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.


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.


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



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