Last Week of School

Well the Year is at an End….

This has been an amazing journey !  I attended a Montessori Training to gain a little more knowledge for the position I had previously  and knew that I wanted to be involved with teaching children the Montessori Way.  A position opened as a TA for Ms. Jill and soon after the opening for the Lead.

I have loved being with your children this year and have learned so much . I am excited to continue this journey with your children next year and Know that we will learn so much from EACH OTHER!  I am loving what I am learning from the training and I am very excited to share that learning in my class.

Thank you all for the patience and understanding .

Here is looking at what we have for the rest of the week:

Bridging Ceremonies

Tuesday, May 21st – Lower Elementary Bridging – 10:30am – Addition Gym

All 3rd grade families are invited to see their child welcomed into upper elementary.

Wednesday, May 22nd – Upper Elementary Bridging Ceremony – 10:30am – Addition Gym

Parent Teacher Conferences

 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held May 21st-23rd, 2019 between 1:40pm-6:30pm. The conferences will be led by our students using their portfolios. All students should attend our Elementary conferences. Go to Track it Forward to make your appointments.

Spirit Days

In order to reduce the amount of end of year chaos and not have children dressed crazy during bridging ceremonies, spirit week will consist of 2 spirit days this school year:Thursday, May 23th – Crazy sock and/or hair day

Friday, May 24th – Wear your favorite tie-dye and/or sports team attire

The final countdown

5/21-23/19 — Parent Teacher Conferences; Book Fair 1:40-6:30pm (Early Release)

5/21/19 –Lower Elementary bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/22/19 — Upper Elementary bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/24/19 –Last day of school (Early Release)

6/7/19 — MMA Pool Party at North Shore 6-9pm

Thank you Thank you!!

Many of you parents brought snack in!  I believe we are good until the end. Thank you so much!!

We are finishing up this week with spelling, writing, and learning how we can take care of our world.  Ask the kids their thoughts on this and what they can do to make a difference.

Parent Teacher Conferences are next week.  If you have not already done so, please sign up on https://www.trackitforward.com/user.

THE END IS IN SIGHT…

5/13-17/19 — Junior High Open House

5/15/19 — Box Top Store

5/17/19 — 9th Grade Graduation; Field Day

5/20/19 — Early Childhood bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/21-24/19 — Early Release, Parent Teacher Conferences; Book Fair 1:00-7:00pm

5/21/19 –Lower Elementary bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/22/19 — Upper Elementary bridging ceremony, 10:30am

5/24/19 –Last day of school

6/7/19 — MMA Pool Party at North Shore 6-9pm

This first year has been a bit of a struggle with new unexpected opportunities.  I love getting to know the kids better and look forward to next year making our class even better.  I am continuing with my Montessori training with a residency this summer so next year will continue to be an adventure as I continue on this Montessori journey with your little peeps.

Ms. April

May 6-10

The Final Count down.

Hey Folks!

We are winding it up.  Last week we had an amazing Field trip and the kids were awesome! Thank you to all who help chaperone and come on the adventure!!

This week we are continuing with our study of the body.  State research will now be finish at home as a home project for those who have not completed their work.  Look for slips of paper telling what states your student is working on .

Thanks for all your patience and  help.

Ms. April

upcoming events

5/5-11/19 – 6th and 9th Grade Field Trips

 

5/13/19 – 5/18/19 – JH Open House

5/15/19 – Box Top Store

5/17/19 – Field Day (9-11am LE; 12-2pm UE)

5/17/19 – 9th Grade Graduation

5/20/10 – EC Bridging Ceremony

5/21/19 – LE Bridging Ceremony

5/21-24/19 – Early Release, PTCs

5/22/19 – UE Bridging Ceremony

5/23/19 – Crazy sock/and or hair day

5/24/19 – Wear favorite tie-dye/ and or sports team attire

5/24/19 – Last Day of School for Students

5/27/19 – School Closed

 

April 29- May 3

Hello Families!!

We are coming to the end.  We are continuing our study on the United States. I will be sending the state research project home to be completed. So please look for that.  In addition we  are also continuing our study on the Human body. Be sure to ask what they are learning .

Snack!  We are completely out.  Please go to tractitforward and sign up for bringing snack.

This Week!!

This Thursday is the Field trip to the Clark Planetarium the following is the schedule for the day.  I have  wristbands for Front Runner  for chaperones for the first 10 who let me know you would like to help out. Please email me  Astoddart@mariamontessoriacademy.org.

  Maria Montessori Academy Field Experience on May 2, 2019

At Discovery Gateway Clark Planetarium 110 400 W. Salt Lake City

The lead instructor is Ms. April; astoddart@mariamontessoriacademy.org

We will participate in interactive displays and a workshop on planets. We will also attend a movie at the Dome theater on extreme space.

