated over the years can tell you what an exciting and eye-opening experience it was for them, many still talk about it years later.

The program is dependent on and designed to include parent participation; each Biztown business, market and bank is assigned 1 – 2 parent volunteers.  For our school, in addition to participating in the simulation with the students, the parent volunteers also provide the transportation to and from the field trip.

Our classroom needs 3-4 parent volunteers please let me know A.S.A.P. if you are interested.   The permission slip for this field trip will come home at the beginning of next week.
Thank you,

Ms. Amy

Stakeholder Survey

Dear Families,

Please take a few moments to complete this anonymous Stakeholder Survey before it closes on December 14th. We need your feedback as change only comes when we know where we can improve.

The survey link is

If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, please take a screenshot of the last page of the completed survey and send it to

Welcome Back!

I’m excited to see your children tomorrow.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break full of family and fun. 

The Cultural Festival was wonderful.  Thank you for your support. 

The following students were absent and have not turned in their cultural project yet.  Please have them turn it in as soon as possible.

Alex, Naomi & Emery

Our next field trip is Tuesday.  We will be going to Astro Camp.

  • We will meet at North Shore parking lot at 8:20 a.m. and leave at 8:30 a.m. arriving at Astro Camp at 9:00 a.m.
  • We will leave Astro Camp at 12:30 p.m. and return to Maria Montessori Academy via private drivers at 1:00 p.m.
  • We will NEED THREE OR FOUR PARENT CHAPERONES to drive and chaperone for this field trip.
  • Please make sure you arrange a ride for your child to and from this field trip.  Ms. Heidi sent an e-mail out to all of you earlier this week.  You can contact her at:

Students should bring a sack lunch (there will not be a microwave) and wear weather appropriate clothing.  We will only be outside when we are going from the vehicles to the building and back again.

The sixth graders Science Fair proposal is due on Tuesday November 27th. 


The fifth graders should have pages 3 and 4 of their Engineering fair log book completed by Tuesday November 27th.  





Please use the following link to view when your child is signed up to bring snack OR to sign your child up for snack.

In our Montessori environment we have a healthy mid-morning snack each day.

Please sign up for at least two weeks throughout the school year. If each family provides snack for two separate weeks then we should have enough snack for all the students to enjoy each day.

Please send in enough snack for the whole week on Monday morning with your child. We have a refrigerator in the classroom the students can store any snack food for the week. This is a very important part of the school day.

Please only send healthy snacks. Some examples of healthy snacks are: fruits, vegetables, crackers and cheese, yogurt, applesauce, chips and salsa. If you send something like chips and salsa or applesauce please also send little cups for the students to put the salsa or applesauce in. Thank you so much for helping our classroom with snack for the year.



November 24th is the annual Ogden Electric Lights Parade. Our school will be represented and the marketing committee has come up with a float that will represent MMA.

We are looking for students from MMA who would like to be part of our parade! The meeting place will be in front of the Ogden Temple. The parade starts promptly at 5:30pm. The floats will be lined up at 5pm.

Students 12 years and you get must ride in the trailer or truck. If you are over the age of 12 then you may walk next to the float. Students who ride or walk will be carrying white peace signs or holding tea lights.

If your child would like to be a part of the parade then we will have waivers to sign in front of the temple.

The parade starts on 22nd and Washington and then ends at 27th. My advice would be for our MMA parents whose child(ren) are in the parade park towards the end of the parade so when we are done you can find your child.

We have some, but if your child would like to wear glow necklaces and bracelets during the parade we highly suggest the more the better! (It is a light parade!) the glow wear is also our symbol to honor Troy and Molly Cox.

If you have any questions you can ask Autumn in the office or me- Ms. Kaley. I will do my best to answer anything I know.

STEM WEEK – next home project

STEM week is January 14-18, which is still two months away, but I want to get everyone thinking about potential projects over the break.

For 6th graders, this means Science Fair – This home project is due on January 11th, the Science Fair is on the 16th.  The sixth graders proposal is due on Tuesday November 27th. 

For 5th graders, this means Invention Convention – This home project is due on January 9th, the students will display their projects at the front of the building on the 14th or 15th.  I will let you know the specific date when this event gets closer.

For 4th graders, this means an in-house STEM project.

6th and 5th grade students came home with some information about their projects on Tuesday.  The digital copies can be found here and on the appropriate blog tabs.

Invention Convention

4th graders will be getting more information about their home project after Thanksgiving Break.

Astro Camp

Your children should have brought home a red paper with all of the information for our next field trip.  This field trip is on November 27th.  The permission slips have all been filled out, the paper I sent home was just for your information.  Ms. Heidi has e-mailed all of you, if you haven’t heard from her please let me know.  Please respond to Heidi’s e-mail if you can drive or chaperone for this field trip.

Thank you!