Reminder of our next field trip

I just wanted to remind you to calendar our next field trip.  The cover letter information is below.  If you are willing and interested in carpooling students for this field experience, please send me an email.  We would need to meet our rides for the field trip about 12:20 p.m. that day in the North Shore parking lot.  I would like to start arranging rides by the end of next week.

Maria Montessori Academy

Field Experience on March 13, 2019

At Union Station

2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401

The lead instructor is Brittany Herrera:

We will be going to Union Station on Historic 25th Street to learn more about the history of the railroad and other historic Utah facts.


What you will do and what you will learn
  • Go on a guided tour of the museum
  • Attend workshops
  • Explore the inside and outside of the museum
What you will need to wear or bring
  • School uniform, good shoes for walking in.
  • Jacket for outside exploration
Our Schedule
  • 12:50ish – Arrive at museum and check in (parents will transport). Parents can park in the south parking lot and go through the main door on the plaza to the front lobby.


  • 1:00-2:30 – Tour the museum and attend workshops put on by museum staff.
  • 2:30 – Parents will pick up children and transport them back to the school arriving at about 2:45/2:50ish.

Donations Needed


We are currently in need of some dish soap.  If you would be willing to provide some, would you please send me an email.  We could use some asap.

Also, if you would like to provide items for card making with our mentor classroom, we would appreciate it.  We could use specialty paper, stickers, doilies, ribbon, etc.  You may send these with your student over the next several days.  We will be using the materials on the 13th.

Thank you for your support




I wanted to let you know that your child is invited to share Valentine cards with their classmates on, Thursday, February 14th.  We currently have 25 students within our classroom, so if your child would like to provide 24 cards they may choose to do so.  We will not label who they are to, but please have them label who they are from.  This is not a requirement and is purely optional.  Any treats that are included with cards will be sent home and not available to eat within the classroom.  Students are also invited to provide a decorated bag or box to collect their cards.  If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.


Parent Teacher Conference

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held February 13th, 14th, 15th.  These will be early out days for students.  You can find sign up times on our school Track It Forward.  The link can be found here. This will be a student led conference, so they should be present. I look forward to visiting with you and celebrating your student’s progress.  .

Fun Run Weekend Challenge


Thank you again for supporting our school through the Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run!

This weekend we are issuing a special challenge! Your child can earn a bonus prize simply by getting a qualifying pledge this weekend only. Check out for details!

And if you’re looking for the easiest way to ask for a pledge, just upload a photo of your student to to create a personalized Student Star video. This fun, hilarious video starring your child can be shared by email or social media to connect with sponsors and ask for a pledge.

Thank you again for helping our class!

P.S. – If you haven’t registered your child on, use our school registration code: 747234

Spelling Bee and Our New School Wide Unit of Study

Connections January 15th– February 22nd

Spelling Bee February 26th   

The theme CONNECTIONS is what your child will be studying during our fourth thematic unit.  During this time, we will be focusing on growth, division, reunion, and industrialization in the Americas mainly during the 1800s but not limited to this time period.

During this theme our school will celebrate a Spelling Bee week which will include class spelling bees, lower and upper el spelling bees, and a school wide spelling bee. All students are encouraged to participate in the spelling bee that will be held in their classroom. We want all students to work with the words used in the spelling bee to help build their vocabulary and spelling knowledge.

However, if your child is not comfortable participating in this event, they can also participate in other ways. If your child decides not to take part in their classroom bee, they will need to use the spelling bee words in another way to share with their classmates. Some of these ways include but are not limited to writing a story using as many of the spelling bee words as possible, creating multiple funny sentences using the words, create a board game using the words, create a game involving good, physical activity with the words, create a classroom scavenger hunt with the words.

When words are involved, the possibilities are endless!

Scripps National Spelling Bee lists were sent home today.  Please check with your student, you will need these words in hard copy form, since we are not authorized to post these words digitally.

Reading Homework

Please check with your student to see if they were given a new reading homework passage.  These are the same passages you were given during our Parent Teacher Conferences.  Reading at home makes a huge difference.  All student are expected to read for 20 minutes each day outside of the classroom.  This reading can be done in a variety of ways.  One way that we read within our classroom is by completing “buddy reading” our classroom term for Dyad reading.  One partner is the “higher reader” and the other is the “developing reader.”  The developing reader tracks the words and the buddies read aloud together.  The developed reader hears their buddy and sees the word and tries to keep up with them.  The University of Utah has developed positive research behind the reading method and data shows this kind of buddy reading can help significantly help raise reading scores.  The developed reader also reads above their reading level according the research. Here is a wonderful resource from the State Office of Education on how you can utilize this type of reading within your home.


Home Projects

Reminder that our home projects are due Friday, January 18th.  Next week each grade level will be displaying their projects school wide.

Our display schedule:

Level 3: Wednesday, January 23rd

Level 2: Thursday, January 24th

Level 1: Friday, January 25th

The students have been having an amazing time with all of our fun STEM activities this week.  Thank you for your support with these home projects.


Our cupboard is completely bare and we are asking for help with snack sign ups.  Our hope is that every family will donate at least one week worth of snack during the school year.  If you are able to provide 2 weeks, this helps even more. Snack sign up can be found on our school track it forward web site here.  Our class sign ups can be found on the Monday of each week.  If the box is blue, this means we still need snack for that week.  Thanks so much for your support.


On January 10th from 6-7:30 PM, MMA will be screening the documentary SCREENAGERS for all interested parents, students and friends of the school in the Junior High commons area.

SCREENAGERS – The average child in America spends more time consuming electronic media than going to school, with many teenagers going online “almost constantly.” In SCREENAGERS, physician and filmmaker Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into family life to explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and funny stories along with insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.