What you will do and what you will learn
  • Discover, explore, and create with interactive hands-on exhibits
  • Science and space through interactive displays
  • Workshop on planets
  • Attend a movie on extreme space
What you will need to wear or bring
  • School uniform
  • Sack lunch and water bottle with easy to carry backpack
  • Money for gift shop if desired
Our Schedule
  • 8:10 a.m. – Meet at UTA train station on Wall Ave (2350 Wall Ave) and board Frontrunner. Train leaves at 8:37 a.m.
  • Arrive at Clark Planetarium by 9:45 a.m. Explore the planetarium and it’s interactive exibits.
  • 10:30 – Participate in Science Around the Sphere.
  • 11:30 – Attend a movie at the Dome Theater about deep space. Lunch will be eaten after the movie at the Dome Theater. Students will walk with chaperones to fountain area of the Gateway to enjoy lunch.
  • 1:10 p.m. – Leave Clark Planetarium and board frontrunner for ride home. Will arrive back at the station on Wall Ave in Ogden at 2:24 p.m. Parents will need to pick children up there.

Coming up!

4/30/19 – JH Musical Concert, 6pm

5/1/19 – Elementary Musical Concert, 6pm

5/2/19 – Clark Planetarium

5/2/19 – MAPA Meeting, 7pm, Library

5/3/19 – MAPA Meeting, 8:45am in Conference Rm

5/15/19 – Box Top Store

5/17/19 – 9th Grade Graduation

5/20/10 – EC Bridging Ceremony

5/21/19 – LE Bridging Ceremony

5/21-24/19 – Early Release, PTCs

5/22/19 – UE Bridging Ceremony

5/24/19 – Last Day of School

 

 

April 22

Thank you to those who have brought snack to the class. It is very much appreciated. Our snacks are low. If you are able, please sign up in  Track it forward for dates you can bring it in.

Last Week we began our North America studies.  Each child chose a different state they would like to focus on. Lvl 2 and 3 will do a research on their state so please ask and encourage your child by asking what they have learned about their state. Lvl 1’s helped draw the United States and the individual states.  They will be drawing a picture of the flag from the state they have chosen.

We also began our study of the body.  We are going to continue our study this week by looking at the skeletal system.

 

Clark Planetarium May 2

We will participate in interactive displays and a workshop on planets. We will also attend a movie at the Dome theater on extreme space.

What you will do and what you will learn
  • Discover, explore, and create with interactive hands-on exhibits
  • Science and space through interactive displays
  • Workshop on planets
  • Attend a movie on extreme space
What you will need to wear or bring
  • School uniform
  • Sack lunch and water bottle with easy to carry backpack
  • Money for gift shop if desired
Our Schedule
  • 8:10 a.m. – Meet at UTA train station on Wall Ave (2350 Wall Ave) and board Frontrunner. Train leaves at 8:37 a.m.
  • Arrive at Clark Planetarium by 9:45 a.m. Explore the planetarium and it’s interactive exibits.

10:30 – Participate in Science Around the Sphere.

  • 11:30 – Attend a movie at the Dome Theater about deep space. Lunch will be eaten after the movie at the Dome Theater. Students will walk with chaperones to fountain area of the Gateway to enjoy lunch.
  • 1:10 p.m. – Leave Clark Planetarium and board frontrunner for ride home. Will arrive back at the station on Wall Ave in Ogden at 2:24 p.m. Parents will need to pick children up there.

Heads up

4/15/19- 5/10/19 –State testing (dates and times differ per class)

4/22/19 — Professional Development (Early Release)

4/22-23/19 — Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior High Play

4/30/19 — Junior High Guitar and Choir Concert TBD

5/1/19 — Elementary Spring Concert 6:00pm

5/2/19–Clark Planetarium Field trip

5/2/19 — MAPA General Meeting 7pm at MMA

5/3/19 –MAPA Meeting at 8:45am in the Conference Room

5/15/19 — Box Top Store

5/20/19 — Early Childhood bridging ceremony

5/21-24/19 — Early Release, Parent Teacher Conferences; Book Fair 1:00-7:00pm

5/21/19 –Lower Elementary bridging ceremony

5/22/19 — Upper Elementary bridging ceremony

5/24/19 –Last day of school

6/7/19 — MMA Pool Party at North Shore 6-9pm

 

April 15-19

Hey folks!

We have finished up our Study of South America!  We are moving up to North America next week.  The kids are so excited . When I mentioned our new study, they automatically started shouting out States they wanted to report about.  So…. look forward to helping them at home with that.  As always they will be given some time in class to work on this however they may choose to work on it at home especially if they choose not to at school 😉 . We will also be covering our bodies which is interesting because several of the students checked out Library books about the body during Library time before I told them where our studies would take us…. Very curious…….

Encourage your little peeps to finish strong. Ask them what works they did during the day.  Each day they are given Math works, Spelling, Comprehension, and cultural works to do.  They also have a page of a  DWLM each day, which focuses on state standards for reading, writing and arithmetic. Twice a week they are given writing practice. So you see, they should be busy little bees… We have a few who are struggling to keep their focus on works that need to be done instead of making sure everyone else is doing their job…. … It causes chaos as works tend to not get done that way…..

Thanks again for all of your support as I have jumped into this new adventure.  I am so excited to see where this adventure takes me.  I am currently taking the Montessori training so at times it  is overwhelming.

Field Trip

Our field trip is coming up on Thursday, April 18th. It is the  Disney documentary about penguins to celebrate Earth Day.  This is not the field trip to the Clark Planetarium  (that is on May 3)

We will meet at the Megaplex theater at the Junction at 8:45 in the morning. You can just drop your children off there instead of school.  I currently do not have anyone listed for needing a ride to the theater. If this is not the case, please let me know ASAP by emailing me. astoddart@mariamontessoriacademy.org

The movie will end about 10:30ish. If you are able to transport any children back to the school from the theater please sign up on this wejoinin link: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/jsiix. This needs to be done by Sunday (tomorrow)

Unfortunately, we have an extremely limited number of tickets for chaperones. But please put the field trip to Clark Planetarium on Friday, May 3 on your calendars because all parents are welcome to that field trip.

Testing.

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.

Save the date
4/12/19 – MAPA Meeting, 8:45am, conference room

4/22/19 – Early release

4/22/19 – JH Musical Performance, 6pm at Pleasant Valley Library

4/23/19 – JH Musical Performance, 6pm at Pleasant Valley Library

5/3/19 – Field trip Clark Planetarium

5/3/19 – MAPA Meeting, 8:45am in Conference Rm

5/15/19 – Box Top Store

5/21-24/19 – Early Release, PTCs

5/24/19 – Last Day of School for Students

 

Field trip clarification

Hey folks!

WOW!  I combined our two field trips coming up.  I am so sorry for the confusion.   Let me try again…..

We have our next field trip coming up next Thursday, April 18th. It will be a Disney documentary about penguins to celebrate Earth Day. We will meet at the Megaplex theater at the Junction at 8:45 in the morning. You can just drop your children off there instead of school. If you are unable to get your child to the theater that morning, please let me know by emailing me. We will need some certified drivers to transfer children to the theater from the school. If you are a certified driver, please sign up at this wejoinin link: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/okoqm.

The movie will end about 10:30ish. If you are able to transport any children back to the school from the theater please sign up on this wejoinin link: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/jsiix.

We will have a Track it Forward link for you to sign your children up for rides back by Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Unfortunately, we have an extremely limited number of tickets for chaperones. But please put the field trip to Clark Planetarium on Friday, May 3 on your calendars because all parents are welcome to that field trip.

 Again, sorry for the confusion.
Ms. April

April 8-11

Hey All!!

I hope your spring break was adventerous and you lived it well!  I was able to build a long awaited picnic table with my husband and son, start on some garden planters, put up some faux brick and make progress on our leak in our roof. It was a great break but now we are ready to dive back in and finish strong.

This past month we have been learning about South America, Levels 2-3 Students were given a few weeks to do research in class on a South American country and when finished, present to the class.  There are a few  who need to finish this but those who have, have done a fantastic job! There works are hanging up in the hall.  Level 1 students are creating a puzzle map of the South American Countries that too will be on display. We will be finishing up on the plants and Animals of South America this week. Next week we will be Starting on North America.

I have combined and assigned new groups for the Spelling based on Dr. Seuss. I will send home the spelling lists this week so that you are able to see which group your child is in and so you have the list to encourage them to practice.

Snacks

Thank you to all who have contributed to the snacks!!! I was so amazed with all who have stepped in. It really helps the little ones For concentration and for those who may have missed a breakfast I will now have some extra to help.

Testing.

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.

Heads UP!
We have a field trip to the Clark Planetarium on April 18. We will meet at 8:30 at the  Front Runner to take it down to Salt Lake and will need a ride for kids to the movie theater from the school. If you area certified driver, please go to this link.. https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/okoqm. Please let me know if your child will be needing a ride from the school to the Front Runner. I will need to know ASAP so we have plenty of time to assign rides from the school to the Front Runner.
We will also need rides back to the school and should be back in Ogden about 10:30. If you are able to help out with that please go to this site to sign up.
https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/jsiix .
It should be a great adventure!
Save the date
4/12/19 – MAPA Meeting, 8:45am, conference room

 

4/22/19 – Early release

4/22/19 – JH Musical Performance, 6pm at Pleasant Valley Library

4/23/19 – JH Musical Performance, 6pm at Pleasant Valley Library

5/3/19 – MAPA Meeting, 8:45am in Conference Rm

5/15/19 – Box Top Store

5/21-24/19 – Early Release, PTCs

5/24/19 – Last Day of School for Students

 

 

March 11-15

Hey Folks!

First of all I want to thank you all for your continued support!  Thank you to Henry’s family for Snack last week.  We are in need of snacks. Please get on Track it forward to sign up .  Your kiddos will very much appreciate the healthy snacks!

We have got a busy week !

We are continuing our study on South America.  Level 1 will make a map of South America and label the countries. Levels 1-2 will pick a South American country to research.

Tuesday is our field trip to the Union Station. We will be leaving the school at 12:30. Jen Whetton  is Kindly helping me out with carpool. If your child needs a ride please let me know so we can make sure all has transportation to and from the field trip.

Tuesday evening…

Big picture

During literacy week students can bring books for the book swap. This is a great opportunity to share books with one another. Secondly, each student should bring in a picture of the cover of their favorite book to hang on the art strip outside of their classroom. If printing a picture is not an option, your student can draw the cover. We would like our older students, specifically Upper El and Jr. High, to include a short summary of their book and what they liked about it. We want students to be able to walk around the school and see books that they might be excited to read!

Throughout the week we encourage students to be reading at home and at school. Our literacy committee created a beautiful tree 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 student to spend time at home reading lots of books! We want our tree to be full of leaves!

Lastly, we will have a read-a-thon on Friday from 10:00-11:00am. Students are encouraged to bring books from home to enjoy. Please no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals.

We will have professional development on Friday, March 15th. Students will be released at 1:00pm.Don’t forget, there is no school for students on Monday, March 18th as our professional development continues.

Looking ahead:

3/11-15/19 –Literacy Week

3/12/19 — MMA Board Meeting and MMA’s Literacy Night from 5:30-7:00pm at MMA

3/14/19 — End of Quarter

3/15/19 — Professional Development (Early Release)

3/18/19 — Professional Development (No School)

3/21/19 — The Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair; Dee Events Center

3/23/19 — State Spelling Bee in SLC

3/23/19 — 8th Annual Gala at Snowbasin; 7:00pm-9:00pm

3/29/19 — Yearbook sales end

4/1-5/19 — Spring Break (No School)

4/8/19- 5/10/19 –State testing (dates and times differ per class)

4/22/19 — Professional Development (Early Release)

4/22-24/19 — Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior High Play

 Thanks so much,
MS. APRIL

February 25-29

Hello Families!!

First of all I want to say thank you thank you for your continued support in our classroom.

Thank you for those of you who have brought in snack this past week.

The Gala event is coming up.  Each class is putting together a themed basket for this event.  Our is themed Fun and Games.  PLEASE donate anything that would fit along with this theme so we can assemble the baskets and raffle them off! Ideas: deck of cards, Uno, Skibbo, fun family games, Pass the Pigs , iTunes gift cards for online games, travel games, game night snacks, candies, popcorn, activity pads (cross word, sudoko, mad libs, etc), gift cards to local bowling allies or mini golf places, etc. 

Please bring in any donated items to Mrs. April’s room no later than March 1st!

 This week:I                                                                                                                      Ask your kids what they learned and what was their favorite!

Tuesday February 26th.  Come support our kids in our School wide Spelling Bee.    Lower Elementary.   9:00am-10:00am

              Upper Elementary and Junior High: 11:00am-12:00pm

We get to play with Dinos later that afternoon.

Wednesday February 27th.  WSU story telling.

This week is History week. We will be looking at Native Americans and different American artist.  Notice our Frank Lloyd Wright “Stained glass” as you drop your kids off . We will also learn about different types of Birds.

Spelling:  Lists are coming home Monday.

 

Coming UP

2/26/19 — School-wide Spelling Bee

3/1/19 — MAPA Meeting 8:45am in the Main Conference Room; MMA Ski Night at Powder Mt.

3/5/19 — 7th and 8th grade History Fair

3/11-15/19 –Literacy Week

3/12/19 — MMA Board Meeting and MMA’s Literacy Night from 5:30-7:00pm at MMA

3/14/19 — End of Quarter

3/15/19 — Professional Development (Early Release)

3/18/19 — Professional Development (No School)

3/21/19 — The Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair; Dee Events Center

3/23/19 — State Spelling Bee in SLC

3/23/19 — 8th Annual Gala at Snowbasin; 7:00pm-9:00pm

3/29/19 — Yearbook sales end

4/1-5/19 — Spring Break (No School)

4/22-24/19 — Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior High Play

Some have asked about planned  Field trips.
Here is what is on the calendar….

Tuesday, March 12  Union Station on 25th street.

Thursday, May 2 -Clark Planetarium.